Sony made this gorgeous hybrid watch to only sell it in Japan

Sony is no longer keen on making and selling Android Wear smartwatches, but it’s sure upping its hybrid watch game. Unfortunately, it has been keeping the products of its clocksmithing efforts strictly to Japan. Westerners are only to observe from a distance, and potentially look up imports on eBay. Oh, well!

The Three Hands Square is Sony’s latest masterpiece, a clean and attractive hybrid watch that will be available in both round and square designs. The latter is visibly made for female customers. The pictures speak for themselves, while the smart functions these …


BlackBerry KEYone pre-orders sell out in Japan; phone to launch on June 29th

With the BlackBerry KEYone set for a June 29th launch in Japan, pre-orders of the phone have sold out in the country. Actually, it took about an hour for the Android flavored handset to find a buyer for every unit up for pre-order. BlackBerry Mobile is offering the latest ‘Berry through a partnership with Fox. Inc. and Caseplay. On the latter’s website, the KEYone is listed at a price of 69,800 Japanese Yen, which translates into $623.41 USD at current exchange rates.

Despite the sell out, those interested in the KEYone are being told that they can still register their interest in the handset …

Virgin Mobile to sell the iPhone only; first year of $50 Inner Circle unlimited plan is $1

Pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile, owned by Sprint, is making it easier for its subscribers to decide which phone to buy. Starting on June 27th, Virgin Mobile will sell the Apple iPhone only. Prices range from $279 for the 32GB Apple iPhone SE, to $969 for the 256GB Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Virgin will also sell the 32GB Apple iPhone 6 for $319. Orders placed today will ship on June 27th.

In addition, new Virgin Mobile subscribers who buy an iPhone, and existing customers who pay to upgrade, can receive the first year of unlimited service for just $1. That plan, called the Inner Circle, is normally …

Sony Xperia L1 makes its debut in Europe, priced to sell for €199

The Xperia L1 was launched in the United States about a month ago, but Europeans weren’t given a chance to purchase the mid-range Android smartphone until this week.

Although we knew the Xperia L1 might not be available in too many regions until June, we thought that at least a couple of European countries would get it much earlier.

In any case, if you’ve been waiting to pick up Sony’s new Xperia L1, you’ll be pleased to know the smartphone is now available in many European countries for around €199. However, if you live in the UK, you’ll have to shell out …

Telus caves, will sell BlackBerry KEYone to consumers

Yesterday, we told you that Steve Cistulli, President and GM of TCL Communication North America, had confirmed heavy launch day demand for the BlackBerry KEYone. It is that kind of demand for the device that has forced Canadian carrier Telus to make a 180 degree change, and offer the phone to consumers. Originally, Telus had planned to sell the KEYone to its business accounts only. Telus probably figured that only business users would be interested in the physical QWERTY that adorns the front of the handset.

But after word got out about the phone’s long lasting battery life and ease of typing, …

Analyst: Samsung to sell 50M Galaxy S8 units this year with the larger S8+ taking 53.9% of sales


As the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ begin their first week on sale from carriers and retailers, an analyst from Yuanta Securities says that he expects 50.4 million units of the flagship models to be sold globally this year. Lee Jae-yoon told clients in a note today, that he sees the larger screened Samsung Galaxy S8+ accounting for the majority of flagship sales in 2017. That is due to the growing number of smartphone users watching video content and playing games on their handsets.

According to Mr. Lee, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ will ring up 27.1 million units in sales this …

Apple reportedly wants to sell up to 230 million new iPhones – with as many as 95 million in 2017 alone!

DigiTimes, a mostly on-point source of supply chain insights, reports that Apple is forecast to sell up to 230 million new iPhone models in total. Previous reports claim Apple is placing orders for up to 95 million OLED display panels from Samsung, but it isn’t clear if these are meant to go exclusively in the Anniversary Edition iPhone, or are also to be distributed among the rumored “iPhone 7s”-type devices being prepared as a more conventional alternative.

Either way, Cupertino is ordering close to 100 million of its new iPhones in 2017 alone, which means …

Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx goes live at Sprint, priced to sell for $265

The Galaxy J7 (2017) has finally made it to Sprint after the smartphone was released by Verizon last month under the moniker Samsung Galaxy J7 V. Virgin and Boost Mobile are likely to get the mid-range phone as well, along with TracFone and AT&T.

Sprint is now selling it as Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx for $265 outright. Customers can also choose to get it for $11 per month for 24 months, but no upfront payment.

The Galaxy J7 Perx is clearly a mid-range smartphone powered by Android 7.0 Nougat. The handset comes with a 5.5-inch display that supports HD (720p) resolution, but it packs …

The sapphire edition of the HTC U Ultra will sell in Europe for €849

Remember that U Ultra with sapphire screen and 128GB that HTC announced last month in Taiwan? Well, it looks like the smartphone will soon be introduced in Europe in April.

Despite what many analysts believed, HTC managed to launch the U Ultra with sapphire screen earlier than they have expected. The smartphone will be available for purchase in Germany and Switzerland on April 18, and it will cost no less than €849 outright.

Unlike the 64GB model that doesn’t feature a sapphire glass, the new variant comes with 128GB of storage inside and a display with a …

No, Verizon doesn't plan to sell your data unless you want to

If you’re living in the United States, then you’re probably aware that the Congress recently voted to reduce broadband privacy protections, which would allow Internet providers to sell users’ data much easier and without asking for their permission.

We reported a few days ago that Verizon launched an Android application called AppFlash, which acts as a launcher and search function. According to the report, the app that would come pre-installed on all Android smartphones sold by Verizon can share user’s information with the carrier’s family of companies.

AppFlash …