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  • Save up to $300 on Amazon and Samsung tablets at Best Buy »
    Save up to $300 on Amazon and Samsung tablets at Best Buy

    Even though not many companies are still launching tablets these days, it looks like these devices are here to stay. Apple, Amazon, and Samsung are leading the tablets market in the United States, which isn't a surprise considering the fact that these are probably the only brands that matter when it comes to tablets, at least for the moment.

    If you're one of those people who doesn't own a tablet yet, Best Buy has you covered if you want to buy one. The U.S. Retailer is running a sale on Amazon and Samsung tablets with discounts of up to $300. Truth be told, there's just one tablet that's ...

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  • Deal: Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch drops below $200 at Best Buy and Walmart »
    Deal: Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch drops below $200 at Best Buy and Walmart

    Owning a smartwatch should mean much more than just getting notifications from your smartphone while on the move, but not all of us are willing to exercise or go jogging, especially on chilling weather.

    Garmin Vivoactive 3 has many uses, including saving owners from hiring a personal trainer for workouts. The smartwatch can act as a fitness and stress tracker, and comes with more than 15 GPS and indoor sports apps such as yoga, swimming and running.

    Of course, you'll be able to check all your notifications from your wrist, as well as use contactless payments or monitor your fitness ...

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  • Robinhood cancels plan to offer no-fee banking after SIPC denies it planned to insure accounts »
    Robinhood cancels plan to offer no-fee banking after SIPC denies it planned to insure accounts

    Just a couple of days ago, we told you that commission-free trading app Robinhood was adding free no-fee banking and checking to its offerings. The company said it would pay 3% annual interest compared to the .8% that most banks pay out these days. In addition, there would be no minimum-deposit, access to free ATMs across the country, and a free debit card. Robinhood said that the accounts were going to be insured by the SIPC rather than the FDIC. The former is the insurance company that protects the cash and securities in brokerage accounts.

    Now, it appears that Robinhood ...
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  • OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Warp Charge 30 replenishes half the battery life in 20 minutes »
    OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Warp Charge 30 replenishes half the battery life in 20 minutes

    The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition not only features 10GB of RAM, it also comes with OnePlus' latest battery charging system, Warp Charge 30. Most likely we will see this replace the Fast Charge (formerly Dash Charge) system on future OnePlus models. We've already explained how Dash Charge/Fast Charge works, and now OnePlus has posted how the new Warp Charge 30 can charge the battery to 50% in just 20 minutes on the One Plus 6T McLaren Edition.

    The Warp Charge 30 is a 30-watt charger that can carry more current than a regular fast charger because it shifts the heat and ...
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  • Walmart has deals on the Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch and Fitbit Versa »
    Walmart has deals on the Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch and Fitbit Versa

    According to Digital Trends, Walmart has lowered the price of certain smartwatch models including the Apple Watch, the Samsung Galaxy Watch and the Fitbit Versa. If you haven't purchased yourself a holiday gift yet, or still have some names to cross out on your holiday gift list, you might want to check out these deals. And Walmart is even willing to throw in free two-day shipping!

    First up is the Apple Watch Series 3. The 42mm model, with an aluminum case and a sport band, is only $259. That is a $50, or 16% discount off the usual price of $309. The watch ships tomorrow, ...
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  • Best Gifts That Cost Less Than a Phone (On Sale Now) »
    Best Gifts That Cost Less Than a Phone (On Sale Now)

    Maybe you were going to buy one lucky person a brand-new phone but some pesky family member, or worse, significant other beat you to it. Or maybe you?d love to buy that special someone a new phone, but you don?t have $1000 just sitting around. Lucky for you, there?s a ton of great gifts that cost just a fraction of this while still delivering big on satisfaction. This guide won?t just help you pick the best gift, but also aims to get you the best price. Here's your list of the best gifts that cost less than a phone!
    Under $50 - "I care but..""I'm broke", "not that much", or insert your own excuse. ...

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  • Google Play Movies & TV has holiday films, including the classic Die Hard, on sale for $4.99 and up »
    Google Play Movies & TV has holiday films, including the classic Die Hard, on sale for $4.99 and up

    Who wouldn't love to celebrate the holidays by watching a young Macaulay Culkin chase out Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci while the pair are trying to rob his family's house in Home Alone? The 1990 comedy, normally $14.99, is available for just $8.99 from Google Play Movies & TV during its holiday sale. With the discounts, holiday classics are available from $4.99 and up. For example, at that price you can purchase Tyler Perry's  a Madea Christmas.

