Internet Trends Report Shows Smartphone Growth Slowing

Smartphone growth is slowing down, voice searches are set to replace typing requests, e-sports viewing is growing exponentially, and Netflix now owns a large chunk of the entertainment industry. These are some of the takeaways from the Internet Trends Report released this week.

Every year, former Wall Street analyst-turned-technology-venture-capitalist Mary Meeker releases a lengthy report that is widely accepted as a look into the state of the Web for that year.

Meeker, who is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, delivered the report at the annual Code Conference, which is currently taking place in Silicon Valley.

The first major insight looked at global smartphone growth. It showed that in 2016, global smartphone shipments only grew by 3% as opposed to 10% the previous year and 28% in 2014. This while the global Internet user base had a flat growth rate of 10%. There are now 3.5 billion people connected to the Internet.

Meeker noted that people are spending more and more time on their mobile devices; the average American now spends more than three hours per day staring at their phone. This time was less than an hour five years ago. In the last five years, the amount of time per day on average spent in front of a computer or on a laptop has been two hours.

Mobile online advertising is accelerating while desktop advertising is decreasing slightly. In the US, $73 billion was spent altogether on online advertising as opposed to $23 billion in 2009 — of the $73b, $37 billion was mobile ad spend.

Meeker says there is a $16 billion opportunity in the US for mobile ad spend as the amount of time users spend on mobile far outweighs how many adverts are appearing there. Radio, TV and desktop roughly equal how much time is spent on the mediums versus…
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Motorola Moto Z2 Play Is Thinner, Lighter Than the Original

Motorola today announced the Moto Z2 Play, a second take on the company’s popular mid-range flagship. Like the original, the Z2 Play has a 5.5-inch full HD display and supports Moto Mods. At 5.9mm thick, the phone is a full millimeter thinner than its predecessor. In order to achieve this, Motorola cut the battery capacity from 3,510mAh to 3,000mAh. Despite the significant drop in capacity, Motorola claims total battery life is unaffected. Thanks to TurboPower, just 15 minutes of charging stuffs 8 hours of life into the battery. Another significant change is found in the fingerprint sensor, which now doubles as a trackpad for on-screen navigation. In terms of specs, the Moto Z2 Play is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor with an Adreno 506 GPU, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage. The 12-megapixel camera now relies on phase-detect and laser-assisted autofocus with dual focus pixels and an f/1.7 lens for better low-light performance. The front camera has a wide-angle 5-megapixel sensor with front-facing flash and f/2.2 lens. The phone relies on USB-C but still packs a 3.5mm headphone jack. It runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Moto Display and Moto Voice. Verizon Wireless will be the only carrier to sell the Moto Z2 Play in gray or gold later this summer. The phone will cost $499. Motorola will offer the Moto Z2 Play directly to consumers through its Moto Maker web site with the option to improve RAM to 4 GB and storage to 64 GB. Motorola will sell the Moto Z2 Play in gray, gold, blue, and black.

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Amazon Integrates iCloud Calendar with Alexa

People who own an Alexa-enabled device can now interact with their iCloud calendar. Amazon added support for Apple’s iCloud calendar service to Alexa this week, making it possible for iPhone owners to access and use their calendar through devices such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and more. In addition to iCloud, Alexa also supports email from G Suite, Gmail, Office 365, and Outlook. Setting up iCloud requires users to use the smartphone-based Alexa app. Two-factor authentication through Apple iCloud is required. Once the link is established, Apple users need only say, “Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?” or “Alexa, add lunch with Sarah at noon to my calendar” in order to interact with their iCloud calendar. The feature is available to Alexa-support devices in the U.S., U.K., and Germany.

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OnePlus Says OnePlus 3 and 3T to Get Android O

Peter Lau, the CEO of OnePlus, said via his Twitter account that the company’s top two phones will receive Android O. “A lot of you have been asking, so I’m proud to say Android O will come to OnePlus 3 and 3T,” noted Lau. The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are the firm’s flagship handsets from last year. OnePlus was fairly aggressive at updating the phones from Android 6 Marshmallow to Android 7 Nougat once Google released the newer operating system. Google itself has not indicated when Android O will be released in final form other than to say “this summer.” Owners of the OnePlus 3 and 3T should not expect to see the new operating system before late August or early September. OnePlus recently discontinued the 3T as it makes way for its 2017 flagship, the OnePlus 5.

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AT&T's Throttled Unlimited Plan Scores a DirecTV Discount

AT&T today announced a new promotion that gives its Unlimited Choice subscribers DirecTV Now for $10 per month. AT&T Unlimited Choice, which provides unlimited data at speeds up to 3Mbps and video streamed at standard definition, costs $60 per month with autopay and paperless billing. Starting today, those customers can add DirecTV Now’s Live a Little package for $10 more, or a total of $70. The Live a Little package, which includes more than 60 channels, typically costs $35 per month. AT&T’s Unlimited Plus customers, who have access to full-speed mobile data and high-definition video streaming, can apply a similar $25 video credit toward DirecTV Now, regular DirecTV service, or AT&T’s U-Verse TV service. Unlimited Plus customers also gain access to HBO for free. The Unlimited Plus plan cots $90 after autopay and paperless billing. In addition to unlimited data, Unlimited Plus includes 10 GB of mobile hotspot or tethering.

