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Sep

RCS features will work between Android Messages and Samsung Messages users


Typing indicators, read receipts, and more will work seamlessly on both apps.

RCS, the new messaging standard that Google’s working on to replace SMS, just got new backing from one of the world’s largest companies — Samsung.

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In a press release published on September 12, it was announced that RCS features will continue to work like normal even if two people are communicating between Android Messages and Samsung Messages. Such features include typing indicators, better group chat support, texting over Wi-Fi/data, high-res images, and read receipts.

Commenting on this news, Samsung’s EVP and Head of Product & Service Innovation Team, Patrick Chomet, said:

At Samsung, we adhere to a model of open collaboration to bring premium experiences to our customers across products. By furthering our robust partnership with Google, we will bring a richer messaging experience to our customers, letting them seamlessly chat with their friends and family across messaging platforms. This collaboration will help further the industry’s momentum toward advanced messaging and global RCS coverage.

Furthermore, Samsung says it’s also using this partnership to bring RCS support to a number of its exisitng phones as part of the Android 9 Pie update. These devices include the Galaxy S8/S8+, S8 Active, S9/S9+, Note 8, Note 9, and “select A and J series” phones.

Google’s RCS ‘Chat’ plans are actually kind of brilliant

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12
Sep

Here’s every PS4 exclusive you can buy


It’s all for you! Just for you!

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One of the big selling points of having a PlayStation 4 is regular access to exclusive content not only from Sony’s own publishers but from other companies too. PlayStation spends a great deal of money making sure you have the very best games to play on the PlayStation 4 so here is a list of all the current Exclusives with a link on where to get them.

  • Days Gone
  • Marvels Spider-Man
  • Fighting EX Layer
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Yakuza 6: The song of life
  • MLB® The Show™ 18
  • The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2
  • DJMax respect
  • Moss VR Console Exclusive
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • The Inpatient VR
  • Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition
  • School Girl/Zombie Hunter
  • Hidden Agenda
  • Gran Turismo Sport
  • Knack 2
  • Everybody’s Golf
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
  • Matterfall
  • That’s You!
  • Dark Rose Valkyrie
  • WipeOut Omega Collection
  • Farpoint VR
  • Polybius
  • Drawn to Death
  • MLB® The Show™ 17
  • Psychonauts In The Rhombus Of Ruin
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
  • Gravity Rush 2
  • The Last Guardian
  • Let it Die
  • RIGS Mechanized Combat League VR
  • The Playroom VR
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood VR
  • Wayward Sky VR
  • Bound VR
  • Shadow of the Beast
  • Alienation
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • Hardware: Rivals
  • Fat Princess Adventures
  • Bloodborne Complete Edition Bundle
  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • Until Dawn
  • The Order: 1886
  • Driveclub
  • inFAMOUS First Light
  • inFAMOUS Second Son
  • The Last Of Us Remastered
  • Basement Crawl
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall
  • Knack

And there we have it, a full list of the exclusives available on the PlayStation 4. We will add new titles each month with links for where to get them for the best price.

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12
Sep

Samsung Health v6.0 update brings cleaner UI and new social features


The update is rolling out to the Play Store now.

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Samsung Health has come a long way since the early days of S Health back in 2012, and today, the app’s getting better once again thanks to the new v6.0 update. The new version of the app was announced on Samsung’s website, and first and foremost, the biggest change lies with the app’s UI.

With v6.0, Samsung Health aims to be simpler to use and more personalized for everyone. The Home tab is a lot less busy and now focuses on showcasing only the data that you care about most. While the old design wasn’t bad, this new look is much easier on the eyes.

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The Together tab has also seen a big upgrade. Here, you can easily share photos and messages with friends, other Samsung Health users, compete in global challenges, and more. If you make your way over to the Discover page, you’ll find health-related articles, fitness programs, promotions, and can even purchase wearables like the Galaxy Watch, Gear Fit2 Pro, etc.

Samsung Health v6.0 is rolling out now and should already be live on the Play Store.

What do you think of Samsung Health’s new look?

