Category Archives for Phones

English teaching service VIPKID raises $200M and reportedly hits a $1.5B valuation

August 22, 2017
 VIPKID, an online English teaching tool, announced today that it has raised $200 million in financing. That financing round values the company at $1.5 billion, according to a report by Bloomberg. That wouldn’t just give VIPKID unicorn status — it also exposes a huge amount of demand there is in China and other countries as a tool to learn English from English speakers. VIPKID… Read More

Musical.ly’s redesign adds video recommendations, new user profiles

August 22, 2017
 Musical.ly, an app best known for its lip-syncing music videos, but which has more recently begun to air shows from Viacom, NBCU and Hearst, is today rolling out an overhaul of its mobile app that will put an increased emphasis on personalization and recommendations. Most notably, the update includes a new “similar musical.lys” feature that uses computer vision to figure out what… Read More

New wearable tracker can transmit vital signs from a soft, tiny package

August 22, 2017
 Body sensors have long been bulky, hard to wear, and obtrusive. Now they can be as thin as a Band-Aid and about as big as a coin. The new sensors, created by Kyung-In Jang, professor of robotics engineering at South Korea’s Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, and John A. Rogers, Northwestern University, consists of a silicone case that contains “50 components… Read More

WhatsApp adds text-based Status updates

August 21, 2017

WhatsApp has updated its Status feature to allow users to just post text-based updates for their friends to see. Instead of having a photo or video as your status, you can now just type text or insert a URL. Users will be able to customize the color of the font and the background.

WhatsApp Status was originally a feature where users only had text based status messages that would be visible next to their names in the contacts list. After Facebook caught the Snapchat Story bug and decided to add stories to everything, the humble WhatsApp Status feature was upgraded to have Instagram…

Huawei Mate 10 Pro to have bezel-less screen, Mate 10 sticking with traditional design

August 21, 2017

Huawei is unveiling the Mate 10 at an event in Munich on October 16, and the Chinese company has already outed the first video teaser for the upcoming device. We’ve heard a few things about it so far – for example, that it will be powered by the yet-unannounced Kirin 970 chipset, and that it would sport an EntireView Display (read: near-bezelless).

The latter isn’t looking so sure anymore, despite the company’s CEO practically confirming it already. A new rumor out of China today claims that only the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be adorned with such a bezel-killing panel, while the vanilla Mate…

AT&T’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ are being updated with August security patch, new features

August 21, 2017

Following in the footsteps of T-Mobile’s and Verizon’s versions, AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have started to receive software updates which enable Daydream VR functionality. These updates also bring with them the August security patches, making the S8 duo on AT&T current from that standpoint.

That’s not all though. Alongside the usual “stability updates” and “various other updates and improvements” (all unnamed as you’d expect), the phones are getting network performance enhancements, Wireless Priority Service, UX updates, navigation bar auto-hiding, and updates to Email, Calendar,…

What to expect from IFA 2017

August 21, 2017

IFA 2017 is right around the corner, and all the major players are there, prepping for big announcements and new releases.

Here’s one of our latest videos where Will sums up the most highly anticipated devices at the expo in Berlin, which will take place in about 10 days.

Before the IFA 2017 takes place, some of the phone makers already made their step. HMD Global finally announced the Nokia 8. It comes with a dual camera with ZEISS lens and 360-degree OZO audio for amazing surround sound. Other specs include 5.3″ LCD screen, Snapdragon 835 and a pure Android 7.1.

After the…

Huawei takes a dig at Samsung in latest IFA teaser

August 21, 2017

Huawei reminded on Twitter about its presence at IFA 2017 in Berlin, while dissing its rival Samsung. The Shenzhen company is going by the slogan “Do what matters” but scratches off “Bigger” in a GIF. The word itself is a part of Samsung’s slogan for the Galaxy Note8 announcement on August 23 “Do Bigger Things”.

It’s time to do what matters. Berlin, IFA 2017. #DoWhatYouWant pic.twitter.com/uD0fbjdgk3— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) August 22, 2017

Huawei promises to enable you to “Do what you want”, then shares the date and place for the announcement. The info is accompanied by the…

Google to bring the Chromebook Pixel back

August 21, 2017

It looks like Google is working on a successor to the Chromebook Pixel 2 and it could announce it at its Pixel 2 event this fall. The information was revealed to Android Police by a source close to Google.

Google pulled the plug on its Chromebook Pixel lineup at the beginning of this year despite rumors of it working on a Chromebook Pixel 3 running a Chrome OS and Android mashup called Andromeda.

That rumored convertible laptop was expected to rival the Apple Macbook directly with a 12.3-inch touch display with support for a Wacom stylus and a $799 price tag.

If such a device is…

Update for the OnePlus 3/3T brings security patch, removes Hangouts

August 21, 2017

OnePlus has issued an over the air update (OxygenOS 4.1.7) to the OnePlus 3 and 3T with the August security patch and some fixes and optimizations.

By request from Google the update will remove Hangouts from the core package in the case that it has never been updated so if you want to keep Hangouts on your OnePlus 3 or 3T you’d best update it on the Play Store prior to installing the update. Naturally you also get the chance to download it from the play store later on.

Here’s a full changelog:

Improvements:
Enhanced system fluidity
Bluetooth optimizations
Battery…

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