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September 29th update coming to Super Mario Run brings new new character, new world and 50% off deal

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 23:07:00 -0500

(image) Remember last December when Nintendo released the Super Mario Run game for iOS? On March 22nd of this year, the game was made available for Android users. For a period of time following the launch of the game on each platform, there was a flurry of activity as fans of Nintendo in general, and Mario is particular, installed the app. That is free, by the way, but it gives you only limited game play. It costs $9.99 if you want to unlock the entire game...

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Apple has a new way to force restart or hard restart the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:40:00 -0500

(image) Apple has a new way for users to do a force reset or a hard reset for the latest versions of the iPhone. On the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus, rebooting either model requires the user to press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons for at least 10 seconds. At that point, the Apple logo appears. This method cannot be used on the newer Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus because it activates the new Emergency SOS feature...

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Twitter Lite app is made for countries where connectivity costs a fortune or is hard to find

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:15:00 -0500

(image) Twitter is testing a new "lite" version of its Android app. This is an app version of a mobile web site it launched earlier this year called, quite appropriately, Twitter Lite. It requires less mobile data to work. The idea is to allow mobile users to employ Twitter in emerging markets where data is expensive or hard to find. The app has been added to the Google Play Store, but only in the Philippines where mobile data is expensive and slow...

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Samsung foldable phone unveiling closer after Galaxy X receives another certification

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 16:06:00 -0500

(image) The last we heard about the oft-rumored foldable smartphone from Samsung, dubbed the Galaxy X (and no, it doesn't stand for the number ten) was that the phone would arrive some time in 2018. This hopeful outlook came from Samsung's top mobile executive, Koh Dong-jin, who made the statement about two weeks ago. Now, a new Samsung handset has been certified in South Korea by the country's National Radio Agency...(image)



Apple Watch Series 3 unboxing

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:49:00 -0500

(image) We picked up a unit recently to give it a spin, but before it gets put through all the paces, a proper unboxing needed to be done.

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Skype keeps crashing on Apple's new iPhone 8/8 Plus, a fix is in the works

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 15:13:00 -0500

(image) If you're a happy iPhone 8/8 Plus owner, and a Skype user at the same time, then you should wait for an update if the app is affected by the same bug that makes it crash all the time...

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Apple iPhone 8 & 8 Plus unboxing

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:35:00 -0500

(image) Join us for an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus unboxing video. Want to know what accessories and extras Apple throws inside the retail boxes of its mainstream iPhones? Just hit the play button and find out!

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Love coffee? Then you'll really want to win this week's T-Mobile Tuesday contest

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:28:00 -0500

(image) This upcoming week's T-Mobile Tuesday begins with a free T-Mobile Stadium Bag. The clear bag allows you to go through security in a heartbeat. If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, starting next Tuesday head over to a nearby T-Mobile location and pick up your bag. Don't procrastinate or the bags will be gone before you get to take one home. T-Mobile subscribers will also get 25% off the cost of a Ultimate Ears speaker purchased from a T-Mobile store or online...

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HMD working to bring one more smartphone on the market alongside Nokia 2

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:32:00 -0500

(image) Two unknown Nokia smartphones have been recently certified in China, which go by codenames TA-1041 and TA-1042. Both devices listed at the Chinese regulatory commission have support for quick charge, something that only the Nokia 8 features...

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Apple iPhone 8 launch day: Still no shortage of long lines

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:31:00 -0500

(image) Ten years of iPhone releases hasn't slowed down the gravitational force that continues to be felt on launch day for Apple's prized smartphone.

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LG V30 will have a 2-year warranty in the US

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:15:00 -0500

(image) While most smartphones come with 1 year warranties in the US, the LG V30 will have an extra year of warranty for free...

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Pokemon Playhouse is free, available now, and designed for the kiddies

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:14:00 -0500

(image) In the Summer of 2016, it was quite normal to see a group of teens and adults congregating in a certain area, face down as they stared at their smartphone screens. You could find such people standing out in the heat of the day, and in the cool of the night. These were Pokemon GO players. And while people still play the Augmented Reality game, the number of active daily users has declined sharply over the last year...(image)



Middle-earth: Shadow of War coming to Android and iOS devices on September 28

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:02:00 -0500

(image) Along with the confirmation of the release, the publisher released a trailer that explains the game's new Nemesis System, one of the gameplay mechanics that made the original game popular...

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NVIDIA permanently drops the base price of the Shield TV to $179 to compete with Apple's TV 4K

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:08:00 -0500

(image) While that might not sound much, it's no coincidence that the base price of the NVIDIA Shield TV starts at $179, the same as Apple's TV 4K. The bad news is aside from the 16GB streaming device, you'll only get the remote...

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Huawei Mate 9 to receive Android 8.0 Oreo update soon

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:06:00 -0500

(image) Even though we don't have a specific timeframe for the release of the update, the recent listing of the Mate 9 at Geekbench suggests it won't be long until Android Oreo will arrive on Huawei's high-end smartphone...

