Olixar cases for the Pixel 2 pop up, renders of the phone included

So, before hot phones hit the market, case makers start gearing up, racking on various case models, preparing for a spike in sales. During this period, some cases may pop up on various mobile accessory websites, with computer-generated images of the case, with a render of what the phone is expected to look like inside. This render is usually not officially confirmed by the phone maker or anything, but taken from all the leaks that we see day in and day out.

What’s curious about this specific set of cases is that it shows renders of the upcoming Pixel 2, which we haven’t seen before. The …


Apple said to pay Nokia $2 billion for use of its wireless patents

Tucked inside Nokia’s quarterly financial report yesterday is an enigmatic “up-front cash payment of approximately EUR 1.7 billion, part of which was recognized in the second quarter 2017 results.” 

When probed to clarify if this is part of the eventual settlement with Apple over wireless patents that has been dragging on for a while, the Nokia people confirmed, and urged to join the quarterly release press conference today for more details. 
Nokia settled with Apple in May, and, at the time, said that it will be amending the structure of its capital …

Deal: T-Mobile lets you buy 2 Galaxy S8 phones for the price of 1

Back in May, shortly after it started selling the Galaxy S8 and S8+, T-Mobile ran a BOGO promotion allowing customers to buy 2 new Galaxy handsets for the price of 1. While that didn’t last long, T-Mobile is now back with a similar deal.

Starting today, July 28, you can purchase two Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ smartphones from T-Mobile and receive up to $800 back. The deal is available to both existing customers (who must add an additional line of service), and new customers (who must add a new line). You’ll have to get both devices on T-Mobile’s 24-month Equipment …

Here is what the inexpensive Nokia 2 might look like

Nokia 2 is supposed to be HMD’s cheapest Android smartphone to date. The name of the handset hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the company’s officials suggested in recent interviews that HMD plans to launch new Android smartphones in the coming months.

One of these upcoming phones is the Nokia 2, a budget-friendly smartphone that’s rumored to pack a low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor inside, coupled with 1GB RAM.

The information comes via Geekbench’s database and comes in line with a previous report that revealed all the chipsets inside all Nokia phones …

Google Pixel 2 rumored to be the first phone to pack Qualcomm's Snapdragon 836 chip

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the next big thing to be unveiled in the smartphone industry, but it’s the Google Pixel 2 that will mark the debut of the most powerful chipset on the market, Qualcomm Snapdragon 836.

Fudzilla reports sources in the industry have confirmed to them that Google’s Pixel 2 flagship will be the first to pack the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 836 processor, unlike Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that’s expected to include a previous version of the chipset (and Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chip).

The new Snapdragon 836 CPU will be 10% faster than the predecessor, …

'Westworld' Season 2 trailer drops at Comic-Con and it's full of bloody mayhem

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Westworld doesn’t return to our screens until 2018, but the show has been filming for about a week, according to showrunner Jonathan Nolan — which is apparently just enough time to throw together a delicious new trailer for the HBO hit.

We open on the show’s blood-splattered player piano, and there’s plenty of the red stuff on display in the teaser, which sees Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy (James Marsden) on horseback, triumphantly hunting down the humans who have spent years toying with them for fun. 

We also see Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) regarding a dead tiger (It’s pretty incongruous to have one of those in the Old West setting of Sweetwater, right? Unless it escaped from a different environment?) before later hitching a ride with Head of Security Ashley Stubbs (Luke Hemsworth) and some dudes in heavy-duty body armor.  Read more…

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Cricket's Hot Summer Deals: 2 lines with Unlimited Data for $80, and new phones on sale

Sure, summer is now winding down as we get close to the waning days of July. Soon, it will be August and then September brings the start of fall. Before you know it, the holiday shopping season will be here. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. It is still hot outside. How do we know that? Well, there is first hand experience, but also Cricket Wireless is holding its Hot Summer Deals. That means that it still has to be summertime, right? After all, when the cricket sees its shadow, that means we have several more weeks of hot weather ahead.

So what exactly is Cricket offering you for the …

Android Wear 2.0 for Asus ZenWatch 2 rolling out now

The ZenWatch 2 is the newest Asus smartwatch to receive the long-awaited Android Wear 2.0 update. Much later than expected, Asus has kicked off the rollout of the update, but only a small percentage of ZenWatch 2 owners will get the update in the first day.

Looking back in retrospective, Asus is one of the last companies that have delivered on their promise to upgrade its smartwatches to Android Wear 2.0. For some reason, Asus delayed the update for the ZenWatch 2 and 3 a couple of times.

Even now, Asus says Android Wear 2.0 for ZenWatch 2 will be deployed …

Huawei Nova 2 Plus coming soon to the U.S.

The new Nova 2 series was officially unveiled earlier this year, but none of the smartphones announced made it outside China. However, that’s about to change since the Nova 2 Plus has just been spotted at FCC (Federal Communications Commission) where they have been approved for a U.S. release.

The smartphones go by model numbers Huawei BAC-L03 and BAC-L23, whereas the Chinese version has a different model number (BAC-AL00). The two smartphones listed at FCC are two variations of the same device, which is why we believe the United States won’t be the only country …

Huawei Band 2 and Band 2 Pro unveiled with heartbeat tracking and oxygen measuring

Huawei announced two new fitness trackers, the Huawei Band 2 and Band 2 Pro. At a glance, both are standard fare FitBit competitors with the abilities to measure heartbeat, pace, distance, speed, and direction.

A big new addition is VO2 Max measuring. This lets the wearables examine the maximum rate at which their wearers’ bodies can import oxygen, transfer it to muscles, and use it as a source of energy. Reportedly, the technology allows for VO2 measurements with an accuracy as high as nearly 95%.
Features exclusive to the Pro variant are Huawei’s TruSleep virtual sleep …