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Best Buy bets you'll pay $100 extra for an iPhone X

After half an hour of iPhone X preorders going live, the first ship date of November 3rd had already filled up. New owners were told they would have to wait 4-5 weeks for their new Apple device to ship. Maybe that has something to do...Show More Summary

Now T-Mobile is working with Project Loon in Puerto Rico

Last week AT&T announced it was the first carrier working with Alphabet's balloon-distributed wireless setup in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and now T-Mobile customers have access too. Project Loon started off in the X Labs atShow More Summary

India passes US to become second largest smartphone market

The US is now the third largest smartphone market in the world, according to a new report by global technology market analyst firm Canalys. The number of smartphone shipments to India grew 23 percent in the third quarter of this year, reaching just over 40 million units shipped. Show More Summary

WhatsApp lets you delete your embarrassing texts, if you're quick

Have you ever accidentally sent a message on WhatsApp that you wish you hadn't? Well, starting today, you can delete it -- as long as you catch it within the first seven minutes. If you do, however, your recipient will instead see aShow More Summary

Great, now there's 'responsible encryption'

Trump's Department of Justice is trying to get a do-over with its campaign to get backdoors onto iPhones and into secure messaging services. The policy rebrand even has its own made-up buzzword. They're calling it "responsible encryption." After Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Show More Summary

Researchers look deeply within batteries to see why they explode

High-energy batteries, like the ones in your laptop and smartphone, can fail, which can cause them to overheat and even catch fire. A team of researchers used cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), a technique that won the 2017 Nobel Prize...Show More Summary

Facebook's new tools help build supportive Groups

Facebook has been steadily improving things for groups on the social network. The company added administration tools like membership insights for community pages. It also created Groups for Pages to let businesses, artists and brands create their own communities. Show More Summary

Google responds to Pixel 2 issues: Extended warranty and updates

While the Pixel 2 family initially garnered strong reviews, early adopting owners have reported an array of issues. Some have complained about dull colors or even "burn-in" on the Pixel 2 XL's OLED screen, while others have reported clicking sounds from their Pixel 2's speaker. Show More Summary

Viacom chases mobile deals to make up for cord-cutting

To win over young US cable-cutters, Viacom is attempting to cut deals with mobile phone networks to provide their subscribers with its content. The media conglomerate's move is a quiet strategic redirect to target younger users where they are -- on their phones and devices -- instead of insisting they'll eventually return to cable television. Source: Reuters

Spotify reportedly canceling original shows in video strategy refresh

While Spotify has become synonymous with music streaming online, it's not so well-known for its video shows. Many people don't even know they exist. That's why the company is now rebooting its video efforts and canceling a whole slew...Show More Summary

Microsoft reportedly tests a Courier-like folding digital notebook

With the success of its Surface lineup, it was only a matter of time until Microsoft revisited its Courier "digital journal" concept. The company is reportedly working on another foldable tablet, code-named Andromeda, which focuses heavily on pen input, Windows Central reports. Show More Summary

Instagram's new feature adds dramatic zoom-ins to your Stories

Instagram's Boomerang has a new alternative that you might want to try if you've been overusing the video loop format recently. The photo-sharing app has launched a new camera format for Stories called Superzoom, which you can use to create zoom-ins with dramatic sound effects. Show More Summary

Google expands its Science Journal app into a digital notebook

Google launched Science Journal for Android last year as an easy way to measure light, sounds, motion and more. While it already sounded like a great tool, it's now more useful than before: Google has turned it into a full-fledged digital notebook students can use to take notes for their scientific experiments. Show More Summary

O2's flexible plans let you change your data allowance each month

When signing a new mobile contract, you typically pick a monthly plan with strict call, text and data allowances. You're then tied to that decision as you see out the contract for the next two years, before starting the process all over again. Show More Summary

Amazon discounts LG's G6 if you accept Prime ads

Amazon didn't have much joy selling its own phone, but has achieved plenty by selling other people's under its Prime Exclusive Phones label. The deal is that users get a discount off the price of a mid-range handset in exchange for Amazon slinging you ads on your lock screen. Show More Summary

Hopper app uses predictive pricing tech to find NYC hotels

You always hear about the best time to book your travels for big savings, but do you ever follow up? Hint: You're better off nabbing Thanksgiving flights now. That's according to Hopper, a startup that relies on big data to help you purchase cheap airfares through its app. Now, it's applying its predictive smarts to hotels, starting in NYC. Source: Hopper (YouTube)

Verizon will allow 4K video streaming for $10 extra a month

Starting on November 3rd, Verizon customers who want to stream full 4K video on their phones can finally do so. Just two months ago, the company had split its unlimited plans into two tiers; one capped streaming at 480p, while the more expensive one was capped at 720p (1080p for tablets). Show More Summary

Android 8.1 preview unlocks your Pixel 2 camera's AI potential

Remember how Google said the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both have a custom imaging chip that's just laying idle? Well, you can finally use it... in a manner of speaking. Google has released its first Developer Preview for Android 8.1, and the highlight is arguably Pixel Visual Core support for third-party apps. Show More Summary

AT&T's Netgear mobile hotspot promises twice the speed of LTE

AT&T has just announced the first mobile hotspot router, the Netgear Nighthawk, that can connect to the telecom company's "5G Evolution" network, which AT&T claims offers up to twice the speed of typical 4G LTE. The service is only available in parts of Austin and Indianapolis, and previously only to Samsung S8 users. Show More Summary

Netflix’s DVD queue app is available on Android

Earlier this year, Netflix released a new app that allows users to manage their DVD queues. That feature had previously been available on Netflix apps until an update in 2011 removed it, but surprisingly the now separate DVD portion of Netflix is still profitable and used by around four million people. Show More Summary

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