iPhone6s-4Color-RedFish-PR-PRINTAs soon as it was discovered that Apple’s new iPhones would feature chipsets made by both Samsung and TSMC and came in different sizes, many were quick to wonder if the difference in manufacturer and size would actually impact how the phone operated. It turns out that in terms of performance, the differences are negligible.

However according to recent benchmarks, it seems that battery life on the other hand is very different, with the TSMC-made A9 sporting battery life that is almost 2 hours longer than the Samsung-made A9. That being said, Apple has since come forward and issued a statement about the alleged differences in battery life. Read full post →Apple Comments On A9 Battery Life Benchmarks

apple_payWhen Apple Pay was announced, it was actually surprising that Starbucks was not one of the supported retailers. After all Starbucks seems to be pretty well ahead of the technology by introducing the ability to pay using apps and smartphones, so one would think that they would be quick to jump on board with mobile payments like Apple Pay.

That being said if you think so too, you might be pleased to learn that Apple Pay will soon work with Starbucks, KFC, and Chili’s. This was revealed by Apple Pay head Jennifer Bailey who announced it at the Code/Mobile conference. According to Bailey, “[KFC] has a special place in my heart — it was my first job ever. We’re seeing a lot of support for quick-service restaurants with a need for fast payment.” Read full post →Apple Pay Coming To Starbucks, KFC, And Chili’s

skype logoAs some of you might have experienced several weeks ago, Skype ran into some connectivity issues. Basically users could not connect to Skype’s network and could not send messages, make calls, or hold video conferences. Given that Skype is integral to some businesses, safe to say that this was more than a minor inconvenience.

The good news is that Skype wants to make up for it. The company has recently started to send out emails to its users, informing them that in order to make amends and to apologize for the service issues, they would be giving users 20 minutes of free calls. This 20 minute worth of call times will be added to the user’s account and they are expected to make use of it within the next 7 days of receiving it. Read full post →Skype Gives Users 20 Minutes Of Free Calls To Make Up For Outage

fb_reactionsEarlier today we reported that a new Facebook feature called Reactions was rumored to begin testing. Turns out the rumors were right on the money as Facebook has officially announced the new feature and they are expected to begin testing in markets like Ireland and Spain. Presumably if all goes well, we can expect to see the feature roll out to other markets soon.

For those who are hearing about Reactions for the first time, basically this is a more enhanced version of Likes. The Likes feature/button is limited in terms of the message it conveys. For example Liking a post of someone who posted about their pet who died might be misconstrued when you’re really just trying to show your support. Read full post →Facebook Reactions Officially Enters Testing

If you’re in the market for a new mechanical keyboard, you might be interested to learn that Razer has recently announced the BlackWidow Ultimate 2016. According to the company, this is a redesigned keyboard of its predecessor and if you are familiar with its successor, you might be wondering what’s the difference?

While on the surface it does appear to be similar to the previous model, the company claims to have redesigned it from the ground up. For starters it will now feature individual LEDs for every key. This ensures that every key will glow with the same intensity, versus stuffing in a couple of LED strips and hoping that is enough. Read full post →Razer Unveils Redesigned BlackWidow Ultimate 2016 Mechanical Keyboard

infocus-m812You might think that InFocus does deal a whole lot more in other portable devices such as projectors, but they are no slouch either when it comes to the world of smartphones. In fact, today marks the day where InFocus revealed their flagship handset to the market in India, where it was made available through Snapdeal (which seems to be a rather common route that handset manufacturers take in that part of the world), and the asking price of the phone stands at INR 19,999 a pop – which is roughly the equivalent of $300 after conversion, unlocked, of course.

Read full post →InFocus Reveals Flagship M812 Handset

galaxy-view-fccRight at the beginning of this month, there were whispers going around that mentioned how the Samsung Galaxy View tablet was spotted in benchmarks, giving rise to hope that this is one tablet which will be able to make a mark of its own by the time it hits the market. It now looks as though that time is not too far off – especially when you take into consideration how the Samsung Galaxy View has already picked up the all important approval by the folks over at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and through the various FCC documents, we have come to learn that this particular tablet will carry the model name of SM-T677A.

Read full post →Samsung Galaxy View Spotted On The FCC

Nexus-6P-UI-06There you have it – the Nexus 6P, a smartphone that was built by the third largest smartphone vendor in the world, Huawei, which became official in the previous week alongside the Nexus 5X from LG, will be arriving in Japan on the 9th of October. The thing is, you will not be able to pick up the Nexus 6P from just about any mobile carrier out there, since it looks set to remain as a SoftBank exclusive in the Land of the Rising Sun. Pre-orders for the SoftBank-bound handset is set to happen this 9th of October.

Read full post →Nexus 6P A SoftBank Exclusive In Japan

There’s this old adage that goes, “better late than never”. Well, I suppose this can be applied to such a particular case that concerns the folks over at AT&T – since after waiting for what feels like an eternity, we are finally able to see Wi-Fi calling make it to AT&T. At the very least, for customers who happen to have the eligible plans and are running on iOS 9, of course. So far, there have been some AT&T subscribers who have been able to activate Wi-Fi calling on their respective handsets, and it seemed to run like a dream. Some T-Mobile users might smirk in this direction as they have Wi-Fi calling for some time already, but that’s all right.

Read full post →AT&T Wi-Fi Calling Arrives At Long Last

samsung logo 4Phones do happen to need an upgrade from time to time, and it does look as though such upgrades have become an annual affair for many a smartphone manufacturer. For instance, fall happens to be when a new iPhone is rolled out or introduced, and before that we have “pre-emptive strikes” by the likes of Samsung with their flagship Galaxy S range. Having said that, the Samsung Galaxy J2 which was announced just last month is barely old enough to warrant a successor, but this has not stopped the folks over at Samsung as there seems to be a Samsung Galaxy J3 that has already made it past the Geekbench test.

Read full post →Possible Samsung Galaxy J3 Does Seem To Pack Some Serious Upgrades