You can now buy an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 in the U.S.

 The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the best Android phones out there. Until now, you had to contact your phone carrier to get a new phone with some bloatware. What a terrible deal. Starting today, you can now buy a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ without any of the bloatware. You can purchase the device on Samsung.com or in Best Buy stores. The Samsung Galaxy S8 starts at $ 724.99 with 64GB of storage,… Read More

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Qualcomm could be looking at banning iPhone imports into the U.S.

 I don’t think anyone was expecting this punch. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Qualcomm is thinking about asking the International Trade Commission (a U.S. trade agency despite the misleading name) to ban imports of iPhones into the U.S. This is the latest twist in the ongoing conflict between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm hopes that the ITC could rule on the issue sooner than… Read More

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Google Play pilot test in U.S. introduces a “free app of the week” section

 Apple began offering a “free app of the week” back in 2012 as a means of highlighting some of the App Store’s best titles, and encourage users to start downloading. Google, belatedly, is following in Apple’s footsteps with its own newly launched “free app of the week” section on Google Play. However, we understand that Google has not yet committed to make… Read More
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U.S. wearables market is doing much worse than expected

Apple Watch Series 2 Apple may still be claiming that sales of its Apple Watch are “doing great,” but overall, the wearable device category is failing to grow at the rates forecasted earlier. According to a new report from eMarketer, wearables like Apple Watch and Fitbit were expected to grow more than 60 percent year-over-year from 2015 to 2016. However, the firm is now cutting that estimate down to… Read More

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The U.S. Navy is using drone boat swarms to keep harbors safe

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-10-26-50-am The U.S. Navy is testing a team of drone boats to protect harbors here and abroad. The boats, which are basically autonomous versions of the Rigid Hull Inflatable, are connected to a AI routing system called CARACaS. In original 2014 tests the boats worked separately to protect ships in a harbor and the new routing system now allows them to swarm as a team to surround and neutralize threats.… Read More

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