​iPhone X to launch in 13 countries including Korea on November 24

The iPhone X will be launching in South Korea on November 24, Apple has announced, much earlier than anticipated.

The 10th anniversary edition iPhone will also launch on that date in Albania, Bosnia, Cambodia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey.

It will also be launched in the city of Macau on the same date. Israel will get it a day earlier on November 23.

A December rollout for the 10th anniversary edition had previously been expected. Apple didn’t give a heads-up to local telcos before revealing the launch date, sources said.

Pre-orders will begin on November 17.

In Korea, the 256GB model is priced at 1.63 million won (around $1,450), the highest-priced iPhone in the country and pricier than in the US.

The iPhone 8 was launched in Korea on November 3, but sales have been relatively low, according to local telco officials, likely due to consumers waiting for the iPhone X.

In the countries where it is already available, the iPhone X has been outpacing iPhone 8 in sales, according to Localytics.


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Black Friday: California State Parks, Save the Redwoods offer free park passes Nov. 24

California State Parks and Save the Redwoods have joined together to offer an alternative to the Black Friday shopping madness.

On Nov. 24, more than 40 redwood state parks will take part in the 2017 Redwoods Friday program, according to Save the Redwoods League.

There are thousands of free vehicle day-use passes up for grabs, but they are first come, first served. (Other park fees, such as camping or boat launch fees, are not included.)

The free passes went on sale Nov. 1, and some parks are already sold out.

Here is a list of parks that are participating, showing which were sold out as of 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5:

  • Admiral William Standley State Recreation Area SOLD OUT
  • Andrew Molera State Park SOLD OUT
  • Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve SOLD OUT
  • Austin Creek State Recreation Area
  • Benbow State Recreation Area
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park SOLD OUT
  • Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
  • Butano State Park
  • Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • Castle Rock State Park SOLD OUT
  • Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
  • Fort Humboldt State Historic Park
  • Fort Ross State Historic Park
  • Garrapata State Park
  • Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
  • Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area
  • Hendy Woods State Park
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • Humboldt Lagoons State Park
  • Humboldt Redwoods State Park
  • Jack London State Historic Park
  • Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
  • John B. Dewitt Redwoods State Natural Reserve
  • Jug Handle State Natural Reserve SOLD OUT
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park SOLD OUT
  • Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve
  • Mailliard Redwoods State Natural Reserve SOLD OUT
  • Mendocino Headlands State Park
  • Mendocino Woodlands State Park
  • Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve SOLD OUT
  • Mount Tamalpais State Park
  • Navarro River Redwoods State Park
  • Patrick’s Point State Park
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park SOLD OUT
  • Portola Redwoods State Park SOLD OUT
  • Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
  • Richardson Grove State Park
  • Russian Gulch State Park
  • Salt Point State Park
  • Samuel P. Taylor State Park
  • Smithe Redwoods State Natural Reserve
  • Sonoma Coast State Park SOLD OUT
  • Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area
  • The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park SOLD OUT
  • Van Damme State Park
  • Wilder Ranch State Park

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Will Competition From Nvidia and AMD Hurt Intel’s Earnings? – October 24, 2017

As we head further into the busiest stretch of the Q3 earnings season, investors are starting to turn their attention to the upcoming report from Intel (INTC Free Report) , the largest semiconductor company in the world. This chip-making behemoth will release its third-quarter financial results on Thursday, October 26.

The semiconductor industry has been red-hot in 2017, especially as demand from emerging markets like cloud computing and the Internet of Things continues to heat up. However, Intel shares—which are up 12.5% on the year—have lagged the industry’s gains.

Intel’s earnings report will still serve as an important bellwether for the entire technology sector, but the stock has struggled to gain momentum as investors have become increasingly concerned with the chipmaker’s competition.

Recently, Intel has felt pressure from the likes of Nvidia (NVDA Free Report) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD Free Report) . Nvidia’s artificial intelligence processors are already at the forefront of the booming AI industry, while AMD has doubled down on its server chips. And both of these companies compete with Intel in the ever-important gaming segment.

But have Nvidia and AMD done enough to put a dent in Intel’s upcoming earnings report? Well, one approach to answering this question is to focus on Intel’s core business segments.

Luckily, by using our exclusive non-financial metrics estimates file, we can gauge analyst sentiment and predict the company’s performance in its key units.  These important, stock-driving estimates are updated daily and are based on the independent research of expert stock analysts. Learn more here>>>

Because of Nvidia and AMD’s popularity in the gaming market, we might expect to see an impact in Intel’s Client Computing Group. This business segment includes the company’s products designed for notebooks and desktops, so it could certainly feel the effects of these gaming-friendly chipmakers.

According to our latest consensus estimates, the Client Computing Group is expected to post revenues of $8.62 billion, which would represent a slump of about 3% from the $8.89 billion posted in the year-ago period.

Still, while this dip could imply that Intel is losing some market share in the personal computing space, the company has made some strides in this area recently. For example, Intel recently launched its eighth-generation Core processors, which should lift the company’s gaming endeavors.

