Apple Tax Avoidance Plan Laid Bare in Leaked ‘Paradise Papers’ Documents

HIGHLIGHTS Apple shifted its offshore wealth from Ireland to a tax haven Apple confirmed the move in an online post The move was to ensure US tax obligations weren’t reduced Apple shifted much of its offshore wealth from Ireland to a tax haven in the British Isles, according a review of leaked Paradise Papers documents Monday. Apple confirmed the move in an online post, saying it served to “ensure that tax obligations and payments to the US were not reduced.” After the US technology colossus stated publicly in 2013 that it was…

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Nokia 5 Gets a New 3GB RAM Variant in India, Priced at Rs. 13,499

HIGHLIGHTS Nokia 5 3GB RAM variant price in India is Rs. 13,499 It will go on sale initially via Flipkart, before offline availability Apart from RAM, new variant is otherwise identical to the original Nokia 5 comes in a new 3GB RAM variant now, just months after the original 2GB RAM model was released in India. To recall, the original Nokia 5 model with 2GB of RAM was priced at Rs. 12,499. HMD Global, the company that holds the licence to the Nokia mobile brand, recently made headlines in the country with the global…

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iPhone X Has the Most Colour Accurate Display Ever Tested, Claims DisplayMate

HIGHLIGHTS DisplayMate claims ‘textbook perfect calibration’ on iPhone X The iPhone X has 22 percent larger aspect ratio than traditional ratio The front glass is claimed to be 50 percent stronger than previous models While Apple is busy improving the supply of the iPhone X, a new report by DisplayMate has emerged that praises the display technology of the new iPhone model. The display calibration and testing firm claims that the OLED-based Super Retina display of the iPhone X is the “most colour accurate” display. The report developed by DisplayMate President Dr. Raymond…

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Horror classic Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth hits GOG with ‘fixes for modern PCs’

Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth is one of the all-time great horror games. It’s also notoriously busted. Buggy even at release, it only got worse in the intervening years as OS upgrades and so on rendered it basically unplayable. The situation deteriorated so much I finally removed Dark Corners of the Earth from PCWorld’s list of the best horror games list this year. Bad timing I guess. Out of nowhere, GOG.com’s put a restored version of Dark Corners of the Earth up for sale on Halloween, promising “fixes for modern computers.” If you buy it (for a mere…

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LG mobile division keeps bleeding money in Q3 2017

LG Electronics posted its Q3 2017 financial results and the trends from Q1 and Q2 2017 earning releases continue. The company keeps going strong, mainly thanks to the Home Appliance & Air Solution divisions, but the mobile communications branch is still unable to turn a profit. Тhe company posted revenue of KRW15.22 trillion ($13.44 billion), which is a 15% increase from Q3 2016. The operating income almost doubled to KRW516.1 billion ($455.7 million). Mobile Communications posted revenue of KRW2.81 trillion ($2.48 billion). This results in an 8% increase over Q3 2016 and 4% higher…

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C by GE Sol review: GE has transplanted Alexa’s brain into a funky lamp

The C by GE Sol ($200) is the first lamp I’ve seen that fully incorporates Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant. If you can get past its 1950s sci-fi aesthetic, it could be a good addition to your smart home. This goes double if you also use C by GE smart bulbs. I control 95 percent of my home’s indoor and outdoor lighting using Amazon Echos and Echo Dots, so I’m accustomed to the convenience that the Sol offers. (It’s pronounced “soul,” by the way, not “saul.” I used the latter pronunciation a…

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Apple has begun rolling out HDR 4K content on iTunes and upgrading old purchases

In anticipation of the launch of pre-orders for the iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K (which occurs tonight at 3AM (EST) (or 12AM PST), Apple has already begun rolling out new content with support for 4K resolution and HDR video with higher dynamic range. In addition, Apple is upgrading iTunes customers’ previous purchases of video to 4K HDR format, which is has promised to do so, free of charge. All the new iPhones announced this week support HDR video, and the new Apple TV 4K supports both the higher resolution…

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Billboard suggests October 4 unveiling for Google Pixel 2

Last month, serial leakster Evan Blass revealed the next generation Google Pixelsmartphones will be officially unveiled on October 5. However, if a newly-spotted Google billboard is anything to go by, the devices may arrive a day earlier. Agreed, the billboard doesn’t explicitly say anything, but the words “Ask more of your phone,” followed by Google’s logo and the date are strong indications that the company is talking about a new phone, details related to which will be outed on October 4. For what it’s worth, last year’s Pixel event also happened on…

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Motorola confirms October launch for Moto X4 in UK

Motorola has provided some information for the launch of the Moto X4 smartphone. The company’s UK subsidiary has confirmed in a tweet that the device will hit the shelves early next month. An exact date, however, wasn’t revealed. Aside from the launch time-frame, the company also confirmed that the handset will be exclusive to Carphone Warehouse in the UK. Sadly, there was no information on pricing, although it can’t be far away from the €399 price tag for continental Europe. [“Source-timesofindia”]

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vivo X20 to come with Snapdragon 660, blazing fast Face Unlock

The upcoming vivo X20 will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset and offer facial recognition that will be able to unlock the device within 0.1s. vivo itself confirmed the Face Wake (as it calls it) feature officially through a teaser on its Weibo account while the chipset comes by way of a leaked image showing the phone in the wild.   vivo X20 Face Unlock and Snapdragon 660 This clears the air as to the differences between the vivo V7+, which was officially announced yesterday, and the X20. The V7+ uses a Snapdragon…

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