PhoneArena - News 8 April 2018

Leaked Virgin Mobile memo: (PRODUCT)RED Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will be introduced tomorrow

A memo to Virgin Mobile employees that was obtained by MacRumors, states that the pre-paid carrier will be adding (PRODUCT)Red versions of the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus to its inventory starting tomorrow, April 9th. The memo adds that there will be a pre-order period, so its likely that the new models won't start shipping until later in the month. And Apple isn't expected to hold a new product event, but will announce the (PRODUCT)Red iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus through a press release. That is how Apple introduced the (PRODUCT)Red versions of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus in March ...

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ThePhoneCoat gives your phone an almost-invisible layer of protection

With a Kickstarter goal of $6,143 surpassed more than five-times over by the $34,659 pledged, it appears that ThePhoneCoat will be going into mass production. The product is a thin .2mm transparent skin that covers the entire side of a phone. Separate skins are offered for the front and back sides of compatible handsets. It is almost invisible, and nanotechnology allows ThePhoneCoat to be self-healing. Scratches on its surface disappear with the use of a personal hairdryer. ThePhoneCoat is unbreakable and protects your handset from shock. It also makes the device easier to grip. ...

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Snapchat's chronological Stories feed is back for some

Snapchat has reinstated its chronological Stories feed for some users. In recent months, the popular social app has introduced a number of design changes with the ultimate goal of making the app easier to use and thus capturing new users from older age demographics. Nonetheless, the updated UI has been met with quite a bit of criticism - the introduction of a new algorithmically sorted Stories feed has been particularly frustrating to users.Now, however, in a turn of events, a number of users are reporting that their respective Story feeds have reverted back to the original chronological ...

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Spotify's rumored smart speaker could launch this month

Two months ago, we told you that based on job postings made by Spotify, the world's largest music streamer was apparently in the process of building a smart speaker. Last month, we passed along video that showed Spotify testing its own in-house voice search feature. This could mean that instead of using Alexa or Google Assistant, Spotify is creating its own for use with the smart speaker. The device would compete against Amazon's leading Echo line, the Google Home smart speakers, Apple's HomePod and others.The company has now sent out invitations for an event to be held on the morning of ...

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Facebook backlash could tighten regulations on Apple, Google and Amazon

The soap opera that we refer to as the Facebook-Cambridge Analytical scandal could end up affecting more tech companies that didn't do anything close to the things that Facebook is accused of. Tech firms like Apple, Alphabet subsidiary Google, and Amazon (make no mistake about it, Amazon is a tech company) could face stricter regulations globally on how they obtain and use all of the customer data they receive.Just yesterday, Cambridge Analytica co-founder co-founder Christopher Wylie said that the number of Facebook profiles used by the consulting firm without subscribers' permission could ...

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The Vernee M6 is slim, light, with a big screen and very modest price tag

This story is sponsored by Vernee. PhoneArena's opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!DisclaimerVernee has been around the block for a while now, offering decent-spec phones at aggressive prices, battling for that piece of the midrange pie. With the new Vernee M6, the company has an offer that will definitely draw some attention. So, here's how it goes — the Vernee M6 is up for pre-sale and costs $129.99. However, ...

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Meizu 15 lineup coming April 22 according to leaked poster

Meizu’s upcoming 15 lineup will be unveiled April 22. The Chinese brand has made no secret of its plans to launch the smartphone lineup in celebration of the company’s 15th anniversary. So far, however, Meizu has remained pretty quiet in regards to when the devices would be unveiled. Thanks to a newly-leaked poster, though, it appears the new lineup could make an official appearance within a matter of weeks.The poster itself confirms that Meizu will be holding an event in China for the launch of the smartphone series, which is set to include the Meizu 15, Meizu 15 Lite, and Meizu 15 Plus. ...

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PayPal integration for Samsung Pay rolling out in the US one year after announcement

Samsung and PayPal announced last year a partnership that will provide PayPal users in the United States with the option to make payments via Samsung Pay. Unfortunately, neither company said anything about when exactly PayPal integration will be available for Samsung Pay.Well, it looks like Samsung needed almost a year to make the option available for users of its mobile payment service. PayPal support in Samsung Pay is not yet live for all users in the United States, but some notice that the option suddenly appeared on their phones.Speaking of phones, the Galaxy Note 8 seems to ...

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Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ and iPhone X are up to 50% off at Verizon with trade-in

Verizon is running an interesting deal on some of the top smartphones that released on the market recently. We've already reported on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL deals where you can get up to 50% of with trade-in and 2 free months of YouTube TV, a Google Chromecast ($35 value), and a Google Home Mini ($49).However, if Google's smartphones are not your thing, Verizon has other flagships on discount, but there are some caveats to the deal that might not be to your liking. First off, you'll have to stick with Verizon for the next 24 months if you take any of the deals available starting April ...

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