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Amazon, Google and Samsung top list of tech R&D spending

According to data gathered by PwC, covering the fiscal year ending on June 30 2018, Amazon, Alphabet, Samsung and Intel are all in the top five in terms of research and development spending. Amazon topped the list for the second year in a row with $22.6B spent on R&D and Google's Alphabet parent company was second with $16.2B. Samsung retained fourth with $15.3B in R&D spending, followed by Intel with $13.1B, Microsoft with $12.3B and Apple with $11.6B. The top 1000 public companies spend a whopping $782B in R&D in 2018 - an increase of 11.4% over 2017. Computing and Electronics and...



Samsung Galaxy Note9 promo videos are up

Samsung's big Galaxy Note9 announcement is now over and done so it's time to bring out the promo videos. In this case there are a total of six of them and they focus on the hot points of the new phone. The first one focuses on the improved design and the slightly bigger Infinity Display. The second and third video are focused on the new Bluetooth S Pen. The fourth video is about the new Intelligent Camera. We're glad Samsung zigged and didn't call the camera AI. We can't wait to give the new camera software a spin. The penultimate video is all about the Galaxy...



Asus IFA event starts soon, watch the livestream here

Asus recently released a full team of Zenfone 4 phones so we don't expect to see new phones, though there's a good chance that we'll see a new Zenwatch. We wouldn't be surprised to see new gaming hardware from the ROG brand too. Watch the livestream below, if you want to see the latest in Android Wear and Republic of Gamers.



Alleged 2018 iPhone spotted running Geekbench with iOS 12 and 4GB of RAM

September isn't that far off, so it's not implausible to see the next iPhone giving a go at popular cross-platform benchmark Geekbench. The device in question identifies itself as iPhone 11,2 and runs iOS 12 on 4GB of RAM (1GB more than the iPhone X) and a newer SoC - D321AP which suggests a newer model than the iPhone X' D22AP. Both the single-core and multi-core results show the same ballpark performance as the iPhone X, but benchmarks are decided many times through optimization and not brute strength. To rehash, Apple is expected to launch three iPhones in 2018 - the...



Apple’s iOS through the years

When Steve Jobs demonstrated the first iPhone at Macworld in January 2007, he famously stated that smartphones at the time had ‘baby software' while referring to WAP as the ‘baby internet'. While that may have been true, it's easy to look back today and highlight everything that iOS didn't have. You see, when it came to operating system development, Steve Jobs adamantly believed that you had to start humbly, focusing on the simple elements such as what a button would look like. Then build upon the solid foundation. If we included every iOS feature you'd be here all week and probably...