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eBay selects Apple Pay as its first post-PayPal payment option


eBay is continuing its transition away from PayPal as the auction site’s primary payment-processing service by adding new ways to pay.

Apple Pay will be the first new payment service the site has added since spinning off PayPal a few years ago. EBay has continued to support PayPal, which manages transactions for users who select that option. However, eBay will start handling a limited number of transactions itself, starting in the U.S. and will offer Apple Pay as one of the payment options in those cases.

More about Shopping, Ebay, Apple Pay, Payments, and Online Shopping


Sprint splits its Unlimited Freedom plan into Basic and Plus tiers


As it’s merger with T-Mobile progresses, Sprint has decided to split its Unlimited Freedom plan into two new plans called Unlimited Basic and Unlimited Plus. The price of the Basic plan remains the same at $60 while the Plus plan will cost $70 if buying or leasing a phone from Sprint.  In a nutshell, it […]

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ZTE faces bleak future after US ban prevents it from making phones


ZTE faces bleak future after US ban prevents it from making phones  EngadgetZTE’s stopping all operations due to Denial Order from the US  Android CentralZTE Is No Longer Making Phones  Tom’s GuideFull coverage


What Does It Mean When Data is “Roaming?”

Data-Roaming-Featured.jpgIf you’ve poked around the inside of your phone’s settings for a while, you may have come across a setting called “data roaming.” If you enabled it, you might have seen a scary pop-up message saying that turning this option on may incur significant network charges. As far as explaining what data roaming is, however, phones typically don’t tell you what it’s used for. So, what is data roaming, and why would you enable it if it could incur these charges? What “Roaming” Is First, let’s tackle what it means when your phone is “roaming.” Roaming is when your phone leaves the range of… Read more

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10 Things to Do Before Installing the Galaxy S7 Oreo Update

10 Things to Do Before Installing the Galaxy S7 Oreo Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Android Oreo update is finally rolling out and it’ll pickup steam as we push through the month. With the update set to pickup steam, now is a great time for Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, and Galaxy S7 Active owners to start preparing for the upgrade.

Its been a long road to Oreo for Galaxy S7 users, but the end is in sight. Samsung said it was planning to get Android 8.0 Oreo out to the aging former flagship by mid-May and the company has delivered.

The long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S7 Oreo update is rolling out to users in the United Kingdom (those of you with an unlocked model or a model on Vodafone should be on the lookout) and we expect the software to expand to other regions in the near future.

As expected, the Galaxy S7 Oreo update is a big one. It requires a significant download (a little over 1GB) and it delivers a long list of changes to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. The Galaxy S7 Active Oreo update isn’t rolling out just yet, but we expect it to mirror the upgrade for the other two models.

Samsung’s Android Oreo update comes with changes to the user interface thanks to Samsung Experience 9.0, base level features like Autofill and improvements to notifications, the latest security patches, and an assortment of other tweaks, fixes, and enhancements.

And while the Galaxy S7 Oreo update went through testing behind the scenes, we do expect the new operating system to bring problems to some Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users. This is precisely why we recommend preparing yourself, and your device, for the upgrade while you wait.

In this guide we’ll take you through some steps to take before you install Samsung’s Oreo update on your Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge, or Galaxy S7 Active.

Check All Your Backups

Check All Your Backups

One of the first things you’ll want to do before your Android Oreo update arrives is a quick check of your various backups to make sure all of your files are safely stored away. 

Data loss issues aren’t as prevalent as they used to be, but they can still happen. And that’s why you’ll want to make sure all of your important data is safe before transitioning from Nougat to Oreo. 

If you don’t know where to start, you’ll want to use Samsung’s Smart Switch application. It’s a quick and easy to way to ensure all of your Galaxy S7’s data is stored away properly. 

The company’s Smart Switch app backs up your device’s SMS messages, home screen settings, Settings, call logs, applications, photos and videos, and documents. All of the important stuff. 

You can also use the company’s Samsung Cloud solution to backup the data on your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge.

To access Samsung Cloud, head into your device’s Settings > Cloud and Accounts. If you don’t have a Samsung account you’ll need to create one. 

You’ve also got a ton of third party services at your disposal. There are a bunch of options, but Super Backup & Restore is one to check out. 

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10 Things to Do Before Installing the Galaxy S7 Oreo Update is a post by Adam Mills from Gotta Be Mobile.

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T-Mobile and Sprint merger official: $26bn 5G combo

T-Mobile and Sprint have announced plans to merge, with the two US carriers combining for a concerted push into 5G. The deal, which has been rumored for some time though gained extra traction at the tail-end of last week, will see T-Mobile US CEO John Legere leading a new T-Mobile. The deal values Sprint at approximately $59 billion, and will … Continue reading


New Galaxy S9 and S9+ models might make early adopters cross

New Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ (or Galaxy S9 Plus, if you prefer), models are coming to Samsung online. These new models will sport expanded storage over their predecessors, coming with either 128GB or 256GB internal storage. Both models will be made exclusive to Samsung’s online store. In a nutshell The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones originally came with … Continue reading


The skills that every teen should learn before they ever get a cellphone


Being a teenager is like waking up every morning in a house of mirrors. You’re everywhere and nowhere at once, trying to pinpoint which version of yourself is the most authentic. 

For the past decade, teens have navigated this tumultuous period of their lives with a smartphone in their hand. We know the power of connectivity can be liberating, especially in adolescence. We also know how our craving for that connection often leaves us longing for more — incomplete without one more scroll or an extra like. 

What we don’t know yet is how that constant whiplash effect of moving from elation to despair or creative engagement to mindless distraction changes young minds. I’ve been writing about this subject for a year, studying the research that suggests a link between screen time and poorer mental health, talking to experts worried about the inevitable moral panic that comes with every new technology, exploring the positive aspects of being online, and even urging young people to reclaim their lives from the thrum of social media.  Read more…

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Everything You Need to Do on Your Phone Before Taking a Trip


Taking a trip away from home can be good for the body and soul, but it also means you’re going to be without the safety net of your home and office wi-fi, and might even involve piggybacking on a different data network and living through a different time zone. Your smartphone can adapt, if you know the right…

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Blu shows how good a $110 phone can be


Blu shows how good a $110 phone can be  The VergeBLU Vivo XL3 hands-on  Phone ArenaBLU Announces Its Newest Addition to the VIVO Series: VIVO XL3 and VIVO XL3 PLUS  PR Newswire (press release)Full coverage


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