Apple, LG and Valve invest in a firm that will offer OLED microdisplays for VR and AR headsets

According to a filing made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple, LG and Valve are teaming up to invest $10 million in a firm called eMagin. The company produces microdisplays used in the healthcare, military and industrial businesses. However, the SEC filing includes a statement from eMagin that gives us a clue for the interest by the three aforementioned companies.

In the statement, eMagin says that it is in talks with “multiple Tier One consumer product companies” to develop and design microdisplays for headsets that would be used on consumer devices. These could include …

Rumor: Broadcom to raise bid for Qualcomm to $80-82 a share from current $70 offer

According to a report published today, Broadcom is going to raise its unsolicited bid for fellow chipmaker Qualcomm to $120 billion from the current $103 billion offer that was put on the table last November, and rejected by Qualcomm. That deal works out to $70 a share and consists of $10 a cash and $60 in Broadcom stock for every share of Qualcomm. Broadcom is reportedly considering a new bid worth between $80 and $82 dollars a share. There is no indication how much cash will be included in a revised offer.

In addition to raising the value of its bid, Broadcom is said to be enticing Qualcomm …

Sprint CEO Claure: Sprint to offer nationwide 5G service by the first half of 2019

Sprint announced yesterday that it will be launching its mobile 5G network nationwide during the first half of 2019. If the carrier does live up to its promise, Sprint will be offering its customers the next generation of wireless service coast to coast before T-Mobile. The latter has said that it will start offering next generation wireless in 2019 with nationwide service ready by 2020.

Sprint has been hoarding 160MHz of high-frequency 2.5GHz spectrum in the top 100 markets, which it plans on using for 5G. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure says that half of Sprint’s cell towers currently feature …

Blu Pure View will offer an 18:9 display and mid-range features for $199

Blu, seller of affordable unlocked smartphones, is seemingly getting ready to launch its very first handset with an 18:9 aspect ratio display, thus joining the elongated screen trend started last year by the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8. According to an Amazon listing, the upcoming Blu handset is called Pure View (no relation to Nokia or Microsoft), and will cost $199.99 in the US.  
The screen of the Blu Pure View is a 5.7-inch HD+ one, which should mean it’s got a 720 x 1440 pixel resolution – not terrible, but not too exciting, either. The new smartphone …

AT&T expected to offer prepaid iPhone 6s for just $300

It looks like AT&T has decided to kick it up a notch when it comes to iPhone offerings. The US carrier plans to start selling the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for more than decent prices.

The folks over at 9to5Mac got word that AT&T will offer prepaid iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for $344.9 and $444.99, respectively. The deal will be available on AT&T’s $45/month plan, but the price includes the cost of the first month, which reduces the price of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to $300 and $400.

If the report is accurate, these devices will join the list of prepaid iPhones …

Verizon signs exclusive NBA streaming deal, to offer League Pass at half price

After its extensive NFL deal, Verizon is now striking gold with the NBA, too, entering into a multi-year agreement over games streaming and exclusive content creation, topping it off with AR and VR experiences for basketball aficionados.
Big Red will offer the League Pass for half-price compared to traditional cable TV subscriptions, via its Yahoo Sports subsidiary. Those $99 a season will get you access to the more than 1100 games played for the period, plus the aforementioned exclusive Verizon content and AR shenanigans. The kicker is that …

Google Play Music 4-month free trial offer is back, but not for everyone

From time to time, Google lures more customers into using its music streaming service, Google Play Music, by offering free trials. If you’ve missed any of the previous Google Play Music deals, you’re in luck since Google is now running a new promotion aimed to add even more consumers to its music streaming service.

For a limited time, Google offers new customers four months of its music streaming service for free, as part of its “12 Days of Play” promotion. Unfortunately, the deal is not available to everyone and it’s unclear what qualifies people for this promotion.

Some …

Sprint to offer 5G service and devices by 2019

Earlier tonight, we told you that the the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) had announced new hardware standards for the Non-Standalone 3GPP 5G NR specs. Included in that list is Sprint’s 2.5GHz spectrum. Sprint has more than 160MHz of this spectrum available, giving it the largest block of 5G airwaves in the states with a frequency under 6GHz. The carrier’s focus when it comes to 5G is mobile, and to that end it is working with chip maker Qualcomm and telecom company SoftBank.

Sprint says that it hopes to start offering commercial 5G service and compatible devices for 5G by 2019. …

The Razer Phone now comes with a free Leviathan Mini Bluetooth speaker (limited time offer)

Released last month as the first smartphone in the US to sport a
screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, the Razer Phone is certainly a handset to
consider buying if you’re looking for something a bit different. Of course, its
$699.99 price isn’t for everyone, but maybe Razer’s current promotional offer
will broaden the phone’s appeal.

Update: Razer says that, “due to overwhelming response,” it has extended its limited time promotion until December 21 – that’s today, so you still have a bit of time to score a free Bluetooth speaker.

Today and tomorrow only (December 18 and 19), Razer is …

Sony Xperia XZ1 sequel to offer dual-camera setup, powerful Snapdragon 845 CPU

Sony Mobile is expected to unveil a new lineup of Xperia smartphones in Q1 2018. We’ve only known these unannounced devices by their model numbers, but they’ll certainly be launched under the Xperia brand: H8216, H8266, H8276, and H8296.

We’ve been reported about Sony’s upcoming Xperia smartphones, but now we have more details regarding one of them – specifically, the H8216. Since we’re not familiar with the names of these smartphones, we’re going to refer to the H8216 as the sequel to the Xperia XZ1 because it might be positioned in the same specs range.

A …