Google planning to challenge iPhone X with new Pixel 3 phones this year

Google is looking to ramp up its competition in the smartphone market as they directly challenge Apple’s iPhone X. Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, has said they are planning two new models for release later in 2018. These will be the anticipated Google Pixel 3 smartphones with a few interesting new updates.


As Bloomberg reported via sources familiar with the subject on Wednesday, the newest Google smartphones are expected to be called the “Pixel 3” and “Pixel 3 XL.” The larger of the two phones, the XL model, will feature a thicker bezel at the bottom of the screen which will be almost “edge-to-edge.” In addition, it will feature a notch, something many of the smartphone manufacturers have been using in their designs. Meanwhile, the Pixel 3 models will be similar in terms of their visual presentation to the Pixel 2. That means no edge-to-edge look or notch included on the Pixel 3 phone.


Google’s latest smartphones will also arrive just after Apple unveils its newest iPhone models. It’s expected that Apple will release a new lower-cost model of the iPhone, as well as two other phones: a new size iPhone X and a 6.50-inch screen size phone. Details of the what all the newest iPhones will include are still scarce despite plenty of speculation on the internet.


The news of Google’s latest updated model of their Pixel phone shows that the company is continuing to try to battle with market leaders Apple and Samsung. Both companies have sold many more units than Google’s phones, despite the fact that the Google phones have been given heaps of praise as some of the best Android model phones available today.


It’s being said that once again Verizon Wireless Inc. will serve as the exclusive cellular carrier for the latest Pixel phones in the United States. The new Pixel 3 model smartphones are expected to be unveiled in October of this year with prices and more specific details expected to come in the months leading up to release.

Internet Trends report shows smartphone shipments were down for first time in 2017

It appears that the growth of the mobile phone market may have stalled as a new report has shown that smartphone shipments were down for the first year in 2017. The new information comes from venture capitalist Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report. It presented the evidence that smartphone shipments declined by 0.5 percent in 2017, which could be a significant trend to take note of.


As The Verge reported, the 2016 findings were that smartphone shipments showed a two percent growth. However, in 2017 that wasn’t the case, as shipments declined by 0.5 percent. In addition, it’s mentioned that the average selling price for smartphones has fallen in recent times. This seems to indicate that more people are choosing to stay with an older model mobile phone they have rather than rushing out to get the newest model each year.


It’s also mentioned in the latest trends report that internet user growth was up seven percent in 2017. In the prior year, internet user growth was up 12 percent. The newest number seems to indicate some slowing in terms of how many new people are becoming internet users. On average, the vast number of people who do currently use the internet are doing so for about 5.9 hours per day.


When it comes to smartphones, there have been so many different models released in recent years that it’s become easier to get a good deal. People can buy a decent model that is a year or two old and still enjoy good specs and features with that phone. The newest phones are having trouble wowing anyone with the features which may seem too gimmicky at the moment. However, one has to think there will be some room for improvements and upgrades with concepts such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and the Blockchain all becoming very relevant for future technology.


Modern Tech Gadgets Are Creating Increasing Convenience

With modern technology, our lives have been made a lot easier. A modern tech gadget can now do almost everything that a human being does. Additionally, these tech gadgets are enabling people to connect with each other regardless of their physical location. In future, it is likely that many more sophisticated devices with modern technology will continue being invented.




An example of a device that has created convenience especially while travelling is the portable power banks. Today, people want to be connected to their families, friends and loved ones at any time of the day. They also want to catch up with the recent news. The portable power banks have come in handy to ensure that smartphone’s do not shut down due to low battery.




Travelling using the plane has also become convenient in that a GPS tracking dot can be used to locate the luggage. Luggage can go missing, and this can be very stressful. With this modern tech device, you can quickly find it.




The fitness tracker is also another modern tech device that facilitates fitness lifestyle. With this device tied around your wrist, you get to see the number of steps you have walked, the calories that you have lost and the quality of sleep you get. This device is especially important to people who love working out and living healthily.




