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  • Apple's retail chief says Apple Stores won't upsell the iPhone X to customers »
    Apple's retail chief says Apple Stores won't upsell the iPhone X to customers


    Imagine this scenario. You walk into the Apple Store near you sometime in 2018 and the location has a number of Apple iPhone X units running on one of the tables. But you walk right past the premium tenth anniversary model and pick up the Apple iPhone 8 because that is the model you want. And just as you are ready to pay for the device, a member of the Apple Store team starts to upsell you on the iPhone X. It has an OLED screen, a larger battery, and of course it features Face ID. And that edge-to-edge display is gorgeous. Before you know it, your $699 purchase has turned into a budget busting ...

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  • Google Home smart speaker just $86 with coupon code »
    Google Home smart speaker just $86 with coupon code

    Normally priced at $129 when purchased from the Google Store, the Google Home smart speaker is available for only $86 from online retailer Rakuten with the use of a coupon code. The device can answer your inquiries related to the weather, news, sports scores and more. Google Home can set timers and alarms, confirm your flight information and stream your favorite songs. It also can control your smart appliances inside your home including the thermostat, lighting, entertainment systems, and more.

    To take advantage of this deal, click on the sourcelink and you'll end up at Rakuten's online ...

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  • Apple's COO to meet with Foxconn to discuss iPhone X production delays »
    Apple's COO to meet with Foxconn to discuss iPhone X production delays

    In the midst of rumored production problems involving the Apple iPhone X, Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams plans to meet with the chairman of contract manufacturer Foxconn later this month in Taiwan. While Apple uses a number of different companies to assemble the iPhone and iPad, the iPhone X is being put together exclusively by Foxconn. The latter's chairman, Terry Gou, will discuss with Williams the production delays that could limit the number of iPhone X units available to consumers by launch day, November 3rd.

    As we told you earlier today, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi ...

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  • Apple developers receive iOS 11.1 beta 4 and watchOS 4.1 beta 4 »
    Apple developers receive iOS 11.1 beta 4 and watchOS 4.1 beta 4

    Apple today has pushed out the fourth beta versions of iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1, both made for developers' eyes only. The public beta versions should be made available soon. Apple's iOS 11.1 beta 4 update marks the return of the 3D Touch multitasking app switcher, which was added in beta 2 and removed in beta 3. The update also includes hundreds of new emoji from Unicode along with bug fixes and performance improvements.

    The build number of the iOS 11.1 beta 4 version for developers is 15B92. For the watchOS 4.1 beta for developers, the build number is 15R846. The latter update adds Apple ...

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  • Rugged Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 is now official; tablet will launch later this month »
    Rugged Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 is now official; tablet will launch later this month

    Just a few days ago, we passed along some images of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2. Today, the tablet has been officially introduced by Samsung. With the Active name attached to the slate, you can expect the device to survive "excessive pressure, temperatures, environments, vibration and drops." The Galaxy Tab Active 2 is certified to meet military specifications. And with an IP certification rating of IP68, the tablet can be submerged in up to nearly 5-feet of water for up to 30-minutes and escape unscathed. The display will even work with wet fingers.

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 features ...

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  • Retro is cool: Basic Nokia 3310 3G launches in the US for $59.99 »
    Retro is cool: Basic Nokia 3310 3G launches in the US for $59.99


    US consumers interested in purchasing the Nokia 3310 3G (a modern retake on the classic Nokia 3310 released way back in 2000) can now pre-order the phone through Best Buy. Priced at $59.99, the Nokia 3310 3G is a dual SIM handset that's compatible with carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. It obviously doesn't have LTE, so 3G is the best you can get out of the device in terms of cellular connectivity.     The Nokia 3310 3G offers a solid body, a small 2.4-inch screen with 240 x 320 pixels, a retro UI, and a 2 MP camera with LED flash. It comes pre-installed with the legendary ...

