A survey of over 3,000 smartphone owners found most Americans don’t care about the headphone jack.
Ting — a mobile virtual network operator (MNVO) — conducted the survey. Only 1% of those who responded said the headphone jack is a top-three feature for them. The question was asked to over 3,640 respondents.
The survey asked participants to rank the three most important features they consider when choosing a new phone. Respondents could pick from a pre-selected list of options like price, camera, battery, storage space, specs, operating system, headphone jack, and cool factor.
Only 1% of respondents picked headphone jack as one of the three most important factors.
So what did smartphone buyers rate as the most important factor when choosing a new phone? Unsurprisingly, 35% of respondents said the price was the main factor. 30% of respondents picked operating system as an important factor. The third-most picked option was specs at just 14% of the votes.
Despite a lot of hand-wringing and noise, it seems as though smartphone buyers in the U.S. are doing just fine without the headphone jack. Most smartphone manufacturers are , anyway.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launched last week , spelling death for the rest of the Android world. Samsung was the last major manufacturer hold out for the technology. Now that phones cost over $1,000, it’s much easier to get someone to .
Even though Bluetooth audio is objectively worse than good old analog wires, most consumers don’t care. Heck, even the cool factor option scored 2%, which means more people care about having a cool phone over a conventional jack.
One interesting point from the survey is that most people keep their old devices. 46% recycled them to children, while 28% said they use their old phone . You know, the old phone with a headphone jack for easy listening. Funny world we live in, isn’t it?
As the month August winds down, another helping binge-worthy Netflix content approaches. The month September looks to be a streaming friendly one with an ample number shows and movies scheduled to hit your computer screens, TVs, tablets, and phones. The list covers classic comedies, action movies as well as new seasons our favorite shows.
Perhaps, most noteworthy is the addition both The Lord the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord the Rings: The Return the King. While The Fellowship the Ring appears to be absent, fans will definitely want to revisit this series. The books, written by J. R. R. Tolkien, were a major inspiration for George R.R. Martin’s A Song Ice and Fire (Game Thrones).
There are a handful classic comedies coming up as well. The timeless, Superbad, starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Seth Rogen will be ready to stream September 1st, as well as Adam Sandler’s, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. You can check out the full line-up below.
300 68 Kill American Psycho (2000) Dante’s Peak Elena For the Birds Igor Loo Loo Kids: Johny & Friends Musical Adventures: Season 1 Marvel’s Agents S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 6 Moving Art: Season 3 My Sister’s Keeper Mystic River Olmo & the Seagull Open Season Rebel in the Rye Scream: Season 3 Serial Killer with Piers Morgan: Season 1 Spookley the Square Pumpkin Stripes Superbad The Lake House The Last Exorcism The Lord the Rings: The Return the King The Lord the Rings: The Two Towers The Saint The Taking Pelham 123 The Walking Dead: Season 9 Uncle Naji in UAE You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
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A$AP Rocky is out prison in Sweden but apparently, he’s now being sought after by the American government. Not for any crimes but for a lack a co-sign. You see, with the presidential elections on the way, Trump’s admin thought that helping A$AP Rocky get out prison in Sweden would essentially be a good look for them. Although it didn’t seem to work initially, it appeared as though Trump’s phone call to the Swedish PM may have helped Rocky get released in jail and come home later. And all they were asking for was thank you.
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Pastor Darrell Scott, who was part Trump’s transition team and board member National Diversity Coalition for Trump, slammed A$AP Rocky and his team who he claimed essentially ghosted them after coming home. Scott called them “ungrateful motherfuckers” who couldn’t give them a phone call or a thank you. While Rocky’s yet to ficially respond to these claims, a member the A$AP Mob chimed in with a comedic take.
“Gingerbread man,” he wrote in a tweet that quoted the article. “catch A$AP if you can,” he added with a peace sign and running emojis.
Scott said that there were no conditions to having Trump reach out on his behalf except for a simple thank you and some gratitude. Well, like many Republicans found out in recent times, you don’t always get what you ask for.
Swizzy recently dropped f her latest album, Lover that opens up with the song, “I Forgot That You Exist.” Timing the release aside, the opening lines the song seems to reference the feud between her and the Kardashian-Wests.
How many days did I spend thinking ‘Bout how you did me wrong, wrong, wrong? Lived in the shade you were throwing ‘Til all my sunshine was gone, gone, gone And I couldn’t get away from ya In my feelings more than Drake, so yeah
Bhad Babie has embarked on another business move that will pull in serious cash for the 16-year-old rapper. Bhad, born Danielle Bregoli, has already inked a $900K cosmetic endorsement deal, had the first-ever augmented reality Billboard in Los Angeles and launched a Snapchat series that earned her serious coin as well. Her latest venture comes in the form a joyride mobile game where you can be any version Bhad you want, as you take her on the road to steal cars and get more money.
