Samsung handset explodes and starts a fire that destroys a car (VIDEO)

According to a report from ABC affiliate WXYZ, a woman from Detroit was traveling in her car back on May 21st with a Samsung Galaxy S4 and a Samsung Galaxy S8 in a cupholder. Suddenly, she saw a spark coming from one of the two handsets, and it caught fire. She pulled over, but her car was soon completely covered in flames. “I thought I was going to die when I saw the sparks and the fire,” said the unnamed victim.

WXYZ spoke with the Detroit Fire Department, which confirmed the woman’s story. Her attorney, Gerald Thurswell, says that the female driver is having trouble …


T-Mobile starts BOGO Bonanza; get second Samsung, Apple and LG handsets on the carrier's dime

Yesterday kicked off T-Mobile’s BOGO Bonanza. The deals cover some of today’s most popular handsets. For example, using the carrier’s EIP you can buy two Samsung Galaxy S9 handsets, each one priced at $30 a month over 24 months. However, after two billing cycles, T-Mobile will give you a $30 a month bill credit over the next 24 months to cover the cost of the second phone. You must add a new line to take advantage of this deal.
The BOGO Bonanza includes the following handsets, including the aforementioned Galaxy S9:

Samsung Galaxy S9 ($0 down, …

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo in the US

Android updates tend to make their way to the United States slower than the rest of the world, but that’s not always accurate. However, when it comes to the Galaxy Tab S3, that unspoken rule applies 100%.

Samsung kicked off the rollout of Android 8.0 Oreo for Galaxy Tab S3 about two weeks ago, but the update only started to show up in the US this week. If you’re stationed in the US and own the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, an update that weighs in at 1.23GB should be available for download in the coming days.

Some users have already received the update and shared more info on what it …

LG G6 Android 8.0 Oreo update starts rolling out in Europe

After running a beta program in South Korea, LG is finally pushing out Android 8.0 Oreo to the LG G6 in other regions. In a surprising turn of events, US carrier Verizon kicked off the rollout of Android 8.0 Oreo for LG G6 less than a week ago.

Starting this week, the update is rolling out across Europe but unlocked LG G6 units are the first to get the update. Portugal, Romania, and Latvia are among the first European countries to receive the update, but other that we haven’t been tipped yet may get it as well.

We know that LG plans to include many of the AI features that made their …

Google Feed starts showing ads, but don't worry, it's just a "test"

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Ads have begun appearing in Google Feed for some users. The ads are shown in card form, much like everything else on Feed, save for a small “Ad” badge in the bottom left corner that differentiates them from the rest of the content.

Some users have started receiving ads in Google Feed over the last week, Android Police reports, but the majority of people are yet to get them. A Google spokesperson has confirmed for Venture Beat that the company is, indeed, in the testing phase for the new “feature”, but it is yet …

Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo

Although Asus planned to update the ZenFone 3 Zoom and ZenFone 3 Laser to Android 8.0 Oreo by the end of March, most of the updates were delayed for a few months.

In early April, an official statement issued by Asus said the Oreo update for the ZenFone 3 Zoom has been delayed due to certain issues that need to be fixed. It also said the company plans to release the update at the end of June, which was quite late.

Fortunately, Asus managed to fix those issues that prevented it from releasing the update as promised much faster, so if you own an Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom, chances are that …

Android 8.0 Oreo starts rolling out to the ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL) in the US

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe is already available in the United States, and if you’ve bought the smaller variant that comes with a 5.5-inch display, then you already have Android 8.0 Oreo installed.

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS550KL) received Android 8.0 Oreo two months ago, but the 5.7-inch variant with model number ZS570KL did not get the update at that time. Well, if you kept the hope and didn’t despair, you’ll be pleased to know Asus is now pushing out Android 8.0 Oreo to the ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS570KL).

The official changelog mentions that some of the phone’s apps will be removed, such as …

U.S. Cellular starts pushing Android 8.0 Oreo update to the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

It looks like U.S. Cellular is among the last carriers in the United States to release Android 8.0 Oreo updates for Samsung’s last year flagships, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. If you’ve purchased either of the two smartphones from U.S. Cellular, then you have two options through which to upgrade your phone.

You can either wait to be notified when the OTA update is available for download, or you can get it via Samsung Kies. The main benefits of the Android 8.0 Oreo, Picture-in-Picture, Autofill, improved notification system, are included in the update offered by U.S. Cellular.

For the tech-savvy, …

Snapchat starts showing six second ads that can't be skipped over

Snapchat users started seeing a new kind of ad on the platform on Monday morning. The ads are unskippable, forcing subscribers to watch all six seconds of them. They appear only in Shows, which are episodic programs produced by top media companies like Disney, Viacom and NBCUniversal. The initial ads were for the Samsung Galaxy S9, upcoming movies Deadpool 2 and Adrift, and non-carbonated beverage Snapple.

Snapchat has been showing ads since 2014, but allowed users to skip them if they weren’t interested in what was being promoted. Several anonymous Snapchat advertisers claim that the average …

T-Mobile's new Apple iPhone BOGO deal starts tomorrow

Just in time for Mother’s Day this Sunday, T-Mobile has announced a new BOGO deal on various Apple iPhone models that starts on Friday, May 11th. With the deal, a new or existing T-Mobile subscriber can buy an iPhone and get up to $700 back. The deal is valid for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. To take advantage of this deal, new and existing T-Mobile subscribers will need to port over their number from a different carrier, and trade-in a qualifying handset. The phones that are acceptable for the trade-in portion of the deal include the Apple iPhone 5s and up …