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MOTOROLA X4: FOUR TIMES THE BLUETOOTH AUDIO

  Lenovo's new Motorola X4 smartphone is half the price of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S8, but does at least one thing twice as well: stream audio to multiple Bluetooth speakers or headphones. The S8 can drive two Bluetooth speakers or headphones simultaneously but the mid-range X4 handset, unveiled at IFA on Thursday, stands out with its ability to drive up to four generic Bluetooth stereo speakers simultaneously. That's enough for a whole-home sound system, as long as your home is…

Apple will almost definitely announce wireless charging for three new iPhones

In a few weeks, Apple will challenge Samsung for smartphone dominance when it finally releases the next-generation iPhone, and rumors seem to indicate that the device — unofficially dubbed the iPhone 8 — will include wireless charging. Now, the reputable battery and accessories company RAVpower is jumping the gun to announce what it calls the first wireless charging pad made with special technology just for "next-gen Apple devices" and tells Mashable mass production has already begun. If this isn't considered a legitimate confirmation that wireless charging will be included in…

HTC U11 owners, are you using Edge Sense?

Gimmicks are a means to an end for many smartphone manufacturers. They need a way to have their device stand out in a crowded smartphone market, and one easy way to do that is to offer a new feature, or features, that can be easily installed on a bullet list placed next to a phone inside a store. Of course, some might be harder to explain than others, and even if there's a nice list a store representative might have…

How to Download WhatsApp on iPad and iPod touch

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps for iPhone that boasts more than a billion active users per month. You can share text messages, send and receive photos, videos, and voice messages, place voice calls and much more. Since WhatsApp requires users to enter their mobile number for activation, the app is made available for iPhone only. If you wish to use it on iPad or iPod touch, then you’re out of luck. Although you cannot install the…

Huawei Threatens Apple in Race for Smartphone Market Domination

Chinese manufacturer Huawei wants to overtake both Apple and Samsung to dominate the entire global smartphone market. That might sound like a lofty goal, but there’s evidence to suggest that the company is steadily moving toward it. In the June fiscal quarter of 2017, Huawei’s estimated market share rose from 9.4 percent to 10.7 percent, according to data published by research firm Strategy Analytics. By contrast, Apple’s share in the same period dipped from 11.8 to 11.4 percent — meaning that Huawei is quickly…

Apple Is Working on Built-in Display Privacy Technology

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office recently published an Apple patent application for a method to control and customize display viewing-angles for various devices. The patent, “Displays with Adjustable Angles-of-View,” was first filed by Apple in June 2016, but was only made public today. The effect would, presumably, be similar to an aftermarket privacy filter in that the device’s display won’t be viewable from certain angles. But rather than a third-party solution, the method described within the patent calls for…

LG’s V30 is almost certainly dropping the second screen, but it’s worth it

LG’s V10 and V20 were defined by their secondary display, but it seems the company is abandoning that trademark feature this time around. Not that it’s all that surprising. Reliable leaker @OnLeaks had previously providedsome device renders suggesting that might be the case, and yesterday he tweeted an image that appears to be taken from the LG V30’s manual. In addition to my previous #LGV30 leak, just a little extract from its user manual… pic.twitter.com/6UYjBHwv4I — Steve H. (@OnLeaks) July 31, 2017 According to Android Authority, LG is…

YouTube’s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging

On the heels of a major redesign of its desktop site which delivered an overall cleaner look-and-feel and a “dark mode” for nighttime watching, YouTube this week announced it will soon roll out an update to its mobile app, as well. The new app will better support video shot in other formats and orientations, by dynamically adapting its player to whatever video you’re currently watching. As YouTube explains on its blog, “Who cares if they’re vertical or horizontal? Shot on a mobile phone or DSLR?…

For Apple, 2017 means “iPhone 8” or bust

Although not due for release until later this year, you’ve probably heard rumors and leaks regarding the Apple iPhone 8 for months at this point. With 2017 marking the 10th anniversary of the iPhone – a big deal to us humans, who are big fans of well-rounded numbers – expectations are high for the device that ushered in the age of smartphones, with features like wireless charging and shrunken bezels rumored to make a debut. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, those…

Is a OnePlus phone your daily driver?

Some companies don't have any issues charging quite a bit of money for their smartphones. Some high-end phones out there are nearly $1,000, and this could be the year we see Apple launch an iPhone that starts at a grand to buy, if the rumors pan out. Who knows if that means other companies, like Samsung, would follow suit (they've already got a variant of the Galaxy S8 that retails for over $1,000), but there's still a silver lining on…

Does iOS keep you coming back to the iPhone?

Loyalty is something a company like Apple, and Samsung, and LG, love to hear. They would very much like to have created something that you like so much that you decide you'll stick with that company when they release the next big thing. Apple wants you to upgrade from your iPhone 6s to an iPhone 7, Samsung wants you to pick up the Galaxy S8 after you're done with the Galaxy S7, and, well, LG would just like you to…

Do exclusives sway you to switch platforms or services?

Apple Music launched not too long ago now, entering a pretty crowded streaming music market already. Pandora has been around for what feels like forever already, touting its Music Genome Project as a means to really drill down your favorite tastes and build radio stations around that taste to offer you only what you want to listen to. We've seen the giant Spotify rise to the top of the crop, and we've seen competitors like Rdio get swallowed whole by…

Amazon Echo Show offers a necessary element to smart speakers

When Amazon unveiled the Amazon Echo, a smart speaker that features Amazon’s virtual AI named “Alexa”, the idea caught on quickly. The Echo propelled the idea of a “smart home”, and at a reasonably affordable price to boot. Since then, Amazon has released the cheaper Echo Dot, and even Google joined in with the introduction of Google Home just last year. Despite their apparent usefulness (controlling smart devices around the home by voice, the device’s ability to listen from far…

Are you using Google Allo?

Recently, Google unveiled a new feature for one of its messaging apps, Allo, that allows users to create animated cartoon stickers of themselves. It's a very Google solution to what other apps make really simple, but the end result is actually pretty interesting. Using a selfie you take, Allo will scan the image, use machine learning and a neural network to rework the image, and then present a sticker pack based on the artwork from artist Lamar Abrams. It's an…

OnePlus 5 Review

Our comprehensive review of the OnePlus 5. The specs of the OnePlus 5 include a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB or 8GB RAM, dual rear-facing cameras, 16-megapixel front-facing camera, 3,300mAh battery and Oxygen OS running on top of Android 7.1 Nougat. Starting at $479, do you think the OnePlus 5 is worth it?

T-Mobile ONE, while unlimited, is still too limited

It’s always a good idea to be mindful of better rates for just about any service you use. Internet, car insurance, interest rates, and even phone service are all things that I tend to check up on every so often just to make sure that I feel that I’m getting the most out of my money. Most of the time it’s a fruitless endeavor, but sometimes I find out that I’m paying way too much for the service that I’m…