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Samsung said to start producing foldable smartphone in November

We could be looking at a launch as early as December.

For years, we’ve dreamed of the day when we can own a smartphone that’s able to fold in on itself. This would allow us to carry phones with large displays and easily carry them in our pockets when not using them, but perhaps more important, the idea of using a phone that you can fold is just plain cool.

There have been murmurings of foldable smartphones  [Read More…]

Amazon Alexa will start helping out in the kitchen with microwave controls

Meet your new cooking assistant.

The different use cases for Alexa has grown substantially over the past couple years. The assistant works great for simple tasks like playing music and getting weather info, and using it for controlling smart lights and ordering an Uber never get old. Now, Amazon is planning Alexa’s next great frontier – the kitchen.

On the Amazon Alexa blog, it was recently announced that Alexa’s Smart Home Skill API is gaining support for  [Read More…]

You’ll start hearing ads from Alexa in 2018

It won’t be too much longer before ads are just part of owning an Echo.

Amazon Alexa has grown and matured substantially since its launch on the original Echo in late 2014. It’s gotten better at contextual conversations, picked up additional skills, and has expanded to more hardware than ever before. Now, it looks like 2018 will be the year that ads become part of the Alexa experience.

According to CNBC, multiple sources confirm that Amazon has  [Read More…]

Start streaming: How to store your existing media in the cloud

Buying DVDs and CDs made a lot of sense a decade ago. What do you do with them now?

Years ago, the thought of watching movies on a phone was absurd — our connections were too slow, or they took up too much space. Today, if we still buy movies, many of us are choosing to eschew physical media for digital copies that can be watched anywhere effortlessly.

But what do we do with all those DVDs  [Read More…]

When do carriers start throttling you and what can you do about it?

Here’s what you need to know about carrier throttling of unlimited plans.

You’re probably already aware that all the major U.S. carriers offer an unlimited plan and that they have imposed a limit on it if you use too much data in a single billing period. If you’re not, we’re talking about wording like this in the carrier terms of service:

On all T-Mobile plans, during congestion, the small fraction of customers using >50GB/month may notice reduced  [Read More…]

Start with the $50 SmartThings hub and expand your smart home

All things SmartThings are on sale right now.

The Samsung SmartThings Hub is down to $ 49.98 on Amazon. This is part of a greater sale on SmartThings devices, which includes the motion sensor and the water leak sensor.

There’s even the full SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit for sale at $ 150. It normally sells above $ 200. It comes with a Hub and several other accessories, so you can just skip right to this bundle if you want  [Read More…]

This is the time to start your own media server with Synology DiskStations dropping in price

Synology is discounting at least four different models of very popular DiskStations.

A whole bunch of Synology network-attached storage devices are on sale right now, and there’s a wide range of features and prices based on what you need to start your own media server.

Synology DiskStation DS216j 2-bay network-attached storage device is down to $ 149.99 on Amazon. That’s a $ 20 drop from its regular price and a match for its lowest price on Amazon. Synology DiskStation  [Read More…]

New Pixel 2 will start at $649 in variety of colors

We’ve seen the Pixel 2 XL so it seems only natural that we get a peek at its little brother. The HTC-made Pixel 2 is set to arrive in three colors – ‘Kinda Blue’, ‘Just Black’, and ‘Clearly White’. There’s not a whole lot to be determined from the official look at the Pixel 2 […]

Google Pixel 2 will start at $649, offer ‘Kinda Blue’ third color option

How many more leaks will we see? This about wraps it up.

The Google hardware leaks are coming hard and fast, and the latest of the group reveals fresh information about the forthcoming Pixel 2 — the smaller sibling to the Pixel 2 XL. According to Droid-Life, the Google Pixel 2 will launch at the same starting price as last year’s Pixel, $ 649, which will put it well below the purported $ 849 price of the Pixel 2  [Read More…]

The LG V30 is the phone the G6 should’ve been from the start

The LG V30 rivals the Samsung Galaxy S8 on all fronts.

There are a couple of ways to approach the new LG V30. It’s obviously the technical successor to the LG V20, incorporating the same wide-angle camera tech, enhanced audio, and more of last year’s top-end LG smartphone offering. Another way is to look at it as the true LG G6+ (I am aware there is an actual G6+), with a more refined design, improved camera, and a bigger  [Read More…]