Sprint intros free early upgrades for any leased phone, not just iPhones and Galaxies

Sprint just announced that it is giving some love to its subscribers who aren’t participating in the Apple-Samsung duopoly kabuki. The carrier will be extending its phone leasing offers to all handsets in its roster, not only iPhones and Galaxy S line devices. 

This will open up more frequent upgrades to all Sprint phone users, as they will be able to lease any handset with the ability to upgrade from it after one year, just like they could do with, say, the iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7. So far, this option was also available for other phones, but did cost $5/month extra, and now …


The Rock tells us what he told early doubters in Instagram video for 'The Defiant Ones'

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The Rock might seem like an obvious Hollywood action hero success story now, but even he had moments when the world doubted him, and he shares some of that struggle in a brief Instagram video he posted on Sunday. 

But The Rock isn’t alone, also appearing in the video are NFL star Cam Newton, NBA champion Kevin Durant, and Mashable’s own founder Pete Cashmore, among others. 

They all tell brief parts of their stories of defying the odds to achieve success in a promotional video for the four-part HBO docu-series called The Defiant Ones. When it comes to The Rock, when he met doubt about his prospects in Hollywood, sports, and pro wrestling, he simply said, “Fuck that.” (Remember that steely resolve the next time you see him flash that warm, mainstream-friendly smile.)  Read more…

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Best new Android and iPhone games (early July 2017)

Looking for your weekly doze of gaming adrenaline? Look no further as we slice and dice, and look in the depths of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store to hunt and gather the best new games on mobile.

Expect no restrictions to genre: from RPG to strategy, to shooters and puzzlers, sports games and all else. Everything as long as it’s fun, well made and not choke full of ads.

What do we play on? We use a couple of iPhones to test the best new games, but we’ve got a Pixel, a Galaxy S8 and a few other phones that we switch whenever we like. With no …

Samsung debuts Bixby early access program in the U.S.

Samsung is still trying to bring the full Bixby experience to users outside its home turf, but things don’t seem to be working well for the South Korean company. Reports coming from the international media claim Bixby is having trouble comprehending English syntax and grammar.

Because of that, Samsung won’t be able to launch English-language Bixby in the United States until late June, the same reports say. Until then, Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners in the U.S. are given the option to try out Bixby before the digital assistant gets released in the country.

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Early LG V30 design shown off in leaked images

Following the LG V10 of 2015, and the LG V20 of 2016, LG is expected to release a V30 smartphone sometime later this year. While both the V10 and V20 feature secondary ticker displays in addition to their main screens, the upcoming V30 might differ slightly in this regard.

According to two leaked images that reportedly show “old-ish mockups of Project Joan, a.k.a. the LG V30”, LG seems to have envisioned the new handset as a slider phone. More exactly, the device would sport two independent touchscreen displays, with the lower (and smaller) one sliding out to reveal a larger area for interacting …

Motorola confirms Android Wear 2.0 is coming to the Moto 360 2nd Gen “as early as today”

The original Moto 360 is one of the few popular smartwatches that won’t be getting the new Android Wear 2.0 update, Motorola announced last year.

The bad news is the sequel to the Moto 360 hasn’t yet received the update, even though many other less popular smartwatches have already been upgraded to Android Wear 2.0. However, the situation is about to change if we are to believe the latest statement coming directly from Motorola.

As some of you probably know by know by now, Motorola promised to push the Android Wear 2.0 update to the Moto 360 2nd Gen in “late …

Magnificent portraits record early 20th century Norwegian villagers in stunning detail

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c. 1912-1920

A wedding.

IMage: Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane

Olai Fauske was born in 1887 to a farming family in the Norwegian county of Sogn og Fjordane. With chronic health problems and no inheritance rights to the family farm, he decided to start a career as a photographer.

After training in Bergen, he set up a business in the small town of Førde, where he worked until his death in 1944.

He traveled around the district of Sunnfjord, producing landscapes and postcards that he sold both to locals and far-flung emigrants who missed the vistas of their home country.

As the only photographer in the Førde area, Fauske was commissioned to document weddings, funerals, family portraits, and other notable events, from seasonal celebrations to the capture of a particularly large halibut, all on exquisitely detailed glass plate negatives. Read more…

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Xperia XZ Premium pre-orders now taken by Sony in Europe, high-end headphones offered as gift to early adopters

Several Sony e-stores in Europe are now officially taking pre-orders for the company’s 2017 flagship – the Xperia XZ Premium. While some third-party retailers already had pre-order listings on their websites for the last couple of months, what’s interesting to note here is that we have an official MSRP for the device alongside additional information regarding the gifts for early adopters. 
For example, purchasing an XZ Premium in the UK will cost you £649, and if you reserve your unit before the end of the month, you’ll be able to …

Apple iPhone 8 suppliers are reportedly ramping up production early

A new report published today says that circuit board manufacturers will start to work on components for the Apple iPhone 8 as soon as next month. That would be a month earlier than most analysts expected. Taipei’s Economic Daily News names Kinsus Interconnect and Zhen Ding as two companies that will be starting work in June on their contributions to the tenth anniversary edition of the iPhone.

TSMC, the company behind the production of the A11 chipset that will drive the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus will start mass production of the new chips in July. Even with …

NVIDIA debuts SHIELD Preview Program to grant users early access to upcoming updates

NVIDIA is the latest newcomer in the beta program field, as the company is trying to provide users with smooth software updates for its SHIELD lineup of products.

A new SHIELD Preview Program is now available for users who own this type of devices. Those who decide to enroll in the program will receive early access to features and improvements on their SHIELD. Moreover, they will gain access to beta forums where they can provide their feedback.

It’s worth pointing out that those who own multiple SHIELD devices will have to sign up for an account for each …