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Posted: Wed, 09/28/2016 - 14:24
BlackBerry DTEK60 leak images

BlackBerry may be done developing hardware itself, but that doesn’t mean that we’re done seeing the BlackBerry name on new smartphones.

An unannounced device named the BlackBerry DTEK60 has leaked. Two separate leaks, one from WinFuture.de and one from Evan Blass, claim to have revealed both the phone itself and its branding.

Source: WinFuture.de, @evleaks Companies mentioned: BlackBerry
Posted: Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:45
BlackBerry

BlackBerry has been around for a very long time. That goes without saying at this point. The company is well-renowned, and it’s created some ridiculously popular smartphones, and software, over the years. For a lot of folks, a BlackBerry-branded smartphone was their first device.

I’m one of those people who entered the smartphone world with a BlackBerry in their pocket. (No holsters for me!) My BlackBerry still had a track wheel, and I’ll be honest: Playing Brick Breakerwas always the best with that track wheel. That first BlackBerry gave me a love for hardware keyboards in a big way, so much so that, even after the iPhone launched and software keyboards started picking up steam, I rebelled and kept my hardware keyboards as long as I could.

Companies mentioned: BlackBerry
Posted: Wed, 09/28/2016 - 07:41
T-Mobile CEO John Legere

The holiday season is coming up fast, and T-Mobile is giving its customers the gift of unlimited high-speed data overseas.

Beginning this Saturday, October 1, T-Mobile customers will enjoy unlimited high-speed data in many European and South American countries. This bottomless high-speed data offer will be good through December 31, 2016.

The full list of countries included looks like this:

Europe

Source: T-Mobile Companies mentioned: T-Mobile
Posted: Wed, 09/28/2016 - 06:05
BlackBerry logo Priv

It’s the end of an era today, as BlackBerry has announced that it will stop developing smartphone hardware.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen today confirmed that BlackBerry will stop all internal hardware development and instead outsource that work to its partners. “This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital,” Chen explained.

Rather than develop new hardware, BlackBerry plans to focus on software development, including security and applications. Chen said today that in BlackBerry’s fiscal Q2 2017, the company more than doubled its software revenue year-over-year.

Source: BlackBerry Companies mentioned: BlackBerry
Posted: Tue, 09/27/2016 - 18:26

The LG V20 is a smartphone designed for diehard Android users. Not only does it feature a microSD card slot for expandable storage, but it features a removable battery and the latest version of Android 7.0 Nougat. Some other features include a 5.7" QHD LCD display along with a secondary 2.1" display with a 1040 x 160 resolution, Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM, rear-facing 16MP main camera and 8MP wide-angle camera sensor, 5MP front-facing camera sensor, quad DAC headphone amplifier and 3200mAh removable battery. How do you think the LG V20 stacks up to the competition?

Products mentioned: LG V20 Companies mentioned: LG
Posted: Tue, 09/27/2016 - 14:52
Snapchat Spectacles

Spreading through the media like wildfire, news of Snapchat’s latest invention, “Spectacles”, has sparked an incredible amount of interest. “Spectacles” are pair of glasses that can record 10 seconds of video on its 115-degree angle lens, which can then be directly uploaded to your Snapchat Memories via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi when you’re near your phone. The device appears to be loosely based on Google Glass, which produced plenty of hype on its own a few years ago, but ultimately failed.

Source: Fox News, CNN Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:39
Moto Z hands-on

Motorola has released a handful of new phones in recent months, like the Moto Z and Moto G4, and the good news for anyone that’s picked one up is that those devices will soon be updated to Android 7.0.

Motorola says that it plans to begin updating Moto Z and Moto G4 devices in the fourth quarter of 2016. Specifically, Moto told Droid-Life that we can “expect to see Android N on the Moto Z family and Moto G4 beginning in Q4.”

Source: Droid-Life Products mentioned: Moto Z Force, Moto Z Play, Motorola Moto Z, Moto G4, Moto G4 Play, Moto G4 Plus, Motorola Moto X Pure Companies mentioned: Motorola
Posted: Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:24
Alcatel Pixi 4 Plus Power official

If battery life is your top concern when shopping for a new smartphone, you may want to turn your attention to the Alcatel Pixi 4 Plus Power.

Alcatel’s Pixi 4 Plus Power features a whopping 5,000mAh battery. According to Alcatel, this enables the Pixi 4 Plus Power to go 2.7 days without a charge.

