After investing over a year of effort and $6 million for renovations, Google appears to have abandoned plans to open their first standalone retail store, which was to be located in New York City. Located at 131 Greene Street in the SoHo district, the location is a 5,442 square foot space that is now being marketed for subleasing for $2.25 million annually. Read more
Two of the hottest devices Android devices on the market today are made by Huawei. The company designed both the Nexus 6P and the appropriately named Huawei Watch, clearly a sign that Huawei wants to be a global brand on the same level of Samsung, Apple, and LG. Its Nexus handset and Android Wear smartwatch are available from multiple retailers, but only Huawei has a sweet offer that saves you some money. One that encourages you to buy the Nexus 6P and Huawei Watch together.
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Halloween 2015 has come and gone and that can only mean one thing – time for retailers to start up with their Christmas season sales events. Mega retailer Amazon has apparently decided that offering Black Friday deals on just one day is not enough, so they have launched a special Black Friday Deals Store site that spreads the deals out from now until December 22nd. To entice consumers to sign up for a Prime membership, Amazon says Prime members will get a 30 minute jump on all the Lightning Deals – 30,000 planned – before all customers can access them. Read more
OnePlus took the wraps off its latest handset, the OnePlus X, last week, and now the upstart smartphone manufacturer has announced its extended warranty plan for its European customers. The cover is called On-Guard and is available for the OnePlus 2 as well as the new OnePlus X. Read more
If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you’ll be glad to find out that the Amazon Music app is in the process of receiving an update that will greatly enhance its usability. The update brings MicroSD card and Android Wear support as well as a number of other improvements.
New features include:
- Prime Music artist detail pages – the one stop destination in Prime Music for top songs, albums, photos, stations, and much more for your favorite artists
- Android Wear support – now you can browse the app & control playback right from your Wear device
- “New to Prime” tab in Prime Music – highlighting newest music added to the service
- New “Popular” tab in Prime Music – see charts for top songs, albums, playlists
- Lyrics support (UK only – it was already available in the US)
The update is currently rolling out via Google Play and it shouldn’t be too long until it reaches your device.
While we wait with bated breath for December 17 to come around so we can finally see what JJ Abrams has achieved with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the merchandising campaign is well under way. While much of the associated merchandising will cost a pretty penny (the cynic in me understands why the film is being released in the holiday season), UK carrier, O2, has decided to give away 25,000 Star Wars themed Mini Buddy speakers via its Priority app from November 5. Read more
At the beginning of this month, Sprint announced its plans to achieve around $2.5 billion in savings by cutting costs, with a round of job losses looming large on the horizon being just one of the measures. It seems that Sprint is becoming creative in the way it cuts costs, though, if its latest move is anything to go by. As if it isn’t bad enough just losing a job, if an employee receives notification of the job loss after January 30th, he or she will only receive half the severance pay they would have if notified before that date.
One of the many bad things about the OnePlus 2 invite system is that once you manage to snag an invite, you only had 24 hours to claim it, and if it arrived at a bad time financially or you just plain missed the invite notification, it was just too bad.
If you are a TalkTalk customer, it may be worth your while changing your login details and keeping a keen eye on your various accounts over the next few months, because the phone and broadband provider’s website was the victim of a ‘significant and sustained‘ cyber attack on Wednesday, October 21. The hack is believed to affect more than 4 million customers, with personal data such as bank details and birth dates being snaffled in the attack.
Blackberry has been slowly revealing the various features of its first Android-powered smartphone, the Priv, and everyone seems to be excited about it so far. Blackberry has managed to differentiate the Priv with its physical keyboard, slider design and a secure, Android experience. Unlike most brands that hire out huge halls to announce a new handset, BlackBerry seems to be content with simply making the Priv available to pre-order, yesterday from the Canadian carrier, Rogers, and today in the UK via Carphone Warehouse.