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June 15 2017

09:10

The Moto Z2 Play is now up for sale on Flipkart for ₹27,999

Moto Z2 Play is available at an attractive price and comes with several launch day offers.

The Moto Z2 Play is now up for sale on Flipkart for ₹27,999 ($435). The phone made its debut in the country last week, and will be available at thousands of retail stores in addition to Flipkart.

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The phone itself isn't all that different from its predecessor in terms of overall size and design, featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD panel and a marginally faster Snapdragon 626 SoC. There's 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage, microSD slot, a 12MP camera with an f/1.7 lens, 5MP front shooter, 4G with VoLTE, NFC, FM radio, 3.5mm jack, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C connectivity, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

The battery size on the Z2 Play at 3000mAh is less than the 3510mAh on the first-gen Z Play, but Motorola claims that the efficient chipset balances out the battery life. For when you do need to top up the device, Motorola's TurboPower wall charger is included in the box, offering up to 50% charge in just 30 minutes.

Read: Moto Z2 Play review

As always, Flipkart has a slew of launch day offers available for those interested in picking up the Moto Z2 Play right away. Axis Bank Buzz credit card holders will get an instant 5% discount, and there are lucrative no-cost EMI options available from several vendors, including Bajaj Finserv, Axis Bank, ICICI, Kotak, HDFC, and more. The retailer is also throwing in a 55% discount on select Moto Mods.

Who's interested in picking up the Moto Z2 Play?

See at Flipkart

09:00
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08:15
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06:17

EU roaming fees are no more

Roaming fees between operators in EU member states have been abolished — but future for UK customers + visitors remains unclear.

European roaming fees, finally, are no more. The cost of roaming within Europe — using one EU country's SIM card in another — has been growing more affordable for the past three years. But now roaming charges have, for the most part, finally been abolished. "Roam Like at Home" applies to voice calls, texts and data for anyone subscribing to an EU operator and roaming in another member state.<!--break-->

The European Commission says:

Phone calls, SMS and going online with your mobile device from another EU country will be covered in the national bundle. The minutes of calls, SMS and megabytes of data that a person consumes abroad within the EU will be charged the same as at home.

As long as a person periodically travels and spends more time in his home country than abroad over any 4-month period, they will fully benefit from Roam Like at Home.

A few caveats apply. For unlimited plans, carriers may set a fair use limit, after which they can charge €7.7 + VAT per gigabyte. (That'll fall to €2.50 by 2022.) Customers might also be asked to pay more if they stay in another country within the EU longer than the country to which the SIM belongs. And a small number of operators in some regions are exempt due to their "very low domestic prices."

It's also worth underscoring that this doesn't apply to roaming within Europe on a SIM card from outside the EU, such as the U.S.

On the whole, it's a win for consumers, particularly tourists, frequent business travelers, and those living in the EU's many border areas — just a few years ago, subscribers faced exorbitant fees when roaming across European borders. The operators themselves have been quick to cash in on an easy PR win — although, of course, under EU law they now have no choice in the matter.

Nobody knows how Brexit will affect UK-EU roaming rates after 2019.

One major wildcard, though, is Brexit — the UK's impending exit from the EU, which must be wrapped up by late March 2019. After Brexit is concluded, in theory, there would be nothing forcing UK operators to abide by EU laws on roaming. That could mean a return to the old days of roaming charges for Brits roaming in Europe, and visitors from EU countries using their SIMs in the UK.

But opinion is split on whether this would actually happen. It'd be unpopular, for sure, and Three UK has already said it won't raise prices post-Brexit. Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao believes competitive forces will keep roaming fees in check even after the UK leaves. Others are less optimistic.

Nevertheless, cheaper roaming — even if it's short-lived for some — is sure to be welcomed by Europeans traveling within Europe this summer holiday season. In today's news release, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker described the elimination of roaming charges as "one of the greatest and most tangible successes of the EU."

