October 19, 2018

Walmart is offering $100 off a new iPhone XR if you buy the phone there

Preorders went live today for the iPhone XR, the new iPhone model that much of the tech cognoscenti believes may end up being Apple's most popular this release cycle. Analysts and pundits are pointing to factors such as the modest $749 price of the entry-level model with 64GB of storage, which of course users can spread over the life of an agreement with a carrier, as one of many reasons sales are likely to be impressive. Naturally, retailers like Walmart also want a piece of the action, with Walmart now out with a deal that could save you $100 on a new iPhone XR whether you preorder or wait to buy the phone in-store when availability begins a week from today. Starting today, Walmart customers can preorder the iPhone XR at Walmart.com for in-store pickup next week. You'll save $100 with activation on an installment billing agreement. Alternatively, Walmart is also offering $100 off an iPhone XR with an installment billing agreement for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint for those customers who buy a device in-store starting October 26. However, that offer is only available at select stores and while supplies last, and Walmart is encouraging customers who want to take advantage of that deal to call their local store to see if it's available. Apple, for its part, released a pair of iPhone XR videos to its YouTube channel today in honor of preorders getting started to hopefully, well, make you lust after the phone even more. From 9to5Mac, about the vids: The first "briefly leads with the color choices, then shows how the camera can offer apparent depth-of-field control despite its single lens ... On the front of the phone, the biggest difference between the iPhone XR and Apple’s flagship XS and XS Max models is the LCD screen, and that’s the next element the video promotes. Apple describes it as ‘the most color-accurate LCD in the industry.’ "Other bullet-points hit during the 35-second video are the durable class cover, fast A12 Bionic processor and water-resistance. The second of the iPhone XR videos is called Spectrum. This one is all about the visual design of the phone, showing off the case colors, design details and the screen. It’s 30 seconds long." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqeMa1cZchY
October 19, 2018

Huawei is working on a foldable 5G smartphone

It's wasn't too long ago that flip phones were all the rage, and now it looks they might have a spiritual successor. Richard Yu, CEO of Chinese smartphone maker Huawei, told Digital Trends that his company is working on foldable phones as part of its...
October 19, 2018

The best-selling Bluetooth headphones on Amazon’s whole site are back under $30

It has now been over a year since the Mpow 059 Bluetooth Headphones first became the best-selling over-ear wireless headphones on Amazon. And after all this time, there’s still no end in sight to Mpow’s reign. These headphones offer great sound, a sleek design, and great battery life for a small fraction of what top brands like Bose and Beats charge. If you don’t already have a pair, you’ve really got to check them out.

Here are the key details from the product page:

  • BUILT TO STAY COMFORTABLE: The Memory-protein ear cushion simulate human skin texture, ensuring lasting comfort. The stainless steel slider and softly padded headband allows you to find the perfect fit without constraint and provide excellent durability.
  • NEVER POWER OFF, BOTH WIRELESS & WIRED: 1. The wireless mode: Battery update to 20-hr music time/ talking time in a single charge, instead of 13-15 hrs from Oct 1, 2017; 2. The Wired mode: you can also use it as a wired headphone with the provided audio cable so the headphones will never power off.
  • HANDS-FREE CALL & BUILT-IN MIC: Mpow Bluetooth headphones provide a quick and stable connection with your Bluetooth enabled devices like cell phones, tablets, pc, TVs within 33 feet, with a high-quality built-in microphone for hands-free calls. Note: The Microphone only works in the wireless mode.
  • FOLDABLE DESIGN WITH A PORTABLE BAG & GENTLE REMINDER : The foldable Headband is not only designed for saving your desk space but for carrying in the provided bag. Gentle Reminder: Depending on your head/ear size/shape, it may be a little tight(feels like“on ear”) for someone to wear which is designed to avoid sound leakage. In case of that and to get both audio and wearing comfort, please take off the headphone every 1-2 hrs to get your ears relax and protect them from muggy environment in use.
October 19, 2018

Watch shows live and on-demand on the Apple TV app with PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue subscribers just got a great new reason to use Apple's TV app on iOS and tvOS as Sony this week announced that its TV streaming service has become the first third-party service of its kind to be integrated right into the first-party TV app. Vue subscribers now have access to all on-demand content the service offers, as well as live channels from around the country, on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV using the TV app. As Engadget explains, once you've logged in with your Vue account through the TV app, all the live and on-demand programming will show up, including live sports. You'll see on-demand content on Watch Now, while Up Next offers a rundown of shows you've already started and let you pick up where you left off. PlayStation Vue doesn't have the brand recognition of YouTube TV or Hulu Live TV, but having launched just after Sling TV in 2015, it's had time to build up a significant user base, with nearly 750,000 subscribers at last count. Like most of the other internet TV services, Vue offers a variety of packages, including a $45 package that includes local and cable networks (but limited sports), and an $80 package with more than 85 channels. Apple's TV app seemed like a brilliant solution for the cluttered world of apps and services we live in when it was first introduced, giving iPhone and Apple TV users a unified platform from which to manage all of their subscriptions. It still hasn't reached its potential, but adding PlayStation Vue is a step in the right direction.
October 19, 2018

