Samsung is reportedly looking into bringing Samsung Pay to other manufacturers' devices

Samsung Pay is sort of the unsung hero of smartphone payment systems: where alternatives such as Apple Pay or Android Pay work exclusively via NFC, Samsung’s solution is actually backwards-compatible with older magnetic card readers as well — a feature rarely talked about, and thus largely unknown to the average consumer. But while the platform is currently limited to Samsung’s flagships and select mid-rangers, a new rumor claims the company is looking into licensing its service to other manufacturers.

According to Gadgets 360, internal sources …


International Moto Z2 Force with 6GB RAM reportedly carries a 3.5mm headphone jack

Yesterday, Motorola and the four major U.S. carriers unveiled the Motorola Moto Z2 Force. While there are some new features like the dual camera setup in back, the pill shaped fingerprint sensor (as opposed to the square shaped button on last year’s model), the Snapdragon 835 chipset inside, and the 64GB of native storage, one of the things that remains the same is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack.

For those who love the Moto Z2 Force but feel that the lack of the 3.5mm jack is a deal breaker, there is an interesting (but aggravating) rumor that was posted yesterday on Twitter. Citing …

Samsung is reportedly developing its own take on the AirPods, complete with Bixby integration

Now that Bixby Voice has finally been launched in the U.S., Samsung is in desperate need of ways to push it down consumers’ throats: sure, it has the dedicated hardware button on the S8, but that’s no guarantee anyone will actually try out the fresh-faced virtual assistant. And it seems that in order to accomplish that, Samsung is going to take a page from Apple’s playbook.

You see, according to a new report from Korean-language publication Etnews, Samsung is now working on a Bixby-powered earset, following the recent backtracking on its plans of building …

China reportedly prevents WhatsApp users from sending images and videos

Facebook’s WhatsApp could easily go as one of the last of the mohicans in China, a country where messaging services that don’t abide by the government’s restrictive cybersecurity laws have been blocked partially or entirely.

Unfortunately, WhatsApp seems to be the last victim of China’s “Great Firewall,” the country’s intricate system of internet filters and controls. NYT reports China has disrupted WhatsApp services in the country, as many users say they are now unable to send videos and images through the messaging app.

Some can’t even send text-based messages, which suggests the …

Samsung reportedly scores Apple’s chip business back, 7nm A12 processor in tow

The glory days for the TSMC chip foundry may be over soon, if a new report out of Korea is to be believed. TSMC became the sole supplier of Apple’s A-series processors in 2013, and never looked back. This year, it has been tasked with producing the 10nm Apple A11 chipsets, and the expected upgrade super cycle brought on by the iPhone 8, has shot the TSMC shares into the stratosphere, making its founder a billionaire in the process.
That sweet deal with Apple may be coming to an end, a Korean publication tips, as Samsung has eventually won back Apple’s chip business. …

An iPhone 8 supplier reportedly bails, forcing Apple to spend millions on OLED PCB tools

Apple may not be dealing directly with manufacturing its own phones, but it does not shy away from purchasing production equipment for its suppliers if the situation calls for it, no matter how complex or expensive it is. They did it with the unique machines that polished the glass iPhones, then again by fronting display makers, and now, apparently, they are doing it with the tools to make the rigid-flexible printed circuit boards (RFPCB) needed for the upcoming OLED iPhone 8.

Last we heard about that part, Samsung had allegedly placed an order for 70 million FPCBs with two of …

Latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 images reportedly show off the front of the phablet


We have seen various leaks showing both the back and the front of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Today, a tech tipster has posted on his Twitter page images that allegedly show the front of the eagerly anticipated phablet. Unlike most of the previous leaks, these images don’t have a case getting in the way. We could see the Galaxy Note 8 unveiled next month, on August 23rd. That is a little earlier than expected as Galaxy S8 sales are beginning to run out of steam, and anticipation is building to a fever pitch for the Galaxy Note 8.

Previous images showing the rear of the Galaxy Note 8 included …

New iPhone 8 dummy unit video reportedly provides the "closest look" at Apple's first 5.8-inch handset

Last week, we talked about a couple of photos showing an iPhone 8 dummy unit that might look like the real iPhone 8 that Apple is getting ready to announce sometime later this year. Today, the same iPhone 8 dummy unit showed up in a hands-on video that lets us better envision what Apple’s next big thing could be all about.

Revealed by @OnLeaks (one of the web’s most reliable sources when it comes to leaks and unofficial information) in collaboration with Tiger Mobiles, this iPhone 8 dummy reportedly provides “the closest look yet” at Apple’s upcoming handset.

As you can see for …

Beyoncé and Jay Z reportedly welcome newborn twins, holy trinity complete

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The queen of the Bey-hive is now officially a mother of three, according to the Daily News and Us Weekly

Us Weekly cited multiple sources for the news but included no other details. The couple are already parents to Blue Ivy, age 5. 

And it’s quite the Father’s Day for Jay-Z, who earlier this week also became the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. If the initial reports turn out to be true, it’ll be the second major announcement Beyonce has made on a Saturday night—her game-changing concept album Lemonade also dropped on a Saturday night.  Read more…

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Google reportedly cancels Pixel XL 2 muskie in favor of larger phone

For quite a while, we’ve been hearing that Google is in the process of testing three different models for this year’s Pixel phone lineup. Word was that there were direct sequels for the Pixel and Pixel XL as well as a third device with an even larger display than the original Pixel XL. Now, a report is claiming that Google has officially cut one of the models and will only move forward with two new Pixel phones.

According to Android Police, the Pixel XL 2 (code-named “Muskie”) has been cancelled and instead of Muskie, the 2017 Pixel XL will be based on the device code-named “Taimen”. …