Smartphone sales to flatten out in 2018 as devices fail to impress

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In previous years, mobile phone models saw big differences from one generation to the next. Smartphone sales are expected to flatten out this year, according to a Canaccord Genuity forecast. Last year, the growth rate reached only 2.7 percent. The Wall Street firm predicts that consumers don’t have many reasons to upgrade this year. This prediction takes the mobile phone growth rate in a different direction than other respected forecasts. The Garner market research firm, on the other hand, said that smartphone sales growth would reach almost 5 percent. Still,…

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Apple Watch Instagram app no longer available

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Users of the popular image based social media app will need to turn back to their iPhones again. A new iOS update has quietly eliminated the Apple Watch Instagram app from devices. The iPhone maker recently implemented a new mobile app requirement. The social network’s application appears not to have met that requirement. The iOS updating system triggered the removal of the photo sharing social app from the smartwatch. The Apple Watch Instagram app removal is not the only instance of the smartwatch losing options. This most recent loss was…

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Smart speakers are in 1 in 5 American homes

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Over 47 million people in the United States are now using these Internet of Things devices. Americans appear to be more than ready to embrace smart speakers in their homes. In fact, nearly 20 percent of Americans currently use one of these devices. These digital assistants are becoming rapidly more popular with a very healthy growth rate. Voicebot.ai released the report showing that over 47 million Americans are using smart speakers. This data specifically reflected the people who use the devices in their homes. The sales growth rate of these…

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Pyeongchang Olympics showcase upcoming 5G technology

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Special booths were available to Games visitors to try out fifth generation telecommunications tech. The Pyeongchang Olympic Games were a testament to athletic mastery but also featured 5G technology for visitors to try. Booths allowed people to test out the fifth generation telecommunications tech, which is the upcoming system expected to be used in the next Games. The 2020 Tokyo Games will likely use the fifth generation technology as a fresh way to watch sports. These demonstrations have made this year’s Games the first 5G technology Olympics in the world.…

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Huawei smartphones aren’t recommended for Americans, say intelligence agencies

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The directors of six U.S. intelligence agencies are cautioning consumers against this device brand. The heads of six different intelligence agencies, including the FBI, CIA and NSA, as well as the director of national intelligence, have warned Americans not to buy ZTE or Huawei smartphones. These two Chinese brands are direct rivals to Apple and the intelligence directors have expressed their distrust of the companies. Those same chiefs applauded American telecom companies for resisting competition from China. The commendation of the American telecom industry were doled out during a recent…

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Apple Watch breaks the wearables shipments record

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The iPhone maker shipped 8 million of the smartwatches during the last quarter of 2017. New research released by Canalys reveals that the Apple Watch has easily broken the record for the largest number of units shipped in the wearable technology category. The iPhone maker sailed far beyond the previous record set by Fitbit by shipping 8 million smartwatches in the fourth quarter of 2017. The launch and popularity of the Apple Watch 3 is credited as a major contributor to the success. The Apple Watch has been heavily criticized…

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Wearable technology growth expected to keep slowing throughout 2018

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Despite all the hype and the massive investments by tech giants, wearables just aren’t taking with consumers. Wearable technology growth had been expected to continue seeing striking increases for many years to come. That said, despite the best efforts of tech giants, this has not been the case. Growth slowed down this year and is expected to continue dropping into next year as well. eMarketer, the market research firm, has reported that wearable technology growth is slowing in a significant way. In fact, within the next year, eMarketer predicts this…

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Apple lawsuit filed by customers with slowed iPhones

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Smartphone owners with models owner than the iPhone 8 are experiencing a deliberate slowdown. Many iPhone owners are not thrilled with their device maker and two separate versions of a class action Apple lawsuit have been filed. These legal actions were taken by a total of five iPhone owners who didn’t appreciate their slow smartphones. Apple had deliberately slowed the processors of devices with older batteries in order to preserve them. The Apple lawsuit isn’t over something that the iPhone maker denies doing. In fact, Apple openly admits to slowing…

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Holiday travelers reminded to safely use mobile gadgets when traveling by air or car

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Millions of people will be visiting family and friends over the next week and amid the fun, safety comes first. Officials in countries around the world, including those in the European Union, Canada, the United Kingdom, and others are reminding travelers to use their mobile gadgets safely. Travelers are being reminded to put safety first whether they plan to hit the road or the skies. It can be easy to forget the very basic safety habits when we’re trying to keep up with busy schedules, very little sleep, over-excited children…

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The text message celebrates its 25th birthday after first SMS was sent

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The world’s first SMS was sent in 1992, having been sent from a computer to Vodaphone network. Twenty five years ago, British engineer Neil Papworth sent the world’s very first text message. Papworth sent the message from a computer to a cell phone on the Vodaphone network. The mobile phone belonged to Richard Jarvis, who was the director of Vodaphone in 1992. The first SMS text message was quite short and reflected the time of year in which it was sent, stating simply: “Merry Christmas.” According to Papworth, the text…

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Why an external battery charger will be a top stocking stuffer purchase this Black Friday

Black Friday Mogix External Battery Charger

Mogix is ready for yet another record breaking holiday season, and this year it’s starting with coupon codes. Fans of the Mogix external battery charger will be thrilled to know the company is offering a 36 percent off coupon code for Amazon shoppers on Black Friday long weekend (starting Today at 4:00PM (PST) through Monday at 11:59pm). To take advantage of the savings, customers simply need to enter the discount code MGXHODAY during the checkout process. This reduces the price by over a third on all the top Mogix products…

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