How about enjoying silence during your flight. Noise cancelling ear buds enable you to travel without being disturbed by the noise made by the aero plane’s engines. There is also a rechargeable Bluetooth speaker which allows you to listen to music at any place comfortably.




All these modern tech gadgets give you a comfortable and impressive travelling experience. To get the best out of them, you ought to have an internet connection all the time. Therefore, these gadgets determine the kind of accommodation you seek as you travel. Choose a hotel that has internet accessibility.


The FCC Wants eBay and Amazon to End Fake Pay TV Box Sales

The FCC usually doesn’t get involved in telling Amazon and eBay how to run their business endeavors. Things change. The government agency recently took a look at fake TV boxes up for sale on the two sites. A call went out from the government to the companies. Essentially, the FCC wants Amazon and eBay to curtail the sales of these fake pay TV boxes on their platforms.


Open-source software combined with gray-market TV boxes make it possible for people to stream content illegally. With certain apps, owners of illicit TV boxes can even stream illegal copies of movies currently playing in theaters. In years past, people took advantage of torrent sites to watch illegal copies of copyrighted material. The new apps and corresponding boxes create a new pathway to access such content. Installing the boxes isn’t difficult. Information on how to stream content can be found online. So, people take advantage of these illegal devices. Since they are sold on Amazon and eBay, some might not even think there’s anything illegal associated with the boxes.


Shockingly, eBay and Amazon did not crack down on the presence of these boxes. Perhaps lack of oversight contributed to the presence of the boxes online. An incredible volume of new products arrive on the inventory list of both these companies each and every day. Tracking what members put up for sale can be a little difficult. That’s not stated to provide a convenient excuse for the two companies. Any entity providing an online marketplace to facilitate sales must take some responsibility for the products it’s members promote. For whatever reason, the illegal and fake TV boxes seem to appear with prevalence. Now, the FCC wants to put an end to the distribution of the fake boxes.


Piracy continues to deliver a thorn in the side of the entertainment industry. Untold hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue derives from pirated distribution of content. The entertainment industry continues to crack down on illegal distribution as it should. Unfortunately, pirate technology is always advancing. As soon as one distribution channel is shut down, another one emerges. The entertainment history has to play catch-up with the pirates.

Jeremy Goldstein talks about Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates Law Firm

Jeremy Goldstein is one of the founders of Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates. The firm focuses on providing corporate governance services to its widespread customer base that include management teams, CEOs, compensation teams and businesses.

In the last ten years, Jeremy Goldstein serves in the position of the Chairman for Mergers and Acquisition Sub-committee of American Bar Association in the Business Section.

Jeremy has extensive expertise in the field of compensation advisory services. He has been in the center of various events that led to massive compensation of businesses in the country.

Jeremy Goldstein is one of the top performing executive compensation lawyers in the country. He boasts a J.D that he received from the New York University. He also received a Business Administration degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago.

His education, training, and experience give him necessary resources that he uses to offer unmatched services to his clients.

In an interview, Goldstein revealed that the idea of creating Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates developed a decade before the interview when there rose some conflict of interest in governance concerning executive compensation matters.

He continued that during that time, various compensation firms broke off from their parent organizations. He then thought of creating a law firm to offer the same function in the market. That’s how he managed to come up with his enterprise.

In his daily service delivery, Goldstein offers advisory to his clients regarding their payments and amount of work they do for their bosses. He helps them with tips that can allow them to make sound decisions when it comes to jobs. According to Goldstein, one should figure out the effect that a job is likely to pause to them and their families before bouncing into it.

Jeremy revealed that the company’s work is tiresome and consumes a lot of time. Most of the time is expended in drafting, negotiation, and advising his clients.

Jeremy pointed out that it is always easy for him and the company to bring ideas to life since most of the ideas revolve around the things that they deal with daily.

He also said that when any new idea comes along, they ensure that they make it rhyme with another existing idea for them to implement it better.

