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Huawei Enjoy 6 official: sub-$200 metal smartphone with 4100 mAh battery and 3 GB RAM

Huawei will almost certainly take the wraps off the highly anticipated Mate 9 at a special event next week on Thursday, November 3rd. As the company continues to drop teasers ahead of the 5.9-inch phablet’s launch, it has just revealed another new handset. Having checked through China’s TENAA authority a couple of weeks back, the Huawei Enjoy 6 is now official.
The marquee feature is unquestionably the 4100 mAh battery. It’s larger than usual, and given the Enjoy 6’s fairly mid-range specs, it should keep the lights on for significant periods between charge.
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Apple’s Mac event: Start time, what to expect and where to watch the live stream – CNET

Everything you need to know to follow Apple’s event today. – Source

Huawei Enjoy 6 official: 5″ AMOLED, 13MP camera, metal body

The Huawei Enjoy 6 is now official though for the time being limited to China. It takes on the Xiaomi Redmi 3 head on with a 5″ AMOLED screen (720p resolution) and a metal body with a fingerprint reader on the back.

The phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 chipset (octa-core CPU) with a surprisingly roomy 3GB of RAM and a more cramped 16GB storage (there’s a microSD slot, though). The Enjoy 6 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, skinned with Emotion UI 4.1.

There’s a 13MP camera on the back (f/2.2 lens) and a 5MP selfie camera on the front. This is a dual-SIM phone with 4G LTE…

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PlayStation 4 has a pair of controllers made for pro gamers

The Xbox One has the Elite gamepad to satisfy the platform’s pro gamers or people who just want a really nice gamepad. But Sony fans are stuck with a controller that’s barely changed since the Playstation 4 launched in 2013. Rather than crafting one… – Source

Samsung’s Q3 results: Mobile profits down over 95% due to Galaxy Note7 debacle

Samsung has announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2016, and – as expected – the Galaxy Note7 fiasco has taken a huge toll on the company’s profits.

The tech giant’s mobile division reported an operating profit of KRW 0.10 trillion ($87.8 million), which is down 96% from the same time last year. That’s also the lowest figure for the South Korean company in the past eight years.

The company’s overall operating profit for the quarter stood at KRW 5.20 trillion ($4.5 billion), down KRW 2.19 trillion from the profit figure reported in Q3 2015. That’s lowest for the…

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A Cubs fan’s World Series diary for Game 2: A big bounce back ‘W’

That’s more like it.

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At the end of my recap of Game 1, I said: “I feel pretty good about a bounce-back game. These Cubs are young, resilient, and now they’re angry and embarrassed.”

If you’ve followed the Cubs at all this season, particularly in the postseason, this suggestion is hardly novel; it’s what they do. And they proved that with an impressive 5-1 win in Game 2 to even the World Series at 1-1.

As for bouncing back from last night’s 6-0 downer, a pal and fellow Cubs fan pointed out before Game 2, the Cubs have …

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6 coworking spaces in Asia to lust over

If fluorescent-lit cubicles suck your soul dry, these coworking spaces in Asia will make working a joyful experience again. Hell, they may just make you skip out of your own vacation so you can bask in the glory of their designer interiors.

The Great Room, Singapore

A photo posted by WEAR OH WHERE (@wearohwhere) on Jul 14, 2016 at 4:09am PDT

Thanks to design studio Hassell, The Great Room feels less like a coworking space, and more like a lobby of a plush hotel.

Members are treated to “turn-down services” at the end of each day, where those working late are given cookies. And if that’s not enough to get the creative juices running, there’s even free breakfast with the Monday Breakfast Club. …

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The Note 7 wiped out Samsung’s mobile profit in Q3

Samsung Electronics announced its financial results for Q3 2016 and they are just as lousy as anticipated.

What should’ve been a bonanza turned into famine, as Samsung’s mobile division struggled to contain the fallout caused by the Note 7 cancellation. Samsung barely avoided recording a loss in its IT & Mobile unit, posting 100 billion won ($87 million) in operating profit.

That seems like a lot of money, until you look at the same figure in previous quarters. Samsung Mobile made 4.32 trillion won in Q2 and 3.89 trillion won in Q1. Year on year, Q3 brought a 95% drop.

