Apple’s latest earnings have good news for Google

Apple’s latest earnings have good news for Google

Apple’s latest earnings have good news for Google

Depending on where one looks, Apple either had the best quarter ever at the end of last year, or else has finally started to come down from its high horse of smartphone sales. While the company did manage to make more money than ever before – $18 billion dollars in profit is no small sum – when details emerged about iPhone sales in an earnings call with CEO Tim Cook earlier this week, the big take away was that – save for China – iOS phone sales declined in every market. In contrast – save for China – Android sales have surged.

Indeed reports have been coming down the line for some time now that iPad sales have begun to slow over the past years, and many felt Apple charged too prominent a premium for its iPad Pro, released last fall, which has a comparable cost to an standard MacBook or higher end mobile PC. The fact that the product’s stylus, the Apple Pencil, was not included with the purchase only further intensified this situation for some, as did the high price for the Pencil.

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Kickstarter project of the week: Fleye is a “safe, fun and autonomous” drone

Kickstarter project of the week: Fleye is a “safe, fun and autonomous” drone

Kickstarter project of the week: Fleye is a “safe, fun and autonomous” drone

Kickstarter is a bit of an interesting website. There’s a plethora of innovative products being funded in there, but there’s also a bunch of worthless projects. In the Kickstarter project of the week series we hand pick the best and bring them to your attention. And do remember we will be featuring a different campaign every single weekend, so keep checking back if you want to stay in the loop!

 

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Nitpicking the Nexus 5X: Gosh the grievances!

Nitpicking the Nexus 5X: Gosh the grievances!

Nitpicking the Nexus 5X: Gosh the grievances!

Now that the LG Nexus 5X has hit the hands of some of the more hardcore haves, I thought it would be a good time to sound off on some of the sour spots. Make no mistake, the device is a fantastic product and a worthy upgrade from the original Nexus 5. Still, I tend to test out a lot of phones for evaluative purposes and suffice to say there have been a number of issues I’ve had with the 5X in the days I’ve spent with it so far. Some of these are device-specific, some are OS-related, however, given that the two are one-and-the-same, both will be addressed in this piece.

Also, I feel it pertinent to mention that this is not intended to be a thorough review of the hardware by any means. Those interested in a more objective, in-depth look at the device and all it has to offer should check out our official review here. With that said, let’s get this train started.

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Android + Chrome OS: four big questions

Android + Chrome OS: four big questions

Android + Chrome OS: four big questions

Instead of having Chrome OS for computers and Android for mobile devices, we could see a new, single operating system emerging next year. Chrome OS will be folded into Android, according to “people familiar with the matter” who spoke to The Wall Street Journal recently. Why is Google going all-in with Android? What will happen to Chrome OS? And what kind of impact will this move have?

Why? Why? Why?

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Motorola’s magical mix: stock Android + custom enhancements + Moto Maker

Motorola’s magical mix: stock Android + custom enhancements + Moto Maker

Motorola’s magical mix: stock Android + custom enhancements + Moto Maker

Last week Motorola unveiled the Moto X Style and Moto X Play, as well as the Moto G (2015). These new offerings look to continue the excellent line of products that the now-Lenovo owned company has on offer. Products that, with the Moto X series in particular, offer far more than Google has ever managed to, despite both the Moto series and Nexus series having relatively few software differences.

By using almost-stock Android and enhancing it with select functionality and features, Motorola has – in some ways – created a build of Android that is almost superior to the standard affair Google itself produces. The creation of Moto Maker, a user-customized variant of the product, allows for an unprecedented degree of personalization that rivals to this day fail to match.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 Impressions: a new design can’t hide what lies beneath

Samsung Galaxy A8 Impressions: a new design can’t hide what lies beneath

Samsung Galaxy A8 Impressions: a new design can’t hide what lies beneath

Samsung’s new Galaxy A8 had been rumored for some time now, but it was only last month that leaks started making their way onto the Internet. The device itself is somewhat of a hybrid of sorts given that it is essentially a mid-year refresh for the Galaxy A7 which released back in January, yet it has a new body and some of the positive changes that were introduced in the Galaxy S6.

After spending roughly a week with the phone, I wanted to present to you my initial impressions of the device, with a full review to follow in coming weeks. Please be aware that while the phone has been announced for both China and India, this piece (including the specs themselves as well as the $615 price tag) all pertain to the Korean model.

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Is the lack of NFC a deal-breaker to you?

Is the lack of NFC a deal-breaker to you?

Is the lack of NFC a deal-breaker to you?

The recent launch of the OnePlus 2 gave us plenty to be excited about, but some of you where still a bit upset about some missing features. Namely, NFC, which has become standard in current high-end devices. This technology promises simplified transactions, transfers and other types of contact-less communications. The dismissal of said component caused much commotion among tech enthusiasts… but is it really something you will miss?

While it may seem rare to see a 2015 flagship smartphone missing NFC, statistics prove growth will be slow, with only about 64% of  phones shipped in 2018 expected to tout the chip. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be a huge deal yet, which takes us to the couple reasons why OnePlus would decide to get rid of it. First, remember the company is trying to reduce manufacturing prices, effectively transferring the savings to you – the customer. This may also be why they opted for a 1080p display. Secondly, because no one is using it (and this OnePlus mentioned, themselves)!

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