    Some movies have been cut in price by more than 50%, such as Jingle All The Way. This delightful comedy, starring ...
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  • Both Amazon and Google will produce wireless ear buds to compete with Apple says top analyst »
    Both Amazon and Google will produce wireless ear buds to compete with Apple says top analyst

    Last month, we showed you a chart from analytical firm Gartner that showed how the firm expects ear-worn devices to go from 21.5 million units shipped last year to 158.4 million units by 2022. If Gartner's analysis is right, ear-worn devices will top all wearables in shipments in just a few years. And to lend credence to these figures, TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Google and Amazon will each produce their own wireless ear buds similar to Apple's popular AirPods. Kuo expects both firms to launch their new devices during the second half of 2019.

  • Save up to $200 on LG V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ at Amazon from December 16 »
    Save up to $200 on LG V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ at Amazon from December 16

    LG announced a holiday promotion on some of its high-end smartphones, which will debut on December 16 on Amazon. Only three products will be discounted during the promo, one smartwatch and two smartphones.

    For a limited time, customers will be able to purchase the LG V40 ThinQ for $200 on Amazon, while the LG G7 ThinQ, the company's other top-tier smartphone will be available for $150 off.

    Also, the company's LG Watch W7 will be on sale at Amazon for $200 off, but this specific deal is already live and it will be available until December 22.

    The deals on the LG V40 ThinQ and ...

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  • WhatsApp pushes out picture-in-picture mode to all Android users »
    WhatsApp pushes out picture-in-picture mode to all Android users

    The first signs that WhatsApp is serious about bringing picture-in-picture mode to Android phones surfaced about two months ago when a beta version of the Android app included the fabled feature. 


    While iPhone users benefit from the PiP mode since the beginning of 2018, it looks like Android fans had to wait almost one year to get it.

    Oh, well, better late than never, so we're happy to report that if you run the latest version of WhatsApp on your Android phone, you'll be able to watch YouTube videos directly within the app. The same goes for Facebook and Instagram ...

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  • Flash deal: Apple's urBeats3 earphones are on sale for just $40 (30% off) »
    Flash deal: Apple's urBeats3 earphones are on sale for just $40 (30% off)

    Last year's Apple urBeats3 earphones are on sale at Best Buy as part of the retailer's 3-Day Gift Sale deals. Since the promotion started on Friday, you'll only be able to purchase the earphones at such a low price until the end of December 16.

    The urBeats3 earphones can be had for just $40 from Best Buy, so you'll be saving $20 if you decide to go for the deal. Although Best Buy claims they usually sell for $100, that's not entirely true since anyone can buy a pair from Apple for just $60 at any time.

    Along with the $20 discount, customers who purchase Apple's urBeats3 earphones ...

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  • Deal: Save up to $200 on the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch at Best Buy »
    Deal: Save up to $200 on the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch at Best Buy

    Best Buy has debuted a new 3-day Gift Sale that runs until the end of the weekend. The U.S. retailer offers interesting deals on Apple, Sonos, and Philips Hue products, but many prices are matched by the competition, so we can't say these are the lowest prices we've seen.

    The good news is some of the deals that are part of Best Buy's 3-day Gift Sale promotion are worth checking out, especially those concerning Apple's iPad Pro 10.5-inch. If you're not aware, the cheapest version of this particular iPad model sells for $650 at Apple.

    However, Best Buy offers the iPad Pro 10.5-inch ...

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  • These paid Android icon packs are free for a limited time, grab them now! »
    These paid Android icon packs are free for a limited time, grab them now!


    If you love to customize your Android phone, you might be pleased to hear that several icon packs that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play. Typically, the price of these icon packs is $1 or more, but now it's possible to download them free of charge.

    This assortment should give you some ideas for your next custom home screen masterpiece, just make sure you pick a nice wallpaper to match. Keep in mind that the freebie period on some of these ends soon, so act swiftly!

    You can get a preview of each icon pack in the gallery above. The ...

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  • Android Messages app update introduces new messaging option »
    Android Messages app update introduces new messaging option

    Google's official app for texting and chat, Android Messages is getting a new update that brings a single new messaging option that not many will probably use it. However, if Google thinks this is worth adding to such an important app, it means there are enough people that would find the new option useful.