Fortunately for Samsung, its other units fared much better, which allowed it to post 5.2 trillion won ($4.5 billion) in overall operating profit. That’s a big drop compared to previous quarters, but still far from a catastrophe. The component and display businesses in particular did very well.

The Note 7 fallout will extend in the next quarter, but Samsung says it “will strive to achieve comparable YOY earnings.” The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, as well as new models in the mid to low-end segment are expected to drive Samsung’s profit in Q4.

Samsung said it anticipates a turnaround next year thanks to the launch of new flagships. The company has already teased the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, promising it would make them available at reduced prices to Note 7 users who choose to remain loyal to Samsung.

Regarding the mobile business, the company will focus on expanding sales of new flagship products with differentiated design and innovative features, as well as regaining consumers’ confidence. Samsung will concentrate on strengthening its competitiveness by continuously enhancing solution capabilities such as KNOX, Samsung Pay and cloud-related and artificial intelligence-related services.

Samsung also said it’s taking steps to avoid another Note 7-style fiasco:

Going forward, the Company will make significant changes in the quality assurance processes in its commitment to providing safe and reliable products and regaining customers’ confidence.

Let us know your thoughts!

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LG would make more money if it wasn’t for smartphones

You know it’s bad when your mobile business gets trounced by the rival that sold a smartphone that actually blew up in its customers pockets. That’s the situation over at LG, whose mobile communications division contrived to lose $389.4 million acros… – Source

OnePlus 3T to feature a Sony IMX398 sensor, Snapdragon 821 and 6GB RAM

The OnePlus 3 has quite a lot going in its favor; it’s powerful, cheap, and revered throughout the modding community for its dev-friendliness. There have been suggestions that a OnePlus 3S — now thought to be called the OnePlus 3T — could be on the horizon as a refresh to the popular flagship. Few details have come to light on what exactly the newer model might entail, but a new tidbit suggests that the device’s main camera will utilize the Sony IMX398 sensor.
The 16-megapixel IMX398 debuted last week with the new Oppo R9s and R9s Plus. Oppo … – Source

Maisie Williams getting wildly excited about ‘Bake Off’ is all of us

LONDON — Maisie Williams is a Twitter Queen, and last night her live tweet marathon of the Great British Bake Off finale reigned supreme.

The Game of Thrones star provided a play-by-play of the onscreen action that was almost as riveting as the show itself.

SEE ALSO: ‘Great British Bake Off’ finale is tonight, and British Twitter is going to explode

Relive the Bake Off anxiety through this compilation of her live-tweets. WARNING: there are spoilers:

This is the end of bake off as we know it

— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) October 26, 2016

I mean, what a gripping showstopper

— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) …

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Australian man narrates 2 kangaroos kickboxing like it’s NBD

Imagine a place where animals are outside your door fighting for dominance, and it’s not that huge a deal.

Well, it’s apparently like that at The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia, where an unnamed man narrates “the boys” having quite the kickboxing match early in the morning. The thing is, he sounds like he’s seen it all before.

The two kangaroos are absolutely giving it to other in a video posted on Facebook, but sometimes Down Under it’s as common as getting the bus.

Dudes do 25 celebrity impressions quicker than you can do most things

Helmet cam captures horrifying wingsuit crash into trees

Pranking a dog with a fake skeleton is the only good Halloween prank

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India wants regional languages added in every phone sold in the country

India may be the world’s fastest growing smartphone market, but millions of people in the country face difficulties in operating these handsets because of a big language barrier. But those problems could soon be behind them.

