Google: we'll reimburse those who got the overpriced Pixel 2/XL at our pop-up stores

Along with the Pixel 2 and 2 XL announcement, Google said that it will set pop up stores in high-visibility and high-traffic areas as Manhattan to showcase and sell the new gear. Apple has its Town Squares Stores, Samsung has its Experience pop-ups in Best Buy, and Microsoft used to set temporary exhibits when it was high on Lumia, too.

Needless to say, Google delivered on that promise, and had the Manhattan store up and running yesterday for the official Pixel 2 launch date. Shop patrons, however, quickly noticed that the prices of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are …


(Update: You sort of can now) You can't really customize Google Pixel 2/2 XL's squeezable edge

Update: And just like that, a workaround has been discovered! Truly, the ways of the Android tweakers are mysterious. You can now remap the Pixels’ Active Edge with this neat little app dubbed Button Mapper. After you install it and grant the required accessibility service, all you need to do is follow the instructions and you will be pretty much set. 
One of the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2’s key features that got lifted straight from HTC U11 is the Active Edge frame which allows you to firmly squeeze the device in order to launch the Google …

Don't count on finding an Apple iPhone X to buy when it launches November 3rd

While pre-orders for the Apple iPhone X will start a week from today, a new report sent out to clients on Friday by KGI Securities doesn’t bode well for those who expected to have the premium tenth anniversary model in their hands on launch day. The report says that Apple has had trouble receiving several components for the iPhone X, including the wide-angle camera, the Infrared dot projector which computes depth, and the antenna.

Highly regarded Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who works for KGI, says that the biggest problem facing Apple is the printed circuit board used with the iPhone X antenna …

Retro is cool: Basic Nokia 3310 3G launches in the US for $59.99


US
consumers interested in purchasing the Nokia 3310 3G (a modern retake on the
classic Nokia 3310 released way back in 2000) can now pre-order the phone through
Best Buy. Priced at $59.99, the Nokia 3310 3G is a dual SIM handset
that’s compatible with carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. It obviously
doesn’t have LTE, so 3G is the best you can get out of the device in terms of
cellular connectivity.  

 

The Nokia 3310 3G offers a solid body, a small 2.4-inch
screen with 240 x 320 pixels, a retro UI, and a 2 MP camera with LED flash. It
comes pre-installed with the legendary …

Rugged Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 is now official; tablet will launch later this month

Just a few days ago, we passed along some images of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2. Today, the tablet has been officially introduced by Samsung. With the Active name attached to the slate, you can expect the device to survive “excessive pressure, temperatures, environments, vibration and drops.” The Galaxy Tab Active 2 is certified to meet military specifications. And with an IP certification rating of IP68, the tablet can be submerged in up to nearly 5-feet of water for up to 30-minutes and escape unscathed. The display will even work with wet fingers.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 features …

Apple developers receive iOS 11.1 beta 4 and watchOS 4.1 beta 4

Apple today has pushed out the fourth beta versions of iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1, both made for developers’ eyes only. The public beta versions should be made available soon. Apple’s iOS 11.1 beta 4 update marks the return of the 3D Touch multitasking app switcher, which was added in beta 2 and removed in beta 3. The update also includes hundreds of new emoji from Unicode along with bug fixes and performance improvements.

The build number of the iOS 11.1 beta 4 version for developers is 15B92. For the watchOS 4.1 beta for developers, the build number is 15R846. The latter update adds Apple …

Apple's COO to meet with Foxconn to discuss iPhone X production delays

In the midst of rumored production problems involving the Apple iPhone X, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams plans to meet with the chairman of contract manufacturer Foxconn later this month in Taiwan. While Apple uses a number of different companies to assemble the iPhone and iPad, the iPhone X is being put together exclusively by Foxconn. The latter’s chairman, Terry Gou, will discuss with Williams the production delays that could limit the number of iPhone X units available to consumers by launch day, November 3rd.

As we told you earlier today, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi …

Google Home smart speaker just $86 with coupon code

Normally priced at $129 when purchased from the Google Store, the Google Home smart speaker is available for only $86 from online retailer Rakuten with the use of a coupon code. The device can answer your inquiries related to the weather, news, sports scores and more. Google Home can set timers and alarms, confirm your flight information and stream your favorite songs. It also can control your smart appliances inside your home including the thermostat, lighting, entertainment systems, and more.

To take advantage of this deal, click on the sourcelink and you’ll end up at Rakuten’s online …

Apple's retail chief says Apple Stores won't upsell the iPhone X to customers


Imagine this scenario. You walk into the Apple Store near you sometime in 2018 and the location has a number of Apple iPhone X units running on one of the tables. But you walk right past the premium tenth anniversary model and pick up the Apple iPhone 8 because that is the model you want. And just as you are ready to pay for the device, a member of the Apple Store team starts to upsell you on the iPhone X. It has an OLED screen, a larger battery, and of course it features Face ID. And that edge-to-edge display is gorgeous. Before you know it, your $699 purchase has turned into a budget busting …

Google reportedly prepping version of Google Home with a screen

Google apparently plans on producing a new Google Home smart speaker with a screen so that users will be able to watch YouTube videos, get directions from Google Maps, browse the web, and more. The product is said to carry the code name of “Quartz,” and was discovered during a teardown of the latest Google app (v.7.14.15). References were found that included YouTube, and the words video and browser.

Currently, Amazon sells the Echo Show which features a 7-inch screen. Last month, Google pulled YouTube from the device because Amazon refused to allow users to select autoplay as an option. …