Earlier today, we dug up some info on an alleged Galaxy A6 and A6+ pair, currently in the works. Some extra snooping around also led us to interesting finds on a few other Samsung devices, all bearing the SM-J720 model number, in a few typical variants – M, D/DS, F and F/DS. Examining current and old J-series model numbers leads us to believe this is likely the Galaxy J7 (2018). On to particulars, then. FCC documentation is rarely very descriptive in terms of internals, but it does cite exact dimensions for the device – 153mm x 76mm. With diagonal measurement set at 162mm for the…
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been official for around a month now, so it’s time for the upcoming Galaxy Note9 to start leaking much more than before. Today the device has been spotted in the Geekbench database. Specifically it’s the SM-N960U model, the one that will be sold in North America. It’s rocking the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC unsurprisingly, just like the US-bound S9 duo. The Note9 also features 6GB of RAM, like its predecessor. Interestingly, the prototype that ran Geekbench had Android 8.1 Oreo on board. That’s of note because the S9 and S9+ launched with Android 8.0, and…
Following Apple’s education event this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook made his way to Apple’s new flagship Michigan Avenue retail store to mingle with employees and customers…
Huawei is launching the P20 Pro next week, but the leak train is already at full speed. The phone, codenamed Charlotte, will have Kirin 970 chipset and run Android 8.1 as confirmed by a Geekbench listings. The Huawei P20 Pro, listed with 6 GB RAM, reached impressive numbers that are even higher than the leaked benchmarks of the vanilla Huawei P20. JRGRAPH_EXPANDABLE_VERSION = false; GeekBench 4.2 (multi-core) Higher is better Samsung Galaxy S9 8830 Sony Xperia XZ2 8466 Huawei P20 Pro (unofficial) 6729 Huawei Mate 10 …
Safety driver was behind the wheel of car, which was in self-driving mode, in Arizona tragedy, and the company has now halted all testing of the technology.
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vivo is going to unveil the X21 at an event in China on March 19, and now that we’re only a few days away from that a prototype has been spotted in the Geekbench database. As usual, this reveals some of the phone’s specs. Note that the device that was benchmarked is the UD version, as you can see from the screenshot, which means it will have an under-display fingerprint sensor. The vivo X20 Plus UD was the first smartphone in the world to employ this tech, and the X21 is probably going to be the successor to the smaller X20 that was released last October. The vivo X21 UD comes with…
Plus, Apple’s market cap hits an all-time high of $ 922 billion and the company buys the Texture magazine app; Lyft is growing faster than Uber, and John Oliver explains cryptocurrency.
President Trump killed Broadcom’s proposed hostile takeover of rival chipmaker Qualcomm yesterday, citing national security concerns. Both companies were ordered to immediately abandon the proposed deal; Trump’s order also prohibits Singapore-based Broadcom’s proposed candidates for Qualcomm’s board from standing for election. Broadcom says it “strongly disagrees that its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm raises any national security concerns.” [Chloe Aiello / CNBC]
Apple is buying Texture, a digital subscription service that lets users read all or part of more than 200 magazines on Apple and Android devices for $ 10 a month. The deal can’t be solely about the money, but it adds a business line that features recurring revenue, like Apple Music, and strengthens the link between Apple and big publishers, many of whom are beefing with big tech companies. Apple’s media boss Eddy Cue talked more about the Texture acquisition, media curation and Rihanna yesterday in an interview at SXSW. Meanwhile, Apple’s market cap is at an all-time high of more than $ 922 billion. [Peter Kafka / Recode]
Lyft passed $ 1 billion in revenue last year — and it’s growing faster than Uber. Uber, of course, is still much larger than Lyft — it generated a reported $ 7.5 billion in revenue last year and operates in many more cities and countries. But despite Uber’s head start, it has not been able to destroy Lyft, which has capitalized somewhat on Uber’s missteps and unsavory reputation. [Dan Frommer / Recode]
Nancy Dubuc has stepped down as CEO of A&E — and will likely be CEO of Vice Media. Vice’s run as the break-all-the-rules-but-still-succeed media upstart has come to an end and it needs help: Vice missed its 2017 numbers by a wide margin, and comes burdened with much-buzzed-about HR problems. Dubuc pushed for the deal that turned one of A&E’s low-rated cable channels into Viceland, Vice’s low-rated cable channel; the deal also put her on the Vice board. [Peter Kafka / Recode]
Digital media veteran Jon Miller and private equity heavyweight TPG are shopping for websites. They’ve already acquired Fandom, a network of pop culture sites formerly known as Wikia, in a deal that valued that company at more than $ 200 million. [Peter Kafka / Recode]
Here’s a look at how social media is reshaping sex work — while also threatening it. After the popular sex-work web hub myRedBook was seized and shut down by the federal government in 2014, cam models, escorts and other sex workers had to get tech-savvy fast; many moved their marketing onto the likes of Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, all of which have their own ever-changing degrees of policy enforcement, which can be risky for businesses of any kind. [Emma Grey Ellis / Wired]
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Mobile games like Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Heroes and Square Enix’s Final Fantasy Brave Exvius aren’t pushing out updates as expected on iOS devices today. This is likely because Apple’s new App Store guidelines, which stipulates that developers must disclose the odds of getting certain items in loot boxes.
Apple’s updated guidelines say: “Apps offering ‘loot boxes’ or other mechanisms that provide randomized virtual items for purchase must disclose the odds of receiving each type of item to customers prior to purchase.” GamesBeat has reached out to Nintendo, Square Enix, and Apple for comments and will update this article when we hear back.
The key detail is that developers must detail the odds of each item. A post on the gaming industry forum ResetEra speculates that the games that aren’t updating are affected because they weren’t thorough enough in their disclosure. Only a handful of games seem to have paused updates, and titles like Blizzard’s Hearthstone aren’t affected. Android users have received the updates as expected.
Apple revamped its App Store guidelines in response to the ongoing debate about loot boxes. Many free-to-play games depend on these types of in-app purchases as a major part of their monetization strategy. But some have compared loot boxes to gambling, calling for more protection and transparency for players. Games are the biggest earners on mobile, raking in $ 48.3 billion of revenue last year out of the $ 58.6 billion spent on apps overall. And mobile games are slated to grow to $ 72.3 billion by 2020.
Players can pay real money for in-game currency or to purchase loot boxes directly. The haul is usually randomized, with special or rare items appearing infrequently. The App Store rule is aimed toward letting players know how likely they are to get certain items to make better purchasing decisions.
Samsung has just made a couple of changes to its Android security updates page, and they’re not too pretty. Three devices — the 2016 versions of the Galaxy A3, J1, and J3 — have been dropped from security updates altogether, and out of the four new additions, three have been filed under the list for quarterly security updates.
Without further ado, here are the changes:
No longer in any list:
- Galaxy A3 (2016)
- Galaxy J1 (2016)
- Galaxy J3 (2016)
Additions to monthly list:
- Galaxy A8 (2018)
Additions to quarterly list:
- Galaxy A8+ (2018)
- Galaxy J2 (2018)
- Galaxy Tab Active2
It’s not too difficult to understand why the Galaxy A3 (2016), J1 (2016), and J3 (2016) have been axed; they’re all around two years old at this point and they’re budget to mid-range devices.
Samsung stops security updates for 2016 models of Galaxy A3, J1, and J3; many new devices only get quarterly updates was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Apple has stopped signing iOS 11.2.5, just a few days after releasing iOS 11.2.6 to fix the Telegu character text bomb bug. Continue reading
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