iPhone Battery Replacement Programme Will Cost Apple $10 Billion From Reduced Sales: Barclays

Apple’s offer to replace old batteries at cheaper rates may affect new iPhone sales in 2018. Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz, in a note, says that even a small percentage of people opting for battery replacement over upgrade could affect the sale of new iPhone models. Apple had recently apologised for slowing down iPhone models and offered a new battery replacement programme. Under the ... Read More »

Moto Mods’ Latest Additions Are Vital Health Checkup and a Full-Sized QWERTY Keyboard

Lenovo brand Moto on Tuesday at CES 2018 announced the launch of two new products in its Moto Mod product lineup – the Lenovo Vital Moto Mod and the Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod. Both these Moto Mods were developed with a combination of crowdfunding campaigns on Indiegogo, Moto’s Accelerator Program, and Moto Mod Development Kit distribution to developers. As before the Moto Mods will work ... Read More »

Samsung Faces French Legal Case Over Alleged Abuses in China

Two French campaign groups filed a legal case against Samsung in France on Thursday over the alleged use of child labour and other abuses in Chinese manufacturing plants working for the electronics giant. Accusing the company of misleading commercial practices, the NGOs Peuples Solidaires and Sherpa lodged a complaint in Paris against Samsung’s French subsidiary and international parent company. Based on research ... Read More »

BlackBerry Brand to Launch at Least 2 More Smartphones in 2018: TCL

BlackBerry licensee TCL Communication at CES 2018 announced it would be launching “at least two new BlackBerry smartphones” in 2018. Just what these will, is uncertain. Separately, TCL Communication launched a GSM unlocked BlackBerry Motion and a new colour variant and dual-SIM version of the BlackBerry KEYone. Getting back to the two new BlackBerry smartphones – in a statement, Alain Lejeune, Global General Manager for BlackBerry ... Read More »

Powermat Joins Wireless Power Consortium, Will Help Further Rival Qi Wireless Charging Standard

HIGHLIGHTS Powermat has become one of the over 360 companies which support the Qi st WPC members include Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics, Delphi among others In 2017, Apple chose Qi wireless technology over Powermat for its iPhone Powermat, the wireless charging company, has become a member of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). Powermat has said the move is to contribute ... Read More »

Apple Confirms It Slows iPhones With Older Batteries to Prevent Unexpected Shutdowns

HIGHLIGHTS The practice first came to light following a report by Geekbench Apple acknowledged it slows older iPhones to prevent shutdowns The ‘feature’ was released last year by Apple Apple has addressed claims from an app company that says the maker of iPhones slows down the performance of older phones. On Monday, the blog Primate Labs, a company that makes an ... Read More »

The 5MP selfie cam on the Nokia 9 will actually be a dual camera

We were a tad disappointed to find out that the Nokia 9 will have a 5MP selfie camera. The disappointment at the resolution remains but it turns out that it’s a dual 5MP camera, which does make it look a little better. The FCC listed a Chicony CKACE16 module and going over to the manufacturer’s site, we see that it lists it as a dual ... Read More »

Vodafone Launches Itel A20 Smartphone at an ‘Effective Price’ of Rs. 1,590

HIGHLIGHTS Itel A20 will come with a cashback offer worth Rs. 2,100 Customers need to stick to the handset for 36 months The cashback will be available through M-Pesa Vodafone India on Tuesday announced its partnership with China’s Transsion Group-owned Itel Mobile to launch the Itel A20 in the country with an effective price of as low as Rs. 1,590 – actually priced at Rs. ... Read More »

Nokia 2 in for review

The Nokia 2 is here and enters the line for review. It packs modest specs in a modest package – 5-inch LCD, 1GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 212 chipset – but comes at an attractive price €99/$99. So who is it for? And what does it offer in exchange for that attractive price? The Nokia 2 is for the buyer that needs ... Read More »

Deals: Samsung Galaxy Note8, Galaxy S8 and LG V30+

It’s probably too late for holiday gift shopping, but you you can still score a flagship Galaxy on the cheap for the new year. And if that’s not your thing, perhaps you’ll like an LG better. There’s a Samsung Galaxy Note8 (dual SIM) on eBay US for $730 right now. Available in Black, Gold and Gray with 64GB storage. Europeans are looking at €710 for a ... Read More »