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Video shows how Apple prepares for the launch of its new iPhone models

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 01:11:00 -0500

(image) A video put together by Buzzfeed shows how Apple prepared for the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus launch starting all the way back with the September 12th unveiling of the new handsets. When pre-orders for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K started on September 15th, several Apple engineers were sitting in Apple's "War Room" to track the incoming orders and to make sure things were running smoothly...(image)



GO Keyboard apps could be spying on over 200 million Android users

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:06:00 -0500

(image) According to a new report, a pair of third party keyboard apps that are listed in the Google Play Store under GO Keyboard could actually be spying on you. The developer, listed as the GOMO Dev Team says that "We will never collect your personal info including credit card information. In fact, we cares for privacy of what you type and who you type!" That hardly seems to be the case as the apps allegedly have access to data showing your identity...

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Unlocked Essential Phone now available at Best Buy

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:24:00 -0500

(image) The unlocked Essential Phone is now available inside Best Buy stores, and online. Andy Rubin 's Android powered handset will work with all four major stateside carriers and features a tough titanium build. And while the 5.71-inch LCD screen may not have a notch like the Apple iPhone X, it does have a little cut out area at the top of the 1312 x 2560 resolution screen. That is for the phone's front-facing 8MP camera and certain sensors...

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Apple presents 8 things to love about iPhone 8

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:51:00 -0500

(image) Available starting today, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus bring various new features, and Apple thinks some of them will make you love the phones...

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HTC to give Vive app developers 100% of app revenue for the rest of 2017

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:48:00 -0500

(image) No sooner has HTC made a deal with Google that will fill its coffers with $1.1 billion and increase the importance of the Vive VR system to the company, the Taiwan based manufacturer is trying to get developers to lower prices for apps developed for the VR headset. Instead of keeping 30% of app revenue related to the product, HTC will take a 0% slice of the app revenue...(image)



Upgraded Nokia 8 (with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space) to be released next month

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:46:00 -0500

(image) The upgraded Nokia 8 will be available in Germany first, and it could be launched in the US at some point...

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Deal: Verizon offers the Samsung Gear Fit2 at half the price

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:23:00 -0500

(image) Samsung's Gear Fit2 wearable device offers advanced fitness tracking with built-in GPS, along with up to four-day battery life and 4GB storage. The fitness band features a curved 1.5-inch Super AMOLED display and IP68 certification, which makes it water-resistant...

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Bose launches Google Assistant-optimized QuietComfort 35 II headphones

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:53:00 -0500

(image) The QC 35 II is the result of the collaboration between Bose and Google, making it the first integration of Google Assistant in a headphone. Moreover, the headphones come with a proprietary Bose microphone system that's said to pick up voices with remarkable accuracy...

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Tapping the “Check for Update” button on Nexus/Pixel will actually be useful now

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:21:00 -0500

(image) Since only 1% of devices are usually selected to get a new Android update in the first 24-48 hours, it's quite easy to miss the opportunity. Subsequent taps on the button won't do anything until the next batch of devices is scheduled to start receiving the update...

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Deal: Unlocked Moto E4 Plus costs just $145 (20% off) on Amazon

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:33:00 -0500

(image) The discounted Moto E4 Plus comes in just one color option – Iron Gray. Keep in mind that the deal is for the 16GB variant, as the 32GB model hasn't been discounted and costs $199.99...

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Tim Cook "thrilled" with Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus and Apple Watch sales as he visits Palo Alto Apple Store

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:33:00 -0500

(image) Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the Apple Store in Palo Alto, California this morning to watch first hand the launch of the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8 Plus and the Apple Watch Series 3. Inside the store, Cook chatted with customers and even took part when "the wave" was started up inside the retail location. Cook told CNBC that a connectivity issue with the Apple Watch Series 3 was not affecting demand for the stand-alone timepiece...(image)



Deal: Nokia Steel hybrid smartwatch is 20% off for a limited time

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:05:00 -0500

(image) Nokia Steel usually sells for €130/$130, but customers can pick it up for just €105 until September 30. The 20% discount is available on Nokia's online store and is available for the smartwatch and one additional writsband to go with it...

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Verizon extends deadline, offers service to some rural roamers it had forced to leave its network

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:40:00 -0500

(image) Last week, we told you about 8,500 rural Verizon customers that were being forced to leave the nation's largest carrier. Because these customers live in areas where the Verizon network doesn't reach, the LTEiRA program entitled them to free roaming over pipelines belong to smaller, rural carriers. But Verizon still had to pay these tiny wireless operators, and the result was that Verizon was taking in from its LTEiRA customers less than what it was paying out...(image)



Asus to launch new ZenFone 5 smartphones in March 2018 at the earliest

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:39:00 -0500

(image) The company's CEO Jerry Shen confirmed recently that Asus will release its ZenFone 5 lineup in March 2018 at the earliest. Asus went through a heavy process of restructuring this year, and one of the results is the company's ability to out a new series of ZenFone smartphones earlier than it did in 2017...

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Google debuts trade-in program for current and upcoming Pixel phones

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:54:00 -0500

(image) Unfortunately, the trade-in prices offered by Google are really low, so it's unlikely many will opt to send their phones to get a small discount on the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL...

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