    The new messaging option will allow Android Messages users to share calendar files formats with their contacts. We're not sure how many users will head to Android Messages to send a calendar file when there are other apps specialized to do just that, but as more people find out about the ...

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  • Apple Music support arrives for Amazon Echo speakers with Alexa »
    Apple Music support arrives for Amazon Echo speakers with Alexa

    If you've bought an Amazon Echo speaker and wanted to use Alexa to fire up Apple Music, then you're finally in luck. Up until now, this feature wasn't available to Amazon Echo users, but it looks like support for Apple Music is now rolling out in the United States.

    With the addition of Apple Music, Alexa new features support for several music streaming services such as Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and Pandora. Depending on your music preferences, you can choose the default music library and music station sources for your Alexa-powered Amazon Echo speaker.

    Although you should ...

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  • Apple gets sued by a customer over the notch »
    Apple gets sued by a customer over the notch

    The Apple iPhone X was not the first phone to sport a notch. That honor belongs to the Essential Phone. However, the iPhone was the first of the "mainstream" smartphone brands to feature the notch, and is the phone most associated with it. Because of the edge-to-edge screen and the resulting bezel shrinkage, the notch contains the cameras and sensors for FaceTime and FaceID.

    Business Insider says that a lawsuit was filed today in the Northern District of California by one Courtney Davis. It seems that Ms. Davis feels that she was misled by some of the marketing images ...
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  • T-Mobile subscribers receive free 2019 novelty glasses this coming Tuesday »
    T-Mobile subscribers receive free 2019 novelty glasses this coming Tuesday

    The next T-Mobile Tuesdays giveaway is just days away, and the carrier is celebrating the coming new year by handing out to its subscribers a pair of novelty glasses that light up, and are shaped in the numerals 2-0-1-9. That's pretty cool, and is perfect for your New Year's Eve party. In addition, T-Mobile is also running a sweepstakes that offers one grand prize winner a cruise for two on the Norwegian Pearl to Nassau, Bahamas for the winner and one guest. This includes round trip coach airfare to and from Tampa, and hotel accommodations for one night.

  • Sounds app for Pixel models is now up and running »
    Sounds app for Pixel models is now up and running

    Earlier this month, we told you about an app that was listed in the Google Play Store that was designed to deliver exclusive ringtones, notifications and alarms to Pixel users. Strangely enough, when the December monthly update arrived for Pixel users, the app was listed as receiving an update under the "My apps & games" tab. But the only information the update contained were the following sentences: "Updated design" and "Different collections to fit your style."

    Well, the app has just been updated to version 2.0 making the Sounds app functional on Pixel handsets. ...
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  • These devices have just received Netflix certification for HD and HDR streaming »
    These devices have just received Netflix certification for HD and HDR streaming

    Netflix keeps a list of handsets that have the ability to stream its videos in HD or HDR. The subscription video streamer certifies the models that can view its HD and HDR fare, and today has added some new names to that list (via Android Police). In order to view Netflix in HD, you need a phone with a display supporting a resolution of 720p or higher. Your Netflix subscription must include HD streaming. The download data speed on the phone must be 5Mbps or higher, and you must have streaming quality set on high or auto.

    The new models that have been certified by Netflix ...
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  • Parent firms of T-Mobile and Sprint reportedly drop Huawei; T-Mobile-Sprint deal could benefit »
    Parent firms of T-Mobile and Sprint reportedly drop Huawei; T-Mobile-Sprint deal could benefit

    Today, Reuters has published a story about the parent companies of proposed merger partners T-Mobile and Sprint. The former's majority owner, Deutsche Telekom, will stop using Huawei's networking equipment, people familiar with the situation told Reuters. Sprint parent SoftBank says that it is going to replace Huawei equipment used in its 4G network with equipment made by Nokia and Ericsson.

    The U.S. government has considered Huawei to be a threat to national security for some time, and has spread the word to allies telling them to stay away from Huawei products. The ...
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  • Report says Samsung Galaxy F will sport dual 12MP cameras, 8GB of RAM and huge battery »
    Report says Samsung Galaxy F will sport dual 12MP cameras, 8GB of RAM and huge battery

    A research firm out of Korea by the name of CGS-CIMB Group has released a study on the future of foldable phones. The data was obtained by Let's Go Digital (translated), and predicts that the foldable phone form factor will give a static smartphone market the boost that it needs to resume a growth trend. Next year, CIMB expects sales of 4 million foldable handsets globally. That number should rise to 39 million units by 2022. That will take the market share of these phones from 1.3% in 2019 to 9.2% over that time period.