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  • Don't count on finding an Apple iPhone X to buy when it launches November 3rd »
    Don't count on finding an Apple iPhone X to buy when it launches November 3rd

    While pre-orders for the Apple iPhone X will start a week from today, a new report sent out to clients on Friday by KGI Securities doesn't bode well for those who expected to have the premium tenth anniversary model in their hands on launch day. The report says that Apple has had trouble receiving several components for the iPhone X, including the wide-angle camera, the Infrared dot projector which computes depth, and the antenna.

    Highly regarded Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who works for KGI, says that the biggest problem facing Apple is the printed circuit board used with the iPhone X antenna ...

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  • Huawei has a "working" foldable phone, could release it next year »
    Huawei has a "working" foldable phone, could release it next year


    Huawei, which recently announced the interesting Mate 10 smartphone series, has exciting plans for the next few years. According to Cnet, the company is working on a foldable phone that could be released as early as 2018 - perhaps at about the same time with Samsung's long-rumored Galaxy X foldable phone.   Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirmed to Cnet that the company actually has a "working sample" of its upcoming foldable handset. However, the device needs improvements related to mechanical design, plus "better, more flexible screen technology" in order to become a product that's ready ...

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  • Samsung to take on the Apple Store concept with an opulent London beachhead »
    Samsung to take on the Apple Store concept with an opulent London beachhead


    With more than $13 billion profit forecast for the last quarter, Samsung is no longer a runner up in that regard, and wants to be perceived as the start that it is right now. People in the know share that its first order of business might be to open flagship stores like the ones Apple has on key locations in major cities, and one of the beachheads will be in London's upcoming Coal Drops Yard mall, which has been designed by Thomas Heatherwick with a curved roof, and some amazing architectural solutions. 

    Samsung has reportedly already leased 20,000 square ...
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  • Alleged OnePlus 5T leak shows us a full-screen front, fingerprint scanner migration »
    Alleged OnePlus 5T leak shows us a full-screen front, fingerprint scanner migration

    So, the OnePlus 5 is gone ? you can no longer buy it. What? Why? Well, that's a bit of a mystery. Less than a year after releasing its latest ?flagship killer?, OnePlus claims that they are all out of phone units.

    Obviously, this is stirring up speculation that we are about to see a OnePlus 5T ? a slightly updated phone, just like what the OnePlus 3T was to the OnePlus 3 last year. And OnePlus being inexplicably vague and stirring controversy is kind of the go-to move when the company is prepping up a marketing campaign. It's a company built on user curiosity, word of mouth, and the first ...

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  • How to sort of emulate the iPhone X interface on your Android device »
    How to sort of emulate the iPhone X interface on your Android device


    Do you like what you see above? 

    You might as well be digging that, we won't judge! Okay, we won't judge, but there are quite probably a lot of Android users that would love to emulate the interface looks of the top-notch iPhone X on their devices. Of course, thanks to the fact that Android is not a walled garden, such an exercise in customization is entirely possible, though it requires a bit of work on your time.

    Yes, there are some apps out there that allow you to do that, but almost all of them are low-quality ones that we ...
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  • The best LG V30 cases and covers »
    The best LG V30 cases and covers


    Are you thinking of getting a nice case for your new LG V30? If that's the case (pardon the pun), you've come to the right place! There's a good number of V30 covers available on the market, and we understand that it might be a bit hard to filter out the ones that are truly worthy of attention.

    Thus, we?ve rounded up some of the finest cases money can buy. Of course, what's best for you will largely depend on your needs and preferences, so our picks are divided into several different categories. Whatever your tastes might be, we think you ...
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  • Secret garden: how to hide apps on your iPhone »
    Secret garden: how to hide apps on your iPhone

    Apple's "walled garden" software ecosystem is getting more open to the world with each new iOS edition. First there were third-party keyboards, and now developers can get access to craft iMessage apps, or do silly things with the new Face ID virtual avatar animoji. 


