So, you’ve just received your brand new, top-of-the-line, Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge smartphone, and a feature you’ve been looking forward to using, Samsung Pay, is nowhere to be seen. If this is your experience, you probably bought the handset from Verizon. The good news is that you can easily remedy the situation yourself, and it will only take a couple of minutes to do so. Read more
It’s bad news for Nook fans in the UK because Barnes and Noble has announced that it will stop selling its digital content in the country from March 15 . This means that the Nook Store, the Nook Reading App for Android (or iOS), and the company’s UK website will cease to operate from the date mentioned. To soften the blow, Barnes and Noble says it has partnered up with the UK supermarket brand, Sainsbury’s, to bring the ‘vast majority‘ of purchased books to the retailer’s ‘Entertainment on Demand’ service. Read more
Star Wars: The Force Awakens went up for pre-order on Google Play without a specific release late last year almost at the same time the film started showing in theaters. Although a release date wasn’t provided, we knew the latest Star Wars installment would arrive in a digital format and on Blu-ray/DVD within the first few months of 2016. Films usually see home releases within four months of their original premieres.
Today, The Walt Disney Company’s Bob Iger announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available on personal media platforms next month.
If you reside in the UK and own an Amazon Fire 7-inch tablet or Fire Kids Edition 7-inch tablet, you may want to stop using the charger supplied with the device because Amazon UK has just issued a Voluntary Recall and Exchange Programme for the adapter. The retailer has determined that there is a risk of electrical shock when the charger is removed from the wall socket, with the possibility that its assembly, or casing, may detach from the rest of the plug. Read more
In 2015, Alcatel’s Idol 3 burst onto the scene as one of the best off-contract phones for anyone wanting to unchain themselves from carriers without compromising the quality expected from a flagship. The price of the phone has always been very attractive at $279, but Amazon currently has the Idol 3 for an even better price.
Although the Motorola Moto G (2015) starts at $179, the fully-featured model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage sets you back $219. But for one week only, you can get the better model for a discount.
Sprint has teamed up with European wireless retailer Dixons Carphone to try and pierce the tough US market. The two companies will be working together to open 500 new Sprint-branded stores across the US, with both companies splitting costs 50/50. Dixons Carphone will be responsible for running those stores. Read more
Xiaomi took the wraps off of its latest flagship, the Mi 5, in Barcelona at MWC 2016 last week, and I think it’s fair to say that the Chinese handset maker blew everyone away with the design, pricing and specifications of the device. The highest spec variant, with its 3D ceramic body, will launch initially in China, and it would seem that Xiaomi’s new handset has been well received in the company’s home territory. Read more
We’ve been hearing great things about the HTC Vive for quite a while now, with HTC and Valve’s VR headset being demonstrated at the various trade shows in the past year of so. Last week the U.S. pricing was unveiled for the HTC Vive, and it wasn’t an easy pill to swallow, at $799 it is $200 more expensive than the Oculus Rift. But what about the international pricing for the HTC Vive? Well, I’m afraid it doesn’t make for pleasant viewing either. Read more
Amazon debuted season three of “The Fashion Fund” slated for a 10-episode run that introduces some new wrinkles to the retailer’s on-line streaming offerings. To watch the series, viewers do not need to be an Amazon Prime member, but they do need to sit through the advertising that is included in each episode. This is quite different from Amazon’s normal ad-free videos available through Prime and has some wondering what Amazon may be planning. Read more