PSA: The cheapest Samsung Galaxy S8 can be found at Boost and Virgin Mobile

As of last week, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is widely available across the US, with all relevant carriers and retailers offering it. As you may know, the Galaxy S8 is a bit more expensive than last year’s S7, and you can’t get it for less than $720 (off contract) from any of the four major carriers. What you might not know is that you can get the S8 for just $649.99 if you don’t mind buying it from Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile (Sprint’s two prepaid brands).

Both Boost and Virgin Mobile are offering the Samsung Galaxy S8 only in black, with no carrier branding to be …

Logitech Universal Folio tablet cover: a new easy way to get your office mobile

Working on productivity tasks using a tablet is not always the most effective way to do things right unless you have a good case with convenient keyboard. Fortunately, there are dozens of keyboard covers on the market and they can make the situation easier. But while many accessory makers prefer to tie their cases to specific tablets, Logitech goes a different way, by offering one case that fits many models. The advantage here is that you can use the same solution even if at some point you decide to buy another tablet which is about the same size. 

The new accessory is called Universal …

LG's latest earnings report shows 10 percent overall yearly growth, 2 percent in its mobile division

LG Electronics posted its Q1 2017 earnings report today, and things are looking pretty great for the company on pretty much all fronts. Its operating profits are up 9.7 percent over the same period last year, though its mobile division saw only 2 percent year-over-year growth.

The increase in smartphone revenue, which for Q1 2017 was 3.01 trillion won (USD 2.61 billion), was helped by the launch of its latest flagship, the LG G6, though its March 10 release date left it little time to leave a considerable mark on the company’s profits. However, unit …

Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update now rolling out to regular (non-insider) users

One day later than expected, Microsoft has started sending out the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update worldwide to regular Windows 10 Mobile users. Yesterday, Microsoft decided to release the update to those registered as insiders. As we previously told you, only 13 units are receiving the update. But these 13 do account for 60% of Windows 10 Mobile users across the globe, according to AdDuplex. The latter is a cross-promotion network for Windows Phone and the Windows Store. For the 40% not receiving the Creators Update, their phones’ updating days are over.

Thanks to a change in the updating …

Lenovo's ZUK Mobile sub-brand is being killed, less than two years after its debut

We’ve known for some time that Lenovo was looking to shift its mobile business strategy, or at least the way it’s branded – as it currently stands, the company sells phones under three different names: Moto, Lenovo, and ZUK Mobile. Up until now, that is – it appears that, as part of this internal shift, the youngest of the three brand names will be killed off entirely.

ZUK started its brief life less than two years ago, and released a total of five devices, the latest of which was last year’s ZUK Edge. The move doesn’t seem to have been motivated by financial reasons, as …

$130 ZTE Max XL launched on Boost Mobile, packing surprisingly generous specs in places

ZTE is on a roll this week, attacking the budget sector with reasonably well thought-out phones. After releasing the $199 Blade Max 3, the Chinese brand is going to launch a new prepaid phone on Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile – the ZTE Max XL. Embargoed information leaked online, describing a $130 phone with some surprisingly solid hardware for the price. The device features a 6-inch 1080p-resolution screen and is powered by the Snapdragon 435 chipset with 2GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.

There’s a 13MP main camera and 5MP front camera, along with a 3390mAh battery. The ZTE Max …

A job posting reveals Blizzard might be working on a new mobile game

Don’t get your hopes up just yet, but Blizzard might be working on a new mobile game. According to a job posting on the company’s website, it’s looking for Software Engineer to work on some tools for game developers.

There are two things that make us believe that the job opening is related to a new mobile title. First, it’s for Blizzard’s Incubation division, which is the one that deals with new games. And second, one of the pluses listed is “experience developing mobile games”.

We also know the listing isn’t related to Hearthstone, since there is a separate opening for Software …

Prison Architect mobile game soft-launched on Android and iOS

As the name suggests, Prison Architect is a game that allows players to build and manage a maximum security prison. Originally launched on PC back in 2015, Prison Architect will soon make its debut on mobile platforms.

Winner of the BAFTA 2016 award in the “Best Persistent Game” category, Prison Architect is has been recently soft-launched in the Netherlands on both the Android and iOS platforms.

The game includes an Architect Mode that allows players to build a prison and manage different prisoner types, inmate needs, as well as the jail’s budget.

There’s …

Samsung Galaxy S8's iris scanner could be used for mobile payments

The iris scanning authentication method which Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ could soon be used for secure financial transactions. 
A new report from The Korea Herald suggests that several South Korean credit card companies are looking to implement the feature for the verification of mobile payments, lauding it as a more secure tool than passwords and fingerprint scanners. Samsung Card Co. is said to be among the first businesses to apply the method to its mobile app, while other big financial institutions are also …

The Chuck Norris mobile game is out on Android and iOS

Chuck Norris, the fierce American martial artist, actor, and screenwriter was born on March 1940. In celebration of Norris’ 77th birthday, developer Flare Games has decided to launch a mobile game on both the Android and iOS platforms.

Dubbed “Nonstop Chuck Norris,” the game has just been released, and it’s now available for free via App Store and Google Play Store. Keep in mind though that some game items may be purchased for real money.

On the bright side, the game doesn’t require an Internet connection to play. Also, it’s 110% Chuck Norris approved, so …