And on top of this, the Client Computing Group has been a surprise performer for Intel this year. In fact, in the second quarter, Intel posted revenues of $8.21 billion in this unit. That results smashed our consensus estimate of $7.82 billion and marked year-over-year growth of nearly 12%.

Heading into its report, Intel is sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The stock also has a positive Earnings ESP of 0.06%, so we can feel more confident about the company’s chance at an earnings beat.

Intel shares are sitting near their 52-week, but if the company can outperform again—especially in key categories like Client Computing—the stock might just break into a new range (also read: 3 Key Estimates for Intel’s Q3 Earnings Report).

Make sure to check back here for our full analysis once Intel releases its report later this week!

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PlayStation Store Sales in North America October 24, 2017

PlayStation Store Sales

This week on the North American PlayStation Store, you’ll find discounts on some amazing horror games, a bunch of NIS America titles, and deals on PS4 games.

It appears that many of the games on-sale during week 1 of the Sale of the Dead are still discounted. View them here.

Not sure what to get? Our weekly recommendations are coming soon!

Here are the games on sale through the PlayStation Store this week, with some deals ending on October 31 at 8am PT/11am ET.

All Deals

PlayStation 4

  • 2Dark – $17.99 ($20.99)
  • 7 Days to Die – $10.49 ($13.49)
  • Alien: Isolation – $5.99 ($8.99)
  • ArcaniA – The Complete Tale – $3.99 ($5.99)
  • Birthdays the Beginning – $15.99 ($19.99)
  • Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! – $15.99 ($19.99)
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony – $44.99 ($50.99)
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls – $10.49 ($13.49)
  • Danganronpa 1-2 Reload – $23.99 ($27.99)
  • Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition – $5.99 ($8.99)
  • Dead by Daylight: Special Edition – $17.99 ($20.99)
  • Detention – $9.09 ($10.39)
  • Diablo III: Eternal Collection – $35.99 ($41.99)
  • Digerati Bundle 4 Pack Part 3 – $7.87 ($31.49)
  • Digerati Family Friendly Bundle – $4.34 ($14.49)
  • Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance – $15.99 ($19.99)
  • The Evil Within – $9.99 ($11.99)
  • The Evil Within Digital Bundle – $14.99 ($17.99)
  • Grand Kingdom – $15.99 ($19.99)
  • Grand Theft Auto V – $29.99 ($35.99)
  • Grand Theft Auto V & Megalodon Shark Cash Card Bundle – $54.39 ($67.99)
  • Grand Theft Auto V & Whale Shark Cash Card Bundle – $44.54 ($55.44)
  • Grim Fandango Remastered – $2.99 ($4.49)
  • GOD WARS Future Past – $24.99 ($29.99)
  • How to Survive 2 – $3.74 ($5.24)
  • ICEY – $9.44
  • The Last of Us Remastered – $9.99 ($11.99)
  • LIMBO & INSIDE Bundle – $17.99 ($20.99)
  • Manhunt – $7.49 ($8.99)
  • Natural Doctrine – $4.99 ($6.99)
  • The Order 1886 – $3.99 ($5.99)
  • Prey – $26.79 ($29.99)
  • Psycho-Pass Mandatory Happiness – $15.99 ($19.99)
  • Psychonauts – $2.49 ($3.49)
  • RBI Baseball 17 – $6.59
  • Resident Evil Revelations – $13.99 ($15.99)
  • The Silver Case – $8.99 ($11.99)
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove – $19.99
  • Street Figter V – CPT Premier Package – $9.99
  • Touhou Double Focus – $1.99 ($3.99)
  • Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet – $2.99 ($5.99)
  • Touhou Genso Wanderer – $19.99 ($24.99)
  • Until Dawn – $5.99 ($7.99)
  • The Warriors – $7.49 ($8.99)
  • The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition – $11.99 ($14.99)
  • XCOM 2 – $23.99 ($29.99)
  • XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition – $29.99 ($37.49)

PlayStation 3

  • The Awakened Fate Ultimatum – $7.99 ($9.99)
  • The Bureau: XCOM Declassified – $3.99 ($5.99)
  • Catherine – $3.99 ($2.99)
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony – $29.99 ($33.99)
  • Dead Nation – $1.59 ($2.39)
  • Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess – $19.99 ($24.99)
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition – $11.99 ($14.99)
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice – $19.99 ($24.99)
  • Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness – $12.99 ($14.99)
  • Natural Doctrine – $3.74 ($5.24)
  • Naughty Bear Panic in Paradise – $3.74 ($5.24)
  • Painkiller – Hell & Damnation – $1.99 ($5.99)
  • Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare – $5.99 ($7.49)
  • Red Dead Redemption & Undead Nightmare – $9.99 ($13.99)
  • Siren: Blood Curse – $4.99 ($6.99)
  • Syberia II – $1.49 ($4.49)
  • The Swapper – $2.99 ($4.49)
  • The Witch and the Hundred Knight – $7.99 ($9.99)
  • Zombie Tycoon II: Brainhov’s Revenge – $0.99 ($1.49)

