Verizon's Mother's Day deals go live with discounts on Apple, Samsung, Google products

Verizon has plenty of deals aimed at those looking to buy a smartphone at a killer discount. Obviously, every offer made by a carrier comes with some caveats and today’s deals are no exception to the rule.

Last week, we reported that Verizon put in place some BOGO deals on the Apple iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 2 XL, which would provide customers with one of the three flagships whenever they purchase one and commit to a 24-month payment plan.

The Mother’s Day deals at Verizon are live and you can choose from even more flagships than we initially reported, including …

Deal: Get three of Amazon's Echo products at a sweet discount today!

Are you in need of a smart speaker? Did you just feel an urge to buy a new piece of tech to place in your bedroom, living room, or kitchen? Hurry up then, as Amazon is running a sweet discount on three of its Echo smart speaker products – Snow, Plus, and Spot, which are all powered by Amazon’s Alexa smart assistantAmazon Echo Spot – $103,99 (20% off) 

The Echo Spot is the smallest of the three. It has a 2.5-inch screen, which may seem small, but is more than enough to show you the clock, play some music, or whatever else you might ask of it. It can even show who’s …

Best Buy running a 3-day tech sale on its most popular Apple products

Major retailer Best Buy is running a sale on some the most popular Apple products in its portfolio, so if you were hunting for deals on smartphones, tablets or headphones, you should definitely check it out.

First off, customers who go for the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus will be able to save up to $200 with qualified activation. You can choose from either of the three major carriers that have discounted their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models: AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.

Then, there’s a bunch of prepaid iPhone models that go for as low as $160. You can even save up to $150 on the iPhone …

Amazon to reportedly stop selling Google's smart home products


It’s last call for Google’s Nest users to buy their products on Amazon. 

Amazon reportedly reportedly let Google know in a phone call late last year that it wouldn’t be listing any of the company’s newer Nest smart home products. In response, Nest will stop selling its products through Amazon.

If Amazon’s move sounds like a thinly-veiled plan to give Alexa the smart home edge, it likely is. The online retail giant didn’t come here to make friends.

According to Business Insider, Nest was expecting something to this effect, especially since the company was reabsorbed by Google in February. A “person familiar with Nest’s thinking” effectively told BI that the Amazon product listings had to be all or nothing; if the company wasn’t going to sell the latest products, it wouldn’t be allowed to sell any. Read more…

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Tim Cook says Apple is working on products that won't ship for years

After naming Apple as the most innovative company, Fast Company sat down with CEO Tim Cook to talk about the future of the most valuable firm in the world. According to the executive, Apple needs to work with a long lead time. It must source the appropriate silicon chips three to four years in advance. As a result, Cook admits that Apple is working on some new products that won’t see the light of day until the 2020s.

Is Apple’s rumored AR glasses in that group? While some believe that the product dubbed Apple Glasses will launch as soon as next year, others have called for a 2020 release. …

Cook: Our products are not only for the rich; analyst sees big drop in Apple's stock after tomorrow

Some people complain that Apple manufacturers devices for the rich and wealthy, and that as a result, they are priced out of purchasing Apple products. But if you ask Apple CEO Tim Cook, he will disagree. Speaking to Fortune, Cook points out that an Apple iPad and an Apple iPhone can be purchased for less than $300 each.  “And so these are not for the rich,” said the executive. The Chief Executive also pointed out that with an active installed base of over 1 billion products, Apple couldn’t be manufacturing just for the rich since there aren’t that many rich people in the world. Cook also …

You can buy a OnePlus 5 (and other OnePlus products) for 10% off if you're a student

OnePlus today kicked off a program aimed at students in various countries around the world. The company allows students to save 10% on any order they place via the official OnePlus website – buying phones, or accessories, or both.

Thanks to this new program, if you’re a student, you can purchase a brand new OnePlus 5 for $47.90 off if you want the model with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space (normally priced at $479), or for $53.90 off if you intend to get the model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space (normally offered for $539). Unfortunately, …

All future Apple products will come from this magical place, new images of Apple's future campus

In a new interview and campus tour for the WSJ, Apple Chief Design Officer Jonathan Ive, along with some other high-profile officials, has shared some remarkable insight into the latest developments surrounding the company’s long-anticipated, out-of-this-world new headquarters. The ring-like structure has attracted a ton of interest over the years for its peculiar shape and sheer enormity.
In what is one of the most impressive architectural projects of late, Apple’s chiefs view the new campus, now officially called Apple Park, as a defining asset which will serve for …

HTC U 11 receives "3C" certification in China; compulsory test makes sure products are safe to use

Forewarned is forearmed they say, which is why certification labs exist around the world. These places take consumer devices and put them through a series of tough tests that replicate years of usage. This way, if a particular product is a fire hazard, or is likely to give someone a shock, manufacturers can be alerted by having the product fail the test. In China, every product imported, distributed or sold in the country must go through similar testing to receive its China Compulsory Certification (CCC or 3C).

According to a leaked image, the HTC U 11 (HTC U-3f) has received its CCC …

How tough is the sapphire edition HTC U Ultra? See it scratched and tortured in this video, then compared to other products

Earlier this year, HTC launched an oddball of a premium phablet — the HTC U Ultra, with a 5.7-inch main display and an extra ticker screen on top (a la LG V20), super-shiny finishes, and a missing 3.5 mm headphone jack (despite the device being quite large). To top it off, the company also announced that there will be a special edition of the phablet, which would rock a sapphire glass screen — allegedly the most unscratchable material for a screen that you can make.

Now, as we know, sapphire glass panels are super-hard to make — a couple of years ago, Apple hired …