Galaxy Note 8's latest render reveals a terrible fingerprint scanner position

You may have seen it already – the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 render that surfaced yesterday, courtesy of the fine gentlemen over at BGR and case-maker Ghostek. The render is based on the latest rumors and expectations related to the Note 8. In case you haven’t seen it, here it is again:
Looking pretty dope, huh? Sure it does, but beyond the edge-to-edge “Infinity Display” that’s obviously going to grace the Note 8, there’s a detail that’s kind of pissing us off right now.
While the Galaxy S8 and S8+ …


Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition teardown reveals a new, smaller-sized battery

There is no need to remind you of what happened with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last year, as their flammability, due to faulty batteries, still hits headlines and is subject of anecdotes to this day. Well, last week was kind of a reminder itself, as the Korean tech giant launched the Galaxy Note Fan Edition, effectively re-offering the Note 7 in a slightly revamped, but apparently safer build.

We wrote about what sets the Note FE apart from its problematic predecessor at first sight, taking note of the omitted Samsung logo under the earpiece, the integrated Bixby support and Samsung …

New Moto teaser reveals that the Moto Z2 Force will be unveiled on July 25th

Exactly one week ago today, we showed you an invitation that Motorola sent out for a July 25th event. While no phones were named, we mentioned the Moto Z2 Force and the Moto X4 as two models that could be unveiled by Motorola later this month. As it turns out, a teaser posted by Motorola today tells us in no uncertain terms that at least one of the models being announced will be the Moto Z2 Force.

The new teaser shows a couple of phones, both with shattered screens. Broken glass is all over the background and the tag line reads, “get ready to shatter your expectations.” That is actually …

10,000 steps a day? Largest fitness app study reveals why the US is fatter than Mexico

You must walk at least 10,000 steps a day to be in good health. Ever heard of that mantra? It might not be the most accurate way to measure activity, but the “10,000 steps” theory is built into the vast majority of fitness apps that use our smartphones as pedometers. Various researchers are now looking into the statement, and coming up with numbers smaller or larger, yet their overarching conclusion is that actually we have never had the ability to gain so much insight into people’s moving habits as with the proliferation of iOS and Android phones, or wearables that have activity …

'True Blood' star Stephen Moyer reveals how Nelsan Ellis touched the cast with acting excellence

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The outpouring of love and professional respect for True Blood actor Nelsan Ellis, who died on Saturday, has been overwhelming. 

But aside from the social media well wishes from his co-stars and fellow film and TV actors, one message stands out, and it’s from none other than Ellis’ True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, aka the vampire Bill Compton

Posted to Moyer’s Facebook page on Sunday morning, the long message isn’t simply a letter to a dear departed friend, it’s the best example yet of just how much Ellis’ colleagues respected his acting skill. Describing an iconic scene from the series set in the town’s diner, Moyer remembers the hold Ellis had on the other cast members and crew.  Read more…

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Company you've never heard of reveals that face recognition and AR are coming to the Apple iPhone 8

A company that you probably never heard of has inadvertently revealed information pertaining to the 10th anniversary edition of the Apple iPhone. Dubbed the Apple iPhone 8, this premium model is widely expected to include features including 3D sensing and AR capabilities. Back in February, KGI securities reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the front camera on the device will be revolutionary with its ability to provide face recognition and AR capabilities.

Since February, there have been various rumors at one time or another about whether Apple has been able to get the technology …

New book reveals that Steve Jobs wanted a back button for the Apple iPhone

Had Steve Jobs’ original design for the iPhone been used on the device, there would have been two buttons on the handset instead of the one home button. The late CEO and Apple co-founder wanted the device to come with a back button for navigation. Imran Chaudhri, who worked as a designer at Apple for over 19-years, revealed that originally the iPhone was to sport no buttons at all. Eventually, it was determined that a home button was necessary and Jobs wanted to add the back button.

The comments made by Chuadhri are found in the new book, “The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone.” …

New book reveals the inner secrets behind Apple's development of the iPhone


On January 9th, 2007 Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone and it is not hyperbole to say that things were never the same again. For many of our readers, that lone event turned them into big time smartphone fans. Even though there were smartphones available on January 8th, 2007, by the time the sun set over New York City on January 9th it seemed that everyone was talking about this new touchscreen smartphone from Apple.

If you remember those days, and the long wait until the June 29th 2007 launch of the device, you’ll be interested in a new book that will be released this coming …

FCC document reveals low-end LG X charge budget handset


The LG X charge (LG-M327) is a low-end handset that LG has been working on according to FCC documents that have been discovered. Models like the X charge are the ones that you see pre-paid carriers give away to new subscribers, or find priced at a small percentage of what it would cost you to purchase a high-end or flagship device. This is a very competitive area of the smartphone market, and some manufacturers like LG and Motorola have really been able to get their feet wet on both ends of the spectrum.

The screen of the LG X charge will carry a 720 x 1280 HD resolution. While the size …

Mystery Motorola model hangs out at the FCC, receives certification and reveals specs

An unknown Motorola model with a serial number of XT1797 has just received FCC certification. That could indicate that this handset will be offered in the U.S. The documentation reveals some of the specs of the phone, including its 5.5-inch display. It also will be powered by a Snapdragon 430 chipset featuring an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 505 GPU. The 3000mAh battery will charge up using new Turbocharging capabilities.

Other information found on the FCC documentation includes dual-SIM and NFC support. Android 7.1.1 will be pre-installed. Instead of a physical FCC label, the information …