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Amazon is shutting down its Underground Actually Free Android app program

Many big companies wait until Friday to announce news that would be considered negative by the world at large. Today is no different as Amazon is letting Android app developers know today it will be phasing out its Underground Actually Free app store program.<p>Amazon first announced the Actually Free …

Apps

New LG G6 mini rumors claim it will also have a 18:9 display

The recently released LG G6 might have a little brother in the near future. A new report claims that the company is working on the LG G6 mini, and it might have the same display ratio as its big brother.<p>The report comes from <i>TechnoBuffalo</i>, who claims to have seen an internal LG document about the …

Tablets

The wild and crazy John McAfee wants you to buy the “most hack-proof smartphone”

John McAfee is one of those folks that many people label as “colorful” if they are being polite, while others might use the term “crazy” or even worse if they don’t care for him. Like McAfee or not, he definitely is one of the most outspoken figures in the tech world. This week, he officially …

BlackBerry

Google and Facebook were some of the victims in an $100 million internet scam

We are constantly reminded that there are tons of internet scam artists out there, just waiting for us to make a mistake. These errors could result in stolen money, identify theft and more. As it turns out, two of the biggest technology businesses in the world, Google and Facebook, are not immune …

Identity Theft

Best Google Home accessories: from lighting, to temperature control and more

Google Home is the connected speaker powered by Google Assistant that aims to make your day a little easier. Released in November last year, Google Home helps you find out the local weather, check what’s on your current schedule, get traffic updates and more. It’s the only real competitor to the …

Home Automation

Xiaomi Mi 6 sells out in seconds in first flash sale, get ready for another one on May 5

Earlier today, China-based Xiaomi held a flash sale for the recently announced Mi 6 phone. The company was only selling the jet black color version of the device, but that didn’t stop consumers from jumping on the bandwagon, as the Mi 6 units that were available sold out seconds after the flash …

Xiaomi

Garmin fenix 5 review

It’s been a few months since Garmin took the wraps off its three new fitness watches, the fenix 5, fenix 5S, and fenix 5X. Even though these are some of the most capable, feature-packed GPS running watches on the market, they only provide a handful of notable improvements over their predecessors in …

Wearable Tech

The best OEM specific features

In terms of day to day performance, flagship smartphones are all pretty similar these days. Whatever brand you pick, you’re virtually guaranteed a good camera, snappy performance, and a sharp display. What really separates phones at the high-end are the more subtle extras, which often fall under …

Phones

Sony’s mobile division made money in its last fiscal year through cost cutting

Sony reversed its money-losing trend for its mobile division during its recently completed fiscal year that ended on March 31, 2017. While that’s good news, the company also says the mobile group made money because it managed to cut costs, rather than boosting sales of its Xperia smartphones.<p>In its …

Markets

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus (UK)

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are now available in the UK. The latest Samsung flagships have received lots of positive praise from critics — we said Samsung had knocked it out of the park with the new phones — despite a handful of early setbacks. Thankfully, these seem to affect only a …

Samsung

HydrogenOS update for OnePlus 3 adds aptX support for better Bluetooth audio

If you’re a OnePlus 3 owner looking to get more from your Bluetooth headphones, the latest HydrogenOS (H2OS) update might be just what you need: HydrogenOS version 12 (beta) has been released with support for aptX and aptX HD Bluetooth codecs.<p>aptX is a streaming protocol that delivers better audio …

Android Lollipop

Check out these official Samsung Galaxy S8 video tutorials

Samsung has released video tutorials for the Galaxy S8 and the new Gear VR so that you don’t have to read through hundreds of pages of user manual.<p>The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have already launched in countries like South Korea, Canada, and the US. They’re coming to more markets in the coming …

Samsung

Galaxy S8: How does playing audio on two Bluetooth devices at once work?

The Galaxy S8 has quite a few new and interesting features that users may or may not know about, but arguably one of the most useful is the ability to connect your new handset to two different Bluetooth devices at once.<p>The process of setting up two Bluetooth devices on the Galaxy S8 is actually …

Headphones

BLU launches affordable R1 Plus smartphone with large 4,000 mAh battery

BLU has quietly launched a new smartphone called the R1 Plus. The successor to the R1 HD is a mid-ranger that carries an affordable price tag.<p>It sports a 5.5-inch HD screen and is powered by the MediaTek 6737 chipset. The unlocked smartphone is available in two different versions. You can get your …

Tablets

Smartphone shipment growth was essentially led by Chinese OEMs

Global smartphone shipments saw higher growth than expected during Q1, and it was essentially led by manufacturers like Huawei and OPPO.<p>According to the latest data released by the International Data Corporation, worldwide smartphone shipments for Q1 of 2017 saw 4.3 percent growth, beating IDC’s …

