Why fingerprint gestures should become the norm for all smartphones

March 27, 2017

Last year, alongside the great influx of smartphones equipped with fingerprint scanners in all price ranges, a new trend emerged in the Android world, which, albeit on a small-scale still, is something that should turn into a mainstay of all smartphones.

The ever increasing screen sizes necessitate an alternative to the current input method — that is, tapping a touchscreen — that facilitates the user experience by making it easier to reach certain areas, and perform actions on a large display, without having to reach unnecessarily far or use a second hand.

2016 …

One of the best Bluetooth speakers gets a huge price cut, dropping to the lowest price we have seen

March 27, 2017

If you are looking for a lightweight and extremely portable Bluetooth player with excellent battery life, the LG UE Roll 2 is among the best you can get: the tiny hockey-puck-like speaker features a catchy design, large buttons, battery percentage status read-outs, and most importantly a great sound quality and battery life.
The LG UE Roll 2 normally retails for $100, but you can now get it for nearly half its original price.
At just $55, the Purple version of the UE Roll 2 represents the best deal we have seen on …

Truecaller announces a massive update: SMS inbox, Duo integration, and payment system coming to the app

March 27, 2017

Truecaller, one of the few hugely successful dialer apps, just announced a massive update to its services. Today, version 8.0 of the app was unveiled from the venue of the company’s first annual “Stay Ahead” event in India.

The Truemessenger app, which used to be a standalone product, will be completely integrated in Truecaller 8.0. This way, you won’t need a separate install on your phone to identify unknown SMS and block spam or adverts. Flash messaging support is also added, allowing users to send pre-defined messages with information such as location, emojis …

Samsung to offer free wireless speaker with purchase of Galaxy S8 in some countries

March 27, 2017
Samsung will formally announce its new flagships for the first half of the year, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, tomorrow, March 29. Both are supposed to go on pre-order on the same day, though the information hasn’t been confirmed yet.

However, it looks like we already know how much they will cost since at least one European carrier listed the phones on its online store. Apparently, if you plan on getting either of the two smartphones, you’ll have to come up with €815 for the Galaxy S8 or €925 for its big brother.

The good news is Samsung has teamed up with some carriers and retailers to …

Tesla’s solar roof tiles will be available to order starting in April

March 23, 2017
 The Tesla solar roof tiles the company unveiled last year, which look like regular roof tiles and yet have roughly equivalent efficiency of traditional solar power gathering cells, will be up for order starting in April, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. These are a key step in Tesla’s combined vision for its solar energy generation and storage business, along with its electric… Read More

Zero Motorcycles CTO Abe Askenazi on the future of two-wheeled EVs

March 22, 2017
 Electric cars and buses have already begun to take over the world, but the motorcycle industry has been much slower to put out all-electric and hybrid models. TechCrunch recently caught up with Zero Motorcycles CTO Abe Askenazi, who has been in the motorcycle industry for about two decades, to get his take on what could make electric motorcycles the first choice for riders. Read More

CALA’s app fits designer clothing to your body using iPhone photos

March 22, 2017
 A new startup called CALA aims to make it easier for new designers to break into the fashion business by offering everything needed to run their e-commerce operations – from production to delivery. In addition, CALA’s new mobile app where this apparel is sold is upending the traditional way garment sizes are created and fitted by way of 3D body scanning technology. The result… Read More

Super Mario Run hits Android, rolls out version two on iOS

March 22, 2017
 Super Mario Run hit Android a day early. Originally expected today, March 23, per Nintendo’s earlier announcement, the game arrived on the Google Play Store yesterday instead, along with an update on iOS. The iOS exclusive ran for three months, and brought the app over 78 million downloads, the gaming company said during its earnings in January. Of those players, more than five… Read More

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