Project Fi will add mid-tier price phone this year

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Project Fi recently began allowing signups for G Suite account owners, and now another big change is arriving later this year.

According to the official Project Fi Twitter account (@projectfi), Fi has heard customers “loud and clear” and so it will add a “Fi-compatible device at a mid-tier price” later in 2017. The handset will come from one of Google’s partners, but there’s no indication what that handset will be just yet.

As it stands right now, Project Fi supports the LG Nexus 5X, the Huawei Nexus 6P, as well as the HTC-made Pixel and Pixel XL. However, neither Nexus handset is not available to buy, so you’d have to bring your already-owned handset to sign up for Project Fi with one of those. The Pixel starts at $649 and the Pixel starts at $769, which isn’t cheap.

Adding a mid-tier price phone to Project Fi is certainly a good plan, as more options are always a good thing. It will be interesting to see which handset it is, though.


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Amazon Prime Day 2017 is July 11

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In 2015, Amazon kicked off Prime Day, a whole day for Amazon Prime subscribers to get discounts on a variety of products. The event was even bigger in 2016, and now Amazon Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days, right in the middle of the year. This year probably won’t be any different.

Amazon has officially announced that Prime Day 2017 will take place on July 11, when it will host deals across a variety of categories, with a huge focus on TVs once again.

Prime Day actually kicks off for Prime subscribers on July 10 at 6:00 PM PT/9:00 PM ET, and lasts for 30 hours into July 11. Amazon says that there will be new deals that pop up as often as every five minutes, so you’ll need to keep tabs on what’s going on a semi-regular basis to take advantage of everything being offered. Prime Day is expanding to 13 additional countries other than the United States: Spain, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, China, France, Belgium, Canada, and Austria.

Amazon is also putting a big effort into selling products from entrepreneurs and small businesses, with the company saying that upwards of 40 percent of its Lightning Deals that pop up will come from those sources.

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Amazon Prime Day 2017 will be a boon for TV sales. Amazon says it will be one of the “largest volume TV deals in history” from the company, and that they will have a “record amount” of inventory to go through.

In all, though, there will be over 20 different themes that shoppers will be able to take note of, including “techies,” “artists,” “pet lovers,” and more. This should make it easier for shoppers to find what they are hoping is on sale. And if you own an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-featuring device, Amazon will be offering specific discounts and deals through those products, too.

Amazon Prime Day 2017′s official landing page already has some discounts for Prime subscribers in place, including a discount on Kindle Unlimited and more. They also have dedicated pages to help people set up reminders, get notifications when something they want is discounted, and more. And if you don’t yet have Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a 30-day trial to get access to the Prime Day deals.

Are you excited for Amazon Prime Day 2017? Did you pick up anything exciting last year?


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LG X Charge with 4500mAh battery heading to Xfinity Mobile

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Back in May of this year, Xfinity Mobile launched with several different smartphones to offer, including a single handset from LG. Now there’s another handset from the Life’s Good crew heading to Xfinity Mobile.

Announced today, the LG X Charge will be the newest addition to Xfinity Mobile’s lineup, and it offers one major feature for those who might be worried about battery life. The X Charge boasts a 4500mAh battery which LG says can last “all weekend.”

The rest of the specifications aren’t anything too special. The X Charge has a 5.5-inch 720p HD display, an octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, and it’s running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera on the other side.

The handset will go on sale beginning Friday, June 30. Interestingly enough, Xfinity Mobile isn’t saying how much the LG X Charge will cost just yet.

How much would you pay for a mid-range smartphone with a huge battery?


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Google Play summer sale includes discounts on games, movie rentals, and more

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Today, Google officially announced the Google Play summer sale for 2017. It kicks off leading into the July 4 weekend in the United States.

The sale itself will be running until July 6 for apps, games, books, and music, but will be live until July 13 for movies and television in select markets. These are not just old titles, either. In the movie rental category, you can find new and popular titles alike, including Logan, John Wick: Chapter 2, Beauty and the Beast, and many others, each of which can be rented for $0.99. Google is also offering half-price TV shows.

There are many games that are getting discounted up to 80% as well, ranging from titles like Reigns, Final Fantasy Tactics, Star Wars: KOTOR, and many others. Books are also getting discounted between 50% and 80%, and Google Play Music is offering a free subscription for four months.