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12
Sep

The LG Stylo 4 is the best phone at MetroPCS you can buy


We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. We live and breathe Android phones, and use nearly every one to find the best MetroPCS picks for you.

MetroPCS gives you the opportunity to save some money when buying a phone without a contract, though most of its phones are mid- to low-end when considering specs. You don’t have to aim low, however: MetroPCS does offer some high-end devices, two of which are featured on this list. Coupled with its affordable plans, you might not be able to pass them up.

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Our Pick

LG Stylo 4

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$179 from MetroPCS

Write it down: this is a great phone.

A stylish and affordable phone with a stylus. LG kicked it out of the park with the Stylo 4, giving it a snappy octa-core processor and a beautiful, extra-tall 6.2-inch display. Add a sharp 13MP camera and you’re set.

Who should buy this phone?

MetroPCS customers want to save money — that’s why you joined, right? So the best phone isn’t necessarily the most expensive, but the best compromise between style, performance, and price. The LG Stylo 4 is all of those things, and at under $200 with rebate, it’s an outstanding device made by a company that knows how to build a great phone.

Is it a good time to buy this phone?

Yes. As of right now, the LG Stylo 4 is practically brand new. It was just announced in June and runs Android Oreo, one of the most recent versions of Android.

Reasons to buy

  • Great build quality
  • Nice design
  • Excellent performance for the price
  • Sharp 13MP camera
  • Included stylus

Reasons not to buy

  • May not receive frequent updates
  • Could be too big for some people

There are other great options at MetroPCS

The LG Stylo 4 is just one of many phones sold at MetroPCS. Of course, they sell all the recent iPhone models if you’re looking for those, but we’re focusing on Androids here. The reality is that MetroPCS sells a lot of phones under $200, and many under $100, which makes it easy to take home a handset that does everything you need it to do without emptying your wallet.

The issue with these other phones is that they’re either very expensive, like the Galaxy S9, or lacking in some meaningful way, like the Moto E4. The LG Stylo 4, however, manages to hit that right market between price and performance.

The best of the best

Samsung Galaxy S9

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$699 at MetroPCS

The upgrade pick.

The Galaxy S9 is one of the best phones you can buy, period. With a beautiful Infinity Display, a stunning 12MP camera, and one of the most attractive designs on the market, the Galaxy S9 is a true upgrade.

It’s no surprise that the Galaxy S9 is on this list. With its huge 5.8-inch display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and an incredible 12MP camera, you can’t get much better than this phone. But it’s expensive, and could be too much to spend upfront for many people.

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A battery champ

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

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$150 at MetroPCS

Samsung’s best for less.

The goal of the Galaxy J series of phones is to bring Samsung style and features down to an affordable price point. And they succeed with the Galaxy J7 Prime. You don’t get the fancy curved display or glass chassis, but you do get a powerful octa-core Exynos processor, solid 5.5-inch display, 8MP camera and a really big 3300mAh battery.

Samsung’s Galaxy J7 Prime isn’t as well-known as its Galaxy S9 flagship, but a lot of the same ideas go into it: great performance, good camera, and ease of use. Oh, and battery life. With a 3300mAh battery, the Galaxy J7 Prime is going to last all day and then some.

Cheap and cheerful

Moto E4

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$60 at MetroPCS

Motorola is the budget king.

At just $60, the Moto E4 is one of the best smartphone deals around. It’s a bit smaller and more compact than the others, but that’s OK — it has a replaceable battery and a great camera.

Bottom line

MetroPCS has a bit of a different phone lineup than many of the other carriers, but that’s OK — there are plenty of great options. While the Galaxy S9 is nice to look at, it’s also very expensive. On the other end of the spectrum, there are the cheaper Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime and Moto E4, which are excellent options in their own right.

But it’s the LG Stylo 4 that I keep coming back to. It’s a well-made, attractive phone that does everything — and does it for under $200.

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Updated September 2018: This list has been completely revamped, with the LG Stylo 4 now as our top pick. Enjoy your new phone!

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12
Sep

Pixelbook 2 shows up in YouTube TV ad with super slim bezels


Here’s everything you need to know about Google’s new Pixelbooks.

