Nobody wants to deal with spam or scam calls.

T-Mobile’s patent-pending scam detection tech, dubbed Scam ID and Scam Block, is making its way downmarket to its prepaid subsidiary MetroPCS. Unveiled earlier this year, Scam ID is something T-Mobile has been working on in conjunction with the FCC to hopefully curb scam calls on its network — that is, illegitimate unsolicited calls coming in hoping to take advantage of those who could be tricked by certain social engineering attacks.

Though only a small percentage of these scam calls are successful in the end, the best way to fix this issue is to stop them from connecting to T-Mobile (and now MetroPCS) customers at all. T-Mobile says it has already blocked nearly 250 million scam calls in just the few months since launching the tech on its network. Doing so isn’t particularly easy, as these scammers often use phone numbers just once before moving on to avoid detection, and change their tactics regularly.



Best of all, MetroPCS customers won’t have to pay extra or configure anything — starting July 25, Scam ID will be automatically turned on at the network level for all customers. If for whatever reason you’d like to turn off the feature, you can dial #OFB# (#632#) to turn it off, or #STS# (#787#) to check its status, on your MetroPCS phone.

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Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with a great deal on the unlocked Moto G4 Plus!

Is your current phone aging poorly but you don’t have a ton of cash to drop on a new one? If so, you’ll want to check out B&H’s Deal Zone today for a sweet offer on the 4th-gen Moto G4 Plus, dropping the price to just $199.99 This is a $100 savings on the unlocked phone and brings it to its lowest price yet.

Featuring a 5.5-inch display, the Moto G4 Plus also offers 64GB of internal storage, 4GB of RAM, a 16MP rear-facing camera and much more. It is also water repellent so it can withstand minor splashes and spills without any issue. This price is only good for the black version of the phone, and the white one is $30 more.

This deal is only good for today, July 24, so you won’t want to wait too long to get your order in. Remember, B&H Photo doesn’t charge sales tax at the time of purchase on orders shipping outside of NJ or NY, and you’ll also get free standard shipping.

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Leaked photos and answers from a person holding the unreleased phone tell us most of what we wanted to know.

If you wondering about the details surrounding the coming Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, buckle in because here’s most everything you could want to know about it. A user in the AC Forums has an AT&T Samsung Galaxy S8 Active and posted some photos and answered some questions, only to go back and delete much of the information. (Android Police was able to snag most of the photos beforehand).

Once something is posted to the internet, you can never erase it. Here’s a gallery of Galaxy S8 Active photos and a excerpt from a Q&A series of posts:

  • How did you get the S8 Active? I’m guessing it’s for AT&T only?

    • Connection with Samsung. Poster goes on to confirm his unit is SIM-locked to AT&T
  • Does it scratch easily? Does screen have plastic layer on top?
    • No it doesn’t scratch easily. No plastic layer.
  • Is the active button still there or is it replaced with Bixby? Is the Active/Bixby button customizable for shortcuts?
    • only bixby button. 6 no customization
  • What are the materials made of? (Metal bezels, rubberized plastic back?)
    • Metal frame, bumpers feel like metal polymer mkx that’s screwed into the sides. Middle of back feels like last year’s.
  • How thick is it compared to regular S8?
    • it’s about 1.5x thick at the normal s8.
  • How slim are the bezels?
    • The bezels aren’t thin at all. I’ll post a pic.
  • Is the display 100% flat, meaning easier to install screen protector? (None of that 2.5d glass curve?)
    • Yes screen is completely flat.
  • Price?
    • No answer given.
  • Any underwater camera features?
    • No underwater mode that I can see, it’s the exact same camera software as on my s8+.

The full thread available in the AC Forums

The poster continues for a few more posts and tells us that the phone has a 4,000mAh battery and all the buttons and various ports and holes in the case are in an identical spot to the Galaxy S8+. Unfortunately(?) the lack of physical/capacitive front buttons rumored earlier has is confirmed by these photos.

We knew the Galaxy S8 Active was coming eventually, and the phone in this leak holds no surprises. Expect a phone with identical specs to the Galaxy S8, with a flat screen and a more rugged case. Which, frankly, sounds perfect.

Update: A series of screen captures of a now-deleted video are available at We’ve saved them in case they get lost and you can find them below.

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With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 8‘s launch date, we break down all of the latest rumors and what we think Samsung needs to do to knock it out of the park. Looking back at three months with the Galaxy S8 gives us some perspective as well. We also have some quick takes on Google Play Protect, Android O’s Bluetooth improvements and YouTube’s strong-handed new filtering of some search results.