Meanwhile, apps are seeing a variety of deals, including straight discounts up to 50% off the regular price of some and discounts on monthly subscriptions on others.

The new summer sale in Google Play is available now. Are you planning on taking advantage of it? Let us know what you buy in the comments below.


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Amazon Prime Day 2017 is July 11

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In 2015, Amazon kicked off Prime Day, a whole day for Amazon Prime subscribers to get discounts on a variety of products. The event was even bigger in 2016, and now Amazon Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days, right in the middle of the year. This year probably won’t be any different.

Amazon has officially announced that Prime Day 2017 will take place on July 11, when it will host deals across a variety of categories, with a huge focus on TVs once again.

Prime Day actually kicks off for Prime subscribers on July 10 at 6:00 PM PT/9:00 PM ET, and lasts for 30 hours into July 11. Amazon says that there will be new deals that pop up as often as every five minutes, so you’ll need to keep tabs on what’s going on a semi-regular basis to take advantage of everything being offered. Prime Day is expanding to 13 additional countries other than the United States: Spain, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, China, France, Belgium, Canada, and Austria.

Amazon is also putting a big effort into selling products from entrepreneurs and small businesses, with the company saying that upwards of 40 percent of its Lightning Deals that pop up will come from those sources.

Amazon Prime Day 2017

Amazon Prime Day 2017 will be a boon for TV sales. Amazon says it will be one of the “largest volume TV deals in history” from the company, and that they will have a “record amount” of inventory to go through.

In all, though, there will be over 20 different themes that shoppers will be able to take note of, including “techies,” “artists,” “pet lovers,” and more. This should make it easier for shoppers to find what they are hoping is on sale. And if you own an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-featuring device, Amazon will be offering specific discounts and deals through those products, too.

Amazon Prime Day 2017′s official landing page already has some discounts for Prime subscribers in place, including a discount on Kindle Unlimited and more. They also have dedicated pages to help people set up reminders, get notifications when something they want is discounted, and more. And if you don’t yet have Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a 30-day trial to get access to the Prime Day deals.

Are you excited for Amazon Prime Day 2017? Did you pick up anything exciting last year?


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Moto Z2 Play now available at Verizon

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At the beginning of this month, Motorola made the Moto Z2 Play officially official. At the time, the company said the handset would arrive on Verizon Wireless‘ network in the near future, following the exclusive family lineage. And sure enough, the device is now available.

The Moto Z2 Play is available at Verizon beginning today, June 29, and it has a full retail price of $408. If you prefer to go the monthly installment route, Verizon is charging $17 per month for 24 months. And while you can buy the handset right now, the device won’t be delivered until July 6, so keep that in mind.

This model features 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage (versus the unlocked model that has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage and launches later this year), but otherwise it has the same specifications and features as the standard Moto Z2 Play. That means you get a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor, a 12-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera on the other side, and a 3000mAh battery. It’s running Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

The Z2 Play a sturdy mid-range handset with a price tag that reflects that. If you’re on Verizon’s network and looking for a phone, would you consider picking up the Moto Z2 Play?


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Qualcomm announces new fingerprint sensors that work under glass

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Today Qualcomm officially announced three brand new fingerprint sensors that work with the more demanding smartphone design of today’s market, as devices go for bezel-less designs.

All three new fingerprint sensors will work on waterproof-designed handsets, with each of the new sensors also detecting heartbeats and blood flow, which will make on-screen gestures much easier. Each of the new fingerprint sensors are designed for specific use cases, so Qualcomm designated them into three different areas.

The Display sensor will work through OLED displays up to 1200μm thick, and it supports ultrasonic wake-and-authenticate. Meanwhile, the Glass fingerprint sensor works through displays and/or glass surfaces up to 800μm thick. It also supports capacitive wake-and-authenticate.

Finally, the Metal & Glass sensor offers support for ultrasonic wake-up (but not authentication) through glass up to 800μm thick. The last sensor does not support authenticating a user’s fingerprint, but it can still support fingerprint gestures for swiping as well as waking up the device’s display.

Qualcomm noted in its announcement that each of these new fingerprint sensors were designed for the 630 and 660 processors in mind, but that they will also work with the 800, other 600, and 400 series processors as well. The company says that they will be optioned beginning in July of this year, and that the first devices will launch sometime in the first half of 2018.


