Honor is holding an event in London on May 15, Honor 10 likely to be outed

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Huawei sub-brand Honor is holding its next unveiling event in London on May 15. It has started sending out press invites for the occasion, and you can see the associated promo image below. That’s obviously the outline of a smartphone, so it’s pretty clear what the event will be about. The must-have buzzword of 2018, “AI”, is present too, so you know this will be a high-end device of some sort. That’s why we assume the Honor 10 is the handset in question, the one making its debut at this May 15 London event. It would complement the Honor View 10 in the company’s portfolio, and should…

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3 New Hearthstone Cards Poised to be Overpowered and the Class Least Likely to be Good in the Witchwood

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With all the new Hearthstone[Free] reveals going on, we’re sitting down for a minute to look over what we have seen and shed a little light on what were this weeks big meta-changing cards in the Witchwood expansion. We’ve already looked at some of the ways Glinda Crowskin, Lord Godfrey, and Hagatha the Witch may have an impact. Today we look at a few more cards that have some far-reaching implications on what a good deck might look like in the months ahead and one very special class that seems to be behind the curve at the moment.

Lady in White

We are in a Priest renaissance right now. While it may not be as dominant as Shaman or Druid were in their heyday, the groundwork for solid Priest decks has never been as good and there is no sign of slowing. Between Lady in White and Vivid Nightmare the stage is set for not only revitalizing old deck types but the genesis of stuff from out of left field. I like this card, I think Priest will continue to be a thorn in my side if my Jade Druid deck continues to be viable and I feel bitter but I’m not, because Priests deserve good decks too!

Emeriss

Late game Hunter has some issues, and Emeriss is here to help. He is going to play well with Kathrena Winterwisp and is probably going to be reliant on a few key factors. The Kobolds & Catacombs expansion leaned very heavily on a low or no minion count Hunter style that means that even with a hand full of cards, which Hunter seems to rarely be afforded if the game is still going at round 9 or 10, most of those cards will probably not be minions. Indeed the only two Hunter decks listed at the moment on Tempostorm.com’s meta snapshot have very little use for this card. Between Houndmaster Shaw, Emeriss and the low-cost spell options for early game I think a hybrid of low cost non beast minions with high cost beasts might be viable. At the very least it is an angle that has had a solid trajectory for 2 expansions that may just end up being workable with more pieces of the puzzle in place. This one may edge its way in.

Vex Crow

Anything that encourages Mage to be throwing spells and benefitting in an additional way is worth strong consideration. Vex Crow is going to be the next Flamewaker or Mana Wyrm. While they are all susceptible to removal, the Vex Crow will open up some possibilities that never existed with these types of cards. Some may lament the RNG that this game sometimes involves, but a Mage throwing out spells and having a magic crow spit out small minions is goofy and flavorful and fun. Not to mention really strong, did I mention that?

So which class seems the weakest so far? Warrior

With this week’s reveals of Darius Crowley and the Blackhowl Gunspire, it looks like Warrior is going to be doubling down on middle-cost minions and the old charge-or-be taking damage schism that exists in the lineup. Granted now we are seeing this with Rush and Echo thrown into the mix but it does not seem like much new for Warrior as of yet. Does this mean that a combination of old and new cards won’t come together to make a solid deck? Of course not, but the point is that we really are waiting to be blown away by a Warrior card and the wait continues.

More reveals will be occurring in the weeks to come so stay tuned as we bring you the latest in Heathstone hype and expansion news! Special thanks to Hearthpwn.com for being a great database of Hearthstone resources.

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Lerer Hippeau is likely to take over Binary Capital’s portfolio after Justin Caldbeck’s departure

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A deal is expected ASAP.

The New York venture capital firm Lerer Hippeau is poised to take over most of the stranded 25 companies in the portfolio of a competing firm that lost its partners in a sexual harassment scandal.

The remnants of Binary Capital, the firm run by Jonathan Teo and Justin Caldbeck, is expected to strike a deal with Lerer that will effectively allow Binary to assume the portfolio, Recode has learned. Lerer would inherit a group of early-stage companies that have had little to no guidance since last summer, when Caldbeck was accused of unwanted sexual advances on multiple women, leading to the closure of his fund.

