Chinese discount phone makers were supposed to rival Apple’s iPhone globally. Instead, they’re dying off within China

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Ever since iPhones officially went on sale in China back in 2009, pundits have claimed that local production of cheaper smartphones would not only block Apple’s growth prospects in China but also invade smartphone markets globally. They were wrong, here’s why.
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This affordable Apple Pencil rival works with any iPad

If you do any kind of writing or sketching on your iPad, you should use a stylus. But you don’t need to spend $99 on an Apple Pencil. SonarPen is the affordable “smart pen” every iPad owner needs. It’s accurate, practical, and it never needs charging. Apple Pencil gets rave reviews — and rightly so; […]

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Spotify may be planning to enter production with its own HomePod rival

Spotify last spring ran a curious job ad for a Senior Product Manager that signaled its interest in the hardware game, and now we’re learning via a collection of new job listings that Spotify’s HomePod rival may in fact be in the works literally as we speak…. Read the rest of this post here


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Heads of US law & spy agencies say phones by Apple rival Huawei pose inherent national security risk

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The heads of several U.S. law and spy agencies claim that smartphone buyers should avoid buying products from China’s Huawei, since the company poses a risk of data theft and surveillance of users, but also are a danger to national security as well.
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LG’s V30 follow-up will feature an AI-powered camera to rival Huawei’s Mate 10


Huawei made a lot of noise last year about its Mate 10 flagship, which came with the company’s own AI chip for adding some interesting camera features. Now, LG is hoping to take on the Chinese gadget giant with on that front with the successor to its V30, which it’ll show off later this month at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. LG says its next phone will come with Vision AI, which “analyzes objects and recommends the best shooting mode from among eight modes: portrait, food, pet, landscape, city, flower, sunrise, and sunset.” That’s similar to what the Mate 10 series…

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