Huawei’s revenue growth slowed down, compared to last year

December 29, 2016
Huawei has gained significant traction as a smartphone manufacturer around the globe this year. But despite having a good year in terms of smartphone sales, the company’s revenue growth has slowed down a bit, compared to 2015.

Last year Huawei saw a 35% revenue growth, while this year it reports 32% to its employees. Of course, this doesn’t mean that 2016 has been better or worse for the company, since a lot of factors are at play when it comes to a company’s revenue.

In an email to employees, acquired by Reuters, Eric Xu, Huawei’s rotating chief executive, had this to say for 2016:

The …

HTC Ocean Note to feature outstanding camera, no 3.5mm jack and Type-C USB port?

December 29, 2016
Just the other day, we told you that HTC would be launching a trio of new phones within the next three months. The code names for these models is allegedly the Ocean Master, Ocean Note, and Ocean Smart. The Ocean Note would probably have the largest screen of the trio. Today, some information about the model surfaced. The Ocean Note will supposedly be available in Black, White, and Blue, featuring Dual SIM capability. The first SIM supports 4G while the second supports 3G. The 3.5mm earphone jack will be MIA, continuing the new trend seen on the Motorola Moto Z handsets, the Apple iPhone 7 and …

Apple sued by the parents of a 5-year old girl who died in a car accident

December 29, 2016

Life changed forever for James and Bethany Modisette on December 24, 2014. That was the date when they lost their five-year old daughter, Moriah, to a horrific car accident. The family was in their car, slowing down because of  traffic congestion. But a 20-year old driver, whose name is not being made public, smashed into the Modisette’s car at 65 miles per hour. Why didn’t he slow down? He allegedly was in the middle of a FaceTime video chat on his Apple iPhone 6. When the cops arrived, they found the FaceTime call still in progress with the app still running.

In a civil lawsuit …

Enter by tomorrow to win the last Free Fone Fridays prize, the HTC 10

December 29, 2016
HTC’s Free Fone Fridays is coming to an end with entries for the very last of the eight weekly prizes due tomorrow. That would be Friday, December 30th. And HTC is saving the best prize for last. One winner will be given an HTC 10. Without a doubt, this is the best flagship phone ever produced by the company.

So how do you win the phone? Simple. Click on the sourcelink and fill out the entry form. Once it is completed, just submit it. To be eligible to enter the contest, you must be 18 at the time of entry, and a resident of the U.S.

The HTC 10 carries a 5.2-inch Super LCD 5 screen, …

First T-Mobile Tuesday of 2017 is about fitness and health

December 29, 2016
The first T-Mobile Tuesday of 2017 is January 3rd, and the carrier is looking to help you shed weight and get back into shape following the holiday eating period which started with Thanksgiving last month. T-Mobile subscribers will get a free month of Aaptiv. This is an exercise app that offers on-demand audio fitness. Having Aaptiv installed on your phone is like having a personal trainer in your pocket.

T-Mobile subscribers will also get a free year of Shape Magazine starting this coming Tuesday. If you’re serious about getting healthy, you might need to be cleaned out by the healthy equivalent …

T-Mobile achieves 1Gbps speed on its LTE network and teases 5G for 2020

December 29, 2016
T-Mobile released a video today showing an unreleased and unknown phone running over the carrier’s LTE network at a speed of nearly 1Gbps. According to the carrier’s CTO Neville Ray, T-Mobile was able to achieve this speed using three carrier aggregation, 4 x 4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) and 256 QAM.

MIMO increases data speed by adding more connections between a cell site and a customer’s phone. QAM increases the number of bits per transmission, increasing data speeds. Carrier aggregation allows carriers to join together multiple spectrum channels to increase the size of the …

Amazon’s Alexa AI can finally understand follow-up questions

December 29, 2016
Amazon’s Alexa AI is insanely cool, and while the folks over in Seattle have been doing a tremendous job at making their virtual assistant smarter and smarter since its initial release, it still isn’t quite perfect. One of the biggest disadvantages that the Alexa platform has faced since its inception has been its inability to understand follow-up questions. This sort of contextual awareness is something that Google has been rocking for years, and it’s a big selling point for Google Home. Being able to say “Ok, Google, how old is Tom Cruise?” and then follow up with “Ok, Google, how old is he?” …

Kanex showcasing portable battery pack and charging stand for the Apple Watch at CES 2017

December 29, 2016
The Consumer Electronics Show (better known as CES) for 2017 is quickly approaching, and with the the show taking place next week, a lot of companies are announcing what they’ll be showing off at the show floor. Kanex is the latest company to do this, as they’ve announced that they’ll be using CES 2017 to debut their two latest Apple Watch accessories – the GoPower Watch Stand and the GoPower Watch Mini.

First off, the GoPower Watch Stand is yet another charging dock for the Apple Watch. Plenty of these things already exist, but if you haven’t found a design or model that tickles …

Verizon rolls out security updates to 11 Android flavored handsets

December 28, 2016
The nation’s largest carrier, Verizon Wireless, is sending out security updates to 11 Android handsets. The range of handsets receiving the security update starts with current top shelf flagship phones like the HTC 10 and the Motorola Moto Z Force Droid, to older generation models like the Samsung Galaxy S5. The updates will be sent out OTA, which means they will go out on a staggered basis. If you don’t receive your update at the same time as your friend who has the same phone, relax. You will eventually receive the last security update for 2016.

According to Verizon, “The current software …