The company is in a position of helping very many clients at a time as a result of the experience that goes back to more than two decades ago.

YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat are more popular than Facebook for U.S. teens

A recent survey was released which reports on the online technology habits of United States teens. Among the findings, was the fact that 95 percent of teens age 13 to 17 years old have a smartphone. In addition, approximately 45 percent of teens in that age group are online “almost constantly.” When it comes to their desired social media platform, Facebook has fallen out of favor.


The latest report came from the Pew Research Center which says that its now YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat that are the most popular choices for teens online. The survey showed that 85 percent of the U.S. teens use YouTube, while 72 percent use Instagram, and 69 percent use Snapchat. Just 51 percent of those surveyed said they are using Facebook, while only 32 percent said they are using Twitter. Of the social media services, SnapChat and YouTube were each used most by often, according to the survey responses.


During the Pew Center’s 2014-2015 survey of teens, 71 percent of the teens who were surveyed said they were Facebook users. It was a clear favorite back then, but within just three or four years, the other more visual social media platforms seem to be taking over. Of those, both Instagram and Snapchat provide quick content for users to consume.


The biggest takeaway from the Pew Center’s latest survey is that no longer is there just one social media platform, site, or app that rules over the rest. Facebook used to be the “cool place” for most kids to share things with their friends, but it seems to have fallen out of favor with these newer and quicker content sharing options available.


Snapchat has shown the ability to offer a bit more privacy than the others, which could be part of why it is so widely used, while Instagram allows for consumption of photos and images as well. The fact that YouTube is so highly visited is a testament to the site being a new form of entertainment in the modern tech world.

Nick Vertucci Debts To Riches Story Is Inspirational

Nick Vertucci is the Chief Executive Officer of Nick Vertucci Real Estate Academy. This facility deals with the provision of real estate education to individuals. The company has grown very fast and is now located in several places around the US. He has an immense passion for real estate.

Nick Vertucci’s success has not come easy. He was born and raised in a very humble family. Life got much harder after his father died when he was ten. However, his situation did not prevent him from pursuing success. He started entrepreneurship when he was 18 years. The first business that he did was selling computer accessories. However, he lost everything in 2000 following the dot-com trend. He had accumulated huge amounts of debts and was on the verge of losing his home. He later on decided to venture in the real estate business and went on to establish his own academy.

The idea to establish venture into real estate was as a result of wanting to gain financial freedom. He started by conducting small projects such as buying and rehabbing foreclosures. His radio show also enabled him to reach out to his clients. Dedication and commitment have seen him grow from debts to riches. He would later use his experience to establish his own academy NVREA to provide quality education about this sector.

Setting goals and being focused have helped him run his company in a strategic manner. Nick Vertucci also separates personal life and business to avoid losing focus. Implementing ideas has also been ideal for him. He starts by identifying an opportunity and then analyses ways through which it can be pursued and implemented. Nick Vertucci also believes in himself. Confidence is a critical element that should be applied if a person hopes to achieve their growth. The conviction that something can be accomplished helps a person to stick to their plans.

Apart from real estate, he is also mentors people on matters business. He has published a book that gives people tips on how they can succeed. He uses his life story to motivate people that despite the challenges that they face, they can achieve what they want.

Google Fi wireless services extends support for several more phones

The Google Fi wireless service, also known as Project Fi, has announced it will now make its service available for three more mobile phones. A report from TechCrunch on Wednesday noted that now the Moto G6, as well as the LG G7 ThinQ and V35 ThinQ will be added to the service.

As the report indicates, the Google Fi service was originally only available for the Google Pixel and Pixel 2 as well as Google’s Nexus 5X and 6P phones. In addition, the Moto X4 and Android One models were able to use the service which switches between cellular networks to give the best signal possible for a particular area. The Google Fi will switch between T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular but only with the specific phones mentioned.