    When it comes to more mundane stuff, however, Apple is still running a tight ship, and doesn't allow much tinkering and customization for no apparent reason. Hiding apps from the homescreen(s) is one of these non-existent options in iOS, and it might be sorely missed by some with sensitive Snapchat or Facebook ...
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  • First photos of the HTC U11+, full specs for U11 Life emerge »
    First photos of the HTC U11+, full specs for U11 Life emerge


    Despite the recent acquisition of some of its talent and licensing of its IP portfolio by Google, Taiwanese phone maker HTC is set to announce a couple of devices at the start of next month. We know a fair bit of information about them: one will be a mid-ranger named the U11 Life, while the other will be an upgraded variant of the U11, called the U11 Plus.

    But today has brought us a bit more information about both of those: the former got a full specs and price reveal, while the latter got its first real-life photos. Exciting!


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  • Oops, there already was an "Animoji" app out there, developers take Apple to court »
    Oops, there already was an "Animoji" app out there, developers take Apple to court


    About a month ago, we were introduced to the ?most advanced facial recognition technology put on a phone? ? the Apple iPhone X and its Face ID camera. And we all know that comical moment when we got to see what Apple is doing with Face ID ? aside from secure phone unlocking and portrait selfies, which are a bit more serious of features, we have the Animoji ? moving emoji that respond to our facial grimaces.

    Turns out, however, that Animoji is already an existing app in the iOS App Store. It's a fun little texting tool that uses the classic emoji smilies, but animates ...

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  • USA! Pixel 2 prices abroad make America smile, much like the iPhones' »
    USA! Pixel 2 prices abroad make America smile, much like the iPhones'


    Right after the new Pixels were introduced, Google pulled an Apple, and slashed the price of the 2016 crop by a hundred. Thus, the basic Google Pixel can now be had for $549 directly from the Google Store, while its larger sibling, the Pixel XL, will set you back $669. You still need to add that hundred if you want the larger, 128 GB storage versions, but the trend is clear, and Google will probably be doing this with each new Pixel iteration - you know, like that other competitor down south from Mountain View does. 

    Google is now gunning for the $1000 ...
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  • Nokia 8 battery life test results: solid average »
    Nokia 8 battery life test results: solid average


    The Nokia 8 battery life test result is out and as we've already used the phone for a few days, we can share our first impressions with the best phone that the "new Nokia" has.

    The Nokia 8 is indeed the flagship for the brand, featuring a 5.3-inch Quad HD LCD screen and the Snapdragon 835 system chip for top-tier performance.

    The Snapdragon 835 is a key part of the battery life equation: the chip is made on the 10nm manufacturing process, meaning that it is significantly more power efficient than even the Snapdragon ...
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  • LG V30 navbar customization: how to change the color, rearrange the buttons, or hide it altogether »
    LG V30 navbar customization: how to change the color, rearrange the buttons, or hide it altogether


    Navbar customization once used to be a feature reserved for the realm of Android rooting and custom ROMs, but this is not strictly the case anymore! With the number of OEMs allowing users to customize the navigational bars on their phones, to some degree at least, this feature is slowly, but surely, creeping its way into the mainstream. And that's just awesome, we think!

    The brand new LG V30, like the G6 before it, makes no exception to this trend and grants users this simple, yet oft overlooked, freedom. Planning to get your hands on the V30 soon? Well then, here's ...

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  • LG, Samsung, Apple or Essential: who did 'all-screen' best? (poll results) »
    LG, Samsung, Apple or Essential: who did 'all-screen' best? (poll results)


    We asked you recently whose approach to a "bezel-less," "all-screen" or whatchamacallit panel with minimum amount of side, top and bottom bezels can be named. Nearly all major manufacturers went that route with at least one handset, and some with whole lineups, so it's a growing trend that is likely to become the norm next year, and even go to the midrangers, so it's important to judge whose approach may stick with users better. 

