Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2 price and availability revealed

Sony has officially announced pricing and availability info for the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and the Xperia L2. The mid-range trio which broke cover at CES 2018 in early January will be available in the United States through Amazon and Best Buy. Here’s a table with all the important details:

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Deal: Misfit offers 30% discount on all smartwatches, including the Vapor (limited availability)

Misfit is running a promotion on just about all its wearable devices, including its most recent smartwatch, the Vapor. Unfortunately, the deals listed on the company’s website are different in each country. The good news is the 30% discount is available in all regions where the promotion is live.

For example, if you live in the UK, Germany, Italy, or France, you’ll be able to get the Misfit Vapor, as well as other Misfit smartwatches for 30% off by applying the promo code WINTER30. Other accessories are discounted by 30% as well, as long as you apply the promo code.

Apparently, …

The iPhone X pre-order shipping availability slips to December

While you were sleeping, Apple opened the spigots on the iPhone X preorders for fans around the world, and the shipping date started slipping in the first two minutes or so. In-store pickup availability held out a bit longer, but now no matter where you look, from Florence, Italy to Georgetown in Washington D.C., the iPhone X is “not available”. 

To add insult to injury, while the initial shipping times where “1-2 weeks,” these are now “5-6 weeks,” extending the actual availability of the iPhone X for those who didn’t get through all the way to …

Nokia 8 price, release date and carrier availability

It’s official: the first flagship phone by ‘the new Nokia’ is out, and it is the Nokia 8, a Snapdragon 835 phone with a dual camera system, and a Zeiss lens. This new Nokia is different from the Nokia you know from the past: a company called HMD Global with some ex-Nokia engineering talent that has acquired the rights to put the Nokia brand on its phones, and is trying to resurrect the brand with a focus on clean interfaces and proper support.
The Nokia 8, in particular, looks lush and features that nearly stock Android experience.
If …

Truecaller update brings new Request Money feature with limited availability

The folks behind Truecaller, the dialer app mostly popular in India, have just announced the addition of a new feature which will make payments between users much easier. Request Money is a new feature integrated into Truecaller’s UPI-based payments system, which allows users to create links that can be shared and clicked on to complete payments.

Truecaller users on Android have been able to transfer money within the app since earlier this year when developers introduced its UPI (Unified Payment Interface) protocol. Starting this week, a new feature has been added …

Essential Phone release date, price, and availability: all we know so far

It was May 30 when the Essential Phone was officially announced. Its unveiling was a big deal – not only because we rarely see a new company entering the smartphone market, and not only because the phone itself was looking top notch, with premium, modern design, high-end hardware specs, and clean Android software to top it all off. The excitement around the young company and its first mobile product was also fueled by the fact that Andy Rubin, often referred to as the “father” of Android, is the man in charge of Essential. In other words, this phone had to be good if it …

HTC U11 price, release date and carrier availability

The HTC U11 is the company’s most important phone for 2017: it is the flagship model, the one packed with the most powerful hardware and the best of HTC innovation and design. We have already got plentiful coverage of the HTC U11: you can see our official news covering the details, our hands-on impressions with the device and a separate article focusing on the innovative Squeeze functionality and its inner workings. But where can you get it and how much does it cost?
The HTC U11 price is set squarely at flagship level, meaning it is on par …

BlackBerry KEYone release date in the US is May 31, carrier availability in tow

The BlackBerry KEYone is on top of everyone’s mind these days, or at least on those who want to buck the trend, break the Apple-Samsung duopoly, and all around look hip and nonconformist. It’s 2017, so a handset with a physical keyboard does stand out, and the KEYone is on top of that decked out well in terms of specs, and has a premium metal design to boot. Thankfully, it also runs Android now, so all of the apps you are used to, will be safe and secure on it.

BlackBerry is giving a 4.5″ 1080p display, a frugal, but powerful Snapdragon 625 chipset, a 12 MP camera with large …

Windows 10 Mobile Rumors

We’ve heard rumors about this Microsoft release even before Windows 10 dropped, the desktop one.

Formerly known as Windows Phone 10, Windows 10 Mobile is supposed to unify phones and tablets with Windows 10, released for PCs.

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Microsoft promises an easy way to port apps coded for previous releases of Windows Phone, which will surely make more apps available on the day the system is released.

