Anker PowerPort Wireless 5 Stand & Pad Review

Wireless charging has notoriously been a hard sell for smartphones. While it can add convenience to your charging sessions and makes for one heck of an interesting tech demo (it’s still hard to deny how “magical” the whole thing feels), there’s also no shortage of forces working against it, from the cost of charging hardware to issues with portability. But maybe the toughest nut to crack has been compatibility.

But now at the start of 2018, things are starting to look a bit better in that regard. The format wars of Qi versus PMA are long over, but maybe more importantly …


Asus ZenFone 5 Lite appears online, it could have Qualcomm chipset and 6-inch display

The next ZenFone series seems to be closer than we have expected. After delaying the ZenFone 4 smartphones for several months last year, Asus plans to shorten the time span between new releases.

According to Asus’ CEO Jerry Shen, we should expect the first ZenFone 5 smartphones to be unveiled as early as March. However, it’s unclear whether they will be announced at MWC (Mobile World Congress) or during a dedicated event later on.

Either way, it looks like the Asus ZenFone 5 series is almost ready for prime time since the first device has just been certified …

OxygenOS 5.0/Android 8.0 Oreo update resumes for OnePlus 5

OnePlus offered a nice Christmas gift to OnePlus 5 owners last year, but little did we know that the OxygenOS 5.0 based on Android Oreo would be pulled only days later. The culprit? A bug that would cause issues with third-party camera application.

Apparently, issues with some European carriers have been blamed for halting the roll-out of the update as well. A few days ago, OnePlus announced that it’s already working on OxygenOS 5.0.1, which is supposed to contain fixes for the bugs mentioned earlier.

Today, OnePlus confirmed it has issued a small fix for …

Global OxygenOS 5.0 OTA update for the OnePlus 5, based on Android 8.0, has been canceled

Late last month (which in turn makes it late last year), the OnePlus 5 received an OTA update that included OxygenOS 5.0. The latter is based on Android 8.0, thus giving owners of the device new capabilities like Picture-in-Picture, which allows you to watch videos while running an app in the background. Autofill completes blank fields based on how you filled out similar forms in the past. And Android Instant Apps lets you run an app from your browser without stopping to install it on your phone.

Other features that come with the update include a revised camera UI for the OnePlus 5, a new …

Is a Sandstone OnePlus 5T coming on January 5?

A few days ago we mentioned that OnePlus could be prepping a snazzy Sandstone finish version of its recent OnePlus 5T flagship and it could be due out January 5.

This got revealed a while ago thanks to a Weibo post which features a promotional poster stating that “The classic returns”, followed by a stylized schematic of Shi, one of the Chinese hieroglyphs for the ilk of “stone”. 
Furthermore, the dirty white color of the teaser itself could be a dead giveaway for the color of this intriguing finish, though that’s a bit of a stretch.
As …

OnePlus 5 gets Face Unlock feature via OxygenOS open beta 3

OnePlus 5T is one of the not so many smartphones that offer Face Unlock, a face recognition system that adds another layer of security. Although none of its previous products had the security feature, OnePlus promised that at least one of them will get Face Unlock in the not so distant future, the OnePlus 5.

Last week, the company’s co-founder Carl Pei said that by popular demand, Face Unlock will be implemented into the OnePlus 5 software as well. True to his promise, the Face Unlock feature is now being rolled out to OnePlus 5 units enrolled in the open beta program.

Aside from …

OneOlus 5 gets Face Unlock feature via OxygenOS open beta 3

OnePlus 5T is one of the not so many smartphones that offer Face Unlock, a face recognition system that adds another layer of security. Although none of its previous products had the security feature, OnePlus promised that at least one of them will get Face Unlock in the not so distant future, the OnePlus 5.

Last week, the company’s co-founder Carl Pei said that by popular demand, Face Unlock will be implemented into the OnePlus 5 software as well. True to his promise, the Face Unlock feature is now being rolled out to OnePlus 5 units enrolled in the open beta program.

Aside from …

Alcatel 5 with dual selfie cameras and metal body gets certified ahead of early 2018 unveiling

TCL is expected to unleash a new wave of Alcatel smartphones early next year. Based on previous experiences, the Chinese company usually introduces new handsets in late February at MWC (Mobile World Congress), but there’s a chance that a couple of Alcatel smartphones will be announced in early January at CES (Consumers Electronics Show).

One of the smartphones that will certainly be part of TCL’s new lineup is the Alcatel 5. The smartphone has just been certified at FCC (Federal Communications Commission), which brings it one step closer to release.

The smartphone …

Save $5 on movie tickets selected on Fandango and paid for using Apple Pay

Remember when movie tickets were $2? Those were the days when the front of the local theater would have a banner promoting the air conditioning inside. Today, there are so many expensive premium theaters. Some seat you in a Lay-Z-Boy recliner, others offer 3D images, snacks delivered by a waitress, and others have moving seats synced to the action on the screen. As you know, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Those amenities are going to cost you a pretty penny.

But Apple is teaming up with movie ticket buying firm Fandango to save you $5 on the purchase of movie tickets from the Fandango.com …

OnePlus reveals why and how Face Unlock is coming to the OnePlus 5

A few days ago, OnePlus confirmed that its facial recognition feature Face Unlock, is coming to the OnePlus 5. This morning, OnePlus announced the ‘why and how’ this is being done. The why is pretty simple to see. The feature, which OnePlus devised as a alternative to the fingerprint scanner, received plenty of positive feedback from OnePlus 5T users. The company pointed out that requests to bring Face Unlock to older OnePlus models show how popular Face Unlock is among the OnePlus community.

Now, the how. OnePlus will disseminate an open beta build of Face Unlock to the OnePlus 5. This …