Deal: Save $250 on a Google Pixel 2 XL, or $200 on a Pixel 2 (Verizon only)

At the end of 2017, for a brief period of time, Best Buy
allowed Verizon customers to save $300 on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. As
of this week, the retailer is back with a new Pixel deal, though a slightly
less generous one.

 

Right now, Best Buy lets you save $250 on a Google Pixel 2 XL, or $200
on a Google Pixel 2. The deal requires you to activate the phone(s) with a 24-month installment plan on Verizon, with
savings being reflected in reduced monthly payments – this means you’re not
getting a price cut if you want to buy the handsets outright. Both the 64 GB, and
128 GB variants …


Elizabeth Moss says 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2 will be 'darker' — somehow

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The Handmaid’s Tale feels unstoppable at every award show, and Season 2 appears to have no intention of slowing down — or letting us off the hook.

Over the weekend at the TV Critics Association press tour, Elizabeth Moss warned reporters: “It’s a dark season. I would say arguably it’s darker than Season 1 — if that’s possible.”

At the forefront of that darkness is the conflicting, traumatizing experience of being an expecting mother in Gilead. “[Show creator Bruce Miller] and I always talked about this impending birth of this child growing inside her like a ticking time bomb.” Read more…

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LG Aristo 2 for MetroPCS appears in unboxing video ahead of unveiling

LG Aristo 2 is the next budget-friendly smartphone that will hit US carriers in the coming weeks. A picture showing the handset’s sales package was published less than a week ago, so we know a little bit about the device that should be launched by T-Mobile.

Recently, a full unboxing video showing the LG Aristo 2 from all angles appeared on YouTube. Even though it’s certainly an entry-level smartphone, the Aristo 2 features a stylish look thanks to the premium finish.

Apparently, the smartphone will go on sale at MetroPCS as well, though we still don’t …

Huawei Mate 10 Porsche and Watch 2 Porsche Design hands-on

Huawei’s just announced intentions to bring the Mate 10 Pro to the U.S. Fast on its heels is the Mate 10 Porsche, set to be released in mid-Febraury. The Mate 10 Porsche revs up specs a bit, while adding some class, and a whole lot of price, at $1,225.

While the screens of these two devices are nearly identical in size, the Porsche swaps in a 1080p OLED display, replacing the 1440p LCD of the Mate 10 Pro.

Both packing the lauded Kirin 970 flagship chipset, the Mate 10 Porsche offers two more gigs of RAM and ups the storage to 256 GB.

Aside from this, …

Apple iPhone SE 2 rumored to feature glass back for wireless charging capabilities

A new report published today says that the Apple iPhone SE 2, the rumored sequel to the iPhone SE, will come with some new features. The model is said to include a glass back so that it can offer optional wireless charging to users of the device. This would allow the lower priced model to join the three 2017 iPhone units, all of which have glass backs and support wireless charging.

On China’s weibo messaging board, someone posted an image that claims to show several back panels belonging to the iPhone SE 2. Also in that picture, you can see a document that refers to the back panels as being …

Google looking into Pixel 2 XL bug that affects volume of audio clips sent via a messaging app

The latest problem affecting the Google Pixel 2 XL is one that Google is already looking into. Complaints have been posted on the Pixel User Community of the Google Product Forum. According to these posts, voice clips sent through a messaging app by a Pixel 2 XL carrying this bug, are arriving on a recipient’s phone with very low volume. This is occurring with messages sent through WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Google Allo, Telegram and other platforms.
The low volume occurs regardless whether the recipient is wearing earphones or using the receiving phone’s speakers. …

Google seeks feedback from Pixel 2 XL owners, asks users to take survey found in settings

Google wants to make sure that Pixel users are having the best experience possible and are truly enjoying their new phone. To do this, some Pixel 2 XL owners are being asked to take a minute of their time to complete a survey. While looking at the settings page, a notification pops up at the bottom of the screen that says, “Help Improve Pixel: 1 minute survey. You can decide whether to opt-in or opt-out.

Should you decide to take the survey, you are asked questions about your level of satisfaction with the phone, how long you’ve owned it, and the name of the company that made the previous …

Xiaomi kicks off Android Oreo beta program for the Mi Mix 2

After delivering the promised Android 8.0 Oreo update for the Mi A1, Xiaomi now plans to release a similar update for the Mi Mix 2, the sequel to the phablet that changed the way smartphone makers design their products.

Xiaomi has just announced that it is now recruiting testers for its Android Oreo beta program for the Mi Mix 2. More importantly, the recruitment is made for the global version of the highly-anticipated update.

According to Xiaomi, Mi Mix 2 owners interested to participate in the beta program will be able to apply until the end of January …

Beautiful, high-res smartphone wallpapers, perfect for your Pixel 2, iPhone X, Note 8, Galaxy S8, LG V30, and many others

This is our first wallpapers pick of 2018, and we’d like to kick things off with some quality backgrounds for your smartphone and tablet. We’ve even included a handful of photos that we took ourselves with various smartphones over the past year. Can you tell which ones they are without poking too much? If you do, make sure to tell us what you think of them in the comments below!
With this out of the way, if you’ve been following our various columns on customization, then you should know by now that we like giving our home screens a fresh coat of paint every now and …

Nokia 2 to be updated directly to Android 8.1 Oreo

HMD Global plans to update all its Nokia-branded smartphones to Android Oreo, the Finnish company confirmed a while ago. In fact, Nokia 8 has already received the update, while Nokia 5 and 6 are now going through the beta testing.

Although they are aimed at the entry-level segment Nokia 2 and 3 will be updated to Android Oreo as well. Despite the fact that both pack hardware that in theory might not run Android OS as smooth as a mid-range smartphone, thanks to Android Go, at least one of these devices will have no issues with Oreo.

According to HMD’s Juho …