Apple Pay Cash reportedly starts rolling out globally

Apple’s peer-to-peer payment service Apple Pay Cash, has started rolling out on a global basis. The feature, which allows users to send money through the Messages app, has reportedly appeared in Spain, Brazil, the U.K. and Ireland. Apple, however, has yet to make an official statement. Any of the cards registered in the Wallet app can be used to send a payment. Using a debit card to send the money is free, but if you use a credit card it will cost you 3% of the transaction value.

One possible feature of Apple Pay Cash that has not been tested (since there was no reason to until now) is the …


A mysterious Sony Xperia XZ2 is reportedly launching "soon"

Sony will be hosting a press event later this month at MWC 2018, and we’re expecting the company to announce an Xperia XZ Pro then. But this is probably not the only new handset that the company is getting ready to unveil come late February. 
According to a tweet sent out by Three Ireland (one of the main Irish mobile operators), a mysterious Sony Xperia XZ2 is “coming soon.” The tweet was sent on February 2, but it’s been deleted – this likely means the folks at Three Ireland realized the Xperia XZ2 is an unannounced phone that shouldn’t have been mentioned.  …

New Motorola Moto Mods (including a camera supporting interchangeable lenses) are reportedly coming soon


Motorola Mobility is seemingly getting ready to release
several new Moto Mods for its Moto Z smartphones. The most interesting – and
possibly the most expensive – among them should be a camera Mod with support
for interchangeable lenses (made by the likes of Canon, Nikon, and Sony). Such
a Moto Mod could transform a Moto Z smartphone into a serious alternative to DSLR and
mirrorless cameras, although it remains to be seen how well this can perform.   

 

A second new Moto Mod should be an upgraded projector
(offering 35% more brightness and a larger battery compared to the current …

'The Crown' has reportedly found its new Prince Philip

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The new Prince Philip has arrived.

Paul Bettany is “being lined up” to play the famously gaffe-prone royal in Netflix’s The Crown, Variety reported on Saturday

He would replace Matt Smith, who portrayed a younger version of Philip in the show’s first two seasons.

Bettany would join Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter — set to play Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Margaret, respectively — in the cast. At least a portion of Season 3 is set in the 1970s, and will include, among other things, the breakup of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon. (It doesn’t count as a spoiler if it already happened IRL, right?) Read more…

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Samsung reportedly working on a Chrome OS tablet with high-end CPU and camera

Samsung is reportedly hard at work on a new Surface-style, detachable tablet, codenamed “Nautilus”, which will be powered by Google’s Chrome OS. What’s more interesting, is that Samsung is apparently not aiming for the high-end, not holding back in the hardware department, even when it comes to the camera. That’s interesting, considering how Chromebooks have never had great cameras (not that anyone’s complaining).
According to Engadget, “Nautilus” will be powered by a 7th gen Intel Core CPU, much like the competition from Microsoft, and will also employ a Sony IMX258 …

Vice Media reportedly settled 4 sexual harassment, defamation cases against employees

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Vice Media may be hailed as millennial digital-media darling covering edgy, hip topics, but its workplace culture is out-dated and rotten, according to a damning New York Times investigation published Saturday.

The investigation uncovered four settlements for alleged sexual harassment and defamation against the Brooklyn-based media company’s employees — including its president, Andrew Creighton.

The allegations include unwanted sexual advances, forced kissing and groping from the former head of Vice News, and a retaliatory firing after a woman rejected a relationship with Vice’s president Creighton.  Read more…

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Mysterious LG Zone 4 reportedly headed to Verizon


Verizon Wireless is reportedly getting ready to release a
new Android smartphone made by LG. According to Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), this
upcoming Verizon-bound handset is called LG Zone 4.

 

Unfortunately, at the moment, there are no details on the new
phone’s features, design, or launch date. Nevertheless, we know that the handset will succeed
Verizon’s LG Optimus Zone (2013), Optimus Zone 2 (2014), and Optimus Zone 3 (early
2016; pictured above). But the new device will drop “Optimus” from its name. As you
may know, Optimus is a name that’s been in LG’s portfolio since the company
launched …

Verizon will reportedly offer a personal finance app to help you with your bills

A report published today cites a source with inside knowledge as saying that Verizon will soon be offering a personal finance app called Prism. With the app, you list all of the bills and the names of the companies that you are paying monthly. Once that is accomplished, the app will remind you when a monthly bill is due, tell you whenever a new bill arrives, and track your balance at the bank. It also will pay your bills automatically.
The app helps you see where you money is going each month, and gives you an idea of how much cash you have to make purchases each …

Pakistan reportedly blocks Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube amid protest crackdowns

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Pakistan has reportedly blocked Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter amid a broader crackdown on protests. 

The blockages come after six people died and 200 others were injured after authorities attempted to clear Islamist protests from highways near the capital of Islamabad, according to the Associated Press

Pakistan also instituted a media blackout, with many of its major TV stations going off the air

We are aware of reports that the Pakistani government has taken action to block Twitter service, as well as other social media services, and that users are having difficulty using Twitter in Pakistan. We are monitoring the situation and hope service will be fully restored soon.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro reportedly headed to AT&T


One of Huawei’s newest high-end smartphones, the Mate 10 Pro, might be released via AT&T in the coming months. According to XDA, which
obtained some firmware files revealing pre-installed AT&T apps on a Mate 10
Pro, the handset won’t be sold by any other US carrier, so it’s going to be an AT&T exclusive product. 

 

We know that the Mate 10 Pro will cost €799 in Europe, where it should be released in mid-November. In the US, the smartphone
could be offered for $799, but it may not be launched before the end of the
year. A report from August had it that Huawei and …