Android’s new speed king still can’t keep up with iPhone

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ASUS ROG Phone
The new Asus ROG Phone doesn't even come close.
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Not even the fastest Android handset comes close to matching the performance of the iPhone.

The new Asus ROG Phone performs better than every other Android in early benchmark tests. It also scores higher than the latest iPad Pro lineup. When it comes to iPhone XS and XS Max, though, the gaming handset is way behind.

iPhone XS sales take average selling price to record heights

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Have you bought yours yet?
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iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max sales have started off so strongly that they’ve helped Apple’s average selling price reach record heights, new data suggests.

The latest flagships accounted for 16 percent of all Apple handsets sold in the U.S. last quarter, despite being on sale for just ten days of it. Last year’s iPhone X continues to sell well despite being outdated now, while iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were the most popular options.

Save $25 on Oakley gear when you use Apple Pay

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Oakley Apple Pay promotion
Another great deal for Apple Pay users.
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The latest Apple Pay promotion offers shoppers $25 off Oakley gear.

Apple encourages users to “gear up for the season” in its promotional email. It might also come in handy for those who have already started their Christmas shopping — but there is a catch.

How to download all the data Apple has on you

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Apple continues to put privacy front and center.
Apple continues to put privacy front and center.
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Apple’s refreshed Privacy website is live, giving U.S. users the ability to download all of their data from Apple. The website explains how and why Apple products are “designed to protect your privacy.”

Apple stresses that “your data belongs to you” and insists that it never sells users’ info to advertisers or other organizations.

The website even gives users the ability to delete an Apple account — and all associated data — if desired.

Dragalia Lost gets its first event for Halloween

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Dragalia Lost Halloween
You have until October 31 to enjoy it!
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Nintendo’s newest mobile game just kicked off its first event in time for Halloween. Dragalia Lost players can enjoy playing with new adventurers, Wyrmprints, and dragons. You will also bag a Tenfold Summon ticket just for logging in.

Fortnite challenges for season 6, week 4 leak out

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Get ready for this week's Battle Royale challenges.
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Prepare yourself for this week’s Fortnite Battle Royale challenges by taking a sneak glimpse at what’s to come.

Week four’s challenges for season six won’t be officially live until Thursday, but this leaked list shows us what we can expect.

Preordering an iPhone XR? It’s time to sell your old phone

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Turn your old iPhone into real cash today!
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You’ll be able to preorder your shiny new iPhone XR in just a few days, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to pay for it. It might just be easier than you think.

Start by selling your old iPhone to Cult of Mac. It’s quick and easy, and we pay real cash. What’s more, we typically pay more than other buyback services. Get a quote now and you can hold onto your device until your new iPhone XR arrives.

iPhone XS Max easily outlasts rivals in new battery test

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Despite the smallest battery, iPhone XS Max lasts longer.
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Apple promises that the iPhone XS Max delivers better battery life than any other iPhone. It also lasts longer than rival devices in between charges, according to a new battery test.

Apple’s most expensive smartphone to date easily outpaces the Sony Xperia XZ3 and the new Google Pixel 3 XL. It even manages to last a little longer than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 — but there is a catch.

Fortnite 6.1 drops new Quadcrasher and BR tournaments

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Fortnite Quadcrusher
Unleash destruction in the new Quadcrusher.
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Fortnite’s weekly content update has landed and there are big additions to look forward to for Battle Royale regulars.

Players can now navigate the map in the new Quadcrusher vehicle and take part in in-game tournaments. There are also a whole host of big improvements to look forward to across all platforms, including iOS.