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Apple to start trial production of next-gen iPhones soon

Apple reportedly wants to switch over from Touch ID to Face ID this year, but it won't repeat the mistakes of the iPhone X. Component shortages delayed the lucrative flagship and limited availability early on. This time around Apple will start its trial production run much earlier to make sure everything is running smoothly. This will kick off in the second quarter this year. The info comes from Taiwanese IC design houses, which expect to see their revenues go up soon. Keep in mind that the next-gen iPhones are not due until late Q3 (likely September again). For comparison, Apple started...



Samsung Internet browser v7.4 Beta brings handy new features

If you are a Samsung user, you've probably already tried the Samsung Internet browser, and if you did, you've noticed that it's not your usual pre-installed bloatware that OEMs usually put on your phone. Well, to be fair, Samsung does that by pre-loading tons of other apps on your Galaxy handset, but the browser definitely isn't one of them. In fact, it seems to be a pretty good alternative to Google's Chrome. And if you are a fan of Samsung Internet, you can get a taste of the latest features that the v7.4 Beta brings. The most notable feature is the enhanced Intelligent Scan....



Discontinued Samsung Galaxy Note7 with Oreo on board gets Wi-Fi certification. Wait, what?

In an unusual development, the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone, which was discontinued shortly after its launch due to its self-immolating tendencies, has appeared on the website of Wi-Fi Alliance running Android 8.0 Oreo. Now since practically no one should be officially using the Note7, it's hard to guess why Samsung went for the Wi-Fi certification of the Oreo update on the device. Oreo-powered Samsung Galaxy Note FE has also received Wi-Fi certification (see image below), so it's possible that Wi-Fi Alliance requires all variants of a device to be certified even if one...



vivo V11 family begins global rollout

vivo is expanding the availability of its V11mid-ranger to Pakistan, Malaysia and China today. This being vivo, the phone will be on sale in different configurations and under different names. Starting with the vivo V11 Pro, it's configured with 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, a Snapdragon 660 chipset and an in-display fingerprint scanner. Imaging is covered by a 12MP f/1.8 + 5MP f/2.4 main camera and a 25MP f/2.0 selfie camera. The vivo V11 Pro will go on sale in Malaysia, priced at RM 1,699 (or €352), today and start shipping on September 15. In Pakistan the V11 Pro is priced at PKR...



Cortana for Android now lets you interact with it on the lock screen

Cortana for Android arrived onto a lock screen near you starting in January. However, that functionality has been in beta up until today. From now on, if you have the Cortana app on Android, you're able to interact with the virtual assistant straight from your lock screen, without needing to unlock your phone. You get a list of things that Cortana thinks are important to you, only a swipe away. What's more, though, you can ask the assistant questions or have it set reminders - all from the lock screen, all without unlocking. Obviously, it will deliver the answers you seek in a nice...