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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 is over a year behind Apple's A12 Bionic, lacks a premium Android audience

At its Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm outlined its new 855, a chip it hopes will power the next generation of premium Androids. It addresses silicon work Apple has driven in its Application Processors leading up to the latest A12 Bionic, but it's less clear who will be building high-end Androids with Qualcomm's most advanced processor yet, and for how long.

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 is over a year behind Apple's A12 Bionic, lacks a premium Android audience
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Apple iPhone XS awarded smartphone camera of the year, Google Pixel 3 runner-up

Apple's iPhone XS beat out other rivals for 2018's best smartphone camera award from Digital Photography Review, notably Google's Pixel 3.

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Apple iPhone XS awarded smartphone camera of the year, Google Pixel 3 runner-up
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Bloomberg continues iPhone panic mongering by conflating Apple's Give Back trade-in program with price slashing

Bloomberg is back with a story that presents Apple's trade-in program as being an example of desperate price slashing in response to supposedly flagging sales of what Apple has actually stated is its most popular phone —the iPhone XR.

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Bloomberg continues iPhone panic mongering by conflating Apple's Give Back trade-in program with price slashing
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Apple's largest supplier reported 24 percent surge in revenues from OLED display, components sales

Apple's largest supplier—and the primary source of the flexible OLED panels used in iPhone X and the new iPhone XS lineup—reported 24 percent year-over-year growth in its Q3 revenues from its semiconductors, memory, and display panel unit, an increase it attributed to "increasing demand for flexible [OLED] panels." That supplier was Samsung, and the "major customers" it credited clearly included the world's largest seller of high-end OLED phones. Why aren't Samsung's results attributed to being an "iPhone supplier"?

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Apple's largest supplier reported 24 percent surge in revenues from OLED display, components sales
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Why Apple is now focusing on users, not units in Fiscal 2019

the last 20 years, Apple has shifted from selling Macs in a world dominated by Windows PCs to being a dominant global brand that services a vast installed base that's more valuable, influential, and lucrative than Windows was at its peak. Apple wants its investors to understand that, and is now challenging the media narrative that suggests it running an unsustainable race against various manufacturers churning out ever-increasing volumes of hardware units.

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Why Apple is now focusing on users, not units in Fiscal 2019
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Disrupt Berlin 2018 picks Swiss sperm freezer Legacy as its Startup Battlefield winner

A panel of tech industry judges narrowed down a dozen contestants-- from over a thousand applicants-- to pick up the Disrupt Cup award at Disrupt Berlin 2018, ultimately coming up with a single winner that wiggled its way past the others to win $50,000: a Swiss startup named Legacy that freezes men's sperm when they are healthy and young to archive their ability to reproduce until they're ready to pay for children.

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Disrupt Berlin 2018 picks Swiss sperm freezer Legacy as its Startup Battlefield winner
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Disrupt Berlin 2018 sponsor Otter Voice Notes uses AI to create live, searchable transcripts

One of the most overtly impressive products on display at Disrupt Berlin was Otter Voice Notes, a live transcription service from AISense, powered by artificial intelligence. The product generates searchable archives of presentations, meetings, interviews, or any other audio feed, delivering transcribed text synchronized to an audio recording, with identified speakers and keyword metadata.

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Disrupt Berlin 2018 sponsor Otter Voice Notes uses AI to create live, searchable transcripts
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TestCard turns your iPhone into a private, clinical-grade urinalysis kit

A UK startup is launching an app that uses the iPhone camera and flash system to provide immediate and accurate results for a variety of issues ranging from pregnancy to blood glucose to prostate health, kidney disease, STIs and even illicit drugs —using low-cost test strips that arrive in the form of a postcard-sized mailer.

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TestCard turns your iPhone into a private, clinical-grade urinalysis kit
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At Disrupt Berlin 2018, TechCrunch provides a platform for Europe's aspiring tech startups

TechCrunch is in Germany to highlight promising new ideas and award a "Startup Battlefield" winner at its Disrupt Berlin conference, the second event it has held in the German capital and only the fifth it's held in Europe. AppleInsider is there to take a look at new tech on the Old Continent.

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At Disrupt Berlin 2018, TechCrunch provides a platform for Europe's aspiring tech startups
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Five reasons why Apple is ending unit sales reporting of Macs, iPhone and iPad

Unlike any other major consumer electronics company, Apple has long detailed quarterly unit sales along with revenue figures for its major product categories. This initially helped investors get a sense of how many buyers Apple was attracting with its Macs, and later began to reveal to investors how iPod and then iPhone were reaching entirely new audiences. Here's a look at why that's now changing in Apple's Fiscal 2019.

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Five reasons why Apple is ending unit sales reporting of Macs, iPhone and iPad
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Why the end of unit sales reporting of Macs, iPhone and iPad isn't bad news for Apple

Apple raised eyebrows when it announced it would no longer be detailing quarterly unit sales for iPhone, iPad, and Macs starting in the December quarter. Various pundits have sought to portray this as Apple having "something to hide," and have added it to their listicles of "bad news" that various writers keep insisting is "piling up" for Apple. They're wrong, here's why.

