White House government shutdown away message is a political attack on Democrats

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Donald Trump’s White House sunk to a new level of petty on Saturday, as the United States government shutdown.

Callers dialing into the publicly available White House comments line — at 202.456.1111 — are greeted with a recorded away message. An unrecognizable female voice politely explains that the government is shut down because Democrats are holding it “hostage.”

Listen for yourself. This is a recording we captured ourselves when dialing the White House comment line shortly after 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. Read more…

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Nike's Sony PlayStation-themed sneakers are so nerdy, and everyone loves it

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Love PlayStation? Love Nike? Perfect, because these are the kicks for you — even if you don’t like basketball.

George Paul, small forward on the Oklahoma City Thunder, worked with Nike and Sony to create the PG-2 “PlayStation” sneakers, one of the nerdiest, tech-infused sneakers ever created. 

Designed by Tony Hardman, the same lead designer behind Paul’s first sneaker, the PG-1, the new model (in case it wasn’t already completely obvious) is inspired by a PlayStation 4 and its DualShock 4 controller.

Paul says he wanted to make a PlayStation-themed sneaker because he considers himself “one of the biggest gamers in the NBA” and he’s taken his gaming with him everywhere, ever since he received a PlayStation 2 for Christmas as kid. Read more…

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Android Pay goes live for 80 additional banks and credit unions in the US

Google is doing wonders when it comes to the coverage of its mobile payment service, Android Pay, in the United States. If you’ve been following our reports, then you already know Android Pay supports hundreds of banks in the US and more are expected to get the same treatment in the not so distant future.

Today, Google published a list of 80 banks and credit unions that now support its Android pay service. Here are just some of them, so for the full list make sure to tap the source link: Act 1st Federal Credit Union, Adirondack Trust Company, AllWealth Federal Credit Union, American Bank …

Honor View 10 update adds Face Unlock and other nifty features

Unveiled last month, Honor View 10 made its debut on the market a few weeks ago. Even though the smartphone ships with Android 8.0 Oreo and Huawei’s latest EMUI 8.0, there are a couple of features missing from the Honor View 10 to make it even more appealing to customers.

The most important is Face Unlock, the one feature that many handset makers have decided to add to their smartphones, some even after the launch of their products. Thanks to the latest update, Honor View 10 adds to the list of smartphones that support Face Unlock function.

But that’s not all, as Honor has decided …

AT&T expected to offer prepaid iPhone 6s for just $300

It looks like AT&T has decided to kick it up a notch when it comes to iPhone offerings. The US carrier plans to start selling the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for more than decent prices.

The folks over at 9to5Mac got word that AT&T will offer prepaid iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for $344.9 and $444.99, respectively. The deal will be available on AT&T’s $45/month plan, but the price includes the cost of the first month, which reduces the price of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to $300 and $400.

If the report is accurate, these devices will join the list of prepaid iPhones …

Ex-Apple, Samsung executive hired to run Disney's upcoming streaming video app

Back last August, we told you that Disney is planning to compete with Netflix by launching an app that will offer subscribers streaming videos consisting of TV shows and movies. The House of Mouse has a large library of live action and animated content that it can share with users of the app. To head up the new service, Disney apparently wanted someone who has worked with mobile devices and on streaming apps. According to Variety, Disney’s BAMTech Media division will announce the hiring of Kevin Swint to first build, and then run the unit. 

Swint, who will reportedly be given the titles …

YouTube's new Intelligence Desk will help it find inappropriate videos before they go viral

Google’s streaming video site YouTube is creating what it calls an “Intelligence Desk” to help it spot inappropriate and controversial videos early, before they become a problem for advertisers. The desk will rely on third party consultants, social media sites, user feedback and Google data to help find videos that are too controversial for YouTube’s advertisers and subscriber base. These videos will be eliminated before ads are attached to them..

YouTube has run into some problems recently by allowing videos posted by extremists to contain ads from big corporations. This made it appear …

Sony Mobile shuts down 'my Xperia' remote tracking service

Sony Mobile, one of the world’s major smartphone makers, confirmed recently it has discontinued the ‘my Xperia’ remote tracking service. Although the company didn’t make any announcements previous to the shutdown, Xperia smartphone users who wanted to access the service earlier this week were redirected to Google’s Find My Device site.

my Xperia tracking service worked similarly to Google’s Find My Device, which is probably one of the reasons Sony Mobile has decided to pull the plug on its own service. Since many Xperia users wondered what happened with my Xperia and why isn’t working, a …

Amazon brings Alexa to your smartphone, but it won't replace your smart speaker

Amazon isn’t making it easier for Google to monopolize the personal digital assistant market. The US giant has just rolled out a small but important update to the Alexa app for Android devices.

The update enables the vocal commands for the Alexa app, which was a mere tool to manage settings for the Echo smart speaker and other similar devices until now. With the latest version of Alexa, Android users will be able to speak to their smartphones and trigger Alexa skills, play music or even send messages.

However, you can only take advantage of voice commands if the Alexa application …

Nokia 7 or Nokia 6 (2018) coming soon to the US

Nokia 7 and Nokia 6 (2018) are both mid-range smartphones that were launched in China just a few months from each other. Although they look like decent devices on paper, they are not yet available outside China.

The good news is that’s about to change if we are to believe the latest decisions coming from the Finnish company. Apparently, HMD filed two smartphones for certification at FCC (Federal Communications Commission) that goes by model numbers: TA-1045 and TA-1016.

We know for sure that these are variations of the same device since HMD confirmed the information in the documents …