Apple’s iPhone 7 & 7 Plus top Q2 smartphone market, beating Samsung’s Galaxy S8

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The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus held on as the world’s most popular smartphones in the June quarter, according to research data published on Wednesday, handily relegating Samsung’s newer Galaxy S8 flagship to third place.
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Nearly 40 million Americans use Roku, beating out Google’s Chromecast

But smart TVs are the most popular way to watch internet video on TV.

Nearly 40 million Americans will use Roku to watch internet video on their TVs at least once a month in 2017, beating out Google Chromecast, according to new data from research firm eMarketer.

Last year, eMarketer had predicted that Chromecast would be more popular but had since revised its forecast.

Roku, which plans to become a public company this year, is expected to represent 23 percent of all connected TV users this year. Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV come in close behind with 22 percent and 21 percent, respectively, of connected TV users. (People can have more than one device.)

Since Roku isn’t affiliated with a content provider like Google (YouTube) and Amazon (Amazon video), it’s able to more easily secure app deals with a wider range of content partners. That makes it more attractive to customers who might want to watch, say, Netflix and YouTube as well as broadcast networks, according to eMarketer, which predicts that Roku will retain its lead among branded connected devices through 2021.

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These devices are a distant second to simply using a smart TV or a game console like Xbox, which account for 48 percent and 37 percent of connected TV users, respectively.

Apple TVs are in last place with 21 million users, or 13 percent, due to their high price tag (starting at $ 150) and their lack of Amazon video support, according to eMarketer.


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LG X Venture review: A very good mid-range phone that can take a beating

The budget phone space is incredibly competitive right now. The Moto G5 Plus is still king in this product category, but there are plenty of rivals like Nokia and Acatel selling great devices at inexpensive prices. LG has been making budget phones for a while now, but the X Venture is a bit different. The phone’s priorities are durability and battery life, not specifications or performance.

After using the X Venture, I came away impressed.

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