The good news is that the Pixi 4 Plus Power also offers Quick Charge tech — Alcatel says that it offers two times faster charging — so you can recharge that big battery in a hurry. If you’ve got another device that needs a recharge, the Pixi 4 Plus Power doubles as a power bank so that it can recharge other devices.

Source: Alcatel Companies mentioned: Alcatel
Posted: Tue, 09/27/2016 - 10:30
Verizon Wireless

“At the end of the day, people don’t need unlimited plans.” That’s what Verizon’s CFO, Fran Shammo, recently said when the topic of whether or not Verizon Wireless would be offering unlimited data plans at some point in the future. It’s a reasonable question, considering Sprint, T-Mobile, and even AT&T, technically, offer some form of an unlimited data plan at this point.

Companies mentioned: Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile
Posted: Tue, 09/27/2016 - 09:47
Google Chrome Android Data Saver video

Use Google Chrome to browse the web on your phone? If so, some new features are coming your way.

Google has announced a few new features for Chrome on Android. First up, Data Saver is being improved. The feature currently helps to save data by compressing images and text that you load, and now it’ll work on videos, too. Google says that Data Saver will help you save up to 67 percent of your data when watching MP4 videos in Chrome.

Source: Google Chrome Blog, Chrome Browser (Play Store) Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Tue, 09/27/2016 - 08:44
YouTube Go Android app features

YouTube today introduced a new app aimed at helping consumers with slower network connections enjoy Youtube’s videos.

YouTube Go is now official, and it’s got four big features to help it stand out. The first are video previews, which will show several thumbnails from a video so that you can decide if you want to watch the whole thing before actually playing or saving it.

Also included is the ability to choose the resolution of a video before saving or streaming. YouTube Go will offer different quality options for videos, and it’ll also show how much data each option will use.

Source: Official YouTube Blog Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Tue, 09/27/2016 - 07:03
Xiaomi Mi 5s official colors

We’re in the midst of smartphone flagship season, and today it’s Xiaomi’s turn to show off its new wares.

The Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus are now official. The Mi 5s features a 5.15-inch 1920x1080 display and a 12-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX 378 sensor. This camera offers phase detection autofocus, an f/2.0 aperture, and an 80-degree wide-angle lens.

Source: Xiaomi Companies mentioned: Xiaomi
Posted: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 15:32
Google Pixel leaked image

UPDATE: And now a render of the Google Pixel XL has leaked, too, looking a lot like the regular Pixel but with a different wallpaper. The Pixel XL is expected to be larger than the Pixel, with the former offering a 5.5-inch display and the latter packing a 5-inch screen. You can see the Pixel XL render below.

 

Can’t get enough Google leaks ahead of the company’s October 4 event? No? Good, because another one has surfaced.

Source: VentureBeat Companies mentioned: Google, HTC
Posted: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 14:14
Samsung Pay Capital One credit cards

Samsung today added support for another major card issuer in the US to Samsung Pay.

Capital One cards now work with Samsung Pay in the US. Samsung’s website calls out the specific Capital One cards that now work with its mobile payment service:

Source: Compatible Samsung Pay cards, Samsung Pay (Play Store) Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 13:00
Apple iPod Touch

I love this industry sometimes, because it’s never too early to start talking about next year’s prospective devices. Sometimes we even make predictions before this year’s device comes out, which is either incredibly annoying or a fun guessing game depending on how you look at it. One recent example that comes to mind regarding premature predictions is the Apple iPhone, which… is pretty much always being speculated about in one way or another.

Products mentioned: Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus, Apple iPhone 5c Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 12:00
Roku Express streaming box official

Roku is one of the biggest names in the set-top box market, and today the company took the wraps off of a few new additions to its lineup.

Roku today announced the Roku Express, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, and Roku Ultra. All models are available for pre-order starting today, September 26, at Roku.com, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, and other retailers. Devices are expected to be in stores starting October 9.

The Roku Express is the cheapest of the bunch with a price of $29.99. The tiny stick offers 1080p HD streaming, 802.11b/g/n wireless, and a simple IR remote for controlling the device. Roku is also including an adhesive strip so that you can stick the Express to your TV if you’d like.

Source: Roku
Posted: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:31
iPhone 7

On September 9, pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus went live. A week later, on September 16, both devices officially went on sale. As was par for the course with these high-profile iPhone launches, stock wasn’t as plentiful as some people might have liked, and even those who stood in line weren’t able to get the phone they wanted.

