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Xiaomi Mi 8 Youth Edition retail box leaks revealing Snapdragon 660 SoC inside

Last week, we told you that a new Xiaomi phone named the Xiaomi Mi 8X or Mi 8 Youth Edition would be unveiled on September 19th, which happens to be tomorrow. A picture allegedly showing part of the retail box for the handset leaked today, revealing that the device is called the Mi 8 Youth Edition; the specs seen on the box are reportedly for the Taiwan version of the phone. Those specs reveal a ...

Judge rules FCC must produce data about suspicious comments received during net neutrality debate

A U.S. District judge ruled last week that the FCC must turn over records to a journalist who would use the data to identify those who uploaded bulk comments to the FCC in reference to net neutrality. A number of these uploads were allegedly submitted in other people's names without their permission. Net neutrality is the Obama-era rules that force ISPs and wireless providers to treat all content...

Presidential Alert text message to test WEA is now delayed until next month

Remember the initial test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system we told you to be prepared for on September 20th? The text, prefaced by a ear-piercing loud tone similar to the one used on Amber Alerts, is called a 'Presidential Alert' and cellphone users cannot opt-out of receiving it. The texts are supposed to be used to convey warnings related to the weather, missing children, and other ...

Apple releases the iOS 12.1 developer beta, which includes Group FaceTime

Wasn't it just yesterday that Apple released iOS 12? It sure was, and today the company has started offering the iOS 12.1 developer beta, and the watchOS 5.1 developer beta. The iOS 12.1 developer beta includes Group FaceTime, a feature that allows iOS users to video chat with up to 32 people at the same time. Apple announced last month that Group FaceTime was being delayed until the Fall. Speaki...

LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 now available at AT&T for $750

Samsung promised to bring the LTE version of its expensive Galaxy Tab S4 tablet to more carriers in the United States in Q3. Although the LTE-enabled Galaxy S4 Tab is already available at Verizon, starting today, AT&T customers can order the slate too for exactly $750. If that price is too high for your wallet, AT&T offers consumers the option to get the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 for $37....

Amazon kicks off Sony Xperia XZ3 pre-orders in the US, throwing in free Xperia Ear Duo headset

Sony’s latest flagship smartphone may not be 5G-ready (duh), also capping off at a modest (by ultra-high-end standards) 4GB RAM in the US and Europe, with its battery life proving a bitter disappointment in our in-depth testing. But even though we expected the Xperia XZ3 to only kick off pre-orders stateside on September 24 ahead of an actual October 17 commercial rollout, you can already reserve...

Razer Phone 2's specs might disappoint

Next month, on October 10, Razer will announce a brand new smartphone - its second ever. Seemingly called Razer Phone 2, the upcoming handset might not be much of an upgrade over the company's current smartphone (pictured above). Recently, based on information revealed by a benchmark listing, we assumed that the Razer Phone 2 would be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor (also found ins...

Opera Touch coming to iPhone on October 1, private beta available today

Opera Touch, a mobile browser that made its debut on Android back in April, is coming to iOS this fall, developer Opera Software announced today. Opera Touch has many benefits over other mobile browsers, like the fact that it allows users to browse seamlessly across mobile device and PC. To connect the phone to your PC, simply start Opera for desktop and scan the QR code displayed there with Oper...

The Home Hub is Google's first smart speaker with a display; arrives next month

October 9 is the day Google is holding its annual hardware event. There, it will undoubtedly be the upcoming Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that take center stage. But the company does have a few other products up its sleeves, including a new display-bearing smart speaker. Set to be sold under the Google Home Hub branding, the internet giant’s latest smart speaker is set to act as a direct competitor to ...

Without Sprint, T-Mobile will need 38K new cell sites to cover its torrid growth rate

Whether T-Mobile and Sprint receive regulatory approval from the FCC and the FTC for their merger is still up in the air. But a new report indicates that if T-Mobile is not allowed to close on the transaction, it will need to spend a lot of money in order to build out its network to match the carrier's impressive growth rate. According to New Street Research, the nation's third largest carrier wi...

Life is Strange: Before the Storm releases early on Android

Square Enix announced the next installment in the Life is Strange saga, Before the Storm will drop on Android and iOS devices on September 19. However, it appears that someone has decided to push the green button for the Android version of the game, which is now available for download in the Google Play Store. Life is Stranger: Before the Storm is a prequel to Life is Strange that made its debut ...

Samsung taps Fortnite celebrity streamer Ninja for Galaxy squad contest

Samsung has just announced a new contest aimed at Fortnite fans who are using its products, namely the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4. If you're a hardcore Fortnite player, there's a high chance that you might have already heard about Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, currently one of the most prolific Fortnite streamers. It appears that Samsung is giving Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4 owners the chance t...

Fire 7 tablet is just $35 at Amazon for a 33% discount

Normally priced at $44.99, Amazon is taking $15 off of the Fire 7 tablet for its Prime members. That works out to $34.99 for a tasty 33% discount. The tablet carries a 7-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 600 x 1024. Powering the device is a quad-core CPU running at 1.3GHz, and 1GB of RAM is inside. Only 8GB of native storage is available, but a 256GB capacity microSD slot allows you to add mor...

