Sony Xperia XZ Price Drops Below $400 In The US, Free MicroSD Card Included As Well

Latest updates reveal that the Sony Xperia XZ has received another price slash in the United States. According to reports, the device has received a new price cut, thus making the device to cost less than $400. The device was launched in 2016 with a price tag of $700.

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Sony Xperia XZ Price Drops Below $400 In The US, Free MicroSD Card Included As Well

It is reported by GSMArena that the interested fans can now purchase Sony’s Xperia XZ for as low as $399.99. The report added that the new update is based on the listing of the device on Amazon’s website. The retailer listed the device for just $399.99 as already stated above.

In addition, the price drop is also accompanied by a free 64GB microSD card. This is a great deal for fans who have been looking to own a unit of the Xperia XZ. If fans can remember, this is not the first time the device has received a price cut.

It is reported that the price slash and the MicroSD card deal is only available for the blue, black, and silver color variants of the device. Meanwhile, it is important to state that the Amazon listing of the Xperia XZ noted that only a few units of the device are currently available. Interested fans will need to grab the deal fast before it closes.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 And A Few Other Devices To Recieve August Security Patch

New reports reveal that Samsung Galaxy S5 and several other devices are currently receiving an August security patch. According to reports, Samsung is rolling out an August security patch for the three-year-old phone, and a few other devices. the security update will be completely rolled out sooner rather than later.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 And A Few Other Devices To Recieve August Security Patch

It is reported by GSMArena that the developer has already started rolling out the new update to its Galaxy S5 device. The report added that the August security patch arrives as version G900FXXS1CQH1. The memory weight of the new update is about 75MB.

In addition, reports have it that Samsung’s update for its Galaxy S5 is already hitting units of the device in Europe. The security patch is accompanied by Android security and other fixes for the month of August. It is reported that the developer is also rolling out the new security patch for AT&T’s Galaxy S6 smartphones series.

The update arrives as G890AUCS6DQH1, G925AUCS6EQH1, G920AUCS6EQH1, and G928AUCS4EQH1 for the S6 cctive, S6 edge, S6, and S6 edge+, respectively. it also arrives as version N6F27I for the Nexus 6 units on AT&T. Users who are yet to receive the update on their devices are advised to be patient as the roll out is still ongoing. The August security may completely roll out in the coming days.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launches Today: Device Rumoured To Cost £869 In The UK

Samsung is expected to launch its highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8 today, Wednesday, 23 August 2017. As fans already know, there have been lots of leaks and rumors about the new phablet. And now, just a few hours before the device is launched, it is being rumored that its UK price has leaked.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Launches Today: Device Rumoured To Cost £869 In The UK

According to a recent report by TechRadar, new leaks suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 will be accompanied by a lofty price tag. The report added that The Inquirer noted on its website that Carphone Warehouse has already listed the new phablet on its product page including the SIM free price for the United Kingdom. According to the website, the device will cost £869 in the United Kingdom.

Although reports have it that the latter has already removed the post from its website, many tech enthusiasts spotted and made a big deal out of it. It is believed that since the post could not withstand the public eye, there is a possibility that the cost is inaccurate. While there is no official update with regards to the pricing of the phablet, it is believed that the device will likely cost up to $950 or AU$1200.

However, there is no need to worry as much more will be brought into light when Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 8 later today at 8 AM PST, 11 AM EDT, and 4 PM BST. It is reported that a new report from Mobile Fun showcases the device in its final look.

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Amazon Cancels ‘Free’ Echo Dot

New reports reveal that Amazon has canceled the free Echo Dot. according to reports, the developer has concluded plans to cancel the free Echo Dot and has announced that the promotion is no longer in existence.

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This update did not seem very pleasing to many Echo Dot users, as the free Echo Dot promotion received a warm welcome among many Amazon fans. However, it will appear that the developer is not willing to take a different stand on this issue.

