Gadgets, Smartphones & Tech

smartphone,A consumer based economy always lends itself to technology, as members of the economy demand the newest, coolest gadgets. Because of that, it is pertinent for both consumers and investors to be aware of the current tech trends and most recent products. When everyone is scrambling to buy the newest iPhone or sort out the latest Apple rumors, investors are doing the same with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock.

Reduce the scramble in your life by reading our reviews and analysis on the latest tech companies and their products.


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Most Valuable Brands 2017: Google Takes Crown From Apple

Google (GOOG,GOOGL) has surpassed Apple in Brand Finance's Most Valuable Brands of 2017. Apple held the spot for five consecutive years. Read Article

Wednesday Apple Rumors: APPL Releases New AirPods Update

Wednesday's Apple Rumors include hints at original content plans from AAPL, possible legal action over the immigration ban and more. Read Article

Will the Apple Inc. HomeKit Beat Amazon’s Alexa? (AAPL)

Apple (AAPL) HomeKit is growing slowly, while Amazon's (AMZN) Alexa is expanding rapidly. But Apple's security focus could win out. Read Article

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Stock Has a New Hero: Services!

Apple's (AAPL) Services division might not be as hot as a record iPhone numbers, but the App Store & Co. are increasingly vital to AAPL stock. Read Article

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Stock Pops Following Vindicating Q1 Earnings

Apple's (AAPL) bounce-back continues. Traders went full bull on AAPL stock following its fiscal Q1 earnings report, and for good reason. Read Article

McDonald’s Delivery? McDonald’s Corporation (MCD) Tests UberEATS

McDonald's is now testing a form of delivery called UberEATS, which uses an app to order Big Macs, and other favorites from the burger chain. Read Article

Tuesday Apple Rumors: Future Version of iOS May Not Support 32-Bit Apps

Tuesday's Apple Rumors include more Nintendo games coming to iOS devices, a new store coming to Colonge, Germany and more. Read Article

Why Expedia Inc Will Profit From This Global Market Trend (EXPE)

As the global middle class expands, Expedia will continue to function as the world's travel agent. Here's how to take advantage of EXPE Read Article

Starbucks Voice-Ordering Now Available to Alexa, iPhone Users

Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) products can now be ordered via Amazon.com, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AMZN) Alexa. [ipm_caption id="831569" align="right" width="300"]Starbucks [/ipm_caption] The voice assistant that started as an add-on to the smart Echo speakers has evolved quite a bit over the months, now seeping its way into the coffee world. You can use Alexa to order your favorite Starbucks coffee, allowing you to customize your app and letting the assistant know what you like to drink frequently. "Alexa, order my Starbucks" is all you have to say in order to make it happen. Additionally, the coffee giant recently announced the release of a limited beta program surrounding a digital barista. You can choose your "usual," followed by choosing one of the 10 most recent stores you've ordered from. You can then use Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled devices to order your caffeinated drink, hot or frozen. The MyStarbucks Barista chatbot is a new way to order your coffee on the company's app for iOS. Artificial intelligence capabilities are engineered within the service, allowing customers to order and pay with their voice. Since the feature is in its beta testing period for the moment, only 1,000 customers of the company's app around the nation will be able to access MyStarbucks Barista. An Android version of it will follow soon after. SBUX shares fell 0.7% Monday, while AMZN stock dipped 0.9%.

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General Motors Company (GM) and Honda Motor Co Ltd Work on Fuel Cells

General Motors Company (GM) and Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR) are working together to advance hydrogen fuel cell technology to power vehicles. Read Article

Apple Inc. Gets Extra Help From the Dual Camera iPhone 7 Plus (AAPL)

Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 7 sales are benefiting from the differences in the dual camera smartphone iPhone 7 Plus. Here's what you need to know. Read Article

Monday Apple Rumors: AAPL Is Taking Down Apps from Iranian Developers

Monday's Apple Rumors include problems with the LG UltraFine 5K Display when near a router, the first beta of watchOS 3.2 and more. Read Article

Pokemon Go Update: What’s New in the Latest Version?

