OnePlus 3 and 3T beta update patches the BlueBorne vulnerability, adds new screen calibration


OnePlus has just announced a new software update is available for its last year flagships, the OnePlus 3 and 3T, but only in the open beta channel. Even so, it shouldn’t take the Chinese company more than a week to make it available to everyone owning one of the two smartphones.

The most important change is the patching of the BlueBorne vulnerability. A security issue that was discovered last week, BlueBorne makes all devices with Bluetooth (except those using Bluetooth Low Energy only) vulnerable for takeover from as far as 32 feet away.

Basically, a person can take over your Android …


BlackBerry KEYone now offered online with alternate QWERTY layouts


One of the problems of owning a phone with a physical keyboard is that the layout of the keyboard can’t be changed. That was an issue addressed by Steve Jobs during the introduction of the original Apple iPhone back in January of 2007. Still, there are those in this day and age who remain fans of physical keyboards. And if they are lusting after the BlackBerry KEYone, but live in countries that use QWERTZ or AZERTY designed keyboards, BlackBerry is now offering the handset with alternate keyboard layouts.

European customers now have a choice of three layouts for the keyboard on the BlackBerry …

New Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet comes with Alexa hands-free, costs as low as $149


Amazon just announced a brand new Fire HD 10 tablet that replaces
the similarly-named model released back in 2015. Just like all of Amazon’s
tablets, the new Fire HD 10 is aimed at users on a budget, so it doesn’t offer
high-end features. Still, the device stands out by being the very first Fire
tablet to come with Amazon Alexa voice integration – this way, you’ll be able to
ask Alexa to perform various tasks for you, including pausing videos, play
music, read audiobooks, show weather reports, and so on.

 

The Fire HD 10 2017 sports a 10.1-inch display with 1920 x
1200 pixels, and is …

The most expensive Huawei flagship will cost more than Apple's iPhone X

If you’re tempted to wait for Huawei’s Mate 10 or Mate 10 Pro instead of going for Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, then don’t do it for the price. Even the iPhone X, which is expected to go on sale in early November for $999, will be cheaper than the most expensive Huawei flagship.

New information coming from China suggests the most powerful Huawei Mate 10 Pro will cost $1,138, but it will come with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal memory. The other three Mate 10 Pro models will be available for purchase for $1,024, $941 and $835, but they will come with 6GB RAM / 256GB ROM, 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM …

Apple iOS 11 now available for download, here's what's new and improved


Just as expected, Apple today started pushing iOS 11 to devices
around the world. The update is now officially available to download over the
air (OTA), thus you should start checking your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to see if
you can get it in your region.

 

We already received iOS 11 on one of our iPhones, so we can show
you most of the new features and enhancements that it’s bringing – check them out in the screenshots
below! Weighing in at 1.9 GB, this is obviously a sizeable update, so you may
want to download it via Wi-Fi, instead of via a cellular network.

 

If you’re …

Google Pixel 2 XL pricing leaks out: You probably won't like it

Google is almost ready to officially unveil two new
smartphones – a large one made by LG, and a smaller one manufactured by HTC.
The LG-made handset will be the most expensive among the two, just like last
year’s Pixel XL was (and still is) more expensive than the regular Pixel.

 

The Pixel XL 2016 was launched for prices starting at $769, so
maybe that’s also the starting price of its successor? Unfortunately,
that’s not the case, as the new handset will cost a bit more. 
According to
Droid-life, the Google Pixel 2 XL will be offered for $849 (64 GB version), or
$949 (128 GB version). …

Sprint, T-Mobile said to be in "active" merger talks

The oft-rumored T-Mobile-Sprint merger rumors restarted today with word that both carriers are in “active” talks. Shares of T-Mobile are currently up over 5% on the day to $65.05, while Sprint’s stock is up 7.5% to $8.26. CNBC reported today that Sprint parent SoftBank and T-Mobile majority owner Deutsche Telekom have been engaged in talks about a deal involving a stock swap that would allow Deutsche Telekom to be the majority owner of the combined company.

According to those rumored to be close to the action, negotiations are ongoing and a final deal-if indeed there is one-is still weeks …

Check out Apple's new ad for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but don't miss the fine print

Apple’s latest ad for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is interesting if you keep your eyes on the fine print at the bottom of the screen. For example, the commercial shows the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone getting splashed by water. In fine print on the bottom of the screen, Apple reminds you that liquid damage is not covered under the warranty for either phone. We also get to see the two handsets charging wirelessly on an AirPower mat. And while any wireless charger using the Qi platform will currently work, the ad tells us that the AirPower mat and software will be available …

OnePlus 5 JCC+ limited edition goes on sale in Paris September 22nd

A limited edition version of the OnePlus 5, designed by fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, will be launched on September 22nd at 10am CEST (4am EDT in the U.S.) during a Pop-Up event at the Colette fashion boutique in Paris. The design is called “the Callection,” while the full name of the handset is the OnePlus 5 JCC+ limited edition. This version of the OnePlus 5 will sport a blue power button, yellow mute/vibrate button, and a red volume rocker.  The design features writing on the back in script. Other Pop-Up events offering the phone will be held in Europe in the weeks ahead.

Starting …

Google Pixel 2 prices to start at $649, three color variants revealed

Earlier today, we learned that the LG-made Google Pixel 2 XL
should be a bit more expensive than last year’s Pixel XL, reportedly costing $849
(64 GB version) and $949 (128 GB version). 
According to Droid-life, things won’t
be that bad with the HTC-made Google Pixel 2, as this is supposed to be offered at the
same prices that the Pixel of 2016 was launched for: $649 (64 GB) and $749 (128
GB). We’re guessing that the near-bezel-less 6-inch screen of the
Pixel 2 XL has something (or a lot) to do with its higher price. As you may know, the Pixel 2 isn’t expected to sport such a screen, instead …