This coming week's T-Mobile Tuesday includes an oil change, $10 off a New Era MLB cap and more

Wow! Is it possible that a full week has already come and gone? Perhaps writing about smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and other devices makes time fly. After all, it seems like it was just the other day when we were awaiting the launch of the Palm Pre. Now, we are looking ahead to next week’s T-Mobile Tuesday. Among the give-aways, subscribers will be receiving a free oil change (up to $24.95) or $25 off any service call from Meineke for cars and light trucks only.

T-Mobile customers are probably getting an oil change so that they can take the family on the road for summer’s last gasp. …


Update to Windows Maps allows users to change vocal volume control

This past June, Microsoft disseminated an update to Windows Map. Released for the fast ring, a more stable version is now ready to take over the voice control for the app. Users will get to use new features and  change the intensity of vocals used with the app. Thanks to the update, those using Windows Maps  can now choose between a softer, normal or louder sounding voice when using the turn-by-turn directions. In addition, with the update, users can access their Bluetooth settings directly from  the app’s settings menu.

A toggle switch will allow you to enable or disable …

How to change the icon pack of your OnePlus 5 and spice the interface up

If you’re sporting a OnePlus 5, chances are you that you are a poweruser, and this kind of folk usually shows great pride in their customization efforts. You are quite likely to be boasting a custom launcher with a matching 3rd-party icon pack, a set of Zooper/KWGT widgets, and finally, a stunning wallpaper to give everything a classier look.
So far, so good, but what if you are using the stock OnePlus launcher? Despite the fact that it’s not as customizable as Nova, Action, or just about any other launcher available on the Play Store, it still has its …

Apple forced Imagination Technologies to change course, but it still returned to being profitable

Imagination Technologies, the company that used to produce GPUs for Apple products, suffered quite a blow when the Cupertino company decided to manufacture its own graphics chips. The two companies ended up in a David-and-Goliath type of battle, in which Imagination claims that Apple can’t make GPUs without infringing on its patents, while Apple says it can.

The repercussions suffered by Imagination Tech were so severe that the company recently announced it’s looking to sell itself. However, according to its latest earnings report, the UK firm went back to being …

Smartphones did really change everything…including the way humans walk

We have all seen people tripping up and down stairs, bumping nose-first into lamp posts, being almost hit by a car, etc. – as they all stare down at a mobile device of some form. And by people, we mean ourselves, too, as nowadays most of us zone out of real world and into the digital realm, even when we are out and about.

Apparently, walking and being engaged with your phone, talking or texting, changes your body’s behaviour vastly, according to a recent study at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Scientists used motion sensors to record how a subject’s body moved, as he or she walked and used …

Macron teams up with Schwarzenegger to troll Trump in climate change video

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French president Emmanuel Macron enlisted a high-profile Donald Trump antagonist in his ongoing quest to #MakeThePlanetGreatAgain.

Terminator star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger met with the French president on June 23 to chat about global warming and the fate of the Paris Climate Agreement. 

To celebrate this meeting of the minds, the two posed for a video selfie and threw some not so subtle shade toward the White House. On June 1, President Donald Trump announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from this landmark climate treaty, drawing the ire of the global community.  Read more…

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HMD requests FCC change model number for the Nokia 9, cancelling version with 4GB RAM

FCC documents reveal that the Nokia 9, which already was certified by the regulatory agency with the model number of TA-1004, will now be known as the TA-1012. In a letter to the Feds, manufacturer HMD requested the change noting that the previous FCC results for the TA-1004 are representative of the TA-1012. HMD holds the license to use the Nokia name on its handsets.

Geekbench benchmark tests for the Nokia 9 have revealed versions of the phone with both 6GB and 8GB of RAM. Both of those models tested were powered by the high-end Snapdragon 835 chipset. Another Geekbench test of the now …

World’s thinnest hologram may forever change how we look at screens

Okay, guys, we are in ‘Cloud Atlas’. Or James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ realm. A team of scientists at RMIT University in Melbourne has just unveiled a hologram so thin that it brings us closer to the worlds in those movies than we’ve ever imagined.
The hologram was developed by a team of Chinese and Australian researchers and is dubbed to be ”the world’s thinnest” one so far, measuring at just 25 nanometers. …

Alcatel Idol 5 appears on GFXBench one again, this time with a slight change

The unannounced Alcatel Idol 5 (Alcatel 6060) has appeared on GFXBench two times this year. The first time was last month, and the second time is today. Both appearances show that the phone will feature a 5.2-inch display carrying a 1080 x 1920 resolution (FHD), 32GB of native storage, a 12MP rear-facing camera and an 8MP selfie shooter. The earlier GFXBench post showed the Snapdragon 625 chipset running the show with an octa-core 2.0GHz CPU and the Adreno 506 GPU.

But today’s GFXBench listing has the MediaTek 6757CH SoC under the hood with an octa-core 2.3GHz CPU, and the Mali-T880 GPU. …

How to change the color of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ navbar

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ now come with virtual on-screen navigation buttons, which have been a staple for many other Android phone makers for a good while, but are actually a first for Samsung and its flagship S line of handsets. Well, virtual is not entirely accurate, as Samsung does provide a pressure-sensitive lower midsection on the phones’ screen where the home button kicks and screams when pressed harder, but we digress.

Ditching the signature elliptical home key has allowed Samsung to go berserk on the top and bottom bezels of the S8, ending up with a phone that is nearly …