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The Google Pixelbook is one helluva device. Its bezels might be big and the lack of a fingerprint sensor is a shame, but if you want a Chrome OS machine, it’s one of the very best you can get.

It’s no surprise that we’ll be getting a successor this year to accompany the Pixel 3, but according to everything we know, Google could be prepping to launch two Pixelbook 2 devices this year. What can we expect from this new hardware and when will we learn more?

Here’s everything we know about the Pixelbook 2 series!

The latest Pixelbook 2 News

September 12, 2018 — Pixelbook 2 appears in YouTube TV ad

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One leaked ad showing the Pixelbook 2 not enough? Lucky for you, because a second one’s already popped up.

According to one Redditor, the above image appeared during a commercial for YouTube TV. Just like the device that we saw in the Chromebook ad a couple days ago, this shows a device that looks very similar to the current Pixelbook with much smaller bezels.

Adding more weight to the legitimacy of this leak, the same Redditor also shared a Motion Photo from his Pixel 2 that shows a couple seconds of the ad in action.

September 10, 2018 — Leaked ad shows 2nd-gen Pixelbook with much slimmer bezels

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Atlas has been rumored for some time as a marginal upgrade over the 1st-gen Pixelbook, and thanks to an online ad that was recently discovered, we now have our first look at the machine.

The ad is pretty similar to other Chromebook advertisements Google’s been running, but the product shown in it is a device we haven’t seen before. The underside has a two-tone design that looks identical to the original Pixelbook, but as you can see for yourself, the bezels surrounding the screen are much smaller.

Lastly, the ad also reveals that the Pixelbook Pen will continue to work just fine with the new hardware.

September 8, 2018 — Video reportedly shows detachable Pixelbook 2

Like we previously talked about, this year should see Google releasing two Pixelbook 2 models — Atlas and Nocturne. Today, a short video clip apparently gives us our first look at the latter of those two devices.

The video’s pretty short and only shows a small portion of Nocturne, but it reveals some key details.

First of all, the buttons on the keyboard are circular instead of the traditional square design of last year’s Pixelbook. Few laptops have these circular buttons, so it’s interesting to see Google feature them on what’s likely its flagship Chrome OS device of 2018.

The bezels surrounding the display also appear to be much slimmer than the Pixelbook.

How do we know this is Nocturne and not Atlas? While we can’t confirm this with 100% certainty, the black pad that separates the keyboard from the screen sure does look like something you’d find on a Surface Pro — suggesting that the keyboard can detach from the main computer and reinforcing the belief that this is, in fact, Nocturne.

August 10, 2018 — Commit suggests two Pixelbook 2 models are coming this year

The Pixelbook is still one of the best Chromebooks you can buy, and later this year, Google may treat us to not just one, but two new machines to succeed it.

Thanks to some hard work from the folks at Chrome Unboxed, various commits hint at two new Chrome OS devices that Google is working on. Referred to as Atlas and Nocturne, these are believed to both be new entries in the Pixelbook 2 series.

What evidence backs this up? According to the commits that were found:

  • Atlas and Nocturne share the same board.
  • Features have been enabled for both Atlas and Nocturne in the same commit — something that doesn’t happen that often.
  • “Krabbylake” is mentioned in the commit for Atlas and Nocturne (maybe a new version of Intel’s Kabylake processors?).
  • Another codename “Whiskers” is referred to as a keyboard accessory for Nocturne, indicating it’ll be a detachable 2-in-1 device.

How many models are we expecting?

While one new Pixelbook would be a big enough treat from Google, a lot of signs are pointing towards us getting two Pixelbook 2 models — Atlas and Nocturne.

Atlas is expected to retain the same general design as the first Pixelbook with the exception of slimmer bezels around its display. On the other hand, Nocturne should feature a detachable design (a la Microsoft’s Surface Pro) that allows the main computer to detach from the keyboard so it’s easier to use as a tablet.

Various commits have provided ample evidence that Atlas and Nocturne are in fact two unique Chrome OS machines that Google is working on, giving customers more choice to find the Pixelbook that’s right for them.

