OnePlus 5 gets a new update, see what's included in OxygenOS 4.5.15

A new update is now rolling out to OnePlus 5 units across the globe. Sadly, the new OxygenOS 4.5.15 doesn’t come with Oreo on board, nor does it bring the Widevine Level 1 Certification required to stream HD content on Netflix and other streaming services. What it does bring; however, is a bunch of useful tweaks, bug fixes, and security improvements.

Here are some of the highlighted changes in this build:
GPS improvementsFixed issue of not able to set customized alarm ringtoneFixed issue of sharing emoji from BitmojiUpdated …


Deal: Need a quality wireless speaker? Anker 25W SoundCore Pro is now on sale for $39.99 (60% off)!

Buy Anker SoundCore Pro at Amazon | Newegg

If you’re on the hunt for a solid wireless speaker, Anker’s latest deal might be just for you. The company’s SoundCore Pro model usually retails for $99.99, but right now, you can get for much cheaper. Amazon and Newegg Flash have both discounted the device by a whopping 60%, meaning that you can currently grab one …

Turn your Google Home into a portable speaker with this $50 battery

The Google Home speaker is a cool and popular way to get a smart home assistant at an affordable price, but since the speaker is always anticipating voice commands it needs to be constantly connected to power in order to work. Which means you cannot easily carry it around with you, in case you want to use it as a truly portable speaker.
There is a way to change that. A new, $50 battery “base” for the Google Home attaches cleverly to the speaker, so that it can constantly draw power from the battery and with the battery base on, the Home turns …

NFL streaming on mobile is no longer Verizon-exclusive, including Super Bowl 2018

The Super Bowl may not be Verizon-exclusive to stream on mobile devices any more, it seems, as the NFL announced a new five-year deal with America’s largest carrier that introduces other carriers into the mix. Under the auspices of the new streaming deal that Verizon and NFL just outed, “All in-market games including national pre-season, regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl will be open to all mobile customers across Verizon and Oath’s platforms next season.”

Starting from the playoffs next month, sports fans on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or another service, can access the …

Going strong: the Apple Watch is en route to set another sales record in 2018

During Apple’s September keynote — a.k.a. “The iPhone Event” — Tim Cook proudly announced that the Apple Watch has become the most popular watch on Earth. Note – not the most popular smartwatch, but the most popular wearable timepiece out of all of them. Yup, the Apple Watch beat Rolex. At least for now, who knows?

But it seems the Cupertino-designed timepiece is not stopping yet. According to Patently Apple, sources inside the supply chain for the Apple Watch Series 3 say supplier revenues have reached a 23.89% year over year increase this November. The leak, reportedly, comes from Advanced …

Fake wallet app makes it into the top 3 finance apps on the App Store

A fake wallet app has managed to sneak its way to become the third most popular finance tool on the App Store over the weekend. Pretending to be popular ETH crypto coins wallet app MyEtherWallet, the impostor app has managed to get both through Apple’s checks and reach the top three in the Finance category.

The fake app was likely propelled through the ranks by the current crypto currency frenzy and the success of apps like Coinbase, TechCrunch notes, which is not to say that the situation isn’t strange all the same.
After …

Unlocked LG V30+ (128 GB, premium headphones) now available to pre-order in the US


One week after it started selling its unlocked V30
smartphone in the US,
LG is now almost ready to launch an unlocked variant of the V30+, too.

 

While it’s not as fancy as the V30 Signature Edition recently
released in South Korea,
the LG V30+ is still superior to the regular V30. That’s because it offers
double the storage space (128 GB vs. 64 GB), and comes with premium LG QuadPlay
headphones in the box (while the normal V30 has no headphones at all).

 

If you’re interested in getting the unlocked LG V30+, for
now, the handset can be pre-ordered only via B&H, one of LG’s …

Google Home Max now available from Best Buy and Verizon for $399

Back at the end of November, Best Buy accidentally revealed that Google’s top-of-the-line smart speaker, the Google Home Max, would launch on December 11th. That happens to be today, and as it turns out, the device is now available from Best Buy and Verizon, priced at $399. Offered in Chalk or Charcoal, the Google Home Max features Google Assistant and a speaker with two 4.5-inch high-excursion woofers and two 0.7-inch tweeters. This covers the low and high frequencies, respectively. The speaker also uses AI to figure out the environment in which it is being placed so that it can enhance the sound …

Apple buys Shazam for $400 million, has "exciting plans in store"

At the end of last week, we passed along a rumor that Apple was planning to buy music-naming app Shazam. Both companies have a history of working together as Shazam was one of the first titles in the App Store back in 2008. Back then, those running the app on their Apple iPhone 3G could purchase songs whose title they discovered with Shazam, from iTunes. That continues to this day. Starting with iOS 8, Shazam’s song title discovery service was integrated into Siri.

Shazam has added a number of new capabilities since 2008 including the ability to ID television shows, movie posters, magazine …

Now through Wednesday, save $300 on the LG V30 at Verizon

With two weeks left until Christmas Day, Verizon is taking $300 off the price of the LG V30. That takes the cost of the phone down to $540. While that is quite a nice chunk of change that you’ll be saving, the deal only runs from today through Wednesday, December 13th. We are talking about a 36% drop in price for a handset that is one of the top models released in the second half of this year.

The deal is similar to many that we are seeing from different stateside carriers. Purchase the phone using an installment plan, and after a couple of bill cycles go by, you’ll start receiving the price …