PlayStation Vita

  • A Rose in the Twilight – $7.99 ($9.99)
  • Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! – $11.99 ($14.99)
  • Criminal Girls: Invite Only – $7.99 ($9.99)
  • Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors – $11.99 ($14.99)
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls – $10.49 ($13.49)
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – $10.49 ($13.49)
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair – $10.49 ($13.49)
  • Dead Nation – $1.59 ($2.39)
  • Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess – $15.99 ($19.99)
  • Demon Gaze – $11.99 ($13.99)
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention – $11.99 ($14.99)
  • Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisted – $11.99 ($14.99)
  • Draw Slasher – $0.29 ($1.49)
  • Grand Kingdom – $11.99 ($14.99)
  • Grim Fandango Remastered – $2.99 ($4.49)
  • GOD WARS Future Past – $19.99 ($23.99)
  • htoLNiQ: The Firefly Diary – $1.99 ($2.99)
  • Natural Doctrine – $3.74 ($5.24)
  • Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy – $7.99 ($9.99)
  • Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy – $15.99 (19.99)
  • Organ Trail Complete Edition – $1.99 ($2.99)
  • PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate HD – $2.99 (4.49)
  • Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness – $11.99 ($14.99)
  • Stranger of Sword City – $10.99 ($12.99)
  • The Swapper – $2.99 ($4.49)
  • Touhou Double Focus – $1.99 ($3.99)
  • Touhou Genso Wanderer – $19.99 ($24.99)
  • Yomawari: Night Alone – $7.99 ($9.99)
  • Yomawari: Night Alone / htoLNiQ: The Firefly Diary – $8.99 ($11.99)
  • Zombie Tycoon II: Brainhov’s Revenge – $0.99 ($1.49)

PSOne Classics

  • Resident Evil 2 – $1.49 ($2.09)
  • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis – $1.19 ($1.79)
  • Castlevania: SotN – $2.49 ($3.49)

*All PlayStation Store Sales prices are in USD and may be higher in Canada.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Lively critique: 24 several hours of battery daily life

Confession: If it weren’t for the Galaxy S8 Active’s monster battery daily life, I’d inform you to get the typical Galaxy S8 ($749.11 at Amazon.com) and a superior situation.

The Galaxy S8 Lively prices far more than the S8 for what is effectively a designed-in situation and monitor protector, but not just one of your very own choosing. An S8-and-situation combo would conserve you cash and permit you get a situation that is effective for you.


Individuals corners imply small business, but the screw’s just for present.

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And then the S8 Active’s certainly all-day battery swoops in and will save the day. It lasted an regular of 24 several hours soon after 5 looping online video drain tests, in plane manner with the brightness established to 50 per cent. In contrast, the Galaxy S8 lasted about 16 several hours in our lab tests. In genuine daily life screening the phone gamely marched along, retaining electric power reserves soon after bedtime even soon after we’d streamed YouTube video clips and navigated utilizing Maps — two of the most source-taxing actions you can do on a phone.

The Lively prices far more than the typical S8 — $100 far more on US carrier AT&T — so if you’re willing to pony up extra cash to prevent topping off your phone’s electric power rather as usually as you would with the S8, then the S8 Lively is a superior preference. It truly is received all the Galaxy S8’s best-notch characteristics, and a sturdier monitor and physique, as well.

If that battery delta is not all that crucial to you, then who is the S8 Lively genuinely for? It does have a far more rugged/sporty/outdoorsy aesthetic, and can appeal to people who do not want to stress about acquiring their telephones messy or soaked. 

That mentioned, Samsung has stripped the Galaxy S8 Lively of a few previous “Lively” characteristics, like individuals bodily house buttons, that could make it sense like a certainly various phone. And try to remember the Galaxy S8, S8 In addition and Take note 8 are all previously h2o-resistant.

My guidance: If you’re good charging the S8’s battery far more usually, the S8 Lively features a ton much less this 12 months to make it stand out from the S8. A situation from models like Ballistic and OtterBox can guard the Galaxy S8 from most drops just as effectively. I know, since I analyzed both telephones facet by facet I utilised a Spigen Tricky Armor situation on the typical S8.

We’ll deal with my drop take a look at effects afterwards. But 1st, this is how the S8 Lively diverges from the Galaxy S8 and past Lively telephones.

No far more nav buttons or benefit vital

The S8 Lively has a thick steel-and-plastic physique of previous telephones in the Lively line, strengthened corners and a “shatterproof” monitor related to the Moto Z2 Pressure ($756.00 at Finest Buy). These traits inherently guard the S8 Lively from drops and spills.

But this year’s design loses the a few bodily navigation buttons under the monitor, which arrived in useful when you’re carrying gloves or your hands are soaked and the monitor will not likely answer to your faucets. Samsung produced the change to give the Lively a complete-facial area screen like the S8 buttons acquire up useful monitor area. I like the monitor genuine estate, but I skip the buttons they were a major portion of the Active’s identification.