6 great smartphones from 10 years ago (2018 edition)

2008 was an important year in the world of smartphones. While the market was still ruled by operating systems that are now defunct (like Symbian and BlackBerry OS), new platforms were clearly providing glimpses of the future, with touchscreen devices starting to make a serious impact. Of course, there were still plenty of awesome handsets that didn’t feature touch-enabled displays, but the wind of change was already blowing. 
If you’re feeling nostalgic, or just curious about what smartphones were cool a decade ago, we’re inviting you to discover some of the greatest …


Buy an Apple iPhone from Virgin and get 6 months of high-speed data for $1 per month

Pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile is offering consumers who purchase any Apple iPhone from them, 6 months of unlimited talk, text and high-speed data for only $1 a month. Taking that into consideration, you could purchase a refurbished 32GB Apple iPhone 7 for $299.99, or a refurbished 32GB Apple iPhone 7 Plus for $349.99. Add to that the $6 it will cost you for 6 months of wireless service through Virgin’s Inner Circle plan, and you will end up paying $305.99 for an iPhone 7, or $355.99  for the iPhone 7 Plus, with half a year of high-speed data. There are two caveats, neither one an insurmountable …

Upgraded Motorola Moto X4 (with 6 GB of RAM) to be launched in February

Lenovo and Motorola Mobility are getting ready to release a new edition of the Moto X4, at least in India. According to Motorola India, the upcoming Moto X4 smartphone runs Android 8 Oreo out of the box, being “faster, smarter, and sharper” than the 2017 model. At launch, last year’s Moto X4 – pictured above – ran Android 7 Nougat, though an update to Android Oreo is now available for it. 
While Motorola isn’t confirming this, additional sources have it that the Moto X4 2018 should feature 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space. A superior processor (Snapdragon …

Apple will replace some damaged iPhone 6 Plus units with the iPhone 6s Plus through March

So there you are, sporting a non-working Apple iPhone 6 Plus that by one reason or another, qualifies for a replacement unit through Apple. Well, we are here to give you a little bit of good news. An internal Apple memo, sent to Apple Authorized Service Providers, says that from now through the end of March, “orders for whole unit service inventory of some iPhone 6 Plus models may be substituted to an Apple iPhone 6s Plus.”

In plain English, it means that if you are due a complete replacement of your iPhone 6 Plus, you might just luck into an iPhone 6s Plus instead. An older internal document …

Nokia 7 or Nokia 6 (2018) coming soon to the US

Nokia 7 and Nokia 6 (2018) are both mid-range smartphones that were launched in China just a few months from each other. Although they look like decent devices on paper, they are not yet available outside China.

The good news is that’s about to change if we are to believe the latest decisions coming from the Finnish company. Apparently, HMD filed two smartphones for certification at FCC (Federal Communications Commission) that goes by model numbers: TA-1045 and TA-1016.

We know for sure that these are variations of the same device since HMD confirmed the information in the documents …

You might have to wait two weeks to replace the battery inside your Apple iPhone 6

Late last month, Apple apologized for quietly using software smuggled into certain iPhone models which throttled the CPU of these handsets. Apple explained that it was forced to do this so that these iPhone units wouldn’t shutdown when met with a complex task that could tax the older and weaker batteries inside these phones. To make up for what it had done, Apple sliced 63% off the price of a battery replacement for the iPhone 6 and later, cutting the price to $29 from $79 for the remainder of the year.

This drastic price cut has led to heavy demand for battery replacements in Apple …

The 6 best moments of the Golden Globes (obviously including Oprah)

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It was bound to be a tense Golden Globes night in Hollywood after months charged with allegations of sexual misconduct and gender inequality – and perhaps for the better, Sunday’s awards ceremony steered more toward tame. This was a night about toppling the patriarchy, and the presenters and nominees either stuck to that or sat back and let others do the talking.

In addition to all the excellent Time’s Up talk, below were the other highlights of the evening. 

1. Sterling K. Brown’s speech

Brown has given a few stirring awards show acceptance speeches by now, and he delivered a tight, stirring response to yet another This Is Us win.  Read more…

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Surprisingly, Nokia 6 2nd Generation gets Android 8.0 Oreo at first boot

We already know HMD Global is pretty fast when it comes to software update, but we didn’t think it’s that fast. A few days ago, the Finnish company added a new device to its portfolio of smartphones available in China, the Nokia 6 2nd Generation (or Nokia 6 2018).

The official specs sheet that was published when the phone was announced mentions the Nokia 6 2nd Generation ships with Android Nougat on board. However, HMD said the phone will get an Android 8.0 Oreo update soon after launch.

Even though Nokia 6 2nd Generation does ship with Nougat on board, the smartphone is getting the …

Nokia 6 2nd Generation announced with better CPU, OZO Audio and Bothie mode

As expected, HMD Global has just taken the wraps off another Android smartphone, a small Nokia 6 upgrade. Dubbed Nokia 6 2nd Generation, the handset will be exclusively available for purchase in China for $230.

Unlike the previous Nokia 6 model that packs an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, the 2nd Generation comes with an upgraded 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 CPU.

The new Nokia 6 2nd Gen comes in two variations: 32GB and 64GB. Both versions include 4GB RAM though. The former costs $230, whereas the latter will sell for around $245 …

Nokia 6 (2018) leaks in real-life pics just before its rumored debut tomorrow

New-fangled Nokia fans already know that the company is prepping itself to reveal a refreshed version of its Nokia 6 soon, uninterestingly dubbed the Nokia 6 (2018), which will be boosting things up with a a speedier series-600 chip, more RAM, and up to 64GB of native storage. The rest of the specs so far seem to be the same as the ones of last year’s regular Nokia 6. 

Supposedly, the slightly-revamped Nokia 6 could see the light of day as early as tomorrow, January 5, though that’s merely a speculation just yet.
Just like that, however, a bunch …