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Last Build Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:18:23 +0000


Galaxy S8 Oreo fourth beta arrives with bad news for DeX

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:18:23 +0000

(image) As unofficially hinted by a Samsung customer representative, a fourth beta for Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ has officially arrived. While it still doesn’t clue us in on when the final, non-beta version will roll out to all users, it at least gives hope that things aren’t stalled on Samsung’s end. Indeed, the list of fixes … Continue reading(image)

Here are some more Galaxy S9 renders

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:29:20 +0000

(image) Unlike this year’s Samsung flagships, it seems that next year’s Galaxy S9 will be playing it safer. A lot safer. While it will obviously have most of the latest hardware, though not all, word on the rumor mill is that those will be all that the Galaxy S9 will have. That does seem to be now accepted fate, especially with … Continue reading(image)

Pokemon Go’s first Gen 3 Legendary appears but only for a month

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 02:26:52 +0000

(image) What started out as just 150 (technically 152) pocket monsters has now grown to nearly a thousand, give or take. Now imagine trying to re-implement all those in the real world. Definitely not an easy task. That is why AR game developers Niantic Labs has only been teasing bits and pieces of the entire Pokemon world in waves. The newest … Continue reading(image)

BlackBerry PRIV reaches end of life, no more monthly updates

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:08:55 +0000

(image) Time flies, as they say, whether you’re having fun or not. It’s almost incredible, and by that, we mean “unbelievable”, that BlackBerry’s first fully Android smartphone has already passed its second birthday. And yet that is exactly the case with the somewhat odd BlackBerry Priv and its sliding keyboard. Sadly, that second birthday is usually a death sentence for smartphones … Continue reading(image)

Google stops showing news sites that hide their country of origin

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:00:42 +0000

(image) Google has made a big change to its policies on news articles and websites, hoping to improve the odds in the ongoing war against “fake news.” Google News will no longer show results from publications that “misrepresent or conceal their country of origin,” or sites that are “directed at users in another country under false premises.” This means that websites … Continue reading(image)

Disney-Fox deal prompts antitrust criticism

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:00:17 +0000

(image) Big news was made last week when it was announced that Disney plans to buy almost all of 21st Century Fox for a whopping $54 billion. While it’s interesting to think of iconic properties like The Simpsons joining Star Wars in House of Mouse, and Marvel fans are likely excited at the potential for the X-Men and Deadpool to finally … Continue reading(image)

BlackBerry app store closing after 2019, BB10 gets two years of support

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:00:33 +0000

(image) While the BlackBerry name isn’t much more than an afterthought in the Android market, users might be surprised to hear that some of the company’s legacy mobile services are still around. Unfortunately for those still using them, BlackBerry has announced that they’ll be shutting down over the next two years, including the platform’s app store. Since it’s been two years … Continue reading(image)

iOS 11.2.1 jailbreak on iPhone X revealed by Alibaba researchers

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:00:05 +0000

(image) Last week, Apple released the iOS 11.2.1 update, addressing a number of software bugs for iPhone and iPad owners. However, only a few days later, security researchers have said they’ve managed to jailbreak the latest version of the operating system on an iPhone X. The researchers from Secure Pandora Labs, a part of Chinese company Alibaba, note that they were … Continue reading(image)

Chevrolet reveals first look at 2019 Silverado pickup

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:00:38 +0000

(image) The 2018 Detroit Auto Show doesn’t start until mid-January, but Chevrolet has decided to pull the wraps of its newest truck a bit early, offering an early peak at the 2019 Silverado. The all-new pickup was unveiled at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, and while technical details won’t be shared until next month, Chevy used the opportunity to highlight … Continue reading(image)

Latest Chrome beta includes option to mute autoplay videos

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:00:51 +0000

(image) Google first revealed a few months ago that the upcoming release of Chrome 64 would finally address one of the web’s worst trends: autoplaying videos and their abrupt sounds. Unfortunately, the final release for Chrome 64 still isn’t due until January, however the newly released beta for the browser’s upcoming version is available to download now, and include the option … Continue reading(image)

PUBG debuts replay feature ahead of 1.0 release

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:00:30 +0000

(image) A lot has been going on with the massively popular game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds this week, with the title coming to the Xbox One’s early access program on Tuesday, and the final retail release of the PC version just a few days away. The game’s test servers, where beta players can already take the version 1.0 release for a spin, also … Continue reading(image)

Google Maps now has public transit directions and notifications

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:00:05 +0000

(image) A small but useful update has been released for Google Maps, one that will be especially useful for those who rely on the app for directions via public transportation. The app now has a step-by-step navigation option when traveling on the train, subway, and bus, as well as notifications when the desired stop is approaching. The new features are now … Continue reading(image)

Google kills Project Tango in favor of ARCore

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:00:31 +0000

(image) While augmented reality technology has quickly turned into a big thing these days, Google has been experimenting with it as far back as 2014 with its Project Tango platform. Tango never quite took off, but it wasn’t a complete failure either, seeing release in several devices like Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro smartphone. As the requirements to support AR technology have … Continue reading(image)