06:12

”Galaxy S8 Plus är bästa mobilen på marknaden”

Den amerikanska konsumentpublikationen Consumer Reports har utsett Samsungs nya flaggskeppsenhet Galaxy S8 Plus till den bästa mobiltelefonen på marknaden. På andra plats kommer dessutom den lite mindre Galaxy S8.
06:11

Nya Iphone-enheter får trådlös laddning

Iphone-tillverkaren Wistron hävdar att de kommande Iphone-enheterna 7S och 7S Plus kommer att vara både vattentäta och utrustade med trådlös laddning.
02:03
iPad Pro 10.5 iFixit teardown unmasks an iPad Pro 12.9 Mini
01:15
Moto Z2 “officially” confirmed to have dual cameras

June 14 2017

23:20
iPhone 8 wireless charging is in says key Apple supplier
22:29

Make it stop! CrackBerry Kevin busts a Galaxy S8 on the way to KEYone durability redemption

The BlackBerry KEYone is stronger than you think.

The BlackBerry KEYone has been through the wringer over the past week or so, with claims that its screen, bereft of sufficient adhesive, easily detaches from the body with only a small amount of force. Popular YouTube channel JerryRigEverything entered the phone into its oh-so-sad Hall of Shame after Zack was easily able to break the phone with his bare hands. A small number of people had already reported the screen detaching through normal everyday use.

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Shortly afterwards, BlackBerry Mobile released a statement saying it was looking into the problem — which has only affected a handful of units — and may alter the manufacturing process to include additional adhesive in future units.

Still, CrackBerry Kevin took the assertion that the KEYone was weak as a challenge, pitting the phone against the Galaxy S8+ and iPhone 7 Plus in a number of durability challenges. I won't spoil the surprise, but suffice it to say the KEYone did better than even I expected.

More: BlackBerry KEYone review

21:50

Staying stationary with MrMobile: Home is where the tech is

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"MrMobile" isn't just a name; it's a lifestyle. That means I normally only cover technology that takes you from your doorstep to distant destinations. But there's an awful lot of interesting tech made for the home that's cropped up over the past year that you've been asking about ... and frankly, I don't know much about any of it! So I hopped a plane to Pensacola, Florida to meet up with someone who does.

Join me as Modern Dad teaches us all about the coolest home tech of 2017, from Amazon Alexa to Google Home to something called "netatmo."

After the video, be sure to subscribe to Modern Dad on YouTube – because before you know it I'll be back on the road, and you're gonna wanna stay on top of all the stuff Modern Dad is filling his house with.

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Stay social, my friends

21:25

2018 BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow

BMW quite literally expands its sporty 6 Series of vehicles with the addition of the weird "coupe-inspired" 2018 640i xDrive Gran Turismo crossover. Even the name is bigger than it should be!
21:12
Major security risk prompts Windows update (8, Server 2003, XP)
20:55

Cnct IntelliPlug review - CNET

The Cnct IntelliPlug is setting the standard for all affordable smart plugs, and it's doing it with style.
20:52

You can back up and sync everything to your Google account starting June 28

You're already backing up apps and documents with Google Drive, so why not backup everything else, too?

Beginning June 28, you'll be able to back up all of your files and folders from a Mac or PC to your Google Drive. It's called, very simply, Backup and Sync, and once installed, it will help you keep things in check even when you're not checking them.

From the official blog post:

On June 28th, 2017, we will launch Backup and Sync from Google, a tool intended to help everyday users back up files and photos from their computers, so they're safe and accessible from anywhere. Backup and Sync is the latest version of Google Drive for Mac/PC, which is now integrated with the Google Photos desktop uploader. As such, it will respect any current Drive for Mac/PC settings in the Admin console.

Since its inception, Google Drive has required that you manually sync any data stored on your main computer, or move files and folders so that they're saved directly to the cloud account. But once the new app goes live, you'll be able to choose which files and folders to stay synced. It'll also be integrated with the current Google Photos Backup tool for Mac and PC.

On the mobile side, this means you'll have access to those files and folders from any tablet or smartphone that has access to Google Drive. It also means you won't have to two different desktop apps installed to keep Photos and Drive synced at the same time.

Google suggests that if you're planning to use the backup feature for your work-related G Suite account, you should use the Drive File System instead because it allows for larger data uploads. Also, not all G Suite users will automatically be upgraded to the ability — managers of the G Suite account will need to turn on the option for employees to utilize the backup feature for them to get access to Backup and Sync.

