First real-life pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 surface online

Now that we know pretty much the full specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, it’s about time we got to see the obligatory first potatocam photos of an actual, real-life prototype of the phone. And here they are in their full glory, complete with tons of blurred-out and masked text, URLs, and prototype IDs.

Not much is new in the photos, however, as they conform pretty nicely with all the leaks we’ve seen so far. Really the only revelations here are actually things we’ve seen before in the Galaxy S8. Firstly, the Always On display will be keeping the same …


Amazon pulls all Blu models from its online store due to fear of backdoor Chinese software

Back in November, we told you that Miami based smartphone manufacturer Blu was one of several OEMs who had at least one smartphone model compromised by software made by a Chinese company called Adups. Allegedly, the software was designed to keep track of the buying decisions made by Chinese smartphone owners by capturing their personal data, and was not meant to appear on U.S. phones.

Blu originally said that it removed the Adups software from all Blu phones that contained it. However, back in December, we told you that some security researches were still finding the Adups backdoor software …

Nintendo Switch Online companion app launched on Android and iOS

Do you own a Switch handheld game console? If the answer is yes, then you’ve probably already purchased the highly-anticipated Splatoon 2, which is expected to make its debut on the Nintendo Switch on July 21.

Well, it looks like Nintendo has just released Switch Online companion app for its handheld game console. The application is available on both Android and iOS platforms, and it’s been designed to boost the online gameplay experience on the Nintendo Switch.

For example, if you play Splatoon 2, you will be able to take advantage of the dedicated SplatNet 2 service, which will …

Subscriber data on 14 million Verizon customers leaked online, what should you do

UpGuard, the cyber security firm that discovered leaked voter data last month, is at it again, this time going after a Verizon partner that exposed up to 14 million accounts for the world to see. An ill-configured security setting on a cloud server led to having the subscriber data of millions of Verizon customers who phoned customer service in the last six months visible online without protection. 
The data includes phone numbers, names, and, more worryingly, PIN codes that give access to said accounts. Verizon said that no ID theft has occurred because of the …

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Pictures of Microsoft's cancelled Surface Mini tablet surface online

Back in the good old days of 2014 (oh, how time flies!) Microsoft was setting up for a launch of not just one, but two tablets running its Windows RT operating system — the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Mini. But for one reason or another, the latter of the two got scrapped at the very last moment, as CEO Satya Nadella had little confidence in its success in the crowded small tablet market.

But while we’ve heard official confirmation of the device’s existence, we’ve never actually seen a prototype in action — until now, that is. Pictures obtained by …

Tinder's new premium feature is basically a cheat code for online dating

Imagine if you could see which Tinder users have liked you before you decide whether to give them the thumbs up or the thumbs down. 
Feels just like a ‘God Mode’ supercheat, especially if you’re a picky one. 

Well, for a price, you will be able to do just that – Tinder just unveiled a new premium subscription dubbed Tinder Gold, which is basically the same as the existing Tinder Plus, but with one rather important novelty. That’s the “Likes You” feature, which will allow paying subscribers to see what other users of the dating app have …

Amazon patent blocks consumers from comparing prices online while inside a store

Consumers shopping for books at Borders often use their phones or tablets to do a bit of comparison shopping by calling up Amazon’s website. There is no telling how much business Amazon has generated this way. Ironically, Amazon has recently received a patent for an algorithm making it harder for shoppers to check out competitors’ pricing online while at an Amazon owned retail store.

The patent makes it more difficult for a shopper hooked up to the store’s Wi-Fi network to visit the website belonging to an Amazon competitor. The Physical Store Online Shopping Control patent analyzes …

Snapchat Spectacles invade Europe, available online and from quirky vending machines

From an average guy’s point of view, Snap’s Spectacles might look like nothing more than plastic sunglasses with an embedded video camera. To Snapchat fans, however, the colorful pair of shades could be a great extension to the popular service, allowing them to add events to their timeline from a unique, first-person perspective. And now, more people can get their hands on them. 

After starting the sales of Spectacles with a single vending machine in the US last November, now Snap Inc. is making them available in Europe. Snapbots, as these machines are called, …

Moto X (2017) variant appears online as model number XT1805; device sports 4GB of RAM

We have previously shown you images of a phone that is allegedly the Motorola Moto X (2017). With the model number XT1801, the device is rumored to carry a 5.5-inch display featuring a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). A Snapdragon 625 chipset powers the unit with 3GB of RAM inside. Today, another variant of the Moto X (2017) has surfaced, this one sporting the model number XT1805 and featuring 4GB of RAM. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the device, a fingerprint scanner in front and the front-facing selfie snapper has a flash of its very own.

This version of the Moto X (2017) …