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Samsung overtakes Intel to become the biggest chip maker in Q2 2017

Yesterday Samsung reported its record quarter results which were spearheaded by its chip business, which earned $15.7B in revenue and $7.2B in profit. That's almost twice as much compared to Intel's operating income of $3.8B on $14.8B revenue in the same second quarter of 2017 - a record quarter for Intel at that. What's interesting here is that no one has surpassed Intel in the last 24 years and Samsung did it without making a single desktop chipset - only catering to mobiles and wearables. Intel has failed to make an impact on mobile despite its various efforts with Atom and it...



Sprint will roll out an update to fix KEYone bloatware bug

Last week, it came to light that Sprint is forcefully installing bloatware on BlackBerry KEYone units purchased through it. Basically, for some users, the Sprint Mobile ID system app repeatedly wakes up to check whether a set of bloatware apps are installed and enabled. If not, it does so. This happens irrespective of whether the user has already uninstalled or disabled these apps. Ideally, the Sprint ID app should do its work only once, when the unit is activated. So the issue is clearly with the app, until of course, the carrier is trying to act smart. Now, after a week or so,...



The Energizer Bunny is now an Android: meet the Energizer Power Max 600s

Energizer is famous for making batteries, but the company dabbles in phones as well. Mostly feature phones, but a few Androids as well and the new Energizer Power Max P600s is its best effort so far. The phone is built around a 4,500mAh battery, which promises "over 12 hours of use" and 16 days of standby. You can stretch that with the power saving mode and quickly fill up the battery with fast charging over USB-C. Energizer Power Max 600s The phone itself is 9.8mm thick, which is more than we expected — for comparison a Mate10 Pro with a 4,000mAh is 7.9mm thick. And the...



Micromax launches Evok Power and Evok Note smartphones

Micromax has launched two new phones in partnership with Flipkart, the Evok Power and the Evok Note. The Evok Power has a 5.0-inch 720p display, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage, 8 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, fingerprint sensor, dual SIM, 4000mAh battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Evok Note has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage, 13 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, fingerprint sensor, dual SIM, 4000mAh battery, and Android 6.0...



Vodafone UK is giving out free AirPods with iPhone X pre-orders

Vodafone UK will begin accepting Apple iPhone X pre-orders on October 27 and is going to give the first 1,000 customers to book their units a free pair of AirPods. A few conditions apply, though. First you need to register your interest to buy the iPhone X through Vodafone UK via email. You'll then receive an email back that will contain an invitation to participate in the AirPods promotion. Finally you'll need to place an order for the iPhone X between the 27 and 30 of October. If eligible you'll receive your free AirPods after December 4 - after your Network Satisfaction Guarantee...