New podcast available – the Moto X4 and LG V30 reviews are up!

The extended audio from our video reviews are now available for your listening enjoyment on your favorite podcast platform – Sean P talks about the pros and cons of each device in our seperate reviews.  Links for the podcast are below.

Silicon Theory podcast – iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud

You can of course still watch the video reviews (and we hope that you do, or did) – you can find all of our video content at youtube.com/c/silicontheory – leave any questions you might have in the comments here or on the videos – and as always, thanks for listening or watching!

What you need to know about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

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You may or may not have heard about the new “hacks” or “vulns” for most Windows and Mac computers – but if you haven’t,  you want to make sure that you find out.  Before you get some bad information and do something that could expose you, your computers, tablets, and smartphones, as well as your data to these exploits.  The most important thing you’d need to know right now is that malware (software with bad intentions) would have to installed locally on your devices to be exposed to these risks.  Either by someone else or you under false pretenses.  So BE CAUTIOUS when installing new software until the proper security updates can be delivered by your OEM of choice (Microsoft, Apple, or any of the smartphone makers)  More details follow after the jump.

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Silicon Theory Podcast – Best & Worst of 2017 in Smartphones

microphone-audio_zyMq_LId_LIn case you missed it, or just plain old didn’t want to watch (and I don’t blame you, Sean P. isn’t pretty to look at) we now have our most recent video available in podcast form – our Best & Worst of 2017 show.  We cover a lot of ground here, and the show is about a half hour long, but if you’d prefer to listen to us ramble than watch us – by all means, feel free to do so.  It’s been uploaded and should be available on all the platforms you love soon.  Links are below.  Thanks for listening, and if you have any questions – leave a comment too!

Silicon Theory podcast – iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud

 

 

Apple to offer reduced cost battery replacements as part of ThrottleGate

In the time since Apple admitted to throttling performance intentionally on older versions of its devices, they had offered a reduced price on a battery replacement for any device starting with the iPhone 6 and up as a solution.  Fresh battery, no need to throttle performance.  They had initially indicated that this service (which was $79 and will now be $29 through the end of 2018) would be available by the end of January – it’s been reported that you can take advantage of this program effective immediately.

You’ll still have to make an appointment with the Genius Bar and the replacement will take about 3 days, but you’ll have a “freshie” right after that.  And for those of you looking to prolong the life of your existing iPhone, this might be a very good and inexpensive way to do that.

You can read the full Apple apology statement here and you can find the Apple support page to start your request for a new battery in your device here.  I know I’m going to take advantage of this program for my iPhone 6s – are any of you?  Let us know in the comments!

New Video – Best & Worst of 2017!

Check out our year end recap in the world of smartphones!  We cover a lot of ground…so make sure you block out your day to check it out!  We get creative with the smartphone awards, so stay til the very end to see who we pick as smartphone of the year!

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