Google first launched Project Fi in 2015 as a way to offer better mobile services and prices for data use. One of the main selling points behind the Google Fi plans is the “bill protection” aspect of their payment plans. Customers pay $10 per gigabyte of data used up until six gigabytes is reached. Once that amount has been reached, the customer’s $60 charge allows for continued unlimited data use for the rest of the month. In an example from the Project Fi website, calls and texts are just $20 per month, with the potential for a bill as low as $30 to $40 a month based on overall data usage.

Google has seemed to carefully choose which mobile phones will work with their service. The new G7 and Moto G6 phones have been mostly well-received in terms of their overall reviews. It’s being said at the moment that of all the supported phones, the Moto G6 is the “most affordable” of all the options on Google Fi. The Moto G6 is a 5.7-inch phone with 32 gigabytes of storage that currently sells from $199 after the price was reduced by $50.

Uber makes new panic button available for U.S. app users

On Tuesday, Uber officially made good on a promise made in April to release a panic button for United States passengers using their app and service. The panic button officially went live as part of the app’s controls, allowing app users to directly call 911 from within the app. The move comes as a response to the safety concerns that have been raised with regards to the popular ride-sharing service.


The Verge reported on Tuesday that the app home screen now has a “safety center” menu including the new emergency button. Riders can swipe up on that safety center icon and tap on “911 assistance” to use the panic button. After confirming they intended to make a call to 911, the call goes through to the emergency dispatch service. The new feature was rolled out in the United States after initial testing was done in India with the Uber service.


While the panic button that has been released in the United States is intended for passengers using the app, there are plans to also give Uber drivers a similar feature. The idea is to cut down on bad behavior from both passengers and drivers as part of the Uber ride-sharing experience.


Uber will also be testing out a “911 integration pilot” in select markets. The feature will be able to give location and trip details for a rider to the 911 dispatcher to help cut down on location accuracy issues from US 911 dispatchers. Among the cities that will receive the location sharing testing will be Charleston, South Carolina; Denver Colorado; Naples, Florida; as well as Chattanooga and Nashville, Tennessee.


Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is using the new safety features to try to help improve the company’s poor record in that area. There have been incidents reported involving drivers including a lawsuit where a female passenger was raped by an Uber driver in India. In London, the city declared that the company had a “lax approach to safety” and said they would not give the company a renewal for their license. However, after an appeal, Uber is still able to operate within London. In addition, plans for the company’s autonomous driving cars have been halted after a pedestrian was hit by a self-driving Uber car in Tempe, Arizona.


Khosrowshahi has said the panic button, location sharing features, and better driver screening will be “just the beginning” as Uber addresses its safety concerns.

Instagram adds new feature so users can share posts in stories

The popular social media app and website Instagram has opened up a new feature as part of their options. Now users will be able to share someone’s post within their story. The new feature is said to be useful in that it will allow for easier promotion of a friend’s announcement, or to help show off a brand. Overall, it seems like it will give Instagram a similar feature to other social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.

According to The Verge, the new Instagram feature lets an app user share a post of their own or one from a public account they’re following, as a part of their story. The shared post will include the username of whoever originally posted it, and a link to their post. Only public account posts can be shared to stories. In addition, users have the option to prevent their public posts from being shared, if they want.

It’s simple to use the new feature too. A user just goes to the particular post they want to share as part of their Instagram story. Tapping on the paper airplane icon above a public post will give the option to “create a Story.” By tapping on this option, users can customize the post for re-sharing like a sticker on their story. The post can be edited with additional text, scribbling, or other decorations. It can also be rotated, scaled, and moved around to really give it a different look as part of the story.

Some people are referring to this almost like a “regram” or “re-sharing” option for the popular photo sharing platform. Basically, the new feature allows for sharing of a post with a user’s additional commentary or reaction along with it. It seems like a new way to battle the other popular storylike app, Snapchat.

While the new Instagram feature is available for only the Android app this week, it’s said that the iOS app will have the feature available next week. This latest option seems to add more potential for easy sharing of content between accounts, similar to how Twitter posts can be “retweeted” or Facebook posts can be shared to a user’s timeline for others to see.