Snapchat introduces Snap Map, which is exactly what it sounds like

Though it may have lost the war with Instagram’s copycat Stories feature (which now has more users), Snapchat keeps chugging along. The company behind the app has unveiled a new feature today, in fact. It’s called Snap Map. Yes, it’s a map view. And, as you’d expect, you’ll see your friends on it.

Here’s how it works. You pinch to “zoom out” into the new map view, which is where you’ll see the Actionmoji of your friends who have opted to share their location with you. They will be neatly positioned on said map, ready for you to find out exactly where in the world they are. And when you tap…

Spotify now lets you create group playlists in Facebook Messenger

Today Spotify is announcing a new feature that works… inside Facebook Messenger. The online music streaming service now lets you build group playlists in Facebook’s messaging app.

It works very easily. When you are inside a group chat in Messenger, tap on the “+” in the lower left corner, choose Spotify, then create a playlist. From that point on, you as well as your friends who are participating in that group chat can add songs to the playlist. Interestingly, even people who aren’t on Spotify can part-take in the playlist creation, adding songs too.

This is a very straightforward…

Huawei Watch 2 now going for $264.99, $35 less than usual

Huawei released its second generation smartwatch in the US back in April, following the Watch 2’s announcement at MWC in February. The smartwatch has been on sale for $299.99 so far, but now there’s a neat deal to be had if you’re interested in picking one up.

An eBay seller with 99% positive feedback is offering the Huawei Watch 2 in Carbon Black for just $264.99, thus allowing you to save a cool $35 compared to the official price of the wearable. Note that this is the sporty-looking Watch 2 we’re talking about, and not the more expensive Watch 2 Classic.

Also keep in mind that only a…

Apple may still be undecided on the iPhone 8’s fingerprint sensor, less than 3 months from announcement

June 20, 2017

It might sound discouraging, but here it goes – according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, Apple still hasn’t decided what fingerprint technology will utlimately end up in the new and coming iPhone. Mind you, we’re less than three months away from this year’s September keynote. If the rumor is true, this means the handset is anything but finalized. Thus, its retail launch could face a significant delay of as many as two months following the announcement.

Confident in his information, Arcuri has taken the new iPhone out of Cowen’s 46 million sales …

Virgin Mobile stops selling Android handsets, goes iPhone-only with new Inner Circle plan

Sprint-owned prepaid brand Virgin Mobile has decided to shake things up in the US carrier space – somewhat, at least. Virgin is no longer selling any Android smartphones. The only devices on offer from this point on will be iPhones. You can choose between all of the models that Apple still sells, and you’ll have to pay the normal retail price for each one except the slightly cheaper iPhone SE with 32 and 128GB of storage.

Here’s the thing, though. If you buy an iPhone from Virgin and bring your number along to its network, your first year of service will cost $1. That works if you pick the…

OnePlus videos show its new phone charging faster than the Samsung Galaxy S8

June 20, 2017
Remember when the most important thing about smartphone batteries was how long they lasted for? At the time, no one cared about how fast the battery would charge up. In the last three to four years, this has changed as manufacturers started to realize that charging times were half of the equation. While Motorola has its Turbo Charging, Qualcomm has its QuickCharge technology integrated into its Snapdragon chipsets, and OnePlus has Dash Charge.

To show off how fast Dash Charge “does its thang,” OnePlus posted a couple of videos today showing the barely out of the womb OnePlus 5 against the …

vivo teaser possibly confirms it’s unveiling in-screen fingerprint scanner next week

Last week a leaked video purportedly showed a vivo smartphone with a fingerprint sensor embedded in the screen in action, but apparently that was fake. However, vivo could still be working on such technology, and its unveiling may still come on June 28.

What you see below is said to be a teaser image outed by vivo itself ahead of the Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibition that starts on June 28. That “Unlock the future” message paired with what looks like the outline of a fingerprint going through the outline of a phone – those things may in fact be indicative of vivo outing an embedded…

Deal: Get the Xperia XZs with a free pair of on-ear Sony headphones

June 20, 2017
Released in the US in April, the Xperia XZs is one of Sony’s two new high-end handsets unveiled this year, alongside the Xperia XZ Premium – launched stateside earlier this week. While the XZ Premium is larger and more powerful, the XZs has the advantage of being cheaper, while still offering Sony’s new Motion Eye camera (which can shoot slow motion video at 960 fps). Moreover, right now, interested customers can get a pretty nice gift when purchasing the Xperia XZs.

Focus Camera, a Sony authorized dealer, is currently selling the Xperia XZs for $649 (that’s $50 off the launch price), and …

How to download tvOS 11 beta 2 to your Apple TV

June 20, 2017
Installing the tvOS 11 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it’s also for developers only.

Update June 21, 2017: Apple has just released tvOS 11 beta 2 for developers. If you already have a tvOS 10 beta installed, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away. If you’ve been waiting for beta 2 to get started with tvOS 11, keep reading and we’ll walk you through the set up!

Apple hasn’t announced a public beta for tvOS the way the company has for iOS and macOS. That means until it is released to everyone this fall, it’s only available to developers. It also means installing it on the Apple TV (4th generation) is more complicated than a simple download and go. If you’re a developer and you’re having trouble getting the tvOS beta installed, here’s what you need to do.

Unlike Apple’s other operating systems, you can’t back up your Apple TV; as such, Apple offers two options for updating tvOS: over the air, which just updates the system; and via USB-C, which …