This coming Tuesday's weekly T-Mobile contest features free Samsung devuces including the Galaxy S8

Every Tuesday, T-Mobile gives away freebies to subscribers, and also holds a contest with some great prizes. This coming Tuesday, Samsung figures very heavily in the contest prizes, including the Samsung Galaxy S8. We’ll get to the contest in a second. First, let’s go to the giveaways. On Tuesday, T-Mobile subscribers will receive a free e-book from Disney Story Central. There are 10 possible options to choose from.

Next week, T-Mobile subscribers will get access to HotelStorm’s discounted locations with an average price break of 25% on each hotel. How does 25% off an order placed from Papa …


HP Elite x3 coming to Verizon?

The HP Elite x3 is the most capable of any Windows 10 Mobile handset. Currently, the device is offered only with support for GSM bands, but that appears likely to change. HP is working on obtaining new certifications for the Elite x3, this time with support listed specifically for Verizon. That would mean that the new version would have the ability to run over CDMA pipelines. Among the new applications HP sent out include one for the FCC, one for the Bluetooth SIG and another for the Wi-Fi Alliance.

In case you’re not familiar with the phone, the HP Elite x3 features a 6-inch AMOLED display …

The Essential Phone will finally start shipping in the coming weeks

Announced by Andy Rubin in May, the Essential Phone – one of this year’s most interesting handsets – hasn’t been released yet. However, Essential started accepting reservations for the smartphone right after announcing it, and now the company knows when the device will finally start shipping.

Andy Rubin himself sent out an update today, informing the world that customers who’ve registered to buy the Essential Phone should have the smartphone in their hands “in a few weeks.” 

We ourselves received an email with the very same lines seen in …

Android 7.0 Nougat for Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) coming soon

Samsung is never clear about Android OS updates unless it involves high-end smartphones and tablets, which are almost always getting major software upgrades for about two years.

The Galaxy J7 (2016) is one of Samsung’s mid-rangers that made its debut on the market more than a year ago. The smartphone is still running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, as Samsung hasn’t said anything about a possible Nougat update.

The good news is Samsung doesn’t have to say anything as long as we can crawl the internet for info. The Galaxy J7 (2017) has been recently listed at Wi-Fi …

Picture-in-picture mode for video calls coming to WhatsApp on Android O

WhatsApp is very close to getting a new feature that would allow users to watch YouTube videos directly in the app, but only on iOS devices. We had already reported on the matter a few days ago, but if you don’t remember, then you should know the feature is still under development and will work just like picture-in-picture mode.

Apparently, the team behind WhatsApp is working on a similar feature for Android devices, which will work on video calls. The bad news is it will only support devices running Android O since the picture-in-picture mode was added to WhatsApp thanks to an API included …

Sorry Lumia 520 owners, Windows 10 on ARM is not coming to existing Windows Phone devices

Later this year, Microsoft is expected to roll out Windows 10 on ARM. The idea, according to Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, is to give consumers the full Windows 10 experience on mobile devices that are powered by chips using the ARM architecture. The new devices would use Snapdragon chipsets and offer outstanding battery life. Not only is Belfiore really talking about tablets and laptops, he adds that this technology will not be compatible with existing Windows phones.

Having the full Windows 10 running a phone means that Microsoft would need to make significant changes to the platform’s UI. …

Huawei Nova 2 Plus coming soon to the U.S.

The new Nova 2 series was officially unveiled earlier this year, but none of the smartphones announced made it outside China. However, that’s about to change since the Nova 2 Plus has just been spotted at FCC (Federal Communications Commission) where they have been approved for a U.S. release.

The smartphones go by model numbers Huawei BAC-L03 and BAC-L23, whereas the Chinese version has a different model number (BAC-AL00). The two smartphones listed at FCC are two variations of the same device, which is why we believe the United States won’t be the only country …

Honor 9 Premium with 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM coming to Europe for €455

The Honor 9 is a premium device by itself, so the fact that the Chinese company launched an enhanced version of the flagship and called it Premium is rather weird. The better-featured variant has no less than 6GB RAM and 128GB expandable storage inside.

Since versions with more RAM are usually introduced in China exclusively, it’s quite a surprise to find out that Honor will be making the 6GB RAM variant available in other regions as well.

As per Winfuture’s report, the so-called Honor 9 Premium has been officially introduced in Italy where the smartphone …

Iconic MMORPG RuneScape is coming to mobile this winter

RuneScape, the massively popular MMORPG, is coming to mobile devices this winter. This was announced today by its developers – Jagex Ltd. The mobile version will not be separate from the PC one, however. Instead, they will be touch-optimized clients that will allow for cross-platform play.

RuneScape began its life as a Java-based browser MMORPG all the way back in 2001, and it’s been enjoying massive success ever since. The game has gone through a huge number of improvements over its 16-year lifespan, with the last one being the release of a standalone non-browser …

'Tron' Lightcycle ride is coming to Walt Disney World

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Greetings programs! We are sorry to report that Disney’s D23 Expo has come and gone without any update on the status of Tron 3.

(Boooooooooooooooo!)

Yes, indeed, it is disappointing. But do not de-rez! We have good news, too: Disney is bringing Shanghai Disneyland’s popular Tron Lightcycle Power Run ride to the U.S.!

(Wild cheering!)

The addition of Tron Lightcycle Power Run was announced Friday by Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek at D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, home of Disneyland — where for now there won’t be one, as it’s only planned for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Read more…

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