Google Play Points reward program goes official, here is how it works

Google has just made its reward program for Play Store users official. The announcement doesn't really come as a surprise since rumors about such a program surfaced early this month. Unfortunately, although we would have expected Google to kick off the Play Store rewards program in the United States, the search giant has decided otherwise. Google Play Points reward program is only available in Ja...

Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL first official press photos leak out

Google has set October 9th to be the date when it will officially show the world its latest Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, but by then, there might not be much left to show. The Pixel 3 series easily wins the title of the most leaked device of 2018, and these here, first allegedly official press pictures of the two new Google phones don't do much to add mystery to the upcoming launch. In fact, th...

AT&T may launch extra 5G pricing models, like low-latency one for gamers

The funny thing with 5G is that it can be different things for different people. Apart from faster download speeds, it will also sport better coverage density for many times more devices on a tower than 4G fits now and will intro one wonderful new development... low latency. That is exactly what AT&T may be banking on when it said that it is still mulling what pricing models to add for its 5G ser...

Nokia X7 leaked images offer a closer look at the notchless display

Nokia X7 is one of HMD's mid-range Android smartphones that has yet to be officially introduced. However, the latest links paint a slightly different picture than what we originally thought. It appears that HMD won't include a notched display, even though it belongs to the X lineup (Nokia X5, Nokia X6). Although the first reports about the Nokia X7 suggested the smartphone will sport a notched di...

Sony Xperia XZ3 crashes and burns in our battery life test

The new Xperia XZ3 is the best phone that Sony has ever made: it features the first OLED screen in the series and the screen looks gorgeous, it has a curved, elegant body that handles nicely, and the phone runs on the latest hardware, but how about battery life? Sony included a 3,300mAh battery in the Xperia XZ3, smaller than the average for a flagship of this size, and we were concerned that use...

Amazon joins forces with Getty Images to improve Alexa's 'visual style'

Originally released way back in 2014, Alexa is starting to lose precious ground in the battle for AI supremacy against its young and ambitious Google Assistant challenger. But what Amazon’s virtual assistant reportedly lacks in accent comprehension and overall IQ, it now makes up for in “visual style.” In order to ensure the Echo Show and Echo Spot smart speakers with touchscreens can stay ahead ...

Google Family Link expands worldwide, also adding teenage supervision features

Released about a year and a half ago as an alternative to services like Amazon FreeTime, Google’s Family Link app has already managed to amass over one million (free) Play Store downloads, despite taking more than 12 months to expand from the US to a number of European markets. Because parents around the globe need a simple, intuitive way to keep tabs on their children’s digital lives and experie...

The Apple Watch Series 4 is great, but mostly because the competition sucks

Like any new technology showing the faintest sign of promise, wearable devices in general and smartwatches in particular were once hailed as the industry’s “next big thing.” But even though we all grew up dreaming about living in a world filled with James Bond-style gadgets, the real-life utility of wearables was not immediately clear. As it turns out, not a lot of people wanted to slap on their ...

Samsung Galaxy J4+ and J6+ official renders published; design details revealed

Following numerous leaks and ahead of the expected unveiling later this month, Samsung has now published official renders of the upcoming Galaxy J6+ and J4+ (set to be known as the J6 Prime and J4 Prime in certain markets) which reveal every last design detail. Starting off with the larger Galaxy J6+, the smartphone will follow in the footsteps of Samsung’s most recent devices by adopting a tall ...

Apple may have silently started an eSIM revolution with the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

It’s easy to ridicule Apple for adding dual SIM capabilities to the 2018 iPhone lineup when considering this has been a standard feature (at least in certain regions) for a number of Android handset manufacturers starting many years ago. But it’s important to keep in mind the iPhone XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR don’t actually come with two physical SIM card slots. Well, they do in China, but everywh...

Best iPhone XS Max screen protectors

Apple raised the prices for replacing a broken screen on your iPhone, and the new XS and XS Max will set you back $279 and $329, respectively. That's way more than what Apple used to charge for the screen swaps on its previous iPhones, even the X, so if you know you can't be bothered caring for your phone, better put a case on it... and a screen protector. Granted, Apple says it is using its most...

Gold and red are your favorite new iPhone XS, XS Max, XR colors; white - not so much (poll results)

So, with all the buzz around the hardware and overall improvements inside Apple's new iPhones, we all probably paid little to no attention to the color options that the XS, XS Max, and the XR will be available in. As the color plays a major part in the overall design experience, we though it would be nice to probe the public's mood and see which of the new iPhone colors are more favored than the ...

LG V20 receives belated Android Oreo update on Verizon

While iOS 12 has just begun rolling out for iPhones as old and modest as the 5s, 6, and SE, the world’s first device to run Android 7.0 Nougat out the box back in 2016 is now getting its over-the-air Oreo update on America’s largest wireless network. That’s not a typo, mind you, as the LG V20 is barely moving up to Android version 8.0, which Google originally released more than a year ago. Obviou...

Withings Steel HR Sport marks the brand's big comeback with style and multisport tracking

Founded in 2008, Withings claims to have “paved the way for all hybrid smartwatches” with the “groundbreaking” 2014 launch of the beautiful Activité wearable. But the company didn’t exactly thrive under Nokia’s management between 2016 and 2018, prompting its original cofounder to buy back the business and revive the brand. The Withings Steel HR Sport is now here to battle various fitness-centric ...