Old Lumia handsets are on sale now in the Microsoft Store

Looks like Microsoft needed to clear up some space in the company warehouse. How else would you explain the sudden reappearance of Lumia handsets for sale at the Microsoft Store? The specific models on sale include the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 550 and Lumia 650. These are unlocked models and shipping is free. The highest spec’d unit is the Lumia 950 XL, which features a 5.7-inch AMOLED display with a 1440 x 2560 QHD resolution, and is powered by the Snapdragon 810 chipset. The 20 MP rear camera features an aperture of f/1.9 and comes with OIS. This phone is available for $499.

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Google previews MWC; expect to see new Android Oreo (Go), Android One handsets

This morning, Google posted a summary of what we can expect to see from the company at the MWC trade show in Barcelona starting this Monday. The first Android handset (sold as the T-Mobile G1 in the U.S.) will celebrate its ten-year anniversary in the fall. Google says that Android now powers more than 2 billion active devices from 1,300 brands. The company credits Android’s openness for much of its success.

At MWC, we should hear about more about the Android Oreo (Go edition), which is a version of the OS designed to work on handsets sporting 1GB or less of RAM. The software was introduced …

Verizon to lock its handsets for protection from thieves

The nation’s largest carrier, Verizon, has been selling unlocked handsets to its customers. This allows them to switch carriers, and replace one SIM card for another. But starting this Spring, Big Red will be making a big change. Today, Verizon announced that it will soon start locking handsets that it sells to its subscribers, preventing them from changing carriers with a simple SIM switcheroo.

Verizon says that it will make an announcement before putting the new policy in place. The carrier states that it is taking this action to stop criminals from stealing smartphones while they are …

Microsoft patent application could lead to a smaller notch for future iOS and Android handsets

Microsoft has applied for a patent application that could result in a smaller notch on future versions of the Apple iPhone X. The technology that the patent application covers would combine the front-facing camera and infra-red camera into one sensor. There are other advantages to doing this besides saving space. The technology in the patent would allow infra-red sensors to be placed in a camera alongside visible light sensors. This would allow the phone to collect infra-red data and visible light data at the same time, without parallax issues disrupting depth calculations.

The patent, named …

36K NYPD cops start swapping their Lumia handsets for an Apple iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

So that’s why they call it the Big Apple! 36,000 NYPD cops are giving up their old Windows Phone powered handsets and are receiving the Apple iPhone 7 and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Cops are so excited about the two iPhone models becoming standard issue equipment, that they are already singing the praises of the handsets by calling them the “ultimate crime fighting tool.”

Over the course of the next few weeks, the 36,000 Nokia Lumia Windows Phone units that the NYPD issued to cops in 2014, will be exchanged for the 2016 iPhone models. Back in 2014, handing out the Nokia Lumia smartphones …

Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ to use new "Intelligent Scan" to unlock the handsets? (VIDEO)

An APK teardown of the Settings app on the latest Android Oreo beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, has revealed some interesting information pertaining to Sammy’s 2018 flagship handsets. It appears that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ will be equipped with a new feature called “Intelligent Scan.” This reportedly is a combination of face and iris scanning, which will improve the security and accuracy of the system compared to using just one or the other. “Intelligent Scan” will also work in both low and very bright light, allowing users to unlock their Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ …

Update from Microsoft protects Windows 10 Mobile handsets from Meltdown and Spectre

Android and iOS powered devices are certainly not the only mobile products that need protection from the current two bad boys of the security flaw world. We are referring, of course, to Spectre and Meltdown. These bugs, with the help of a malicious app, can steal the secrets that you hide in your phone, including the passwords that are used to get into your banking and brokerage apps.

Microsoft has pushed out a cumulative update for all Windows 10 Mobile handsets regardless of whether they are registered with the Insider program or not. On the company’s support page, it says that the update …

After receiving complaints, Google changes its trade-in kit so incoming handsets are more protected

When the Google Store started offering a trade-in program in October for the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL, Google sent out a special trade-in kit that received a number of complaints. Those taking advantage of the deal received a 4 x 6 envelope that contained a very light amount of padding. This worried a number of Google Store customers who were afraid that without enough protection, their trade would never make it through the U.S. Postal System unscathed.

Considering that the terms of the trade-in deal say “refund is based on phone received matching the description provided at time of estimate,” …

Tuesday, you can win a pair of Samsung Galaxy S8 Active handsets from T-Mobile

The next T-Mobile Tuesday is just a few days away and this coming week’s give-aways include a free sausage biscuit sandwich from Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. Want to learn how to cook for yourself? T-Mobile subscribers will be receiving a free cooking class from Panna. Save $30 on tickets to a sporting event or concert from Ticket Liquidators, and 25% from craft store Joann’s Fabric.

The sweepstakes portion of this coming week’s T-Mobile Tuesday is being handled a little differently. Instead of having a grand prize, a first prize, and a second prize, the carrier will randomly draw the winner …

AT&T sells only 10,000 Moto Z2 Force handsets since its launch; Motorola's U.S. share rises 91%

BayStreet Research is a company that tracks sales of specific products. One of the devices it tracked recently was the AT&T branded Moto Z2 Force. The data revealed that since the launch of the phone in August, the nation’s second largest carrier sold only 10,000 units through the end of October. AT&T rang up this paltry sales total even though buyers of the phone received a free Moto Insta-Share Projector valued at $300.

Last year, the Moto Z Force Droid was a Verizon exclusive and as such, it was part of the carrier’s historic Droid lineup. Not wanting to limit its sales to Verizon …