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Recording and sharing your Gear VR gameplay is easier than you think.

So you’ve got your Gear VR, and you’ve been enjoying the games and apps you can access on it. The time has come to get your friends excited about VR, and share these awesome experiences. You might not know how to record your Gear VR gameplay so that you can share it online or with friends directly.

Well, we’ve got good news for you. There is a super easy way to record your gameplay and it’s baked right into the Gear VR. Unlike recording gameplay on Google Cardboard you won’t need to download any apps or use anything other than your Gear VR.

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It’s the 21st century, why the heck are you still using traditional flame lighters? Electricity-generated plasma beams are much hotter and cleaner than a butane flame, plus it’s also windproof and splash proof so you’ll be able to get something lit no matter the weather.

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If this sounds like an amazing invention, you’re going to love this deal from Android Central Digital Offers! You can get a Saberlight Rechargeable Plasma Lighter for just $15.95, that’s 84% off the regular price of $100.

This lighter is TSA approved and includes a built-in rechargeable li-ion battery and a microusb charging cable. You can get up to 300 uses on a fully charged lighter, and like we said it’s way healthier and safer than a traditional butane lighter. Looking to double down and buy one for yourself and a second for a friend? Check out this two-pack for just $29.99 and save 85%!

This deal won’t last for long, so make sure to get yours today!

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The comments are yours to use as you will. Almost.

It’s the best day of the week of all the days of the week once again. Saturday is the first day of the weekend that’s not the last day. Time to relax, at least a little bit. And if you’re working through the weekend, hopefully your days off are just as great as a Saturday.

Use this down time to get ready for the Galaxy Note 8. That’s what we’re doing, but everything we’re doing right about now is getting ready for the Note 8. Because it’s coming in just a month.

This Note is going to be a tad different from the past releases. It’s either the best Note ever or the worst, depending on what you’re looking for. Samsung has to play things a little safe this time and I don’t expect anything crazy or innovative is going to debut here. Why? Because of the Note 7.

That damn Bixby button though.

Look, Samsung doesn’t have to prove to me (or most of us) that they can build a perfect phone. One that works exactly as advertised, with no surprises. But they still have to do it. And I think the Note 8 will be that “perfect” phone that is exactly what they wanted it to be when it lands on a shelf at the Verizon store. They are going to nail it.

Half of us want a bigger version of the S8 with small upgrades like more memory and dual-cameras. The other half wants to see something completely new because Samsung is pretty good at completely new. I think the second half may be a little disappointed this year. But look at it this way — a “perfect” Note 8 means they have a ton of money and time to make a crazy-idea find it’s way into the Note 9.

So take a minute and talk about it. Or talk about something else if you’re not into the Note 8. Comments are wide open for anything and nothing is off-topic (but please care about each other just a little bit).

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Qualcomm’s patents and their usage fees have many up in arms and are at the center of a big legal mess.

Around the web, you’ll find plenty of things written about Qualcomm. Most of it is news about its latest products, or reviews of the same products but you’ll also see a new trend of … distaste for Qualcomm. Most of the time there is no back story given about why. So that’s what we’re going to talk about in a non-lawyerly way and with no full disclosure on the standards-essential patents fees or any royalty caps. If you’re reading and happen to know patent law, please feel free to correct the “internet wisdom” at play here in the comments so we all can benefit.

Qualcomm makes great stuff

Qualcomm has done some amazing things to move mobile forward. Its Snapdragon platform blends processing power, graphics rendering and network connectivity together in a way that’s better than anything else you can buy off the shelf, especially if you’re in North America. Qualcomm’s products don’t need to have the best CPU (they aren’t), the best GPU (same, not even) or the best wireless radios (they do, though) as long as the complete package is better than anyone else’s complete package. And Qualcomm’s packages are just better than the competitions.

Qualcomm’s networking technology is unmatched.

Qualcomm’s networking technology — including things like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as well as LTE — is a must for any mobile device in North America. Not only because it’s great, but because patented technology is needed to properly connect to this generation of robust LTE networks, as well as the next generation. Qualcomm invented a lot of this stuff. And like any other company, they patented it.

Since you need to use this technology to properly connect to the latest networks, the patents are labeled as fair-use. Some rules go with that, mostly about who can use them (anyone) and what they should cost. Here’s where things go south, because the way Qualcomm is charging for this technology has some other companies up in arms. And rightfully so.