Xiaomi

Sundar Pichai hints ads might be coming to Google Maps soon

Although Google Maps is one of the company’s most popular services, it definitely isn’t the most profitable one. Speaking to a Wall Street analyst, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, confirmed the search giant’s plans to start generating more money with Maps. Well, sort of.<p>When asked about the company’s …

Google

Deal: Pre-order the LG G6 from B&H, get a free Watch Style

LG so desperately wants you to buy the new LG G6 that they are willing to throw TVs, Google Homes and now, smartwatches at you. That’s right, you can get a LG Watch Style smartwatch for free when you pre-order an LG G6 from B&H.<p>But only in Rose Gold. Yeah sorry, it looks like the Silver and …

LG G6

It might become easier to import Galaxy S8 Plus with 6GB of RAM

Hong Kong is getting the special edition Galaxy S8 Plus with 6GB of RAM, which means it might become easier for you to import one through Expansys.<p>When Samsung launched the highly-anticipated Galaxy S8 duo in its home turf South Korea, it had a surprise announcement: a special edition Galaxy S8 …

Samsung

Some Galaxy S8s are restarting by themselves

The Galaxy S8 teething problems continue as today we learn that some of the devices are restarting by themselves. Galaxy S8 owners have taken to the <i>XDA Developers</i> forums and the Samsung US community page to post about the issue, and it seems like its affecting the Galaxy S8 Plus too.<p>The Samsung …

Samsung

Midnight Black OnePlus 3T sold out in most countries

The OnePlus 3T was announced in November 2016 and initially only available in Gunmetal and Soft Gold. Last month, the company took the wraps of a new Midnight Black color option, which was available in limited quantities. The demand for the smartphone has apparently been high, as it is already sold …

Tablets

Fire Emblem more profitable than Super Mario Run despite 10 times fewer downloads

Super Mario Run has amassed more than 150 million downloads across Android and iOS making it one of the most successful mobile titles ever. It has more than ten times that of Nintendo’s other homegrown title Fire Emblem Heroes, but apparently it’s still lagging behind it in profits.<p>The news arrives …

Nintendo

Facebook launches Messenger Lite in 132 new countries, Americans need not apply

With all the new features Facebook is adding into its apps (including multiple cloned Snapchat features), it has become more and more necessary to have a de-bloated, lite version of the app.<p>Facebook Lite debuted in 2015, while a lightweight Messenger app launched in Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, …

Facebook

Tilt Brush update adds support for new online gallery and more

<i>This post was first published on our sister site VRSource.com.</i><p>Google has released a big update for its virtual reality painting experience called Tilt Brush, which now has a bunch of new features on board. The most interesting one is support for the new social website, where users can upload their …

Virtual Reality

This HTC U 11 teaser video about squeezing stuff is kind of gross

HTC has already confirmed that it will take the wraps off its new flagship, the U 11, on May 16. Ahead of its official launch, the Taiwanese manufacturer has released a new teaser trailer to highlight one of the device’s unique features.<p>In the video, some hands squeeze some objects, including …

HTC

How to toggle icon frames on the Galaxy S8/S8 Plus

Samsung’s new TouchWiz icons are cool and all, but the company hasn’t exactly gone and made custom icons for every app on the Play Store. To circumvent this, it simply adds a frame to existing apps to make it look similar to Samsung’s apps. This is on by default, but it is possible to turn it off …

Samsung

Google+ adds new Topics feature that will show you targeted content from members

If you are still using Google+ as part of your social networking activities, then you might see some new stuff popping up in your account in the very near future. Google is adding a feature called Topics that will start showing up in your home stream, with content that the company hopes that you …

Google

Here’s when the Pixel and Pixel XL will see their software support end

As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” For owners of Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL phones, the end for their Android and security updates won’t be for a while, thankfully. In order to clarify things a bit more, Google has now posted when those updates will stop on its end-of-life …

Mobile Technology

Check out how to make a cool looking clear back panel for the Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones may have a near bezel-free display on the front, but the rear section of the phones are still arguably a bit dull looking. Assuming you don’t want to put a protective case on the Galaxy S8, there is a way to make the back of the phone look much cooler by …

Samsung

Relax. We’ve got Mother’s Day covered. Fill this out and you’re done.

In case you weren’t paying attention, Mother’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re like millions of others, <b>you probably haven’t thought much about it yet</b>.<p><b>Shame on you!</b><p><i>(Nah, just kidding. You’re all right. I’m in the same boat myself.)</i><p>The good news is that this problem has a quick and easy …

Mother's Day

Amazon Echo with built-in screen rumored for next month

Amazon has just announced the Echo Look, a device that uses a camera to keep you looking your best. It’s a bit of a crazy idea, but it also serves as an indication of how digital assistants can evolve to fit more specific needs. What’s the next step? “A person familiar with plans” has told CNET the …

Amazon Echo