Lerer is expected to take over and gain some equity in at least Binary’s first fund, according to a person familiar with the matter. Whether they take over Binary’s second fund has not yet been determined.

Lerer, led by Eric Hippeau and the father-and-son pair of Ken and Ben Lerer, will have an enormously difficult task: It will have to rush help to two dozen new companies that it does not know while also managing its existing group of 165 companies. And it will also likely have to rebrand the Binary name, which is only four years old and is now defined by scandal.

None of the companies in Binary Capital’s portfolio is particularly large. Multiple Binary-backed founders tell Recode they have heard next to nothing from the limited partnership advisory committee, the Binary LPs who were supposed to manage the investments, as they tried to find a way to save the companies.

After Caldbeck’s departure, Teo at first offered to resign, but his firm’s limited partners never officially accepted his resignation. The firm has since been bogged down in various legal matters, including an attempt by Teo to have his fate decided in arbitration.

Multiple funds in addition to Lerer sought to acquire the portfolio in recent months, according to sources. One portfolio company had publicly pushed Binary to hire a female partner to manage its investments, and several others privately told Recode that they hoped Binary would.

None of Lerer’s managing partners are female. Lerer Hippeau has typically focused on seed-stage deals in e-commerce, media and entertainment, especially those local to New York City. Prominent portfolio companies include BuzzFeed, Casper and Warby Parker.

A Lerer rep did not have any immediate comment. The pending deal was first reported by Axios.

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KGI: Cheaper 9.7-inch iPad will likely support Apple Pencil

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report that predicts Apple Pencil shipments will double this year. Kuo believes it is possible the iPhone could eventually support Apple Pencil, but it’s more likely that the new 9.7-inch iPad expected to be unveiled next week will work with Apple Pencil.

As a result, Kuo forecasts Apple Pencil sales — which the company doesn’t specifically disclose — will double to 9-10 million this year from what Kuo estimates at 4-4.5 million last year.

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MSNBC to air Tim Cook interview on April 6, likely discussing education plans coming next week

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Announced via a tweet, Tim Cook will be interviewed by Vox Media’s Recode. The special segment will air on MSNBC on Friday, April 6 at 8PM ET.

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Mark Gurman: Cheaper iPad to Debut Next Week, Sub-$1,000 MacBook Likely Not Ready Yet

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Apple plans to introduce a cheaper iPad next week that should appeal to the education market, and new software for the classroom, according to Bloomberg News‘ Mark Gurman. The new products should be announced at Apple’s education-themed event on Tuesday at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago.


Apple is also said to be working on a new, lower-priced notebook, likely to replace the MacBook Air with a sub-$1,000 price in the United States:

A new, cheaper MacBook laptop is in the works and likely destined to replace the MacBook Air at a price less than $1,000, but it probably won’t be ready in time for next week, the people said. The MacBook Air, introduced about a decade ago, hasn’t seen a major change since 2010, the same year the iPad came out. Although the laptop is popular with college students, it has languished as Apple focuses on more expensive Macs.

At first glance, it would appear that Gurman is referring to a lower-priced 12-inch MacBook, as many people believe that Apple will eventually phase out the MacBook Air. However, the “MacBook laptop” wording is perhaps intentionally vague, in case it does end up being a cheaper MacBook Air.

12-inch MacBook models currently start at $1,299, and were last updated with Kaby Lake processors and faster graphics in June 2017. MacBook Air starts at $999 and hasn’t received a meaningful update since March 2015.


Earlier this month, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple plans to launch a more affordable MacBook Air in the second quarter of 2018, which essentially runs between next week and the end of June. WitsView researcher Yubin Qiu estimated the notebook could start at $799 to $899 in the United States.

Gurman said the new MacBook “probably won’t be ready in time for next week,” suggesting it won’t be unveiled at the Chicago event. Of course, Apple could still mention the notebook at the event, even if orders begin later.