SEE ALSO: 5 things you need to know about the world’s fastest growing smartphone market

India’s ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY) has …

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Samsung to invest record $24 billion in flexible displays and flash memory production

Samsung’s semiconductor production is becoming its bread-and-butter business, and the OLED display manufacturing won’t be far behind, it seems. The company is planning to invest the whopping $24 billion in expanding the mass production of those components, in order to meet the rising demand from its phone business and external clients.
Given that it was the first to start a 10nm chipset foundry in mass quantities, and the rumors that Apple will be using its OLED panels for the 2017 iPhone(s), it’s not hard to fathom why such a huge investment. Samsung’s flagships are also … – Source

The Morning After: Thursday October 27th 2016

Microsoft’s big Surface showcase was aimed at creators and those of us interested in getting some new Redmond-made Windows 10 hardware. It was less about Office and more about 3D photography and, well, crazy physical “Dials” you can attach to your PC… – Source

True stories: When my phone fell into the toilet

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Google expands Material Design suite with new tools for sharing and collaborating on projects

Google has launched a suite of new resources for easily creating, sharing, and editing Material Design projects. All the updated tools and guidelines can be found on the freshly-launched website, where Google showcases the flexibility and prowess of its cohesive design language in a series of expertly animated and lively demos.

One of the new Material tools introduced by Google is called Gallery, and it allows for easily sharing work-in-progress projects within design teams. Mockups and entire designs can be shared with a simple web link, while viewers … – Source

How to turn a Nexus 6P and iPhone 6s into $215,000

A group of Chinese hackers known as Tencent Keen Security Lab Team (or Keen Team for short) have scored themselves $215,000 by coming up with three successful exploits for the Nexus 6P and iPhone 6s. The hacks were performed as part of Trend Micro’s 2016 MobilePwn2Own event, where the team scooped up more than half the prize money on offer for successful hacks of the

The Keen Team destroyed a fully patched and updated Nexus 6P on their first attempt in just five minutes. The team combined two pre-existing Android exploits and then “leveraged other weaknesses in the OS”, managing to install a malicious app without requiring any user interaction. This effort alone scored them over $100,000.

Next up, the hackers tackled the iPhone 6s and also managed to install a rogue app, but it didn’t survive a reboot, making it less valuable both to a potential bad actor as well as to the Keen Team’s prize money. The team was able to get the iPhone 6s to give up its store of photos though, netting the team more money overall for iPhone 6s exploits than for the Nexus 6P. It’s not clear if anyone managed to hack the Galaxy S7.

All bugs and vulnerabilities have been disclosed to Google and Apple as part of Trend Micro’s standard disclosure process. While the event was set up to highlight the need for services like those offered by Trend Micro, the company also had some sage words for manufacturers about security in general:

As entertaining as the Mobile Pwn2Own competition may be, it exposes the seriousness of understanding the current threats and weaknesses. This year’s competition succeeds in that regard. While not every entry was declared a full winner, all of them used flaws in phones that should be addressed by the vendor.

Did you think a Nexus 6P could be hacked in five minutes? What do you do to protect your data?

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Emojis are now being displayed in the Museum of Modern Art, this is how it all began in 1999

he first emoji was created in 1998 or 1999 by Japanese designer Shigetaka Kurita, who was at the time working on a mobile internet platform, called i-mode, at Japanese carrier NTT. Kurita was inspired by the way weather forecasts and street signs used simple, but universally recognizable, symbols to convey meaning, and decided to adopt this approach for his project. The first set of emoji was comprised of just 176 pictograms, each with resolution of 12 x 12 pixels, and was aimed to differentiate i-mode’s messaging features from other such services. Eleven years later, … – Source

Telltale’s Batman is finally available for Android!

Earlier this year, Telltale Games brought their own style of game-creation to the Batman universe. The studio is famous for creating episodic adventures in the worlds of The Walking Dead, Fables (The Wolf Among Us), Game of Thrones, and others. Its style elevates storytelling over gameplay and the titles feel more like an interactive miniseries than a full-fledged game. Whether you like that type of games or not, it’s undeniable that they translate great to mobile platforms.

The Telltale Batman game has been out for PC and consoles for a while now and is up to Episode 3 now. A month ago, … – Source

OnePlus 3T said to feature a Sony IMX398 sensor

OnePlus has always managed to stand out in its own way on the vast smartphone market. The growing startup puts great emphasis on value products and is famous for carefully and meticulously creating its handsets with a quality over quantity mindset. That being said, it is always exciting to hear about a new product in the works.

