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Get your wand and check out the first trailer for the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:55:00 -0600

(image) Last month, we told you to expect the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game to be released for iOS and Android this coming spring. The game allows users to create their own character who gets to experience life as a Hogwarts student. A trailer for the game has been released, and you can view it by tapping on the video that appears at the top of this story...(image)



Apple faces 32 class action lawsuits for throttling iPhone CPUs without customer knowledge

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:48:00 -0600

(image) Yes, Apple apologized for throttling the CPU speed on the Apple iPhone 6 and newer models. As you might know by now, this was done because the company feared that the weaker batteries on some models wouldn't be able to sustain a charge while handling complex tasks. As a result, some of the affected iPhone units could shut down, forcing owners to attempt a quick re-boot...

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Rumor: Razer Phone 2 could be launched in September alongside the interesting Project Linda concept

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:56:00 -0600

(image) Like the first Razer Phone, the Razer Phone 2 will likely be a very powerful (and not cheap) Android handset...(image)



Moto G6, G6 Plus and G6 Play new leak leaves nothing to the imagination

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:40:00 -0600

(image) New details leak out about the most popular series of affordable phones: the Moto G series in 2018...

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Deal: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X OtterBox cases are discounted by up to 60%, save big!

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:32:00 -0600

(image) If you have a 2017 iPhone model in need of some extra protection, we have good news for you!

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Google's smart action Clips camera clears the FCC, does this mean it's launching soon?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:42:00 -0600

(image) Remember Clips, Google's smart action camera that you are intended to place aside and let take snaps of your and your family's everyday life as it goes by? Announced back in late October 2017 alongside the second generation of Pixel phones, this AI-powered camera has just been cleared by the FCC, which is indicative to us that a release to the market is quite possibly imminent....(image)



Whose subscribers use the most data? Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile and Sprint

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:29:00 -0600

(image) Not that it comes as a huge surprise, but folks on the cheapest unlimited mobile data plans - those of T-Mobile and Sprint - are using much more data than those on the "expensive" carriers like Verizon or AT&T, says a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.

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These paid Android games are now free for a limited time, grab them while you can!

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:28:00 -0600

(image) Looking for some neat new games to play on your Android smartphone? If that's the case, you might be pleased to hear that several titles that are usually paid are now available for free on Google Play...

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'Stop feeling ripped off by Verizon!' Sprint renews its aggressive 'free unlimited' promo

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:54:00 -0600

(image) Just as we were getting worried that two great Sprint promos are set to expire for hundreds of thousands of its subscribers this month - the "unlimited freedom" and "50% off" offers - the carrier swooped in, and renewed one of "most aggressive promotion in the history of the U.S. wireless industry," according to analysts...(image)



Verizon signs exclusive NBA streaming deal, to offer League Pass at half price

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:50:00 -0600

(image) After its extensive NFL deal, Verizon is now striking gold with the NBA, too, entering into a multi-year agreement over games streaming and exclusive content creation, topping it off with AR and VR experiences for basketball aficionados.(image)



Expect something "awesome" from Nokia at MWC 2018, HMD executive says

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:37:00 -0600

(image) HMD Global has something "awesome" in store for us at MWC 2018...(image)



Will you disable Apple's power management if your older iPhone could shut down?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:50:00 -0600

(image) Apple did the right thing after the whole older-iPhones-get-throttled controversy, and, besides $29 battery replacement service, will be giving users the right to choose whether they want a performance hit but stable operations, or would gamble on current peaks that can force an aging battery to shut the handset down in certain scenarios...(image)



Free MMO World of Warships Blitz now available worldwide on Android and iOS with cross-platform play

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:35:00 -0600

(image) Ahoy, captain! Developer Wargaming has finally made the mobile version of its newest MMO official worldwide: World of Warships Blitz is now sailing slow and steady on the Google Play Store, allowing you to take part in heated 7v7 multiplayer arcade matches...

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Verizon to report $17 billion in extra profit, thanks to new tax law

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:15:00 -0600

(image) Verizon will be one of the companies whose earnings report will benefit significantly from the GOP's $1.5 trillion tax cut that went into effect last month. While AT&T announced that its workers will see their paychecks padded with a $1000 bonus, Verizon, it turns out, can write down $16.8 billion from its deferred taxes, thanks to the lowering of the corporate rate from 35% to 21%...

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Meizu M6S redefines "affordable": 18:9 display, Samsung hardware, and a notch on the side

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:01:00 -0600

(image) Chinese manufacturer Meizu has a new mid-range device in the portfolio and it ticks a trove of important boxes - it's affordable, it's boasting that trendy fullscreen all-metal design, and most importanly, has a neat a set of hardware inside...

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Google and Huawei team up to spread RCS messaging, all Huawei smartphones to get Android Messages app

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:41:00 -0600

(image) Google and Huawei are partnering up to accelerate the adoption of RCS messaging...