Some Google Pixel 3 users claim their photos aren’t saving

If you're having issues with your Google Pixel phone not saving photos, you're not alone. According to reports on Reddit and Google's own forums, some owners of Google Pixel 3, 3XL, 2 and 2XL models -- and potentially other Android phones as well --...
October 19, 2018

Chrome’s latest update brings picture-in-picture support to Windows and macOS

While the removal of a controversial feature might be the highlight of Chrome 70 -- the latest update for Google's browser -- there is at least one exciting addition as well. Android Police was among the first to point out on Friday that picture-in-picture support has been enabled by default in Chrome on Windows and macOS. Picture-in-picture debuted on Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS as part of the Chrome 69 beta, but the only way to use it was to enable it manually with a flag. Now, everyone (other than Chrome OS users, apparently) can use the feature without worrying about digging through settings. "In September 2016, Safari added Picture-in-Picture support through a WebKit API in macOS Sierra," said François Beaufort on the Google Developer site. "Six months later, Chrome automatically played Picture-in-Picture video on mobile with the release of Android O using a native Android API. Six months later, we announced our intent to build and standardize a Web API, feature compatible with Safari’s, that would allow web developers to create and control the full experience around Picture-in-Picture. And here we are!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2QAzHZH-5s Developers will need to enable picture-in-picture on their end, so you won't be able to use it with any video playing in Chrome, at least not yet. If you want to see how it works though, go to any video on YouTube, right-click the video twice, and select "Picture in picture" from the pop-up menu. The video will then immediately shrink down and appear in the bottom corner of your screen, but you can move it around wherever you want.
October 19, 2018

OK yeah, this is the creepiest thing we’ve ever seen on Amazon

In any other context, this would not be OK... but hey, it's Halloween! Amazon has a few different deals of the day going on Friday, but one in particular caught our eye. Why? Because it's probably the creepiest thing we've ever seen on Amazon's site. The PyroPet Candles Kisa Candle looks like a modern cat candle when you unbox it, and it even has a pretty nifty geometric design. But when you burn it and the wax begins to melt away, there's a cat skeleton inside that remains standing. WTF!

(Yeah, of course we ordered a few.)

Here's what you need to know from the Amazon page:

  • A cute cat shaped candle reveals the wild beast inside her, a grinning metallic skeleton with fire blazing in her eyes.
  • Each candle has a burning time of approximately 20 hours.
  • This is a large candle with dimensions of 6.7 x 2.9 x 4.5 inches.
  • Made from paraffin wax, cotton wick and aluminum.
  • Kisa is certified to meet US and EU candle safety standards.
October 19, 2018

Chrome 70 brings picture-in-picture mode to desktop

Get ready for productivity to plummet around your office. Chrome 70, the latest version of Google's browser, enables a picture-in-picture feature that will let you keep videos in a floating window that will follow you around -- though it will require...
October 19, 2018

OnePlus 6T launch event moved up a day to not conflict with Apple’s event

Just last week, OnePlus announced that it would unveil the highly-anticipated OnePlus 6T on Tuesday, October 30th - just over five months after the launch of the OnePlus 6. Unfortunately for OnePlus, Apple decided that October 30th was also the date that it wanted to hold its next event, where we expect the next iPad Pro to be unveiled. Concerned about being overshadowed, OnePlus opted to move its event up to October 29th. So OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took to the community forums on Friday to explain the decision, revealing that he and his team actually reached out to members of the press to ask them how the two events overlapping might play out. They were told that sticking to their original timeline would not be a prudent decision. "We are moving the event a day early so we can all experience the latest technology, together," Lau explained. OnePlus knows that this is going to affect hundreds of people who booked flights and bought tickets to the event, but if you can't make it because of the change, you will be able to apply for a full refund. On the other hand, if you can still make the event but have to change your plans to do so, OnePlus "will cover any costs you might incur to change your plans." That means flight changes or an extra night in a hotel: OnePlus will pay for it. "We hope that you will understand our decision," said Lau. "If you are willing to help spread the word and make this our biggest event yet, we would be incredibly very grateful if you could share the news with other OnePlus followers. As we continue to grow, we will continue to challenge this industry together. We can’t wait to unveil the OnePlus 6T. It'll be a big week in New York. But, we’re ready to Unlock The Speed – hand-in-hand with you. Thank you for supporting us! See you October 29, at 11AM EDT."
October 19, 2018

US intelligence chief says ‘no evidence’ of Chinese spy chips

Dan Coats, the US director of national intelligence, said there's "no evidence" that Chinese spies tampered with servers bought by up to 30 companies, including the likes of Apple and a telecom provider, as Bloomberg reported earlier this month. Howe...