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Protect Your $1,000 Phone with Actual Rocks

So you just bought a $1,000 iPhone X. It’s fast, gorgeous, and everything you could ask for in an absurdly priced consumer device. There’s just one problem. As good as it looks, it’s way too precious for life without some kind of protection. You’re going to need a case, but what kind should you get?…

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Essential Phone’s new ‘Halo Gray’ color goes on sale exclusively at Amazon

 The Essential Phone is currently in the midst of being rolled out in a range of new colors, including three that will be released excessively on Essential’s own website, with a staged release schedule that began Thursday. On Friday, however, Essential revealed a surprise fourth new color, “Halo Gray,” which will be exclusive to Amazon…

Essential Phone’s new ‘Halo Gray’ color goes on sale exclusively at Amazon

 The Essential Phone is currently in the midst of being rolled out in a range of new colors, including three that will be released excessively on Essential’s own website, with a staged release schedule that began Thursday. On Friday, however, Essential revealed a surprise fourth new color, “Halo Gray,” which will be exclusive to Amazon…

Why Choosing Between Android and iOS Still Matters

Fire up an iPhone X alongside a Galaxy Note 8 and you might not think there’s all that much to choose between Android and iOS any more. They offer the same apps, in the same sorts of grids, with similar approaches to notifications and quick settings, and at this stage in the game you’re probably…

Samsung’s Answer to Animoji Could Make You Look Like a Nintendo Mii

When Apple unveiled Animojis alongside the iPhone X, it was only a matter of time until other smartphone makers pushed out their own versions. Some look like straight-up clones of Apple’s tech, like the kind you get on the mid-range Honor View 10. However, Samsung appears to be going for something a little different… Read…

Here’s Everything We Know About Samsung’s Galaxy S9 So Far

With Mobile World Congress coming up at the end of the month, the smartphone world is ramping up to peak hype in preparation for the Samsung Galaxy S9’s expected debut there on February 25th. The rumors are flying so we scoured the net and gathered up the most credible leaks and rumors to give you…

CIA, FBI, NSA: We don’t recommend Huawei or ZTE phones

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. The U.S. intelligence agencies aren’t thrilled about the idea of U.S. citizens using phones from certain Chinese manufacturers. According to a CNBC report, the heads of six intelligence agencies —…

US Intelligence Chiefs Agree Huawei Is Not to Be Trusted—Even as FBI Pushes for Backdoors

Between the Russia scandal, Robert Mueller’s special investigation, and high-ranking officials seemingly stepping down left and right, the United States government hasn’t exactly presented a united front over the past year. However, based on remarks made at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, it seems… Read more… Sam Rutherford https://gizmodo.com/us-intelligence-chiefs-agree-huawei-is-not-to-be-truste-1822994091 www.big4all.org #news #info #photo…

5 Smartphone Upgrades You Didn’t Know You Needed

If you don’t have the need or the budget to upgrade your smartphone, then the next best thing is buying an upgrade for the phone you’ve already got. Cases, battery packs, and wireless charging pads are the obvious calls, but there are a ton of more exciting upgrades out there for you to spend your…

Amazon is refunding Prime phone buyers who paid to remove ads

Amazon’s Prime Exclusive phones have great prices, but there was a big catch. You had to allow ads on your home screen and if you changed your mind later, it cost $50 to opt out. Buyers got a bonus last week when Amazon decided to eliminate the ads,… https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/14/amazon-refund-prime-phone-buyers-ads/ www.big4all.org #news #info #photo #pictures #world…

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X24 modem will enable 2 Gbps LTE speeds

Even as the race toward real-world 5G picks up steam, LTE technology as it exists will remain crucial for most of us in the next few years. Qualcomm’s latest gigabit LTE modem, the X24, can reach speeds of 2 Gbps (where supported by carriers) — a si… https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/14/qualcomm-snapdragon-x24-lte-2-gbps/ www.big4all.org #news #info #photo #pictures #world #health…

Verizon Says It Will Fight Criminals By Locking Your Smartphone

Verizon is hoping that by locking down “unlocked” smartphones, it’ll put a damper on smartphone theft. The carrier on Monday confirmed to CNET that when customers now buy handsets from Verizon, they’ll be locked until a customer signs up for service and activates them on the network. Sometime later this year, Verizon plans to keep…

The Key to Buying the Best Battery Pack for Your Gadgets

If you’re living your life away from power outlets than at some point you’ll need to invest in an external battery pack. Only not all batteries are the same. Aside from the various ports you might see on one, such as USB Type-A, micro USB or USB Type-C, it’s also critical to consider the kind…

SuperPhone wants to track your phone calls and messages for a small fee

Messaging can save your life.  That’s the motto of hip-hop artist-turned-entrepreneur Ryan Leslie. The idea wasn’t difficult for me to understand when he presented his latest pitch to me last week at Mashable. Just minutes before he arrived, his publicist was texting me in order to confirm our office address and make sure security was…

Google didn’t sell many Pixel phones in 2017, and that’s not good for the line

Google’s Pixel phones may be great phones with best-in-class cameras, but they won’t be toppling Apple’s iPhones or Samsung’s Galaxy phones anytime soon. The company reportedly only shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017, according to IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo. For Google, that’s not too shabby for a newcomer — it’s twice the number…