OPPO R7 Plus-8

OPPO is working hard to move up in the world of tech, and its latest devices truly show it. The OPPO R7, R7 Plus, R7 Lite and Mirror 5 are all great choices, but the family is welcoming a new member come October 18th.

oppo-r7s-flyerThe manufacturer has revealed a new handset is to be unveiled at Dubai’s GITEX (Gulf Information Technology Exhibition) come next Sunday. It is said to go under the OPPO R7s moniker and will improve upon current devices by featuring “a bigger display, a larger screen and double the storage space of the R7”.  All of this while keeping the same awesome metal build  and camera.

Not much else of the device is revealed, but previous rumors have suggested the phone will come with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front shooter and a whopping 4100 mAh battery. That sounds like quite an amazing smartphone, but keep in mind these specs come from rumors alone. You shouldn’t hold your breath on them.

OPPO is also taking the chance to tell us they will be going all out at this event. There will be advertising on their partnership with FC Barcelona, as well as all their current devices, including the R7s.

What do you guys think? Are any of you interested in a phone like the OPPO R7s? Big screens, large batteries and more storage… doesn’t sound bad at all!

Pepsi Japan

Pepsi has various products and promotions around the world, such as this curiosity I caught last night here in Tokyo.

PepsiCo may have a brand value of $19 billion, though seemingly none of that comes from smartphone sales. That may be about to change, as the world’s 29th most valuable company has just confirmed rumors of a new business plan that will be unveiled on October 20th. The products? Smartphones and accessories.

One of the new offerings, presumably the first to be announced, will be the Pepsi P1 according to a recent leak. The phone will include a 5.5-inch FHD display, a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front facing camera. It will include a 3000mAh battery, be 7.7mm thick, run on Android 5.1, and retail for just $205.


According to Reuters, Pepsi isn’t actually making the devices. Instead, the beverage giant will license its branding for use on an otherwise “template” piece of hardware from a partner company. “Available in China only, this effort is similar to recent globally licensed Pepsi products which include apparel and accessories,” said a Pepsi spokesperson.

For reference, this is a similar approach to what VAIO Corporation did earlier this year when it launched the VAIO Phone, as well as what Nokia did with its Android tablet.

What do you think? Could Pepsi have some real potential for those specs at that price point, or is the product marred by the corporate beverage branding? Let us know your thoughts below.



How important is privacy to you? Those who really care about it will pay a hefty amount of money to keep all their communications safe. That is the audience ARCHOS and Sikur are betting on with their GranitePhone, a privacy-focused handset they unveiled at MWC, this year.

These companies are now celebrating the announcement of the GranitePhone’s availability, as you can go directly to the official website and pre-order the device. In a similar manner to most previous security-focused mobile devices, this smartphone won’t come cheap – it is worth a mighty $849!

What is it that makes this phone special and will drive you away from other very powerful handsets at around the same price? It sure isn’t the specs, as the GranitePhone definitely lacks on that department. It’s more of a mid-end smartphone in terms of power, packing a Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a 5-inch 1080p display.


I am not saying it’s a bad phone either, as it will probably run pretty well. It’s just that comparable devices like the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, ASUS ZenFone 2 and even the Moto G can offer similar performance for under $250.

This phone is not exactly for those looking to have the best “bang for your buck”. Instead, it harnesses the power of Granite OS, its Android-based operating system, to encrypt your calls, contacts, messages, chat, dashboard and more. It encompasses privacy at its fullest, applying multiple layers of protection. Of course, the device also takes advantage of Sikur applications to provide users with secure cloud storage solutions.


Surely, this might be a good solution for those who can truly appreciate a secure phone, but times are changing and even these types of devices are getting more fair with their prices. One of the GranitePhone’s biggest competitors will be the Turing Phone. Turing’s alternative starts at $610 and sports much more powerful specs.

We will have to wait and see how well ARCHOS and Sikur can sell this bad boy. If interested, you can always head over to the GranitePhone website and pre-order your own smartphone. Are any of you signing up for one?

