iPhone’s market share rises in U.S., but Samsung steals top spot

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Samsung is top dog again ahead of iPhone 8.
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Apple’s share of the U.S. smartphone market rose last quarter, but that couldn’t prevent Samsung from stealing the top spot.

Strong demand for the Galaxy S8 helped the South Korean company overtake its biggest rival, but the “bounce” from its launch was less than expected for a flagship device.

South Korean prosecutors want Samsung boss jailed for 12 years

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Vice-chairman is accused of involvement in major bribery scandal.
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Prosecutors are seeking a 12-year jail sentence for Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, who is charged with playing a role in a bribery scandal involving Park Geun-hye, the former president of South Korea.

Four other Samsung executives are also charged, with prosecutors seeking sentences between seven and 10 years for each. However, Lee is credited as the “ultimate beneficiary” of the crime, hence the longer sentence.

Apple and Google remove 330 apps linked to trading scams

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Removal request came from Australia, but is a worldwide problem.
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WhatsApp just crossed a staggering milestone

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WhatsApp now boasts over 1 billion users a day.
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Over 1 billion people around the world are using WhatsApp every single day.

The insanely popular messaging service, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, is now processing over 55 billion messages, 4.5 billion photos, and 1 billion videos per day.

Samsung has no interest in taking on HomePod

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Samsung doesn't want to fight HomePod... yet.
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Samsung currently has no plans to take on HomePod with a smart speaker of its own.

Recent rumors have claimed the South Korean company is working on a standalone Bixby device, but a source familiar with its plans says the market is too small to be profitable.

Android creator’s Essential Phone will fight iPhone worldwide

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Essential Phone will expand its reach to new markets.
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The Essential Phone, built by Android creator Andy Rubin, will do battle against the iPhone in new markets around the world.

For now, the device is only available to those in the U.S. — but Essential is already in talks with carriers in the U.K., Europe, and Japan as it looks to expand its reach.

Google’s answer to 3D Touch is destined to fail

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Google's next Pixel phones will be squeezable.
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Google’s next-generation Pixel smartphones will finally give pure Android lovers an alternative to the iPhone’s 3D Touch. But it won’t be anywhere near as good.

Instead of using pressure-sensitive displays like Apple, the company is said to be ripping off the new HTC U11’s squeezable edges.