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Posted: Thu, 05/25/2017 - 07:11
T-Mobile Digits official

T-Mobile Digits is a major new service from the Un-carrier, and it’s launching next week.

T-Mobile today revealed that Digits, which was originally announced late last year, will launch to the public on May 31st. On that date, T-Mo customers will be able to turn their phone number into a Digits number, which can then be used to ring multiple devices at once. That includes smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and PCs.

Source: T-Mobile (1), (2) Companies mentioned: T-Mobile
Posted: Wed, 05/24/2017 - 21:01
Sony Xperia X official

Sony’s got a wide range of Xperia devices, but it looks like the company is planning to kill off one category of its Android phones.

Sony will stop selling “Premium Standard” models of Xperia smartphones, according to Sony Investor Day presentation slides obtained by XperiaBlog. The reason for this decision is that these devices did not sell as well as Sony wanted, with the company only selling 31 percent of its unit sales target for that category.

Source: XperiaBlog Companies mentioned: Sony
Posted: Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:21
Moto G5S image leakEarlier this month, a Motorola 2017 product roadmap leak that gave us a peek at some upcoming Moto devices. Now some leaked images are giving us a closer look at two of those devices. Images that allegedly show the Moto G5S (above) and Moto G5S Plus (below) have leaked out. The devices look fairly similar, with both Moto phones appearing to have metal bodies, round rear camera housings, and front-facing cameras with a flash. Both devices also have pill-shaped fingerprint readers below th

Earlier this month, a Motorola 2017 product roadmap leak gave us a peek at some upcoming Moto devices. Now some leaked images are giving us a closer look at two of those devices.

Images that allegedly show the Moto G5S (above) and Moto G5S Plus (below) have leaked out. The devices look fairly similar, with both Moto phones appearing to have metal bodies, round rear camera housings, and front-facing cameras with a flash. Both devices also have pill-shaped fingerprint readers below their displays.

Source: Android Authority, MySmartPrice Companies mentioned: Motorola, Lenovo
Posted: Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:23
Google Photos app icon

One day after Google announced that it was making family sharing easier in Google Photos, it’s been revealed that another new feature is hitting the app.

Google Photos is now getting an Archive feature on Android. With it, you can hide photos from your main feed, but still find them later on if you want. Your archived photos will still appear in an Archive folder, in albums, and in search.

Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:35
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Owning my first smartphone was an eye-opening experience. Slowly but surely, I was able to get rid of other gadgets I once deemed necessary. My mp3 player was the first to go, followed by my digital camera, and eventually my standalone GPS (which I ended up re-purchasing later, because as a standalone product it was pretty useful). Alongside being able to get rid of certain things, I was also able to eliminate the need for other gadgets I had intentions of buying. Namely, I was able to ward off my desire to purchase an eReader.

Companies mentioned: Amazon
Posted: Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:56

The Mi Pad 3 is the latest tablet from the Chinese company, Xiaomi. It costs right around $300 and rivals Apple’s iPad Mini in build quality and specifications. What appeals to me the most about the Mi Pad 3 is its premium build and software. It measures in at just 7mm thick and consists of a unibody aluminum shell that is cool to the touch and most certainly premium. The bezels around the 7.9-inch QHD IPS LCD display are relatively thin as well. There’s enough room to grip the tablet with your thumb but not too much more.

Companies mentioned: Xiaomi
Posted: Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:25
OnePlus 3 hands-on video

We often see manufacturers try to build hype for upcoming flagship smartphones by slowly revealing their new device’s specs in the weeks leading up to the full reveal. OnePlus has employed this tactic in the past, and now it’s doing it again for the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus has revealed that the OnePlus 5 will include a Snapdragon 835 processor. The 835 is Qualcomm’s current flagship mobile processor and can also be found in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and HTC U11.

Source: OnePlus forums Companies mentioned: OnePlus
Posted: Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:58
Samsung Gear 360 2017 official

After revealing its new Gear 360 camera back in March, Samsung today revealed when you’ll actually be able to buy the thing.