    Almost half of our 4413 respondents chose Samsung's thin strips and curved edges as the best solution to the all-screen ...
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  • Google App is getting a customizable search bar widget in the latest update »
    Google App is getting a customizable search bar widget in the latest update

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    Most Nova and/or Action Launcher users are well-acquainted with the launchers' highly-customizable, color-changing, shape-shifting Google search bar widgets, and it seems like Google is taking note. The latest beta update of Google App introduces a customizable search bar widget of its own, and although it's not as flexible as the ones found in custom launchers, it's still good news for those who don't rely on home screen replacements.

    At first glance, it looks just like the current search bar, but tapping the menu ...
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  • Live Photos for all! Google Photos now lets you share and view your moving pictures over iOS, Android, and PC »
    Live Photos for all! Google Photos now lets you share and view your moving pictures over iOS, Android, and PC

    A couple of years ago, Apple introduced its ?Live Photos? ? a feature, which has the phone's camera record a short video that spans the time just before and just after you press the shutter button. Photos are viewable as normal, but force-pressing (or just long pressing if you don't have 3D Touch) makes them ?come alive? with the frames that were captured just before and just after. A neat little feature, great for capturing family moments with that fidgety little one, pets, fireworks, and other unpredictable stuff.

    For quite a while, Live Photos have been an exclusive club. If you wanted ...

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  • (Update: You sort of can now) You can't really customize Google Pixel 2/2 XL's squeezable edge »
    (Update: You sort of can now) You can't really customize Google Pixel 2/2 XL's squeezable edge


    Update: And just like that, a workaround has been discovered! Truly, the ways of the Android tweakers are mysterious. You can now remap the Pixels' Active Edge with this neat little app dubbed Button Mapper. After you install it and grant the required accessibility service, all you need to do is follow the instructions and you will be pretty much set. 

    One of the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2's key features that got lifted straight from HTC U11 is the Active Edge frame which allows you to firmly squeeze the device in order to launch the Google ...
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  • Google: we'll reimburse those who got the overpriced Pixel 2/XL at our pop-up stores »
    Google: we'll reimburse those who got the overpriced Pixel 2/XL at our pop-up stores


    Along with the Pixel 2 and 2 XL announcement, Google said that it will set pop up stores in high-visibility and high-traffic areas as Manhattan to showcase and sell the new gear. Apple has its Town Squares Stores, Samsung has its Experience pop-ups in Best Buy, and Microsoft used to set temporary exhibits when it was high on Lumia, too.

    Needless to say, Google delivered on that promise, and had the Manhattan store up and running yesterday for the official Pixel 2 launch date. Shop patrons, however, quickly noticed that the prices of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are ...
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  • T-Mobile and Sprint's merger announcement to be delayed »
    T-Mobile and Sprint's merger announcement to be delayed

    About a fortnight ago, Bloomberg reported that T-Mobile and Sprint are ironing out the final details of their potential merger, up to the point where they were discussing the exchange ratio that will determine Sprint's valuation, one of the last steps before the merger could be officially announced. They even got down to non-cash items, such as the location of the HQ that will shelter the leadership of the new entity resulting from the merger, and reports are swirling that a merger announcement in October is imminent.


    Industry-watching shops, however, are increasingly skeptical ...
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  • Verizon expects Santa to deliver plenty of Apple iPhone X units for the holidays »
    Verizon expects Santa to deliver plenty of Apple iPhone X units for the holidays

    Even though there has been story after story about possible production delays for the Apple iPhone X, some now believe that Apple will indeed hit its 2017 internal target for building the tenth anniversary model. One company that is very bullish on the iPhone X happens to be Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest carrier. While Big Red admits that the Apple iPhone 8 is not ringing the cash register as frequently as you would expect from a new iPhone model, the wireless operator is high on the iPhone X, expecting the premium model to sell very well this quarter.

    Yesterday, Verizon noted that ...

