Installing Android 8.1 has led to problems swiping on the Pixel 2/2 XL and certain Nexus models

Android 8.1 activated the Pixel Visual Core feature, enhancing the images taken with the already highly regarded cameras on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. And while the update also brought a security update with it, the new build created a little problem of its own. It was back on December 7th when the first thread appeared on the Google Support Forum describing an issue that was preventing some Pixel 2/2 XL and Nexus users from swiping up on the lock screen to enter their PIN code.

According to the threads that have been posted, it can take multiple attempts at swiping before the handset figures …


USB-C to 3.5mm earphone jack adapter still not working for many Pixel 2/2 XL users


You know that a phone is having problems when a law firm starts soliciting owners to see if they want to join a Class Action suit against the manufacturer. In the case of the Google Pixel sequels, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been the target of various complaints. The Pixel 2 XL has burn-in issues (although not more than any other premium smartphone says Google) and other problems with the screen. Pixel 2 users were hearing strange clicking and buzzing sounds. The latter was fixed via an OTA update.

Just the other day, we told you how several Pixel 2 XL owners noticed that their …

On a magical night 22 years ago, Jason Priestley punched Harvey Weinstein in the face

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Let’s give it up for Jason Priestley, the unlikeliest hero man of 2017.

The Beverly Hills 90210 heartthrob took to Twitter on Friday with a story about the time he punched disgraced Hollywood power player Harvey Weinstein in the face. It was actor Tara Strong who first hinted at the story, in a response to the revelation that Weinstein had blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino.

Heartbreaking….wouldn’t be surprised if this happened to my good friend @Jason_Priestley who punched Weinstein in the face at a club one night. Go Jay 😡👊🏻💙

— tara strong (@tarastrong) December 15, 2017 Read more…

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Google Pixel 2/2 XL audio distortion issue in video recordings fixed in Android 8.1 DP2

Google’s latest Pixel phones are some of the hottest Android flagships in town, but their commercial release has been marred by quite a few issues. One problem that still irritates some owners is a distortion of audio in video playback. Google acknowledged the problem back in late October and promised to resolve it with a software fix.

Now, we’re happy to say that videos will sound much better when Android Oreo 8.1 becomes official. The update is still in beta, but there’s no sign of the bug in the Developer Preview 2 test release of the software. Fortunately, we …

(Update: You sort of can now) You can't really customize Google Pixel 2/2 XL's squeezable edge

Update: And just like that, a workaround has been discovered! Truly, the ways of the Android tweakers are mysterious. You can now remap the Pixels’ Active Edge with this neat little app dubbed Button Mapper. After you install it and grant the required accessibility service, all you need to do is follow the instructions and you will be pretty much set. 
One of the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2’s key features that got lifted straight from HTC U11 is the Active Edge frame which allows you to firmly squeeze the device in order to launch the Google …

Save 22% or $187 off the MSRP by purchasing the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8+ from eBay

There are a few reasons to purchase the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SM-G955FD) from eBay seller ‘never-msrp,’ who happens to have a good 99.5% positive feedback rating. First, this is not a model intended for the states which explains why the Exynos 8895 chipset is under the hood instead of the Snapdragon 835 SoC. It is compatible with the major GSM carriers in the U.S., which means that it will work on the AT&T and T-Mobile 4G LTE networks.

While not a huge reason to buy the Galaxy S8+ from eBay, this model will support Dual-SIM cards. Perhaps the top reason to buy the Galaxy S8+ from …

Deal: The powerful ZTE Axon 7 64GB is on sale for just $310 (22% off) at Newegg


The ZTE Axon 7 is a powerful smartphone
even by today’s standards. The last year’s flagship is available in
the US for quite a while, but it was a rather hard to come by
product.

Unfortunately, by the time ZTE was able
to provide enough units for the high-demand, many customers have
decided to go for other flagships in the same price range.

Speaking of price, the Snapdragon
820-powered ZTE Axon 7 is now on sale at Newegg, so those who are
still looking for a decent high-end smartphone that doesn’t go over
the $350 price mark, then you might want to check out this offer.

It …

Deal: Samsung Galaxy S8+ (refurbished) on sale for $550, save $160 (22%)!

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compatible with Verizon & US GSM carriers

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$549.99 ($709.77)
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Have you been waiting for the right moment to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S8+? If the answer is “yes”, you might want to check out Daily Steals’ latest deal for the handset. 
You …

Deal: The Sony Xperia XZs and its super slow-mo camera get a 22% discount, save $150

ProductLocationItem ConditionCurrent PriceOffer ExpiresSony Xperia XZs 64GB, US unlocked, Warm SilverAmazonNew$545.72 ($699.99)
22% offN/A
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If you’re a Sony fan looking to buy a nice Xperia smartphone, you might want to check out Amazon’s latest offer for the Sony Xperia XZs. The smaller 2017 Sony high-ender was initially priced at $699 in the US, but the e-commerce site currently has the Warm Silver version listed for $545.72 – a discount of more than $150 (22%).
The XZs is a rather interesting member of the Japanese company’s …

Deal: The unlocked Alcatel Idol 5S with Android 7.1 Nougat is on sale for 22% off

The newest Android smartphone launched by Alcatel, the Idol 5S is now on sale on Amazon. The handset made its debut in the United States only last month, so it’s quite disconcerting to see this mid- to high-end smartphone being discounted earlier than usual.

The Idol 5S is the only smartphone launched by Alcatel that ships with Android 7.1 Nougat right out of the box. The 5.2-inch display with full HD (1080p) resolution features Asahi Dragontrail Glass coating.

On the inside, Alcatel’s mid-range handset packs a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, …