Availability

According to Microsoft during its MWC 2015 conference, the free update will be installed on as many phones as possible and hopes to have it done by the end of the year. They expect it to be running on billion devices in two or three years.

On Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile preview page, they revealed the first smartphones to get the update. The list starts with the Lumia 430 followed by Lumia 435, Lumia 532, Lumia 540, Lumia 640, Lumia 640XL, Lumia 735, Lumia 830 and Lumia 930.

Release date

The date is not yet released, but many places on the internet assume it will be sometime during this month or October, when Microsoft announces their new flagship devices, the 950 and 950XL.

Broad availability of Windows 10 on other devices, including mobile phones, will begin rolling out this fall, says Microsoft.

Update: Microsoft just created an event on Facebook saying they have some news about Windows 10 devices. Event is set for October 6th.

Windows 10 Mobile Features

Okay, we have the list of supported devices, we have an estimated release date and we have the price, but will this release bring anything new to the table? Oh, boy will it.

Even though Windows 10 Mobile is running on mobile devices, it’s still considered Windows 10, just optimized for smaller screens.

It will make desktop apps look similar to your phone apps. Microsoft will include full fledged Office apps like Word, PowerPoint and Excel, which will have all the features that the desktop version has. This alone is a huge thing.

Setting screens will look same across devices. Windows default apps like Photos, Music, Maps will be much the same on desktop, tablet and phone. That means you will be able to switch between devices seamlessly, which sounds really cool if you ask us, but that’s not all.

We have previously mentioned that this release is supposed to unify devices and this is what we are talking about. The apps won’t just look the same, they will work together with your PCs.

Let’s say you clear a notification on your computer. Boom, it’s gone on your phone too.

One of the key reasons Microsoft changed the Start menu on desktop, apart from it being absolutely horrendous and nobody liking it, was to make it easier for them to get a similar feeling menu on Windows 10 Mobile, which they did marvelously. You get the same transparent menu complete with beautiful live tiles on top of your background.

Since we dipped the toe in it, let’s talk about the interface.

Interface

Along with Action Center, the settings screen has been redesigned to make it look a lot more like the version found on desktop and tablets.

There is a bunch of new toggles that were not present in Windows Phone 8.

If you were to swipe right from the Start screen you would get an apps list as before, but now recently installed apps will be shown at the top, so you can more easily find whatever you last downloaded.

Camera and Photos

The new photos app, introduced in Windows 10, will be one of the many apps to be universal. It will sync photos across Windows 10 devices using Microsoft’s cloud service, OneDrive. The new app will also remove duplicate photos, automatically create albums and enhance your photos by removing red eye and such.

All Windows Mobile users which are not using Lumia phones will experience big changes to the camera app, as Lumia Camera is becoming the default photo/video taking app on all Windows 10 handsets.

A few of many new features are auto-HDR, 4K video recording, Rich Capture (combines images to create one superior photo) and Dynamic Flash (takes two photos, one with and one without flash, then combines them).

Lumia users will experience the new features with an individual camera update, without having to wait for Windows 10.

Writing

First thing changing about the way you write is the keyboard. It’s still the Word Flow keyboard from Windows Phone 8.1, but rethought a bit. It can now be resized and moved around the screen, so you can position it perfectly and according to your preference.

Dictation has also received some changes. It now writes out symbols rather than writing the word and will even head into your contacts to check how you spell a person’s name when you speak it. Neat, isn’t it?

Edge

Microsoft Edge is the next version of Internet Explorer. The big new feature is that Cortana will be built into the browser. She will pop up when you use the search bar, offering answers to searches like the weather, plus she’ll access the same database on your preferences to personalize the browsing experience.

Microsoft is adding a reader mode, much like we saw on the desktop, which will now sync across all other Windows 10 devices, and save content, including PDFs, offline.

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Windows Store

The Windows Store has been included in the OS since build 10080. It is a store that looks like the one you find on your desktop Windows 10, but is unified with music and movies you can purchase using credit, gift cards, and PayPal.

Build 10080 also brought changes to the Music app, which now has access to your music library both on device and on OneDrive.

A new app that came with build 10080 is Video Preview, which allows you to play files from your phone, even .mkv file type.

You can also browse and play movies and TV shows you’ve purchased and rented from Xbox Video. Start watching a purchased video on your PC and pick off where you left on your phone.