BLU Vivo One Plus with massive battery and 18:9 display introduced in the US

After launching its first ever Android Oreo smartphone, the VIVO XL3, BLU Products is back with yet another entry-level handset. The new BLU Vivo One Plus offers slightly better specs than the BLU Vivo One, which made its debut on the market back in February.

First off, the Vivo One Plus sports a larger 6-inch HD+ (720 x 1440 pixels) display, whereas the previous model comes with a 5.5-inch HD+ screen. Moreover, the new smartphone packs a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash and a secondary 13-megapixel selfie camera with LED flash.

A rear-mounted fingerprint sensor …

The Vernee X1 gives you decent specs and a massive battery for a pretty good price

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At the start of this year, Vernee launched the Vernee X — smartphone with a massive battery, pretty decent specs, and four cameras — two on each side. It was available in either 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage or 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage variants. Now, in an attempt to strike a sweet spot between performance and price, Vernee is …

Fortnite for iOS gets a massive update, here are all the changes

Fortnite is already a major success on iOS raking in $1.5 million in just four days. Well, the folks over at Epic Games are taking great care of their investment, so it’s no wonder that the game is getting a huge update so soon after its release.

Dubbed v3.4, the new update introduces Guided Missile, as well as some highly requested “quality-of-life” improvements to Save the World such as the addition of Combat Pro control scheme and removal of Energy from sprinting.

There are a bunch of improvements included in the update, such as party text chat, a new game data download system, …

Samsung Gear S2 gets a massive update, check the new interface and functions

Samsung has a big software update in store for its Gear S2 smartwatch. So big, in fact, that it warranted a dedicate blog post explaining all the novelties that await the owners of its second-gen wearable. The Gear S2 update is available through the Samsung Gear app, and includes interface, as well as functionality enhancements, breathing new life in the affordable wearable. 

To start off, there is a new App Shortcuts widget that arranges your most recent apps in the Gear S-line’s signature circular format automatically, yet you can still …

3D creators now have access to a massive new object library


3D content-platform Sketchfab has a new tool for creators who make your favorite 3D, virtual reality, and augmented reality content. 

The company’s new Download API will allow any 3D-creation application to integrate Sketchfab’s object library with an easy-to-use search bar. Think the Giphy button in Twitter, but for 3D graphics. 

Creators will be able to integrate around 150,000 3D models into their content. You can search by a number of criteria including title, tags, categories, and polygon count. 

The API launches with around 10 live integrations and 20 in the works, according to the company. The services planning to integrate Sketchfab’s new tool include Amazon Sumerian, Substance, Modo, and High Fidelity, Sansar, The Wave VR, MasterpieceVR and Meta.  Read more…

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Lenovo denies reports of massive Motorola layoffs, says Moto Z family is safe for now

You might not be aware that Lenovo has decided let go a certain number of Motorola employees earlier this week. Reports about the layoffs emerged a few days ago after a Motorola employee said the company’s workforce in Chicago has been halved.

Today, Lenovo told Engadget that the reports are inaccurate in the fact that the layoffs did not impact half of Motorola’s workforce in Chicago, but much less. Also, the company confirmed the development of its Moto Z family will not be affected by these layoffs.

This week’s employment reductions are a continuation of that process. We are reducing …

Huawei Y9 (2018) officially unveiled with 18:9 display, four cameras, massive battery

Huawei is determined to go with the flow and adopt the new 18:9 display trend. The company’s new mid-range smartphone offers not just such a screen, but also a gigantic battery. Seen as something unusual not long ago, 18:9 displays have become the norm these days, so it will be interesting to see what other parts of a phone will suffer such modifications in the coming years.

Anyway, Huawei’s newly introduced Y9 (2018) smartphone sports a 5.93-inch display with FHD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels) and 18:9 aspect ratio. Hardware-wise, the handset is quite decent since Huawei included an octa-core …

The Bluboo S2 was at MWC with its crazy rotatable camera, all-screen front, massive battery

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This year’s MWC was stuffed to the brim with interesting tech and it’s obvious that phones with 18:9 screens and minimal bezels are taking over. Now, while a lot of them will have a notch cutout at the top of the screen to accommodate a selfie camera, some have chosen a more exotic, innovative take on how to deal with the lack of a top bezel. Such is the case with …

A pilot drew a massive heart in the sky using flight radar


In case you hadn’t already spotted the onslaught of heart-shaped everything in the shops, it’s Valentine’s Day. 

And, one cheeky pilot decided to have a bit of fun by drawing a giant love heart in the sky. The Virgin Atlantic pilot—who was out on a training flight—took a heart-shaped route off the coast of Cornwall, UK. 

The love-heart flight path was visible on, and was first spotted by eagle-eyed plane spotter Philip Davis. 

Virgin A330 drawing a heart off the north Cornwall coast ❤

— Philip Davis (@PlanePhil5) February 14, 2018 Read more…

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 leaks; phone carries huge screen and massive battery

Last month, we passed along some of the specs that put the max into the Xiaomi Mi Max 3. A new render showing what is allegedly the back of the Mi Max 3 has surfaced, and it reveals that the device will be equipped with a dual camera setup on back, along with a fingerprint scanner. It also shows that the handset will be offered in three different colors including one black and two different shades of blue.

The Mi Max 3 features a 7-inch full-screen display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. We could see a resolution of 1080 x 2160. The primary snapper on back is believed to weigh in at 12MP, …