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  • Sphero Star Wars BB-8, BB-9E, & R2D2 hands-on: smartphone-controlled droids »
    Sphero Star Wars BB-8, BB-9E, & R2D2 hands-on: smartphone-controlled droids


    Star Wars mania is in full swing! In anticipation for the upcoming new film that's being released in December, we're checking out some awesome Star Wars related droids from Sphero. And the best part about them? They mimic their movie counterparts in a very realistic manner, so if you're a diehard fan, these droids are sure to make you even more excited about the films. 

    For this piece, we're going to be taking a look at three specific droids from Sphero's Star Wars line ? BB-8, BB-9E, and R2D2. All of them are meticulously designed to match their ...
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  • Report: Soon you'll watch DirecTV on your large screen set using the AT&T Mobile TV Cast Moto Mod »
    Report: Soon you'll watch DirecTV on your large screen set using the AT&T Mobile TV Cast Moto Mod

    Just the other day, we told you that next month, Amazon's Alexa will be accessible through a new Moto Mod that will attach to the back of Moto Z and Moto Z2 handsets. Now, a report published today states that Motorola and AT&T have partnered to develop the AT&T Mobile TV Cast Moto Mod. With this accessory, you will be able connect to a compatible television set allowing you to watch DirecTV on a larger screen.

    Of course, for this to have any value, you have to be a subscriber to DirecTV Now. This is an app that features streaming video in the form of live TV channels and on-demand ...

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  • Apple plans on selling lower priced models with iPhone X features in 2018? »
    Apple plans on selling lower priced models with iPhone X features in 2018?

    According to a report published in China today, Apple will be using some of the technology found in this year's Apple iPhone X on next year's models that are rumored to have code names of Lisbon and Hangzhou. The report says that Apple is concerned about its market share in China, and believes that by offering many iPhone X features in a lower priced phone, it can help it recapture market share in the country.

    Another website in Japan, Macotakara, expects the lower-end model would get a 10,000 yen ($90 USD) hair cut from this year's pricing. Next year's phones are all expected to include ...

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  • It's official: HTC U11 Plus will be unveiled on November 2 »
    It's official: HTC U11 Plus will be unveiled on November 2


    HTC has just confirmed it will hold a launch event in early November. Last week, Chinese media reported HTC had started to send invitations to such an event, but the Taiwanese company did not confirm anything until today.

    Fast forward one week and HTC has just tweeted a ?Save the Date? image confirming a launch event for November 2. Although the company doesn't say what device will introduce early next month, it's safe to assume we'll be seeing the HTC U11 Plus.

    In fact, we've already seen the smartphone, although not through official means. We've also learned ...

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  • Pokemon GO users get their treats for Halloween starting tomorrow »
    Pokemon GO users get their treats for Halloween starting tomorrow



    Starting tomorrow, October 20th at 3pm EDT, Pokemon GO players will start to notice the latest Halloween treats from game developer Niantic. First, you can change your avatar for the event by having it wear Mimikyu?s Disguise Hat. Catching, hatching and transferring Pokemon will earn you double candies, and your buddy Pokemon will find candy twice as fast during the Halloween event, which ends on November 2nd at 4pm EDT.

    Pokemon like Gastly, Drowzee, Cubone will be found in greater numbers just like last year, and this time they are bringing some third generation pocket monsters ...

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  • Apple Watch Series 3 users in China have their cellular connection cut off abruptly »
    Apple Watch Series 3 users in China have their cellular connection cut off abruptly

    Apple Watch Series 3 users in China were enjoying the wearable's new stand alone capability that allows it to make calls, send and receive texts, and go online even without pairing with a nearby Apple iPhone. But on September 28th, just a few days after the timepiece launched globally, China pulled the cellular connection from the Apple Watch. The apparent reason for this action has to do with how China monitors its citizens who use cellular enabled devices.

    The Chinese government requires consumers who need a SIM card for an online device, to register their real name with the wireless operator ...