20:27

Vitamix Ascent 3500 review - CNET

The Vitamix Ascent 3500 has a lofty price but fails to blend like the best.
20:16

Deal: Switching to Sprint gets you free unlimited for a year!

This Sprint deal seems too good to be true, but it isn't.

We often tease Sprint for its desperate attempts at getting customers on other networks to switch over, but this latest deal is a doozy, and well worth investigating.


Until June 30, 2017, customers on T-Mobile, AT&T, or (especially) Verizon get up to five lines of free unlimited service by switching over to Sprint. There are a few caveats, which we'll get to in a moment, but as long as you're a new Sprint customer, the deal is very enticing. The service is not some limited version of Sprint's regular unlimited plan, either: up to five lines get Sprint's full unlimited package, which includes calls, texts and up to 23GB of high-speed 4G LTE (and unlimited data at slower speeds after that) just by switching over.

Sprint claims that customers bringing five lines over can save over $2000 in the first year if switching from Verizon.

Now here are the caveats:

  • The offer is open to new customers only.
  • After the first year, which technically ends July 31, 2018, service will cost $60 for the first line, $40 for the second, and $30 for each subsequent one.
  • The offer is only open to customers bringing their own unlocked, eligible phones.
    • These include devices like the Google Pixel, Nexus 6P, Moto G5 Plus, iPhone 7, and Galaxy S8. Check out the full list.
  • You will have to buy SIM cards through Sprint for $2.99 each and activate them on the company's online portal.

Along with the unlimited calls, text and data, users get 10GB of hotspot data per line and HD video streaming at 1080p.

So while there are a few hoops to jump through, it's definitely worth pursuing for the insane level of savings. If Sprint has even decent LTE service in your area, you can't beat this kind of deal.

See at Sprint

20:03
Breath of the Wild’s first DLC, The Master Trials, gets new details
19:00

Decal stickers can help hide the lightbar on your DualShock 4 controller!

You don't need to have a glowing controller with these hacks to hide the PS4's DualShock 4 lightbar.

Plenty of gamers prefer to play their games in a dim or darkened room so that they're more immersed in what is going on in front of them. However, PlayStation 4 players have been a bit aggravated by the lightbar on DualShock 4 controllers. Thankfully there are some neat and easy ways to hide this bar so it doesn't get in your way while playing.

Your DualShock 4 controller is going to glow

On every DualShock 4 controller, there is a lightbar that glows when the controller is powered on. It's located on the top of the controller, and depending on the game and battery level, it will either glow blue, green, yellow, or red.

While there isn't a way to turn off your light bar, you can hide it so that it isn't quite so aggravating. There are a few ways to do this, but the easiest — and the most fun — method involves finding yourself a sweet decal online. That's right, industrious gamers have created a variety of decals that can hide most or all of your lightbar.

Decal stickers from Flaming Toast

You can pick up a decal sticker that has a custom name on it, pick from a variety of geeky logos, or even completely block out the lightbar — although this last option might be a bad call since your lightbar will glow red when the battery is getting ready to die.

It's a simple vinyl sticker that just gets attached to the lightbar, and can be removed if you get tired of them. Best of all they are available for less than $5 each, which is a serious steal. With options like the Batman logo, Assassin's Creed symbol, Biohazard, and even an Arc reactor, the nerdier stickers have something for most of us.

Of course there are also total black out stickers, as well as ones you can get customized with your name or gamertag, and even patterns, photographs, and fonts that can be used. There are over 250 options, which gives you plenty of leeway to find the perfect sticker to cut down on the light emitting from your controller.

See at Flaming Toast

Have you covered the lightbar on your controller?

While the lightbar on DualShock 4 controllers isn't particularly bright in a well lit room, it can definitely become aggravating if you are playing in a dim or dark room. Thankfully there are a few things you can do to hide that light, and have a bit of fun while you're at it. Have you covered up the lightbar on your DualShock 4 controller? Be sure to drop us a comment and let us know about it!

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