Traveling abroad? AT&T has new international roaming data plans in its Passport

The AT&T Passport program is a boon for international travelers on the carrier’s plans, and the offering just got simpler and sweeter. Roaming warriors will be able to pick between 1GB of data for a one-time $60 charge, valid for 30 days, or can get triple that amount of data for twice the price (3GB for $120), and set it as recurring payment, if needed. Actual talking is extra, though, at $0.35 per minute to any place.

Given that before that announcement AT&T’s Passport add-on was giving just 200 MB, and for $40 at that, this is certainly good …


Best Buy has deals on unlocked and carrier variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8


Samsung came up with three big winners in 2017 with the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. If you know some friends or family members who would love either one of these handsets (including yourself) and you still have to do some holiday shopping for them (and perhaps yourself), Best Buy has various deals on the 2017 Samsung flagship models.

Verizon customers can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from Best Buy for $300 off, or $636. With the same discount, the Samsung Galaxy S8 for Big Red subscribers is $436, and the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is priced at $536. …

Samsung's global market share estimated to fall in 2018 for the first time ever (not including 2016)

Despite having strong momentum thanks to some big winners this year, Samsung is expected to lose some market share in 2018 according to Strategy Analytics. Thanks to 2017 models like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the manufacturer will have an estimated 20.5% share of the smartphone market this year. But with Chinese manufacturers on the rise, Samsung’s global market share is forecast to drop to 19.2% next year. 

Samsung is being challenged on the high end by Apple, whose popular iPhone X costs $999 to $1,149. On the low-end, a large contingent …

The Vernee Active: rugged, good-looking, affordable, and it's available for pre-order

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The world of rugged smartphones is a sparsely populated one. Usually, the phones that are meant for active folk are kind of underpowered, kind of ugly, yet weirdly costly. In other words, they have a tough time drawing buyers considering that one can achieve the same effect with a “normal” phone and a rugged case.

This is how the Vernee …

Alleged Galaxy S9 clear case restates the fingerprint scanner move and the audio jack

A newly leaked clear case, allegedly destined for the Galaxy S9, is making the rounds, and it looks to be fitting like a glove around the CAD-based renders that appeared yesterday. Unfortunately, it also means that Samsung may indeed reserve the dual camera set as a Galaxy S9+ exclusive, as this case here shows too short of an opening on the back for it to house two lenses and a finger scanner. Speaking of, the case hints at a different, under-camera fingerprint reader placement, compared to the S8, just as most leaks so far have iterated, which is a welcome change. 

Another …

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ announcement date allegedly revealed in new report

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will break cover before the end of February, according to a new report. This information comes from sources of Korean outlet The Bell which also disclosed an exact date for the announcement. 
The event will supposedly be held on February 27th at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, the media is talking about the local time in South Korea, meaning that this should translate to February 26th in Europe and North America due to the time difference. In case you’re wondering, MWC will officially …

Vivo, not Samsung, will have the first phone with in-screen fingerprint scanner

Synaptics has just recently officially announced the world’s first in-screen fingerprint sensor and said that one of the top 5 biggest phone makers globally will embed the new sensor in a phone next year.

And while you might have thought that it will be Samsung or some other familiar name to have the new in-screen fingerprint scanner in a flagship phone, it is now clear that the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor will actually be Vivo, a Chinese phone maker that most people in the West know nothing about. The information comes from Forbes …

Samsung made a posh limited edition case for the Galaxy Note 8, see what makes it special

Samsung might not have made any major smartphone releases in the last few months, but the company has been doing a good job at promoting its currently available products. After the release of a Burgundy Red and SMARTgirl Galaxy S8, now it’s Note 8’s turn to receive some special attention.
Today, the tech giant announced that a limited edition case for the 6.3-inch phablet will soon start selling in South Korea. The case will be super rare, as only 99 units have been produced. All of them will be numbered, and Samsung says that a …

Google Pixel Buds earphones Review


The companies behind the biggest smartphone platforms aren’t just interested in selling you a handset; they want you to buy a lifestyle. Picking up a shiny new iPhone or Pixel phone is a good start, sure, but then they’re going to try and get you on the hook for cloud services for your storage and entertainment needs, maybe a new laptop, and why not the latest voice-powered smart appliance, too?

Beyond these big products and services, smaller accessories are also important for companies looking to control the tone of your overall user experience, helping to seal in the whole soup-to-nuts …

Apple iPhone X owner finds her co-worker able to unlock her original and replacement units


Usually the first question that many people ask when they come across someone wielding the Apple iPhone X is “How is Face ID working for you?” Despite the edge-to-edge screen and the very thin bezels, it seems that Face ID might be the most interesting feature of the tenth anniversary model. Well, if you ask that question to a woman in China, identified in a published report only by her surname “Yan,” the question about Face ID would probably elicit a negative response.

Yan purchased the iPhone X and setup the facial recognition system only to find that one particular co-worker was able …