Apple Watch Series 4 to have 15% bigger screen, refreshed design, larger battery

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According to prolific Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the Cupertino company is finally ready to refresh the design of its smartwatch this year. The new “more trendy form factor” will arrive with the Apple Watch Series 4, which is likely to debut alongside the new iPhones at an event in September. The Series 4 will also boast a bigger touchscreen than its predecessors, by 15%. It’s unclear if the increase in screen real estate will come at the expense of bezels or if we should expect the watch’s dimensions to grow. The new smartwatch will also have a larger battery and… – Latest articles

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Apple’s Self-Driving Car Fleet Is Now Bigger Than Waymo, Uber, Tesla

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For years, there’s been talk about Apple developing its own autonomous car to take on companies such as Google, Tesla and Uber. However, the prospect of the tech giant revealing its own car does sound a bit odd. If it’s willing to charge $ 1,000 for a smartphone, then how much would one of its own vehicles […]
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New JioFi 4G Wireless Hotspot with compact design, bigger battery goes on sale for Rs. 999

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Reliance Jio introduced the JioFi 3 back in 2016, which we unboxed in early 2017. Last year the company seems to have silently introduced JioFi 4 (JMR1140) and JioFi 5 (JMR814). Now the company has started selling JioFi JMR815, which should be JioFi 6. This has a more compact body measuring 74 x 74 x 20mm and weighs just 95g with a 3000mAh, which is bigger than the previous JioFi model. It has indicators for battery, signal and WiFi and has power and WPS buttons. There is a micro USB port for charging. It has a Altair ALT3800 processor, supports band 3 (1800 MHz), 5 (850 MHz) and 40 (TD 2300 MHz) for Jio. It has WiFi 802.11 b/g/n support, similar to other models and lets you connect up to 31 WiFi-enabled devices and a device through USB cable. It also has a microSD card slot that accepts cards up to 64GB. You can make voice and video calls even on a 2G/3G phone by installing Jio4GVoice (JioJoin previously) app and connecting it to the hotspot over WiFi. The JioFi 6 is priced at Rs. 999 (MOP), but the MRP mentioned is Rs. 2,499.  It is currently available from Flipkart.
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Google Assistant updated with support for iPad’s bigger screen

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Google has released an update to Google Assistant for iOS with support for iPad, optimizing the virtual assistant app originally designed for use on iPhones to work properly with the larger display of Apple’s tablet range.
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Facebook is not getting any bigger in the United States

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It looks like Facebook’s U.S. user growth has officially peaked.

It’s starting to feel official: Facebook’s U.S. audience is as big as it’s going to get.

Facebook is massive in this country. More than two-thirds of Americans, specifically 68 percent, use the service, according to new research from Pew Research Center.

The troubling news: If you’re a Facebook investor, that number hasn’t increased over the past two years. Roughly 68 percent of U.S. adults used Facebook in 2016, too.

This shouldn’t come as a total shock. Facebook reported its first quarter-over-quarter decline in daily users in the U.S. and Canada at the end of 2017. And while the decline was small, just 700,000 users, it served as a red flag that the company may finally be tapped out in its most valuable market.

Facebook CFO Dave Wehner may disagree. Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference on Wednesday he addressed the decline in North American users as, “a trend that we don’t see continuing on an ongoing basis.”

But the Pew data tells another story — that Facebook growth in the U.S. has officially stalled.

The good news for Facebook: Instagram is picking up some of the slack. Roughly 35 percent of U.S. adults now use Instagram, up from 28 percent in 2016.

Also from the report was confirmation (again) that Snapchat is still a major threat to Facebook’s dominance among young people. Facebook technically has a larger number of of 18- to 24-year-old users in the U.S. than Snapchat. But Facebook has 80 percent of that cohort using its service, and Snapchat has 78 percent. So it’s getting close.

YouTube, which isn’t always categorized as social media, was the biggest service on Pew’s list — 73 percent of all U.S. adults use YouTube, including 94 percent of all 18- to 24-year-olds.

The Pew report is based on telephone interviews conducted Jan. 3-10, 2018, among a national sample of 2,002 adults in the U.S.