Uber engaged in spying, hacking, and bribery, says ex-employee

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:00:56 +0000

(image) By now it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Uber relies on numerous shady practices, but as part of the ongoing lawsuit between the ride-hailing company and self-driving start-up Waymo over stolen technology, new evidence has been released that shows the lengths Uber has gone to in order to succeed. A 37-page letter written by a former employee has … Continue reading(image)

OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock review

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:45:31 +0000

(image) OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock

" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" />Like it or not, we’re still in the thick of a USB-C hate-storm. Most recently, a notable iOS developer slammed the most current iteration of the MacBook Pro in part for eliminating all but a few of the same kind of port. It’s a bold move by Apple and others, but one that hasn’t been widely lauded. But, for a … Continue reading(image)

Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 deals: $300 off, free charging pad, and more

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:37:16 +0000

(image) Still haven’t picked up one of Samsung’s latest and greatest Galaxy smartphones? There’s still time to get one of the phones before Christmas, and here with incentives is Best Buy with, among other things, a $300 discount. The deal offers the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones for $300 off if purchased for either the Verizon or … Continue reading(image)

iTunes Microsoft Store release delayed, Windows 10 S users left waiting

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:25:25 +0000

(image) Windows users have long had access to iTunes, and the availability is as simple to get as going to Apple’s website to download the software. Back in May, however, the companies announced that iTunes will be made available in the Microsoft Store — that is, in Microsoft’s online store for downloading apps. Why make it available there when users can … Continue reading(image)

Huawei MediaPad M5 name, specs leaked in certification docs

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:40:20 +0000

(image) A new Huawei tablet has leaked with the name MediaPad M5, making it the latest in the maker’s M-Series MediaPad lineup. Confirming a recent leak, but with a twist, the Bluetooth certification documents reveal that Huawei will be skipping the MediaPad M4 name and jumping straight to M5. The tablet is said to have the model numbers SHT-W09 and SHT-AL09. … Continue reading(image)

There’s bad Galaxy S9 news for CES 2018

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:50:05 +0000

(image) If you were hoping to get a look at Samsung’s upcoming flagship Galaxy phone during CES 2018 next month, we have some bad news. Sources claim Samsung will be showing off some of its phones at the event in January, as well as LG, but the showcase will involve “low-end” handsets. That will include the Samsung A8 and A8 Plus … Continue reading(image)

This Star Wars: The Last Jedi porg game is as addictive as Pokemon Go

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:05:40 +0000

(image) Arriving alongside the latest Star Wars movie is a new game called Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Porg Invasion. The game involves, you guessed it, a porg invasion against which the player must battle. The game has launched for both PC and mobile devices, and it also has its own Facebook Page, where you’ll find the link to play … Continue reading(image)

YouTube VR arrives on Steam, but users report major bugs

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:22:50 +0000

(image) YouTube just launched a virtual reality app for Steam, making it available to HTC Vive users. That’s good news, except that many of those users are reporting some pretty serious bugs, some of them so problematic that the app repeatedly crashes, making it unusable. This isn’t the first iteration of YouTube designed for virtual reality headsets. Google previously launched a … Continue reading(image)

Facebook warns against passively browsing your News Feed

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:37:30 +0000

(image) Facebook has once again faced sharp criticism over the potential negative effects social media can have on someone’s life, but this time it is back with more than a simple statement. The company has warned that passively browsing your News Feed could have a negative effect on your mood, citing research the found passive activities may lead to feeling bad … Continue reading(image)

Deezer SongCatcher is like Shazam, but better

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:31:26 +0000

(image) Earlier this week, Apple announced its intention to acquire Shazam. As some of you already know, Shazam is an app that allows you to identify songs you hear on the radio and in commercials by having it listen to the content in question. It seems like a pretty safe bet that we’ll see Apple integrate Shazam into Siri and Apple … Continue reading(image)

The Last Jedi: 10 easter eggs you may have missed in Star Wars VIII

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:13:24 +0000

(image) We’ve got a collection of 10 easter eggs from Star Wars: The Last Jedi for you today on premiere day for the movie. These items may be considered SPOILERS – so beware of what you’re getting into before you get too deep. If you’ve not yet seen the movie, TURN BACK NOW. The first easter egg won’t be too important, … Continue reading(image)

Tesla blamed for solar sales slide

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:53:06 +0000

(image) Home solar installations are down considerably in the US this year, according to a new report, marking the first decrease in years. The information comes from GTM Research’s US Solar Market Insight Executive Summary Q4 2017 report, which reveals that Q3 2017 saw a 51-percent year-on-year decrease in residential solar installations, a huge reversal of last year’s record numbers. According … Continue reading(image)

Xbox One X gets a tempting PUBG deal

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:45:06 +0000

(image) That PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is doing well on Xbox One isn’t really much of a shock. The game has become one of the most successful PC games of all time, so to hear Microsoft announce today that it has attracted more than 1 million players in its first 48 hours is just par for the course. It’s impressive, no doubt, but … Continue reading(image)

Apple Watch provides swimmers with radionavigation information

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:20:45 +0000

(image) The Apple Watch may soon tell swimmers where to go using radionavigation technology to pinpoint their location. This technology was patented this week by Apple in a document called “Radionavigation for swimmers.” This might well be the first use for a smartwatch – any smartwatch – that’s unique to a wearable device. Just a hint of this technology was revealed … Continue reading(image)

