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Essential PH-1 Already $200 Off, Early Adopter Credit Offered

The Essential PH-1 is already permanently discounted by £200 less than two months after the smartphone from Andy Rubin’s startup first started shipping to consumers. The Palo Alto, California-based company described its discount as an attempt to make its flagship product and services available to more users. Presumably due to the fact that Essential significantly cut down on the price of the PH-1 so early into its promised lifespan, the company also announced a “Friends & Family Code” worth £200 which early adopters who already purchased its device at full price are able to put toward financing another PH-1 or the Essential 360 Camera mod for the handset on the firm’s official website.

Anyone who bought the Essential PH-1 before October 22nd is eligible to receive the coupon by filling out the form available below, with the startup noting that the offer will only be live until November 15th. The Essential 360 Camera is regularly priced at £199 and is currently even available at £179 from Essential’s website, meaning you can essentially exchange the promo code for a free mod. The wording of the company’s announcement suggests that the same coupon cannot be used for purchasing a two-year Essential Extended Care plan which is priced at £99 and offered alongside the device, though that may simply be because the warranty itself isn’t sold on its own.

The same discount is already live on Amazon for the Black Moon variant of the Essential PH-1, though the Pure White one is presently listed at £599, i.e. only £100 off. The company’s early discount was announced shortly after reports that the Essential PH-1 isn’t doing particularly well have emerged, with some industry trackers like BayStreet estimating that the device is underperforming even in the context of a niche product from a Silicon Valley startup and has only sold approximately 5,000 units in its first month on the market. An early and permanent 28.5 percent discount adds more credence to the possibility that the Essential PH-1 had a disappointing commercial debut, although the company unsurprisingly didn’t reflect on the phone’s performance while announcing its price drop.

The startup previously promised to deliver numerous new mods for the Essential PH-1, in addition to bringing the bezel-free Android flagship to other markets like Europe and Japan.

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When Steam Halloween Sale 2017 starts with date leak

We are not long away from Halloween, so we thought it would be a good idea to let you know when the Steam Halloween 2017 sale starts since most of you will be looking forward to this with wallets ready at the waiting. It looks like the start dates have once again been leaked in advance, just as they do every single year so nobody should be surprised with this heads-up. If the rumors are correct, then the Steam Halloween Sale start time will be on October 26 and it will end on November 1.

Above is a flashback to the 2016 sale, so you can see the huge discounts of up to 80% Off on offer and why many gamers save their money for sales like this as you don’t see discounts like that normally throughout the year. What game do you have your eye on this year that you want to see during the Halloween sale? Follow us on Facebook[1], Twitter[2] or Google Plus[3].

Also See: Steam Winter Sale 2016 start date excitement[4]

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  1. ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  2. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  3. ^ Google Plus (plus.google.com)
  4. ^ Steam Winter Sale 2016 start date excitement (www.product-reviews.net)

Google denies report of revenue sharing with news publishers

Google reportedly has a plan to share revenue with news publishers.

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It appeared Sunday that Google may have a lifeline for struggling news publishers, but that might not be the case after all. The Financial Times[1] reported Sunday that the web giant is planning to share a chunk of its revenue with publishers. According to FT, Google’s plan is to mate its treasure trove of personal data with machine learning algorithms to help news publications grow their subscriber base.

But Google called the report “totally wrong,” adding that its subscriptions project is still in its early stages and there is no deal lined up with publishers. “We have not reached any conclusions on the revenue side,” Google spokeswoman Maggie Shiels told CNET. “We haven’t reached any conclusions [regarding] subscriptions and need to speak to publishers.” As readers have increasingly gone online for their news, newspapers have suffered declining subscriber numbers and lower advertising revenue, resulting in a dramatic industry contraction.

Newspaper publishers and the Associated Press have blamed Google and other news-aggregation sites for their woes, leading to threats that they will delist their content and begin charging online readers. The deal FT reported Google as offering to news publishers will reportedly be similar to the arrangement Google has with traditional advertisers through its AdSense business. “We want to have a healthy ecosystem where we’ll benefit both as a society and with our business,” Richard Gingras, Google’s head of news, told the FT. “We are still working it out, we’re not experts in the subscription business, but the rev shares will be very, very generous.”

The move comes as Google moves to offer better search and ad solutions for news sites with paywalls. Bloomberg reported earlier this month that news search results for sites with paid subscriptions will no longer be demoted[2] in Google search. First published Oct.

22, 10:56 a.m. PT.Update, 1:20 p.m. PT: Adds Google comment.

Batteries Not Included[3]: The CNET team reminds us why tech is cool.

CNET Magazine[4]: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.

References

  1. ^ The Financial Times (www.ft.com)
  2. ^ no longer be demoted (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ Batteries Not Included (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ CNET Magazine (www.cnet.com)

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