Facebook to launch new app aimed at video creators later this year

As part of an update to Mentions that will be released in the coming months, Facebook plans to introduce a new app targeting video creators. Just like Facebook Live, the new app will make its debut inside Mentions later this year.

The announcement was made at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. The new update will add a new Community tab that will allow video creators to connect with their Facebook, Instagram and Messenger followers much easier.

Also, the app will feature special tools aimed at video makers that will allow them to add intros …


Virgin Mobile to sell the iPhone only; first year of $50 Inner Circle unlimited plan is $1

Pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile, owned by Sprint, is making it easier for its subscribers to decide which phone to buy. Starting on June 27th, Virgin Mobile will sell the Apple iPhone only. Prices range from $279 for the 32GB Apple iPhone SE, to $969 for the 256GB Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Virgin will also sell the 32GB Apple iPhone 6 for $319. Orders placed today will ship on June 27th.

In addition, new Virgin Mobile subscribers who buy an iPhone, and existing customers who pay to upgrade, can receive the first year of unlimited service for just $1. That plan, called the Inner Circle, is normally …

LG G6 now comes with 1 extra year of warranty for free (US only)

LG today announced an “LG G6 Second Year Promise” program, which extends the G6’s limited warranty from 1 year to 2 years. The program is available only in the US, includes all G6 smartphones purchased from any mobile carrier or authorized retailer, and requires registration on LG’s official website.

If you’ve bought your G6 before today (June 15, 2017), you’ll have to register within 12 months of purchase, and provide a proof of purchase, plus your phone’s IMEI/MEID and serial number. If you’re getting an LG G6 today, or after today, you’ll have to register within …

A year after the Error 53 fiasco, Apple is now making it easier to replace your iPhone's fingerprint sensor

Getting your broken iPhone repaired isn’t exactly a fun experience – going through the official channels means either hoping your local Genius Bar isn’t overbooked (if you have one at all, that is), or sending your device for a mail-in repair, which can take a considerable amount of time as well. Of course there’s always the option of going to an unlicensed service location, but doing often bears the risk of getting a sub-par repair job, or even an outright broken device.

But in some cases, such as when the Touch ID on your device breaks, the latter …

IDC sees smartphone shipments growing this year after a slump in 2016


Last year was the worst ever for global smartphone shipments as handset deliveries rose only 2.5% for 2016. According to analytical firm IDC, business will start returning to growth  mode as the number of shipments should rise by 3% this year. That amounts to 1.52 billion units forecast by IDC to be delivered this year. And for 2018, the increase in shipments will reach 4.5%. IDC says that improved economic conditions in emerging markets will partially be responsible for a 50% hike in growth. Another reason will be the extreme popularity of  the tenth anniversary Apple iPhone that …

Analyst: Samsung to sell 50M Galaxy S8 units this year with the larger S8+ taking 53.9% of sales


As the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ begin their first week on sale from carriers and retailers, an analyst from Yuanta Securities says that he expects 50.4 million units of the flagship models to be sold globally this year. Lee Jae-yoon told clients in a note today, that he sees the larger screened Samsung Galaxy S8+ accounting for the majority of flagship sales in 2017. That is due to the growing number of smartphone users watching video content and playing games on their handsets.

According to Mr. Lee, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ will ring up 27.1 million units in sales this …

The best TV and film Easter eggs of the year

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Easter eggs mean different things to different people. They might mean a time-honored tradition or an excuse to hunt for prizes and candy (or both). For a rabid entertainment fan, Easter eggs are friendly little inside jokes in your favorite pieces of pop culture that reward the voracious viewer.

In honor of Easter here are some of our favorite Easter eggs (ha, get it?) from the past year. 

Moana

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Disney/Pixar films are connected in a way Ryan Murphy will envy for all time, and Moana was no exception. The animation included lightning-fast glimpses of characters from The Little Mermaid, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, and many from Aladdin, which was also directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. Read more…

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Samsung will reportedly produce 2,000-3,000 foldable phone prototypes this year

There have been plenty of rumors floating around the Internet in the past few years, regarding Samsung’s foldable device, named the Galaxy X. According to the latest one, the foldable handset will not be commercialized by 2019. However, a new rumor has surfaced, which seems to suggest otherwise.

According to the Korean media The Investor, Samsung is going to produce a bunch of prototypes before the second half of this year. Citing anonymous sources, The Investor claims that the South Korean OEM has ordered enough components to make between 2,000 and 3,000 prototypes of its foldable phone.

The …

Next T-Mobile Tuesday brings you a free Redbox video rental and a one year magazine subscription

After this past Tuesday’s baseball extravaganza, the next T-Mobile Tuesday takes things down a bit. This coming Tuesday, subscribers to the nation’s third largest carrier will receive a free one night movie rental from Redbox. Inside the Redbox machine at your local supermarket you’ll find the latest hit movies along with the classics. Subscribers will also get to pick one out of 13 different magazine titles and will receive a free year of that publication. Topics include fashion, beauty, lifestyle and home. The carrier says that there are even titles for the guys to choose from.

There will …

Samsung spent $10.2 billion to get you to buy the Galaxy S7 and other S-stuff last year

Samsung is notorious for its huge marketing spending, but fellow Korean big shot LG is catching up each year. Still, there’s a lot of spending LG has to do before the $1.6 billion it scrounged together in 2016 touches Samsung’s $10.2 billion.

This billion-dollar marketing doesn’t include just smartphones, of course, that would be quite desperate! But the two do spend a lot of money to get you to buy their phones, regardless. Industry watchers say Samsung spent most of that money on promoting smartphones like the Galaxy S7 and the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, while LG promoted “high-end home …