Gurman nor Kuo have elaborated on what we can expect from the new MacBook or MacBook Air, whichever it ends up being, but it’s reasonable to assume that we’ll see a bump to the processors and graphics. If it’s a new MacBook Air, a Retina display is also a possibility, but that may go against the sub-$1,000 price.

Apple hasn’t specified if the Chicago event will be live streamed. MacRumors will provide coverage on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.

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Huawei P20 Porsche Design likely coming too

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Huawei is all about partnerships with premium brands – they have the Leica collaboration for the cameras, and they have Porsche Design for…. design. The company’s two latest Mate iterations have come in special PD trim, and now apparently it’s making its way to the P-series too. The quest for perfection continues with heritage brand @PorscheDesignThe future of luxury meets the future of technology. #DiscoverExceptional on 27.03.2018 pic.twitter.com/UvDEeWxu5E— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) March 23, 2018 A tweet from Huawei Mobile is hyping us up for a meet-up of luxury and…

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Samsung Galaxy Note9 likely to feature in-display fingerprint sensor, report says

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Last we heard, KGI’s research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the Samsung Galaxy Note9 will not come with a fingerprint reader under its display. Yet now a new report from Samsung’s home country of South Korea is claiming otherwise. The Korea Herald says the tech giant is likely to go for an in-display fingerprint sensor on this year’s Galaxy Note series smartphone. “Samsung Display has prepared three or four solutions for Samsung Electronics to embed the fingerprint sensor inside of the main display, and both are seriously considering one of the solutions,” the media cites one of its…

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Apple Likely to Buy 270 Million Display Panels for 2018 iPhone Lineup

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Apple plans to order between 250 and 270 million display panels for its iPhone lineup this year, according to sources within Taiwan’s panel industry. Around half that number will consist of OLED panels, to be shared among current-model iPhone X orders, a second-generation model, and a larger 6.5-inch iPhone, according to DigiTimes.

Apple’s purchases of OLED panels in 2018 will reach 110-130 million units, including 70-80 million 5.9-inch units for the current iPhone X and an upgraded version of the same size. The remaining will be 40-50 million 6.5-inch OLED panels for the production of a less expensive model, said the sources.

Given the wording in the above quote from today’s DigiTimes article, the “5.9-inch” reference could be overlooked as a typo, but claiming the 6.5-inch OLED panels are for a “less expensive model” seems off the mark.

Several reliable sources claim Apple is readying a second-generation version of the iPhone X with the same 5.8-inch OLED display, along with a larger “Plus” size with a 6.5-inch display. Design wise, both the 5.8-inch iPhone and 6.5-inch iPhone coming in 2018 are expected to look similar to the current iPhone X, with an edge-to-edge display and notch for the TrueDepth camera, glass bodies for wireless charging support, and dual-lens rear cameras.

Along with these two OLED iPhones, which will likely be just as expensive as the current iPhone X, Apple is however said to be planning to introduce a new, more affordable 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display, according to reports.

DigiTimes claims 60 to 70 million Low-Temperature PolySilicon (LTPS) LCD panels have been earmarked for this device, and around the same number in 4-inch, 4.7-inch, and 5.5-inch sizes are destined for new iPhone 8, iPhone SE, and iPhone 7 devices this year. Other reports claim Apple could use a Full Active LCD display for an upcoming 6.1-inch device, which could match or exceed some of the benefits of OLED.

Otherwise, today’s report reiterates previous OLED supplier rumors for 2018. Apple is said to be sourcing the majority of its OLED displays for the 2018 iPhone lineup from Samsung, but LG Display seeks to become the second-largest supplier in the second half of this year, perhaps providing displays for the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone. Lastly, DigiTimes‘ sources claim Sharp and Japan Display could become Apple’s main suppliers of LCD panels, rather than shoring up extra OLED supplies, as previous report claimed.

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Apple developing MicroLED tech at secret facility, likely to debut in Apple Watch

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Apple is reportedly developing MicroLED screen technology at a secret engineering and manufacturing facility located 15 minutes from Apple Park, with the tech expected to debut in future devices as a potential replacement for OLED panels currently supplied by Samsung.
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