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Holiday sales over mobile devices set new record for Thanksgiving and Black Friday

November 25, 2016
Online shoppers set a record today for the most sales ever rung up in a single day by consumers using mobile devices. On Thanksgiving Day, record mobile device sales of $771 million were achieved and among the retailers leading the way were Amazon, Walmart and Target.  Of the record $3 billion in sales expected today for Black Friday, $1 billion will be from orders placed on a mobile device according to Adobe. 

Led by sales of Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, Amazon says that this year’s Thanksgiving Day sales over mobile exceeded mobile sales tallied last …

Android 7.1 Nougat update for Nexus devices to be rolled out starting December 6

November 25, 2016
Last month, while formally announcing Android 7.1 Nougat, Google said that this new version of its OS would be rolled out to Nexus devices starting early December. Now, it looks like we have an exact release date for the update.

Vodafone Australia has it that Google is planning to release Android 7.1.1 for the Nexus 6P on December 6. The update, weighing in at about 650 MB, will include the December security patch alongside the new features of 7.1.1 Nougat. It may take up to 2 weeks before all eligible devices will get the update.

If the Nexus 6P is getting Android 7.1 on December …

Coming soon? An FCC that handles only radio spectrum?

November 25, 2016
Up until last year, the FCC was largely an industry-facing regulatory broker of sorts. It was created back in the 1930s as part of the Communications Act of 1934, and has a mandate that covers telecommunications utilities in all 50 states.

Then, in the early spring of 2015, the five commissioners voted 3-2 to classify the internet as a utility, rather than an information service, subject to Title II regulations, also written in the 1930s.

That brought a formal doctrine of “net neutrality” to the FCC, and just like that telemarketer robocall interrupts your dinner, the FCC has also …

Despite an earlier report, the Oppo Find 9 is not getting unveiled in the first quarter of 2017?

November 25, 2016
Yesterday, we passed along a rumor that called for the Oppo Find 9 to launch with the Snapdragon 835 chipset inside. Part of that rumor included a possible launch date for the handset sometime during the first quarter of 2017. This was big news because the Find 9 was originally thought to contain the Snapdragon 821 SoC under the hood. With the newer chip from Qualcomm’s camp inside, the Find 9 would be powered by a faster, and more energy efficient chipset.

As it turns out, the same Chinese news source responsible for the rumor of a Q1 unveiling of the Oppo Find 9, is the outfit that refutes …

Apple making iPhones in the United States? Do not hold your breath

November 24, 2016

An exclusive report from Nikkei Asian Review a week ago claimed that Apple was looking at ways it, and its manufacturing partners, Foxconn and Pegatron, might move some iPhone assembly operations to the United States.

This is all conjecture, as none of the companies mentioned in the article responded to comment, but you can count on theories like this being floated thanks to the “Trump effect,” a reference to the recent elections in the United States. These “winds of change” were further carried by a conversation Mr. Trump apparently had with Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, signaling a desire …

Deal: Google Store discounting Chromecast to $25; 3 free months of HBO Now for all models

November 24, 2016
For a lot of people, Black Friday is the best time to buy big, expensive gifts. Smartphones, TVs, laptops, and more seem to be at the top of many people’s shopping list, but Black Friday is also a great time to buy smaller, less expensive gadgets. Those bigger ticket items may look great when they’re all wrapped up under the tree, but ensuring you’ve got excellent stocking-stuffers is just as important. The Google Store is currently offering a pretty solid deal for both the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra, and if you’re looking to get yourself or someone else one of the best devices for streaming …

McDonald’s will introduce mobile payment and ordering in the US in the first half of 2017

November 24, 2016
Our phones are incredibly powerful tools that can be used for a whole plethora of things. They can track our steps, access the entire Internet, allow us to immediately connect with friends and family, capture photos and videos, and so much more. However, something they currently can’t do is order Big Macs. McDonald’s is one of the most popular fast-food chains in the world, but despite their popularity, the company has been a bit lacking when it comes to their adoption of new technology. Companies such as Starbucks allow customers to place orders for food and drinks directly through the official …

Deal: get the cloud based Nextbit Robin for just $150 on eBay

November 24, 2016
You’re definitely spoiled for choices if you’re on the market for an affordable smartphone this Black Friday. Just minutes ago, we told you that Amazon is currently selling the Moto G4 and G4 Plus at discounts of up to 25%. However, if you’re looking for a phone with beefier hardware specs and a unique storage management system, then perhaps you might want to check out the world’s only cloud-based smartphone, the Nextbit Robin, which is currently on sale at eBay.

eBay seller mobilepros1, a top-rated seller with 97.8% positive feedback, is currently selling the NextBit Robin for just $150 …

Cortana for Android updated with birthday reminder, other improvements

November 24, 2016

It’s been exactly one month since the last Cortana update, just enough time for Microsoft to bring new features and improvements into the mix. Today’s Cortana update adds two important new features and some enhancements.

But first of all, let’s mention that in the latest version Cortana has learned a new skill an improved her performance and stability. The new skill is called birthday reminder and allows users to keep track of their friends’ birthdays.

Another important new feature is the ability to connect to multiple calendars, which really comes in handy …

Kemco announces Black Friday RPG sale for Android and iOS

November 24, 2016

Japanese games publisher and developer Kemco has just announced its Black Friday deals that will be available for a limited time. No less than eight RPG titles published by Kemco on both the Android and iOS platforms will have their prices lowered to just $0.99.

The $0.99 price on these games will be available beginning November 25 and through November 27, so make sure you grab what you want until the promotion is running out. Keep in mind that all eight games have received discounts between 88-90%, so these are really great deals if you’re a RPG fan.

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