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Why the end of unit sales reporting of Macs, iPhone and iPad isn't bad news for Apple
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Poor news curation at Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters created misleading iPhone supply chain panic

Editorial incompetence at several prominent news sources is again blowing a cloud of speculative rumor-mongering that claims Apple's iPhone sales are--perhaps!--in desperate straits. Revised revenue reports from just five firms--out of Apple's 200 primary suppliers--are at the core of these reports, so take a look at how flimsy these conclusions are

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Poor news curation at Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters created misleading iPhone supply chain panic
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Supply chain channel check stories hurting skittish investors, enriching Apple's shareholders

It might sound bad for investors long on Apple that the company's stock price has dipped so dramatically once again on new reports that claim supply chain rumors are somehow, suddenly a good way to forecast iPhone sales after being completely wrong year after year. But that's wrong, and here's why.

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Supply chain channel check stories hurting skittish investors, enriching Apple's shareholders
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Apple's iPhone beat Huawei, Xiaomi on China's 11/11 Singles Day, leading the record-breaking sales event

An annual "Singles Day" sales event held by China's search giant Alibaba racked up record-breaking sales, countering the idea that consumer sales in China are weak. But more importantly to Apple observers: iPhone sales lead other smartphone brands, pushing Huawei into second place and Xiaomi into third place.

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Apple's iPhone beat Huawei, Xiaomi on China's 11/11 Singles Day, leading the record-breaking sales event
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Gartner, IDC were both wildly wrong in guessing Apple's Q4 Mac shipments

Two research groups that estimate global PC shipments not only served up incorrect data as fact, but also used the bogus figures to reach entirely false conclusions about Apple's Macs in the global PC market. This isn't the first time they've been so wrong but outlines the lack of accuracy from third-party "sales estimates" as Apple prepares to stop reporting its official sales numbers altogether. 

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Gartner, IDC were both wildly wrong in guessing Apple's Q4 Mac shipments
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Apple event in downtown Brooklyn brings theater to retail

Nearly a year after it opened its Downtown Brooklyn retail store, Apple has temporarily expanded its New York footprint by taking over the Howard Gilman Opera House across the street in preparation for the theatrical introduction of new products for the holiday—beyond its freshly released 2018 iPhones and Apple Watch Series 4.

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Apple event in downtown Brooklyn brings theater to retail
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AirPods, Apple's vertical integration and the future of wearable AR

Here's what's next for AirPods and why Apple's product development—and special event introductions—are so different from others in the industry.

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AirPods, Apple's vertical integration and the future of wearable AR
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Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 more than a year behind Apple's A12 Bionic in performance

Huawei has released its own custom 7nm ARM System on a Chip. But despite using the same fab process, Huawei’s Kirin 980-powered Mate 20 Pro flagship lags far behind Apple’s iPhone XS A12, turning in performance scores even well below last year’s A11 iPhone X

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Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 more than a year behind Apple's A12 Bionic in performance
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Analysts change tune, now say $1,000 Huawei #Mate20 Androids are a bargain

Analysts and commentators who spent the first half of 2018 insisting that Apple’s $999 iPhone X was suffering from "disappointing" sales because of its premium price, a supposed "lack of innovation," and controversial design choices that included a camera "notch" are now telling us that Chinese companies that struggled to profit from high volumes of cheap phones will now successfully sell expensive models with an imitative notch.

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Analysts change tune, now say $1,000 Huawei #Mate20 Androids are a bargain
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Google downplaying Android to focus its future on Chrome OS

Five years ago, I described how Google was distancing itself from Android and increasingly pursuing a new strategy around Chrome OS. While that was a controversial idea at the time, Google’s latest announcements show that’s exactly what the company had been doing

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Google downplaying Android to focus its future on Chrome OS
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Google’s Pixel 3 is a third strike for hapless HTC and LG

Two years of Google selling "Pixel" branded versions of HTC and LG handsets have done nothing to arrest the slide that both Android licensees are seeing in their mobile sales. Will more exclusive AI features on Pixel 3 models do anything to change that?

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Google’s Pixel 3 is a third strike for hapless HTC and LG
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About a fifth of Android phone owners plan to switch to an iPhone

Most smartphone buyers tend to stick with the platform they’re familiar with. However, new data from Merrill Lynch indicates that a large percentage of top Android brand users now intend to switch to an iPhone in their next purchase.

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About a fifth of Android phone owners plan to switch to an iPhone
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Before #ChinaHack, Bloomberg published these five incorrect stories about Apple

Bloomberg has previously published a series of false claims before, either out of ignorant credulity or to simply invent a dramatic narrative imagined to be true, apparently without caring if it actually was.

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Before #ChinaHack, Bloomberg published these five incorrect stories about Apple
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After 8 years, IDC admits Apple's iPad is leading the tablet market "unabated"

Since iPad launched in 2010, International Data Corporation has dutifully crafted various media narratives that belittled as it as a toy, dismissed it as merely a "media consumption" device in a world that needed Windows, and disparaged it as inconsequential in a vast sea of cheap Android tablets (some of which were literally children's toys). But they were wrong, here's why.

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After 8 years, IDC admits Apple's iPad is leading the tablet market "unabated"