Pixel 2 supposedly features IP68 water resistance, 64GB/128GB storage, always on display

We’re about one month away from the official unveiling of the new Pixel phones, but we’ve already had our fair share of leaks. Some of the information surface in one of the most recent reports concerning the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones might not have been known before.

The folks over at 9to5google have obtained pictures of the Pixel 2, as well as some information about the forthcoming phone. Apparently, the smaller Pixel phone will have a dark silver back, while the front side features a shade of gray.

As far as specs go, the report says the Pixel …

Samsung officially announces the Gear Fit 2 Pro with 5 ATM water resistance and improved strap design

Just last week, at least two local Samsung websites published the official product pages for one of the company’s latest wearables, the Gear Fit 2 Pro. And while we were sitting there wondering whether this was a weird but deliberate decision on Samsung’s part, all the info was pulled, proving it was actually just mistake.

But today at the Korean giant’s pre-IFA press conference, the Gear Fit 2 Pro was finally made official, this time for real. And just as we’ve already seen, it’s little more than an update on an already existing (but still quite good) …

Samsung Gear Sport is official: 1.2" Super AMOLED display, 5ATM water resistance

Samsung just announced its newest smartwatch, the Gear Sport. 
Armed with a sleek, minimalist design, a round Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 by 360 pixels, and an improved interface, the Gear Sport is a wearable aimed at the athletes and sport-savvy folks out there making it easier to meet your health and wellness goals as easy as it gets.

The Gear Sport is well-equipped to endure almost anything you might throw at it while practicing your favorite sport – aside from being shock-proof as per the MIL-STD-810G standard, but as a whole, …

Samsung Gear Sport shows up in leaked promo material, will offer 5 ATM water resistance

At this year’s IFA expo, Samsung is expected to launch no less than two* different wearables — one is the Gear Fit 2 Pro, which Samsung accidentally revealed on a couple of its regional websites yesterday, while the other is a hybrid smartwatch called the Gear Sport. 

We know criminally little about the latter, though — besides a schematic of its underside and the fact that it will run Tizen 3.0, the device has so far stayed under the radar. This changes today, however, as we’ve just gotten what appears to be our first — albeit a …

Bruno Mars donates $1 million to Flint water crisis


Singer Bruno Mars announced at a concert in Auburn Hills, Michigan that he donated $1 million to aid the Flint water crisis. 

“Tonight I want to donate 1 million dollars, to our brothers and sisters in Flint, Michigan,” Mars announced to the crowd, which immediately erupted in approval. Mars, along with show promoter Live Nation, donated proceeds from the sold out show to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

The foundation gives immediate and ongoing support to the community of of Flint, Michigan, which continues to suffer from toxic water supplies that were tainted when the city switched its water system to the polluted Flint River in 2014.  Read more…

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Results: have you ever had a smartphone damaged by water?

Nowadays, water-resistance or at least some type of splash-resistance seem to be a must on flagship (and midrange) smartphones. It used to be a rare commodity and mostly featured on rugged phones like the Galaxy Active series or any one of those tanky CAT handsets. Now, you can usually breathe calmly when your phone is near the kitchen sink or next to a spilled drink.

But anyway, we thought it would be a fun — in a bittersweet way — trip down memory lane to try and remember how many handsets we’ve had drown on us before. We thought we’d ask you — how many smartphones have you managed to …

Have you ever had a smartphone damaged by water?

Nowadays, water-resistance or at least some type of splash-resistance seem to be a must on flagship (and midrange) smartphones. A feature that used to be reserved to the rugged CAT handsets, Galaxy Actives, or phones covered by super-ugly cases is now pretty much mainstream. And sure, it definitely gives us a peace of mind when we have our handset near the kitchen sink, but we certainly still don’t feel brave enough to go ahead and jump in a pool with our phones in hand (despite the fact that Samsung and Sony commercials keep enticing us to do so).

But anyway, we thought it would be a fun …

HTC U (Ocean) to feature IP57 certification rating against dust and water

ROM developer @LlabTooFeR has a solid record when it comes to revealing features about HTC devices, In a series of three tweets disseminated today, he posted some interesting information about the manufacturer’s upcoming flagship phone, the HTC U (codenamed Ocean). According to the developer, the phone will carry an IP certification rating of 57. That means users will be able to submerge the phone in water as deep as 3.3 feet for as long as 30-minutes, without any damage to the device. It also means that the phone is protected against solid bodies larger than 1mm in size.

Another bit of …