Verizon announces new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deal (trade in required)

Verizon Wireless is getting ready to kick off a promotion aimed at users planning to buy a new Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL smartphone. Starting April 5 (this Thursday), customers who trade in an old smartphone can get up to 50% off a Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, in addition to 2 free months of YouTube TV, a Google Chromecast ($35 value), and a Google Home Mini ($49 value). 
The trade in credit’s value obviously depends on the phone model you’re willing to trade in. Credit (up to $424.99) will be applied to your account over 24 months. It looks like the deal …


You can save up to $500 on the Samsung Galaxy S9 at Verizon and Sprint (trade in and switching required)

The brand new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ can already be reserved on Samsung’s website, but that’s only if you want to get the unlocked versions of the phones. If you need an S9 from one of the major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint), you have to wait until March 2, because that’s when pre-orders will be open. 
While you’re trying to decide whether or not to buy a Galaxy S9, we thought you’d want to hear about two offers that’ll be available at Verizon and Sprint. Both carriers will allow you to save up to $500 on an S9 or …

How to disable individual Android apps from receiving automatic updates (no root required!)

Having all of your apps updated to the latest version is usually recommended as developers strive to provide a more pleasing and issue-free experience to users, but sometimes, just sometimes, there’s some incentive to not update a certain app.
Maybe it’s new versions bring features that actually couldn’t care less, maybe the app no longer works with your device any more, or maybe it breaks your whole Substratum setup. Few, but important reasons that could easily hold you off from updating your apps.
But how do you disable app updates …

Deal: Buy a Verizon iPhone X or iPhone 8, get a second iPhone for free (no trade in required)

In January, Verizon Wireless allowed its customers to buy an iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus, and save $699.99 on a second iPhone. However, that promotion required you to trade in an old handset. As of this week, Verizon is back with a similar, yet improved deal aimed at all iPhone fans across the US. 
For a limited time, when you buy an iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone 8 on a Verizon Unlimited plan, you’re getting $699.99 credit towards a second iPhone (reflected in reduced monthly payments), and you don’t have to trade in any …

Starting tomorrow, take $200 off the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 at Verizon; no trade-in required

Eyeing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8? If you’re looking for a phone to make you more productive, you can’t go wrong with this one. Sporting a large 6.3-inch display and the S-Pen, there is so much you can do on the phone to help you get your work done quickly. The IP68 certification rating means that you won’t have to hide the Galaxy Note 8 in your pocket when it starts to rain, and if an idea hits you in the shower, you can quickly start working on it before you towel yourself dry.

If there is one complaint about the Galaxy Note 8, it is the price. At Verizon, for example, the handset will …

Google launches audiobooks in the Play Store, no subscription required

It looks like Google is going for Audible, as the search giant has decided to start selling audiobooks on the Play Store. The good news is the service does not require a subscription, but customers will have to purchase audiobooks individually.

According to Google, audiobooks are now rolling out in 45 countries and they’re available in nine languages. Consumers will be able to enjoy them on Android, iOS and the web via Google Play Books application. On top of that, smart speakers and other devices that include the Google Assistant can be used to listen to audiobooks as well.

Google …

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.

This …

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] …