Kantar Worldpanel: iPhone X Anticipation Hurt Apple Share

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According to Kantar Worldpanel the late release of the iPhone X hurt Apple market share in key markets during the 3 months ending October 2017, with Android taking advantage of the situation.

iPhone KantarAndroid gained 4.3 percentage points in the big 5 European markets (and 8.2% in the USA) during period. The analyst says such a drop in iPhone volume share was "somewhat inevitable" when comparing the non-flagship iPhone 8 with the 2016 flagship iPhone 7. One also has to keep in mind at least some customers postponed their iPhone purchase in order to compare the 8 with the X, before deciding whether the premium demanded by the overhauled device is worth it or not.

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Honeywell Lyric Compatible With HomeKit

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Honeywell announces the Lyric Controller home security system is certified for use with Apple HomeKit-- allowing customers to control the system via iDevice and either the Home app or Siri.

Honeywell Lyric"Smart home technology has made consumers more reliant on their mobile devices to manage their homes," the company says. "The addition of HomeKit support to the Lyric Controller improves the connected home experience for consumers, and provides new opportunities for dealers. Dealers can leverage the Apple ecosystem of HomeKit partners to expand their connected home offerings and deliver a robust interface to manage the home."

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Apple to Boost Music With Shazam Buy?

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Apple has a plan to further improve the Music streaming service, TechCrunch reports-- it is "close" to buying Shazam, the app allowing users to identify any song by listening to an audio clip.

Shazam Shazam uses machine learning to identify audio clips from songs, TV shows and more. Launched back in 1999 (when it was available as a service accessed via SMS code), it currently offers a standalone app for iOS, macOS and watchOS device. In turn it integrates with other services, such as Snapchat, Siri and music apps including Spotify and Apple Music.

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Samsung Intros W2018... Flip Phone

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The flip phone ain't dead-- at least not in China, where Samsung announces the W2018, a high-end device featuring flagship internals and a camera with an f/1.5 aperture for better low-light photography.

Samsung W2018Made exclusively for the China Telecom "Heart of the World" charity event, the W2018 features a pair of 4.2-inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED touchscreens together with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6GB RAM, 64/256GB storage and a 2300mAh battery. Connectivity comes through dual-SIM slots, NFC and USB-C, security features include a fingerprint reader and an iris scanner, and the Bixby assistant can be summoned via dedicated button on the side.

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Sony Trials PlayStation VR In-Home

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Sony sets to convince customers of the potential of virtual reality through an interesting promotion-- a 14-day in-home PlayStation VR trial sent to select PlayStation Plus subscribers.

PSVR trialThe trial consists of a demo kit complete with headset, PlayStation Camera, two Move controllers and a copy of Skyrim VR. Should the user be impressed enough to want to buy the kit, they can keep it for the price of $300, a discount over the regular $450 retail pricetag of the Skyrim PSVR bundle.

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