Sony Motion Eye slow-mo hands-on: shooting at high speed with the new Xperias

Who doesn’t like playing around with a new camera? Seeing what kind of professional-looking shots you can pull off with the help of its advanced optics? Zooming in on distant features with a powerful new telephoto lens? Or maybe going up-close for a little macro action, taking a peek at familiar objects in a new, super-magnified way? The Motion Eye camera Sony just introduced on its latest smartphone flagships, the Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ Premium, is bound to inspire similar bouts of creativity and exploration, as it allows users to film their world in some seriously high-frame-rate …


Deal: BlackBerry Priv on sale at eBay for 53% off

Now that TCL has taken the wraps off the BlackBerry KEYone, most of the older smartphones previously launched by the Canadian company have been heavily discounted in the United States.

After BlackBerry Passport went through a 48-hour flash sale, the Priv seems to be the subject of a similar deal. However, potential customers will be pleased to know that the discounted BlackBerry Priv is available for purchase while supplies last, so there’s no time limit.

The unlocked version of the BlackBerry Priv is available for purchase on eBay for just $279.99, a 53% …

Microsoft's Skype WiFi apps and service to be discontinued on March 31

Microsoft recently confirmed Skype WiFi service would be discontinued on March 31. Starting April, Skype WiFi application for Android and iOS will no longer be available for download.

However, in case you plan to continue to use Skype WiFi app on any of your mobile devices, then you should know Microsoft has thought about that too, and will not allow you to do so.

After March 31, neither mobile application will be able to find and use hotspots. The good news is you will still be able to use your Skype Credit for calls to mobiles and landlines.

According to Microsoft, the discontinuation …

Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs Huawei P10 Plus vs LG G6: three-way specs comparison showdown of MWC's finest

MWC has indeed cemented its reputation as the world’s largest and most important exhibition for the mobile industry. While Samsung’s decision to delay the unveiling of its Galaxy S8 was regrettable, the other big Android phone makers stepped up and displayed some truly remarkable handsets. 

LG, Sony and Huawei have all thrown the proverbial gauntlet down at the show with the announcements of their 2017 flagship models – the LG G6, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Huawei P10 Plus. Each of these smartphones has its strong sides and appeal, so we can’t help …

Xiaomi unveils its own in-house octa-core Surge S1 chipset, which powers the new Xiaomi Mi 5c


Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi became the fourth such company to produce its own line of chipsets when it unveiled the Surge S1 today. Built with the big.LITTLE architecture, the Surge S1 is made up of four 2.2GHz Cortex-A53 cores to handle tough tasks. Four 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores work on the light housekeeping. The result is an octa-core CPU and the Mali T-860 MP4 GPU. The latter uses 40% less energy than the previous generation Mali GPU. A 32-bit DSP supports VoLTE and high quality calls, even in a noisy environment.

One of the best things about producing your own chipset …

Deal: Grab the S-View Flip Cover for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with a 50% discount

If own one of Samsung’s 2016 flagships and are looking for a suitable and stylish case to protect it, then Amazon’s latest deal might intrigue you.

The e-commerce site has listed an offer for the S-View Flip cover which comes in two sizes – one for the Samsung Galaxy S7, and one for the S7 Edge. These cases come with an interactive window that allows quick access to several key features, such as reading notifications and the ability to respond to alarms or incoming calls without having to open the cover.

The black version of the S7 case is now available …

Oh… so that's why Sony disables its fingerprint scanners in the USA

Sony has had fingerprint scanners embedded into the power buttons of its smartphones since the Xperia Z5 family, released a year and a half ago. And since then, it has released its phones in the US with the fingerprint scanners disabled — even the new XZs and XZ Premium fall under that rule. A baffling decision, which angered even the Sony-faithful. However, despite the users’ disgruntlement being loud and clear, the company just wouldn’t back down on its decision. Why?

Seeing that everyone in this market is vying for the attention of every single customer, we did believe that Sony isn’t …

What phones will 2017 bring? MWC has the trends and innovation answers

As the largest expo in the phone, tablet and wireless communication industries, the Mobile World Congress is usually the place where everyone strives to show their best devices, services and present innovations that aren’t even in a handset yet. The fight for the tech journalist eyeballs is fierce, and the attention-grabbing presentation headlines often promise more than is actually delivered.

The MWC, however, is a good predictor of where the mobile industry will flock to in any given year, and current trends are easily observable as there are simply too many …

The good, the bad and the ugly: some thoughts on MWC 2017

While this year’s Mobile World Congress isn’t over yet – we have until Wednesday for that – but it might as well be, as all of the big stuff has already been announced, analyzed, and previewed a million times over, and the only thing left to do is aimlessly wander about the showfloor. For me, however, this year felt somewhat underwhelming – with the Samsung Galaxy S8 being a no-show, and the LG G6 having leaked well in advance, few things managed to surprise.

Here’s some thoughts on this year’s MWCFor what it’s worth, however, some of the new devices this year were …

WSJ: Next iPhones will replace Lightning connector with USB-C

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple could displace the proprietary Lightning connector of its iPhone series in favor of USB Type-C, and the 2017 models could be among the first recipients. 

Cupertino has doubled down on its Lightning technology in recent years. Indeed, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus ditched the 3.5 mm earphone jack, prompting a surge in demand for Lightning accessories and peripherals. On the other hand, Apple has adorned recent MacBooks with USB Type-C ports aplenty, and this creates quite the conflict. For example, how does one use their …