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.

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Google Docs Phishing Scam: What to Know Before You Open That E-Mail

An incredibly clever Google Doc phishing scam has been taken care of by Alphabet (GOOG,GOOGL) shortly after it started to spread. Read Article

How the Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) Google Docs Attack Helps Microsoft

Alphabet's Google Docs has been hit by a major phishing attack that threatens Gmail accounts ... and came at a perfect time for Microsoft. Read Article

Facebook Inc (FB) Hiring 3,000 to Monitor Video Uploads

Facebook (FB) announced that it is hiring 3,000 people to help monitor video uploads for violent or inappropriate content to take it down. Read Article

Wednesday Apple Rumors: iPhone 8 Debut May Occur During WWDC 2017

Wednesday's Apple Rumors include Tim Cook attributing poor iPhone sales to iPhone 8 rumors, the Siri speaker coming to WWDC 2017 and more. Read Article

Microsoft Corporation’s (MSFT) Surface Laptop Takes Aim at Apple (AAPL)

Microsoft (MSFT) unveiled the new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S, taking on Apple for premium laptops and Google’s Chrome OS on education. Read Article

Siri Smart Speaker May Debut at WWDC 2017 (AAPL)

Several high-profile Apple (AAPL) watchers are predicting the company will debut its Amazon Echo-fighting Siri speaker in June. Read Article

Don’t Bottom-Fish Fitbit Inc (FIT) Stock After Earnings

Fitbit is plumbing new depths, which would make it tempting to buy FIT stock should it beat Q1 earnings. Don't get lured into that trap. Read Article

Tuesday Apple Rumors: iPhone 8 May Not Come Out Until 2018

Tuesday's Apple Rumors include a new patent concerning RFID tags, companies removing Watch apps from the App Store and more. Read Article

New Fitbit Inc (FIT) Smartwatch and Earbud Details Leak

The new Fitbit (FIT) smartwatch and wireless earbuds have been revealed, with product images and specs leaked online. Read Article

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Has an Apple Watch Problem

Lithium-ion batteries and the problems they cause has become the tech industry headache that simply will not go away. Samsung Electronics (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) may be the poster child for the battery technology’s downside, but Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has had it’s share of issues -- particularly with the iPhone 6 series. [ipm_caption id="934296" align="right" width="300"]Apple Inc. (AAPL) Has an Apple Watch Problem
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[/ipm_caption] Now it looks as though the Apple Watch battery may also be vulnerable. Apple is extending the standard one-year Apple Watch repair coverage to three years for cases of swollen batteries.  

Apple Watch Battery Has a New Problem

When Apple first released the Apple Watch, the battery was a problem. The (now defunct) smartwatch leader at the time was Pebble and its watches would easily get a week or more on a battery charge. Fitness trackers from wearables leader Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) would also go for multiple days on a charge. [ipm_internal_ad_list ipm_ad_copy_1="4%20Retail%20Stocks%20on%20the%20Verge%20of%20Bankruptcy" ipm_ad_url_1="http://investorplace.com/2017/05/4-retail-stocks-on-the-verge-of-bankruptcy/"] The Apple Watch battery lasted about a day -- sometimes less if it was used for actively tracking a fitness session. Battery life became an issue that Apple had to convince consumers to overlook, and the same shortcoming has extended to the Apple Watch Series 2. But now it looks as though Apple has another Apple Watch battery problem. There have been stories of Apple’s smartwatch battery swelling to the point that it physically pops the display out, rendering the device unusable. Checking the company’s online support forum, there are threads discussing the issue. It appears the problem may be more common than AAPL is letting on. 9to5 Mac published a notification from Apple stating that it is extending Apple Watch repair coverage for three years from date of purchase (from one year) for the first generation device if it suffers an expanded or swollen battery. A service advisory like this is an official -- although not public -- acknowledgement by AAPL that the battery problems have happened frequently enough that they need to be addressed. The company currently charges $79 for an Apple Watch battery replacement, but if there is damage to the device, out-of-warranty Apple Watch repair service starts at $199. At this point, it seems unlikely that the second generation Apple Watch battery is affected. But with the original coming up on two years since its introduction, the number of Watch repair orders related to the lithium-ion battery seems likely to increase. So AAPL is quietly getting ahead of the problem. Next Page Read Article

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Will Not Release iPhone 8 This Year

As anticipation grows for the release of the iPhone 8, a new bombshell suggests that Apple fans could end up being very disappointed. Read Article

Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone Sales Fall Flat, China’s Huawei Grabs Market Share

Q1 sales numbers show Apple (AAPL) iPhone sales are flat, while third-place Huawei posted smartphone sales gains over 21%. Read Article

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Could Kill Venmo With Money Transfer Service “Apple Cash”

Apple (AAPL) is reportedly in talks to add a digital money transfer service (nicknamed "Apple Cash") to its Apple Pay, taking on Venmo. Read Article

Thursday Apple Rumors: AAPL’s Jimmy Iovine Wants to Do More With Video

Thursday's Apple Rumors include the release of a new developer beta for iOS 10.3.2, another leaked iPhone 8 schematic and more. Read Article

Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) Wants to Dress You With Echo Look

Amazon (AMZN) is taking invitations to buy the new Echo Look, an Alexa-powered smart camera that helps you choose outfits. Read Article

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) to Battle Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) for Class Crown

Microsoft (MSFT) will reveal Windows 10 Cloud next week, which will start a new war against Alphabet (GOOGL) for classroom dominance. Read Article

Exploding Fitbit Update: Is the Fitbit Flex 2 Safe to Wear?

An exploding Fitbit Flex 2 caused a lady second-degree burns, but the company claims the device is safe and the fiasco is being investigated. Read Article

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Just Painted a Target on Samsung’s (SSNLF) Back

Samsung (SSNLF) could be booted from iPhone, as Apple Inc. (AAPL) works on micro-LED displays and bids for Toshiba’s memory business Read Article

The 3 Biggest Hardware Problems with Amazon.com, Inc.’s (AMZN) Echo

Amazon Echo is an amazing addition to any smart home, but when trouble hits, here are some valuable tips on what to do to fix Echo Read Article

Wednesday Apple Rumors: There’s A New iPhone Freeze Gltich

Wednesday's Apple Rumors include a new milestone for Final Cut Pro X, speculation in AIs helping memory enhancement and more. Read Article