Facebook Snooze lands in time to avoid Star Wars spoilers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:56:18 +0000

(image) This is a big weekend for Star Wars fans. The Last Jedi launches in the US today, which means that the race is now on for those who would rather not be spoiled. Those fans need to see the movie as quickly as possible or risk running into spoilers on the internet, which are unsurprisingly everywhere. What if you can’t … Continue reading(image)

Pixel camera will soon see through unwanted objects

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:56:55 +0000

(image) Today Google is one step closer to allowing Pixel phone cameras to see through solid objects. Not hard walls, and not necessarily every single object in the world – but some of the most common objects, like photobombing fingers, and chain-link fences. Google spoke about this functionality at their developer conference Google IO in May of 2017, and have been … Continue reading(image)

Folding Microsoft Surface outed in new patent drawings

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:42:06 +0000

(image) For years now, rumors about foldable tablets and smartphones have been periodically springing up. Two of the companies that are usually at the heart of these rumors are Samsung and, more recently, Microsoft. We’re getting new reason to believe that Microsoft is working on some foldable devices of its own, and it revolves around a new patent filing that has … Continue reading(image)

This limited artist edition Galaxy Note has Tiger Style

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:52:13 +0000

(image) This week the folks at Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8 X 99 Avant Limited Edition. This version of the device was revealed as a limited edition of 99 units, making this one of, if not the rarest Galaxy Note in the world. This version of the device comes with its own unique icons, wallpapers, a subscription to a service … Continue reading(image)

AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:46:41 +0000

(image) After more than 20 years, AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead. We’ve known this day was coming for some time now – AOL originally announced its plans to shut down AIM back in October, but now the day has come. As of this morning, AIM has been shut down for good, so hopefully you got one last chat session in … Continue reading(image)

Renault debuts limited-edition Star Wars Zoe cars

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:01:12 +0000

(image) Renault has announced that it has some cool limited-edition Zoe EVs that it will be launching next spring. The limited-edition cars are Zoe Star Wars editions and pre-orders are going right now. The car has special Star Wars stickers on the outside that features the Millennium Falcon on the hood, roof, and trunk. On the inside of the car is … Continue reading(image)

Stop those annoying phantom traffic jams by not tailgating say researchers

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:29:10 +0000

(image) We have all been there, sitting in traffic for an hour only to finally get to where traffic is flowing again and realize there is no reason for the jam. A pair of researchers from the MIT Computer Scientists and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has recently shown that we could have fewer of these phantom traffic jams if we just … Continue reading(image)

A safe Galaxy S9 gives LG a huge opportunity in 2018

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:01:08 +0000

(image) As the Galaxy S9 approaches, you’d be forgiven for thinking smartphones in 2018 will be a battle between Samsung and Apple. Don’t count LG out of the game quite yet, mind. Even though the rumors around the Galaxy S9 have been far more plentiful than those detailing next year’s LG G7, that’s not to say 2018 won’t give “the other” … Continue reading(image)

Alibaba to sell cars from a vending machine that looks like a cat

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:20:38 +0000

(image) Alibaba is a big online retailer of all the things in China and the company is set to begin selling cars out of a vending machine building that has cat ears and eyes on it. Alibaba was talking about car vending machines back in August of this year, and is now closer to rolling them out. The vending machine sales … Continue reading(image)

GPD WIN 2 might fix almost everything wrong with the GPD WIN

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:17:06 +0000

(image) The GPD WIN was an interesting proposition. It was a gaming device that crammed Windows 10 in a handheld that seemed to mash together an NVIDIA SHIELD Portable, a BlackBerry’s QWERTY keyboard. As a Windows 10 computer, however, it was pretty much limited to the hardware available on the cheap at that time. It’s success, however, seems to have given … Continue reading(image)

Samsung Galaxy A8, LG K10 mid-range phones expected at CES 2018

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:19:43 +0000

(image) Although Samsung has more or less confirmed that the Galaxy S9 wouldn’t be making an appearance as early as CES 2018, that doesn’t mean it won’t have any phone to show next month. It might, instead, simply show off a new phone for that who want the same look but for less. Less hardware, that is. In a similar fashion, … Continue reading(image)

Here’s what’s coming to the Essential phone in the future

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:21:40 +0000

(image) One of the benefits of not being a giant company is that you are able to move a bit faster and are less bogged downy be legacy considerations. Especially when you’re a small smartphone OEM carrying a nearly pure Android phone. That said, that agility may also cause such smaller companies to make bold promises, just like how Essential is … Continue reading(image)

Synaptics in-screen fingerprint scanner to debut in Vivo

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:29:37 +0000

(image) Human Interface Device (HID) expert Synaptics might be grasping at straws to salvage what it can from its much-delayed in-display fingerprint sensor. It recently announced that the sensor, the Clear ID FS9500, has gone into mass production with one of the five Tier 1 smartphone makers in the world. Not leaving much time for a guessing game, Synaptics has finally … Continue reading(image)