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  • Verizon added 274,000 net new postpaid phone subscribers in Q3, up 13% over last year's figure »
    Verizon added 274,000 net new postpaid phone subscribers in Q3, up 13% over last year's figure

    The third quarter earnings season is now here, and first out of the gate is Verizon. For the period covering July through the end of September, Big Red added 274,000 net new postpaid phone subscribers. That is a 13.2% gain over the 242,000 added during the third quarter of 2016. Overall, Verizon added 603,000 net new subscribers including 91,000 net new tablet users and 238,000 using other connected devices including wearables. At the end of the third quarter, Verizon counted 109.7 million retail postpaid and 5.6 million retail prepaid connections.

    With a retail postpaid churn rate of .75%, ...

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  • Galaxy Note 8 "Pro" mode camera tips & tricks: use RAW and manual controls to take gorgeous photos »
    Galaxy Note 8 "Pro" mode camera tips & tricks: use RAW and manual controls to take gorgeous photos

    In this day and age of mass automation and AI-driven experiences, it may seem counterintuitive to rely on manual camera controls on your brand new, shiny, bezel-less, smartphone. I mean, why even bother with adjusting so many variables when you can just point your phone at something, tap a button, and get an arguably good-looking result? Right? Well, there's actually a good reason dabble in the mighty manual mode. In fact, let me tell you, using manual mode is just like shooting on full "Auto," only a heck of a lot better!

    Let's take the Galaxy Note 8 for ...
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  • Blind camera comparison: iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8 »
    Blind camera comparison: iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8


    The Apple iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 have some of the best cameras of all phones, but which one takes better pictures?

    Often, our pre-conceptions about a brand name would make us sway our opinion in favor of our preferred brand, but what if we could get rid of our subjective preferences and look at things objectively, without any prejudices?

    Blind comparison!

    We challenge you to take a look at the photos below captured on the iPhone 8 Plus and the Note 8 and tell us which ones you like ...
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  • Nokia 8 unboxing and first look »
    Nokia 8 unboxing and first look


    The Nokia 8 is the flagship phone of the reborn Nokia, now a brand owned by company HMD Global, where a lot of ex-Nokia engineers work.

    Equipped with the Snapdragon 835, the Nokia 8 has the same hardware as the best Android phones out there, but it undercuts them in terms of price. Call it the budget flagship of the year, especially now that the OnePlus 5 is no longer available.

    The phone is already on sale in Europe (unfortunately, it will not be officially available in the United States) and we are currently running ...
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  • Mid-range Sony Xperia XA1 Plus launches in the US, fans of large bezels rejoice »
    Mid-range Sony Xperia XA1 Plus launches in the US, fans of large bezels rejoice


    Shortly after releasing the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact in the US, Sony is now bringing another new (but cheaper) smartphone stateside. We're talking about the Xperia XA1 Plus, a mid-range handset with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and an unmistakable Sony design - large top and bottom bezels included.    As of today, the unlocked Sony Xperia XA1 Plus can be pre-ordered through Amazon, which acts as one of Sony's official US distribution channels. The new smartphone is offered for $379.99 (in gold, black, or blue), comes with US warranty, and will be shipped on October 23. Like most unlocked ...

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  • Best LG V30 price deals you can get right now »
    Best LG V30 price deals you can get right now



    LG touts its newest V30 flagship as the phone for digital creators, and rightfully so, as it is one of the most media-centric handsets out there, with top-shelf audio and video prowess, and even 4K footage editing built in, which has been an Achilles heel for many an Android flagship before. This is why every time we hear about a deal on this high-end seasonal hero from LG, we perk our collective ears up, and are rounding up some of the best promos you can currently find if you have been eyeing LG's latest and greatest.

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  • Poll results: manual camera controls ? not for everybody »
    Poll results: manual camera controls ? not for everybody


    It's a pretty modern thing to have manual controls on your phone's camera app. Well, unless you are Apple, who actually decided to take out the HDR button completely on the iPhone 8 (no worries, you can get it back, look here). That aside, most major players now have a ?pro? mode or ?manual? mode on their apps, letting users adjust ISO, shutter speed, color temperature, and focus as they desire.

