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Posted: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:30
Verizon Wear24 Android Wear smartwatch

Remember Verizon’s Wear24? We haven’t heard much about the Android Wear smartwatch since its launch in May, and it looks like we won’t hear much about it in the future, either.

Verizon has confirmed that the Wear24 has been discontinued. The device has disappeared from Verizon’s online store, and its former product page now redirects to a support page.

Source: Verizon Companies mentioned: Verizon Wireless
Posted: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:00
Nexus 6P Matte Gold hands-on review

The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P haven’t been the stars of Google’s smartphone lineup for awhile now, but today there’s some good news for folks that continue to use one of those Nexus phones as their daily driver.

Source: Google Products mentioned: LG Nexus 5X, Huawei Nexus 6P Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:23
Google Home hands-on video review

Google Home owners, it looks like another new feature is coming your way soon.

A new Google Home support page has confirmed that support for reminders is coming soon to Google’s smart speaker. The support page explains how Google Home owners can set reminders, which is by saying things like “Remind me to call Mom this Sunday at noon” or “Remind me to take my medicine every day at 8:00 pm.”

Source: Google Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:23
OnePlus 3 hands-on video

The OnePlus 5 may be the star of OnePlus’s lineup, but the OnePlus 3 and 3T are still getting some love from their manufacturer.

The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are now receiving an update to OxygenOS 4.5.0. This update includes features like lift up display and Gaming Do Not Disturb, redesigns the calling UI, and tosses in some other features, too.

Here’s the full changelog for Oxygen OS 4.5.0:

System

Source: OnePlus Products mentioned: OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T Companies mentioned: OnePlus
Posted: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:16
iPhone 8 hands-on video

iOS users, there’s a big change to Siri that’s now rolling out.

Apple is changing the default search provider for Siri on iOS and Spotlight on Mac. Previously, these searches would show results from Microsoft’s Bing search, but now they’ll show Google results.

Here’s Apple’s statement to TechCrunch on the change:

Source: TechCrunch Companies mentioned: Apple, Google, Microsoft
Posted: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 09:23

Last year we saw Google and Levi’s introduce a smart jean jacket, and now that device is finally ready for launch.

Google has announced that the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard will be available this Wednesday, September 27th, for $350. You’ll be able to buy it at a few stores to start, with availability expanding to other retail stores as well as Levi.com starting October 2nd.

Here’s where you’ll be able to buy this smart jacket:

Available for purchase at the following shops starting 09/27.

Source: Google Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 08:11
Apple iTunes

What feels like forever ago now, Microsoft had its Zune media playback device. This was Microsoft's go at taking on Apple's iPod, and, well, here we are without a Zune to look at anymore. But I loved that thing. I had tried an iPod, and plenty of other alternatives, but the Zune and, eventually, the Zune HD, kept me quite content. And while the hardware was part of it, and even the software was pretty great at the time, it was something else that really kept me coming back.

The fact that every month I got free credits towards buying songs.

Companies mentioned: Apple, Microsoft
Posted: Sun, 09/24/2017 - 11:46
Apple iOS 11

Apple released the official version of iOS 11 for eligible devices last Tuesday, September 19th. A few years ago I was keen to check out the betas before the official release, but this time around I decided I would rather just wait until the official, finalized version was available instead.

I already knew that iOS 11 would be more about refinement than excitement, so I knew that it wasn’t going to be something that would absolutely knock my socks off. However, despite knowing most of the features coming with iOS 11, I wasn’t prepared for how much the update would annoy me with its little design quirks that I just don’t find appealing.

Products mentioned: Apple iPhone SE Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Sat, 09/23/2017 - 00:21

Hands-on the newly launched iPhone 8 Plus in Space Gray. Starting at $799, the iPhone 8 Plus features a new glass body, wireless charging, improved cameras with a new Portrait Lighting mode, A11 Bionic processor and iOS 11. How do you think it compares to the iPhone 7 Plus?

