Sony's upcoming Xperia XZ2 Compact may have just popped up online

Despite the fact that Sony usually introduces new Xperia Compact smartphones in the second half of the year, a certain Xperia XZ2 Compact model has just appeared in a live picture next to a Xperia Z5 Compact.

Although it’s just a prototype unit, we can’t help but wonder whether or not Sony plans to reveal the new compact smartphone later this year at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. The person who leaked the picture claims the final design of the Xperia XZ2 Compact may look different than what we’re seeing here, which is quite understandable considering this is just a prototype unit.

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Asus ZenFone 5 Lite appears online, it could have Qualcomm chipset and 6-inch display

The next ZenFone series seems to be closer than we have expected. After delaying the ZenFone 4 smartphones for several months last year, Asus plans to shorten the time span between new releases.

According to Asus’ CEO Jerry Shen, we should expect the first ZenFone 5 smartphones to be unveiled as early as March. However, it’s unclear whether they will be announced at MWC (Mobile World Congress) or during a dedicated event later on.

Either way, it looks like the Asus ZenFone 5 series is almost ready for prime time since the first device has just been certified …

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Verizon's $300 price cut on Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL now available online

Four days ago, we told you about Verizon’s new deal for the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Without requiring a trade-in, as Verizon demanded in a previous version of the deal, new and existing Big Red customers are able to walk into a nearby Verizon Store and save $300 on the purchase of either new Pixel model. The phones must be bought using Verizon’s device payment plan, and the $300 discount is applied through a bill credit of $12.50 that will show up on your account each month for two years.

While the deal was being offered inside Big Red stores only, that was scheduled to change …

Apple iPhone X online orders now ship in approximately a week

Remember when online orders placed for the Apple iPhone X wouldn’t ship for five to seven weeks? Apple has finally been able to work down that backlog to the point that orders placed online will ship in about one week. In fact, to be more specific, orders placed online tonight will ship in just five business days. Apple is selling a version of the tenth anniversary model with 64GB of native storage for $999. The variant with 256GB of storage comes with a price tag of $1,149. Both units are available in Silver or Space Gray.

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Bose kicks off Black Friday sale on its online store and Amazon

If you’re looking for a cheap pair of headphones this is the best time of the year to find one. Many companies are running promotional deals during Black Friday, but some start their sales a week earlier.

Bose is now running a Black Friday sale on some of its popular headphones, which cover most price ranges. Bose’s products are on sale on its online store and at Amazon, and from what we can tell there are no price differences.

QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones – $329.95 (was $349.95);SoundSport wireless headphones – $129.95 (was $149.95);SoundSport Pulse …

Microsoft starts selling Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ online

Microsoft had been selling the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ at its brick and mortar stores since their launch, but they weren’t available online until recently. Starting this week, customers who prefer to shop online will be able to purchase Samsung’s flagship’s via Microsoft Store Online.

The unlocked versions of both Samsung smartphones are now available at Microsoft Store, as well as AT&T and Verizon models. The former sell for $725 and $825 respectively, while the Verizon models cost $720 and $840.

Consumers who favor AT&T over Verizon will have …

Next Tuesday, T-Mobile will give subscribers online cooking lessons, a BOGO ice cream cone and more

T-Mobile wants to take you to the movies. For next week’s T-Mobile Tuesdays, the carrier is giving away $4 tickets to see Julia Roberts’ new movie Wonder. Also starring Owen Wilson, the movie is about a disfigured boy who has to put up with the trials and tribulations of looking different in the fifth grade. T-Mobile subscribers will also receive $20 in diamonds for the mobile game Forge of Empires. The latter is available for both iOS and Android.

Like to cook? Next Tuesday, T-Mobile will set up its customers with a free online cooking class from Panna. In addition, subscribers get 30% …

Stephen Hawking makes one of his most famous research papers available online

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More than 50 years ago, Stephen Hawking wrote his doctoral thesis on how universes expand. 

On Monday morning (GMT), that research became available for anyone to read through a digital library maintained by the University of Cambridge. 

“By making my PhD thesis Open Access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet; to wonder about our place in the universe and to try and make sense of the cosmos,” Hawking said in a statement.  

Hawking’s 1966 thesis, “Properties of expanding universes,” is the most requested item in the University of Cambridge’s open access repository. The catalogue record gets hundreds of views per month, according to the the university. In recent months, hundreds of readers have made requests to download the entire thesis.  Read more…

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