Tag Archive: Apparently


Google Pixel 3s bought from Best Buy are apparently SIM locked to Verizon

This is not a great sign.

Verizon being the “exclusive” carrier for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is a bit of an annoyance because it reduces the options for getting the phones in a store and with incentives from other carriers. But now it looks like that exclusivity is more restrictive than in the past — Pixel 3s sold by Best Buy are seemingly SIM locked to Verizon. Early units being sold today (the first  [Read More…]

People are apparently using their phones too much and getting ‘numb thumbs’

Are you a numb thumber?

Smartphones have become a regular part of our daily lives. We use them to text, tweet, and stream videos, and all of this requires the use of our fingers — more often than not, specifically our thumbs.

Nellie Bowles at The New York Times recently published an article called “Me and My Numb Thumb: A Tale of Tech, Texts and Tendons.” In it, Bowles talks about how, as she’s continued to use  [Read More…]

ZTE’s apparently making a phone with two notches because of course they are

Ladies and gents, meet the ZTE Iceberg.

The notch has been a controversial subject in the smartphone industry ever since the Essential Phone was announced almost a year ago, and the past few months have seen more and more OEMs adopt this design trend. WinFuture recently shared exclusive renders of a concept device ZTE’s working on, and it features not one, but two notches in its display.

The phone in question is currently referred to as the  [Read More…]

Motorola’s apparently canceling the Moto X5 and scaling back on Moto Mods

Don’t expect another Hasselblad camera mod anytime soon.

Hot on the heels of reports claiming Motorola laid-off 50% of its engineering team at its Chicago headquarters, another one’s popped up suggesting that there’s even more happening behind the scenes.

Moto X4

According to Android Police, Motorola has canceled the Moto X5 that was scheduled for a release at some point this year. The X5 would be a successor to the mostly well-received Moto X4 that came  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S9 apparently in development, because of course it is

Galaxy S9 and S9+ development reportedly 3-4 months ahead of previous devices.

Once again, your shiny new Samsung Galaxy S8 is OLD NEWS. According to reports from the Korean press, development of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is apparently already well underway, under the codenames “Star” and “Star 2” respectively. That’s entirely unsurprinsing in itself — you’d certainly expect next year’s phone to be in the works by now, as we approach the midway point of 2017.  [Read More…]

Verizon apparently down in much of Florida

It’s not just you. Verizon Wireless — and in particular the voice end of things — apparently is down in much of Florida. Twitter is aflame. Our inbox is all lit up.

We’ve shot an email to Verizon to see what’s up and will update if and when we hear back. But hopefully they’re working on fixing that instead of wasting time on us.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Samsung apparently won’t be laying off 10 percent of its workforce after all

Samsung has rubbished Bloomberg’s report from yesterday stating that the vendor would cut 10 percent of the workforce at its corporate headquarters.

LG G4 apparently outed in new pics — with a few serious caveats on the specs

And there she be, folks. The LG G4, as outed a wee bit early on s semi-official-looking microsite.

The LG G4 has been unveiled in drips and drabs by LG over the past week, but today it’s been outed in full. Sort of. The listed specs appear to be a mix of what’s already known confuddled with something that resembles the LG G3.

Anyway. Here’s the deal:

As we already knew, we’re looking at a 5.5-inch  [Read More…]

Microsoft’s apparently passing on $110 million Cyanogen funding round

Alternative Android OS developer Cyanogen is poised to raise around $ 110 million in a funding round, but contrary to earlier reports, Microsoft might not be chipping in.

Several weeks ago brought the news that Microsoft was considering investing in Cyanogen and their customized Android system CyanogenMod. That OS is installed on a few retail devices, including the OnePlus One and the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+, as well as being freely available to download and install  [Read More…]

HTC apparently has ‘some huge surprises’ coming in 2015

According to HTC‘s Jeff Gordon (he’s their Senior Global Online Communications Manager), 2015 is going to be a big year for HTC. Of course, as their head online PR guy he’s not going to say that 2015 will be a ho-hum year for the Taiwanese manufacturer of some of our favorite smartphones and the latest Nexus tablet, but we can’t help but be interested in what HTC is planning on bringing to bear in the coming  [Read More…]