Samsung’s Gear Sport and Gear IconX earbuds will be available for preorder starting tomorrow

Samsung has announced that the Gear Sport and its second-generation Gear IconX earbuds (also known as Gear IconX 2018) will be available for preorder starting October 13th.

Priced at $299.99, the Gear Sport comes in blue and black and will be available nationwide from October 27th through Samsung.com, Amazon, Best Buy, Macy’s, and U.S. Cellular.

The Gear IconX 2018 will come in black, gray, and pink, for $199.99 and will also be released nationwide on the same day through Samsung.com, Amazon, BestBuy.com, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular.

The Gear Sport features a 1.2-inch AMOLED display, a built-in GPS, and is waterproof (up to 50 meters) with the ability to track swimming times and your heart rate. That makes it useful for those who are constantly on their feet and need something a bit more durable. (Samsung says it’s “military-grade” durable.) It also features 4GB of internal memory, which will be useful since the watch is compatible with Spotify’s offline mode for those who want to listen to music but don’t want to take their phones with them when they’re working out. It’s also compatible with iOS, so Apple users who aren’t too keen on the Apple Watch can use this model with their iPhones, too.

The Gear IconX 2018 are cord-free earbuds and Samsung’s second generation of the line. They’ve got longer battery life than the original, with Samsung promising seven hours of listening in a standalone mode, or five hours if you’re streaming music. The charging case also holds one extra charge. The buds’ 4GB of storage roughly equates to 1,000 songs, and they’re Bluetooth enabled so you can make phone calls, too. For Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, and Note 8 smartphone users, you can control your music and phone by tapping the bud and using Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant. Samsung says the Gear IconX also features a built-in running coach that can track your running routines, which is pretty useful — though if you’re already wearing a fitness watch, it might be a bit superfluous.

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Google’s safeguard against rogue Android apps is now available

Google is acting on its promise to further guard your Android phoneagainst rogue apps. The company tells us that it’s rolling out its Play Protect home screen to every Android device running Google Mobile Services 11 or newer. If you see it (it’s in in the Google section of your settings, under Security), you’ll know that your device has scanned apps to make sure they’re clean. You probably won’t need to look at this page very often, but it’s there if you’re ever wondering whether a sketchy-sounding Play Store app poses a threat.

As for that Play Protect card in the Play Store app? For that, you’ll have to wait. It’s starting to roll out as we write this, but it’ll take it a while before you get this at-a-glance look at your app security. When it does hit, though, you’ll have frequent reminders that Google is keeping an eye on your apps. It’s not a surefire security method (especially if you tend to download apps from outside the Play Store), but it’s an improvement.

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Finally! SIM-Free, Unlocked Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Available

iPhone users who’d rather not be locked into a two year contract with a mobile carrier, rejoice. After a longer than usual wait, the unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can finally be purchased outright.

Apple recently made the unlocked versions of both devices available and they’re currently for sale on the Apple Store website.

Apple usually makes unlocked versions of its phones available within three to four months of the devices being released. This time, heavy demand for the the phones may have delayed release of the unlocked versions, 9to5mac.com speculates.

Apple introduced the latest version of its flagship mobile device, the iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 phablet, in Sept. 2014. And the company sold a record 10 million phones in its first weekend.

Right now, the unlocked iPhone 6 starts at $649 and the iPhone 6 Plus phablet has a $749 base price.

The starting price of the iPhone 6 brings 16GB of storage. More storage from the 64GB model costs $749 and the 128GB version sells for $849.

The base price on the iPhone 6 Plus gets you 16GB of storage. The 64GB model sells for $849 and the 128GB version has a $949 price tag on it.

An unlocked smartphone means the device is sold directly to consumers without an SIM card inside.

This allows buyers of the phone to choose from AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile or any other carrier they prefer.

Obviously, the unlocked version of any device carries the weight of the full cost initially.

Otherwise, new iPhones are usually purchased by users who will pay for the device over the course of their typical two year contract with a mobile carrier.

Those phones are pre-loaded with SIM cards specific to the carrier. Once someone buys an unlocked iPhone, all they need to do is insert a SIM card in the appropriate slot and turn on the phone.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, in the unlocked versions, will walk users through the activation process once they insert their new SIM card.

The iPhone 6 standard model features a 4.7-inch display with a high 1334-by-750 pixel resolution.

At the same time when iPhone 6 was introduced, Apple also unveiled, for the first time, a phablet version of the device. The iPhone 6 Plus features a larger 5.5-inch display and even more detailed 1920×1080 pixel resolution.

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OnePlus 2 Smartphone, Like Predecessor, is Available by Invite Only

OnePlus, the obscure smartphone company, is trying to trump the industry leaders once again with the sequel to its popular and exclusive debut device. The company has finally unveiled the OnePlus 2, which offers close to top-of-the-line specs at a mid-range smartphone price.

Like its predecessor, the OnePlus 2 will be available for purchase only with an invite.

Invites can be obtained from friends who have already purchased the phone or by participating in various contests and promotions. Though hopefully the company will avoid their past marketing mistakes like the “ladies first” campaign.

The OnePlus One did eventually become available to everyone a year after its release so it’s possible down the line the 2 will be as well. But for now the company has said they plan to keep the invitation system for the OnePlus 2 for the foreseeable future.

The specs for the OnePlus 2 look good, showing a fairly powerful phone for not a bad price.

There are two versions that will be available. The less expensive model offers 16GB of storage and 3GB RAM, coming with a price tag of $329. You can also pay more for 64GB of storage and 4GB RAM costing $389.

Both versions run the company’s Oxygen operating system, based on Android 5.1. The OnePlus 2 also boasts a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 1.8GHz Octa-core CPU.

And not usually seen in a smartphone, the OnePlus 2 includes a dedicated Adreno GPU.

The phone has a 5.5-inch LCD display and can capture 4K video. It has a 13-megapixel back facing sensor and 5-megapixel front facing camera.

When it comes to specs though, the company would rather customers didn’t focus on them. OnePlus says in its blog announcement:

“I see a lot of people excited about the specs of the OnePlus 2. That’s great, but a focus on specs will make you lose sense of what’s really important: the holistic product experience. A great product should make its users forget about specs.”

OnePlus 2 is carrier-unlocked, so you will have to check with your preferred carrier for connectivity. The phone does offer dual SIM capabilities, so you can connect to two different networks if you want.

The invite system for the OnePlus 2 is now live. If you are interested in getting your own invite you can find out more about it on the company’s invite page. OnePlus will also be hosting a number of pop-up events around the world on July 31. You can attend one near your to get a chance to demo the phone and possibly even score an invite.

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