The new Samsung Gear 360 will launch in stores and online tomorrow, May 25th. It’ll be available from Samsung.com and the ShopSamsung app, of course, as well as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, US Cellular, Best Buy, BestBuy.com, and Amazon.

The Gear 360 will be priced at $229. However, if you purchase a Galaxy S8 or S8+ between May 25th and June 19th, you can get a Gear 360 for just $49.

Source: Samsung Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:34
Amazon Echo Dot hands-on review

Looking to get a new assistant for your home? Amazon’s got a deal on one right now.

Amazon is currently selling the Echo Dot for $39.99, which is $10 off its normal price. This sale applies to both the black and white versions of the Echo Dot and will be available for a limited time.

The Echo Dot offers Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, which can answer questions, set timers, tell you the weather, and more. Alexa also integrates with several services, including Uber, Spotify, Domino’s, Philips Hue, WeMo, Audible, and more. Amazon recently added support for Alexa calling and messaging to the Echo Dot, too.

Source: Amazon Echo Dot Companies mentioned: Amazon
Posted: Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:59

T-Mobile today announced a couple of new promotions, one targeted at Verizon customers and one that existing T-Mo subscribers can take advantage of.

First up, T-Mobile is launching its #GetOutoftheRed promo on May 31st. With this offer, T-Mobile will pay off Verizon customers’ iPhones or Pixels when they switch to T-Mo, and those folks will get to keep their device to help make switching easier.

Source: T-Mobile Companies mentioned: T-Mobile
Posted: Tue, 05/23/2017 - 20:24

On the same day that its rival introduced new story features, Snapchat has made an announcement of its own.

Snapchat is now rolling out support for custom Stories. With a custom Story, you can decide who can add to it and who can view it. You can also add a geofenced location to a Story if you’re using it for a party or something similar.

Custom Stories will disappear if no one adds to them in 24 hours.

Also rolling out today is a new Bitmoji feature. Specifically, your Bitmoji selfie will now appear inside your Snapcode.

Source: Snapchat
Posted: Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:35
Google family sharing Calendar, Keep, Photos

Last year, Google launched Google Play Family Library to make it easy to share your digital purchases with your family members. Google has rolled out additional family-focused features since then, like Google Play Music family plans and separate cloud DVRs in YouTube TV, and now more features are rolling out.

Source: Google Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Tue, 05/23/2017 - 13:22
Xfinity Mobile official logo

Last month, Comcast revealed that it was finally getting into the wireless business with Xfinity Mobile. Now the service is officially live.

Xfinity Mobile has launched, offering service on Verizon’s 4G LTE network to existing Xfinity internet customers. There are two rate plans available, with one charging $12 per gigabyte of data along with unlimited talk and text.

Source: Xfinity Mobile
Posted: Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:21
LeEco logo

Last year, LeEco announced that it would be bringing its hardware stateside in an attempt to make a splash in the US market. Fast-forward to today, though, and the company’s future in the US is becoming hazy.

LeEco is letting go of 325 employees, or 70 percent of its US workforce, according to a report from CNET. The reason for the firings is a lack of funding. A company spokeswoman said that LeEco will remain in the US but that it’ll focus on Chinese-speaking households.

Source: CNET Companies mentioned: LeEco
Posted: Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:27
Apple logo iPhone SE

Late last year, Nokia sued Apple for alleged patent infringement and it looked like another big legal battle could be on the horizon. However, that won’t be the case.

Source: Apple, Nokia Companies mentioned: Nokia, Apple
Posted: Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:43
Microsoft Surface Pro

Earlier today, over in Hong Kong, Microsoft lifted the curtain off its latest and greatest piece of technology: The Surface Pro. That's right, like one of those other really popular technology companies, there comes a point where naming schemes have to get the Hollywood reboot treatment, and the number usually gets the boot. So, what could ostensibly be called the Surface Pro 5 is just "Surface Pro."

Companies mentioned: Microsoft
Posted: Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:15
Instagram location hashtag Stories

Instagram Stories is once again expanding with new features.

Instagram is now rolling out Stories based on location and hashtag. When you switch over to the Explore tab in the Instagram app, you’ll see a new ring with Stories from people near you. These Stories come from people that’ve used location stickers in their Stories.

