I’ve been seeing more than a few lucky Android users showing off their winnings across the interwebs after entering into the “Smoked By Windows Phone” challenge. The event, being held at your local Microsoft Store, is sponsored by The Hunger Games and if you think your Android device has what it takes to best a Windows Phone in a few challenges (admittedly, tailored to WP7 devices), you could walk away with a brand new laptop, free of charge. Just like this one fellow above. Contest rules say the challenge officially ends tonight at 10PM, but you’re going to want to call your local Microsoft Store ahead of time just to make sure (some stop accepting new challengers at 7PM). Good luck, Androids. Don’t fail us…
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An analytics firm has released a report that shows growth of the Pixel was astounding over the Black Friday weekend, with 112% more activations in this period than the four weeks before it.
A YouTuber by the name of Adam Jakowenko decided to hook up an Amazon Echo (the Dot variant, specifically) and a Google Home next to each other to see if they could talk to each other. Hilarity ensues.
Check Point, the security research team who has uncovered a lot of this stuff as of late, has discovered a new form of malware that they’re calling Gooligan. Everything you need to know is inside.
more_vertFitbit buys Pebble
We typically view acquisitions for small startups as great news, but for Pebble and their supposed buyout from Fitbit it might not be that happy of an ending. The original Kickstarter sensation is being bought out by Fitbit for anywhere between $34 to $40 million.
At $40, the Google Pixel Live Case is asking a lot from those looking to protect their smartphone in style. We’ve been using ours for a few weeks now and finally have a verdict.
more_vertBest Android Phones December 2016
As the year comes to a close, most of the Android phones for 2016 are out and available for folks to buy. The landscape of the current stable of Android phones won’t change much until the calendar turns, so if you are in need of a smartphone then now is the perfect time to buy one.
Want a new phone for the holidays? Verizon is offering several new flagships at $0 down if you bring in your current phone for trade. Check the list for exceptions.
Huawei is planning on launching the Mate 9 in the US, but it will have to deal with lack of brand recognition and accusations of cyber espionage before it becomes a major player in the US market.
more_vertCyber Monday deals
Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the 101 best Cyber Monday deals of 2016! Since there are only 24 hours in the day, we thought we’d save you hours of precious shopping time by compiling a list of the best smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, Chromebook, fitness tracker, smart TV, smart home and smartphone accessory deals …