Apple launches Data and Privacy site for EU users with new privacy laws taking effect in two days

On May 25th, Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law goes into effect. This will prevent personal data from being used without express consent. The penalty for failing to comply with this new law can be as high as 4% of a company’s global revenue. Considering that Apple could face a fine in excess of $9 billion, it behooves the company to find a way to prevent any Facebook-esque privacy issues from occurring.
Meanwhile, by no coincidence, Apple is introducing a Data and Privacy website for its users in the EU just two days before GDPR goes into …


BlackBerry KEYone sequel "Athena" appears on Chinese regulator's site with dual cameras on back

Earlier this month, we showed you some renders allegedly revealing the look of the BlackBerry KEYone sequel codenamed “Athena.” At first glance, this phone appears to be very similar to the current model. But a closer look reveals sharper squared-off corners on top, an extra textured button on the side, and a dual-camera setup on back. Today, the “Athena” was spotted on the site of China’s telecommunications regulator TENAA. This is the agency, similar to the FCC in the states, that must approve all handsets used in the country.

The TENAA certification includes four pictures of the device …

Rounded search bar being tested on Google's mobile site

Based on screenshots that were posted in a report published today, it would appear that Google is testing out a more rounded search bar for its mobile site. There are other differences that you can see by comparing the current look of the page with the one being tested. The multi-cored “G” insignia has been added to the left of the new rounded search bar, and the search icon is no longer found inside a blue box.

Additionally, the headings under the search bar (All, Images, Videos, News, Maps, Books) are no longer hemmed in by lines on top, bottom and on both sides. The change to the search …

Sony H8266 appears again on a different benchmark site with SD-845, 18:9 aspect ratio and 4GB RAM

Back in December, we told you about a Sony handset with the model number of H8266. The phone appeared on the Geekbench benchmark site, powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. 4GB of RAM was inside and Android 8.0 was pre-installed. Today, the very same model number surfaced on a handset that was run through AnTuTu’s benchmark test. The specs listed match the ones revealed back in December.

That means the Sony H8266 was once again seen carrying Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, with an octa-core CPU, the Adreno 630 GPU and Android 8.0 pre-installed. According to the benchmark …

Galaxy S9 and S9+ pop up on dbrand's site, vinyl skins available for pre-order

Vinyl skin manufacturer dbrand is usually pretty quick to update its portfolio with vinyl skins for all the hot new flagships, but in the case of the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+, it’s extra quick.

And rightly so, as the upcoming high-profile flagships from Samsung’s camp are definitely the most anticipated phones for the first half of the year with literally nothing coming close to them. 
Thus, don’t act surprised when we tell you that dbrand has already primed up its neat combo skin builder with support for the upcoming devices, allowing soon-to-be users …

Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus listed on FCC site; both models will carry a 4000mAh battery

Just yesterday we showed you a 3D render of what was alleged to be the Moto E5. Sporting a real-facing fingerprint scanner (which includes the company’s iconic batwings logo), the handset is expected to feature a 5-inch display and a MediaTek SoC under the hood. Today, the Moto E5 resurfaces along with the Moto E5 Plus as both phones are said to be listed on the FCC website.

The model numbers posted on the FCC page are XT1922-4 and XT1922-5. While the FCC documentation doesn’t give away much information about specs, it does show that both phones will be powered by a 4000mAh battery. Last …

The Galaxy X (SM-G888N0) listed on Samsung support site is just a rugged smartphone

Samsung is definitely launching a foldable smartphone next year, but that doesn’t mean it will be available for purchase worldwide. Dubbed Samsung Galaxy X, the upcoming foldable smartphone was previously listed on the company’s support site with model number SM-G888N0, or at least that’s what we thought.

Unfortunately, Samsung SM-G888N0 is not the highly-anticipated Galaxy X foldable smartphone, but a rugged phone for professionals. Samsung issued a press release a few days ago that highlights the importance of next-generation technology for smart train and metro, …

Opera browser for Android gets new UI, desktop site switch button, and other new features in latest update

The Android version of popular web browser Opera has received a new update. The latest patch brings some neat changes, the most notable being a UI that has been redesigned to be more convenient for phones and tablets. 

Also introduced is a new “Desktop mode” toggle that can be accessed via the three dots menu at the top right corner of the screen. Unsurprisingly, the toggle lets you switch to the desktop version of a given website.
Other changes include bug fixes for media notifications, sound, and video playback issues. Last but not least, the update …

Weird new Compact Xperia pops up on benchmark site: is Sony pulling a OnePlus X?

The Sony Xperia Compact series phones are a favorite of Android users who prefer small devices. In a world where a 5.2-inch display seems to be the absolute minimum for a flagship phone, Sony seems to be the only one who caters to the niche that prefers a small, but still powerful device. The Compact series gets refreshed every couple of years and will usually have top-tier specs, but a 4.6-inch screen and a much smaller body than the mainstream flagships of the year. The only exception to this trend is 2016’s Xperia X Compact, which was a midranger, disappointing fans …

Moto Z2 with Moto Mods surfaces on official Chinese Moto site; phone to be unveiled July 25th


An official Moto website in China has already posted an image of the Moto Z2 prior to the phone’s expected unveiling on July25th. While the phone does have a strong resemblance to the already available Moto Z2 Play, the Moto Z2 sports a dual camera setup on back unlike the single rear snapper on the Z2 Play. Similar to the original Moto Z, the Moto Z2 will feature a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 (QHD).

Under the hood you will find Qualcomm’s current top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chipset. That means that the unit is driven by an octa-core CPU and the Adreno …