Apple starts offering its $29 battery replacements today, two days earlier than expected

A couple days ago, Apple apologized for throttling the CPU of certain iPhone models. Apple says that it did this so that the handsets’ lack of prime battery power wouldn’t shut them down when handling certain tasks. Along with the apology came a deal from the company. Since weak batteries are at the heart of the issue, Apple is allowing you to replace the cells on the iPhone 6 and up for $29. That is a $50 discount from the usual price of $79.

The deal was expected to start on January 1st 2018 and runs through the end of next year. An Apple spokesman said that it expected to need more time …


Google's 12 Days of Play bonanza brings deals on the best Android apps and games for 2017

Google always has surprises for us in its Play Store when the holidays are near, and this year is no exception. The search giant just announced its 12 days of Play undertaking, which bring Android device owners deals on many apps, music, books, movies, and TV shows. 
There are 99 cents movie or series rentals, or up to 80% discounts on poopular games like Minecraft Story Mode season 2, Need for Speed Most Wanted, and even FRAMED 2. 
That’s on top of what game devs have already introduced as holiday extras …

Get your music on: Tidal will be free for 12 days starting December 25


Tidal, one of the top subscription-based music and video streaming
services in the US
(and not only) will be free to use starting on Christmas – but only for 12
days. From December 25 through January 5, 2018, anyone will be able to activate a
preview account on Tidal with just an email address (credit card information
not required). The free preview account provides access to the full Tidal platform,
including Hi-Fi and Premium services, new original content, livestreams, and
even ticket giveaways.  

 

It looks like this 12-day preview offer will be valid in all 52
countries where …

Vernee X's massive battery is assisted by a smart battery saver for up to 4 days of usage

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A few days ago, we talked about the Vernee X — a recently-introduced handset, which is currently in pre-sale at a promo price.

For $250, you get a 6-inch, 18:9, 2160 x 1080 display, an octa-core MediTek Helio P23 SoC, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage. To put the cherry on top, we’ve got a dual camera module on the front and a dual one on the back, bringing …

T-Mobile brings back its two best iPhone deals of the year for four days only; sales begin tomorrow

How many times have you let a special offer on a phone go by, only to regret it once the deal had expired and it was no longer being made available?  If you did miss out on T-Mobile’s iPhone deals, we have good news. For four days only, the nation’s third largest carrier is bringing back its two most popular deals pertaining to Apple’s iconic smartphone. The price breaks begin tomorrow, December 21st, and run through Christmas Eve. That happens to be Sunday, December 24th.

One deal that is being offered again by T-Mobile allows customers to purchase an Apple iPhone 7,  iPhone 7 …

Apple iPhone X orders for most U.S. carriers are now being delivered in one to three business days

The last time we checked in on the delivery times posted by Apple for iPhone X orders, it was the end of November and units purchased that day were shipping in five business days. Now, less than two weeks later, the tenth anniversary model is shipping in one-to-three business days for most models ordered through Apple for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. The same delivery time is seen for SIM-free models. The exception to the rule is the Verizon 256GB iPhone X in silver, which is listed with a delivery date of five business days.

Also featuring a delivery date of five business days are iPhone …

Asus ZenFone V is available for free at Verizon, but only for 2 days

Asus ZenFone V is exclusively available in the United States through Verizon. The carrier launched the smartphone about a week ago for $240 outright or $7 per month for 24 months. In the meantime, the price slightly increased to $10 per month for two years, but the outright price remains the same.

However, for a limited time, the ZenFone V is available for free at Verizon, as long as you agree to a long-term contract. You can still get the phone for $240 outright, but if you can also add a new line and pay nothing for the next two years.

The deal is available …

10 days after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still fighting for life

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Donald Trump blames Puerto Rico’s continuing struggles on “poor leadership.” Pictures tell a very different story.

While the president sunk to an inexcusable new low on Saturday, images coming out of the storm-ravaged U.S. territory show us what’s really going on. It is much as San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz described it: “This is a ‘people are dying’ story.”

With a non-existent power grid and completely decimated infrastructure, the people of Puerto Rico are actively suffering as you read this on Sept. 30, 2017. There’s no end in sight, either, as fixes for even the most basic functions of life in the 21st century — electricity, and everything it provides — are said to be many months away. Read more…

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Here's where Trump spent the past 10 days as Puerto Rico collapsed

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Hurricane Maria is the largest storm to hit Puerto Rico in modern history, but President Trump was just a little too busy this week to gave the island his full attention.

A new report by The Washington Post breaks down how the President spent the last 10 days as the island’s devastation deepened. When the storm first hit, Trump responded by issuing an emergency declaration and reaching out to local officials on the island. As the week went on, however, Trump retreated from the crisis by spending time at his golf club and campaigning for Luther Strange in Alabama.

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Essential Phone pre-orders to start shipping within 7 days

The Essential Phone saga is drawing to an end if we are to believe the latest reports claiming the smartphone will finally start shipping to customers. The US-based company now worth $1.2 billion announced last week that it will offer details about the Essential Phone’s availability within 7 days.

Yesterday, Andy Rubin’s Essential started to send emails to customers who reserved their phones and let them know that their devices have been built and will be ready to ship within 7 days. We’ve already received that email, so we can confirm that the information is accurate.

The …