ZTE Axon 7's Android Oreo update will bring a near-stock UI, improved battery life

ZTE USA today announced that owners of the Axon 7 smartphone can now register to be part of an Android 8 Oreo beta program – in order to test the software update before ZTE can publicly release it.  
Launched as a flagship phone back in 2016, the ZTE Axon 7 initially ran Android 6 Marshmallow, and was updated to Android 7 Nougat in 2017. According to ZTE, following “a request voiced by consumers,” the Android 8 Oreo update will bring a near-stock Android experience to the Axon 7. Apparently, users aren’t too fond of ZTE’s own MiFavor UI that the phone originally …

Phones with best battery life in 2018

Which phone has the best battery life in 2018?
If you are looking for a phone that you know will last you through the longest of days or if you want to avoid buying a phone with poor battery life, you need to know those battery numbers.
We have tested all major new phones available right now in 2018 and we have found that battery life depends not only on the battery size, but on a number of other variables from software to display quality and other optimizations.
Of course, measuring battery life is complicated and …

Amazon invests $90 million to get its hands on chips that can extend the battery life of devices

Toward the end of last year, Amazon spent $90 million to purchase Blink. This is a company that makes home security cameras. The reason for the acquisition might have little to do with security or even cameras. According to a report published today, those familiar with Amazon’s thinking say that the company bought Blink to gain access to the latter’s energy-sipping chips. Blink says that its cameras can run for two years on one pair of  AA lithium batteries.

Amazon is said to be looking over Blink’s exclusive chips to find out if it can use them to lower production costs and extend …

New Samsung Galaxy Note 8 videos show how to maximize battery life, and setup mobile hotspot

Samsung may be getting ready to announce a Galaxy S9 and an S9+ at MWC 2018 next month, but its Galaxy Note series is (probably) not going to be refreshed until the second half of the year. And that makes sense, as the Galaxy Note 8 is only 4 months old now, so it doesn’t need a replacement yet. With that in mind, we’re not surprised to see that Samsung just shared a couple of new how-to videos featuring the Galaxy Note 8. 
The first new Note 8 video shows what can be done to maximize the battery life of the handset – including using dark wallpapers, disabling …

Qualcomm bests the AirPods' battery life with a new chip for Bluetooth headphones

Qualcomm just announced the QCC5100 – a chipset aimed squarely at true wireless earphones, like Apple’s AirPods. In fact, Qualcomm has nonchalantly mentioned during its presentation that the Bluetooth 5.0 system-on-a-chip will deliver “25% better battery life than the most popular true wireless headset on the market today.” Since that title goes to the AirPods, this is a stone thrown in Apple’s garden by a chip giant which is currently in a patent feud with the team from Cupertino.
In the press release, however, the new silicon is actually claimed to offer “up …

Buttonless Bluetooth earbuds can seriously improve gym life, and they're 50% off

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Headphones serve a strictly utilitarian purpose, so you’d think shopping for them would be a breeze. But in reality? It’s a total nightmare.

With tons of brands, styles, and price points to choose from, there are simply too many options. And once you buy a pair you think will do the trick, they’re uncomfortable, bulky, or have superfluous buttons.

Ergonomic, powerful, and currently more than 50% off, Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds might be just what you need. Read more…

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A Rose McGowan documentary series about her life as an activist will air on E!

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Actress and activist Rose McGowan, who was among the first to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, will star in her own documentary series to premiere on E! this monthCitizen Rose will follow McGowan, now a prominent face and voice in the movement to end sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond.

The show premieres in conjunction with McGowan’s memoir Brave, which is set to release on Jan. 30. After the premiere, the remaining four episodes will air in spring.

Within a week of the first breaking Weinstein news, McGowan’s Twitter account was suspended, drawing uproar from her supporters (Twitter explained why in a statement). She remained at the forefront of the #MeToo movement after her suspension and rallied her supporters into #ROSEARMY and a full feminist revolution. Read more…

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Watch Animoji come to life replacing actors on TV

What if animoji – the coolest iPhone X gimmick – could be the face of the most popular TV shows?
You don’t need to wonder anymore as creative YouTubers from the Corridor replaced the faces of artists in some of your favorite TV shows like Stranger Things, The Office and Full Metal Jacket with… animoji.
It’s a clever trick: the guys over at the Corridor tracked their own faces with animoji while speaking the lines of the characters and then imposed the animoji on top of the actors’ faces.
The result …

Garmin Vivofit 4 goes official: year-long battery life and affordable price

Garmin has just launched a brand new affordable wearable fitness tracker with a color display and a claimed 1-year battery life: enter the Garmin Vivofit 4.
The newest Vivofit 4 comes as a successor to the Vivofit 3, and is $20 cheaper at a recommended retail price of $80. You can get replacement bands for around $20, and the fitness tracker will be available exclusively on Amazon today.
The Vivofit 4 has an interesting, textured band that stands out and an always-on color display that allows you to see your activity, …