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The point the game is to jump on passing cars, steal cars and dodge the cops as a way to upgrade your ranking and become number one on the leaderboard. “Play my game bich,” Danielle said her debut. “Pick up yo damn phone and download this, it’s free! Thank you BBTV for making this game – they got my nails and everything. Ride or Die with Bhad Bhabie bich!”
The game is available on Google Play and in the Apple Store and doesn’t cost a cent – peep a trailer it below.
Ride or Die is brought to life by BBTV Interactive, known for creating other games such as Spy Ninja Network, Squad Rivals and Fernanfloo.
Nike and Undefeated are celebrating Kobe Bryant’s 41st birthday today with a special edition “Birthday Pack” sneaker collection, featuring four different Kobe 4 Protros.
According to Sneaker News, the four-pack Kobe 4s will first be available as a complete set Undefeated.com starting at 2pm ET today, August 23. It is believed the sneakers, priced at $180 each, will also be available Nike.com on Saturday morning in honor Mamba Day. As you’d expect, these sneakers are going to sell out instantly so make sure you’ve got all your phones, tablets, laptops etc. ready to rock at 2pm ET today.
The four kicks are inspired by Team Kobe members Giannis Antetokounmpo, Devin Booker, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Kuzma. All the Kobe 4s feature a patent leather construction with “8” and “24” branding on the heels as a nod to Kobe’s uniform numbers.
Continue scrolling for a closer look at each colorway.
The did-he-or-didn’t-he saga between Jermaine Dupri and Jay Z continues. Recently, Jay Z stood accused thwarting Dupri’s attempts at securing a Super Bowl halftime deal with the NFL, only to ink one his own with Roc Nation. Both Funk Flex and producer Brian Michael Cox came forward to confirm that information, and Flex even stated that he spoke with Dupri about it one on one.
“I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH JERMAINE DUPRI. HE CONFIRMED THAT WHEN HE WAS WORKING WITH THE NFL LAST YEAR HE DID GET A CALL FROM JAYZ ASKING HIM ‘HOW DEEP ARE U IN WITH THE NFL?’ EXPRESSING… ‘THAT MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD IDEA,'” Flex wrote. However, Dupri shared with Atlanta’s V-103 radio station that he was never in talks with the NFL over a Super Bowl show and Jay didn’t tell him not to do anything.
“He and I never had a conversation where he told me don’t do what you’re doing,” Dupri said about Jay. When the denial made the media rounds, Flex shared the video clip Dupri’s visit to V-103 and accused the mega-producer going back on his word. “Hahahah! I love you Jermaine for life! NFL / ROCNATION applying that pressure for YOU to backpedal!” Flex wrote in the caption. :(Body Language is everything) ITS WEDNESDAY BRUH? THIS HAPPENED MONDAY? ( I finally understand what Kap / Nessa been Experiencing! )”
Chappelle is widely known for being from Maryland, however, the comedian also grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio, just 20 miles outside Dayton, a city where he and his family still live, today. According to reports, Chappelle is hosting a block party called Gem City Shine in the Oregon District Dayton, an area known as a hub for entertainment. “This event will honor the lives lost and to reclaim the community’s favorite places to shop, dine and enjoy time with family and friends. There will be several ways for attendees to contribute to both The Dayton Foundation’s Oregon District Tragedy Fund and Oregon District Business Association, which is assisting local businesses with recovery,” the Facebook event page reads.
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The party is free charge but is only available to residents Dayton. However, if a guest donates $20, they’ll receive a t-shirt. “You will not be able to redeem tickets, even if you receive a code, unless you are a legal resident Dayton, OH area,” the page added. They also write that Chappelle wants guests to “live in the moment,” so he encourages people to put their smartphones down and enjoy the party instead recording every minute.
Apple is prepping a refresh of its iconic AirPods line amid new phones and tablets.
Apple is planning to unveil at least three new iPhones at an event next month. Sources familiar with the company’s plans say the new phones will go on sale in September. Alongside that push, Apple is rumored to be launching several new product refreshes, including AirPods with noise cancellation and water resistance.
Bloomberg’s sources say you should expect a refreshed iPad Pro, entry-level iPad, new Apple Watch, and a revamped MacBook Pro. Also among the refreshed items are AirPods and the HomePod smart speaker.
