Black & White (panda) Google Pixel 2 XL is now back in stock


In early October, when Google started taking pre-orders for
its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, the Kinda Blue and Black & White variants of the handsets went out of stock fast. Now, while the Kinda Blue
Pixel 2 remains out of stock, the Black & White (aka panda) Pixel 2 XL can
finally be ordered again from Google Store, at least in the US.

 

The not so great news is that Google can only ship the panda
Black & White 2 XL in 3-4 weeks (64 GB model), or 2-3 weeks (128 GB model).
Thus, if you’re placing an order today, you may not receive your panda phone before
December …


Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 & S8+: All the new features, visualized


As we already reported, Samsung has already kicked off the Android 8.0 Oreo beta for Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices in the US, UK, and South Korea. If you’re located in any of these locations, you can now enlist in the beta, which should be a rather hassle-free experience. 

The prerequisite for you joining the beta program is simple: in the US, you need to have an unlocked, Sprint, or T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S8/S8+ in order to partake. In case you’re a UK resident, an unlocked variation of either device would suffice. If that’s covered, then simply grab either the …

How to make the most of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus camera: tips & tricks

The Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have some of the most advanced cameras put in a phone, but if you are a photography or videography enthusiast who wants to make the best of them, you will probably see the built-in camera app as lacking in terms of options and settings.

With the help of a few apps, you can use the iPhone 8 like a pro

In this article, we round up a few useful tips, tricks and apps that will allow you to shoot better photos and videos on the iPhone 8/8+.

Sphero Star Wars BB-8, BB-9E, & R2D2 hands-on: smartphone-controlled droids

Star Wars mania is in full swing! In anticipation for the upcoming new film that’s being released in December, we’re checking out some awesome Star Wars related droids from Sphero. And the best part about them? They mimic their movie counterparts in a very realistic manner, so if you’re a diehard fan, these droids are sure to make you even more excited about the films. 
For this piece, we’re going to be taking a look at three specific droids from Sphero’s Star Wars line – BB-8, BB-9E, and R2D2. All of them are meticulously designed to match their …

Sphero Star Wars BB-8, BB-9E, & R2D2 hands-on

Star Wars mania is in full swing! In anticipation for the upcoming new film that’s being released in December, we’re checking out some awesome Star Wars related droids from Sphero. And the best part about them? They mimic their movie counterparts in a very realistic manner, so if you’re a diehard fan, these droids are sure to make you even more excited about the films. 
For this piece, we’re going to be taking a look at three specific droids from Sphero’s Star Wars line – BB-8, BB-9E, and R2D2. All of them are meticulously designed to match their …

Galaxy Note 8 "Pro" mode camera tips & tricks: use RAW and manual controls to take gorgeous photos

In this day and age of mass automation and AI-driven experiences, it may seem counterintuitive to rely on manual camera controls on your brand new, shiny, bezel-less, smartphone. I mean, why even bother with adjusting so many variables when you can just point your phone at something, tap a button, and get an arguably good-looking result? Right? Well, there’s actually a good reason dabble in the mighty manual mode. In fact, let me tell you, using manual mode is just like shooting on full “Auto,” only a heck of a lot better!

Let’s take the Galaxy Note 8 for …

ION360 U is a portable 360-degree camera & battery case for your iPhone or Galaxy

It’s tough to gather the penetration level of 360-degree cameras on consumers. For starters, they break down to two kinds of camps – dedicated ones, and ones that are attached as an accessory. We’ve seen plenty of solutions from both categories already, like the dedicated Samsung Gear 360 and the 360-degree MotoMod, but the ION360 U is specifically targeting iPhone 7, 7Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8and S8+ users.

That’s because the ION360 U is particular to them, boasting a handy phone case that allows the 360-degree camera to attach properly to the phones in question. …

Games like Command & Conquer and Starcraft for iPhone and Android

Real-time strategies — a true classic of gaming. Dating back to 1993, when Dune II defined the genre, and further perfected by Command & Conquer in 1995 and Starcraft in 1998. Real-time strategies require knowledge of your army, pre-planning, the ability to improvise on the fly when all your strategies fail, and a drop of twitch reflexes in there. No wonder they developed cult followings.

While consoles don’t really do well with real-time strategies, due to the lack of a mouse, smartphones and tablets can be surprisingly good for the genre. Touch inputs, after all, are quite quick. Sure, …

Alcatel Idol 5 & UNI360 VR hands-on

We checked out the Alcatel Idol 5 not too long ago in Berlin for IFA 2017, but the one we’re talking about here is for the US market. Specifically, it’s a Cricket Wireless exclusive and will be available starting on October, alongside with a new VR headset dubbed the UNI360 VR Goggles. For those looking to experience mobile VR on the cheap, this might be a solution that’s perfect for you.

Interestingly enough, while this version of the Idol 5 looks very much like the European model we checked out, one that looks and feels premium for its price point thanks …

Apple iPhone 8 & 8 Plus unboxing

Join us for an iPhone 8 and 8 Plus unboxing video. Want to know what accessories and extras Apple throws inside the retail boxes of its mainstream iPhones? Just hit the play button and find out!
In the box, you’ll find:

iPhone 8 or 8 PlusWall chargerLightning cableEarPods earphones with Lightning connectorSIM ejector toolApple logo decalsLeaflets