Products mentioned: Apple iPhone 8 Plus Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Fri, 09/22/2017 - 20:09

Hands-on the newly launched iPhone 8. Starting at $699, the new iPhone 8 features a glass body, wireless charging, improved camera, iOS 11 and louder speakers. How do you think it compares to the iPhone 7?

Products mentioned: Apple iPhone 8 Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:22
Google Pixel XL hands-on

Many Android users know the frustration of tapping the “Check for update” button when a new update is released, hoping that doing so will make the update appear on your device. Now it will.

Googler Elliot Hughes has revealed that pressing the “Check for update” button on your Android device “actually works now”. When you press the button, Google will flag that the update check is user-initiated and will let you bypass the usual limitations of a staged update rollout. This means that if you check for an update and there’s one available, you’ll get it even if you’re not currently part of the update’s staged release.

Source: +ElliottHughes Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:05
Essential Phone hands-on review

Best Buy began taking orders of the Sprint flavor of the Essential Phone last month, and now folks that prefer to live the unlocked lifestyle can buy the Essential Phone from Best Buy, too.

The unlocked Essential Phone is now available from Best Buy. Pricing is $699.99, which is the same price that you’ll pay if you order directly from Essential itself.

Source: Essential Phone (Best Buy) Products mentioned: Essential Phone Companies mentioned: Essential
Posted: Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:05
T-Mobile CEO John Legere

A recent report claimed that T-Mobile and Sprint are in active merger talks, and now a new rumor claims that those negotiations may be further along than we thought.

T-Mobile and Sprint are close to agreeing to “tentative terms” on a merger deal. That’s according to two sources speaking to Reuters who add that a deal could be struck by the end of October, following the finalizing of terms and due diligence.

Source: Reuters Companies mentioned: T-Mobile, Sprint
Posted: Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:19
Nokia 8 Tempered Blue official

When the Nokia 8 was introduced, HMD Global said that the flagship device would roll out globally, and it looks more details on the U.S. model may have just come out.

An HMD Global device with Nokia branding was recently spotted in the FCC, complete with the model numbers TA-1012 and TA-1004. As you can see in the image above, the Nokia 8 carries the model number TA-1012, which means that the device we’re looking at the listing for is the Nokia 8.

Source: FCC Companies mentioned: Nokia
Posted: Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:11
BlackBerry Krypton image leak

TCL has confirmed that it’s got a new full touch BlackBerry smartphone coming in October, and today we may be getting our first look at the device.

Source: Android Central Companies mentioned: BlackBerry
Posted: Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:07
Moto G5S Plus official

After making its official debut last month, the Moto G5S Plus has gotten a U.S. launch date.

The Moto G5S Plus will arrive in the U.S. on September 29th. If you want one, you can pre-order the device today. Pricing will start at $229.99 for the 32GB model and go up to $299.99 for the 64GB version. These prices are the result of a $50 discount that Motorola is offering until the G5S Plus’s launch on September 29th, when they’ll go up to $279.99 and $349.99, respectively.

Source: Moto G5S Plus: Motorola, B&H Photo Video, Newegg Companies mentioned: Motorola
Posted: Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:50
Instagram live video face filters

Instagram is rolling out a new feature today to help make its live broadcasts a bit more fun.

Starting today, September 21st, you can use face filters while streaming a live video. You just tap the face icon in the bottom right corner and view the different filters available. Instagram says that it’s got a new sunglasses face filter that’ll be available exclusively in live video for the next week.

You can apply these face filters before you start a live broadcast, letting you get a preview of what each filter looks like before you start sharing your video with the world. You can also apply face filters while your broadcast is happening.

Source: Instagram
Posted: Thu, 09/21/2017 - 08:56
NVIDIA SHIELD TV with remote bundle official

NVIDIA today announced that it’s launching a lower cost version of the SHIELD TV set-top box.