Buy the GranitePhone!

clear app data and clear app cache
There were a ton of changes made in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Some were huge and obvious and others not so much. One of the things that changed in Marshmallow is how the Application section of the Settings menu works. It’s subtle, but all of the functionality is still there with some new stuff added in. In this quick tutorial, we’ll show you how to clear app data and clear app cache in Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Clear app data and clear app cache

Here is how the process works. You’ll notice that most of it is the same as prior versions of Android with just a slight addition at the end:

  1. Open the Settings menu either through your notification shade (drop-down) or through the Settings app in your app drawer.
  2. Navigate down to “Apps”. This may be renamed to something like Applications or Application Manager in OEM skinned versions of Android 6.0.
  3. Once in there, click on an application.
  4. You’ll now see a list of stuff that gives you information about the app, including Storage, Permissions, Memory Use, and more. These are all clickable items. You’ll want to click on Storage.
  5. You should now clearly see the Clear Data and Clear Cache buttons for the application.
  6. Done!

Android M Easter Egg-4See also: Enable multi-window mode in Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a bit of tinkering15

Like we said, all of the functionality is still there but now it’s all cleaned up a bit and placed in different parts of the menu. While you’re there, you can also alter permissions in the Permissions section, see the app’s data use and (if applicable) access the app’s internal settings for data use, and even change the notifications and whether or not the app opens anything by default.

That’s about it. It’s still very to do and it really only requires going one more step down into the menu system to find the same old stuff we’ve always had.

In what seems to be an extremely uncharacteristic move, Pepsi is rumoured to be making an Android smartphone, with a 5.5-inch screen and a $200 asking price. Read more…


Earlier this year when the mysterious Axon Phone was announced, it sparked a sensation-of-sorts as interested consumers tried to deduce how such an impressive “newcomer” could appear. As time passed, it became clear that ZTE was behind the device. Earlier today, the Chinese OEM held a media event to offer some insight into the new brand strategy it has in store: the Axon line is truly committed to producing premium devices aimed at the consummate connoisseur.

Adam Zeng, CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices, explained that “devices in our ZTE AXON product lines are designed entirely with consumers in mind and to be the nerve center of everything they do…Our high-end flagship strategy is now in full swing and we believe we have all of the ingredients to become a leading consumer electronics brand globally.”

The Axon Mini

While the tech-world is actively discussing the merits or lack-thereof for Apple’s 3D Touch, the AXON mini, first unveiled in July 2015, was actually the first smartphone announced to offer such technology, beating even Huawei’s Mate S. The device features a FHD 5.2-inch AMOLED 2.5D curved-edge screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 Octa-Core SoC with Adreno 405 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, and a 2800mAh battery. MicroSD support up to 128GB cards is included. Three color options will be available: Ion Gold, Chromium Silver and Rose Gold.

Perhaps even more impressive are the extended spec-related details, as they truly provide some unprecedented premium performance on such a small-sized product: The device will be just 3.5mm thin and 70mm wide, with bezels of 0.85mm. The rear camera has phase-detection auto focus (PDAF) which will allow users to focus on their subject in just 0.1 seconds. The front camera has a 5P aspherical lens. The device supports dual microphones with an AKM4961 Hi-Fi audio chipset that provides 32-bit High Fidelity audio and superior sound recording. The body is constructed from Boeing 787 aircraft-grade aluminum-titanium alloy.


The Axon (left) and Axon Mini (right).

Also highlighted is the device’s voice search functionality that “can be activated within 1.2 seconds…[and] comes with voice translation support for English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean, offering real-time voice translation.” The Mini supports fingerprint authentication as well as eye-scanning and voice-recognition for use with biometric security verification.

For those interested in basketball, there will be an NBA variant that features alternative design options and includes NBA-related images and services.

In China, the phone will be available from ZTE’s online store, from JD.com, and at major retailers. In the next few months, the device will also be released in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Russia, Japan, India, Australia, France, Germany, Turkey, Spain and Italy. Curiously no mention is given of the United States or Canada, perhaps suggesting that ZTE will announce the product at a separate event.