How much will it cost?

Last year, pricing for the Pixelbook started at $999 and went up to $1649 depending on the configuration you chose.

It’s still unclear how much Google will charge for the Pixelbook 2 series, but we believe that the Nocturne detachable model will be the more expensive option while the Atlas machine that keeps the traditional laptop design will cost less.

In one leaked ad that shows a familiar Pixelbook body with slimmer bezels, the tagline under “You Chromebook” says “Convertible, flexible, affordable.”

“Affordable” could mean just about anything, but it suggests that the Atlas Pixelbook 2 could cost less than the original Pixelbook’s base $999 price tag.

When will the Pixelbook 2 be released?

Google’s confirmed that it’ll be holding an event in New York City on October 9, 2018.

While the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will likely be the main focus, this is also where we can expect to learn all about the company’s latest Chrome OS efforts with its new Pixelbook 2 hardware.

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12
Sep

UK Daily Deals: Eufy smart scales, USB-C hubs, and more


Whether you’re looking for new tech gear or household items, we’ve got you covered.

We found plenty of great deals today that include big discounts on Eufy’s BodySense smart scale, multi-pot USB-C hubs for MacBook Pro, portable storage, and more!

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Each day, the Thrifter UK team scouts out and shares amazing deals on products you know and love, helping you find the best prices on the ‘net.

For more UK deals coverage, be sure to keep an eye on Thrifter UK and follow the team on Twitter for the most up-to-the-minute coverage.

12
Sep

This $30 travel router has a 10400mAh battery built-in


Keep it around!

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Using coupon code ABCD2222, you can drop the price of this wireless travel router down to just $29.99. Now, we will be the first to admit that a “wireless travel router” doesn’t sound like an exciting or useful product when you first hear it, but once you find out what it does, you’ll be clicking to buy one. It combines a 10400mAh portable battery pack, wireless router, and media streaming all into one portable device.

You can plug in a wired network cable and create a wireless network in the space that offers speeds of up to 300Mbps, making it perfect for hotel rooms and conference rooms while traveling. The media streaming capabilities allow you to share files to and from the device to devices like smartphones, tablets, Roku, Chromecast, and more using the free TripMate Plus app. You can also connect flash drives and external hard drives directly to it via USB, and the built-in 10400mAh battery can recharge your phone when you’re running low.

If you find yourself traveling a lot, or just like cool tech that does a lot of different things, you’re going to want to check one of these out. More than 1,100 customers have left reviews rating it a 4.2 out of 5 stars.

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12
Sep

New AirPods Likely Delayed if Apple Doesn’t Launch AirPower Charging Mat Today


Today’s leaks from Apple’s XML sitemap have revealed a flurry of product announcements we can expect at the company’s upcoming Gather Round event, including details of new iPhones and Apple Watch models.

On the flip side, the XML file also suggests which rumored products we shouldn’t expect to be revealed later today. Most conspicuous is the absence of new iPad Pro and Mac models, which history suggests will now appear at a separate October event.

There’s also the matter of Apple’s long-awaited AirPower wireless charging mat, which likewise doesn’t feature in Apple’s sitemap, and that could be bad news for customers waiting on Apple to update its AirPods wireless earbuds.

With AirPower, Apple was supposed to be introducing a new AirPods Charging Case that adds wireless charging to the earbuds. But because the AirPower has taken so long to launch, the new case is now expected to feature in the next-generation model of AirPods – although Apple is also expected to sell that case on a standalone basis so customers who have already purchased AirPods can upgrade to it.

The new case looks similar to the current version, which charges via Lightning cable, but it has a built-in induction coil that also enables wireless charging.

In addition, rumors suggest that the new AirPods will have an upgraded wireless chip that supports hands-free “Hey Siri” functionality. With “Hey Siri” support, AirPod owners will be able to activate Siri without needing to double tap on the AirPods with a finger.


No other major changes are expected for the new AirPods, but there have been some hints that Apple is working on a set of Apple-branded high-end over-ear headphones that could launch in late 2018 at the earliest, although today’s leaks suggest only a brief mention of them today at best.