Fees and royalties need to be fair

Qualcomm prices the use of their tech differently for people who buy a complete Snapdragon package than they do for a company who just wants the network patents. This isn’t unheard of, and it’s a fine way to sell your products: use our stuff and you don’t pay extra for our other stuff. But some companies think Qualcomm is charging too much and are unhappy with the way Qualcomm is charging for these fair-use patents on their own. Most notably, Apple, who has started an action in court to have this addressed.

More: Qualcomm: Unfair, unreasonable, and discriminatory and why Apple needs to win (

Qualcomm is said to charge between five and seven percent of the total retail price as its FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, And Non-Discriminatory) terms for every device sold using their patented tech. There are two issues with this — the exact same tech in a $700 phone costs more than it does in a $400 phone, and as prices for other components rise or more expensive materials are used for things like camera glass or displays, Qualcomm earns more money. Many feel this is exorbitant and doesn’t follow the FRAND rules.

A company deserves to be paid only for the things they created.

For Apple, this means it is paying a lot more to license a network patent in a 256GB iPhone 7 Plus than it is for a 32GB iPhone 7. Even though the technology is exactly the same. Apple feels like Qualcomm should not be allowed to profit from anything it didn’t create. I think this is a valid complaint, and something needs addressed. I’m no fan of Apple or Qualcomm and think both companies make great products they want us to buy. But they need to do so fairly.

The fees themselves are also said to just be too high. If you’re Samsung, number one you’re rich as hell and can afford to buy anything from anyone when it comes to fair-use tech. But you did not get rich as hell by buying things that cut into the profit margin of a product. This is why Galaxy phones in the U.S. and Canada now use Snapdragon processors. It’s a lot cheaper to build a phone with a Snapdragon SoC for sale in North America than it is to sell one with Samsung’s own in-house Exynos SoC using Qualcomm’s patented tech.

No profit left for the manufacturers

Things get worse if you’re not Apple or Qualcomm. Not every company can afford to give 7% of the total price to Qualcomm, because they simply don’t have the profit margin. Apple and Samsung have a fairly high profit built into the price of every device. Rumors suggest this is about 20% for Samsung and about 35% for Apple. While a 7% cut would be more than just a nuisance at those margins, it’s a deathblow for companies who are only making 10% profit on each device.

Many companies simply can’t afford a 7% cut into their profit margin.

Without mentioning any names, more than one company has stopped selling devices in the US or stopped making phone altogether because they can’t afford to make a phone that works great everywhere in North America, or works on Verizon and Sprint at all. You need Qualcomm’s technology to do either, and using Snapdragon isn’t an option in these cases. These companies simply didn’t have 7% per device to pay, so they don’t make a product that uses the tech. Qualcomm essentially has used what are supposed to be fair-use patents to push these companies out of the market.

My take

Again, I want to stress that I am not a lawyer. I would make a horrible lawyer because I would spend my time thinking of how an algorithm could replace a judge. But I do have an understanding of how standards-essential patents and FRAND is supposed to work, and access to the same industry whispers that anyone in my profession will hear.

Qualcomm certainly deserves both praise and money for what they’ve done with network technology. It’s stupendous. But when a company creates something that is so good it becomes part of an industry standard, it has to be fair in the ways its usage is licensed. I’m one of the people who think Qualcomm isn’t playing very fair when it comes to these very specific patents.

As much as I hate to see two companies fighting in a courtroom over who gets the pennies from my pocket, I still feel this needs addressed by the persons designated to address it.

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What are the best multiplayer VR games?

One of the best aspects of virtual reality is sharing the experience with friends, whether online or right in your living room. No matter the VR system you’re using, these are the best multiplayer titles available now.

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Hackers pose a serious threat, not only to individuals but also to large corporations. There are vast security structures in place to keep hackers out, but without testing that security, there’s no way to know whether it will hold up. That’s where ethical hackers come in.

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Ethical hackers are employed to test security systems, and the better they are at hacking, the better they are at their job. In order to become a successful ethical hacker, you really need to know what you’re doing, and the training required is usually quite extensive and expensive.

Right now, however, Android Central Digital Offers has a deal on a Super-Sized Ethical Hacking bundle. Instead of paying the regular price of $1,080, you’ll pay just $43. That’s 96 percent off the regular price!

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If you’ve been thinking about making the internet a safer place by exposing its vulnerabilities, this is the bundle for you. Ethical hacking is a lucrative career, and this bundle has everything needed for a strong start. Don’t wait too long; this deal doesn’t last forever.

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