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5G is Coming; Quora Hacked; Sony Aibo Review; Apple's Big iPhone Deal
 

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December 5 · Issue #121 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

5G is Coming; Quora Hacked; Sony Aibo Review; Apple’s Big iPhone Deal

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5G, for real. Qualcomm is promising that virtually all Android flagship phones (manufacturers’ top-of-the-line models) will include 5G support by the end of next year thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset. 5G is supposed to blow the doors off mobile connectivity, radically changing our on-the-go, always-connected-experience. The big question is if the 5G infrastructure will finally be in place to support these phones at their best. Apple, apparently, doesn’t think so.
Qualcomm Says Every Android Manufacturer Will Have 5G Flagship Phone by End of 2019 - MacRumors Qualcomm Says Every Android Manufacturer Will Have 5G Flagship Phone by End of 2019 - MacRumors
Don’t ask. Quora, the popular question and answer Web site may want to answer how it was hacked. A visit to the Web site this morning results in a prompt to reset your password after a reported 100 million accounts were affected by a massive breach. Hackers got usernames, emails and, thankfully still encrypted, passwords.
Quora.com admits data breach affecting 100 million accounts – Naked Security Quora.com admits data breach affecting 100 million accounts – Naked Security
Good doggie. Sony’s Aibo robot dog is one of the most expensive consumer robots on the market today. It’s also cute, endearing, smart-ish, and loveable. You can learn all about what it’s like to live with Aibo in my review. TLDR? Check out my video.
My Robot Dog is Better Than Your Dog – Lance Ulanoff – Medium My Robot Dog is Better Than Your Dog – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Falling Apple. I say it all the time, “Don’t bet against Apple.” However, the reports on Apple’s uninspiring new iPhone model sales won’t stop and now Apple has done something I’ve never seen them do before: Lower the price of its newest handset, the iPhone XR, by $300. Sure, it’s a limited-time holiday promotion that you can only get if you trade in an iPhone 7 Plus. Still, this is way out of character; Apple is not known for its sales. Instead, it charges premium prices and sells millions of handsets. It even did it with the pricey iPhone X. This may not be a desperation move, but simply a canny promotion to capture more of the massive demand for the iPhone XR. Or not.
Apple Offers New iPhone Promo Deals, Trade-Ins to Boost Sales - Bloomberg Apple Offers New iPhone Promo Deals, Trade-Ins to Boost Sales - Bloomberg
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