Microsoft Launcher update adds lots of new features, here is what to expect

Microsoft’s popular Android launcher has just received a new update that brings many new features meant to enhance user experience. Microsoft Launcher v4.5 has a couple of improvements aimed at devices running Android Oreo, but most of the new features can be used on any compatible smartphone.

First off, the update adds the option to adjust icon size in the app drawer, dock, and home screen. Also, you can now let people attending a meeting know that you’re going to be late via the calendar card.

Furthermore, if you’re using Microsoft Intune, you will now …


Don't expect T-Mobile to pick up the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

It now appears that the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will not be offered by AT&T or Verizon. The Wall Street Journal today suggested that the reversal might have taken place because of a 2012 Congressional report that claimed Huawei’s telecom equipment was used to spy on corporations and governments. The allegations in the report were denied by the manufacturer despite comments made by former CIA chief Michael Hayden. The latter claims to have seen hard evidence that Huawei has spied on behalf of China, its home country. AT&T and Verizon have not made any comments about Huawei at all.

Huawei …

Sony's mysterious 6-inch H4233 model is the Xperia XA2 Ultra, here's what to expect

The H4233 Sony smartphone model is actually next year’s Xperia XA2 Ultra, according to Slashleaks. A recent post on the tech leaks platform reveals that the information has been confirmed by NBTC AND SIRIM, the official regulatory agencies of Thailand and Malaysia. 
You might remember that the H4233 model was tested on benchmarking site GFXBench back in September. The listing supposedly revealed some of the most important specs of the device, including a 6-inch display with full HD (1080p) …

Samsung Galaxy S9 clone from China looks like what we expect from the real thing

We’ve been seeing and hearing so much about the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, that you would think that the device is about to be released. Using renders of the upcoming flagship model, a company in China has produced a knock-off of the Galaxy S9. Unlike the vertically mounted single-lens camera and fingerprint scanner that will be found on the rear of Galaxy S9, this clone features a dual-camera setup on back, similar to what we will reportedly find on the back of the Galaxy S9+.

The clone, made by Vkworld, carries the misleading model number of S9. It will be priced for less than what …

Apple iPhone X suppliers report weak November shipments, and expect this month to be worse

November was apparently a rough month for companies that supply Apple with components for the iPhone X. On a sequential basis (month over month), camera lens manufacturer Largan Precision saw its revenue rise only 0.05%. The company expects to see revenues decline in December. This is a pattern that other iPhone X suppliers are running into. Chassis and casing supplier Catcher saw its November revenue decline 10.4%. The company that provides touch panels, General Interface Solutions, struggled through a month-over-month 15.53% revenue drop in November.

The main problem is that Apple’s component …

Analysts expect 'aggressive' iPhone X deals for Black Friday from T-Mobile and Sprint

It ain’t over until it’s over, a wise man once said, and a seemingly wise decision by carriers not to enter any iPhone price wars this holiday season like last year, may soon change when Black Friday hits. After their failed merger talks, both T-Mobile and Sprint are primed for a subscribers fight, and are preparing iPhone X deals that might force Verizon and AT&T to take a hit on their margins, too.

“We suspect the need to maintain net (subscriber) add momentum will drive Sprint and T-Mobile to offer aggressive promotions starting around Black Friday (Nov. 24 following Thanksgiving),” …

Sony posts infographic explaining when to expect the next major Android update for your Xperia phone

Sony Mobile is among the first smartphone brands to provide Android 8.0 Oreo to one of its products, the Xperia XZ Premium. However, if you don’t own Sony’s flagship, you probably wonder when exactly your phone will receive the highly-anticipated update.

For that matter, Sony Mobile wanted to give fans a heads up on when they can expect to receive a major Android update on their Xperia phones, chronologically speaking.

An infographic posted on Sony’s official blog explains the process of bringing a new Android update to Xperia devices. We get to learn how Android software moves from …

OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 5: 5 differences and new features to expect

Last year’s OnePlus 3 was an all-around great phone at a great price, but only five months after its release, its maker launched an even better model. OnePlus 3T – that’s what it was called, as “T” comes after “S”, apparently. It brought meaningful improvements in the form of camera, processor, and battery upgrades, but also carried a higher price.
This year’s OnePlus 5 is also getting the “T” treatment, if rumors are to be believed. Not a single detail about the OnePlus 5T (or OnePlus 6, perhaps?) is official at this point, but we think we have an idea …

Samsung Galaxy S9: 9 new features to expect

Where there is smoke there is fire, and the fact that nuggets of info about upcoming Galaxy S9 are already trickling out may come as support for the rumor that Samsung may pull its release forward in order to combat the wider market availability of the iPhone X, whose production is expected to ramp up sufficiently no sooner than next quarter. 

While a grandiose change in looks is not expected, given that Samsung just blasted off with the Infinity Display design this year, there will be grand changes under the hood, if the rumor mill and history …

Woody Allen's response to Harvey Weinstein's behavior is as gross as you'd expect

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Director Woody Allen commented today on the mounting sexual assault allegations made against Harvery Weinstein, acknowledging that he feels “sad” for Weinstein and is worried about how this scandal will lead to a “witch hunt atmosphere” in Hollywood.

Since a New York Times investigative report published Oct. 5, more than 30 individuals have accused Weinstein of sexual assault and rape, leading to his expulsion from both his own production company, the Weinstein Company, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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