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Google Photos rolling out Shared Libraries and Suggested Sharing

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Back in May during Google’s annual I/O developer conference, the company announced brand new features coming to Google Photos which aimed make sharing content even easier. Now the features are rolling out.

Google today announced that the new Shared Libraries and Suggested Sharing sheet are rolling out to users on Android, iOS, and the web. The new Shared Libraries feature will let users share their entire photo library, just certain photos, or even photos starting from a certain date with a person of their choice.

Once the photo library has been shared with that person, any new additions to the library will automatically populate. The person you share with will even get a notification that new content is there to look at. They can then choose to save the photos they want to keep around.

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The other new feature is a new Sharing tab. With it, users will be able to see which photos and videos have been shared to them, and what they’ve shared, and Google Photos will even suggest some photos and/or videos that it thinks you’d like to spread out.

According to Google, this works by Google Photos recognizing an important event, automatically choosing the best photos that you took from that particular moment, and then determining who you might want to share those images with. The app will let users edit what is shared, too, either adding or deleting content and picking people. In addition, it will populate a new shared album, so your friends and family members that use Google Photos can even add their own photos or videos from the same event if they want. If they do, the originator of the album will get a notification that new content has been added.


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Qualcomm announces new fingerprint sensors that work under glass

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Today Qualcomm officially announced three brand new fingerprint sensors that work with the more demanding smartphone design of today’s market, as devices go for bezel-less designs.

All three new fingerprint sensors will work on waterproof-designed handsets, with each of the new sensors also detecting heartbeats and blood flow, which will make on-screen gestures much easier. Each of the new fingerprint sensors are designed for specific use cases, so Qualcomm designated them into three different areas.

The Display sensor will work through OLED displays up to 1200μm thick, and it supports ultrasonic wake-and-authenticate. Meanwhile, the Glass fingerprint sensor works through displays and/or glass surfaces up to 800μm thick. It also supports capacitive wake-and-authenticate.

Finally, the Metal & Glass sensor offers support for ultrasonic wake-up (but not authentication) through glass up to 800μm thick. The last sensor does not support authenticating a user’s fingerprint, but it can still support fingerprint gestures for swiping as well as waking up the device’s display.

Qualcomm noted in its announcement that each of these new fingerprint sensors were designed for the 630 and 660 processors in mind, but that they will also work with the 800, other 600, and 400 series processors as well. The company says that they will be optioned beginning in July of this year, and that the first devices will launch sometime in the first half of 2018.


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Alcatel Pulsemix for Cricket Wireless features Snapbak cover accessories

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If you’re on Cricket Wireless and are in the market for a new smartphone, Alcatel has you covered.

The Alcatel Pulsemix has been officially announced, and it will go on sale beginning July 21. When it does go live, you’ll be able to pick it up for $79.99 if you’re a Cricket subscriber and activate it on a smartphone plan. If you port your number in from another carrier and activate the Pulsemix on a smartphone plan, though, it’ll cost only $29.99.

As far as the specifications go, the Pulsemix features a 5.2-inch 720p HD display, an 8MP camera on the back with dual-tone flash, and a 2MP front-facing camera that has its own LED flash. It’s running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and there’s a quad-core MediaTek 6738 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, and a 2800mAh battery. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and supports Bluetooth 4.2.

The Pulsemix offers support for what Alcatel calls “Snapbak” back covers, which offer some customization and new features. That includes adding an external speaker to the device and an extended battery. Here are the options that’ll be available at launch:

  • LightUp Snapbak – Grab the spotlight wherever you are! With the LightUp Snapbak, customizable, multicolor, flashing LED lights illuminate with incoming calls, messages, e-mails, snaps, likes and mentions. Plus, pick a pattern or customize it to match your favorite color when playing music, playing games, attending a concert or just having fun.
  • Sound Snapbak – Become the life of the party and transform your Pulsemix into a portable entertainment system with the Sound Snapbak. Get powerful and crisp high quality stereo sound from two 2.5 watt speakers. Amp up watching videos, listening to your favorite music with friends or catching up on your favorite TV shows with DirecTV Now, available for download on the Google Play Store.
  • Power Snapbak – Always running out of juice? Extend your battery life with the slim and easy-to-connect Power Snapbak.

What do you think of Cricket Wireless’s upcoming smartphone?


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