Cell Phone

Samsung to continue to use heat pipes for its flagships in 2018 despite the high price

As smartphone companies continue to pack their products with more powerful components, there's a need for cooling solutions that would keep the handsets from overheating. In the last couple of years, many handset makers adopted cooling solutions, but only for their top-of-the-line products due to the high costs.Read More

Cell Phone

Samsung patents in-display finger scanner, but may save it for the Note 9

The "will they, won't they" saga with the notorious case of the disappearing in-display fingerprint reader seems poised to continue, as Samsung has recently been granted a patent for such a contraption, building on the notch-y scanner patent we saw not long ago. Not that we will see the under-glass thingy in time for the Galaxy S9, as Samsung's marketing manager is on record tweeting that the "tech probably won't be ready for retail by then."Read More
iPhone

Some carriers offer free AirPods with iPhone X pre-orders

In just a few days, carriers and retailers will open iPhone X pre-orders. As many of you probably know by now, iPhone X price starts at $1,000, which is why some carriers plan to sweeten their deals with some freebies or discounts.

US carriers Sprint and T-Mobile have already announced their promotional offers on the iPhone X, but there are many others that would like to woo new customers into buying Apple's new flagship.
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Samsung

You can log with two Facebook, WhatsApp, and Viber accounts on the Galaxy Note 8, here's how

Being a productive powerhouse, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is packed to the brim with useful features, many of which remain neatly hidden until you really delve into the phone's deep settings menu. One of these allows you to log in with two separate messaging accounts on the device, giving you the means the keep your work and private stuff separate from one another. Nifty, right?Read More
Apple

Apple Watch Series 3 receives watchOS 4.0.1 update to fix connectivity issue

Apple device owners should be happy with the speed in which the tech titan is fixing some issues with its products. When Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus users heard static coming out of the earpiece during phone calls, Apple quickly pushed out iOS 11.0.2 to make calls sound great again. Besides the static problem with the latest released iPhone models, Apple also had some recent problems with the Apple Watch Series 3.
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Apple

Apple: Face ID is secure as data is encrypted and never leaves the phone

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently got the fifth degree from comic turned Senator Al Franken (D-Minn). Franken asked Cook in a letter to explain some of the tests that Apple made during the feature's creation. To cut off skepticism, Apple dispatched executive Craig Federighi to spread the word that Face ID is just as reliable and secure as the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The star of least week's Face ID gaffe (?) during the unveiling of the Apple iPhone X, Federighi is responding to concerns about privacy and the reliability of the new system. Once again, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering passed along the company line. He stated during a published interview that the data derived by Face ID stays on the phone itself, and nothing is sent to the cloud. Even those adjustments made by Face ID to compensate for changes made to the user's facial appearance (by adding a beard or glasses) are kept exclusively on the iPhone X.Read More
Apple

Apple rumored to unofficially repair or replace Hurricane damaged iPhone and iPad units

So let's say that thanks to Hurricane Harvey your Apple iPhone or Apple iPad sustained serious water damage that basically destroyed one or both devices. Despite the IP67 certification rating on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has made it clear that water damage is not covered by its warranty. So under normal circumstances, the flooding in Texas would normally lead to water logged iPhone units that would not be replaced by Apple, even if they are supposed to withstand a submersion to 3.3-feet for as long as 30-minutes.

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Samsung

Samsung Galaxy J7+ live pictures leaked ahead of official reveal

One of the two Samsung smartphones that pack a dual-rear camera, the Galaxy J7+ hasn't been made official yet. However, we have trustworthy information that suggests the device will be launched in Asia very soon. A couple of press pictures confirmed some of the phone's specs such as the dual-camera setup, as well as the dedicated Bixby button. Now we have several live images that prove the Galaxy J7+ is real and ready for prime time.Read More
Motorola

Motorola decides to roll out Android Wear 2.0 for Moto 360 Sport

Motorola has just announced that one of its smartwatches, the Moto 360 Sport will finally receive the long-awaited Android Wear 2.0 update. After updating the second-generation Moto 360 back in May, Motorola backtrack on its plans to leave the Moto 360 Sport without the update.
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LG

If the LG V30 doesn't have a secondary ticker screen, will you miss it?

Alright, folks, we are gearing up for another exciting period of the year — the August-September phone announcement bonanza, with IFA in Berlin, and Apple's iPhonekeynote. Among the major players we are about to see, there is LG's upcoming super-powered phablet — the LG V30.

Now, if you've been following for a while, you probably know that the LG V10 and LG V20both had this weird secondary “ticker” screen, which housed notifications, app shortcuts, media controls, an always-on clock, and some utility toggles. However, it seems it will be gone for the latest iteration of the phone series.

Leaks insist that LG is done with the ticker for now. Instead, the V30 will have an extra-tall 18:9 display and its software will feature a floating bar-type of a menu, which would simulate the ticker's features.

Last time we asked about the secondary display was just after HTC launched the U Ultra with its own ticker on top. Back then, nearly 65% of people said they believe it to be a useful feature and not a gimmick. Well, now that it seems to be going away from the V30, will you miss it?

