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      • SiriusXM buys Pandora for $3.5 billion

        24th September 2018 Today SiriusXM has announced that it's purchasing Pandora for a cool $3.5 billion. This acquisition will create the world's largest audio entertainment company. Rumors of a deal between the two entities have been floating around since June. This transaction concludes Pandora's months-long search for a buyer. SiriusXM has previously invested $480 million on the music streaming service, so the two weren't strangers before this. With this acquisition, SiriusXM gets access to Pandora's 70 million monthly users, including 5.6 million who are paying members of its Premium se...

      • MetroPCS gets rebranded to Metro by T-Mobile

        24th September 2018 Today, we've finally seen a major change since T-Mobile acquired MetroPCS way back in 2013. At the time, MetroPCS was a CDMA network whose bandwidth was slowly recommissioned to improve T-Mobile's own towers. The transition made it so Metro PCS customers were connected to T-Mobile's improved network but both T-Mobile and Metro PCS would remain separate brands. Today, T-Mobile announces that Metro PCS will now be called "Metro by T-Mobile". Along with this re-branding, Metro is updating its rate plans by replacing its tiered data plans with two main unlimited plans star...

      • New iPhones' storage upgrades generate a lot of revenue at a small production cost

        24th September 2018 It's not the first time Apple has charged a price premium for storage upgrades, but the 512GB option has been introduced just this year and costs $350 more than the lowest 64GB variant. Industry analysts claim that the price jump is unjustified and Apple is just looking to make extra revenue by charging its customers more than it should for the 256 and 512GB models. If you opt for the 512GB alteration, for example, you will be giving $134 more profit to the company compared to the 64GB choice. As Wayne Lam from IHS Markit says, storage upgrades are the most profitable feature as the...

      • Alleged OnePlus 6T live images leak, but probably aren't the real thing

        24th September 2018 We have no shortage of OnePlus 6T leaks, including the retail box that popped up a few weeks ago and gave out most of the design, but today alleged live images claim to offer an even better look. Alleged OnePlus 6T However, there are several red flags, which make us question their credibility. Firstly, the official teaser for the in-display fingerprint revealed a certain screenshot with a different layout. Of course, OnePlus could have changed the layout along the way, but the one showcased in these images look strikingly similar to the Oppo R17 Pro's. Oppo R17 Pro,...

      • iPhone XS and XS Max drop test doesn't end well

        24th September 2018 Apple made some big claims about the durability of the glass used on the new iPhone XS and XS Max making the first drop test videos particularly interesting. Even though the handsets feature "the strongest glass ever on a phone," the iPhone XS and XS Max are still fragile glass sandwiches. All it takes is a drop on concrete and the back and front panels shatter. The repair cost of the back panel is a whopping $599 on the iPhone XS Max while the front will set you back $329. However, both smartphones proved that they are beer-proof. The iPhone XS and XS Max were dunked in a 1.5-meter....

      • Deal: Samsung Galaxy Note9's price continues to drop on eBay

        24th September 2018 The same eBay seller that offered the Galaxy Note9 for $865 earlier this month is now lowering the price even further. The eBay listing is now set at $829, which is a great deal considering the $900+ MSRP of the flagship. That gets you the 128GB version with the only available colors being the Lavender Purple and the Ocean Blue. Keep in mind that the phones don't come with manufacturer warranty but instead offer 30-day return period and are carrier-unlocked. Go check out the listing in the source link below if that works for you. Source...

      • vivo V9 Pro arrives on September 26 as an Amazon Exclusive

        24th September 2018 Back in June, vivo announced the V9 smartphone with 6 GB RAM for the Indonesian market. The phone received an upgrade in RAM and a faster Snapdragon 660 chipset instead of the initial Snapdragon 626 SoC in the regular vivo V9. Now that version is finally moving away from Indonesia and will make its way to India under the name vivo V9 Pro. It will arrive on Wednesday as an Amazon Exclusive when pricing will be unveiled. The vivo V9 6GB has the same size as its vanilla sibling, but the camera setups were quite different. The new phone was listed with 13 MP f/2.2 main snapper and a 2...

      • Pocophone is having a giveaway to adrenaline fans

        24th September 2018 Xiaomi launched the first smartphone under its own Pocophone subbrand called F1 and it caused a lot of shockwaves with its $300 price tag and Snapdragon 845 chipset. The price was somewhat higher in some markets, but the Pocophone F1 is the most affordable with the flagship chipset in every market that it's on sale. Even so, nothing beats getting a unit for free and the company now gives you that chance with its latest giveaway. All you need to do is to reply to the tweet describing the most extreme thing you've ever done. The Pocophone Global account promises the most...

      • Motorola Power One launched in India

        24th September 2018 Motorola has launched the Motorola Power One smartphone in India. It's the company's first Android One smartphone in the market and comes to tackle the likes of Xiaomi Mi A2 and Nokia 6.1 Plus. The Motorola Power One is priced at INR 15,999 and will be available exclusively on Flipkart, starting October 5. The Motorola Power One has a large 6.2-inch display with a resolution of 2246x1080. Of course, because it's 2018, the phone does have a notch and a rather big one at that. The phone also has a water-repellent nano coating. Inside, the Power One runs on the Qualcomm...

      • iOS 12 update to bring depth control while taking a picture

        24th September 2018 Users running the iOS 12.1 beta 1 on their iPhone XS and XS Max devices discovered an option to control focus depth while taking a picture. On the currently available stable version of the OS, Apple has made the feature available only after the photo was taken. Apple has confirmed that a future iOS update will bring the slider control directly to the camera app so you will have the option of previewing the background blur even before snapping the photo. However, the company didn't say exactly when and with which update the feature will be released but we guess it will be sooner than...