HTC U 11 tested: benchmarking the Snapdragon 835 

The HTC U 11 scored the coveted Snapdragon 835 chipset – something lacking on the HTC U Ultra. HTC’s new darling is among the earliest offerings with Qualcomm’s top chip, though not the first. That means we have some interesting competition to test it against.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is another S835 phone, as is the Galaxy S8+. We also tested the S8+ with Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chipset. We also put the Mate 9 that uses Huawei’s in-house Kirin 960 chipset as a reference. The other competitors (aside from the iPhone, obviously) came out with the older generation Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 820…

HTC U11 is already $50 cheaper as pre-orders go live in the US, UK, and Canada

The HTC U11 has been announced earlier today, and at this point it’s already up for pre-order in the US, UK, and Canada. What’s more, you can already take $50 off the official price of an unlocked unit if you choose to shop at HTC’s official US online store.

The phone’s normally priced at $649, but if you add the coupon code LOVEU11 upon checkout, that sum will be reduced to a more palatable $599. There are three versions of the U11 to choose from – one works with AT&T and T-Mobile, another with Verizon, and the third one with Sprint.

Speaking of which, Sprint will be the only US…

Verizon cancels the LG Watch Sport smartwatch

May 15, 2017

It looks like Verizon has no love for smartwatches unless they belong to its brand. The Big Red announced last month that it would delay the launch of the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier until June, but it did release its own Wear24 smartwatch last week.

Today, the carrier confirmed that another Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch it has added to its portfolio not long ago, the LG Watch Sport has been canceled.

LG hasn’t yet confirmed Verizon’s information, but the LTE-enabled version of the smartwatch was pulled from the carrier’s website recently. Also, those who pre-ordered …

Apple iPad mini could be discontinued

May 15, 2017

Apple is reportedly planning to discontinue the iPad mini, its 7.9-inch tablet that’s been available since 2012. Of course, the tablet is now at its fourth iteration – iPad mini 4 – but this hasn’t been properly updated since its original launch in 2015.

According to BGR, a “source close to Apple” mentioned that the iPad mini is being phased out because there’s “fierce cannibalism” of Apple’s own products, and sales numbers seemingly provide a “very clear” indication of the tablet’s recent lack of popularity.

Size-wise, the iPad mini stands between the …

Instagram’s rip-off Express has no brakes, copies face filters from Snapchat

Another month, another Snapchat feature blatantly ripped-off by Instagram. This time it’s arguably the biggest feature of Snapchat, the all-too popular face filters.

In the latest 10.21 update for both iOS and Android, users will now be able to tap a button and enable the face filters mode. Here they can select from a small bunch of filters at the bottom that update and animate in real-time. Not only has Instagram completely copied the implementation of the feature from Snapchat, it has also copied the actual filters, many of which look nearly identical to those on Snapchat. They also have…

Best Apple Watch Stands and Chargers

May 15, 2017
Charge your Apple Watch in style and comfort.

Updated May 16, 2017: Added two pretty fantastic Native Union options.

While you don’t need a stand to charge your Apple Watch, it can be both a lovely and practical addition to your bedside table or dresser. A great stand not only displays your watch and band while you’re not wearing it, but it also helps hide unsightly charging wires and lets you interact with features like Nightstand mode.

If you’re in the market for an Apple Watch stand, here are our top picks.

Elago W3

For the Apple fan boys and girls, you can charge your Apple watch with this adorable mini 1984-era Macintosh. It’s made from soft silicone and is only about 3 inches tall. When you place your Apple Watch onto the mount in Nightstand mode, the green, simple design really makes it look like you have a tiny Mac sitting on your desk. All you have to do is slip your Apple Watch charger into the W3’s perfectly fitting holder, then rest your Apple Watch on its side. It…

Ubisoft bringing Rocksmith to iOS, but only on iPads

May 15, 2017

Ubisoft has just announced it will launch its popular Rocksmith game on iOS devices. After selling 4 million units since its release, the game will soon make its debut in the App Store.

In fact, if you live in Canada, you can already download the game as part of a soft launch. Keep in mind though that Rocksmith will only be compatible with iPads running iOS 9.0 or later (iOS 10 or newer is recommended).

For those unaware, Rocksmith allows players to learn to play an electric guitar. The game is aimed at players of all skill levels since it comes with various …

Pokemon Go Adventure Week Rock-type Event Guide

May 15, 2017
How do you get the most from Pokémon Go’s Adventure Week Event, with increased rock-type spawns, discounted Poké Balls, reduced Buddy walking distance, special hat, and more? With this guide!

Pokémon Go is holding a special Adventure Week Event from May 18 to May 25, 2017. It’ll feature increased rock-type spawn, which means increased chances to get Omastar, Kabutops, Rhydon, Aerodactyl, Golem, and Tyranitar. Also, Buddy walking distance will be quartered, Poké Balls will be 50% off, and there’ll be a special Adventure hat in the store for you to collect. Here’s what you need to know!

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TL;DR: What should you do now, now, now?

Walk Snorlax, Chansey (Blissey), Dratini (Dragonite), Larvitar (Tyranitar), Machop (Machamp), and other high-value Pokémon…