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Posted: Fri, 12/09/2016 - 08:59
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Blue Coral hands-on

It’s official: Samsung will soon permanently kill the remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices in use in the US.

Samsung announced today that it will distribute an update to Galaxy Note 7 phones in the US that will prevent them from charging and “eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices.” The update will be released on December 19 and will be distributed to all devices within 30 days. 

Source: Samsung Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy Note7 Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Thu, 12/08/2016 - 18:56
MacBook Pro

Tablets have featured cellular connectivity for a while now, and as a result they make a great accessory to those who might need to bring a laptop with them, but also don't have easy access to a Wi-Fi hotspot. Being able to easily connect to your tablet, which can power through a longer connected session thanks to its bigger battery than what a smartphone can handle, is a pretty great feature, and one that's had to evolve and get better over the years.

Companies mentioned: Microsoft
Posted: Thu, 12/08/2016 - 16:30
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 unboxing hands-on

Yesterday we learned that Samsung Canada will soon disable service on all remaining Galaxy Note 7 units in that country in an effort to get them returned. Now it looks like the same thing might soon happen in the US.

One Galaxy Note 7 owner on US Cellular claims to have gotten a text from their carrier that reads, “As of Dec. 15, Samsung will modify the software to prevent the Galaxy Note 7 from charging. The phone will no longer work.” Samsung declined to comment on this text, says The Verge, while US Cellular did not respond.

Source: The Verge Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy Note7 Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:37

The OnePlus 3T is everything you love about the OnePlus 3, but with even better specifications. The OnePlus 3T caps out at 128GB of internal storage, features a 16MP front-facing camera sensor, Snapdragon 821 processor and larger 3,400mAh battery. The downside is that it's more expensive, starting at $439 off-contract for the 64GB variant. How do you like the OnePlus 3T?

Products mentioned: OnePlus 3T Companies mentioned: OnePlus
Posted: Thu, 12/08/2016 - 09:14
Google Daydream View unboxing

Today’s a big day for Google’s Daydream VR platform.

First up, Google says that there are a number of new Daydream VR apps rolling out today. Those include:

Source: Google Blog Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Thu, 12/08/2016 - 08:52
Apple iPhone 7 home button

It has been long rumored that two of the most popular smartphones, the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S, will both receive major design overhauls in 2017. If true, it would be a stark contrast to 2016, where both flagships were essentially refined versions of their 2015 predecessors.

Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S7, Apple iPhone 7 Companies mentioned: Apple, Samsung
Posted: Thu, 12/08/2016 - 07:12
Pokémon Go Starbucks partnership

One day after it was announced that Pokémon Go is partnering with Sprint, another partnership has been struck.

Pokémon Go is teaming up with Starbucks to turn 7,800 Starbucks stores in the US into PokéStops and Gyms. Starbucks has also crafted a special Pokémon Go Frappuccino for the occasion, which consists of a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with raspberry syrup, freeze-dried whole blueberries, and a whipped cream topping.

Source: Pokémon Go, Starbucks
Posted: Thu, 12/08/2016 - 06:32
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge hands-on

Rumors have suggested that the Galaxy S8 will ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack and go all-in on USB Type-C, and now a new report claims that another big change is in store for Samsung’s next Android flagship.

Samsung is planning to give the Galaxy S8 an “all-screen design” that includes losing the physical home button. That’s according to sources speaking to Bloomberg, who say that a virtual home button will be inside the glass in the lower section of the GS8’s display.

Source: Bloomberg Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 22:34
Black Pearl Samsung Galaxy S7 official

As expected, Samsung is prepping a new color for the Galaxy S7 edge.

The Black Pearl Galaxy S7 edge is now official. Samsung confirmed the device tonight, saying that it’ll launch in “select markets” on December 9. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on exactly which markets those are.

Source: Samsung Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 19:44
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Blue Coral hands-on

It’s now been nearly two months since Samsung discontinued the Galaxy Note 7, and in that time, the company has continued to work to reclaim all of the Note 7 units in the wild. Now Samsung Canada will take a drastic step to gather the remaining units in its country.

Samsung Canada has announced that it plans to deactivate service on all Galaxy Note 7 units still in customers’ hands. As early as December 12, Samsung Canada will place a battery charge limitation on Note 7s in the wild, and it will also disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Source: Samsung Canada Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy Note7 Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 19:40
Pebble 2

As you may already be aware, smartwatch manufacturer Pebble announced earlier today that its software assets would be acquired by once-rival company, Fitbit.

Source: Pebble, BGR, Reuters Companies mentioned: Pebble
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 16:29
Bluetooth 5

After teasing Bluetooth 5 earlier this year, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today officially released the newest Bluetooth spec.

Bluetooth 5 offers big improvements over previous versions of Bluetooth, boasting double the speed and quadruple the range of Bluetooth 4.2. One of the main goals of Bluetooth 5, says the SIG, is to increase the functionality of Bluetooth for the Internet of Things, making smart home devices and other products better. 

Better coexistence with other wireless technologies is included with Bluetooth 5, too.

Source: Bluetooth
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 14:11
Pearl Black Galaxy S7 images leak

Remember that Glossy Black Galaxy S7 that leaked out last month? Well it looks like it could launch soon with a new name in tow.

The Pearl Black Galaxy S7 will launch in South Korea on December 9, claims a new report from SamMobile. This report also includes official-looking images of the Pearl Black GS7, which confirm that it looks largely similar to the existing Black Onyx model, save for its blacked out metal frame.

