Results: phone cameras don't cut it, not always

A smartphone can be many, many things — a music player, a communications device, a fun mobile console, or even a camera. And lately, the camera department has been getting better and better. It’s safe to say that if you are shelling out for a flagship nowadays, chances are you will have a great camera on that phone.

But are they good enough to make most users forget about dedicated handheld cameras? Sure, you do have your phone on you at all times and that makes it the most-often used camera, but do you actually keep a dedicated shooter somewhere around, …


Verizon's $300 price cut on Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL now available online

Four days ago, we told you about Verizon’s new deal for the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Without requiring a trade-in, as Verizon demanded in a previous version of the deal, new and existing Big Red customers are able to walk into a nearby Verizon Store and save $300 on the purchase of either new Pixel model. The phones must be bought using Verizon’s device payment plan, and the $300 discount is applied through a bill credit of $12.50 that will show up on your account each month for two years.

While the deal was being offered inside Big Red stores only, that was scheduled to change …

Google launches new Android app to help users cut down on data usage

Google’s latest Android app called Datally is supposed to make people better understand where their data usage is going. Because mobile data is very expensive in many parts of the world, knowing which apps are eating the most of your data becomes critical.

That’s one of the reasons Google decided to build Datally, an Android application that helps users understand, but also control and save data. The app allows you to see your usage on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Also, whenever you decide to turn on the Data Saver option, it will block background …

Deal: Sony Xperia XZ Premium gets a $150 price cut at Best Buy

One of Sony’s 2017 flagships, the Xperia XZ Premium is now on sale for less than $600. Originally launched on the market for $800 outright, the smartphone’s price dropped down to $700 back in August.

However, for a limited time, Sony Xperia XZ Premium is available for purchase for just $550 at Best Buy. Customers can choose between any of the three colors listed at the US retailer: Bronze Pink, Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black.

If you order one today, the phone should be shipped by December 4. By the way, shipping is free according to Best Buy. There’s one …

Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have their prices cut in China; analyst calls Apple a "luxury" brand

Yesterday, we passed along a report that cited demand for the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus in China for Apple’s strong showing in the country during the third calendar quarter (Apple’s fiscal fourth quarter). During that three month period, Apple shipped 38% more iPhone units in the country than it did last year. However, a fresh report from Reuters that was published today, says that the price of the iPhone 8 has been cut by as much as 20% in China. The lower price is designed to lure buyers who otherwise seem fixated on the Apple iPhone X. The tenth anniversary model launches on Friday.

As …

The Essential Phone gets a substantial price cut mere months after launch


Andy Rubin’s Essential announced that its very first
smartphone, the Essential Phone (PH-1), is now officially sold for $499. Released
several months back, the Essential Phone was initially offered for $699,
so we’re talking about a significant price cut here – $200 off. Essential says
it’s cutting the price in order to “make it even easier” for consumers to try
its device and experience its brand. Honestly, we’re not sure why it didn’t
launch the phone for $499 to begin with.

 

If you’re one of the (apparently not too many) people who’ve
already bought an Essential Phone, the company …

Apple Watch Series 3 users in China have their cellular connection cut off abruptly

Apple Watch Series 3 users in China were enjoying the wearable’s new stand alone capability that allows it to make calls, send and receive texts, and go online even without pairing with a nearby Apple iPhone. But on September 28th, just a few days after the timepiece launched globally, China pulled the cellular connection from the Apple Watch. The apparent reason for this action has to do with how China monitors its citizens who use cellular enabled devices.

The Chinese government requires consumers who need a SIM card for an online device, to register their real name with the wireless operator …

Sterling K. Brown's excellent Emmys speech was completed backstage, after it was cut off

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At the 2017 Emmys on Sunday night, Sterling K. Brown had his mic cut mid-speech. 

The 41-year-old actor was thanking the writers for This Is Us, for which he won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, after opening his speech with a tribute to the actors who had won the award previously. 

Brown talked of being a fan “first, last and always” of the likes of Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, who won in 2014, and Andre Braugher in 1998 — the last black actor to win the award — for his part in Homicide: Life on the Street. Read more…

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MediaTek's unreleased Helio P23 faces a price cut to match discounted Snapdragon 450 SoC

With the Snapdragon 450 chipset recently the subject of a price cut to $10.50 per chip, the competition now must follow suit or find themselves behind the eight-ball when it comes to pricing. And if you’re MediaTek, that means cutting the price of the unreleased Helio P23 series, a line of chipsets designed for mid-range smartphones. According to “industry sources,” MediaTek is now considering dropping the price of these chips to less than $10 per unit.

Samsung reportedly pays $2,500 per wafer to produce the Snapdragon 450 SoC using the 14nm process. That gives Qualcomm plenty of wriggle …

Sony Xperia XZ Premium gets $100 price cut in the U.S.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has a feature-set unlike any other flagship phone on the market. Its signature feature, the 4K display, delivers that extra clarity that one can only fully appreciate when using the phone for VR or when looking at it up close, but some people want that extra resolution. For all else, it’s a clean Android experience with a very good camera, and very decent battery life.

$100 off on Sony’s 4K flagship phone brings its price down to $700What’s not so great about the Xperia XZ Premium is its price and availability in the …