Author: <span class="vcard">Michael Simon</span>

Essential Phone PH-1 review: Sorry, even limited-edition colors won’t make it less terrible

When Essential launched its inaugural handset, the PH-1, the hype was off the charts. Essential touted the edge-to-edge design, modular magnetic accessories, and near-stock home screen and apps. The only problem was the phone didn’t live up to any o……


Top FBI, CIA, and NSA officials all agree: Stay away from Huawei phones

In the age of fake news, collusion, coercion, and bots, the heads of all three U.S. intelligence agencies all agree on one thing: don’t buy Huawei phones.CBS News is reporting that FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and Directo……


Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors: ‘3D emoji’ may challenge iPhone X Animoji

It might seem like the Galaxy S8 just arrived, but we’re already looking ahead to the S9. Samsung blew us away with the Infinity Display and all-glass design of the S8. Expectations are high for S9, as the highly anticipated smartphone sets the stag……


Android P rumor suggests Google’s Pixel 3 could have an iPhone X-style notch

Now that Google makes its own phones, Android updates often contain clues about what to expect in the next model. We may have just gotten a huge one about what to expect in the Pixel 3: a camera notch.Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reports that one of the ……


Apple confirms iOS source code leak, but downplays it as old and outdated

The source code the the heavily-guarded iOS iBoot system has leaked on GitHub, bringing with it a major headache for Apple….


iOS source code leak could be the worst Apple’s ever had to deal with

The source code the the heavily-guarded iOS iBoot system has leaked on GitHub, bringing with it a major headache for Apple….


How tighter ties between Google and Nest can bring new value to the Google Tax

Google announced yesterday that Nest will no longer be a standalone division of parent company Alphabet. Instead, the team that makes luxury smart home gadgets will live under the Google umbrella in an effort to tighten the integration between the g……


HomePod review roundup: ‘Room filling,’ ‘best-in-class’ sound, but Siri is ’embarrassingly inadequate’

The first HomePod reviews are in, and while it excels as a speaker, its smarts leave much to be desired….


Honor 7X review: The most phone you can get for under $200

In an age when smartphones are pushing the $1,000 barrier, the $200 Honor 7X is a standout. It ticks off almost all the boxes of a 2018 handset—18:9 Full HD screen, skinny bezels, a sleek, all-metal design, and a dual camera. The only thing it’s mis……


Mario Kart is coming to your phone, but don’t start your engines just yet

After announcing its best quarterly results in nearly a decade, Nintendo took to Twitter to announce that its beloved Mario Kart franchise will be making the jump from consoles to mobile phones, but before you get too excited, there’s a catch: The w……