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The modern smartphone is a truly wonderful and practical device, but its magnificent splendor disappears as soon as its power cell gives in. If you need some extra juice on the go and battery cases freak you out, then you must have entertained the thought of getting a portable charger. 

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Android Oreo beta brings fast charging to Xiaomi Mi A1

It’s always great when a software update adds a feature that makes your handset so much better. That is the case with the Xiaomi Mi A1. The Android Oreo closed beta that Xiaomi has the phone running on, apparently adds a fast charging feature that was not available with the version of the phone that launched with Android Nougat on board. One user, after installing the Android Oreo beta on his Mi A1, discovered that it takes only 92 minutes for the battery to go from 0% to 100%. Before the update, it took more than two-hours to do the same thing. One note of interest. This was accomplished using …

WOW Air is offering an amazing holiday deal, but you're going to have to act fast

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WOW Air is offering a great, last-minute Christmas sale on end-of-the-year flights.

Until 7 p.m. ET Saturday, travelers can book roundtrip flights to 38 destinations for 50 percent off. The Icelandic airline flies all over Europe (and Canada) from many American cities, including Boston, New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and San Francisco.

The promo code to snag in the next few hours is WOWXMAS. Read more…

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What would you prefer: consistent, fast performance or consistent battery life?

For a while now, there have been reports that iOS automatically throttles system performance when the iPhone’s battery deteriorates below a certain threshold. Said theories have been all but confirmed now that the developers of benchmarking app Geekbench have stepped in to show tons of results that support them.

Supposedly Apple is doing this for the simple reason of maintaining a consistent battery life for as long as possible. When you have a deteriorated battery, it will drain faster, especially with the powerful chips that hum inside the iPhones nowadays. The solution is …

Google's Gboard keyboard app updated with handwriting support, fast delete feature, and more

Google’s popular Gboard virtual keyboard app has been updated for Android. The latest patch brings a bunch of neat functionalities, the most notable being support for handwriting.
If you’d like to give handwriting a try, simply tap on “Language Settings” (you access it with a long press on the spacebar), select your desired language, and then choose handwriting as alayout. This functionality will be most useful for alphabets and writing systems that feature thousands of symbols and characters, but the layout is available for all supported languages.
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The Essential Phone is getting double tap to wake, EIS and Treble for fast updates

Riding on his creator-of-Android clout, Andy Rubin reportedly raised $300 million from investors for his Essential undertaking, which has so far resulted in a phone with a very promising ideas, but ho-hum execution, as most initial efforts turn out to be. While Essential doesn’t disclose sales numbers, analysts back in September mapped its uptake to be just 5000 units, as the handset was plagued by poor camera reviews and other mishaps, and it was unfortunate to come to market when “all-screen” phones from the most popular manufacturers hit the tape as well. 

In addition, …

The best fast chargers for your iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus

While Apple’s new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X have fast charging circuitry built in, they ship with regular chargers that take more than two hours to top up an iPhone 8, for example, or three for the iPhone X, as you can see in out testing video above. Apple does offer a fast 29W USB-C Power Adapter that will load your iPhone to 50% in 30 minutes flat, but that one will cost you $49 extra.

Still, Apple does give you other options, as it lists on its official support pages that the fast-charging functionality of the new iPhones is certainly accessible by plugging in certain …

Recent Samsung Galaxy S8 update breaks fast charging for some owners

It appears that a recent update for the Galaxy S8/S8+ might have caused some units to malfunction. The problem seems to come from last month’s software upgrade which contained the October Android Security patch. After installation, the update breaks fast charging on certain devices.

Unsurprisingly, affected users have voiced their concerns over the internet. There are multiple appeals for help on Twitter as well as a number of threads on the Samsung community forums:

@SamsungSupport my s8 stopped fast charging after the latest update.  …

T-Mobile takes $130 off the Samsung Galaxy Note 8; Samsung will throw in a $200 card if you act fast

Almost lost in the hype over the Apple iPhone X is one of the finest Android phones available, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. With the same “Infinity Display” used on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and the Snapdragon 835 chipset under the hood, the Galaxy Note 8 is not only stylish, it can also handle everything you throw at it. And with the revamped S Pen, the Galaxy Note 8 allows you to mine the depths of your imagination.

Today, both T-Mobile and Samsung have deals on the T-Mobile branded Galaxy Note 8. Let’s start with the Un-carrier first. T-Mobile’s deal reduces the price of the …

Fast charging smartphone series for next month teased by Xiaomi; MIUI 9 could see a November release

Xiaomi published a teaser today that appears to focus on a new smartphone series with fast charging capabilities. Besides showing a logo that relates to battery charging, the teaser includes a hashtag that reads #YourBestSelfie. As a result, we would imagine that the phone being teased will also feature something new with the front-facing selfie snapper that improves how selfies turn out.

According to Xiaomi, we should learn more about the new device(s) on November 2nd, which is a week from today. The company says that this smartphone series includes “something you have been impatiently …