The Ion Gold and Chromium Silver models will retail for $379, however the Rose Gold variant will cost $399. Also mentioned, though no details were specified, is a “Mini Premium” which will land at $439. Given that the source specifically refers to the Mini NBA as such, it is unclear what this apparent third option will entail exactly.

Axon Watch


Also unveiled in July 2015 was the Axon Watch which will go on sale in China starting October 27th from ZTE’s online store, MyZTE. The wearable features a 1.4-inch Gorilla Glass screen with sapphire coating. It features 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage, a 300mAh battery, and Bluetooth 4.1. As the product was developed in conjunction with Tencent, and thus supports Tencent OS rather than Android Wear. As such, both QQ and WeChat are integrated with the device.

No pricing was specified for the Axon Watch.

Axon Max

Axon Max Yesky

While the BusinessWire source report currently lacks details about the Axon Max, alternative sources have specified that it will contain a 6-inch QHD display, the Snapdragon 810 SoC, and feature 4GB of RAM. Based on the specs for both the standard Axon Phone and the Axon Mini, it can be assumed the Max will also include Hi-Fi audio along with the other bells and whistles.

No release date or pricing information was given, however it would make sense for ZTE to try and release the device within the next few months or else risk being ignored in favor of devices that will ship in 2016 with the Snapdragon 820 SoC.


With the pending release of the Axon Mini, ZTE stands at an almost unchallenged position for petite, rivaled to an extent only by Sony’s Xperia Z5 Compact. The phone has a solid price tag, some truly jaw-dropping specs, and retains the signature look of the Axon line. ZTE appears to be quite serious in its efforts to not only reshape the way in which the world-at-large perceives it, but to go toe-to-toe with even the top-tier titans of the mobile industry.

It will be very interesting to spend some hands-on time with with Axon Mini and see if it can live up to the impressive spec sheet ZTE has put forth. What about you? Interested? Leave us your thoughts below!


Uber is known as one of the safest forms of private transportation, but even the innovative service can have its dangers. I like to take a look at the website WhosDrivingYou.com, where there’s a comprehensive list of incidents many of us Uber users would rather not look at. It seems now the team can add a new incident, but this is not your usual occurrence.

Dashawn-Terrell-CochranDashawn Terrell Cochran robbed a store in Parkville, Maryland. Armed with a gun and a bottle of Tylenol, he came up to the register and requested that the cashier give him all the cash. But there are two parts to a robbery: the actual theft… and the part where you get away with what you stole!

You will need some kind of getaway vehicle. And since this guy had none, he did what many of us would do when trying to get from point A to point B – he took an Uber!

Dashawn was caught by the authorities soon after he got on the back of the Lexus vehicle. But the odd part is that he wasn’t alone. The police mentioned a driver and another passenger were aboard, but they seem to be unrelated to the crime and had no idea who the robber was.

Cochran was charged with armed robbery, first degree assault, second degree assault and theft.

This just goes to show that not even Uber is completely safe. Try to take your precautions and always be safe! It’s not good to get too comfortable with any service, even one as safe as Uber. Have any of you been witness to any Uber horror stories? I personally haven’t. And the drivers are always pretty awesome folks!

Uber Technologies Inc. signage stands inside the company's office prior to Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, speaking in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, March 24, 2014. Rubio addressed the need to adapt antiquated government regulations to increase economic opportunities for the 21st century and outdated regulations limit consumer choice. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Chances are many of you are not really taking full advantage of what the Google Search app can offer. Google is great for finding random information and local businesses, but its capabilities extend far beyond simple searches. One can control applications, set calendar entries, send messages, initiate calls, start navigation, turn on the flashlight and more!

In an effort to further demonstrate how resourceful Google Search and Google Now can be, the Mountain View tech giant has just released a trio of fun videos. These display real-life situations in which Google Search can be a life saver. Let’s take a look at them!