It is reported by Engadget that Amazon announced that it is canceling the zero-cost orders for the Echo Dot. The report added that the developer stated that the update informing customers about the free small smart speaker was a technical error

Meanwhile, other reports have revealed that fans who seized the opportunity after the surprise audible discount for the Echo Dot will not lose it all. This is because Amazon noted that it has resolved to give would-be buyers a $5 promotional credit.

Google Home Just Added Support For Free Spotify Streaming

Latest updates reveal that Google Home has added support for free Spotify streaming service. According to reports, Google announced that it has added support for free Spotify streaming service to its smart home device. This is an amazing update for Google Home users and it also shows the developer’s commitment to making users comfortable.

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Google Home Just Added Support For Free Spotify Streaming

It is reported by TechRadar that although the free version of Spotify still gives frugal listeners an array of music, it is amazing to know that paying an additional $9.99 (£9.99 or AU$11.99) every month will allow users to listen to unlimited music on any device. Meanwhile, the new update also states that Spotify noted that it is removing this barrier for Google home, thus making the service free for users.

The company announced that Google’s smart speaker users will now have the access to stream Spotify for free using either free or Premium account. It is believed that the new update is advantageous to Google Home against competitors including the Amazon Echo speakers that still require users to have a Premium account in order to play Spotify tunes.

Google Home users who are interested in activating Spotify on their smart speakers will have to link their Spotify accounts to the smart device through the Google Home app. After that, users will need to set Spotify as the primary music streaming service via the application. It is reported that once the process is complete, google home users will be able to use voice commands to control almost everything including starting Spotify, knowing what artist is playing and enjoying favorite hand-crafted jams.

Furthermore, the new feature is only supported for users in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United States and the United Kingdom. It is being reported that while Google Home users can now enjoy Spotify for free, the barrier of the ad-supported Spotify, which allows users to play music on radio-style is still existing. Google Home users will have to upgrade to Spotify premium to enjoy unlimited control over tunes.

Apple To Stream Movie Rentals Shortly After Theatrical Launch

New reports reveal that Apple will likely have access to stream movie rentals shortly after theater debuts. According to reports, streaming movies from services like Netflix and Hulu would no longer be the major option, as Apple is reportedly in negotiation to stream movie rentals shortly after theater debuts. This is an amazing news and if the reports are to be considered, it means that viewers will now have access to stream movies shortly after they hit theaters.

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Apple To Stream Movie Rentals Shortly After Theatrical Launch

However, it is reported that the services will be available for a price. According to TechRadar, distributors like Apple and Comcast in collaboration with other studios like Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures are currently in talks with movie theaters to negotiate the release of new movies few weeks after their theatrical launch.

Meanwhile, not much is known about the upcoming service as the companies are yet to reveal any official statement confirming rumors and updates. According to Engadget, the rentals, which are expected to be available roughly 17 days after their theatrical debut will cost viewers $50, but the cost will be reduced to $30 within four to six weeks after the offer is made. Negotiations are still ongoing and it is still not clear when the service will be available. However, the deal will reportedly be finalized early next year.

This is not the first time Apple has tried to get movies added to its iTunes library quickly after their theatrical launch, as it was also reported in the fall of last year that the company was working on a project of a similar nature.

Galaxy Note 8 Appears Briefly On Samsung’s Website Ahead Of Wednesday Launch

Samsung has unveiled the upcoming Galaxy Note 8 on its official website. According to reports, Samsung recently posted an image of the highly anticipated phablet on its official website. However, the phablet only appeared briefly on the site as the developer removed the post shortly after.

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Galaxy Note 8 Appears Briefly On Samsung’s Website Ahead Of Wednesday Launch

There have been lots of alleged leaks rumors about the device but it seems the developer has decided to make things official by unveiling the device on its own website. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to launch next week and the new teaser has confirmed lots of previous leaks and rumors about the device.

It is reported by TechRadar that the link to the new teaser now leads to a blank page confirming that the developer has pulled the post off its website. Although the post did not seem to confirm much that is not already known about the upcoming device, it is believed that fans will get to know more when the device launches on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the recent teaser of the upcoming note 8 showed the United States unlocked version of the phablet with the model number UZKAXAA. It is reported by Peoplenetv that the model number matches those used for the unlocked Galaxy S8 devices in the United States. This could mean that the unlocked version of the new phablet will likely be released at the same time as the carrier models.

