Word on the street is that Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will offer twice as much storage with each tier. So the entry-level model will have 32GB, the mid-tier iPhones will have 128GB and the most expensive iPhone will have 256GB. You know what all that means, right? It means you have to stock up on free iOS apps now so you’ll be able to make good use of all that extra space when your new iPhones come. More →
Android 7.0 Nougat is finally here! Well, sort of… Nougat has indeed finally been released to the public, but it’s only available on a handful of Google’s Nexus-branded devices. If you own anything else — and odds are very good that you do — you’re in for a bit of a wait before an Android 7.0 update is made available for your smartphone. Owners of the latest and greatest flagships can likely expect an update to roll out sometime in the next few months, maybe even before the New Year rolls around if you’re lucky.
The good news, Android fans, is that Android 7.0 Nougat is worth the wait. It might not seem like the new update has much flash and flair on its surface, but the truth is that Android N is a massive update packed full of terrific new features. In this post, we’ll cover the five best additions to Google’s brand new version of Android. More →
Opera made waves back in April when it announced the addition of unlimited free VPN service to its desktop web browser. VPN, or virtual private networking, is a technology that allows people to mask their actual IP addresses by routing their internet traffic through a third-party server. This way, any software that might collect information about users as they visit a website will not be able to record a user’s actual IP. People also often use VPN services to spoof their region, with the most widely discussed example being people who use a VPN client to make it appear to Netflix as though they’re based in the United States.
VPN services are incredibly valuable to people who protect their privacy while surfing the web, but these services can also have costly subscription plans that limit the amount of data you can use each month. That’s why Opera’s initial announcement was so intriguing, but the company has no intention of stopping with desktop browsing. More →
Pokemon Go developer Niantic has taken a strong position against cheaters. This past Friday the company came out once again to warn players that cheating could get them banned from the game permanently. That’s right… despite all the game’s problems such as crippling reliability issues and the lack of a decent Pokemon Go tracking feature, Niantic is focusing valuable time and resources on identifying and banning people who cheat. At a smartphone game. About finding and catching virtual animals.
Ridiculous though it may seem, Niantic is indeed focusing a tremendous amount of effort on taking measure to stop cheaters, but it looks like some of those measures are about as reliable as the company’s servers. This past weekend, one of the best Pokemon Go players in the world had his account temporarily suspended for being too good, and it happened right in the middle of a Pokemon Go event. More →
By our count, anywhere between 400 and well over 1,000 paid iPhone and iPad apps can go on sale for free on any given day, and going through all those apps is a huge task. That’s why we do the heavy lifting for you here at BGR, and we pick out the cream of the crop each day for your downloading pleasure. Today’s list includes 11 different premium iOS apps that have been made available for free by their developers, but remember that these sales could end at any moment so be sure to check them out now. More →
It has now been nearly two months since the Pokemon Go craze first swept the world. While the app’s rankings in the iOS App Store have slipped a bit over the past couple of weeks — it now sits at No. 10 on the free app charts — Pokemon Go remains the No. 1 top-grossing iOS app. You also still can’t walk more than 20 feet in cities large and small around the world without seeing at least a few people scampering around and trying to catch a Pokemon.
While most users generally play the game clean, an increasing number of Pokemon addicts take advantage of all the different Pokemon Go cheats and hacks out there. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you because after all, it’s just a smartphone game. Well, if you don’t mind bending the rules you’re in for a serious treat on Monday morning, because the ultimate Pokemon Go cheat that used to require players to jailbreak their iPhones is now available with no jailbreak required. More →
There’s a long list of reasons users can become frustrated with Apple’s virtual personal assistant, Siri. No one would argue that progress has been slow with Siri — the feature was an absolute mess when Apple first released it as a beta alongside the iPhone 4S back in 2011. Since then, Siri’s capabilities have expanded exponentially and reliability has improved dramatically as well. There are still plenty of wrinkles to be ironed out, however, and at least one of them will be apparently fixed late next month. How do we know? Because a certain celebrity let it slip that she spoke with Apple CEO Tim Cook, who told her about it personally. More →
For a leading smartphone company like Samsung, the only thing better than getting a customer to purchase a flagship smartphone is getting two different customers to purchase the same flagship smartphone.
As Samsung seeks new ways to boost earnings as the high-end smartphone market becomes a far less reliable source of growth, a new report sheds light on one of the new programs the company plans to implement. Smartphone buyers in the US and other markets continue to flock to newer installment plan options that let them make low monthly payments and trade in their phones each year for new models. Now, it appears as though Samsung is getting ready to launch a new program that will see it refurbish and sell all those used phones. More →
Apple is doomed! The iPhone is done! The high-end smartphone market is saturated! No one is upgrading to new handsets anymore! Tim Cook is lost and has no idea what he’s doing!
To glance over recent headlines and themes being tossed around by tech bloggers and many analysts, things are looking pretty bleak for the largest company in the world by market cap. Then, matters were made even worse when Apple caught investors off guard and posted a massive drop-off in iPhone sales during the March quarter this year. Apple’s share price plummeted and doomsday preppers crowed that the end was in sight. Then Apple beat estimates and offered impressive September-quarter guidance when it reported its fiscal third-quarter results in July, and the stock is up nearly 12% since then.
Of course, anytime Apple dips big funds seize the opportunity. More →
Recent Daily Show alums have been doing very, very well for themselves lately. John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight has been a big hit for HBO, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS has been beloved among critics and viewers alike. Sadly, former Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore wasn’t able to match the success of his two ex-colleagues and Comedy Central announced on Monday that this would be the last week of his show The Nightly Show.
Wilmore was cancelled after just over a year and a half on air, but his former boss thinks that his show is anything but a failure — and he stopped by The Nightly Show last night to tell him so. More →
Happy Friday! Today’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free will take you into the weekend in the best possible way. After all, who doesn’t love filling their iOS devices with great apps without paying a dime? You’ll also find a few more freebies in yesterday’s post if you want even more free apps, but remember that these sales could end at any moment.
You’ll also find a cute little Trump app in today’s post that was created by a 13-year-old developer from South Dakota. 13!
At this point it’s practically impossible for rival companies to compete with Samsung when it comes to flagship Android phones. For one thing, Samsung’s marketing and advertising budget reaches into the double-digit billions, which is simply impossible for any other Android vendor to match or even approach. On top of that, Samsung happens to be making the best Android-powered smartphones in the world right now. As we explained in detail in our Galaxy Note 7 review, Samsung’s new Note 7 is completely unmatched.
As Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 launches in the US and other markets around the world, a new leak just revealed Lenovo’s upcoming next-generation Moto Z smartphone. It certainly won’t come anywhere close to competing with the Galaxy Note 7 where sales are concerned, but eager Android fans should still be excited. More →
Remember back in the day when people waited all year long for Black Friday to roll around so they could enjoy killer deals? Well those days are long gone. Now we have all kinds of huge sales that take place all year round. Amazon’s recent Prime Day sale is probably the most notable addition to the annual sale schedule, and this year’s event marked Amazon’s single biggest day of sales ever — and that includes last year’s big Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.
But Prime Day is over and now there’s another huge sale you won’t want to miss out on. That’s right, Best Buy has a fantastic sale going on right now and in this post, we’ll show you the 10 best deals available. More →