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Posted: Mon, 08/29/2016 - 08:37
BLU Pure XR official gold

After their original tease nearly two weeks ago, BLU Products today took the wraps off of their new flagship, the Pure XR.

Source: BLU (PRNewswire), Amazon, Best Buy (Gold), Best Buy (Grey) Companies mentioned: BLU
Posted: Mon, 08/29/2016 - 06:46
T-Mobile One announcement

Less than two weeks after T-Mobile One was announced, T-Mobile says that it’s making some changes to its new plan.

With the revised T-Mobile One plan, customers will get increased mobile hotspot speeds. The old plan maxed out at 2G mobile hotspot speeds, but the new T-Mobile One offers unlimited mobile hotspot at 3G (512kbps) speeds.

Source: T-Mobile Companies mentioned: T-Mobile
Posted: Sun, 08/28/2016 - 15:24
Android 7.0 Nougat statue Google headquarters

Google recently teased that it’s prepping the first maintenance update for Android 7.0, and now some new info on both it and the updates that’ll follow have leaked.

The upcoming Nougat maintenance update will be Android 7.1, says prominent leaker Evan Blass. The quarterly maintenance update that’ll follow will be Android 7.1.1, Blass says, followed by Android 7.1.2.

Source: @evleaks Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Sun, 08/28/2016 - 12:26
HTC One M7

When I first started taking a real interest in phones – which was shortly after the iPhone came out – I felt like I was always looking for one reason or another to switch phones. Either the phone was too slow, too laggy, or I was just plain bored with it. It was the same thing every time. As soon as I got my hands on a new phone, I knew that I would be going through the same song and dance just a few months later.

Products mentioned: Apple iPhone 4S, Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One Companies mentioned: Apple, HTC, Samsung
Posted: Sat, 08/27/2016 - 11:39

When you were younger, you were probably conditioned by your parents to always be polite to other people. Saying “please” and “thank you” before and after a request, as well as saying “hello” and “goodbye” are among the most common ways of being courteous to one another. These simple additions to a conversation can help ease tension, so for the most part we have learned to incorporate them whether we are talking to friends, family, and probably more importantly, perfect strangers.

But what about computers and phones?

Companies mentioned: Apple, Google
Posted: Fri, 08/26/2016 - 18:06
Samsung Galaxy S5 review

If you’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S5 Active on AT&T, your weekend is about to get a lot better.

AT&T announced today that it’s now pushing Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates to its Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 Active. With updates to Marshmallow come new features like Google Now on Tap, improved permissions, and Doze mode battery optimizations.

Source: AT&T: Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 Active Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Companies mentioned: AT&T
Posted: Fri, 08/26/2016 - 15:38

Are Moto Mods worth it? Moto Mods are magnetic attachments that fasten onto the rear of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force to expand their functionality. There are no wires necessary and the possibilities are really endless in terms of what these Mods can do. On Day One of the Moto Z and Z Force launch from Verizon Wireless, there was a Moto Insta-Share Projector Mod, a JBL SoundBoost Speaker Mod, and Incipio Off-Grid Power Pack Mod. We should see many more Mods in the coming months though.

Moto Insta-Share Projector Mod

Products mentioned: Moto Z Force, Motorola Moto Z Companies mentioned: Lenovo, Motorola
Posted: Fri, 08/26/2016 - 15:13
Apple iPhone home button

I try not to get up in arms about leaks from the rumor mill that have a 50/50 chance of only ever being just that – a rumor. But that doesn’t stop me from thinking about the possible outcomes should these rumors end up being true. I find that I’m particularly fond of the rumors that sound too bizarre to be true. Lately, the rumor mill seems to be having an absolute field day with iPhones near and far.

Products mentioned: Apple iPhone Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:40
Moto X 2013 Verizon

I have a problem when it comes to my old phones. Most of the time, I just keep them. Occasionally I will go through and throw out some of the really old ones, but there are several that I keep in a little basket in my closet. I’ve put them out of the way, so I don’t come across them often, but recently I was in that closet and I did come across my little collection of old phones. At this point, I’ve resolved that it’s probably best to get rid of them. What’s the point of keeping a phone you’re never going to use again? You only really need one back-up phone.

Products mentioned: Motorola Moto X Companies mentioned: Motorola
Posted: Fri, 08/26/2016 - 10:23
iOS 10 features

Another week, another iOS 10 beta.

Apple today released iOS 10 beta 8 to developers, as well as iOS 10 Public Beta 7 to public testers. If you fall into either group, you can grab today’s update by going into Settings on your iOS device, then tapping General, and then tapping Software Update.

Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:37
Google Device Assist Android app screenshots

Way back in December 2014, Google launched an Android app called Device Assist that was meant to give you tips on using your phone and troubleshoot any issues that you may be having. Fast-forward to today and the Device Assist app is no more.

Google have quietly killed Device Assist. The app has been removed from the Play Store, and anyone that already has it installed is being greeted by a “Detected Issues” card that reads “Device Assist is shutting down.”

Source: Device Assist (Play Store), Android Police, Google Support Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Fri, 08/26/2016 - 08:00
LG V20 teaser

The Life’s Good crew officially announced the first of two flagships this year not too long ago, pulling the curtain away from the G5 and its modular design. The fanfare has died down for the G5 since it launched, but now that the V20 already has its reveal date finalized, all eyes are on what’s coming next.

LG isn’t a stranger to teasing its upcoming handsets, either, but this time seems a bit different than previous efforts. LG unveiled the launch date for the V20 not too long ago, and ever since it hasn’t relied on teases of what the device might look like, with shadows and hidden curves or whatever else.

