The new Samsung Note 9 phone is the largest smartphone to date, with the longest battery, most expandable storage and advanced camera specifications on a digital device.

And it's only August. If you like these specifications, just wait a few weeks.

Smartphone warfare will kick off seriously, just after Labor Day, which also happens with unofficial fires for technology sales year, fourth quarter.

Apple has not revealed its hand, but the world's most valuable company announces historically new iPhones right after the Labor Day holiday. (Last year was September 1

2th, September 7, 2016, September 9th in both 2015 and 2014.)

This year we are on September 5, two days after Labor Day, and one week before Jewish holidays.

The companies have been mom on their plans, but autumn will also bring us:

-A new and improved GoPro Hero.

– The third generation of Google Pixel phones.

– A sequel to Mavic Pro and Mavic Air drones, Mavic II, which is expected to have a removable camera.

– Updates Amazon's Echo and Dot-connected speakers, which historically output each case. Amazon currently has 8 different editions of the Echo line.

-Potential new iPads, Apple watches, Apple TV and new releases of Roku and Amazon Fire TV spells.

The deal will be with Apple and Amazon, which dominates the sale. Apple traditionally sells over 75 million iPhones in the holiday quarter. Amazon has said that it sold "tens of millions" of speakers in the fourth quarter.

Apple is expected to introduce three new releases of iPhone, a major sequel to iPhone X, which at 5.8 inches was the biggest iPhone to date and two cheaper and smaller models.

The question is how far consumers will be able to stretch by purchasing the most expensive products. Apple has consistently said that iPhone X, the most expensive iPhone ever at $ 1000, has been the best selling model since the November issue, but not everyone is buying into the strategy.

Paul Shirley, a former pro basketball player, turned author and podcasts, told the US today that he is pleased with his $ 350 iPhone SE, the smallest and least expensive iPhone in the series.

Former NBA pro hosts the new podcast, stories I tell about dates (Photo: Jefferson Graham)

Spend $ 1000 on a new phone? "Would not even rate it," he said. "Do not need it, do not want it." The little phone is doing well, he added.

Technical enthusiasts would ask differently, but perhaps the companies that make these products should listen to people like Shirley. "I have just not heard anything in these updates that would make me upgrade."

(Shirley's new podcast, stories I tell about dates, debuts Tuesday.)

Industry, if you read, be careful. We like Samsung's boast of a full-time battery (although we are skeptical) and taking selfies on an S-pen sounds exciting, but we do not need faster performance (that's fine) or a phone that plugs a computer screen like Samsung spied.

We only want one thing: Phone monitors that do not break. Solve it and you can even get Shirley to upgrade.

In other technical news this week:

Alex Jones was banned by Facebook, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube and Apple. The electronic conspiracy theorist saw his InfoWars podcast and video show taken down by the social media company to break his community standards. Jones spoke out, shouted moving censorship on his website, and his followers became a smartphone app. The InfoWars app jumped to No. 3 on Apple's App Store chart, in the news category.

-Amazon introduced curbside service for Whole Foods customers. The new service will allow members of their Prime Subscription Service to order groceries on the Amazon Prime Now app and pick them up on Whole Foods without having to get out of the car. Pickup is free on orders of $ 35 or more and $ 1.99 on orders less than $ 35. The service started in two cities, Virginia Beach, Virginia and Sacramento, California, and will expand to several cities later this year.

-Facebook said it seems to get more banks and financial companies to offer services on their Messenger app, say by allowing a customer to send a message with their bank as an alternative to phone services. "Like many online businesses with trading, we collaborate with banks and credit card companies to offer services like customer or account management," said Facebook.

Talking Tech with Lionel Richie. The legendary entertainer joins the USA today to speak apps (he is an investor in Heal, a medical house calls app) and in part 2 he speaks his frustration with streaming for songwriters.

– Even bigger smartphone photos: We started a new series of tips to take bigger mobile photos. Episode # 1: Learn the buttons and tools of your smartphone camera.

-Alex Jones Prohibition – Right or Wrong? We are weighing up on the decision of Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify to remove the platform for online conspiracy theorem.

-The Madrass Wars: US TODAY'S Nathan Bomey Ends Talking Tech to report on the impact of online mattress sellers doing on traditional bed retailers.

-Work at Amazon. USA TODAY's Elizabeth Weise is reporting on job opportunities on e-tailer.

– Even bigger smartphone pictures # 2: Get to know the camera.

This new $ 1K Samsung phone is larger than an iPhone and has more memory. Do you want to buy Not 9? USA TODAYS Michelle Maltais, an owner of Note 8, weighs with us at Talking Tech.

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