With the Moto Z2 Force, Motorola will prioritize thinness over battery capacity

July 19, 2017
Next week, on July 25, Lenovo and Motorola Mobility will announce a brand new high-end smartphone. Most likely, the handset in question is the Moto Z2 Force – already seen in several leaked renders.

Interestingly, unlike any other Moto Z released until now, the Z2 Force might be sold by all major US carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. While we’re waiting for the Z2 Force to be officially unveiled, Venture Beat today has some new details about it.

Reportedly, the US version of the Moto Z2 Force comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable internal memory, despite …

The IAB finalizes its new ad standards

 The Interactive Advertising Bureau, a trade group representing online publishers and advertisers, has released new standards around mobile and web advertisers. Not every publisher and advertiser will follow these standards, but the standards are important because they help establish best practices around what is and isn’t acceptable for the industry. If done right, they help maintain… Read More

Legendary Pokémon are headed to Pokémon Go

 Pokémon Go’s getting Legendary Pokémon, those ultra rare, ultra powerful pocket monsters that typically figure prominently in the narrative arc for the main series console games. The Legendary Pokémon will appear as Eggs at gyms, and they’ll act as bosses for the new Raids that the game recently introduced – once defeated, you’ll get a chance to catch them, much like… Read More

For as little as $27 a month you can get 10GB of data, unlimited talk and text from Mint SIM

July 19, 2017
The days of paying hundreds of dollars on phone bills are safely in the past for many of us, and for those still looking to ditch their expensive plans, we have quite the deal for you. Mint SIM, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that operates off of the T-Mobile network, is offering up some pretty crazy prices, and right now you can save even more with a Thrifter-exclusive coupon code. You can save an additional 20% on the already-low plans at Mint SIM with coupon code IMMINTSIM20. You’ll need to sign up for the 6 or 12-month plan, which means you pay upfront for the service, but at these prices, it is well worth it.

As previously mentioned, Mint SIM uses T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G LTE network, so you should get the same coverage and speeds that the carrier has been expanding over the past few years, but at a fraction of the price. Mint SIM offers a few phones on its website, but the great part about it is that you can bring your own (GSM-compatible) phone and just pop the SIM …

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Which has the better speaker for music?

July 19, 2017
Between the Google Home and the Amazon Echo, which has the better speaker for listening to music?

Smart speaker choices are relatively limited, true, but the differences between the devices are what you’ll need to consider before you make a purchase. If music listening is most important to you — i.e. more important than intelligent assistant features, smart home integrations, and design — then you’ll need to consider each device’s audio hardware in order to make the right choice. Let’s take a look at what the Amazon Echo and Google Home are working with!

By the way, if you’re looking for a wider comparison between the Google Home, Amazon Echo, and upcoming HomePod smart speakers, check out the comparison guide we’ve put together:

HomePod vs. Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: What’s the difference?

Google Home

Google describes the Home’s built-in speaker as a “high-excursion” speaker. The spec sheet says the speaker system has a 2-inch driver and two 2-inch passive radiato…

Lenovo reveals concepts for a standalone AR headset, a smart speaker-projector and an own AI assistant

July 19, 2017

This March, Lenovo launched its Artificial Intelligence Lab that pools the effort of more than 100 researchers from around the globe, in order to facilitate its wade into the field of intelligently-powered gadgets. At its third Tech World Conference today, the Chinese company unveiled concepts for devices and pieces of software it has been working on, which include a standalone AR headset, a smart speaker-projector, an own virtual assistant, and a heart-monitoring vest that links with a mobile app.

Lenovo’s concept AR headset, dubbed the ‘daystAR’, looks nothing but …

Become an ethical hacker for only $29!

July 19, 2017
Hackers get their jollies from hacking into company databases, stealing information, and either holding it for ransom or releasing it to the public. These targeted companies clearly have holes in their security, but how can they find them and fix them? They call in ethical hackers. Don’t let the name fool you; there’s no malintent – these experts come in, break the company’s security, and tell it how to fix the problems. There’s good money to be made in a career like that.

Learn how to be a security system adminstrator! Learn more

Of course, you need to learn the ins and outs of ethical hacking before you can jump right in. And if you’re just starting out, you’ll need to learn the basics and work your way all the way up to some of the most advanced techniques, so that you can ethically hack just as well as the baddies who do it with malice. They don’t necessarily teach this stuff in college, so you’ll need an online course that you can work at on your own time, especially i…

LG Q8

July 19, 2017
The IP67 certified LG Q8 comes with a 5.2-inch main screen with 1440×2560 pixels and an additional small always on display right above it. On the back, the Q8 has a fingerprint scanner, and a dual camera (13 MP + 8 MP) for wide-angle photos and 4K video recording. The front-facing camera is a 5 MP wide-angle one. Also on board are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a Hi-Fi DAC (digital to analog converter) for superior audio quality, 4 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of expandable internal memory. The new smartphone weighs 146 grams, measures 149 x 71.9 x 8 mm, and packs a non-removable 3000 mAh battery.