Samsung handset explodes and starts a fire that destroys a car (VIDEO)

According to a report from ABC affiliate WXYZ, a woman from Detroit was traveling in her car back on May 21st with a Samsung Galaxy S4 and a Samsung Galaxy S8 in a cupholder. Suddenly, she saw a spark coming from one of the two handsets, and it caught fire. She pulled over, but her car was soon completely covered in flames. “I thought I was going to die when I saw the sparks and the fire,” said the unnamed victim.

WXYZ spoke with the Detroit Fire Department, which confirmed the woman’s story. Her attorney, Gerald Thurswell, says that the female driver is having trouble …


The Wileyfox Pro Windows 10 Mobile handset is available once more

Back in February, U.K. phone manufacturer Wileyfox went into administration, which is the British version of a bankruptcy filing in the U.S. The company found a savior in a company called STK, which made a deal to sell, distribute, and support the warranties for Wileyfox’s handsets. In the UK, Europe, and South Africa, Wileyfox’s Android phones are once again being offered for sale from the manufacturer’s re-opened website.

Also on the Wileyfox website, you’ll find the Wileyfox Pro. This is a Windows 10 Mobile powered handset that was launched late last year. The manufacturer promises to …

Huawei in talks to develop handset for cryptocurrencies that will run Blockchain applications?

Huawei is reportedly looking to work out a deal with Sirin Labs to license its SIRIN OS for use in a new phone that would focus on cryptocurrencies. According to two sources cited by Bloomberg, the phone will be able to run Blockchain-based applications. Blockchain is a digital ledger used to record cryptocurrency transactions chronologically. The Blockchain is not stored in one specific location, making it nearly impossible for hackers to corrupt. It was first created for Bitcoin, the most well known cryptocurrency at the moment.

According to reports, Huawei’s phone would also run …

This Moviphone is an Android handset with a built-in projector

Ask an American what Moviefone is, and he/she will tell you that it is an app (originally a call-in service) that lists movie times, shows trailers, and even tells you what new flicks are available on streaming sites like Netflix. But now, there is another Moviphone, although it is spelled quite differently. This Moviphone happens to be an Android handset with a built-in projector. Images can be projected to as large as 100-inches, which tops the 70-inch maximum projection available with the InstaShare Projector Moto Mod. At 50-Lumens, the Moviphone is about as bright as the Moto Mod projector.

The …

Energizer Power Max P600S unveiled; handset carries a 4500mAh battery

These days, even the Energizer Bunny makes a smartphone, and as you might expect, this one carries a pretty hefty 4500mAh battery inside. The Energizer Power Max P600S features a 6-inch display (alright, 5.99 inches to be precise). This is not only a highly functional phone, it also looks stylish, too. With a 1080 x 2160 resolution, the device has an 18:9 aspect ratio and the so-called bezel-less look that is starting to become the norm.

Under the hood is a MediaTek Helio P25 SoC, with an octa-core 2.5GHz CPU, and the Mali T880 MP2 GPU. Two variants will be offered. One model, in Black, …

Amazon India teases new Samsung Galaxy On handset which could be a rebranded Galaxy J7 Pro

Amazon India has started teasing a new Samsung Galaxy On handset. Considering that the Galaxy On models have always been rebranded Galaxy J units, the question is which one of the latter models is getting turned on. Or should we say, turned into an On. Amazon’s Indian website mentions the phone’s “Superior Performance,” and a “New Way To Shop.” The latter could be hinting that the phone will be equipped with Samsung Pay or another mobile payment system. Since the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is the only model in the series with support for the complete Samsung Pay package, that could be the phone that …

End of the road for the BlackBerry Priv: No more security updates for the handset

The BlackBerry Priv will no longer receive monthly security updates as 24 months have passed since the device arrived on the shelves. In a lengthy blog post, BlackBerry’s Alex Thurber  explains that the company has successfully kept the device secure and up-to-date for the standard amount of time, but regular security patches will no longer be rolled out for the handset.

When we introduced our first Android device more than 24 months ago, we committed to delivering 2 years of monthly software updates for the PRIV. True to our word, we fulfilled this commitment …

OnePlus says 5T is its fastest selling phone ever, handset now ships in up to 2 weeks


Not long after launching the 5T – its newest flagship
smartphone – OnePlus announced that this became its “fastest selling
device” to date. Earlier this year, OnePlus said the same thing about the
OnePlus 5, which means the 5T is more successful than its predecessor.

 

According to OnePlus, it took only 6 hours to realize that
the 5T broke its sales records. Unfortunately, the company did not share exact
numbers, so we don’t know just how many OnePlus 5T units have been sold in those 6
hours. In any case, right now, the new phone is a bit hard to get, at least in
the US.
If you want …

Do not factory reset your Android 8.1 powered handset, unless you want to brick it

Bricking a phone is never fun, and on Android 8.1 you could easily find yourself bricking your daily driver by simply performing a factory reset on the device. That is what happened to Tom Bolger. Tom had just updated his phone to Android 8.1, but forgot the PIN code for his handset. That left him with no choice but to do a factory reset. Honestly, most of us would rather have a Foley catheter inserted than factory reset our phones. But sometimes a smartphone owner has no choice.

The problem arose after Bolger’s phone had completed the factory reset. In the past, he would have been prompted …

Google Assistant can now control Chromecasts from your Android or iOS handset

The Google Chromecast allows you to stream content through your television set by plugging it into your set’s HDMI port. Simple as that. But only a Google Home smart speaker would allow you to bark a command to Google Assistant demanding that Chromecast stream a particular bit of content. Not even your expensive edge-to-edge models like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Essential Phone could do that.

Well folks, those days are over. Late last night, Google confirmed that you can now control Chromecasts with Google Assistant on your Android or iOS flavored handset. For example, you can specify …