HTC's Black Friday deals start tomorrow

HTC’s Black Friday deals begin tomorrow, November 21st, at 12:00am EST and continue through November 29th at 12:00am EST. During that stretch of time, you can save $50 on company’s best flagship in years, the HTC U11. That comes with free JBL Reflect Aware C headphones, which normally cost $199.99. In addition, buyers of the U11 will also receive a free HTC Fetch, valued at $19.99. With this keychain style device, you press a button to activate your phone’s ringtone alerting you to the location of your handset as long as it’s within 50 feet of the Fetch.

There are other deals, of course, …


Qualcomm turns down Broadcom's takeover bid; this could be the start of an epic Wall Street battle

As expected, Qualcomm this morning said no to the largest tech takeover bid in history. Fellow chipmaker Broadcom had offered $60 in cash and $10 in stock for each Qualcomm share, a transaction valued at $105 billion. Qualcomm told stockholders to reject the tender offer, stating that it amounts to Broadcom trying to buy it on the cheap. Despite the rejection, there are still ways that Broadcom can execute an end around past its target’s board.

Broadcom is said to be considering a proxy contest, asking Qualcomm stockholders to vote on replacing the latter’s current board with a slate of …

Sprint may start offering free Hulu service to unlimited customers

It looks like Sprint plans to take on T-Mobile and AT&T with a special offer for its customers. After the two carriers announced their unlimited customers would get free Netflix and HBO, respectively, Sprint now has similar plans regarding the offering of free streaming service to consumers.

According to an internal note from Wave7 Research, Hulu streaming service will be provided for free by Sprint to all unlimited customers.

Sprint is planning to include TV shows from Hulu with its unlimited plans. Dealers have been told that this is ‘coming soon.’ …

Samsung's Black Friday deals are leaked; discounts start next week


With Black Friday 2017 getting closer, several retailers had their deals leaked last week. Among them were Best Buy, Macy’s, Costco and Target. Today, Samsung’s Black Friday deals were revealed. Starting a week from today, you can save $120 or 20% on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-inch slate. Including the S Pen, the price after the discount is $479.99 or $80 a month over 6 months.

Among other Black Friday deals offered by Samsung is one that gives buyers of the Galaxy Note 8 or Galaxy S8 a free Gear 360 camera that allows users to broadcast or record video in 360 degrees. You can also …

Huawei could start selling its own "Made for Huawei" accessories

Undoubtedly, Huawei is one of the biggest smartphone makers in the world, as the Chinese company sells millions of handsets every year. To increase the margin profit of its products, Huawei has decided to start developing some components in-house. Huawei’s Kirin chipsets are inside most of its flagships, but lately, they have been embedded in some of the company’s mid-range smartphones.

It looks like the next step for Huawei would start making accessories for its smartphones. Well, we could say the Chinese company might be tempted to follow in Apple’s footsteps …

Cricket Wireless chirps now to promote new offers that start this Sunday, November 5th

Pre-paid carrier Cricket Wireless, owned by AT&T, announced today some upcoming promotions that start this Sunday, November 5th. Starting on that date, Cricket’s $30 a month plan will come with 2GB of high speed data, twice the current amount. The $40/month plan will come with 25% more high speed data (5GB up from 4GB). In addition, Cricket Wireless is bringing back its Unlimited 2 plan.

The Unlimited 2 plan allows subscribers to sign up for two lines with unlimited high speed data, for $80 a month. Additional unlimited lines can be added (up to four more) for a rate of $25 a month per …

Giant lines start forming for iPhone X

A day ahead of the big iPhone X launch, giant lines are starting to form throughout the world, but probably the biggest line right now has started forming in Asia where the launch is bound to happen first.
Hundreds of people have gathered in front of the Orchard Road Apple Store in Singapore, as well as in front of Apple Stores in Japan.
There seem to be people of all walks of life, but one particular group seems to be much more common in Asia than you would see in the US or Europe: re-sellers.
“I …

Apple Upgrade Program subscribers get a head start on reserving the Apple iPhone X

Pre-orders for the Apple iPhone X begin next Friday, October 27th. But those who are subscribers to the Apple Upgrade Program are getting a head start when it comes to reserving an unit. Starting on Monday, members of the Upgrade Program can start setting up their paperwork. And beginning this year, members can send to Apple via mail, their old iPhone model being upgraded.

Opening the Apple Store app and filling out the paperwork in advance will allow Upgrade Program members to zip through the pre-order checkout line faster than others on October 27th. But they will still have to wait for …

Nokia phone sales off to a very good start, on path to reach 10 million in first year

Nokia is back. The phone company that dominated the early 2000s has been resurrected and we have both smartphones and feature phones like the re-imagined Nokia 3310 available for purchase, but how popular are they and are they selling well?
HMD Global introduced the first Nokia phones in February 2017 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and ever since than it has sold “millions” smartphones and “tens of millions” features phones, according to the company’s own Pekka Rentala. This official confirmation came on September 2nd and accounted …

Google Pixel 2 prices to start at $649, three color variants revealed

Earlier today, we learned that the LG-made Google Pixel 2 XL
should be a bit more expensive than last year’s Pixel XL, reportedly costing $849
(64 GB version) and $949 (128 GB version). 
According to Droid-life, things won’t
be that bad with the HTC-made Google Pixel 2, as this is supposed to be offered at the
same prices that the Pixel of 2016 was launched for: $649 (64 GB) and $749 (128
GB). We’re guessing that the near-bezel-less 6-inch screen of the
Pixel 2 XL has something (or a lot) to do with its higher price. As you may know, the Pixel 2 isn’t expected to sport such a screen, instead …