Google Fiber Pauses Deployment to ‘Refine Approach,’ Head of Business Exits

Announced via a Fiber blog post, Access CEO Craig Barratt states that while “our subscriber base and revenue are growing quickly,” the company will be pausing all deployment in eight areas of the US that have been in the “exploratory” phase (planning out infrastructure and working with city officials for a smooth rollout), while Fiber refines its approach. That being said, Access, the division of Alphabet that houses Google Fiber, is being met with job cuts. (more…)

Googler Says Pixel Camera is Getting an Update to Address Lens Flare Issue

Once the Google Pixel and Pixel XL hit store shelves and starting arriving on the doorsteps of pre-orderees, a number of people reported an odd halo/arc lens flare in some of the early pictures they had taken. Reddit and forum threads were created across the internet to discuss the issue, because there were legitimate concerns over whether or not this was a hardware issue that could not be fixed. According to Google, who responded to a thread in their Product Forums quite quickly, they are aware and working on a software fix. That’s right, a software fix.  (more…)

Samsung Pay Adds Three More Supported Countries, Supports In-App Payments and ‘Nearby’ Savings

At Money 20/20 in Las Vegas, NV this week, Samsung announced Samsung Pay support for three new countries, as well as new features for users in the United States.

The newly supported countries are Thailand, Malaysia, and Russia, bringing the total of supported countries up to 10 by the end of 2016. Additionally, Samsung is partnering with Mastercard to bring Samsung Pay to more places on the web via Masterpass, currently accepted at hundreds of thousands of merchants in 33 countries across the globe for online payments.  (more…)

Verizon Launches Stream Pass, a Free Sports Package for go90 That Includes Free NBA League Pass

Starting today, Verizon customers will have access to a new service called Stream Pass, “unmatched access and worry-free streaming to the best live sports through” Verizon’s go90 app. The streams are all free, for the most part, but depending on your monthly data plan you could land a really sweet free deal on NBA League Pass.  (more…)

Xiaomi Intros Mi Note 2 With 5.7″ FHD Display, Teases Mi Mix With ‘Edgeless Design’

Xiaomi showcased two new phones for the market this week, one of which may not come to the US, plus a VR headset that includes a controller. Neither of the phones are being specifically marketed for the average US consumer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t import them if you really want to.

The first phone, which will work just fine in the US on a GSM network, is the Mi Note 2. Looking rather similar to the Galaxy Note 7, the Mi Note 2 features a dual curved 5.7″ Full HD display, Snapdragon 821 processor, 4,070mAh battery, and 22MP rear-facing camera. That camera has a Sony IMX318 sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 77-degree wide angle lens, also capable of shooting 4K video with EIS (electronic image stabilization).  (more…)

5 Reasons the Pixel and Pixel XL are Worth Buying

If you decided that reading the 4,000 or so words in our Pixel and Pixel XL review wasn’t something you had time for, maybe this post will give you a quicker overview that will get you on your way to making a purchasing decision. Like we have done with most flagships this year, we have 5 straight forward reasons you may want to pick up one of Google’s new flagship offerings.

From the excellent camera to the best-in-Android software experience, there is a lot to like with the Pixel and Pixel XL, even if they are missing a few features, like true water resistance and an SD card slot. I don’t know that I would call either the “perfect” Android phone, but they sure are my favorites at the moment.

Here are 5 reasons the Pixel and Pixel XL are worth buying.  (more…)

DTEK60 Announced by BlackBerry, Priced at $499 With 5.5″ QHD Display and Plenty of Security

BlackBerry announced a new phone this week, the DTEK60. As was detailed back in September, this new hardware was likely not created by BlackBerry, but the software and overall experience is pure BB. Featuring a 5.5″ QHD AMOLED display, 21-megapixel rear-facing camera, fingerprint reader on the back and 2TB microSD card support, the phone is available for purchase starting today in the US and other regions across the globe.  (more…)

Samsung Intros 8GB LPDDR4 Package With 10nm Process Technology

Samsung introduced a new DRAM package this morning, hopefully to be seen in a number of upcoming devices. The package is an “industry first,” with 8GB of LPDDR4 mobile DRAM, utilizing four of the latest 16Gb LPDDR4 memory chips and advanced 10nm-class (nanometer) process technology. To put that in the most simple form, it’s very fast and in a very small package.  (more…)