Starting today, September 21st, NVIDIA is taking pre-orders for its new 16GB SHIELD TV at a price of $179. The big difference between this model and the $199.99 version that launched earlier this year is that the $179 package doesn’t include the gaming controller.

Pre-orders for this $179 SHIELD TV will ship on October 18th.

Source: NVIDIA Companies mentioned: NVIDIA
Posted: Thu, 09/21/2017 - 08:18
Bose QC 35 II headphones Google Assistant black

Now that Google Assistant has made its way onto all Android phones and the iPhone, it’s moving on to a different style of device: headphones.

Google today announced that it’s collaborating on headphones with Google Assistant built in. The first pair is the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, which are Bluetooth headphones with noise cancelling and 20 hours of battery life.

Source: Bose Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 09/20/2017 - 21:15
Apple Watch Seres 3

A friend of mine asked me if I was planning on picking up the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE when it became available. He's a fan of his Apple Watch, and he's had one on his wrist ever since the original model launched. He upgraded to get the GPS when the Series 2 launched, and I had no doubt that he'd be pre-ordering the LTE variant. Which he did, and he's excited to get it on Friday when it's scheduled to arrive.

And then he read the reviews.

Products mentioned: Apple Watch Companies mentioned: Apple
Posted: Wed, 09/20/2017 - 20:30
Google logo Pixel rear

The rumors are true: Google and HTC are striking a deal.

Google is spending $1.1 billion on a deal that’ll see “certain HTC employees”, including many that worked on Google’s Pixel smartphones, joining Google. Google will also get a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.

The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and closing conditions and is expected to close by early 2018.

Source: Google, HTC Companies mentioned: Google, HTC
Posted: Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:04
Pokémon Go Celebrate the Equinox event

With fall nearing in the Northern Hemisphere and spring getting close in the Southern Hemisphere, the developers of Pokémon Go have decided to celebrate with an in-game event.

Pokémon Go’s Celebrate the Equinox! event will offer double Stardust for catching Pokémon and hatching eggs, and you can collect special 2km Eggs from PokéStops and Gyms that have the opportunity to hatch Pokémon like Chansey, Mareep, Larvitar, and more. You’ll also be able to get special boxes from the in-game shop that’ll include Lucky Eggs, Lure Modules, and Super Incubators that’ll hatch Eggs 1.5x faster.

Another perk of this event is that you’ll be able to get triple XP when you register a new Pokémon to your Pokédex. 

Source: Pokémon Go
Posted: Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:55
Huawei Mate 10 Lite images leak

One day after an image of the Huawei Mate 10 leaked out, details on one of the Mate 10’s variants have surfaced.

The device you see above is the Huawei Mate 10 Lite, says VentureBeat. It’s reportedly got a 5.9-inch 2160x1080 display with an 18:9 aspect ratio with some slim bezels and a full metal unibody shell. 

Source: VentureBeat Companies mentioned: Huawei
Posted: Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:08
Moto X4 official

Just as the rumors predicted, Android One is making its way to the U.S. with the Moto X4 on Project Fi.

The Android One Moto X4 is available for pre-order with Project Fi starting today. Pricing will be set at $399.

Google touts that this device “runs a pure Android experience” and that it’ll get an update to Android Oreo before the end of 2017. The company also says that the Android One Moto X4 will be among the first devices to get an update to Android P.

Companies mentioned: Google
Posted: Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:13
HTC logo One M7 rear

Remember that rumor that said Google might be interested in buying HTC? Well, it looks like we could learn more about it this week.

The Taiwan Stock Exchange has revealed that trading of HTC’s shares will be halted on September 21st due to an announcement. Meanwhile, Evan Blass has received a tip that HTC is holding a town hall meeting for its employees on that same date and that one alleged topic is a Google acquisition.

Blass’s source adds that HTC and Google have reached a deal that’ll see Google acquire certain hardware engineering assets from HTC, but that HTC will hold on to its brand.

Source: Taiwan Stock Exchange, @evleaks, HTC Companies mentioned: HTC, Google