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Apple to pay the largest ever amount in offshore taxes, contribute $350 billion to the US economy

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:58:00 -0600

(image) Due to the sheer size of its profits, Apple is the largest taxpayer in the world, and has outlayed over $35 billion in corporate income taxes in the last three years. Add to these $38 billion it will be paying to repatriate its profits held overseas, and Uncle Sam can only be grateful that so many folks are walking around with iPhones in hand...

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Cook: iPhone users will be able to disable "power management" to prevent CPU throttling

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:33:00 -0600

(image) Late last month, Apple iPhone users were flabbergasted to discover that an earlier iOS update allowed Apple to throttle the CPU on the iPhone 6 and later models. This was done in the name of "power management." Because many of these older models were being powered by older batteries, certain heavy duty tasks risked shutting down these particular iPhone units...(image)



How to install Apple's internal SEED app reserved for employees' eyes only

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:57:00 -0600

(image) Unless you work for Apple in the Apple Store, or in some other capacity, you most likely are unfamiliar with the the Apple Sales Enablement, Education and Development app. With the acronym, this is the Apple SEED app. Get it? Appleseed. As in that mythical iOS user Johnny Appleseed whose name appears on iPhone commercials back in the early days...

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Siri's "Give me the news" feature is out of beta indicating an upcoming launch of the Apple HomePod

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:52:00 -0600

(image) A recent feature that allows Apple's virtual assistant to respond to a request to "Give me the news" with a few minutes of top stories is now out of beta. In the states, the default newscast comes from NPR's News Now podcast, which is also where Amazon's Alexa has been getting her news from. It is interesting that Apple is now adding some Alexa-style capabilities into Siri in anticipation of the company's release of its HomePod smart speaker...

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Deal: Asus ZenFone 4 Pro is now $100 cheaper in the US

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:58:00 -0600

(image) Featuring a camera with optical zoom, a Snapdragon 835 processor and 6 GB of RAM, the ZenFone 4 Pro is certainly not a bad phone at this new price...

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Cricket Wireless starts selling the entry-level Alcatel Verso for just $30

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:54:00 -0600

(image) As you might have guessed, the Alcatel Verso is far from being impressive specs-wise. It's true, the Verso runs Android 7.0 Nougat, which is quite decent even for a 2018 smartphone...(image)



Google hardware designer reveals early Pixel 2 iterations

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:33:00 -0600

(image) Apparently, Google considered a couple of design changes for its new Pixel phones, including swappable backplates, monochrome read with fingerprint scanner in one of Google's colors, as well as larger edges with a slimmer middle...

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Report says slow Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus sales will lead to as much as a 30% cut in orders to suppliers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:12:00 -0600

(image) While some analysts are telling clients that the 2017 iPhone models are selling well, supply chain sources have another story to tell. These guys are in the trenches and might have a closer view at what is really going on compared to an analyst sitting in a tall skyscraper on Wall Street. According to these supply chain sources, component suppliers could find orders from Apple sliced by 15% to 30% compared to a typical first quarter...

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Motorola launches Moto Folio, the cheapest Moto Mod to date (compatible with all Moto Z phones)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:01:00 -0600

(image) Motorola US is selling the Moto Folio Mod for $11.24. This is a protective case that magnetically attaches to your Moto Z and keeps it safe from bumps and scratches...(image)



Third Android Oreo beta hits the Essential Phone, minor changes included

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:36:00 -0600

(image) Unlike either of the previous updates, the new beta build doesn't bring too many new features. In fact, the only thing that it wasn't included in the second beta is the January security patch and fixes for the Spectre and Meltdown exploits...

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Project Fi's Bill Protection plan offers unlimited talk, text and data for $80 a month and less

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:10:00 -0600

(image) Google's Project Fi hybrid MVNO uses a combination of Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular networks to connect its customers to the internet. And now Project Fi has announced a whole new unlimited data plan that it calls "Bill Protection." Previously, for $20 a month, customers got unlimited talk and text and paid $10/GB for data. Money spent on data not used during a given month was refunded...(image)



Alcatel 3C officially introduced with 6-inch HD+ display, Android Nougat

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:41:00 -0600

(image) Alcatel 3C has modest specs, but it does come with some feature that are usually meant for mid-range devices...(image)



Samsung wants you to spend less time on your Galaxy Note 8, says this Thrive app can help

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:17:00 -0600

(image) Thrive is a new, free app that's currently available only for the Galaxy Note 8, but will be compatible with more Samsung phones in the future...(image)



Deal: Save 50% on Pixel Buds when you purchase the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:03:00 -0600

(image) The deal Google is offering right now is available until February 14, while supplies last. In order to benefit from the offer, simply add the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, along with the Pixel Buds to the shopping cart and you should see the discount immediately...(image)