Feds Partner With South Carolina Prison for Cellphone Jamming Test

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons tested cellphone-jamming technology at the state-run maximum security Broad River Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina, last week, the Associated Press reported, in what the Verge noted may be a prelude to state prisons gaining more power to keep incarcerated persons…Read more……

Feds Partner With South Carolina Prison for Cellphone Jamming Test

Oppo’s new Reno phone hides its selfie camera in a very different way

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo, known for numerous attempts to get rid of the notch once and for all, has a new idea: a slanted pop-up selfie camera. 
As seen in a series of leaks (including a video) posted by SlashLeaks, instead of hosting the selfie camera in a rectangular little pop-up box, the Reno’s selfie camera and flash are placed in a longer slab of plastic that rises from the right side only. 
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Other than the shape, the Reno’s popup camera is quite similar to other pop-up cameras we’ve seen —…

Oppo’s new Reno phone hides its selfie camera in a very different way

Galaxy S10, S10+ will come with pre-installed screen protector

Those who purchase a Galaxy S10 or S10+ shouldn’t have to worry about paying extra for a screen protector. Samsung this week confirmed that its upcoming flagship smartphones will come with one pre-installed.
“This decision was made to increase overall customer experiences with the improved screen durability and full functionality of the ultrasonic fingerprint sensoron Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+,” Samsung wrote.
If, however, the pre-installed screen protector gets scratched up and you need a new one, you’ll have to pay for it yourself. While other in-box accessories such as the Travel Adapter, USB Connector, and AKG headset are covered under a one-year…

Galaxy S10, S10+ will come with pre-installed screen protector

Nokia’s crazy 5-camera phone comes to the U.S. on March 3

At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia (now owned by HMD Global) has done something it hasn’t done in a long time: It innovated. 
The company’s PureView 9 flagship is the first-ever phone to feature five rear cameras, and now it has a U.S. launch date: March 3. 
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Nokia PureView 9 uses its 5-camera array in a pretty novel way. All of the sensors have a 12-megapixel resolution and an f/1.8 aperture; two shoot in color and three in monochrome, and the resulting photos should have a huge dynamic range and tons…

Nokia’s crazy 5-camera phone comes to the U.S. on March 3

Energizer’s Extra Juicy Phone Is Dumb Thick

Every year, the battery life of phones gets just a little bit longer, but somehow there’s always a handful of people who still want more. So as is if to end battery life anxiety once and for all, this simply massive Energizer phone popped up at MWC to really prove that a phone really can have too much juice.Read more……

Energizer’s Extra Juicy Phone Is Dumb Thick

Sony Made Some Tallboy Phones and They’re Kinda Awesome

Phones are getting weird again and in just the past couple days, we’ve seen a wildly expensive bendable phone, a phone that can read your palm, and a bug-eyed phone with five cameras on its back. And while Sony’s latest batch of Xperia phones aren’t quite that strange, there’s something undeniably intriguing about…Read more……

Sony Made Some Tallboy Phones and They’re Kinda Awesome

Huawei’s P30 flagship now has a launch date

Huawei has officially announced the launch date and place for its P30 flagship phone: March 26, Paris. 
The event was announced on Twitter with the tagline, “Rules were made to be rewritten.”

The short video accompanying the announcement indicates the P30 will have enhanced zoom capabilities, which is unsurprising given that the P20 was the first phone with three rear cameras and one of the best cameraphones around. 
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Previous rumors said that Huawei’s new flagship will come in two flavors: P30 and P30 Pro, both with a “waterdrop” notch for the selfie camera and…

Huawei’s P30 flagship now has a launch date

Sub-brands are the new weapon in China’s smartphone war

One of China’s top smartphone brands Vivo appears to have joined its fellows Oppo, Huawei and Xiaomi in setting up a new sub-brand as a softening market and heightened competition at home drive players to venture upon their original reach. A new smartphone brand called iQoo made its debut on Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, on […] …

At $770, a Refurbished iPhone X Might Be the Best iPhone Deal Around

When the availability of the original iPhone X dried up almost immediately after the iPhone XS was announced, it sort of made sense. After all, the iPhone X was a limited-edition thing meant to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. That said, it’s disappearance was a bit of a blow for people hoping to pick up…Read more……

At $770, a Refurbished iPhone X Might Be the Best iPhone Deal Around

Samsung’s new A8s smartphone doesn’t have a headphone jack

Remember when Samsung made fun of Apple for not including a headphone jack on its flagship phones? Those jokes will pack a little less punch now that Samsung has launched the Galaxy A8s, a phone with the new Infinity-O display, triple rear camera and zero headphone jacks. 
The fact that the phone doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio connector, noticed by MacRumors, is clearly visible in the promotional photos for the device, where it’s shown from all angles. The only connector this phone has is the USB-C jack on the bottom. 
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Samsung’s new A8s smartphone doesn’t have a headphone jack