A new Pokemon Go update is now available to trainers and it solves a few of the problems that were present on Android devices Read Article

Facebook Security Keys Will Allow Users to Lock Their Accounts

Facebook Inc (FB) is introducing a new way for users to protect their accounts with physical Security Keys that plug into computers. Read Article

Friday Apple Rumors: Designer Creates Interesting iPhone 8 Concept

Friday's Apple Rumors include the seventh anniversary of the original iPad, playing music through the Apple Watch and more. Read Article

Samsung (SSNLF) Expected to Launch Galaxy S8 on March 29

With the official Galaxy Note 7 battery review out of the way, everyone has been waiting for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) to release the new Galaxy S8. Samsung still isn’t saying anything, but clues have been building that it will be later than normal. Now VentureBeat says it has the first photos of the elusive smartphone as well as an exact Galaxy S8 launch date. [ipm_caption id="873747" align="right" width="300"]Samsung (SSNLF) Expected to Launch Galaxy S8 on March 29
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[/ipm_caption] Samsung’s well-publicized disaster with the Galaxy Note 7 had a big ripple effect on the Galaxy S8. First, the company had to identify -- without question -- what had caused Galaxy Note 7 batteries to burst into flames. Then it had to pinpoint a fail-safe solution to the problem. After that, it had to hold an event where it publicly reviewed its findings and outlined the steps it had taken to ensure it never happens again. That event took place last week.

Galaxy S8 Launch Pushed Back by Battery Concerns

As part of the battery investigation, Samsung also had to take measures to ensure the Galaxy S8 would not have similar problems, and that would have involved delayed finalization of the battery and related components. And you can bet the company has taken testing of the battery on its new flagship smartphone to new levels. As a result, it seemed likely the Galaxy S8 launch date would be pushed from it’s traditional Mobile World Congress unveiling in February. Samsung confirmed this during last week's event. [ipm_internal_ad_list ipm_ad_copy_1="7%20Stocks%20to%20Buy%20That%20Could%20Double%20by%202018" ipm_ad_url_1="http://investorplace.com/2017/01/7-stocks-to-buy-that-could-double-by-2018/"] The Guardian, citing anonymous sources close to Samsung, pointed to a late March release date. Yesterday, VentureBeat’s Evan Blass claimed to have specifics, saying the Galaxy S8 launch will take place at a Samsung Unpacked event in New York City on March 29.

Galaxy S8 Details

The VentureBeat report also includes many technical details about SSNLF’s new flagship handset(s), including photos. As has been speculated, it appears that this year both Galaxy S8 smartphones will feature a curved “Edge” Super AMOLED display, but both will also lose the Home button so nearly the entire front is display -- the camera remains at top. As a result, even though the overall dimensions stay roughly the same, both new smartphones will have larger displays than the Galaxy Note 7: 5.8-inches and 6.2-inches. The fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back, and high tech biometrics are supplemented by an iris scanner. The charge port is the new USB-C standard, base storage moves to 64GB (with SD card expansion still offered) and unlike Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Samsung will reportedly keep the headphone jack. Next Page Read Article

Can Apple Inc. (AAPL) Afford a War With Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM)?

Apple (AAPL) has gone to legal war against Qualcomm (QCOM) over the modem chip market, but the costs have yet to be factored into AAPL stock price. Read Article

Thursday Apple Rumors: AAPL May Be Planning a Second Belgian Store

Thursday's Apple Rumors include the first public betas for iOS 10.3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.4, as well as talk of a new Belgian store. Read Article

New Social Tool for Fitbit Inc (FIT) App Doesn’t Solve the Problem

Fitbit Inc (FIT) used to be all the rage, but in retrospect, we can see the wrist-worn activity trackers were little more than a passing fad. Read Article

BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) DTEK70: Game-Changer or Non-Event?

BlackBerry (BBRY) is going the low-cost route with its next device, the DTEK70. What will this device mean to BBRY stock holders? Read Article