Galaxy Note 7 to Launch August 19, Pre-Orders Start as Early as August 3

On Tuesday, Samsung is going to officially unveil the Galaxy Note 7, that much is certain. We’ll be on hand in New York City that morning as they show the phone off on stage. For weeks, though, rumors surrounding the phone’s availability have been all over the board in terms of timing. We’ve heard reports suggest the phone will be available the minute Samsung announces it or as far out as a couple of weeks. According to a reliable source, Samsung’s next phone, the Galaxy Note 7, will arrive in stores on August 19(more…)

Friday Poll: Who is Your Current Wireless Carrier?

It’s been a year since the last time we asked which carrier you are using for your mobile phone needs, so it’s time to update our numbers.

Last year, the majority of voters were rocking Verizon, with Big Red capturing nearly 60% of the vote. Following Verizon was T-Mobile at 20%, then AT&T with 9%. Sprint, which got less votes than the total of “Prepaid or Other,” had 3% of the vote.

This time, to get a sense of which prepaid options people are using, we have included the names of the top US prepaid carriers, so let us know exactly who you are using.

Extra credit if you feel like telling us how you think your carrier is performing.

Who is your current wireless carrier?

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Swiftkey is Having Odd Prediction Issues, Turns Off Syncing Temporarily

Users of Swiftkey noticed some odd behavior from the popular keyboard this week, behavior that resulted in “unfamiliar” terms, and in some cases email addresses, showing as predictions. In a short blog post released this morning, Swiftkey acknowledged the problems while stating that they do not believe any of this is the result of a security issue. For the time being, though, they will be turning off cloud syncing.

It’s tough to tell the cause for Swiftkey’s behavior and the company even noted that the “vast majority” of users were not at all affected. With that said, they are asking that you email [email protected] if you are seeing odd predictions as you type.  (more…)

Friday App Sales: Last Horizon, Minecraft: Story Mode, Star Walk, and More

The weekend has arrived and we already know you got nothing going on. Even if you do, I’m sure you can find a bit of time to play a few games or mess with a few new apps. Over on Google Play, you can grab a ton of apps and games on sale, including Final Fantasy VI, Last Horizon, and Minecraft: Story Mode.

If games aren’t your thing, a couple nifty apps called Star Walk: Astronomy Guide and Star Walk 2 are also on sale, both of which I use myself when gazing up at the twinkling stars. They are great apps for identifying constellations and which planets you are staring at.

Have a look at the full list below.  (more…)

Some Additional Notes About Google Play Family Library Purchases

We are still getting used to this whole Google Play Family Library idea, where we get to share purchases on Google Play with up to five family members. It’s an awesome idea and my wife and I are already using it, but as some readers have pointed out, figuring out what exactly can be shared and when isn’t so straight forward in all situations.

Below, we wanted to toss out some additional notes on specific items, when they can be shared, which payment methods are required, etc. At some point, I’d imagine this will all just make sense and become second nature, it’s just that it is so new to us that we aren’t there yet.  (more…)

5 Reasons the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are Worth Buying

If you happened to read our reviews for these devices, which can be found here (Moto Z) and here (Moto Z Force), you will know that if it was our choice, we would likely opt for another device over either of these two. They just don’t quite mesh well with our lifestyles. However, if you are on the fence about these phones, possibly looking for a few specific reasons as to why they are worth your money, we can help you with that. You see, just because they aren’t for us, doesn’t mean you wouldn’t enjoy them.

Both of the DROID editions for the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are now available exclusively at Verizon. For pricing, the Moto Z full retail is listed at $624, while the Moto Z Force is priced at $720. These are not inexpensive devices.

With that being said, we can think of a few good reasons why someone might want to rock the Moto Z or Moto Z Force. Allow us to enlighten you.

Here are 5 reasons the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are worth buying.  (more…)