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Huawei Makes the Unlocked Honor 6X Available At Target Stores

Huawei’s Honor brand today expanded the availability of the unlocked Honor 6X to some 460 Target retail stores across the country. Now, U.S. consumers can pick up the unlocked Android handset for $250 at their local store. The 6X has been available online since early this year. The phone was recently updated to Android 7 Nougat and Huawei’s EMUI 5.0 user interface skin. The phone includes a 5.5-inch full HD screen, fingerprint reader, Kirin 655 processor, 12-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel selfie camera, and 3,340mAh battery. It supports U.S. LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 20, and 38, which makes it compatible with AT&T/Cricket, T-Mobile/MetroPCS, and Consumer Cellular. Some advanced carrier-based features may not be available.

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These are the Best James Bond Gadgets from the Roger Moore Era

Sir Roger Moore has passed away last week at the grand old age of 89, and everyone knows that he had the longest stint in playing the British secret agent James Bond 007 in 7 movies from 1973 to 1985. Officially, Sean Connery officially had 6 films, the 7th being an unofficial Bond movie. With […]
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Qualcomm Snapdragon Chips To Power New Windows 10 PCs

Asus, HP, and Lenovo are all coming out with Windows 10 PCs that will be powered by Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon 835 processors, although no release dates have been given yet. Qualcomm made the announcement today at Computex 2017, one of the largest IT trade shows in Asia.

The new Snapdragon-powered devices will support a “hypermobile” experience with long battery life and fast LTE connectivity, Qualcomm said. The Snapdragon 835 is built using 10-nanometer FinFET (fin field effect transistor) technology, a relatively new process designed to minimize performance versus power tradeoffs in chip manufacturing.

New-Gen, ‘Always-Connected’ PCs

The new Qualcomm-powered devices from Asus, HP, and Lenovo represent a new category of “always connected PCs” using the Windows 10 operating system, Peter Han, Microsoft’s vice president of partner devices and solutions, said in a Windows blog post today.

“There is a new generation of users that need to be connected to the cloud at all times,” Han said. “They are students, creators, freelancers, small businesses, and enterprises. This means sharing experiences across screens and leveraging the latest network technology like gigabit LTE and eSIM. We are collaborating with our ecosystem on a shared vision. This starts with a close partnership at the silicon layer, with Intel and Qualcomm and with our mobile operator partners to provide seamless eSIM connectivity.”

In a statement, Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm’s executive vice president, said, “The Snapdragon Mobile PC Platform will enable Windows 10 hardware makers to develop next-generation modern device form factors and deliver unparalleled anything, anywhere creation experiences with up to Gigabit Class LTE connectivity.”

Download Speeds of ‘Up to 1 Gbps’

Microsoft and Qualcomm first announced their plans for Windows 10 devices powered by Snapdragon ARM processors late last year. However, that doesn’t mean that Microsoft is moving away from devices powered by Intel’s x86-based chips.

In fact, there…
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Autonomous Car Researcher Fired by Uber

Uber has followed through on threats to fire star autonomous-car researcher Anthony Levandowski, whose hiring touched off a bitter trade-secrets fight with Waymo, the former self-driving car arm of Google.

Waymo has alleged that Levandowski downloaded 14,000 documents containing its trade secrets before he left the company to found a startup that was later purchased by Uber. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered Uber to return the documents and referred the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco for possible criminal investigation.

Uber General Counsel Salle Yoo told Levandowski in a letter filed in court by Levandowski’s lawyers that he hasn’t complied with Uber’s requests to cooperate in obeying the judge’s order to return the documents.

“Your failure impeded Uber’s internal investigation and defense of the lawsuit,” the letter, dated Friday, stated. It said that Levandowski was fired for cause and that he has a contractual right to correct “deficiencies” within 20 days.

A telephone message was left Tuesday afternoon for Levandowski. His lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

San Francisco-based Uber appears to be blaming the stolen documents solely on Levandowski in an effort to defend itself against Waymo’s lawsuit.

The company’s letter to Levandowski states that he “represented and warranted” in his employment agreement that he has returned or destroyed all property and confidential information from any previous employer.

On May 19, Uber threatened to fire Levandowski unless he waived his constitutional right against self-incrimination so the ride-hailing service could comply with the court order. Levandowski has asserted his rights under the Fifth Amendment since Waymo filed its lawsuit in February.

In documents posted Tuesday, Levandowski’s lawyers said Alsup’s order “has thus placed Mr. Levandowski on the horns of an unconstitutional dilemma: either he must waive his Fifth Amendment rights and provide the information and materials specified…
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