Spotify reaches 60M paying subscribers

Spotify reaches 60M paying subscribers

Streaming platform Spotify updated its About page at the end of July, updating the subscribers count. After it reached 50 million in March, now it reads 60 million as of the end of H1 2017. The total number of active users stays at the solid count of 140 million. Spotify is currently available in 60 markets. Its library contains more than 30 million songs and the company boasts it paid $5 billion to rights holders

Android 7.1 update for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ imminent

Android 7.1 update for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ imminent

The Android 7.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagship smartphones is likely to arrive anytime now. Vodafone Australia has provided a heads-up on its website that the update has been submitted for review, which is the last stage before the roll out begins. So in all likeliness, other key markets should also get the update sooner than later. Sadly, there’s currently no information on the

Apple beats expectations in Q3, has sold over 1.2 billion iPhones in 10 years

Apple beats expectations in Q3, has sold over 1.2 billion iPhones in 10 years

Apple posted iys results for the third quarter of this year, beating Wall Street expectations and sending the stock up 6% in after-hours trading. Revenue for the quarter grew 7%, earnings went up 17%. The Services division hit an all-time high revenue, Tim Cook says that the division alone could be a Fortune 100 company.   Average selling prices of Apple devices Also, iPads have bounced

Western Digital My Passport SSD Mini-Review

Western Digital My Passport SSD Mini-Review

Flash-based external direct-attached storage (DAS) devices have evolved rapidly over the last few years. Starting with simple thumb drives that could barely saturate USB 2.0 bandwidth, we now see high-performance external SSDs. Western Digital’s My Passport SSD is an external SSD with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface. It comes in three capacities – 256GB, 512GB,

BlackBerry Priv currently going for $225 in US

BlackBerry Priv currently going for $225 in US

Most major third-party retailers are offering the BlackBerry Priv for about $270, but thanks to this new deal you can grab a unit for even less. eBay retailer buyspry has the phone listed for $224.99.   The model on offer is STV100-2, which means the unit is only compatible with GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T. Aside from the US, shipping is also available for many other countries, but – needless to say

Huge success of Ryzen CPUs puts AMD back in the game against Intel

Huge success of Ryzen CPUs puts AMD back in the game against Intel

We finally have a good measure of exactly how Ryzen processors have boosted AMD’s share of the desktop CPU market, and the new hardware has made quite an impression by snaffling over 10% of processor territory back from Intel. The latest figures from PassMark for the second quarter of this year show that AMD has gained 10.4%, moving up from a market share of 20.6% the previous quarter, to reach 31% – with Intel dropping to 69%

Ubisoft is working on AR games for HoloLens

Ubisoft is working on AR games for HoloLens

At this year’s Unite Europe conference in Amsterdam, video game publisher Ubisoft showed off three augmented reality gaming prototypes it’s working on for Microsoft’s HoloLens. So far we’ve mostly seen how Microsoft’s augmented reality headset will bring improvements to the areas of education and business, but Ubisoft’s David Yue was keen to show how video games will use HoloLens and ‘spatial mapping’ technology

Amazon Kindle price: how much does it cost?

Amazon Kindle price: how much does it cost?

The Amazon Kindle price has a big question mark around it heading into Amazon Prime Day on July 11, so let’s break down how much it currently costs in the US, UK and Australia. It can be difficult to differentiate the prices since you have so many choices: Amazon Kindle, Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon Kindle Voyage and Amazon Kindle Oasis. Each offers a top-of-the-line reading experience, but as you go up in price,

Refurbished Galaxy Note7 listed by South Korean retailer

Refurbished Galaxy Note7 listed by South Korean retailer

  Weve heard reports and saw leaks about the reborn Samsung Galaxy Note7, but the latest discovery shows us the device is ever so closer to a relaunch. Although some called it the Galaxy Note7R, a device with the latest rumored title Galaxy Note FE appeared on the South Korean retailer Danawa.   The listing does not reveal more than what we already know. The phone will come via a USB-C port. Apart from these specs, the Galaxy Note7R will look and feel exactly like the discontinued Galaxy Note7. The retailer still says that pre-order would start in June, but is yet…

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2015) will get Nougat in November

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2015) will get Nougat in November

A couple of months ago, a list of updates designated for Samsungs devices leaked from Turkey and revealed which of Samsungs mid-range devices, like the A and J series) would be getting Android Nougat. In that list, the Galaxy J5 (2015) was nowhere to be seen. A revised list has been spotted, complete with the expected dates of arrival. The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2015) is now listed to receive an Android Nougat update which is set with

Computex 2017 coolest mods

Computex 2017 coolest mods

Computex 2017 was one of the most exciting computing shows put off by Taipei, Taiwan in years, mostly thanks to tons of major news drops from the event. However, for the true gaming PC enthusiasts and gawkers alike, a close second is no doubt the legions of custom gaming PC case modifications, or “mods” that descended upon the show floor this year. First up, we have the Halo – Master Chief, a custom build subsidized by Asus Republic

Google Home Canada launch set for June 26

Google Home Canada launch set for June 26

  Google has announced that its smart speaker Google Home will arrive in Canada later this month. In a blog post yesterday, the Mountain View, California-based company said the launch is set for June 26. The device will understand both English and French.   Pre-orders for Google Home are currently live at Canadian Google Store and Best Buy Canada – price tag is CAD 180 (around $133). The speaker will also be available through several other third-party retailers, including Bell, Indigo, London Drugs, Rogers, Staples, The Source, Telus, Visions, and Walmart. Source: gsmarena.com

Instant tethering is coming to Chrome OS to make it easier to get online

Instant tethering is coming to Chrome OS to make it easier to get online

For those times when you’re not near a Wi-Fi network, being able to tether to your phone’s data connection can be very useful indeed – provided your phone’s OS, your data plan, and your network provider are all set up to provide tethering of course. The latest Canary (developer) build of Chrome OS has added an “instant tethering” option that makes it easier to get online this way: once you’ve enabled the feature

Siri is about to get friendlier with your other apps

Siri is about to get friendlier with your other apps

With the launch of iOS 10 last year, Apple gave third-party app developers the option to add Siri integration for the first time, though the opportunity was limited to apps in certain categories. With iOS 11, that restriction looks likely to be lifted. As reported by Reuters, Apple will open up Siri to more categories of apps, though you shouldn’t expect to see thousands of extra commands suddenly become available, in the style

First a phone, then smart glasses? Essential’s new patent points to new wearable

First a phone, then smart glasses? Essential’s new patent points to new wearable

While Andy Rubin’s newly unveiled Essential Phone isn’t even out yet, the Android co-founder and his technology startup may already have some big plans in store for their next project. As seen in a patent belonging to Essential, the company appears to be considering dual-lens display smart glasses, according to Patently Apple. Seen in the image below, the smart specs look more like conventional frames similar

Android 7.1.1 update for Nextbit Robin is now available

Android 7.1.1 update for Nextbit Robin is now available

  AndroidNextbitFirmware Updates Over a couple of months after the Android 7.0 Nougat update arrived for the Nextbit Robin, the Andoid 7.1.1 update has been made available for the cloud-focused device. Currently factory images are available, although we expect the OTA rollout will also begin soon. In case you missed, it was announced earlier this year that Nextbit is being acquired by Razer. While sales of the phone and its accessories have stopped, Nextbit promised that it will honor warranties for six more months, as well as keep pushing software/security updates to the handset through February of 2018. Source: gsmarena.com