On the laptop side, Apple is now under pressure to give its laptop users a better solution than the butterfly switches. On the mobile end, Apple is rumored to be planning on copying the reverse-charging feature Samsung built into its devices. As a result, the latest version of AirPods will be able to charge in-case, simply by setting the case on the back of one of the new iPhones.
The new AirPods model is rumored to be more expensive than the current $159 model.
Other new features will include water resistance and noise cancellation. Sources did not include a specific launch date for the new AirPods other than “by next year.”
The HomePod will also get a refresh due to the poor sales performance of the current model. Apple severely lags behind the competition in the smart speaker category. , but both Google and Samsung have carved out a niche. So far, the HomePod has only captured about 6% of the smart speaker market share in the United States.
Incidentally, Apple just introduced a in March, featuring Siri support and longer battery life. But that’s more of an incremental update.
Despite all the new product reveals, Apple is increasingly relying on its subscription models. iPhone revenues have dropped year over year as devices have launched with fewer exciting new features. That, coupled with general market saturation, has forced Apple to reinvent into subscriptions — and double down on platforms like Apple Music.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we speak up on someone else’s behalf. Over the last few days, Jermaine Dupri has remained silent as his name has been brought up in regards to Jay Z‘s recent Roc Nation partnership with the NFL. It was alleged that at some point last year, Dupri was involved with inking a deal with the league but decided not to because Jay, his longtime friend, advised him against it.
Funk Flex tweeted confirmation the news by writing, “I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH JERMAINE DUPRI. HE CONFIRMED THAT WHEN HE WAS WORKING WITH THE NFL LAST YEAR HE DID GET A CALL FROM JAYZ ASKING HIM ‘HOW DEEP ARE U IN WITH THE NFL?’ EXPRESSING… ‘THAT MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD IDEA.'”
Producer Brian Michael Cox seemed to co-sign Flex. “I’m not saying that it can’t turn into some good sh*t,” Cox said Jay’s deal. “We’re also talking about a guy who single-handedly picked up the phone and called Jermaine to tell him not to do it …] When we all had that meeting with the NFL, all that sh*t was part the same sh*t.”
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However, during a visit to Atlanta radio station V-103, Dupri wanted to clarify a few things. “I want to make sure that everybody understands that,” he said. “And today, on the Big Tigger Show, I’m speaking and letting people know. He and I never had a conversation where he told me don’t do what you’re doing. What our conversation was was that, you know what side I’m on. I understand what you’re doing. That’s what the conversation was.”
“Like I said, even when I was doing my press, I kept having to reiterate the fact that, guys, I’m not doing Super Bowl,” Dupri added, saying that the he was looking into putting on event in the park, not producing a Super Bowl show. “I’m doing shows in Centennial Olympic Park. And people just kept like, ‘No, you’re involved with the NFL,’ ’cause it’s an NFL sanctioned thing.” Check out the full interview below.
Given his suspect role in the 2015 shooting Lil Wayne’s tour bus, the history between Thug and Weezy is a little rocky. However, they appear to have not patched anything over because when Wayne was brought up in the conversation with Big Boy, Jeffery fered a genuine response. “I don’t think that n***a like me,” laughed Thug when he was asked about his current relationship with Tunechi. “He don’t like me. I think it’s because he just been with Birdman his whole life and he’s just so spoiled to the point where it’s like… he’s really spoiled. He’s been a millionaire, he’s been a superstar since he was nine years old. So he don’t know nothing but his way. The reason why he dislikes me] probably has nothing in the world to do with me.”
There doesn’t appear to be any beef bubbling between the two — Thugger did laugh during his response — but it might be beneficial for these two to pick up the phone and hash things out.
A group people in East Houston, Texas, put together an “instant house party” where the invitations went out strictly through Snapchat. Eventually, the demographics the get-together shifted from and soon became an eclectic mix teenagers and adults.
Houston Police Department detective Sean Ragsdale told reporters that the party hosted anywhere from 30 to 50 guests. The attendees were made up mostly strangers and random people who just happened to have been forwarded the party invitation through Snapchat. Unsurprisingly, a handful guests weren’t getting along and a verbal argument ensued. Soon, things took a turn for the worse when shots rang out and three people were injured at the house.
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An unidentified person jumped into a vehicle and sped away from the melee, however, another group reportedly gave chase in an SUV. Both vehicles raced down a freeway as occupants the SUV allegedly opened fire on the car it was following. Multiple people were struck and, eventually, the car pulled over to a gas station to call for medical assistance.
None the gunshot wounds were life-threatening for any the vitims. A neighbor who lived near the home where the party was located said that he recalled hearing approximately 20 gunshots. “I heard this lady crying, yelling on her phone,” said Carlos Ramirez. “I peeked and looked after the gunshots and everything, and I told her to come inside and wash your hands because you don’t know if they people are still out there and stuff.”
