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Phones are getting more expensive and we’re partly to blame

Phones are getting more expensive and we’re partly to blame

There are many uncertain things in life but one constant thing next, other than change, is the rising prices of smartphones, particularly the premium ones. Not more than two years ago, consumers would be complaining about how expensive $800 phones are. Analysts scoffed at the iPhone X’s $1,000 price tag and predicted Apple’s humiliating defeat. Today, $1,000 has become the new normal for premium phones and there are no signs the industry is going to reverse course. And, like it or not, that’s partly thanks to us consumers as well.

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Gaming phones are a fad that’s going away soon

Gaming phones are a fad that’s going away soon

ASUS is reportedly rethinking its mobile strategy around gaming phones, spurred perhaps by the popularity (not actual sales) of its ROG Phone. Razer has definitely been convinced it’s the way to go, enough to create a Razer Phone 2. Xiaomi’s Black Shark and ZTE/nubia’s Red Magic all seem to believe there’s a future in gaming smartphones. They might be right, at least for another year. Two at most. Then gaming smartphones will suddenly vanish not because they’ve become passé. It’s because practically every smartphone will be a gaming smartphone.

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Infinity Blade removal shows mobile gaming’s unavoidable amnesia

Infinity Blade removal shows mobile gaming’s unavoidable amnesia

Last week, iOS gamers bid farewell to the Infinity Blade trilogy. By today’s standards, the game may not only look dated but also feel a bit shallow. Epic Game’s decision is perfectly understandable and even justified from a technical and business standpoint. But while this particular news simply borders on sad for those who’ve had fond memories of the games, it belies an inherent problem in the mobile gaming ecosystem and perhaps the whole mobile app ecosystem at large. In a year or two at most, there will be more games that will disappear from app stores and there will be no way for anyone to experience them anymore.

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Social networks have peaked: why users are starting to leave

Social networks have peaked: why users are starting to leave

Facebook has probably become one of the most suspected, even hated, tech companies of late. It may have even managed to surpass Google to some extent. But the infamy and exodus that Facebook is now being subjected to is really just the height of a trend that has been happening lately. YouTube stars are burning out or exploding in spectacularly distasteful ways. Twitter’s 280-character expansion got the cold shoulder reception. Tumblr dug its own grave in trying to impress Apple. And Instagram and Snapchat seem to be locked into copying each other. The fire that drove social media’s growth has seemingly been reduced to smoldering embers and users are either jumping ship to other networks or quitting outright. But it’s not for the reasons that you might think.

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The Best Games of 2018: God of War

The Best Games of 2018: God of War

If, at the beginning of the year, you were worried that the new God of War title was just a cynical money grab from Sony, you definitely weren’t alone. After all, the God of War series had a pretty good run back in the days of the PS2 and PS3, but it overstayed its welcome and ended up going out with the whimper that was God of War: Ascension. It wasn’t hard to imagine that Sony was simply tapping a dormant franchise to squeeze more money out of fans of the series, with no real intention of returning the franchise to its former glory. That’s just what big publishers do.

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iPad Pro vs Surface Go: will the real computer please stand up

iPad Pro vs Surface Go: will the real computer please stand up

What is a computer? Apple asked this soul-searching when it launched the iPad Pro line. Since then, arguments have been thrown back and forth for and against the iPad as a laptop replacement. Then along came the Microsoft Surface Go, calling attention to itself, shouting that it's a real computer. With the holiday shopping period fast approaching both companies have stepped up the rhetoric and the marketing. Which leaves us wondering which is really the real computer?

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Pokemon Let’s Go is a great appetizer for what comes next

Pokemon Let’s Go is a great appetizer for what comes next

I don’t think I’m alone in saying that Pokemon Let’s Go isn’t quite what I was expecting - or even hoping for - out of the series’ home console debut. We Pokemon fans have been waiting more than 20 years for the mainline Pokemon series to come to consoles, but Pokemon Let’s Go only gets part way there. It gets closer than other any of the console spin-offs have, but it isn’t quite the Pokemon that many of us have been looking forward to since the day the Switch was first announced.

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5G is coming: what you need to know

5G is coming: what you need to know

There is no stopping the 5G revolution, especially since everyone seems to be on board. From network operators to smartphone manufacturers to silicon makers, everyone seems to be hellbent on pushing the fifth generation cellular technology to businesses and consumers. With all the marketing and hype, there’s bound to be some confusion and questions. What is 5G, what is it for, and will really make our lives better? Here are some answers to those questions and more.

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Microsoft is winning the console war from second place

Microsoft is winning the console war from second place

It has not been a friendly console cycle for Microsoft and the Xbox One. Microsoft’s troubles began from the second it revealed the Xbox One back in 2013 - not only did the company reveal a console that seemed to put gaming last, but it also took a heavy-handed approach to digital rights management that immediately received a lot of blowback. Though Microsoft reversed many of these controversial decisions before the console launched, the damage was done.

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Microsoft needs to clean up its Windows update act ASAP

Microsoft needs to clean up its Windows update act ASAP

Almost everyone has a smartphone these days,perhaps more than a PC. That means almost everyone uses Android or iOS. Linux runs the tech world behind the scenes and macOS still enjoys the prestige of being the creatives' OS. But like it or not, Windows is still the operating system on computers, from desktops to laptops to hybrids to even some PoS and ATMs, regrettably. With that many users and installs, you’d think Microsoft would exercise great care and caution to ensure its updates don’t break computers terribly. Unfortunately, as it turns out, that isn’t the case lately.

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Infected Android apps downloaded by thousands: where are the users?

Infected Android apps downloaded by thousands: where are the users?

Another day, another Android malware sighted on Google Play Store. Countless pieces and analyses have been written up regarding Google’s mostly hands-off approach to screening apps and it’s a bitter pill to swallow for Android fans and believers. But while there’s no denying that too many such Potentially Harmful Apps or PHAs have slipped through the cracks, there is also one thing that seems to escape notice: the hundreds of thousands of users that should have all been compromised by these malware-laden Android apps.

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Phone as a desktop: why no one bought the hype

Phone as a desktop: why no one bought the hype

Imagine this scenario. You arrive at work and very gracefully place your smartphone on a specially marked area of your desk. Almost immediately, your desk screen lights up, showing you today's tasks. Before you know it, it's lunch time and you quickly pick up your phone and head to the office cafeteria and use your phone to catch up on your social networks. Later that night at home, you dock your phone to add some finishing touches to your presentation tomorrow before finally plopping down on the couch to stream your favorite nighttime show. That was pretty much the idyllic scenario that companies like Microsoft, Samsung, and even Ubuntu maker Canonical tried to sell the public. But despite that enticing vision, it failed to take hold in the market because, like many future visions, it failed to take into account the hurdles of the present.

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