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  • Video Tour: Bold N1

    Fri 1:38pm By Rich Brome
    A quick look at the Bold N1, an attempt to offer a flagship experience for just $250. Where else will you find a phone for that price with a true all-screen design, pop-up selfie camera, in-display fingerprint reader, and wireless charging? We examine the ins…
  • iPhone 11 Case Options Compared

    Fri 12:01pm By Rich Brome
    Getting a new iPhone? The back may be a lovely honed finish this year, but it's still all glass, so consider getting a case. We took a look at a few options from three established companies offering good protection at affordable prices. And since design is a…
  • Apple Accelerates iOS 13.1 to Fix Bugs

    Fri 9:53am By Rich Brome
    Apple will release iOS version 13.1 on Sept. 24th, a week earlier than originally planned, reports Engadget. Many reviewers and users have reported that iOS version 13.0 is unusually buggy.
  • Verizon 5G Launching in NYC Next Week

    Thu 9:57am By Rich Brome
    Verizon has revealed that it will light up its mmWave 5G service in New York City in one week, on September 26th. As with all mmWave deployments, it will focus on dense, downtown areas and public spaces, rather than broad citywide coverage. The coverage areas…
  • New KaiOS Feature Phones for US Offer Google Assistant, App Store

    Thu 9:00am By Rich Brome
    Alcatel today announced the Go Flip 3 and SmartFlip, two variants of essentially the same clamshell-style feature phone. The phone runs KaiOS, and for the first time in the US, supports both Google Assistant voice control and the KaiStore for downloading…
  • Gabb Launches Data-Free Smartphones for Kids

    Thu 9:00am By Rich Brome
    A new kid-oriented phone service launches today nationwide. Gabb Wireless offers basic voice and messaging service for parents who want their kids to be connected, but "protect children from too much technology too soon". Although both phones offered by the…
  • Google Fi Adds Unlimited Data Plan

    Wed 10:27am By Rich Brome
    Google has added an unlimited-data plan option to its Google Fi cellular service. The pricing is competitive with what most major US carriers are currently offering, starting at $70/line for just one line, down to $45/line for 4-6 lines. The plan also includes…
  • Xfinity Mobile Offering $250 Off iPhone 11 series

    Tue 10:01am By Rich Brome
    Comcast's Xfinity Mobile is offering $250 back when new customers switch from another carrier and purchase a new iPhone. Customers must keep their account for 90 days, after which they will receive the $250 as a prepaid card within a month.
  • Unlicensed Band 48 Opens for Business

    Tue 9:37am By Rich Brome
    The FCC this week granted permission for initial commercial service to commence in the unlicensed part of band 48, also known as CBRS, a radio frequency band spanning the range of 3550 - 3700 MHz. In a new and unique arrangement, consumer phones will be able…
  • Sprint Matches Verizon's Free iPhone 11 Deal

    Sep 13, 2019, 10:52 am By Rich Brome
    Sprint is offering a free iPhone 11 to new customers when they trade in an iPhone 7 or newer. The old iPhone can be in any condition but must be unlocked. The deal requires a new line activation and an 18-month "lease" that costs $0 after a monthly credit is…
  • Walmart, Verizon Offering Deals on iPhone 11 Series

    Sep 11, 2019, 1:39 pm By Rich Brome
    Walmart and Verizon are both offering substantial discounts and offers for customers buying a new iPhone this year. New and existing customers of Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint can pre-order the new iPhone 11 models from starting this Friday and receive…
  • New iPhones Include Ultra-Wideband Chip for Directional AirDrop

    Sep 11, 2019, 12:03 pm By Rich Brome
    Apple's new iPhone 11 series of phones includes a new U1 chip, which uses ultra-wideband technology to determine the relative location of other devices with U1 chips nearby. Apple promises "amazing new capabilities" thanks to the new chip. The first new…
  • Google Chrome Now Supports "Send to Your Devices"

    Sep 11, 2019, 11:45 am By Rich Brome
    The Google Chrome web browser now lets you send the web page you're on at the moment to another one of your devices, so you can finish on your phone an article you started reading at your desk, for example, or vice-versa. The feature debuted in version 77,…
  • iPhone 11 Pro: Three Cameras, Two Sizes

    Sep 10, 2019, 2:49 pm By Rich Brome
    Apple today announced the iPhone 11 Pro, which comes in two sizes. The smaller model has a 5.8-inch screen like the iPhone Xs, while the larger iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5-inch screen, just like the iPhone Xs Max. Both iPhone 11 Pro models have three…
  • Apple iPhone 11 Sports Wide-Angle Camera

    Sep 10, 2019, 2:23 pm By Rich Brome
    The new iPhone 11 from Apple sports a new dual-camera system with two 12-megapixel cameras, one "wide" and one "ultra-wide". It replaces the iPhone Xr and has the same 6.1-inch display size. It's the most affordable of today's three new iPhones at just $699.…
  • Apple Watch Series 5 Has Always-On Display

    Sep 10, 2019, 2:02 pm By Rich Brome
    Apple today announced Apple Watch Series 5, an update that brings a new always-on display. The new display can stay on in a dim mode all day (18 hours) thanks to LTPO display technology, variable refresh rate, and an ambient light sensor. The new Watch also…
  • Apple's Game Subscription Service Will Cost $5/Month

    Sep 10, 2019, 1:20 pm By Rich Brome
    Apple Arcade, the company's game subscription service, will launch next week, on September 19th. It will cost $4.99 per month. One subscription will cover a whole family, and the company will offer a one month free trial. 100 exclusive games will be available…
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10 Mini Review

    Sep 9, 2019, 12:41 pm By Rich Brome
    A video mini-review of the Samsung Galaxy Note10, the smaller of the two Note models this year. Here are the things that stood out to me after using the Note10 as my main phone for two weeks. It's a good phone, but a few design choices and quirks made it not…
  • BLU Launches Premium "Bold" Brand With All-Screen N1

    Sep 9, 2019, 8:00 am By Rich Brome
    BLU Products is launching a new brand of phones today called "Bold". The new brand will release just one or two "premium flagship and flagship-like devices" per year. The first model, the N1, is being released today for $250. It has an all-screen, notch-less…
  • LG Brings a Tall HD Display to Its New Entry-Level Phone

    Sep 8, 2019, 1:33 pm By Rich Brome
    Cricket is now selling the LG Escape Plus, a new phone with basic specs for $120. Its best feature is a 5.5-inch LCD display with and tall 2:1 aspect ratio and HD+ (720 x 1440 pixel) resolution. It also has a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side, 32…