End of the road for the BlackBerry Priv: No more security updates for the handset

The BlackBerry Priv will no longer receive monthly security updates as 24 months have passed since the device arrived on the shelves. In a lengthy blog post, BlackBerry’s Alex Thurber  explains that the company has successfully kept the device secure and up-to-date for the standard amount of time, but regular security patches will no longer be rolled out for the handset.

When we introduced our first Android device more than 24 months ago, we committed to delivering 2 years of monthly software updates for the PRIV. True to our word, we fulfilled this commitment …


Results: Essential Phone gets toppled by OnePlus

So, while the Essential Phone aspired to be a high-class, premium device, it sadly stumbled as it was stepping out of the door for the first time. It’s a good phone, sure, but it didn’t gather as much interest as it should’ve and its starting price of $699 quickly started to tumble down the tier list. Now, it’s pinned at $449.

On the other hand, OnePlus has steadily been building a reputation of making great bang-for-the-buck smartphones, which it calls “flagship killers”. The OnePlus 5T, the newest entry, starts at $499, so about $50 more than the Essential Phone …

Report: Samsung and LG to announce new smartphones at CES 2018

A new report suggests that Samsung and LG will be doing smartphone announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. According to ETnews, the two Korean tech giants are planning to take the wraps off some of their mid-range models for next year. 

Samsung will supposedly introduce the Galaxy A8 and A8+, while LG is said to unveil a 2018 version of its K10 model. While this information is unofficial, we have to say that we won’t be surprised if it turns out to be true, as this is the typical announcement timeframe for new members of …

Which would you get: Essential Phone or OnePlus 5T?

The Essential Phone is the first phone to come out of Android co-creator Andy Rubin’s new company. His quest is simple (but not easy) — build a flagship-grade smartphone, which gives users all the essential basics with no additional bloat and needless bells and whistles on top. Allow a window for innovation to stay open through a special magnetic connector for additional modules.

It’s a cool phone, sure, but it launched at the ambitious price of $699. For a first product that is only noticed by us smartphone geeks, that’s rather risque. Talking about actually launching …

Results: phone cameras don't cut it, not always

A smartphone can be many, many things — a music player, a communications device, a fun mobile console, or even a camera. And lately, the camera department has been getting better and better. It’s safe to say that if you are shelling out for a flagship nowadays, chances are you will have a great camera on that phone.

But are they good enough to make most users forget about dedicated handheld cameras? Sure, you do have your phone on you at all times and that makes it the most-often used camera, but do you actually keep a dedicated shooter somewhere around, …

You can now download Star Wars: The Last Jedi wallpapers from the special edition OnePlus 5T

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to make its US premiere tomorrow, and if you want to get yourself themed up and in the mood for the newest Star Wars movie, these Star Wars-themed wallpapers for the special edition 5T that was launched in India will definitely help.
The wallpapers were extracted from a system update for the regular OnePlus 5T by XDA Developers member Quinny899, and look stunning. Originally, these wallpapers are created for the special edition, Star Wars-themed OnePlus 5T. The handset has a white back and a black front, and …

Autofocus issue on Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus fixed with update to iOS 11.2.1

A bug that was making it impossible for the rear camera to autofocus on some models of the Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, is easily exterminated by installing iOS 11.2.1. The latest build of Apple’s mobile operating system launched yesterday mainly to return certain features to the unreleased Apple HomePod. The release of iOS 11.2 earlier this month opened a security vulnerability on the HomePod, which could have allowed a stranger to hack into the system and open a smartlock that was part of Apple’s HomeKit accessory line.

Closing the vulnerability was done with a server-side …

New Samsung Galaxy S9 renders show the phone from all angles, no dual camera in sight


All the current rumors about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9
are pointing out the fact that the smartphone will be an incremental upgrade over
this year’s Galaxy S8, with little differences when it comes to design. Today, newly
leaked Galaxy S9 renders are available, and they’re showing us exactly what we’re
expecting to see.

 

These new Samsung Galaxy S9 renders are based on factory CAD
images (allegedly coming from Samsung itself), and have been made public by 91mobiles
and @OnLeaks. It’s not the first time when @OnLeaks reveals renders of
unannounced phones, and, until now, he’s been …

10 awesome smartphone related gadgets for Star Wars fans

The latest saga in the Star Wars universe is in theaters this week, so there’s definitely going to be a ton of buzz surrounding it! All the hype leading to this latest installment will have hardcore fans coming out in droves to see it in theaters, along with all of their Star Wars related paraphernalia. Sure, you might see some people decked out in full costume acting like one of their favorite characters in the series, but hardcore fans are sure to showcase their undying love with some cool Star Wars inspired tech gear.

For the gadget geeks out there, we thought it’d be a great …

Apple posts new video tutorial showing you how to use Apple Pay on the iPhone X

When Apple unveiled its tenth anniversary model in September, it was obvious that certain features would require some tweaking due to the replacement of Touch ID with Face ID. One of those features is Apple Pay. With other iPhone models that are compatible with Apple Pay, using the mobile payment service requires a press of the Touch ID button to verify the identity of the person making the payment. With the iPhone X, verifying the user’s identity is done with Face ID.

To show iPhone X owners how this is done, Apple has released a 41 second video titled “Apple Pay-How to pay with …