Source: SamMobile Products mentioned: Samsung Galaxy S7 Companies mentioned: Samsung
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:46
iPhone 6s Plus hands-on

Another day, another iOS 10.2 beta.

Apple today unleashed iOS 10.2 beta 7, which is the second update we’ve gotten this week and the fourth in the past week and a half. The over the air update is available to registered developers and public testers.

Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:15
T-Mobile Digits

Earlier today, T-Mobile aimed to shake things up a bit more by launching a brand new service called Digits. With it, the Un-carrier aims to unlock the phone number, and make it available across devices, or put a variety of different numbers on a single device. T-Mobile wants to make it easier to handle multiple numbers and devices.

This isn't the first time we've seen something like this, of course. Google had Google Voice, which allowed users on a variety of different platforms to put a single number on their device. And AT&T has NumberSync, which does the same thing.

Companies mentioned: T-Mobile, AT&T
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 10:57

T-Mobile today unveiled its latest attempt at disrupting the mobile industry.

Digits aims to let you use your phone number across multiple devices. That includes smartphones as well as feature phones, tablets, smartwatches, and PCs. You also have the option of using multiple phone numbers on a single handset, eliminating the need to carry a work phone and a personal phone.

Source: T-Mobile, Digits beta signup Companies mentioned: T-Mobile
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 09:08
Google Chrome Android download feature

A few months ago, Google teased a new Chrome feature that’d let you download web pages, music, videos, and photos in your browser. And after going through beta testing that feature is now rolling out to everyone.

Source: Google Chrome (Play Store) Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 08:44
Apple iPad Pro

Earlier this year, Apple ran a couple of ads that promoted the iPad Pro, focusing on the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil to show how versatile the device is. Of course, Microsoft probably watched those ads like a lot of people who know that the Surface products exist, and laughed the appropriate amount.

Of course, as easy as it is to point out that other products already exist that do the same things, it's not like Apple's the only company that does this. It's just the nature of technology, where eventually, and probably more often than not, there are similarities in functionality. That isn't a bad thing.

In those ads, Apple asks, "What's a computer?" and shows off cool things iPad Pro owners can do with that Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

Products mentioned: Apple iPad Pro Companies mentioned: Apple, Microsoft
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 06:58
Pebble smartwatch hands-on

The rumors are true: Fitbit is buying Pebble.

Both Fitbit and Pebble confirmed the acquisition today, with Pebble explaining that it “due to various factors, Pebble can no longer operate as an independent entity.” This means that Pebble is ending all hardware operations and will no longer manufacture or sell new smartwatches.

Source: Fitbit, Pebble Companies mentioned: Pebble
Posted: Wed, 12/07/2016 - 06:35
Pokémon Go iPhone

Pokémon Go might not be quite as huge right now as it was when it launched over the summer, but there are still people playing it, and Sprint wants those Pokémon trainers to come to its stores.

Sprint today announced that its struck a deal to become the first US partner of Pokémon Go. What this means is that Sprint, Boost Mobile, and Sprint at RadioShack stores will become PokéStops where trainers can collect new items, and there will be Sprint-sponsored Gyms for battling. Sprint also plans to offer recharging stations at its stores for Pokémon Go players.

Source: Sprint Companies mentioned: Sprint
Posted: Tue, 12/06/2016 - 22:13
Pebble 2 official colors

Following last week’s report that Fitbit is close to buying Pebble, more details of the rumored acquisition have leaked out.

Fitbit will pay less than $40 million for Pebble, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg. Fitbit is said to be interested in Pebble’s software engineers and testers, as well as intellectual property relating to Pebble’s watch operating system, apps, and cloud services.

Source: Bloomberg Companies mentioned: Pebble
Posted: Tue, 12/06/2016 - 18:50
Instagram feed Android

Instagram today announced new features to help make its service a safer place.

First up, Instagram is rolling out comment control features. That includes the ability to turn off comments on any post, which will be available for everyone. Simply go into Advanced Settings before you post and select Turn Off Commenting. You’ll also be able to turn commenting back on at any time.

Instagram is also adding the ability to like comments just like you would an Instagram post. This feature will roll out in the coming weeks.

Source: Instagram Blog
Posted: Tue, 12/06/2016 - 17:39
Pandora logo

A little more than one year ago, Pandora acquired music streaming service Rdio, and the company teased an “expanded Pandora listening experience.” Now more details on that service have come out.

Pandora Premium is official. The service will offer millions of songs for on-demand streaming, no ads, offline listening, playlists, and other features that you’d expect from a music streaming service in 2016. Pandora does have some tricks up its sleeve to help Premium stand out.

Source: The Verge
Posted: Tue, 12/06/2016 - 15:07
Apple Lightning Adapter

2016 is the first year where manufacturers seem to be taking the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack to the next level. Companies like Lenovo, HTC, and most notably Apple have decided that the 3.5mm connector is not important enough to keep for one reason or another, and it looks like one more company may be hopping on that bandwagon as early as next year. Can you guess who it is?

Companies mentioned: Samsung, Apple
Posted: Tue, 12/06/2016 - 15:01
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son

SoftBank isn’t a name that we talk about often, but the Japanese company is important to the US mobile industry because it owns Sprint. And today SoftBank’s CEO made a noteworthy announcement in the US.

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son has agreed to invest $50 billion in the US and to create 50,000 jobs. Details on the investment and jobs haven’t been detailed, but considering that SoftBank owns Sprint, the No. 3 US carrier could benefit from this investment.

Source: CNBC, Reuters Companies mentioned: Sprint