Pretty neat, right? I happen to be a fan of these ads. They are very personal and show everyday struggles we have all found ourselves in.

Are any of you guys using these unconventional features? Google Search is getting quite complex in Android devices. More recently the Search Giant integrated Twitter posts, the ability to find your phone via Search and a new service that connects you to home service workers.

In which other interesting ways do you guys use Google Search? I have to say I am not the best user when it comes to this app. I mostly use it for random searches and do everything else manually.

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There’s very few things we don’t know about the BlackBerry Priv, but it is also true the phone is like some kind of rare holy grail. Not many have laid eyes on it, directly, and even fewer have managed to get a detailed hands-on with it (I guess it’s that secure!). Needless to say we jumped out of our seats and started digging for whatever new or unknown information a recently published hands-on post may present to us.

The article comes from website derStandard.at, which managed to get the inside scoop on the device and somehow obtained a pre-production model before others. In essence, there isn’t much new information here. Most of the specs, characteristics and software details we already knew. What makes this coverage special is the information which pertains to the actual handling of the handset; build quality, dimensions, how the phone feels in your hand, etc.

Two-handed beast

One of the first things the writer mentions is that the phone is seemingly too large for any type of one-handed usage. Such is to be expected… I mean, this is a 5.4-inch screen smartphone, after all. And because it’s not exactly the thinnest phone around, it makes it a bit harder to wield.


A bit on the display

There wasn’t much about the display, but the little that was said seems pretty promising. The writer compares it to the LG G4‘s screen, with “vivid colors and good contrast”. He also makes mention of a feature that displays battery levels on the curved side of the screen, but it seems this capability hasn’t been applied yet. It’s probably something that will be around with the consumer version.

Build quality

According to derStandard, the phone is not exactly the most premium one around, but it makes up for this in comfort and functionality. The back is made of a rubbery material that makes it feel rather cheap, something you can get past once you feel that security of getting a good grip on the phone.


We can’t ignore that keyboard, right? It’s what had many of us praying for a BlackBerry Android smartphone, and now that it’s coming we have high expectations. The reviewer confirms the keyboard is definitely solid, and the slider mechanism seems to work smoothly. He does have one complaint; though it’s very easy to recognize the keys by touch, accidental presses are common due to the buttons’ sensitivity.


Underwhelming performance?

This is a part that may have some of us scratching our heads. While BlackBerry is not really skimping out on specs, it seems performance is not up to par with current generation flagships.

Not that the phone is slow – it actually seems to work rather well. It just seems to have stutters here and there, something that shouldn’t really be the case considering the specs. Antutu gives it a score of about 46,000, which puts it up there with the HTC One M8 and OnePlus One.

Those phones are not bad, but they are also previous generation smartphones. To our relief, this may be due to lack of optimizations. Let’s hope the finalized version does better. In short: it’s “powerful, but with lags”.


So this is one of the parts most of us have been wondering about. BlackBerry handsets are not really known for their camera quality. Is this the case for the almighty Priv?


While the camera was good, it didn’t leave an overwhelming impression. It works best under direct sunlight, as it goes with most other smartphones. It’s said to provide “good detail and realistic colors”. The shutter gets significantly slower once light starts dimming, though.


Those are about the only new details we could get from the hands-on coverage. Overall, the phone doesn’t seem to impress people very much once they try it. Or at least that’s the way it seems for now. With this in mind, we must really consider if we want to purchase a BlackBerry Priv or not.

Who is this phone for? I suppose the main lure is its physical keyboard and secure elements. Are those factors enough to have you buy into the BlackBerry craze?

Apple News

The News app in iOS 9 is officially available only in a handful of places, but you can still access stories when you’re traveling abroad… unless you’re visiting China, that is. A New York Times source understands that Apple has completely disabled News access in China, preventing you from reading anything new even if you’re using one of the country’s few uncensored connections on a US device. Apple hasn’t commented on why it’s switching things off, but the theory is that it would rather turn off News access altogether than deal with the many hassles of censoring individual sources and articles.

Source: New York Times

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