PSA: Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact will work on Verizon

Last month, when Sony announced its Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact phones, people may have missed a tiny (but maybe important) detail about the latter. More exactly, Sony said that the XZ2 Compact would become “the first device in the XZ series to be Verizon-certified,” while also being compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. 
Now, this does not necessarily mean that Verizon will carry the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact. Most likely, it simply means that, when buying the unlocked XZ2 Compact, you’ll have the choice to use it on any of the three …

In-display finger scanners do work with protectors, so what's up with the Note 9?

While Samsung reportedly ran out of time to implement in-display finger scanner on the Galaxy S8, and, now, the Galaxy S9, one could reasonably expect that the Note 9 would be the high-end gear that this type of unobtrusive fingerprint recognition technology would make a cameo in. 

Not so fast, advised reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last week, informing us that the Note 9 won’t have a reader hidden under its display glass. While a few of the reasons he cited sound familiar, the one that said such scanners won’t work with screen protectors was a new thing, …

Microsoft confirms Skype has been optimized to work on older Android devices

Great news for Skype users who still own older Android devices, as Microsoft has just announced the application has been specifically optimized to work smoothly on devices powered by Android 4.0.3 to 5.1.

The new version of Skype is smaller in size and eats less memory, thus allowing for greater speed and better audio and video quality on budget-friendly Android devices. Moreover, Microsoft promises the lighter version of Skype will offer increased performance even in areas with “challenging network conditions.”

It appears that Microsoft will kick off the roll-out of the update in …

Samsung stops pushing out Android 8.0 Oreo, starts work on new version? (UPDATE)

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ owners were pleased as punch last week as the manufacturer started rolling out the much anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update in certain markets. However, a report published today states that Samsung has stopped disseminating the update for unknown reasons. The G950/G955-FXXU1CRAP files, which contain Android 8.0, can no longer be downloaded from Sammy’s servers.

UPDATE: Samsung was forced to halt the rollout of Android 8.0 after running into “a limited number of cases where Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices have rebooted unexpectedly,” according to a statement …

The in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo X20 Plus UD won't work with certain screen protectors

Earlier this month at CES, Vivo showed off its new in-display fingerprint scanner. Important details were not divulged at the time, such as the name of the phone and when it would be made available. That information was released this morning by Vivo, and we can tell you that the in-screen display will be found on the new Vivo X20 Plus UD. The information disseminated today by the manufacturer includes specs, pricing, and the date when Vivo will start accepting pre-orders. 

If you plan on purchasing the Vivo X20 Plus UD when it hits the Chinese marketplace on February 1st, there is …

If you tried to get Apple Pay Cash to work on your iPhone, you're about a week too early

As you probably know by now, Apple was forced yesterday morning to release iOS 11.2 in order to eradicate a bug that was leading some iPhone models running iOS 11.1.2 to continuously crash in a loop. The units affected had certain apps installed that were set to push out local repeated reminders. The urgency of the situation forced the gang in Cupertino to go off schedule since iOS 11.2 wasn’t expected to launch until sometime this coming week.

Besides killing the December 2nd date bug, the iOS update includes enhanced stabilization for video recording, faster 7.5W wireless charging for …

PSA: OnePlus 5T won't work on Verizon and Sprint

The OnePlus 5T is launching in the US and other
markets tomorrow, November 21, less than a week after being officially
If you’re planning to buy the smartphone and use it in the US, you have to know that it won’t work on two
of the largest carriers: Verizon and Sprint. More exactly, the phone is compatible with some
of Verizon’s and Sprint’s LTE bands, but that’s not enough. As OnePlus puts it:
“Even if a device supports some or all of the required frequencies for a
carrier, it will not be able to connect unless the device is approved for the


Of course, …

Picture-in-picture will work with Netflix on Android 8.1

Picture-in-picture is one of the most anticipated features of Android 8.0 (Oreo). With PiP, users can watch a video “floating” on the screen even while doing something else with their handset. They can also drag the video around to one of the screen’s corners if they so desire. Currently available on such Google apps as YouTube, Maps, Chrome (in full-screen only) and Duo, the recently released Android 8.1 beta reveals that streaming video app Netflix will be supporting Picture-in-Picture once Android 8.1 is installed on an Android flavored phone.

Deploying the new feature is a snap, …

Work related stress has met its match in these shiny Zen magnets


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Homemade slime and kinetic sand are satisfying to play with, but they don’t translate too well to the workplace. (Can you imagine trying to clean that colorful glue-based goop off your desk? Hard pass.)

Fortunately, a simple substitution exists with this Zen Magnets set. These clusters of hypnotizing silver orbs are super tiny yet mesmerizing. It’s pretty easy to get addicted to crushing them together, making them the ultimate stress-relief toy for the office.

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Trump tweets 'only one thing' will work in North Korea, and we are so fed up with living in fear


Late Saturday afternoon, Donald Trump tweeted a cryptic statement that seemed to threaten war with North Korea. 

Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017

…hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2017

“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid…… hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!” Trump tweeted.  Read more…

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