    CIMB expects that the Samsung Galaxy F, possibly ...
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  • The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite may have a couple of exclusive colors »
    The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite may have a couple of exclusive colors

    Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite concept render

    Way back in October, it was reported that Samsung had finally chosen the six colors that it would use on next year?s Galaxy S10 series. But if a new report by SamMobile is anything to go by, it seems some colors will be exclusive to the smaller model.

    For those of you wondering, the six colors Samsung has reportedly chosen are black, white, blue, green, yellow, and red. According to the latest information, the Galaxy S10 Lite will be available in all of these colors. However, the last two will be ...

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  • Deal: iPhone 7 is pretty cheap with a Walmart Family Mobile prepaid plan »
    Deal: iPhone 7 is pretty cheap with a Walmart Family Mobile prepaid plan

    How would you like to buy a brand new Apple iPhone 7, off contract, for less than $300? Well, you can do that if you're purchasing the handset from Walmart with its Family Mobile prepaid service. Mind you, Walmart Family is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that uses T-Mobile's nationwide network, so you're getting really good coverage with it.

    Walmart is selling the iPhone 7 (32 GB) for $299.99, and you have the option to buy monthly Family Mobile service starting at $29.88 - that kind of money gets you 1 month of unlimited talk, text, and data (although only ...
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  • RWA tells the FCC that T-Mobile and Verizon are lying about their 4G coverage in rural markets »
    RWA tells the FCC that T-Mobile and Verizon are lying about their 4G coverage in rural markets

    Exactly a week ago today, the FCC said it was investigating which of the four major stateside carriers was lying to the agency in regards to their 4G LTE coverage in rural areas of the U.S. The coverage provided by T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint in these sparsely populated areas of the country is important for the FCC to know. This data will determine whether smaller carriers serving that population will receive money from the Mobility Fund Phase II to help them improve their reach in these markets. The fund will disperse up to $4.53 billion of government funding over the next ten ...
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  • The 5G Galaxy S10+ (SM-G977) may have just been spotted »
    The 5G Galaxy S10+ (SM-G977) may have just been spotted

    Samsung Galaxy S10+ CAD-based render

    A 5G version of the Galaxy S10+ has been rumored for over three months now and, while Samsung won?t confirm the device officially, multiple carrier partnerships suggest that it is indeed on the way. Today, though, a new piece of information has revealed that the device carries the model number SM-G977, which could be the first proper confirmation of its existence.

    Obtained by the folks over at GalaxyClub, the 5G model was spotted with both the SM-G977U and SM-G977N model numbers. These correspond ...

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  • Best iPhone apps in 2018 »
    Best iPhone apps in 2018

    Whether you have just bought a new iPhone or if you are looking for some ideas to freshen up your device, we have this list of the most essential free iPhone apps that will help you make the best of your gadget.

    After years of try and fail, we've come with a list of essential iPhone apps that we keep on coming back to every time we switch to an iPhone.

    Time and time again, we keep on coming back to these apps

    In this list, we have tried to mostly avoid apps like Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and the rest of social media that you use often because... well, you ...
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  • What's your favorite new 'all-screen' phone design of 2018? »
    What's your favorite new 'all-screen' phone design of 2018?

    Now that 2018 is nearing an end, and we aren't expecting new groundbreaking phones to be announced in the next two weeks or so, it's time to recap what their makers achieved in the quest for the Holy "all-screen" Grail of design.


    Last year went under the auspices of the Notch Almighty, but in 2018 phone makers strayed far away from the beaten path leaving us with real handsets you can touch and buy that are indeed "all-screen" at the front. 

    Since the Galaxy S9 managed to crack the 80% screen-to-body ratio barrier way upwards without resorting ...
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  • Best Android apps in 2018 »
    Best Android apps in 2018

    Android is the world's most popular operating system by a long shot and it has a gigantic ecosystem of apps with more than 2 million applications on the Google Play Store, but having so much choice often means that it?s hard to find the essential apps, the ones that truly enrich your experience in a meaningful way.

    That's what this selection of essential Android apps aims to do: help you discover the very best of the platform without the tiresome trial-and-error.

    Time and time again, we keep coming back to these apps

    This is not a conclusive list, but we've ...
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  • What were the top features of 2018 smartphones? »
    What were the top features of 2018 smartphones?

