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In Leaked Memo, LG Proposes Withdrawing From Smartphone Market
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In Leaked Memo, LG Proposes Withdrawing From Smartphone Market

LG has struggled to remain competitive in the plateauing smartphone industry, and now there’s word the company might be looking to throw in the towel. A memo circulated at LG declares some hard choices are necessary after $4.5 billion in losses over the past five years. The memo lists several possible courses of action, including the end of LG’s mobile business. The memo from LG CEO Kwon Bong-Seok notes that competition in smartphones has increased markedly. It doesn’t cite any specific trends, but the rise of Chinese smartphone makers and the increasing dominance of Samsung have no doubt put LG on the ropes. The memo admits that it’s...
Samsung Will Reveal S21 Family at Unpacked on January 14
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Samsung Will Reveal S21 Family at Unpacked on January 14

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event in February 2020 (Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)Samsung is wasting no time in 2021, announcing its next Unpacked event for January 14th. We expect to see the latest of the Galaxy S family at the event, which is coming earlier in the year than usual. Among the new devices will be the Galaxy S21 Ultra with its new S Pen support, but we don’t have to wait to see how that will work. There’s a leak that reveals the new S Pen and the clunky cases to go with it. The event will begin at 10 AM Eastern on January 14, streamed live on YouTube. We’re expecting three phones: the Galaxy S21 (6.3-inch), S21+ (6.7...
Samsung Galaxy S21 Release Date, Specs, Price
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Release Date, Specs, Price

Samsung is set to officially announce their next-gen flagship smartphone in the next few weeks. This will take the form of the Galaxy S21, the successor to 2020’s Galaxy S20.While Samsung has been releasing new models every year, there is a good reason to be extra excited about 2021’s model, and we’ve compiled some of the rumors we’ve heard so far, as well as a potential release date and price.AdvertisingDesign & DisplayImage credit – @OnLeaksBased on the renders we’ve seen, the Galaxy S21 is expected to look roughly like the Galaxy S20, at least on the front. This means that we can expect an edge-to-edge display and the continued usage of the hole-punch cutout for the front-facing camera, but that’s where the similarities end.The renders show ...
iOS And Android Users Spent $400 Million On Apps During Christmas
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iOS And Android Users Spent $400 Million On Apps During Christmas

It’s not hard to see why getting into app development seems like it could be a lucrative business. This is because according to the folks at Sensor Tower, based on their data and estimates, it has been suggested that iOS and Android users spent a combined total of $400 million on apps during Christmas alone.AdvertisingIf you thought that the global pandemic would have impacted the economy in a negative way, and it has, it seems that the app market is immune from it. The data suggests that the $400 million spending on apps is actually a 34.5% year-over-year growth from the $300 million back in 2019.Their data also found that mobile gaming contributed to a good bulk of the revenue generated by apps, where it is said to account for 27% of the total spent during Christmas. It is also an ...
Reserve Your Pre-Order Slot For The Samsung Galaxy S21
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Reserve Your Pre-Order Slot For The Samsung Galaxy S21

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is expected to be announced in the next few weeks, and if you already think that you’re going to buy the phone, then you might be interested to learn that Samsung is now allowing customers to reserve a pre-order slot for when the phone is eventually launched.AdvertisingNow, it should be noted that you are not actually pre-ordering the phone now. Instead, you’re reserving a spot to pre-order the phone once pre-orders open. This is more for those who are worried that when the time comes to pre-order the phone, all the initial spots will be taken up and they’ll have to wait a longer time for their phones to arrive.However, there is an additional benefit to reserving your spot because Samsung says that those who reserve a pre-order slot will get an addi...
Samsung’s Smartphone Shipments Are Starting To Slip
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Samsung’s Smartphone Shipments Are Starting To Slip

There is a reason why companies like Samsung are amongst the top smartphone vendors of the world. This is because the company is known for creating extremely popular phones beloved by millions around the world, and every year, their new releases always get a ton of attention.AdvertisingHowever, it seems that this year isn’t Samsung’s year because according to a report from ET News, the company is apparently seeing a decline in shipments. The company typically hits close to 300 million phones shipped every year since 2011, however for 2020, it appears that Samsung won’t even come close.According to the figures, Samsung shipped an estimated 189 million phones by the end of Q3 2020, and the estimates are suggesting that they won’t be hitting 270 million by the end of t...
This Is The First Third-Party MagSafe Battery Packs For The iPhone
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This Is The First Third-Party MagSafe Battery Packs For The iPhone

The problem with power banks and battery cases is that it’s not quite convenient to use as it either requires you to bring an extra cable or you need to encase your phone in a thick and bulky case. However, if you do need the extra juice while you’re on the go, then you might be interested in what could possibly be the world’s first third-party MagSafe battery pack for the iPhone.AdvertisingFor those unfamiliar, alongside the iPhone 12, Apple re-introduced the MagSafe branding where it relies on magnets to provide wireless charging. The use of magnets means that it holds on more securely than regular wireless charging, but it is also easy to remove and users won’t have to fiddle with cables.This battery pack is sold by a company called Charge Fast that according to ...
Future iOS Devices Could Support Multiple User Accounts
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Future iOS Devices Could Support Multiple User Accounts

At the moment, Apple’s iOS devices are typically limited to just one user per device. This is unlike a computer where users can sign in using their own ID where their preferences and files are kept separately. However, it seems that in the future, iOS devices could potentially allow for multiple user accounts.AdvertisingThis is according to a patent which suggests that Apple is looking into the idea of allowing iOS devices to support multiple user accounts. According to the patent’s description (in part), “A computing device can employ several passcodes and associated encryption keys, where multiple passcodes or encryptions keys may be associated with each different user account on the system.”At the moment, Apple kind of allows sharing amongst users. The company of...
Telegram Will Start Monetizing Itself In 2021
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Telegram Will Start Monetizing Itself In 2021

For the longest time ever since it launched, Telegram has remained free to use. The app boasts about 500 million users to date, which means that it has a very large platform should they choose to monetize it, and it looks like they will finally be doing that and it will be coming in the form of ads.AdvertisingNo, before you start worrying about ads showing up in your chats, that’s not where the ads will show up. Instead, ads will be coming to Telegram’s Channels starting in 2021. For those unfamiliar, Channels are kind of like a feed of sorts, similar to Twitter. If you use Telegram mainly as a messaging app, then this probably won’t affect you too much.In fact, according to Telegram’s CEO Pavel Durov, “All the features that are currently free will stay free. ...