    But the phone makers have also been achieving amazing results with their handsets' image post-processing. Auto modes have become extremely competent ? they are super-fast ...

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  • Minecraft skins on the Play Store discovered as malware »
    Minecraft skins on the Play Store discovered as malware

    At this point it's become quite clear that Google isn't really the best at keeping malicious apps out of the Play Store, although it's doing a spectacularly flashy job of trying to convince us otherwise. So it's no surprise today has brought us another piece of news about malware infiltrating Google's online storefront. The culprit this time? Minecraft.


    Okay, not exactly ? the old Microsoft/Google rivalry has yet to devolve into cyber warfare tactics. However, as security researchers working for Symantec recently found out, the game's mobile version has been used as a vector ...
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  • Deal: Buy an unlocked Essential Phone for $100 off »
    Deal: Buy an unlocked Essential Phone for $100 off


    With its high-end specs and rare build materials (including ceramic and tough titanium), the Essential Phone is not a cheap device, being sold for $699.99 unlocked. If this rather high price is what stops you from getting the handset, we have good news - the Essential Phone can now be purchased for $599.99 ($100 off) via Best Buy.   Only the black version of the Essential Phone is offered for $599.99, so the newly-released white model still costs $699.99. Nevertheless, if you're interested in getting the smartphone, go ahead and visit Best Buy via the source link below.   The ...

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  • Pixel 2 XL teardown reveals LG battery, heat pipe, and Google's first custom processor »
    Pixel 2 XL teardown reveals LG battery, heat pipe, and Google's first custom processor


    The crafty folks from iFixit have gone through the trouble to take apart the new Google Pixel 2 XL, and it turned out that it wasn't much of a trouble, at least as far as today's sealed waterproof flagships are concerned, as we've seen recent phones much harder to repair. The Pixel 2 XL got a 6/10 score for repairability, and, despite that it is water-resistant with IP67 certification, it doesn't even need heating to open up, unlike the vast majority of today's glass-and-metal flagships.

    The phone is indeed LG inside, as given away by the branding of ...
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  • Hidden iPhone 8 Plus features and toggles that you should know about »
    Hidden iPhone 8 Plus features and toggles that you should know about


    So, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are out and with them came iOS 11 ? Apple's latest rehash of its mobile operating system. And we've got quite a lot of new things ? a reworked Control Center, a screen recording feature, and tons of smaller tweaks.

    If you've been an iPhone user for a while, you probably know your way around the device. But still, there may be some small tidbits here and there that you missed or forgot about. So, without further ado, let's take a look at all the little-known secrets that Apple's current most-powerful iPhone ? the iPhone 8 Plus ? ...

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  • Google promises 3 years of OS and security updates for Pixel 2/XL »
    Google promises 3 years of OS and security updates for Pixel 2/XL


    Google has officially committed to keeping the new Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL updated for the next 3 years, a solid commitment that outdoes all other Android phone makers. Yes, this includes both updates to the operating system and security updates.

    One of the big downsides of owning most Android phones is software updates: even the big names like Samsung take months to update their phones and after the first major update, devices are often abandoned or take even longer for future operating system updates (they might still get security updates).

    With ...

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  • Samsung adopting Google's ARCore, coming to Galaxy S8 and Note 8 »
    Samsung adopting Google's ARCore, coming to Galaxy S8 and Note 8


    Samsung has partnered with Google to adopt ARCore, Google's augmented reality platform, and it will bring the experience to its Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8.

    Google announced ARCore earlier this year and it is a rival technology to the already available ARKit on Apple devices. The iPhone 6s and newer iPhones all support the feature and there are already quite a few interesting apps that make use of AI on the iOS platform.