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 Hall One at Mobile World Congress – a single space more massive than most conference centers in major cities – contained only a few displays. Although a quarter of the room housed small phone and mobile manufacturers, Huawei controlled the rest, creating a walled-off compound patrolled by women in folk costumes from many lands. The Small World After All jollity stopped at the gates. Read More
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Acer Chromebook 15 (2017) review: bigger doesn’t mean better

“What if Chromebooks were bigger?” That’s the question that the Acer Chromebook 15 line has tried to answer, as the only 15-inch sized Chromebook on the market. That laptop was ultimately outclassed by more powerful or versatile Chromebooks, but Acer has revised the Chromebook 15 with a more premium aluminum design and better battery life.

Unfortunately, while the updated Chromebook 15 is still the biggest Chromebook around, in this case, bigger doesn’t mean better.

There are high-end Chromebooks out there, with the latest Intel processors, memory, and high-resolution screens that can rival the best Windows and Apple laptops on the market. The Chromebook 15…

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New version of the iPhone X with an even bigger screen might cost just $699 this year

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According to comments made during yesterday’s shareholder meeting by Apple CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone X has a customer satisfaction rating of 99%. He didn’t elaborate on exactly where that figure came from, but it’s safe to say that Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone is a hit with Apple fans. The iPhone X is by far the most impressive iPhone Apple has ever released, both in terms of power and design. The glass and stainless steel housing is stunning, and the “notched” OLED display started a trend that at least a half-dozen Android phone makers have already begun to copy.

If the iPhone X is so great, why doesn’t every Apple fan have one? Why buy the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus instead? The answer to those two linked questions is twofold. One reason is many people don’t want to lose Touch ID, which has been replaced on the iPhone X by Apple’s often-fickle Face ID solution. The second reason is price, plain and simple. While Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup isn’t expected to bring back Touch ID, a new report from the world’s top Apple insider says that the problem of price will indeed be addressed.

The iPhone X is among the first in a new breed of ultra-premium, ultra high-priced smartphones. It’s built using premium materials, it’s packed full of premium technology, and it’s priced at $ 1,000 and up. Even with the many financing options out there in big markets like the United States, that’s still a whole lot of money to cough up for a smartphone. Meanwhile, the iPhone 8 starts at just $ 699 despite offering nearly identical performance and features.

Of course, the reason for the price discrepancy is fairly obvious: the iPhone 8 costs far less because it doesn’t feature the same premium materials and components. It doesn’t have the iPhone X’s pricey OLED display, it’s made of aluminum rather than stainless steel, and it doesn’t have several expensive internal components from the iPhone X like the dual-lens camera, additional RAM, a stacked board, or an L-shaped battery setup.

In 2018, Apple will apparently drag its least expensive flagship iPhone into the future. In a note to clients on Wednesday seen by MacRumors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offered new details on the third new iPhone X successor Apple supposedly plans to release in 2018.

In addition to a new version of the 5.8-inch iPhone X, Kuo says a larger Plus model will be released with a 6.5-inch OLED display. On top of that, Kuo has reported that Apple will release a third new model to lower the cost of entry to its modernized iPhone lineup. The third model will feature the same almost-all-screen design as two OLED models, but it will feature a “notched” 6.1-inch LCD screen and less expensive components.

On Wednesday, Kuo added one more important detail to the puzzle: price. According to the analyst, the 6.1-inch iPhone X successor Apple releases this coming September could start at just $ 699, in line with the current iPhone 8. Despite having a larger display than the sequel to the iPhone X, the 6.1-inch version will apparently have an LCD screen instead of OLED, an aluminum mid-frame instead of stainless steel, less RAM, a smaller battery, and a conventional non-stacked SLP. It also won’t support 3D Touch, according to Kuo.

All three of the new iPhone models covered in Kuo’s note on Wednesday morning are expected to be released in September.

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The possibilities of the iPhone X’s camera are way bigger than Animoji

More than two months after the iPhone X launch, it remains a conundrum for some to put a finger on exactly which features might justify the $ 1000+ price Apple has given its flagship phone. Some might wager on the virtually edge-to-edge OLED display, which for the first time on an iPhone, does away with the tactile home button and prominent top and bottom bezels of every previous model. It is admittedly gorgeous. As it turns out, however, the iPhone X’s most groundbreaking feature is not even discernible at first glance, even though it literally stares you in the face. Meet the…

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