Victims included a 17-year-old girl, three 18-year-old boys, and two 19-year-old boys. Three suspects are still being sought in connection to the shooting.
New details about an upcoming portable smart speaker from Sonos have leaked.
A German Windows site found some leaked promotional images of the upcoming speaker. Dubbed the Sonos Move, the speaker is slightly larger than the Sonos One. However, performance and features should be about the same.
The big difference is that the Sonos Move can be used either as part of a network or a mobile Bluetooth speaker. The integration of Bluetooth suggests a totally different direction for this speaker, one focused on portability.
The Sonos Move will feature six microphones and will feature compatibility with voice assistants. No specific digital assistants were mentioned, but current Sonos products support at least Alexa and the Google Assistant.
Looking at some of the leaked images, there appears to be a recessed grip. The Sonos Move will feature a docking station for charging at home. It also features a USB-C connection for on-the-go power and dedicated contacts for docked charging.
Earlier leaks for the device also suggest it will support a new Auto Trueplay tuning feature. Despite getting a good look at the device in these leaked photos, no price was mentioned.
Sonos is slated to have a press event ready to go on August 26th. Perhaps we’ll find out more about the upcoming device there. So far, Sonos has stuck firmly in the home audio category and avoided mobile audio.
The flagging speaker manufacturer is finally shoring up its poor financial record.
Sonos’ revenues totaled $260 million in Q3 2019, growing 25% year-over-year. Much of that growth can be attributed to their . Sonos’ net loss has continued to shrink from $27 million in Q3 2018 to $14 million in Q3 2019.
Revenue from the Sonos One has been healthy, growing 61% compared to last year. It’s no wonder Sonos wants to use the One line as a springboard to launch into the mobile smart speaker market.
Porsche is sending a huge shot across Tesla’s bow — but why are they the first to integrate Apple Music in the dash?
In its long history, Apple has reached many milestones. Now, there’s another one: Porsche has announced that its all-electric Taycan would be the first vehicle that will come with Apple Music included as a standard feature.
Porsche has two big reasons for wanting to integrate Apple Music into their vehicles. The first reason is that it has been focusing of late on providing digital entertainment within its automobiles. But it has also been trying to further align itself with the Apple brand as well.
Klaus Zellmer, who is the CEO of Porsche North America, says that the company’s integration of Apple Music in the Taycan is just the beginning of their cooperation with Apple. He says that various Porsche models, in addition to the Taycan, will include Apple CarPlay, which provides an iPhone-like experience to the central screen of the vehicle.
He further says that all other Porsche models will eventually include Apple Music, too.
For now, though, only Taycan owners will have access to Apple Music’s collection of 50 million songs and its curated playlists. They will also have access to Apple Music’s Beats 1 live-streamed radio station. Drivers can access all of this through the car’s display or activate it through voice commands.
An interesting aspect of this deal is that Porsche will be linking the car’s ID with the owner’s Apple ID.
This means that Taycan owners will not have to sign into their Apple account, nor will they have to do any kind of pairing with their phones. The whole experience will be completely seamless.
What’s more, Porsche is including a 6-month free subscription to Apple Music with the car. After this expires, users will have to pay the standard $9.99 per month subscription fee — though Zellmer insists that many Porsche owners likely already have a subscription. Zellmer cites a statistic that indicates that more than 80% of all Porsche owners have an iPhone.
In a new cover story with Paper Magazine, Colin Kaepernick opened up about the incident that triggered his civil rights activism, and that being the 2015 shooting death Mario Woods. Colin says he was deeply disturbed by Woods’ death, a black man who was shot 21 times by five San Francisco cops on Dec. 2, 2015. As a result the shooting, Kaep began to launch his traveling youth empowerment initiative Know Your Rights Camp and later began kneeling during the national anthem in August 2016, eight months after Woods was killed.
The story is that Woods was holding a knife after receiving reports a nearby stabbing. Officers initially used non-lethal bean bag rounds on Woods while ordering him to drop the knife but then opened fire with live ammo when they claimed he became aggressive and was a threat. However, cellphone footage posted after the incident appeared to contradict the police description, showing Woods up against a wall while holding the knife at his side in a non-threatening manner. It was this incident that turned Colin.
According to Kaep’s girlfriend, Nessa, the former NFL player became a student after that. “If Colin wasn’t reviewing a playbook, he was reading a history book,” she told Paper.
Check out the cover Paper Mag (below) and read Colin’s full cover story right here.