From Samsung Brazil comes a hint that Android Oreo will soon run the International Galaxy S8/S8+

If you own the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Samsung Galaxy S8+, you’ve been patiently waiting for all beta testing of Android Oreo to end so that the final version of the new Android build can be installed on your phone. Samsung has said that a stable version of the update would be disseminated for beta testing by the end of this month. A sign that the delicious creme filled cookie will be soon on its way to Sammy’s 2017 flagships comes from the tech giant’s Brazilian website.

Samsung Brazil has posted revised manuals for both the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+. This is a very good sign for those …

The International Space Station's crew is having a very merry Christmas


‘Twas Christmas Day and all over the place,
People were celebrating, even in space.
The halls were all decked, the stockings were hung,
And for all that we know, even carols were sung.

Two-forty miles up, above Santa’s sleigh,
Was the International Space Station’s own holiday.
Gifts came on a rocket that was launched up from Earth,
Bringing cosmonauts and astronauts plenty of mirth.

On that zero-g station with their hearts all a-flitter,
Astronaut Vande Hei shared this photo on Twitter.

Merry Christmas from the International Space Station!

— Mark T. Vande Hei (@Astro_Sabot) December 25, 2017 Read more…

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Traveling abroad? AT&T has new international roaming data plans in its Passport

The AT&T Passport program is a boon for international travelers on the carrier’s plans, and the offering just got simpler and sweeter. Roaming warriors will be able to pick between 1GB of data for a one-time $60 charge, valid for 30 days, or can get triple that amount of data for twice the price (3GB for $120), and set it as recurring payment, if needed. Actual talking is extra, though, at $0.35 per minute to any place.

Given that before that announcement AT&T’s Passport add-on was giving just 200 MB, and for $40 at that, this is certainly good …

Deal: Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (international model) now costs just $730

Buying an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in the US (or anywhere
else) is a costly affair, as the handset is normally sold for at least $900. But
what would you say about an unlocked Galaxy Note 8 that’s offered for only $729.99?
This is exactly the price that a top-rated eBay seller is currently asking for the
international, dual SIM variant of the smartphone, and we don’t remember seeing
such a low Note 8 price ever (though this certain deal was pretty close).


The $729.99 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 that’s available on eBay
is “brand new in sealed box,” and is compatible with GSM/LTE
carriers …

International arbitration panel orders BlackBerry to pay Nokia $137 million to settle a dispute

BlackBerry today said that it would go along with a ruling announced by the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration. This ruling orders BlackBerry to pay $137 million to Nokia to settle a contract dispute between two of the earliest smartphone manufacturers. The dispute centered around certain payments that Nokia claims it was owed by BlackBerry under the terms of a patent license contract.

On November 29th, the Arbitration panel ruled in favor of Nokia, saying that the latter was owed $137 million by BlackBerry. The dispute between both firms was not related …

International Moto Z2 Force with 6GB RAM reportedly carries a 3.5mm headphone jack

Yesterday, Motorola and the four major U.S. carriers unveiled the Motorola Moto Z2 Force. While there are some new features like the dual camera setup in back, the pill shaped fingerprint sensor (as opposed to the square shaped button on last year’s model), the Snapdragon 835 chipset inside, and the 64GB of native storage, one of the things that remains the same is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack.

For those who love the Moto Z2 Force but feel that the lack of the 3.5mm jack is a deal breaker, there is an interesting (but aggravating) rumor that was posted yesterday on Twitter. Citing …

Deal: LG G6 (64 GB international model) now costs just $410

If you’re looking for a new high-end Android phone, but you don’t want to spend too much on it, there’s a deal for you over at eBay: a brand new, fully unlocked LG G6 now costs only $409.99 – that’s almost $200 less than the phone’s official price in the US.

We must mention that the G6 that’s sold for $409.99 is the international variant of the handset, so it does not come with US warranty. Moreover, the smartphone will only work on carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, being incompatible with CDMA networks like Verizon and Sprint. Still, this model has a couple …

HMD made some software and hardware changes to the international version of Nokia 6

Although HMD promised to release all its Nokia-branded smartphones globally by the end of June, it looks like many markets won’t be getting two out of the three Nokia handsets until July.

The Nokia 6 is the first Android smartphone launched by HMD, but the device was a China exclusive for many months. The international variant is supposed to hit European markets very soon, while customers in the United States will get the Nokia 6 in early July.

However, there are differences between the Chinese and global variants of the Nokia 6, and one of them is the amount …

Deal: Unlocked LG G6 now costs less than $500 (64 GB international model)

The unlocked version of the LG G6 officially costs $699.99 in the US, but retailers like Amazon and B&H have been selling the handset at lower prices: $629.99 and $599.99, respectively. Now, however, you can even get an unlocked G6 for less than $500, although there’s a catch.

To purchase an unlocked LG G6 for less than $500 ($475.97, to be exact), you need to buy its international version from eBay. The phone is offered by a top-rated eBay seller, and ships from Houston, Texas. While you’re not getting specific US warranty, this is the 64 GB dual SIM version …

Samsung closes on its $8 billion purchase of Harman International

Samsung announced early today that it has closed on the purchase of technology company Harman for a total of $8 billion. The deal was originally announced back in November and under the final terms, Harman stockholders will receive $112 a share. Harman produces plenty of products for the auto industry, but also owns several well known consumer audio brands such as Harman Kardon and JBL.

Both Harman Kardon and JBL have had their name on certain smartphones and accessories. A JBL speaker is available as a Moto Mod modular accessory for the Moto Z series. Meanwhile, HTC had offered a special …