    With Samsung joining the Google ARCore camp, developers will now be able to write ...
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  • Google Play Store starts rolling out new design... violates its own Material Design guidelines »
    Google Play Store starts rolling out new design... violates its own Material Design guidelines


    Google has started rolling out a new design for the Play Store... and it goes right against one of the fundamental principles of Material Design.

    Namely, it uses nested tabs, a technique that Google explicitly says should not be used and instead recommends using content hierarchy in different forms.

    So basically what you get now is a bunch of categories, and underneath another list of tabs, and in some cases even a third list of tabs with this new design of the Google Play Store.


  • Lawnchair, the best near-stock Android launcher you've never heard of, is now on the Play Store »
    Lawnchair, the best near-stock Android launcher you've never heard of, is now on the Play Store


    On the topic of launchers, we have a pretty good understanding of what makes a third-party offering better than the built-in one - customizability, ease of use, and snapiness, of course. Nova Launcher is the anecdotal default answer when you will most definitely find when you go search for Android launchers, but it's always nice to have some alternatives up in your alley.

    A new entrant on the launcher scene is a niche debutant that has been doing the round in the underground - dubbed Lawnchair as a tongue-in-cheek joke, this one is closely mimicking the appearance ...
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  • Google responds to the Pixel 2 XL screen controversy »
    Google responds to the Pixel 2 XL screen controversy


    Ever since people started getting their retail units of the V30 and review units of the Pixel 2 XL, Reddit and XDA forums became abuzz with complaints that there is something amiss with LG's P-OLED panels that both phones carry. 

    Starting with subdued colors, and continuing with blotchy, non-uniform pixel brightness, grainy texture while scrolling, and very pronounced "blue tint of death" when you at the phone from the slightest angle, various issues have been noted in forum threads. previews and final reviews alike. Google came out with a statement to explain ...
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  • Nokia 7 is unveiled carrying 5.2-inch screen, 3,000mAh battery and Dual-Sight cameras »
    Nokia 7 is unveiled carrying 5.2-inch screen, 3,000mAh battery and Dual-Sight cameras


    The Nokia 7 was introduced this morning in China by HMD Global. The glass and aluminum clad device carries a 5.2-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). Under the hood you'll find the Snapdragon 630 chipset, which comes with an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 508 GPU. One version comes with 4GB of RAM (priced at 2,499, which is the equivalent of $377 USD), and a second variant features 6GB of RAM (priced at 2,699, which converts into $407 USD based on current exchange rates). Both models are equipped with 64GB of expandable native storage.

    Adorning the back of the phone ...

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  • Save up to $410 on the Pixel 2 by trading in your phone to the Google Store »
    Save up to $410 on the Pixel 2 by trading in your phone to the Google Store

    The Google Store is having a promotion that can save you up to $410 on the purchase of the Google Pixel 2. Note that we emphasized the words "up to." That is because the discount you receive is based on the handset you trade-in to Google. The maximum credit of $410 is yours if you trade in a first-generation Google Pixel XL. The OG Google Pixel will get you $360 off the Pixel 2.  The Samsung Galaxy S8+ will bring $345 in credit while $385 will be taken off the price of the Pixel 2 if you trade-in the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Click on the sourcelink to see how much you will get for your phone.

    To ...

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  • Starting tomorrow, fixing a cracked screen is only $29 via Verizon's Total Mobile Protection plan »
    Starting tomorrow, fixing a cracked screen is only $29 via Verizon's Total Mobile Protection plan

    Drop your phone and shatter the screen? As our high school English Literature professor might have said, "That's sad. That's too bad, but it is not a tragedy. A tragedy is a Greek play." Actually, thanks to a sizeable 41% price cut, Verizon is now charging only $29 to repair a screen at 296 locations in the country. Or, you can have the repair done in your home or office in more than 150 U.S. cities. Certainly no tragedy, it is actually no more than a hiccup.

    To take advantage of that low price for a screen repair, you must be a member of Verizon's Total Mobile Protection plan. Starting ...

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