HTC's upcoming Ocean Harmony phablet gets its required CCC certification in China

The China Compulsory Certification (also known as 3C) must be awarded to every product imported, manufactured, sold or used in China. That includes smartphones. Recently, HTC filed with the CCC for its upcoming mid-range phablet with the code name HTC Ocean Harmony. The certification was awarded on December 4th. The CCC logo in China means that a device has been tested, and meets certain standards for safety in the country. It is similar to the UL Underwriters Laboratories safety tests conducted in the states.

The HTC Ocean Harmony is expected to carry a 5.99-inch ‘bezel-less’ display, with …


Save $300 on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL from Verizon with no trade-in required

To kick off the upcoming weekend, Verizon has a new deal on the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL. For a limited time, when your purchase either model using Verizon’s device payment plan, you can save $300 on either phone. And no trade-in is required! The discount is applied with a $12.50 credit added to your Verizon account each month over 24 months.  The maximum purchase allowed is $949.99, which happens to be the price of the 128GB Pixel 2 XL. Dropping the trade-in requirement obviously makes the deal easier for existing and new Big Red customers to take advantage of.

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Photo ID might be required to verify your identity with Apple Pay Cash

According to lines of code found on the latest iOS 11 beta, Apple’s peer-to-peer money transfer service could require a photo ID. The new feature, called Apple Pay Cash, allows users to send money to another iOS user through iMessage. One of the strings found reads, “Verify your identity to continue to use Apple Pay Cash.” If a user’s ID cannot be verified, that person will be blocked from using the peer-to-peer feature, although the cash balance can still be used with Apple Pay to cover retail transactions. Another string reads, “Position your driver’s license or identity with photo on the [camera’s] …

Special "notch" required for Apple iPhone 8 OLED panels said to cause low yield rate

It seems that Apple is having an issue with the OLED panels being made for the production of the Apple iPhone 8. The tenth anniversary model is a premium version of the handset, and for the first time it will employ an OLED panel instead of using an LCD screen. A Weibo post by Foxconn Vice President Luo Zhongsheng (who is a legitimate executive of the company) reports that 40% of the OLED panels received by the contract manufacturer are failing to meet the grade at Foxconn because of the specific way that Apple wants the material cut.

The Foxconn executive noted that with this special cut …

For $19.99, you can add wireless charging to your Apple iPhone 6 and up (charging pad required)

If the rumors are right, wireless charging is a feature that will finally be offered to iPhone users later this year. Wireless charging should be available on the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone, and possibly the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models. That is why glass is being used on the back cover of all three phones. The technology won’t work through a metal rear cover. And while that is all fine and dandy for those planning on purchasing a new iPhone once they become available, what about those who have an older iPhone unit?

If you own an Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, …

Deal: Get Verizon's Moto Z Play Droid for just $2.99 per month (new line required)

The Motorola Moto Z Play Droid, one of the nicest mid-range smartphones currently on the market, can now be bought for just $2.99 per month if you’re activating a new line on Verizon Wireless. This deal is available only via Best Buy, and requires a Verizon Device Payment plan for 24 months.

The new deal lets you save up to $336 on a Moto Z Play Droid over 24 months. Basically, you’ll be paying just $71.76 for the smartphone itself. You’ll receive the savings as carrier bill credit which “will be applied within 2–3 billing cycles.” More information can be found …