    As 2018 is drawing to a close, it's time for us to take a look back at not just all the new phones that launched, but dive a bit deeper and pick that special something that each phone had that captivated us.


    Yes, phones in 2018 had better and faster processors, more RAM, more storage, and all of that, but we pretty much get those improvements every year. In this article, we will be looking for something different, something special, something that we will really remember.

    After all, there is no one perfect smartphone, but it certainly feels like ...
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  • A midrange Pixel 3 Lite could generate decent demand if the price is right (poll results) »
    A midrange Pixel 3 Lite could generate decent demand if the price is right (poll results)

    We asked you if you can easily go without Google Pixel 3's glass body and flagship chipset if the price of a midrange Pixel 3 Lite is right, be it only for the stellar camera and the pure Android experience. Well, more than half of our 1062 respondents answered in the affirmative, though we suspect it's contingent on the final price that Google asks for its rumored 3 Lite and 3 XL Lite, or whatever they are named. 

    As for the $400-$550 price range you indicate are willing to pay for Google's computational photography genius wrapped up in a midrange package, ...
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  • Apple's total iPhone sales could take a big hit in Q1 2019, yearly tally likely to decline as well »
    Apple's total iPhone sales could take a big hit in Q1 2019, yearly tally likely to decline as well

    It?s no longer a big secret that iPhone XR demand has failed to meet the initial expectations of both Apple and most reputable industry analysts, but the steady popularity of the company?s older models and some encouraging recent signs in the supply chain suggested the overall decline in unit shipments wouldn?t be so bad after all.


    Of course, other key iPhone XR parts suppliers are starting to struggle financially, while the iPhone XS and XS Max don?t appear to be selling like hotcakes either. As such, it shouldn?t be shocking to hear Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9To5Mac) further reduce his short-term ...

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  • Samsung's first One UI promo video aims to get you excited for the Android Pie update »
    Samsung's first One UI promo video aims to get you excited for the Android Pie update


    Samsung's upcoming One UI that will ship with the Galaxy S10 but trickle to its predecessors as well, has rethought the navigation paradigm and display content from the ground up with today's big screens and the upcoming foldable phone in mind. 

    For the first time, Samsung is proudly showcasing the future of its smartphone interfaces in the promo video you see above. As you can see, the actionable content is situated in the bottom half of the usable screen canvas, with fat and juicy icons and switches, while the glanceable or readable one is at ...
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  • The best hybrid watches with smart functions: Analog pieces of the digital world »
    The best hybrid watches with smart functions: Analog pieces of the digital world


    See the timepiece above? Yeah, that's not a smartwatch, but a... smarter watch. complement the looks of any true gentleman or lady. In the meantime, it's hard to deny that one can only benefit from certain aspects of the modern-day smartwatch. 

    To be honest, smartwatches and their analogue forefathers have been co-existing for some time now, one more than the other of course, but these have rarely mixed. Yes, analogue watches are not that smart, but they have a certain undeniable charisma, and often, stylish design that complement the looks of any true ...
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  • Buy a Google Home Hub and two Home Mini units for a grand total of $129 ($118 off) »
    Buy a Google Home Hub and two Home Mini units for a grand total of $129 ($118 off)

    It was only a few days ago that we told you about this massive sale on every single Google Home model and various special bundles including these popular smart speakers, but believe it or not, there?s already a better deal to be had.


    This one comes straight from the US Google Store, where the hot new Home Hub is sold at a cool $20 discount. Unimpressed? We don?t blame you, since Best Buy also charges $129.99 at the time of this writing after the same exact markdown, while pretty much every single authorized retailer had the Google Home Hub available for $100 during the Black Friday and ...

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  • Samsung is losing the mid-range battle »
    Samsung is losing the mid-range battle

    Samsung, the company that emerged to replace Nokia as the world's biggest phone maker in the years after Nokia's spectacularly quick fall from glory, is in trouble.

    Its flagship phones, the ones that bring it the most money, have seen slower sales this year, but now, at the end of 2018, one other thing is becoming clear too: Samsung is losing the mid-range battle.

    The data has been piling up over the last few quarters, but it really peaked towards the end of 2018.

    The current situation: a downward trend or a downward spiral?


  • YouTube Music goes after Apple Music with global and local charts playlists »
    YouTube Music goes after Apple Music with global and local charts playlists

    Now that the whole YouTube Rewind 2018 debacle is starting to blow over, Google?s video hosting-focused subsidiary can go back to improving its fledgling music streaming service.