Instead, LG’s promoting features without worrying about the fact it’s going to be talking about those features on stage when it unveils the new V20.

Products mentioned: LG V10 Companies mentioned: LG
Posted: Fri, 08/26/2016 - 06:59
Sprint logo large

One week after launching its new Unlimited Freedom plan, Sprint is adding another new plan on top of it.

Unlimited Freedom Premium is launching today as an upgraded version of Sprint’s new Unlimited Freedom plan. With Unlimited Freedom Premium, you get unlimited streaming of HD video (up to 1080p+), high-quality music (up to 1.5Mbps), and game streaming (up to 8Mbps). Unlimited Freedom Premium also offers unlimited talk, text, and high-speed data, like the regular Unlimited Freedom plan.

Source: Sprint Companies mentioned: Sprint
Posted: Thu, 08/25/2016 - 18:54
Google search solitaire Nexus 6P

Lots of us probably have a game or two on our smartphones that we use to help pass the time when we’re bored. Now Google is giving you a couple of other games to play, and you don’t even need to install any extra apps.

You can now play solitaire and tic-tac-toe using Google. Simply type “solitaire” or “tic tac toe” into Google’s search box and you’ll be given the ability to play either game in your browser. Both games will let you select a difficulty level, and if you get stuck, you can quickly restart your game.

Source: Official Google Blog Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 08/25/2016 - 17:03
iPhone 6s Touch ID Home button large

While this year’s iPhone 7 is rumored to offer only “subtle changes” from the iPhone 6s, the 2017 iPhone will reportedly bring a major overhaul, and today a new detail of the device has leaked.

Source: Bloomberg Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Thu, 08/25/2016 - 16:28
iPhone SE Apple logo

Snapchat and Instagram are currently two of the biggest applications in mobile, and according to a new report, Apple may be prepping its own version of those apps.

Source: Bloomberg Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Thu, 08/25/2016 - 14:46

One of the biggest announcements made at Google I/O earlier this year was Google Duo, a simple video calling app for Android and iPhone. Duo really is simple. It’s a standalone video calling app. Video calling is all that it does. When you first download the app, you’ll have to agree to the privacy policy and terms of contract.

Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 08/25/2016 - 14:05

Today OnePlus revealed the “something special” that it teased a couple of days ago, and as expected, we’re getting some new earbuds.

The OnePlus Bullets V2 are new earbuds that OnePlus says “perfectly compliment the OnePlus 3.” These ‘buds have a copper-clad aluminum coil that OnePlus claims help offer “a more consistent listening experience,” silicone ear tips with multiple sizes so that you can find a good fit for you, and a flat cable to fight tangles.

Source: OnePlus Companies mentioned: OnePlus
Posted: Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:58
U.S. Cellular logo large

U.S. Cellular is refreshing its Shared Connect rate plans today, adding more gigabytes to each bucket.

These new Shared Connect plans are now available, and U.S. Cellular says that they “provide better value to customers.” Here’s how the data bucket size and pricing for the refreshed Shared Connect plans break down:

Source: U.S. Cellular Companies mentioned: U.S. Cellular
Posted: Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:39
Sony Xperia XZ, X Compact leak

Back in February, Sony launched a new X series of phones that began with three models: the X, XA, and X Performance. Sony then added the XA Ultra, and now it looks like two more models will soon join the X family.

Source: TechTastic, @evleaks Companies mentioned: Sony
Posted: Thu, 08/25/2016 - 10:09
iPhone 6s Plus iOS 9.3 hands-on

UPDATE: According to a report from The New York Times, the iOS 9.3.5 update patches vulnerabilities that would enable malware to read a user’s text messages, emails, and contacts; track calls; and record sounds, passwords, and the user’s location.


Apple will launch iOS 10 to the public this fall, but before it does, it’s pushing out another iOS 9.3 update to its users.

Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Thu, 08/25/2016 - 09:11
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 official colors

Xiaomi’s latest Android phone is here, and it continues Xiaomi’s tradition of offering phones with solid specs and low price tags.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs Android on a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 display with 2.5D glass. Above that display is a 5-megapixel camera for all of your selfie needs, and around back there’s a 13-megapixel camera with phase detection autofocus and an f/2.0 aperture. Below that 13-megapixel camera lives a fingerprint reader.

Source: Xiaomi Companies mentioned: Xiaomi
Posted: Thu, 08/25/2016 - 07:40
Pink Gold Samsung Galaxy S7 official

UPDATE: Samsung have reached out to me with a couple of updates about the Pink Gold Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. First, the Pink Gold phones will not be available for T-Mobile, only for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. Additionally, the Pink Gold GS7 and GS7 edge will not be sold unlocked.


After making its international debut in April, the Pink Gold Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge making its way to the U.S.

Source: Samsung Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:45
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Shopping for a new upgrade is always exciting, at least in my opinion. Even the weeks and days leading up to getting a new phone are exciting as you narrow down exactly what phone you plan to pick up. Will you stick with the same manufacturer you already have, or will you go with somebody different? Will you even stick with the same platform?

Source: Wikipedia Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S7 Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:22
HTC 10 review

Now that Android 7.0 is officially rolling out to Nexus owners, we’re starting to see manufacturers shed light on when they’ll begin pushing Nougat to their devices. Today it’s HTC’s turn.

HTC says that it plans to update the unlocked HTC 10 to Android 7.0 in Q4, which runs from October to December. Following that update, the unlocked HTC One M9, unlocked One A9, and the carrier models of these devices will be updated.

Source: @HTC Products mentioned: HTC 10, HTC One A9, HTC One M9 Companies mentioned: HTC