Also rolling out today are Stories based on hashtags. When you search for a hashtag, you might see a Story ring at the top of the page with Stories that include that hashtag.

Source: Instagram
Posted: Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:38

As expected, Microsoft today took the wraps off of its newest Surface device, the Surface Pro.

The new Surface Pro looks similar to the Surface Pro 4 that debuted in late 2015, but there are some small changes that add up to make this a new computer. For example, Microsoft has thrown in Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors, with options ranging from an Intel Core m3 to a Core i5 up to a Core i7.

Source: Microsoft, Surface Pro Companies mentioned: Microsoft
Posted: Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:09
Amazon Echo Dot hands-on review

Amazon is starting the week off with some deals on Echo devices.

Amazon is now offering a refurbished Echo for $134.99, down from the $179.99 asking price for a new model. Both black and white versions of the Echo are available refurbished.

Also on sale is the refurbished Amazon Echo Dot, which is priced at $34.99 and available in black and white. New Echo Dot units sell for $49.99.

Amazon says that its refurbished Echo “works and looks like new” and that the devices come with the same one-year limited warranty as their brand new counterparts.

Source: Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot Companies mentioned: Amazon
Posted: Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:14
Moto Z2 Play photos leak TENAA

The Moto leaks continue to come with regularity, as more info regarding the unannounced Moto Z2 Play has emerged.

Source: @Lenovo, @Lenovo (cached), TENAA Companies mentioned: Lenovo, Motorola
Posted: Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:19
Samsung Galaxy S8

I don't know about you, but when I go out to a public place I have a tendency to pay attention to all the smartphones I see. It's just an unconscious thing at this point, because I've been doing it so long. It started years ago, and it ramps up when new phones get released.

I can still remember trying to find, and tally, how many Microsoft Kins I would see out in the wild. It was, and remains, zero. Poor Kin.

Products mentioned: KIN One, Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple iPhone 7 Companies mentioned: Microsoft, Samsung, Apple
Posted: Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:44
Samsung Galaxy S8+ hands-on video review

Less than two weeks after T-Mobile launched a Buy One, Get One offer on the Galaxy S8, Samsung has kicked off a deal of its own.

Samsung is now offering a Buy One, Get One deal on the T-Mobile Galaxy S8 and S8+. Simply buy two phones and activate at least one on a postpaid T-Mobile plan and Samsung will send you a $750 rebate to cover the cost of the your second device. You need to activate at least one Galaxy S8 via Samsung.com at the time of purchase or within 14 days of delivery to qualify.

Source: Samsung Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Mon, 05/22/2017 - 08:20
LG X venture AT&T official

A lot of smartphones released these days are made of glass, which looks nice but isn’t the most rugged material out there. If you’re more interested in a phone that’s tough, AT&T’s got a new phone for you.

The LG X venture is launching at AT&T on May 26 at a price of $11 per month for 30 months. It’ll also launch in parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Africa in the weeks to come.

Source: AT&T, LG Companies mentioned: LG, AT&T
Posted: Mon, 05/22/2017 - 07:45
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active image leak

Following last month’s rumor that a Galaxy S8 Active is in the works, an image of the device has now leaked out.

The Wireless Power Consortium has posted a listing for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active on its website, complete with a photo of the device’s front. The device features the same 18:9 display as the standard Galaxy S8, but it appears to ditch the Infinity Display curved edges of the GS8 and also has thicker edges.

Source: Wireless Power Consortium Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S8 Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Sun, 05/21/2017 - 14:02
iPad mini

The iPad Mini, released in 2012, was a breath of fresh air from its large and clunky older brothers, the iPad and iPad 2. At the time, a smaller and lighter tablet made sense. The original iPad Mini even managed to keep up with the specs of the larger iPad 2, and even had some upgrades like a better front-facing camera and Lightning connector. The iPad Mini is currently in its 4th generation, but recent rumors suggest that the 4th may be the last. After just 4 years of existence, is it time to retire the iPad Mini?

Products mentioned: Apple iPad mini 4, Apple iPad Mini, Apple iPad Air, Apple iPad Pro Companies mentioned: Apple