     
    (Re-) released a little over six months ago as a direct competitor for the likes of Apple Music and Spotify, YouTube Music has been growing at an impressively steady pace in terms of both functionality and availability.

    The platform is already live in 29 global markets, from Australia to Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, the UK, and the US, all of which are getting the previously announced ...

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  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro hits new all-time low price at Newegg and B&H with gifts also included »
    Huawei Mate 10 Pro hits new all-time low price at Newegg and B&H with gifts also included

    While Huawei?s open conflict with the US government continues to escalate, and the company?s suspected contribution to Chinese spying efforts could soon spell trouble in Europe as well, most everyday mobile phone consumers remain largely interested in buying the best gear at the lowest prices.


    The world?s second-largest smartphone vendor certainly fits that description with last year?s Huawei Mate 10 Pro, which seems more attractive than ever at a new all-time low price of $449.99.

    Back in the day available for a whopping $799.99, the late 2017 flagship device was marked ...

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  • These are the world's worst passwords, and this is your yearly reminder to choose better ones »
    These are the world's worst passwords, and this is your yearly reminder to choose better ones

    No matter how careful you are these days, major cybersecurity breaches still happen way too often even for the world?s largest tech companies, regularly putting your most personal data and critical financial information at risk of being compromised.


    At the same time, some people never learn, painting a big target on their backs that the least competent hackers could hit with their eyes closed. Although year-end lists of the world?s most popular passwords have been a thing since the beginning of the internet, the same weak digit combinations are still everybody's go-to method of ?hacking ...

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  • Tumblr is back in the iOS App Store with revisions to guidelines banning 'certain' content »
    Tumblr is back in the iOS App Store with revisions to guidelines banning 'certain' content

    Since its 2007 inception, microblogging and social networking platform Tumblr has gone through several major changes in management, each with a new strategy and set of rules, but none as drastic as the latest policy revision seemingly prompted by a recent iOS App Store ban.


    Owned by Yahoo between 2013 and 2017, then transferred under the supervision of Verizon subsidiary Oath, the New York-based company is finally cracking down on pornographic material.

    But while Apple reportedly had a problem with child sexual exploitation and abuse photos routinely shared via the popular ...

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  • Apple to update iPhones in China to address Qualcomm's patent claims »
    Apple to update iPhones in China to address Qualcomm's patent claims

    UPDATE: We've been approached by Qualcomm with a short statement on the matter. Here is what Don Rosberg, executive vice president and general counsel of Qualcomm, has to say about Apple's attempts to lift the injunction: 

    Apple continues to disregard and violate the Fuzhou court?s orders. They are legally obligated to immediately cease sales, offers for sale and importation of the devices identified in the orders and to prove compliance in court.

    Apple will roll out a software update to all iPhones models in China that infringe on Qualcomm's ...
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  • Apple to retire Music Connect's social features »
    Apple to retire Music Connect's social features

    It appears that Apple plans to completely remove Music Connect, a feature that made it to its music streaming service back in 2015. Apple Music Connect was launched to make it easier for artists to get in touch with their fans by giving them the ability to post content to Apple Music via Music Connect.

    Unfortunately, it looks like artists didn't quite made use of this feature soon after it was introduced. Many artists only posted something when Apple Music Connect made its debut three years ago, but that's probably because Apple didn't improve on the feature after it was made available to ...

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  • Google launches Playground (formerly AR Stickers) on Pixel and Pixel 2 devices »
    Google launches Playground (formerly AR Stickers) on Pixel and Pixel 2 devices

    Google announced back in October that its AR Sticker app will be relaunched as Playground on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. However, the search giant promised to bring it to older Pixel models in the coming months.

    Today, the Mountain View company confirmed Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL owners can take advantage of what Playground has to offer. If you're not familiar with Playground, formerly known as AR Stickers, here is a quick rundown of its features.

    Playground is meant to breath new life into your photos and videos through the use of animated stickers and unique captions. ...

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  • B&H has deals on the Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and the Samsung Galaxy Gear S3 Frontier »
    B&H has deals on the Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and the Samsung Galaxy Gear S3 Frontier

    B&H, the New York based photo store that has become a major player in online smartphone sales, has a deal on a pair of Sony Xperia handsets and a Samsung smartwatch (via Android Police 1, 2). The Xperia XA2, normally $299.99, is $30 off at $269.99. That is a 10% discount for the phone that was launched earlier this year. To refresh your memory, the Xperia XA2 is equipped with a 5.2-inch LCD display carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution (FHD).