But, that didn’t keep a lot of people from getting the phone they wanted. Whether it was from pre-orders or standing in line, a lot of people out there in the real world were able to get an iPhone 7 and/or iPhone 7 Plus ever since launch day. The reviews are in, too, most of them focusing on how the new iPhones are all about embracing the future today.

Products mentioned: Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:02

The Life One X2 is BLU's latest budget-friendly smartphone. It features a 5.2-inch full HD 1080p display, Snapdragon 430 processor with either 2GB RAM and 16GB storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, fingerprint scanner, 16MP main camera and 8MP selfie camera, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Life One X2 soars in the performance department. For $200 off-contract, it's rare you find a smartphone with 4GB of RAM. How do you like the BLU Life One X2?

BLU Life One X2 (64GB storage, 4GB RAM):
http://amzn.to/2cZ5o7e

Companies mentioned: BLU
Posted: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 09:43
Google Chromecast Ultra leak

Days after pricing info for Google’s upcoming Chromecast Ultra leaked, images of the device itself have surfaced.

The leaked images show a Chromecast Ultra that doesn’t look too dissimilar from Google’s current Chromecast device. It’s got a round shape with a flat front and rear and an HDMI cable attached to the unit with a short, flat cable. The big different in design is that while the Chromecast (2015) has a Chrome logo, this Chromecast Ultra has a Google “G” logo.

Source: VentureBeat Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 08:13
Android lawn statue

Google is reportedly prepping several new products for an October 4 debut, but the company could have something even bigger planned for 2017.

Source: Android Police Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 06:39
Sony Xperia XZ official colors

Sony doesn’t currently have any phones running Android 7.0 Nougat, but according to a new leak, that could change soon.

According to a slide from a Sony Slovakia presentation, the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ will be the first Sony phones to be updated to Nougat. The slide, obtained by Xperia Blog, claims that the updates for both phones will begin rolling out “around October.”

Source: Xperia Blog Products mentioned: Sony Xperia X Performance, Sony Xperia X, Sony Xperia Z3+, Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony Xperia Z5, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Companies mentioned: Sony
Posted: Sun, 09/25/2016 - 13:45
Swift Playgrounds

When Apple announced Swift Playgrounds during WWDC earlier this year, I was thrilled. As a mom of two kids – one who is already interested in technology and how it works – a program designed specifically to teach the fundamentals of Apple’s new coding language (Swift was unveiled in 2014, set to replace Apple’s more complicated Objective-C language) to the next generation of coders sounded like an excellent idea. Once my iPad was updated to iOS 10, I set out to download Swift Playgrounds… but not for my kids. As somebody who has zero experience with Swift, I was actually more interested in how the program would work for adults who had no idea what they were doing.

Source: Apple Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Fri, 09/23/2016 - 18:35
Xiaomi Mi Box Android TV official

Xiaomi has remained pretty quiet about its Android TV-powered Mi Box since the device was announced back in May, but it looks like the set-top box will be available soon.

Twitter user George Garrett spotted Xiaomi’s Mi Box at a Walmart store, complete with a price tag of $69.00. According to a photo posted by Garrett, there were three Mi Boxes on this Walmart store’s shelf.

Source: @garrettdotcom Companies mentioned: Xiaomi
Posted: Fri, 09/23/2016 - 17:56
Snapchat Spectacles sunglasses camera leak

UPDATE: Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap Inc. (the new name of Snapchat’s company), has confirmed the existence of Spectacles to the Wall Street Journal. The sunglasses will launch this fall for $129.99 and will be available in black, teal, and coral color options.

Spectacles offer a camera with a 115-degree-angle lens and will record up to 10 seconds of video when you tap on a button near the hinge. The video that you capture will sync wirelessly to your smartphone.

 

According to a newly-leaked video, Snapchat is going to get into the wearables game.

Source: Business Insider
Posted: Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:06
T-Mobile Jump!

It doesn’t seem like it was that many years ago where the industry only offered two ways to purchase a new smartphone: full price or 2-year contract. Since then, the industry has essentially been turned on its head, thanks in no small part to the early efforts of T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” initiative. Now carriers offer two-year contracts, full price purchase, installment plans, or even the ability to lease a phone every year.

Companies mentioned: Sprint, T-Mobile