TechNews Daily 2016.10.26

26 Oct

Oppo, Vivo beat everyone to be China’s top smartphone brands
TechinAsia
Chinese brands Oppo and Vivo grabbed the most market share to become the top two smartphone brands for the first time in the country in the third quarter, Counterpoint Research says. Huawei, winner of Q2, came in third.

With a new phone, Xiaomi looks for a boost from Samsung’s exploding Note 7
TechinAsia
With Samsung’s exploding phone crisis resulting in the Note 7 being scrapped, now’s a good time for rival brands to show off similarly big-screened smartphones. And that’s precisely what China’s Xiaomi did today.

Apple leaks new MacBook Pro with touch strip
The Verge
Apple is widely expected to unveil a redesigned MacBook Pro at an event on Thursday, but it looks like it may have let a couple images slip out early. MacRumors spotted a pair of images hidden inside yesterday’s update to macOS Sierra, both of which show a new MacBook Pro, a touch panel above its keyboard, and a fingerprint reader.

Apple iPhone sales fell 5% to 45.5 million in Q4 2016, iPads and Macs also down
Venture Beat
iPhone sales are down again. Apple sold 45.51 million iPhones, 9.2 million iPads, and 4.8 million Macs during the fourth quarter of 2016, the company announced today — down from 48 million iPhones, 9.9 million iPads, and 5.7 million Macs in Q4 2015.

Spotify: You’d have to pry free tier from our cold, dead hands
CNet
Troy Carter, an executive who acts as Spotify’s liaison with the music industry, compared paid and free listening to how musicians sell high-priced front-row tickets as well as cheap nose-bleed seats to their concerts.

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