Amazon drops lock screen ads from its Prime Exclusive phones starting tomorrow

Consumers looking for a deal on a smartphone have been able to save anywhere from $25 to $100 off the retail price by buying them from Amazon, as long as they didn’t mind being forced to watch lock screen ads. Starting tomorrow, February 7th, Amazon is no longer forcing these ads on Prime Exclusive buyers. And those who already own a Prime Exclusive model will receive a software update that removes the ads from their phones. While the ads are gone, new Prime Exclusive models will still come with pre-installed apps from Amazon.

Future Amazon Prime Exclusive handsets will be available only …


Save 20% on accessories that protect your Apple iPhone X from drops, falls and scratches

If you own an Apple iPhone X, you have made a pretty steep investment on one of the best smartphones available. So you might want to consider protecting your device with a case that can stand up to drops, bumps and other impacts that can damage the handset. Romoss’ Mr. Lei division is offering a protective hard case for the Apple iPhone X that passes U.S. military standards (MIL-STD-810G). This product offers protection from drops as high as 7.9 feet, and has been tested against impacts from 26 different angles.

Amazon is offering the case for $12.99, but if you use the coupon code IP10PHAR, …

Verizon follows AT&T's move, drops plans to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Wireless network provider Verizon is not going to sell the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This unexpected decision has to do with the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter.

Earlier this month, AT&T abandoned plans to offer the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to subscribers after members of the congress, with the help of federal regulators, stood against it. Verizon has been going through the same thing, after dropping plans to sell the Chinese flagship to the U.S. audience. That means only channel left for Huawei to distribute its newest device is …

Maze celebrates 2018 with price drops: the Maze Alpha X is an even better bargain now

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Maze is still a fairly young brand in the smartphone world, but the manufacturer came out swinging. Its first entry was the Alpha — a bezel-less phone (with a chin), which came out just as the new trend was picking up, and before most manufacturers caught up. Five months later, the company refined the design by upgrading it with the new 1:2 display aspect ratio …

Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby drops dance track and well, it's terrible

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Convicted Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby spent 13 years in Bali after being found guilty of bringing, oh, 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia.

And now, she’s dropped a dance single.

The 40-year-old Queensland local posted the joke song, dubbed “Palm Trees,” on Instagram on Monday. She’s teamed up with music producer Nat Zeleny for the track, on which Corby provides chorus vocals.

The video currently has 58.5K views, for some reason. Unsurprisingly not available on Spotify, iTunes or Apple Music, “Palm Trees” is the dumb summer track you wish you’d never heard. Read more…

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Microsoft India President asked about the Surface Phone, drops a couple of hints

Over the past month, the rumor of a Microsoft Surface Phone have been revitalized. Some patents popped up, some artist-made renders appeared. While none of these is proof that Microsoft is still working on the phone, it does show that the company has been experimenting with the idea of a tablet that can fold in two to become a smartphone — the ultimate “phablet”.

Digit.in has recently gotten a hold of Anant Mahewari — the President of Microsoft India — for a quick interview. Among the questions, mobile was discussed, and Mr. Mahewari dropped a couple of hints at what may or may not be happening …

Deal: Amazon drops the price of the Moto G5 Plus 64GB to $240 ($60 off)

It’s that time of the year again when you must be very careful with your wallet if you’re on a tight budget. Just about any, if not all retailers are trying to tempt customers into buying their products by running promotional offers until the end of the year.

Amazon has already kicked off an interesting promotion with discounts on many of its Prime Exclusive smartphones. We’ve already told you about the Nokia 6 sale, which will end on December 24, so here is another one aimed at Motorola fans.

Starting today and until December 23, customers can purchase the …

The struggle is real: HTC's November revenue drops 26% year-over-year

HTC has disclosed its earnings report for November 2017, and things are not looking good. The manufacturer’s revenue for the last month stands at NT$5.663 billion (~$188 million), down 6.61% from October and a whopping 26.16% from November 2016. Total sales for the January-November period have reached NT$58,1 billion (~$1.93 billion), a notable 19.03% lower than the same period of 2016. 
Anyone following mobile tech news over the last few years will be unsurprised by these figures. Ever since Samsung overtook HTC as the top …

Deal: Unlocked dual SIM Samsung Galaxy S8 drops to $570 ($155 off)

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 continues to sell well more than six months after its debut on the market. The phone’s price has dropped considerably lately, which is another reason that people are tempted to buy it.

Customers who’ve been waiting for a good deal on the Galaxy S8 might want to check out the latest offering coming from an eBay seller. Perhaps you’ve seen the smartphone selling for the same price, but the deal is still newsworthy if you haven’t yet bought the Galaxy S8.

So, it looks like the unlocked, dual-SIM Galaxy S8 is now available for purchase on …

Deal: LG Watch Style price drops below $100 for the first time, grab it while supplies last

The only thing that beats a cheap purchase is a freebie. Well, if you want the LG Watch Style, one of the first smartwatches to ship with Android Wear 2.0 on board, you’ll have to pay something, as the wearable is not yet free, but it’s definitely one of the best deals you can score on Cyber Monday.

At the moment, the smartwatch is heavily discounted at B&H, thus making it a great purchase if you’re looking for such a device. The US retailer is now selling the LG Watch Style for just $99.99, about $150 off of the MSRP.

It’s the lowest price we’ve heard …