Today only: Motorola Moto X4 costs just $269, free wireless headphones included

As of earlier this month, Motorola is selling its Moto X4 smartphone for only $299.99 in the US, thus taking $100 off its original price. But retailer Newegg now has an even greater deal, offering the Moto X4 at $269.99, while also throwing in a free pair of Motorola Pulse Escape Bluetooth wireless headphones with each purchase.
Admittedly, the Motorola Pulse Escape – pictured below – aren’t the most exciting wireless headphones around, and they normally cost just $29, but they’re certainly nice to get for free. As for the Moto X4 handset, …


Crazy Deal: Save $400 on Verizon's Google Pixel 2 XL (today only)

Best Buy just revealed a pretty crazy deal for customers interested in purchasing a Google Pixel 2 XL on Verizon Wireless. Today only, the giant retailer is taking $400 off the price of the Pixel 2 XL, as long as the phone is activated with eligible monthly wireless service. The deal includes an instant saving of $100, plus savings of $300 reflected in reduced monthly payments.
Thanks to this deal, if you want to get the Verizon Pixel 2 XL 64 GB, you’re going to pay $18.74 (instead of $35.41) per month for 24 months, while the Pixel 2 XL 128 GB will cost you $22.91 …

Deal: Save $150 on an iPhone 8 with AT&T or Verizon activation, or get a $300 gift card with Sprint activation (today only)

If you’re planning to buy an Apple iPhone 8 and activate it on Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint, Best Buy today has a couple of nice deals that you should definitely check out. 
The retailer lets you save $150 on an iPhone 8 64 GB when you’re purchasing it with a monthly installment plan on AT&T or Verizon. Savings aren’t instant, but will be reflected in reduced monthly payments. After 24 months (or up to 30 months on AT&T), you’ll end up paying $549 – instead of $699 – for a brand new iPhone 8 64 GB.
As …

Starting today, you can add GIF stickers to your Instagram stories

Instagram is always working on improving the user experience by making little changes or additions to the app. Starting today, those who post stories on Instagram will get another tool to use that can make the content they post more interesting to view. Instagram is now allowing stories to contain GIF stickers, which you can easily find through GIPHY. And if that isn’t enough to make you jump for joy, you will soon be able to upload stills and videos of any size, which means that your contributions won’t have to be edited to fit the current portrait layout.

To add an animated GIF sticker …

Apple iPhone batteries catch on fire yesterday and today at two different Apple Stores


For the second time in two days, an Apple iPhone battery exploded inside an Apple Store. Today, a room in the Apple Store in Valencia, Spain was filled with smoke after a battery inside an iPhone unit being repaired caught on fire. Workers at the store smothered the flames and opened the window to let out the smoke. While three firefighters and police arrived at the scene, their presence was not needed. There were no injuries as a result of the blast, which took place at 1:30pm local time.

On Tuesday, an Apple Store employee in Zurich, Switzerland received minor burns when a battery …

Apple starts offering its $29 battery replacements today, two days earlier than expected

A couple days ago, Apple apologized for throttling the CPU of certain iPhone models. Apple says that it did this so that the handsets’ lack of prime battery power wouldn’t shut them down when handling certain tasks. Along with the apology came a deal from the company. Since weak batteries are at the heart of the issue, Apple is allowing you to replace the cells on the iPhone 6 and up for $29. That is a $50 discount from the usual price of $79.

The deal was expected to start on January 1st 2018 and runs through the end of next year. An Apple spokesman said that it expected to need more time …

Amazon Echo Spot, already sold out, officially launched today priced at $129

The smart speaker revolution continues and it is as strong as ever. Today, for example, Amazon officially launched the Echo Sport. This is a smart speaker that looks like a small alarm clock. It features the tools of the trade which means it is equipped with a speaker and virtual personal assistant Alexa. It also is the second Echo product to feature a screen. The Echo Spot comes with a 2.5-inch display.

Sure, the Echo Spot will actually wake you with an alarm, just like the alarm clock it looks like. But it will also control your smart appliances, stream music, make a phone call, set a …

Reddit's Android and iOS apps are getting a big update today

Today, Reddit is launching a massive update to their mobile apps for Android and iOS. We will give you a quick rundown of the new features. 

Many of the new features are for moderators. ‘Mod Mode’ allows moderators to approve, remove, and flag content in their communities. ‘Mod Queue’ is a powerful tool that will allow mods to take mass action on posts, making the task of moderating large communities easier. Knowing how fast communities can turn from small scale to viral, Reddit added a tool so that moderators can create new moderators for their …

Use Apple Pay at certain retailers today through December 21st, and score a $5 iTunes/App Store card


Just in time for last minute holiday shopping, Apple is running a promotion that starts today and runs through December 21st. Use Apple Pay at one of 20 select online retailers during the promotion period, and you’ll receive a $5 gift card that can be used with a purchase from the App Store, or from iTunes. You are limited to one gift card for each of the online retailers you shop online with, using Apple Pay.

According to Apple’ website detailing the promotion, each of the retailers might have a different minimum purchase requirement. The online retailers who are partnering with Apple …

Oreo rollout for Android Wear devices begins today, here's what's new

Google has been on a roll over the past week. After releasing the December security patch, Android Oreo 8.1, Android Oreo Go, and Chrome 63, the tech giant has now announced the rollout of Android Oreo for wearable devices. 

The update is perhaps smaller than some would have expected, but it does bring a few changes on board. Here’s the complete list of new features: 
Vibration settings for notifications – Normal, Long, and DoubleTouch lock feature allows users to disable touch-to-wake functionality. Useful …