Apple Takes 85% Of The Profit Pie From Smartphone Sales
Feb 03

Apple Takes 85% Of The Profit Pie From Smartphone Sales

  • Apple collected 85% of operating profit and 48% of revenue from smartphone sales over the course of the year, making new peaks for the company 15 years into the iPhone's existence.
  • The global smartphone market experienced a decline in Q4 2022, reaching 304 million units shipped, a decrease of 18% YoY.
  • However, Apple saw a breakthrough in the market as it replaced Samsung as the top smartphone player in Q4 2022, driven by the launch of the iPhone 14 series.

NASA Mars Rover Has Discovered An Alien Rock
Feb 03

NASA Mars Rover Has Discovered An Alien Rock

  • The 11-year-old Curiosity rover has discovered a 1-foot-wide rock that seems to have come from elsewhere, not Mars.
  • The rock found is a meteorite from another celestial body. Curiosity has also confirmed that the rock, which has been named Cacao, is made of iron-nickel.
  • This is not the first meteorite to have been found on Mars another one named ‘Egg Rock’ was discovered by Curosity in 2016.

When Will The iOS 16.4 Beta Be Released?
Feb 03

When Will The iOS 16.4 Beta Be Released?

  • iOS 16.4 could bring a host of new features such as a new emoji pack, a dedicated apple music app, web-based notification, a pay later feature in Apple wallet, and an Apple card savings account.
  • Users are expecting the beta release for iOS 16.4 to happen by February 7th now.
  • Even if this happens, the initial beta release will be limited to developers. Apple will provide public access to the beta version a week after that which is February 14th.

Vivo's X90 Pro Comes With 120W Fast Charging
Feb 03

Vivo's X90 Pro Comes With 120W Fast Charging

  • Vivo announced the new X90 and X90 Pro on Friday, just days after Samsung's Galaxy S23 series launch.
  • The X90 Pro's standout features are its 120-watt charger and the 1-inch Sony IMX 989 sensor, which is used in the main camera. 
  • Pricing information hasn’t been revealed yet. But expect an international release in parts of Europe and Asia for the X90 series. There is no US release planned currently.

Multiple Samsung Galaxy Smartphones Now Support Google Fi eSIM
Feb 03

Multiple Samsung Galaxy Smartphones Now Support Google Fi eSIM

  • Google Fi has announced that it is adding eSIM support to select Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
  • These include: Galaxy S23 | S23+ | S23 Ultra, Galaxy S22 | S22+ | S22 Ultra, Galaxy S21 | S21+ | S21 Ultra, Galaxy S20 | S20+ | S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 | Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Z Flip 3 | 4, and Galaxy Z Fold 4.

A Massachusetts Bill Would Allow Prisoners To Swap Their Organs For Their Freedom
Feb 03

A Massachusetts Bill Would Allow Prisoners To Swap Their Organs For Their Freedom

  • Prisoners who donate one of their organs or their bone marrow could be rewarded with anywhere between 60 and 365 days off their sentence if this bill were to pass.
  • One benefit of the bill, according to one of its cosponsors, is that it will broaden the pool of potential organ donors.
  • In the US alone, more than 100,000 people are waiting for a transplant, and 17 people per day die on the waiting list.

Sonos Just Brought Alexa Voice Control To 27 More Countries
Feb 03

Sonos Just Brought Alexa Voice Control To 27 More Countries

  • Sonos has teamed up with Amazon to offer international Sonos users the convenience of Alexa voice control for music, calendars, shopping lists, and smart home commands.
  • Alexa is a virtual assistant by Amazon that responds to voice commands. It's commonly found on Echo devices and other speakers from other manufacturers.

LockBit Claims Responsibility For ION Ransomware Attack
Feb 03

LockBit Claims Responsibility For ION Ransomware Attack

  • UK regulators are investigating a cyberattack against financial technology firm ION, while the LockBit ransomware gang has threatened to publish the stolen data on February 4 if the software provider doesn't pay up.
  • LockBit, a ransomware group with ties to Russia, has since said it pulled off the data heist and promised to publish "all available data.” This is the same crime gang that may or may not have also attacked Royal Mail last month.

Samsung Goes Big On OLED TVs And Huge OLED Monitors
Feb 03

Samsung Goes Big On OLED TVs And Huge OLED Monitors

  • Samsung previously announced a range of QD-OLED TVs at CES 2023 and is adding a 77-inch OLED TV and a 49-inch OLED gaming monitor to its product portfolio in the first quarter of this year as well.
  • All of the newly announced Samsung models use QD-OLED panels, which is Samsung's name for the OLED displays created by its subsidiary, Samsung Display.

Apple Surpasses 2 Billion Active Devices
Feb 03

Apple Surpasses 2 Billion Active Devices

  • Apple reveals it has 2 billion devices being used by customers, which is up from 1.8 billion last year.
  • The number highlights fast growth for the company, which hit 1.5 billion active devices at the start of 2020 and only surpassed 1 billion back in 2016.
  • The sizable install base of iOS, macOS, and other Apple devices compares to 3 billion active Android devices, as Google reported in 2021.