Verizon quietly starts new lower priced carrier Visible; unlimited talk, text and data is $40 a month

Under the radar, Verizon earlier this year created a carrier called Visible. The service costs $40 a month for unlimited talk, text and data in the U.S. over Verizon’s 4G LTE network. To subscribe, you need an invite to join Visible’s early access program from a current subscriber. If you happen to have received an invitation, download the app from the App Store (Visible is iOS only at this point), fill out the necessary personal information including the invite code, and Verizon will send you a SIM card the very next day. Put the card in your phone and activate the service. 

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Xiaomi is serious about going global, expands to more European countries later this month

Chinese giant Xiaomi announced early this month plans to enter the European market with many of its products, including smartphones. The company confirmed its smartphones will be available in 3 Group’s stores in Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK.

In addition, thanks to the partnership with A.S. Watson’s Fortress, Superdrug and Kruidvat stores, many of its products will be officially available for purchase in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the UK.

Today, Xiaomi announced that it will expand to two more European countries by the end of the month: France and Italy. …

The Apple iPhone SE and the Moto Z2 Play are both $10 a month at Verizon for a limited time

For a limited time only, you can buy an Apple iPhone from Verizon for only $10 a month. No, for that price you’re not going to get the iPhone X, or any other recently released model. You’ll have to make do with the Apple iPhone SE, the company’s lowest price handset. With a 4-inch display, the iPhone SE looks exactly like the iPhone 5s, but is powered by the A9 chipset, which includes a dual-core CPU running at a clock speed of 1.84GHz. A 12MP camera adorns the back of the phone, and in front is a 1.2MP FaceTime camera.

Verizon had been asking for 24 monthly payments of $14.58 for the 32GB …

Apple Music is giving a free month to some who tried the three-month trial but didn't subscribe

Apple Music, which has 40 million paid members and hopes to overtake industry leader Spotify sooner than later, is trying a new strategy. It is handing out a free month of service to some of those who previously tried Apple Music’s three-month free trial, and did not subscribe. Apple is notifying consumers in the United States, United Kingdom and Hong Kong about the extra free month through emails and notifications.

In notifying those who are receiving the offer to return for a free month, Apple says, “Come see what you’ve been missing in the new Apple Music, like a simpler design that …

Samsung v. Apple patent infringement trial to resume next month

The patent infringement case that never ends will continue on May 14th when Samsung v. Apple is heard in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Samsung originally was hit with a $1 billion+ judgment in 2012, and over the years that amount has been reduced to $548 million. Samsung continued to battle in court, taking it all the way to the Supreme Court back in 2015. The Korean tech giant argued that patent infringement damages shouldn’t be based on the total sales of a complete device, but only on the portion of those sales that can be attributed to the infringed part.

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Last Apple Watch pop-up store shuts next month

If you’re a Apple historian, a fan of the brand (yeah, okay, a fanboy) or a person who just has to know everything about everything, you might want to circle May 13th on your calendar. That is the date when the very last Apple Watch pop-up store closes for good. Even though the Apple Watch has become the number one selling timepiece on the planet, apparently it isn’t a good business to run a store that sells only Apple’s smartwatch.

The store that is shutting is located inside Tokyo’s tony Isetan department store, and was one of three such pop-up locations launched in the immediate …

HTC could release the U12+ late next month: rumor

The HTC U12+ could hit markets across the globe in just over a month. It has previously been rumored that the Taiwan-based company would be introducing its 2018 flagship sometime next month. Despite the nearing date, though, the company has so far remained quiet in regards to its announcement. But now, a new rumor appears to back up these launch dates by hinting at when the device could go on sale.

Specifically, the HTC U12+ could reach certain markets towards the end of May or the beginning of June, suggesting a mid-May reveal is likely on the cards for the smartphone. This would continue …

Xiaomi's IPO could happen next month, $70B valuation on the cards

Xiaomi could file an initial public offering as early as next month in Hong Kong. Previously, a number of reports have claimed Xiaomi would be pursuing an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange at an initial valuation of at least $100 billion. According to a new report, however, it appears the company has had a slight change of heart.

Instead of going public over in the USA, it appears Xiaomi is now looking list itself much closer to home, on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK). In addition, despite an initial target of either Q3 or Q4 of 2018, Xiaomi appears to have brought forward its …

Samsung to begin iPhone display production next month

Samsung could begin manufacturing OLED displays for this year’s iPhone lineup as early as May. It has been rumored for some time now that Apple would be launching three new iPhones in September, two of which are expected to utilize OLED displays, just like last year’s iPhone X.

Now, according to a new report, it appears Samsung, the company behind the OLED displays, will begin manufacturing them ahead of time. This is due to the fact that the two new devices, which are currently being dubbed the iPhone Xs and Xs Plus and are respectively expected to feature 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch displays, …

ESPN+ launches; Disney's first paid streamer priced at $4.99 per month

Back in February, we told you that Disney would launch its first paid streamer, ESPN+, in the spring. Well, we are about three weeks into the season, and today ESPN+ has been launched. We should also see a redesigned ESPN app that will allow those getting the “sports leader” on their cable service, to view the live streaming of all eight ESPN channels on their Android or iOS mobile device. The app will also be available for Apple and Android TVs, Amazon tablets, Amazon Fire TV products, and Google’s Chromecast. The app will still provide sports scores, news and analysis, video highlights, and audio …