Tag Archive: Phones


The U.S. government’s beef with Huawei isn’t really about phones

One-liner quotes from intelligence agency officials aren’t telling the whole story about the U.S. government’s feud with Huawei.

In case you missed it this week, the heads of the FBI, NSA, CIA, and others recommended that we (meaning you and me and all consumers in the U.S.) stop using products from Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE. None of the speakers had any explicit reasons why we should heed their advice, but FBI head Christopher Wray offered this  [Read More…]

Android phones may soon send more precise location info to 911 dispatchers

Early tests have shown promising results.

911 is a number no one in the U.S. ever wants to call, but in the case that you do, you want emergency responders to get to your location as fast as humanly possible. When you currently call 911, your wireless carrier sends your location info to the 911 dispatcher so they know where to send help. Google’s recently been testing a system of its own to handle this process, and it has  [Read More…]

Heads of U.S. intelligence agencies tell Americans not to buy Huawei phones

The Mate 10 Pro is launching in the U.S. this week.

During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing earlier this week, the heads of the FBI, NSA, CIA, and others proffered a narrative that’s been permeating throughout U.S. government agencies since 2012: Huawei (and to a lesser extent ZTE) are bad actors that can’t be trusted to operate independently in the United States.

According to the head of the FBI, Christopher Wray, “We’re deeply concerned about the risks  [Read More…]

Google reportedly shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017

Google saw a lot of device shipments in 2017, but it still has plenty of room to grow.

Display controversies aside, Google’s second attempt at making smartphones with the Pixel 2 was mostly successful. The smaller Pixel 2 is still one of the best Android phones you can buy, and thanks to the many improvements Google made to its hardware department from 2016 to 2017, it also saw a nice uptick in sales.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai  [Read More…]

Best Universal Lenses for Android Phones in 2018

What are the best universal lenses for Android phones?

Your Android phone already captures beautiful photos, but artificially distorting the photo to add a fisheye, wide-angle, or macro look to your photos afterwards — something a smartphone can’t shoot normally — ruins the quality and feel.

Instead, using external, universal lenses are a great way to shoot creatively with your Android phone. All you need to do is attach the lens, aim, and start shooting your photography  [Read More…]

Free phones from T-Mobile and MetroPCS this tax season

T-Mobile and its prepaid brand are giving customers instant savings on phones from LG, Samsung, and other companies. The limited time promotions run through tax season.

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Amazon awards gift cards to users who paid to remove Prime Exclusive Phones ads

Earlier this month, Amazon announced that it will no longer push lockscreen ads on its Prime Exclusive Phones and, as a result, would increase the price of the devices with $ 20. The company has been selling these products ever since 2016 and until recently owners could only get rid of these ads by paying a […]

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Verizon will begin locking phones to its network this spring

You’ll soon have to wait a hot minute before taking your Verizon phone to another carrier.

In the United States, most all carriers require you wait a certain amount of time after buying a phone before you can use it on another network. It’s a process called “locking”, and it’s something that’s instituted by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Beginning at some point this spring, Verizon will follow suit.

With Verizon’s current policy of selling unlocked phones, you  [Read More…]

Best AT&T Phones

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Best overall Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

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We’ve officially arrived at our beautiful, bezel-less future, and the Galaxy S8 is a near-perfect example of what constitutes as innovative smartphone design. This device has all the trimmings of a one-of-a-kind style, and it helps set the aesthetic tone for smartphones to come. The good news, too, is that despite the Galaxy  [Read More…]

Cheap Android phones shouldn’t be disposable

Cheap phones deserve to be supported, and so do the people who are buying them.

We all know someone who has whatever phone was cheapest — or, let’s face it, free — from their carrier. Not everyone is into smartphones and sometimes I envy people who can let go when it comes to pocket-sized tech. There’s a good chance that person was also happy with it when they got it and as long as it still works  [Read More…]