iPhone 8’s wireless charging won’t be as good as we hoped


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iPhone 8 will have wireless charging, but it won't be special.
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If you were hoping Apple had developed a spectacular new wireless charging system for iPhone 8, you’re going to be disappointed come September.

The latest rumor claims that Apple won’t be using range charging technology developed by Energous as previously expected, but instead one of the existing solutions already found in rival smartphones like those made by Samsung.

Samsung chief is arrested on bribery, embezzlement and perjury charges


Galaxy S7 is pretty, powerful, and packing huge improvements.
The man arrested is the likely heir to the Samsung empire.
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The de-facto head of Samsung, Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, was arrested earlier today on alleged corruption charges.

According to the special prosecutor’s office, Lee — who is the heir apparent to the Samsung Group and only son of Samsung’s incapacitated chairman — is being held on charges including bribery, embezzlement, hiding assets overseas and perjury.

Apple in talks with another OLED maker for future iPhones


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Apple is pushing to adopt OLED displays from the iPhone 8 on.
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Apple could add another supplier to its list of OLED display manufacturers for future iPhones, a new report claims.

The company in question is China’s BOE Technology Group, whose screens Apple is said to have been testing “for months.” BOE is currently spending $14.5 billion building two AMOLED factories in the southwestern province of Sichuan, China in anticipation of possible orders.

Facebook is making a video app for Apple TV


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Facebook is coming to Apple TV.
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Mark Zuckerberg wants to take over your television.

Facebook revealed today that it is planning to build an all-new video app for set-top-box devices like Apple TV and Amazon Fire. And if it’s successful, it could cause big problems for YouTube.

Samsung’s heir faces new arrest warrant on bribery charges


Samsung's de facto boss is (potentially) in trouble.
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South Korean prosecutors are taking a second go at gaining an arrest warrant for Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, the heir apparent to the Samsung Group.

Lee Kun-hee, the only son of Samsung’s incapacitated chairman, has been accused of using Samsung subsidiaries to make possible bribery-related payments of millions of dollars as part of a scandal involving South Korea’s impeached president Park Geun-hye and a confidante.

Smaller iPhone set to get big battery upgrade in 2017


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The iPhone 8 will have killer battery life.
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Apple reportedly plans to pack a much bigger battery inside the new 4.7-inch iPhone set to be revealed later this year.

In his latest research report, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the smaller iPhone will be the first device to feature a stacked logic board design to bring better battery performance.

The next iPhone may cost more than $1,000


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The next iPhone is going to be gorgeous.
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Upgrading to Apple’s next iPhone won’t come cheap.

The price of the top-of-the-line iPhone is set to increase to more than $1,000, according to a new report that claims the device will pack an OLED display that stretches across the entire front of the phone.

Apple beat Samsung to world’s top smartphone vendor last quarter


Samsung was screwed by the Galaxy Note 7 recall.
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Apple’s stellar quarter for iPhone sales didn’t just put more money in the bank; it also helped the Cupertino company overtake Samsung to become the world’s top smartphone vendor.

According to the latest data from Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped 78.3 million handsets in Q4 2016 — around 800,000 more than Samsung. However, the iPhone wouldn’t have stood a chance if it wasn’t for the Galaxy Note 7 recall.