If this speculation is to be considered, it means the developer will not follow the traditional method of launching unlocked versions few months after the launch of carrier models. Although the developer is yet to confirm this, it is reported that the launch of the two versions at the same time is highly probable.

Google Adds 30 New Languages To Its Speech Recognition Technology

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Google Adds Speech Recognition Support For 30 Additional Languages

Latest updates state that Google has added support for 30 additional languages to its speech recognition technology. According to reports, the technology giant recently announced that it is expanding its speech-to-text to include support 30 new languages and dialects across the globe.

This is said to be an amazing news as it will give more people from different parts of the world the ability to use and enjoy the service. This is especially an interesting update as it allows users to search and translate using their voices. It is reported by TechRadar that the Cloud Speech API can now convert words spoken by users into text for a total of 119 languages.

The report added that the 30 new languages include Azerbaijani (Azerbaijani), Gujarati (India), Javanese (Indonesia), Bengali (Bangladesh, India), Lao (Laos), Khmer (Cambodian), Nepali (Nepal) and Amharic (Ethiopia). Also in the list are, Armenian (Armenia), English (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania), Georgian (Georgia), Kannada (India), Marathi (India), Latvian (Latvia), and Sundanese (Indonesia).

Malayalam (India), Tamil (India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia), Urdu (Pakistan, India), Sinhala (Sri Lanka), Telugu (India), and Swahili (Tanzania, Kenya), according to Engadget. It is reported that the tech giant intends to incorporate support for the new languages on other applications including Gboard add-on and Google Translate. It is believed that this is a wise step as it will mean that the support for the new languages will be extended beyond speech recognition to include instant translation and voice search.

Furthermore, Google reportedly announced that it is augmenting voice dictation to support emojis over speech English users in the United States. If the new update is to be considered, this means users can get the emoji’s of their choice by simply saying something like “Angry emoji” to express their state of mind, thereby making it easier to access the emoji gallery. The company stated that it will expand its support to cover more languages in the future.

Google Pixel 2 To Arrive In October; Device Will Not Feature The 3.5mm Headphone Jack

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Google Pixel 2 To Arrive In October; Device Will Not Feature The 3.5mm Headphone Jack

There have been rumors, leaks and speculations swirling online about the upcoming Google Pixel 2 smartphone. Although various reports are suggesting that the smartphone will likely not arrive until later this year, fans are still eager to know what new specs and features the upcoming device will bring. However, recent leaks and rumors have now revealed that previous reports about the Pixel 2 smartphone may not be accurate.

According to reports, the upcoming smartphone would look different from what was previously leaked when it is launched. It is also reported by Digital Trends that the smartphone may not feature the 3.5mm headphone jack or thin bezels as seen in previous leaks. The Pixel 2 is expected to launch before the fall of 2017, most likely in October with a price tag that is befitting for a high-end flagship device. It is believed that the release date is speculated based on when the predecessors were launched last year.

However, other reports are suggesting a later release date for the upcoming smartphone. As already mentioned above, the Pixel 2 will likely be accompanied by a price tag that is loftier than that of its predecessors that were ($649 £599, AU$1,079) for the Pixel, and ($769 £719, AU$1,269) for the XL, according to TechRadar.

Interestingly, even with the cancellation of the Pixel 2 XL, it is being reported that the developer will likely launch three Pixel smartphones this year, the Pixel 2 inclusive. In place of the Pixel 2 XL, the developer has reportedly opted for a larger device codenamed the taimen with 5.99 inches display. The other two are codenamed “Muskie” (Pixel 2) and “Walleye” (Pixel 2 XL).

Other rumors suggest that the Google Pixel 2 may be launched with a curved OLED display. This report said to be somewhat accurate as Google has already reportedly placed an order for curved OLED displays with the LG Display Company. The device will also likely launch with a 5.6-inch 18:9 display paired with 2,560 x 1,312 resolution for Google Daydream.

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