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Apple to cut iPhone XR price in Japan, restore iPhone X production

Apple announced its financial results earlier this year, and it revealed flat iPhone sales. Along with that the company issued a very conservative guidance for the holiday sales. In an effort to arrest the slide, Apple is planning to cut the price of the iPhone XR in Japan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Carriers in the Asian country will receive subsidies to boost sales since customers are still favoring iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. What is more interesting, is that Apple is planning to relaunch the production of iPhone X for specific markets. Price cuts at certain markets...



Google Assistant gets over 50 new games, activities, and stories for families with kids

Google Assistant has become smarter today, this time incorporating more than 50 new games, activities, and stories all designed for families with kids. The new functionality is available today in the US through Assistant on Google Home, other smart speakers, and eligible Android phones. Thus you can play musical chairs, trivia, freeze dance, and do even more with your kids with the Assistant's help. Google points out that talking to your Assistant instead of staring at a screen is "an easy way to be there, in the room, spending time with loved ones". You can ask the Assistant to...



Essential Phone launches Amazon-exclusive ‘Halo Gray’ alongside three new colors

When the Essential PH-1 launched, it was available in Black Moon and Pure White. Yesterday, Essential announced three new color options for its PH-1 including Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black, all of which are limited editions. This a nice contrast to all the bright red color coats we've seen pop up over the past few months. Today, Essential launched a new Amazon-exclusive surprise color option called Halo Gray. It features a matter gray ceramic back with a matte silver titanium frame. Additionally, the Amazon model will come with the Alexa App pre-installed. This color will...



Music streaming is now 75% of all industry revenue in H1 2018

The first half of the year is behind us, and the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has just issued its 6-month report about the music industry market. Revenue grew 10% on a yearly basis and from $4.2 billion it is now $4.6 billion, mostly driven by the expanding streaming services and their paying subscribers. According to the RIAA, 1 million new users subscribe for streaming services per month, which is massive growth, compared to any other category of the music business. Unsurprisingly, digital download and physical sales revenue continued to plummet - from $765...



Google One upgrade plans now available in the US

Google is rolling out its Google One storage service in the US. Users in the states can now choose to upgrade their existing paid Google Drive plans over to Google One. Google One is Google's storage service that covers Google Drive, Gmail and Photos. The new starting plans for Google One include 100GB for $1.99/month, 200GB for $2.99/month and 2TB for $9.99/month. The 2TB plan replaces the previous 1TB plan at the same cost and those on 1TB Google Drive plan will be upgraded to 2TB Google One plan automatically. Beyond 2TB, the pricing remains the same as on Google Drive,...