Snapchat has just added a useful new feature that butts heads with Google Assistant and other AI helpers on your phone. I never would’ve expected Snapchat to try and tackle that kind of market, but today we’re getting Context Cards in our Snaps. Context Cards display information about whatever Snap you’re viewing using information from […]
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Microsoft announced today two new apps that help expand the company’s presence on operating system platforms outside the Windows ecosystem. Based on the descriptions provided for the new Microsoft Edge for iOS/Android and Microsoft Launcher, the company is working hard to make the user experience more seamless and continuous regardless of the screen a user […]
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Samsung announced today a new option for consumers interested in a “life safety” solution for the home that combines security components, the ability to create a home automation system, and monitoring backed by and provided by ADT. The new Samsung SmartThings ADT system is described as the “safest, easiest, and most flexible DIY security and […]
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At their annual conference covering the intersection between design and technology, Google announced this year’s winners of the Material Design Awards during SPAN Pittsburgh. This is the third year for the annual awards and Google decided to change things up a bit by opening nominations to the public. After receiving “hundreds of submissions” Google reviewed […]
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At IFA 2017, Huawei announced the next generation in their series of Kirin processors used in mobile devices, the Kirin 970. According to Huawei, the Kirin 970 is infused with AI technology on-board. In his speech revealing the new chip, Huawei CEO Richard Yu says the new Kirin 970 is a big piece of the […]
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Alcatel has taken the wraps off a pair of new phones at IFA this year, both of which sit squarely in the budget category of the market. The Idol 5 and A7 both aim to offer a solid device with a few neat tricks, all without breaking the bank. The Idol 5 is the more […]
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Sony has taken the wraps off a set of new Android smartphones, both of which are running the latest and greatest Android Oreo. Meet the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. Both devices feature a slight redesign of Sony’s typical smartphone design language, but you’ll still recognize it from a distance almost immediately. What Sony wants […]
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Anonymous trolls may have a slightly harder time starting rumors and spreading gossip, particularly around college campuses, now that popular messaging app Yik Yak has announced its shuttering.
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If you happen to own an activity tracker, you probably know that the companies producing them are careful to disclaim the accuracy of the devices. Despite this, companies producing the devices have been hit with the occasional lawsuit because the data the devices provide are not “medical” grade or quality. For a company like Verily, […]
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Smartphone maker Nokia (by way of HMD Global) will relaunch the famed 3310 at a February event in Barcelona, Spain. The durable, long-lasting smartphone is expected to retail for the equivalent of $ 62.
Tobii, the firm beyond the incredible infrared eye-tracking tech in Huawei’s Honor Magic phone and Dell’s Alienware laptops, is looking to the future. Its 2017 plans involve virtual reality, gaming, and mobile devices.
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HTC debuted two new handsets in its mid-range lineup this morning: the Desire 10 Pro and the Desire 10 Lifestyle. Both are bound for European, Asian, and Middle East markets overseas.
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Xiaomi’s taken the wraps off the Mi VR Play, a smartphone-powered headset made of stretchable Lycra material. It’s available to select “beta testers” now, with general availability to follow in the future.
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T-Mobile is expanding their Music Freedom and Binge On products with new services and in the process, T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere has some pointed words for the competition. Music Freedom and Binge On are T-Mobile’s solutions for streaming music and video, respectively, that does not count against a user’s data limits. With the addition of new content providers today, T-Mobile now has over 100 services that are streaming across their wireless network without counting against user’s data.
Even though T-Mobile may not be counting music and video streaming over these services against user plans, they still track the traffic. According to T-Mobile and Legere, customers have streamed 90 billion songs, over 190 million hours of video, and a combined 350 petabytes of high-speed data thanks to Music Freedom and Binge On.
On the Music Freedom service, T-Mobile is adding Amazon Music, Chilltrax, ESPN Radio, OHIO.FM, PreDanz and Uforia to the list of eligible services. This brings the total number of services over 40 and according to T-Mobile, covers 96% of all music streamed over the network. Binge On gets several new additions including Dailymotion, EPIS, OVGuide, OWNZONES, Viki, YipTV, 120 Sports, Nickelodeon, Spike TV and TV Land, bringing the total number of video services to over 60 covering more than 70% of video traffic on the T-Mobile network.
Legere, in a video released in conjunction with this announcement, also addressed competitors like Verizon and AT&T. In particular, he spoke about data that gets carried over from month to month if unused. Legere points out that T-Mobile gives users a year to make use of that data while the competition only provides one or two months before recovering the available data from customer accounts. Legere also addresses some of the controversy regarding video stream quality and claims in his comments that users are wasting bandwidth on high definition data on small screens, a claim he thinks is supported by news about Netflix downgrading video streams to only 360p.
Check out Legere’s comments in the video below and then hit the source link if you want additional details about these Uncarrier changes.
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MWC 2016 will begin on Monday, but apparently ARCHOS can’t wait that long. The company just announced two new smartphones called the Diamond 2 Note and Diamond 2 Plus, both which feature some high-end specs.