Samsung

The 2-year-old Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 might be updated to Android Nougat soon

Can you believe the Samsung is going to provide a major Android OS update for a device that's been launched on the market more than two years ago? That might be the case with the Galaxy Tab A 9.7, which has just been spotted running Android 7.0 Nougat. The slate was officially unveiled back in March 2015 and made it to market two months later. Samsung even released an Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Galaxy Tab A 9.7, which we thought it would be the last the tablet will get before EOL (end of life) status.Read More
Samsung

A regular Galaxy S8 in Rose Pink may actually exist

Around the end of June, we got word that Sammy is preparing a Galaxy S8+ in a bright and sparkly pink color. The bad news was that it was a limited run for the Taiwanese market only and that only the large S8+ would have the paint job. Well, we suppose it did OK, because a new rumor claims that another run of pink Sammy flagships is about to launch — this time, we are expecting a Galaxy S8 in Rose Pink hitting Eastern Europe.Read More
LG

LG V30 could be awesome for low-light photography

Smartphone cameras may have come a long way, but one of their greatest shortcomings is yet to be adequately addressed – their poor low-light performance.

Since smartphone cameras are powered by tiny sensors (at least compared to dedicated cameras), they can get nowhere near the low-light performance and dynamic range of a mirrorless, DSLR—be it crop or full frame—or а film camera. And since manufacturers are not going to start cramming bigger sensors in smartphone cameras anytime soon, for obvious reasons, one way to partially alleviate this issue is to implement wider apertures.
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Cell Phone

Foxconn’s CEO and president Trump announce plans for a $10 billion LCD factory in Wisconsin by 2020

President Trump’s election campaign largely revolved around making “America great again” and bringing businesses into the country. Trump has been quite engaged with the tech sector in particular, where bringing the production of iPhones to American soil seems like one of his top priorities in the business field. While it is not clear whether Tim Cook actually promised Trump last week to build three ‘big, big, big’ Apple plants in the US, the president has apparently been involved in a previously rumoured venture with Foxconn that was officially announced yesterday.

At a White House ceremony this Wednesday, it was revealed that the Taiwan-based tech company plans to build a $10 billion LCD panels manufacturing facility in the state of Wisconsin that should open by 2020. The event was attended by both business people and legislators, including Gov. Scott Walker and Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou. White House host president Trump was obviously also present, commenting that the project was made possible by his election.

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Cell Phone

Samsung Australia reveals "Screen Assure" free Galaxy Note 8 screen repair; launch date August 25th?

So far, there has been some question about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8's model number. For the most part, we have seen SM-N950 used to designate the unlocked version of the phablet. And while it really isn't a major deal in the scheme of things, an inadvertent leak by Samsung Australia indicates that the model number of Sammy's next high-end handset is actually SM-N940. That is the model number listed on the Samsung Australia website, which published information about a free screen repair for Note 8 users who break the display.Read More
Cell Phone

The new Surface Pro has a hibernation bug, Microsoft is working to fix it

Last month, Microsoft started selling a brand new Surface Pro, which succeeds the Surface Pro 4 from 2015, and brings a series of enhancements (though nothing groundbreaking).

Some of the customers who purchased a new Surface Pro have been noticing that the convertible tablet has a bug that's making it randomly enter hibernation mode, or shut down (even when plugged in, or with plenty of battery life remaining).Read More

Cell Phone

LG V30 will be announced on August 31 in Berlin (Update)

UPDATE: The very same teaser was sent to us by LG this morning. Clues are indeed pointing at an August 31st announcement for LG's next V-series phone!
 

Several months after releasing the G6 (to generally positive reviews), LG is now getting ready to launch its second high-end smartphone of 2017: the LG V30.

Judging by a "Save The Date" teaser revealed today by Evan Blass (known on Twitter and among tech enthusiasts as @evleaks), the LG V30 will be officially announced on August 31 in Berlin – almost certainly during a pre-IFA 2017 event.Read More

Cell Phone

The KFC smartphone is a real thing that exists now, apparently

If you've ever caught yourself daydreaming about eating some tender, juicy chicken wings while idly staring at your phone, Huawei and KFC have teamed up to give you... something. A way to ease the cravings? Or maybe to amplify them, maybe — we couldn't tell you if we tried, but the end result is a bright-red, KFC-branded smartphone, complete with a portrait of Colonel Sanders himself etched into its back.

 
Sure, why not?
 
Curiously enough, the phone is listed as a variant of the Huawei Y7, despite the two having almost nothing common, both in terms of specs and design. Inside you'll find a Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, as well as a 5-inch 720p screen, and a 13 MP rear camera. And the Colonel's warm, loving embrace.
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Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance receive a new update, see what's included

A new update has started rolling out OTA (over the air) for Sony's two 2016 flagships - the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ. The firmware upgrade contains the recently-released Android security update for the month of July and should bump the build number of both handsets to 41.2.A.7.35. Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance receive a new update, see what's includedRead More
Cell Phone

Developers receive iOS 11 beta 3 today

Apple today released the developer version of iOS 11 beta 3, weighing in at 392MB. For the moment, registered developers only get to install the new iOS build. The public version of the beta should be available in a few days to those who have signed up to receive them. Among the new features is a different way to close apps on the iPad by swiping up on the multitasking screen. The "X" button seen on beta 1 and beta 2 of the build have been replaced by the new swipe to close gesture.

Other features included in the update include an improvement to the cover sheet of the Notification Center. This will now show all notifications. No longer is it necessary to use a swipe gesture to view older notifications.

The changelist for the iOS 11 beta 3 developer version includes:

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