Apple Store Black Friday deals are out

The official Apple Store Black Friday deals are out and they come in the form of gift cards that you get when you buy an iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch or a Mac.
These are not the best deals on the hottest iPhones – you can find the best Black Friday deals here – but are nonetheless solid offerings if you are in store for an iPad or an older iPhone.
Here is a quick summary of the Apple Black Friday deals:
Get $100 Apple Store gift card when you buy iPad Pro, iPad or iPad mini 4Get $50 Apple Store …


Samsung Galaxy Note 8 now available at Microsoft Store


Not long after it started selling the Samsung Galaxy S8 and
S8+, Microsoft is now offering another high-end Samsung Android phone via its
official US Store. We’re talking about the Galaxy Note 8, which can be bought
unlocked from Microsoft Store for $929.99 (no Black Friday deals here, sorry).

 

While the Note 8 that’s available at Microsoft isn’t
different from the version sold by Samsung, carriers, and other retailers, the Redmond company
encourages customers to “personalize your phone with the Microsoft
Launcher.” As you may know, Microsoft Launcher (previously known as Arrow
Launcher) …

SlideBoard feature comes to BlackBerry Keyboard beta app in Google Play Store

If you own an Android-powered BlackBerry model without a physical keyboard, a new beta version of the BlackBerry Keyboard app is waiting for you in the Google Play Store. And with the app comes “SlideBoard.” With this new feature, sliding your finger left or right on the virtual keyboard will reveal two panels. One shows four phrases that can be customized by the user for quick replies while messaging. The other panel has a dedicated numbers pad along with some widely used symbols.

As we said, this new feature is in beta, which means it might require additional work to make it ready for …

Bose kicks off Black Friday sale on its online store and Amazon

If you’re looking for a cheap pair of headphones this is the best time of the year to find one. Many companies are running promotional deals during Black Friday, but some start their sales a week earlier.

Bose is now running a Black Friday sale on some of its popular headphones, which cover most price ranges. Bose’s products are on sale on its online store and at Amazon, and from what we can tell there are no price differences.

QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones – $329.95 (was $349.95);SoundSport wireless headphones – $129.95 (was $149.95);SoundSport Pulse …

Google to remove apps that use Accessibility Services not aimed at disabled users from Play Store

Google plans to remove all apps that do not comply with its “Permissions policy and Prominent Disclosure requirements,” the search giant announced. Some developers that are using a special API meant to be used to create apps for users with disabilities to make apps that have other purposes, have been contacted by Google and asked to make some changes to their apps.

Among the apps that are using this API for users with disabilities, you might have already heard about LastPass, Tasker or Network Monitor Mini, but there are other popular apps using it as well.

Developers make use of …

Redesigned Snapchat to launch on Android December 4th?; Snap to sell Spectacles at store in London

Yesterday, we told you that Snapchat parent Snap had reported a lower than expected gain of 4.5 million new Active Daily Users during the third quarter. More importantly, founder and CEO Evan Spiegel said that the messaging app will be unveiling a new redesign for the Android version of Snapchat. Following the redesign, Snapchat will be easier to use. While Spiegel didn’t reveal a launch date for the new version of Snapchat, a source familiar with the matter said that employees were internally given the date of December 4th as to when to expect the new look to be available.

The source adds …

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition pre-registrations now open on the Google Play Store

Square Enix announced back in August it will launch yet another Final Fantasy mobile game by the end of the year. Dubbed Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, the game would be available on both the Android and iOS platforms.

For Final Fantasy fans, this week marks the pre-registration opening for Android users on the Google Play Store. There doesn’t seem to be any freebies available to those who pre-register, but at least they’ll be notified the moment the game gets released.

The listing on Google Play reveals some details about the game’s specs requirements. …

Teardown of Google Play Store v8.4 hints at audio books, auto-updating system apps, more

A recent teardown of the latest Google Play Store APK (version 8.4) is hinting that audiobooks could be coming soon to Google’s large software repository, which always has tons of apps, movies, music tracks, and e-books. That’s yet another step in Google’s quest of making the Play Store a one-stop shop for all the kinds of media content you might possibly think of.
The unearthed code is rather sparse and gives no hints as to what app will be used to blay the audio books, but we bet that either Play Music or Play Books will have the honors. As usual with …

Fake WhatsApp listing draws over one million downloads from the Google Play Store

A fake WhatsApp listing on the Google Play Store drew over one million installations from Android users before Google removed the app from the store. Google also suspended the developer for violating Google’s policies. Luckily for those who did install the app, the only thing it did was push ads for other apps. Reddit users blew the whistle on the app yesterday as Google apparently didn’t spot the fake. The spoof used the name “Update WhatsApp,” and included the WhatsApp logo to make it appear as though the phony was an official update to the very popular messaging app.

Using a Unicode “white …

Thieves stole more than 300 iPhone X from San Francisco Apple Store

Thieves stole more than 300 iPhone X units from a UPS truck delivering them to an Apple Store in San Francisco.
Three men wearing hoodies drove a white Dodge and broke inside a UPS truck parked outside the Stonestown San Francisco Apple Store around 11:30am on Thursday, stealing a total of 313 iPhone X worth more than $370,000. The men escaped and have not yet been caught, but the SFPD is on the case.
What’s interesting is that all the iPhones were diligently cataloged, each with a description and a serial number, …