WhatsApp reveals plans to launch business accounts in the coming weeks

WhatsApp has just announced that it has already started working to implement some business features to its messaging application. The company owned by Facebook is expected to launch enterprise accounts in the coming months, but for now, WhatsApp is just testing these features.

Not many details have been provided on how they will exactly work, but WhatsApp revealed that it will introduce verified business accounts, which will allow people to identify a business from another person.

Furthermore, the company announced that it is now testing different tools that …


Asus cutting back on the bloatware, plans to update ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 to Android "O"

Earlier this morning, we told you about the six new models unveiled by Asus for its ZenFone 4 series. But there is more information to discuss about Asus. For example, at the event today, the manufacturer promised that the entire ZenFone 3 and ZenFone 4 line will be updated to Android O. And where Android O goes, so goes ZenUI 4.0, which will be running on top of the next Android build.

Asus also plans on cutting back on bloatware, something that smartphone buyers the world over will be happy to see. From the 35 pre-installed apps found on ZenUI 3.5, ZenUI 4.0 will have just 13 pre-installed …

Motorola plans August 24th event; Moto X4 up next?

According to a new invitation sent out by Motorola in Brazil, the company will hold an event in Sao Paulo at 10am on August 24th, 2017. Unfortunately, the invite doesn’t specifically mention which model or models will be introduced on that date. One possibility is the Moto X4. The latest rumored specs include a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 (FHD). Under the hood will be the Snapdragon 630 SoC carrying an octa-core CPU, and the Adreno 508 GPU.

In North America, Latin America, and Europe, the Moto X4 will be equipped with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage. In the Asia …

Sprint still in talks with Comcast and Charter; carrier plans to open 73 new stores

Yesterday, the exclusivity period that Comcast and Charter had with Sprint to work out a partnership or investment, expired. That means that the more logical talks with T-Mobile can continue. With Sprint’s high-frequency spectrum and T-Mobile’s low-frequency airwaves, the combination of the nation’s third and fourth largest wireless operators sounds like a match made in cellular heaven.

Despite the end of the two-month exclusivity period, sources who are familiar with the talks told Reuters that both Comcast and Charter are still in the middle of discussions with Sprint. The cable companies …

Foxconn’s CEO and president Trump announce plans for a $10 billion LCD factory in Wisconsin by 2020

President Trump’s election campaign largely revolved around making “America great again” and bringing businesses into the country. Trump has been quite engaged with the tech sector in particular, where bringing the production of iPhones to American soil seems like one of his top priorities in the business field. While it is not clear whether Tim Cook actually promised Trump last week to build three ‘big, big, big’ Apple plants in the US, the president has apparently been involved in a previously rumoured venture with Foxconn that was officially …

The best of prepaid? Verizon vs AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint plans compared

 SprintVerizon AT&TT-Mobile ONE1 GB-
-$30-3 GB-
$40–4 GB$40
–$456 GB-
-$40$557 GB/10 GB-
$50/$60–/$50 (limited time offer)Unlimited$50$80$60$75
*prepaid plan prices are after the auto-pay discount, where available
All major US carriers have had those scrappy prepaid phones since ages, for folks who didn’t really have the wherewithal to endure two-year contracts, or the credit history to get a subsidized expensive phone with set monthly outlays. The death of two-year contracts …

Andy Rubin plans to bring the Essential Phone to the UK, Europe and Japan

You didn’t think Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone will be exclusively available in the United States, did you? Even though the company behind the quirky smartphone hasn’t yet come forward with an official statement to confirm its expanded availability, Financial Times reports the Essential Phone will be released in many other countries.

Apparently, Andy Rubin’s company negotiated the release of the Essential Phone in the UK with local carriers. Last week, Essential execs held talks with EE and other UK network operators to find a suitable time frame for the launch the …

AT&T now offers new prepaid monthly plans, GoPhone may soon be rebranded

AT&T GoPhone may soon be rebranded to AT&T Prepaid, as the carrier offers new plan rates for its prepaid services. Even though the company’s website still refers to GoPhone, a recent post on Reddit shows a picture of an AT&T poster ad that reads AT&T Prepaid and shows the new rates, suggesting the change might indeed be on the cards. 

The cheapest plan the company now offers is certainly an attractive one and gives you 1GB of data, unlimited talk and texts in the US, and unlimited texts to over 100 countries. The plan costs $35 a month and is quite an upgrade for AT&T …

Pokemon GO celebrates its first anniversary, details Solstice in-game event, future plans

Niantic has just revealed new information about what’s coming for Pokemon GO in the next couple of weeks. Before going into details, it’s worth mentioning the game celebrates two milestones: 750 million global downloads and one year since Pokemon GO was released in the App Store.

As such, the developers have decided to host the Solstice Event starting June 13. During this event, players will meet Fire-type and Ice-type Pokemon at a higher frequency. Moreover, big XP bonuses will be offered for throwing Poke Balls accurately, while Lucky Eggs will be massively discounted …

Verizon adjusts its pre-paid plans by adding more data; video streaming limited to 480p

Verizon has announced some changes to its pre-paid offerings starting on June 6th. On that date, Verizon’s pre-paid service will consist of  five different tiers: 3 GB of high-speed for $40 a month, 7 GB of high-speed data for $50 a month and 10 GB of high-speed data for $60 a month. The carrier already has a tier with unlimited high-speed data for pre-paid subscribers priced at $80 per month. With these new plans, some old features remain available such as Carryover Data. Those with a record of paying on time can bank unused data for a month, and use it the following month. Always on Data …