It will likely bear the A3010 model number, as made clear by a recent 3C certification, and the OnePlus 3T moniker. The title is quite fitting since this time around the OEM appears to have decided to stick with the same design and basic functionality and only…

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Niall Horan, Ewan McGregor, Isla Fisher play a horrifying game with James Corden

The Late Late Show with James Corden is putting its celebrity guests through the ringer with a hilarious and slightly disturbing take on the classic game of ‘Truth or Dare.’

What question wouldn’t you answer when faced with the alternative of throwing beef tongue, bird saliva, or a salmon smoothie down the hatch?

Because that’s the premise of the show’s “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” sketch, and it is brutal.

SEE ALSO: Lady Gaga has a very important question for Matt LeBlanc

One Directioner Niall Horan opted to down the salmon smoothie instead of naming his least favourite band member, and Corden chomped down happily on the beef tongue rather than reveal which Jimmy he prefers — Kimmel or Fallon. …

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Research firm claims 70% of Galaxy Note 7 owners will remain loyal to Samsung

It appears that Samsung is fighting a fierce battle against customers who purchased the Galaxy Note 7 and have yet to return it following the second recall announcement.

Although the South Korean company kicked off numerous incentives in many countries, consumers who had to go through excessive bureaucracies to exchange their Galaxy Note 7 during the first recall are now afraid they will have to relive the same nightmare once again.

Unfortunately for these very loyal customers, Samsung has already found ways to prevent any Galaxy Note 7 from remaining in … – Source

Save $28 on this fast wireless charging stand today!

Wireless charging is a great thing, you don’t have to deal with cables and plugging things in, but sometimes it means your phone charges a bit slower. Luckily, Samsung’s fast wireless charging stand offers quicker speeds and still doesn’t require you to connect a wire to your phone. Right now you can pick one up for just $41.95.

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LG mobile reports $381M loss due to poor sales of flagship G5 – CNET

LG’s home appliance and entertainment divisions are doing well, and the company is already looking towards its next flagship handset. – Source

LG’s mobile division reports another loss making quarter, revenue down 23% y-o-y

LG has reported another tough quarter for its mobile division, with revenues for the unit coming in at KRW 2.5 trillion ($2.3BN) in its Q3 2016, 23 per cent lower than in the same quarter in 2015, and a quarterly operating loss of RW 436.4 billion ($389.4M). Read More

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No, the Xiaomi Mi Max doesn’t actually have a 91.3% screen-to-body ratio

Xiaomi captured people’s imagination with the “bezel-less” Mi Mix – a spark of true innovation in a time when smartphone design has become very stale. But we want to dispute Xiaomi’s claims of 91.3% screen-to-body ratio.

Here’s the thing. We took this official image (left) and measured it in Photoshop – both the phone and its screen (if you want details on how: we used the tool that counts the selected pixels).

Indeed we got pretty close to the claimed 91.3% number, but while we were zoomed in on the image, we noticed that the digitally-rendered view of the Xiaomi Mi Mix does not…

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Qantas unveils updated logo design and its new Dreamliner cabins

Qantas has announced a redesign, but it’s more of a freshening up than a complete overhaul.

It’s only the fifth time the Australian airline has updated its iconic kangaroo logo since it first appeared on the tail of its planes in 1944. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

SEE ALSO: Australia sweetens deal for backpackers looking for a working holiday

The new logo has been “simplified,” according to the airline. There are no arms on the kangaroo anymore, and the head has a less pronounced snout and ears. Shading on the end of the logo is to add a “sense of depth and movement,” according to a statement on the Qantas website. …

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Samsung operating profit plunges 30% in wake of Note 7 fiasco

The world’s largest smartphone maker Samsung sees its operating profit plunge by 30%, pulled down by the recall of its Note 7 flagship phone. – Source

Samsung’s Q3 operating profit for the IT and mobile communication division declines 96%

Samsung Electronics released its third quarter earnings on Thursday morning. Revenue amounted to the equivalent of $41.9 billion USD, a decline of 7.5% year-over-year. Operating profit came to the equivalent of $4.5 billion USD during the the three month period ended in September. That worked out to a 30% or $1.89 billion USD decline from last year’s Q3. Pre-tax profit for the quarter declined 19% year-over-year, and net profits were 17% lower.

The IT & Mobile Communications Division was negatively impacted by the first official recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. As the quarter came … – Source

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