    The Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform is under the hood along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage (24GB available to the ...
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  • BLU VIVO XL4 hands-on: Trendy features at a low cost »
    BLU VIVO XL4 hands-on: Trendy features at a low cost


    Staying true to its roots, BLU?s latest offering just in time for the holidays is a budget-friendly option that boasts many of the trends in smartphones nowadays. With a price tag of $149.99 normally (currently $129.99 on Amazon as of this writing), the BLU VIVO XL4 might be for users who have an extremely limited budget, but still crave all of those trendy features.

    Even though it?s flaunting a metal body, it doesn?t embody the same sturdy feel we find in other metal cladded smartphones. You could say that it has a ?cheap? feel to it, especially when ...
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  • Gboard gets new Light and Dark gradient themes on Android devices »
    Gboard gets new Light and Dark gradient themes on Android devices

    Google's keyboard app for Android devices is about to get more customization options that will allow users to change the way it looks from time to time. More than 50 new themes will soon be added to the Android app, and the main motif seems to be "gradient colors."

    Although these new so-called Light and Dark gradient themes are not yet available to everyone, if you're running the beta version of Gboard, you might already have access to them. They are not limited to Google Pixel phones, but availability for other handsets seems to be limited to select models.

    However, when the update ...

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  • Android version of The Weather Channel is updated with new UI »
    Android version of The Weather Channel is updated with new UI



    The Weather Channel app for Android has been updated, starting with a new look for the home page. At the top of the home page you'll find your local weather information. The background at the top of the home page will change to reflect the current weather conditions. As an example, if you're experiencing some severe weather at the moment, the background on top will be red. Underneath you'll see a graphic look at the forecast.

    You can also use a toggle switch to enable an alert that will notify you when your weather is about to change. On the bottom of the app ...
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  • Group called 4Competition Coalition is formed to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger »
    Group called 4Competition Coalition is formed to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger

    A group comprised of 13 companies and organizations have banded together to form the 4Competition Coalition in an effort to stop the T-Mobile-Sprint merger. The group has put up a web page that screams "STOP THE MERGER" in huge print. The coalition is worried about a number of issues, starting with the higher prices it expects as the number of major U.S. carries is whittled down to three from four if the deal goes through. The group cites one "credible" analyst who says wireless prices will rise 15% if the merger is approved.

    Another concern that the coalition ...
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  • Huawei reportedly has a secret research lab at its China headquarters »
    Huawei reportedly has a secret research lab at its China headquarters

    While Huawei?s smartphone sales may have skyrocketed in 2018, it?s fair to say that the company as a whole hasn?t had the best year. Governments across the globe have raised security concerns relating to Huawei?s equipment and in early December one of the company?s key executives was arrested. But according to a new report by Bloomberg, Huawei has a plan.


    At the company?s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, it?s claimed that the smartphone giant has a secret research lab that?s rather ironically nicknamed ?White House.? Here, engineers are said to be hard at work on what the company considers ...

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  • Walmart has the Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7.0 for only $65 after 45% price cut »
    Walmart has the Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7.0 for only $65 after 45% price cut

    If you're looking for a cheap tablet for the kids, or to give as a gift for the holidays, Walmart might have the slate you are seeking. It is not be a new tablet, and it contains some dated specs, but the discount retailer is selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite 7.0 for only $65. That is a 45% discount from the device's usual price of $119, and is a special holiday deal.

    The tablet features a 7-inch LCD screen carrying a 600 x 1024 resolution. A quad-core 1.3GHz CPU is under the hood, along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of native, expandable storage. Those seeking additional ...
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  • Deal on Honor View 10 takes 24% off the price to $380 at Amazon and B&H »
    Deal on Honor View 10 takes 24% off the price to $380 at Amazon and B&H

    Powered by the Kirin 970 chipset, the Honor View 10 features some high-end features at a very decent price. And that price looks even better with a $120 or 24% discount to $379.99 at both Amazon and B&H (via Android Police). The phone features a 6-inch LCD display with a 1080 x 2160 (FHD+) resolution. That works out to an 18:9 aspect ratio. 6GB of RAM is inside along with 128GB of native storage.

    On the back of the Honor 10 View, you'll find a dual camera setup (16MP + 20MP) and there is a 13MP snapper in front for selfies. Keeping the lights on is a nice-sized ...
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