5 days, $1 billion: Flipkart and Amazon spur Indian smartphone bonanza

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The battle for India’s online shoppers has triggered a smartphone gold rush. Flipkart and Amazon are leading an online sales bonanza that will see Indians buy smartphones worth over $1 billion in just five days, according to tech consultancy Counterpoint Research. Bangalore-based Flipkart said it sold 1 million devices during the first hour of an online… Read more »

The New Apple Watch Heart Monitoring Only Works in the U.S.

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When Apple said its new Apple Watch heart monitoring capabilities were FDA cleared, they meant only FDA cleared, it seems. The new Apple Watch touts a fancy new ECG, or electrocardiogram, monitor. It’s the type of device that is medically advanced enough to need clearance before public consumer use. Apple actually only got FDA clearance a day before its big event… Read more »

Xiaomi Shows Off Scorching Growth Ahead of $10 Billion IPO

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Xiaomi Corp., going for wow-factor ahead of what could be the largest initial public offering since 2014, has revealed a blistering pace of growth that’ll help it take on Apple and Samsung in global smartphones. The Chinese smartphone maker filed for an IPO in Hong Kong Thursday, kicking off a process that’s expected to raise at least… Read more »

Apple, Amazon, Alphabet: The race to a trillion dollars

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When it comes to predictions for 2018, most financial analysts agree on one thing: one tech firm is likely to become America’s first ever trillion dollar company.  The question is: which one will it be? Source: BBC Technology News Date: February 1st, 2018 Link (includes a 2 min 38 sec video): http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42901143 Discussion 1) At “$999 – the iPhone… Read more »

Here’s How Many Subscribers Shazam Could Bring to Apple Music

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Apple’s decision to acquire music discovery service Shazam last year could pay off in short order, one analyst says. The iPhone maker could add between 1.5 million and 7.5 million users to its Apple Music streaming service solely from its Shazam acquisition. Source: Fortune Magazine Date: January 26th, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/01/26/shazam-apple-music-subscribers/ Discussion 1) Why did Apple buy Shazam? 2) What might… Read more »

China’s eight-year-long smartphone growth comes to an end

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China’s smartphone market has fallen for the first time, with annual shipments down by 4% in 2017, according to data from research firm Canalys. The decline ends eight years’ growth in the world’s largest mobile phone market. Smartphone brands Huawei, Oppo and Vivo continue to dominate the Chinese handset market. Source: BBC Technology News Date: January 26th, 2018 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42830375… Read more »

Is Apple getting sloppy?

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Well, you don’t see that every day – Apple has rushed out a patch to fix a major security bug.  It had been revealed that users of its new MacOS High Sierra operating system can access it without using a password. Just use “root” as a username, leave the password field blank and hit “Enter” a few times.  It’s an… Read more »

Face ID iPhone X ‘hack’ demoed live with mask

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A Vietnamese cyber-security firm has shown the BBC how a mask can be used to unlock Apple’s new iPhone X. The demo took place about a week after Bkav first claimed to have undermined the handset’s security. But other experts have cast doubt on what the “hack” amounts to. Apple has not commented beyond referring… Read more »