Apple’s event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, Cupertino, California. Apple plans to live stream proceeding on its website and through the Events app on the Apple TV, while MacRumors will have live coverage both here on MacRumors.com and on our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.

Related Roundup: AirPodsTag: AirPowerBuyer’s Guide: AirPods (Caution)
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12
Sep

Leaks Reveal Storage Capacities and Colors for the Upcoming iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR


Amid numerous leaks sourced from Apple’s sitemap for the upcoming iPhone and Apple Watch models, now we know specifically what colors and sizes the new iPhone models will be available in following their reveal at the event later today.

As shared by Steve Troughton-Smith on Twitter, the iPhone XR will come in Black, White, Red, Yellow, Coral, and Blue color options, and be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage capacities.

Not only do we know the product names from that sitemap, but all the available variants, sizes and colors. That’s a lot of iPhone Xr’s! pic.twitter.com/hnYpyObMAw

— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 12, 2018

Additionally, the leak reveals all colors and storage sizes for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will come in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage capacities, and in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold colorways.


Here’s a full breakdown of the 2018 iPhone lineup:

  • iPhone XS/XS Max storage sizes: 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB
  • iPhone XS/XS Max colors: Space Gray, Silver, and Gold
  • iPhone XR storage sizes: 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB
  • iPhone XR colors: Black, White, Red, Yellow, Coral, and Blue

Earlier this morning, AllThingsHow shared a sitemap that confirmed the “iPhone XS,” “iPhone XS Max,” and “iPhone XR” will be the names for the 5.8-inch, 6.5-inch, and 6.1-inch models, respectively.

The iPhone XR is Apple’s low-cost iPhone this year, with an LCD display and a single-lens camera to keep costs down in comparison to the higher-end OLED models.

All three iPhones and the new 40mm and 44mm Apple Watch devices will be revealed at Apple’s “Gather Round” event at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

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12
Sep

Leak Suggests New iPad Pro Models Unlikely to Debut at Today’s Apple Event


Apple has suffered an embarrassing leak of its major product announcements today, just hours ahead of its much-publicized “Gather Round” event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park.

An XML sitemap file briefly available on Apple.com included intended URL links for Apple’s entire iPhone lineup as well as the company’s redesigned Apple Watch Series 4, but one product line noticeably absent from the list of links was the iPad Pro.

Apple has been working on updated iPad Pro models that adopt an iPhone X-style design with slimmer bezels and no Home button, with the iPads instead set to gain a TrueDepth Camera System that will allow Face ID to be used for biometric authentication purposes.

Rumors have suggested the new iPad Pro models will be available in screen sizes that are approximately 11 and 12.9 inches, with Apple using chamfered edges that are similar in design to the iPhone SE. The antenna lines on the device may also be located at the top and bottom, similar to the iPhone 7.

Based on today’s leak, there’s a good chance Apple has decided to hold over its new iPad Pro announcement for a separate October launch event. If that’s the plan, Apple will likely also use next month’s event to announce a raft of new Macs, including refreshed iMacs, a new Mac mini, and a new low-cost MacBook Air.

Additionally, a question mark remains over the fate of the Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat. Apple introduced the AirPower in September 2017 and promised to launch it in 2018, but development issues have delayed its release.


The AirPower is designed to charge the Apple Watch (Series 3 and 4), glass-backed iPhones, and AirPods all at the same time, with a wireless charging case required to enable wireless charging for the AirPods.

In July, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claimed Apple aims to release its multi-device AirPower charging mat “before or in September”, however there’s no mention of the AirPower in today’s aforementioned leaked XML sitemap.

On the other hand, Apple could be planning to host the device on its website under a generic “Accessories” listing, which could theoretically give it a non-identifying URL link. But given the clear listing of the company’s other upcoming products, that possibility seems unlikely at this stage.

Of course, Apple could still surprise us later today by unveiling both its new iPad Pro lineup and the AirPower, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

The keynote begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. MacRumors will be covering the event live from Steve Jobs Theater, with a live blog, hands-on photos, news stories, videos, and live tweets via @MacRumorsLive on Twitter.

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