The Diamond 2 Note, not the Diamond Note 2, is the larger of the duo at 6-inches. The display is of IPS LCD and has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 good for QHD. The recently launched MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 processor is powering the device along with 3GB of RAM. On the back is a 16MP camera, and on the front is a lower-resolution 8MP camera. On the outside, the Diamond 2 Note features a metal design that is very pleasant to the eye.
The Diamond 2 Plus packs a smaller 5.5-inch display with a Full HD resolution. This is also an IPS LCD panel. This device runs an octa-core MediaTek MT6755 processor with 4GB of RAM. The back houses a 20.7MP camera from Sony, and the front houses an 8MP shooter. Both sides have their own flash. Like the Diamond 2 Note, the design is made of metal. However, this one contains a fingerprint scanner just below the rear camera lens. 64GB of internal memory is onboard and so is a USB Type-C port for charging, unlike the Diamond 2 Note which has a microUSB port.
Both devices run Marshmallow and will be showcased next week. Both phones will be priced in the $ 200 range at launch, which is scheduled for May.
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If you are looking for a messaging platform that can provide end-to-end encryption from a variety of platforms, you may want to check out LINE. The messaging client is receiving a new security feature called Letter Sealing that enables users to apply encryption on messages sent from the desktop as well as on the mobile client on both Android and iOS. LINE claims they are the first provider to offer this level of security combined with flexiblity to end users.
The Letter Sealing feature uses a key that is only available on user devices, not on a central server. This makes messages “technically impossible” to be cracked according to LINE. Initially Letter Sealing will be available for all chat sessions and for Location Sharing. However, LINE plans to expand the encryption to other features provided by their platform in the future.
LINE says Letter Sealing joins other security features of their app like Hidden Chat, time limited messaging, and a Passcode Lock to offer users a high level of security. You can get LINE from the Google Play Store using the link below. To take advantage of the new Letter Sealing feature, the app needs to be updated to at least version 5.3.0.
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Apple has announced it has sold more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, a new record, just three days after launch. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in more than 40 additional countries beginning October 9 including Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and Taiwan. The new iPhones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of the year. “Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”
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Elon Musk’s aerospace manufacturer SpaceX recently announced it plans to launch its massive Falcon Heavy rocket in either late April or early May of 2016.
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Samsung’s released an updated Tizen SDK for the new Gear S2, and alongside it announced new apps from Nike, ESPN, and others. The development kit supports standalone functionality and features like the Gear S2’s unique bezel.
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Founded by two ex-Googlers, Nextbit has announced its first commercial product, the NextBit Robin. An Android smartphone with a major difference, the ability to download apps onto the cloud when you’re not using them.
Sprint has announced it’s moving away from carrier subsidies. As part of the new strategy, it unveiled iPhone Forever, a new smartphone leasing option for new and existing customers.
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Apple today announced OS X El Capitan, a new version of OS X that refines the Mac experience and improves system performance. Building on last year’s release of OS X Yosemite, El Capitan introduces enhancements to window management, built-in apps, and Spotlight search, and makes everyday activities faster and more responsive. Metal, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, is integrated into El Capitan, delivering systemwide performance gains and enabling games and pro apps to tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors. “OS X delivers unparalleled integration between Mac hardware, iOS devices, apps, and online services, and has helped Mac sales outpace the PC industry every year for the last decade,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Customers loved last year’s landmark OS X Yosemite release and made it the fastest-adopted PC operating system ever. With El Capitan, we’re further refining the Mac experience with enhancements to window management, Spotlight, and built-in apps, and improving performance so everyday activities — from launching apps to accessing email — are faster and more responsive.”
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Apple today unveiled an all-new News app delivering the best news reading experience on any mobile device. Available with iOS 9 this fall for iPhone and iPad, News combines the visually rich layout of a magazine with the immediacy and customization of digital media. News follows over a million topics and pulls relevant stories based on your specific interests that can be easily shared or saved for later. News is powered by the new custom-designed Apple News Format, a digital publishing format that allows publishers to create beautiful layouts. “News seamlessly delivers the articles you want to read in a beautiful and uncluttered format, while respecting your privacy, because Apple doesn’t share your personal data,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We already have nearly 20 publishers representing more than 50 titles joining us, including Condé Nast, ESPN, The New York Times, Hearst, Time Inc., CNN, and Bloomberg.”
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Apple today announced that ResearchKit, a software framework designed for medical and health research, is now available. Medical researchers will be able to use ResearchKit to develop their own apps, and developers can also contribute new research modules to the open source framework. “We are delighted and encouraged by the response to ResearchKit from the medical and research community and the participants contributing to medical research. Studies that historically attracted a few hundred participants are now attracting participants in the tens of thousands,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “Medical researchers all over the world are actively exploring how ResearchKit can help them study even more diseases, and we believe the impact on global understanding of health and wellness will be profound.”
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Apple today announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China, including a new multiyear project with World Wildlife Fund to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China. The new program aims to protect as much as 1 million acres of responsibly managed working forests that provide fiber for pulp, paper, and wood products. “Forests, like energy, can be renewable resources,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives. “We believe we can run on naturally renewable resources and ensure that we protect — and create — as much sustainable working forest as needed to produce the virgin paper in our product packaging.” Apple also announced its intent to expand its industry-leading renewable energy projects to manufacturing facilities in China.
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