Google Assistant coming to the iPhone, new AI features to be unveiled at I/O 2017

May 15, 2017

Google is planning to bring the fast and accurate Google Assistant, a rival to Apple’s Siri, to the iPhone at the company’s Google I/O press conference that kicks off on Wednesday, May 17th. And not just to iPhones: the Google Assistant is expected to get introduced as a stand-alone application that you can get on the App Store, and that will work on all sorts of iOS devices. We have seen an earlier report about this possibility from Android Police, and now Bloomberg with its inside sources confirms this and adds a few important details.
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iPhone 7 Plus snaps ‘magical’ photos in Portrait Mode for Apple’s latest ‘Barbers’ ad

May 15, 2017

After it released ‘The City’ ad at the beginning of this month, promoting the Portrait Mode feature on iPhone 7 Plus, Apple has now launched another video that focuses on the handset’s dual-camera capabilities. And why wouldn’t it? Portrait Mode allows even the biggest of photography amateurs to capture fantastic shots, with smoothly blurred backgrounds and sharp, crispy foreground objects.

The latest video ad, called ‘Barbers’, takes the iPhone 7 Plus into a classic, retro-looking American barbershop. …

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May 15, 2017
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Deal: Pre-order the HTC U11 for just $599, $50 less that its regular price

May 15, 2017

It’s been just a few hours since the official announcement of HTC’s new flagship, the U11, and we’re already starting to see the promos start trickling in. Where other manufacturers would shove a pre-order bonus or two for early adopters, HTC chose the much simpler strategy of just shaving off $50 instead, provided you know the correct promo code.

While the discount itself isn’t listed anywhere on the device’s page, entering the code LOVEU11 (Edit: ONLY4U11 and JUST4U11 seem to work as well) at checkout from HTC’s own web store will let you get the brand-new …

Asus ZenFone 3 Max (or Deluxe) is getting Android 7.1.1 update

Asus has started pushing out the Android 7.1.1 update to either ZenFone 3 Max or ZenFone 3 Deluxe. The reason for the confusing is the update-announcement headline says ZenFone 3 Max (ZC553KL), while details mention ZenFone 3 Deluxe (ZS550KL) as the device getting the update.

Anyway, the release notes only mention that the update comes arrives as version 14.0200.1704.119, but provide no specifics on what’s actually included in it. So we’d guess there are no chances outside of the ones brought by the new Android version.

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Samsung sued for ‘misappropriated’ VR technology in Gear headset

May 15, 2017

A District Court in Dallas received a claim form on May 12th, coming from ZeniMax Media, stating that Samsung had unlawfully used some of the former’s patented VR tech in the Gear VR headsets. It’s only a first instance claim at this point, but it does have potential to generate millions in damages, should the court establish that the Korean company benefited from Zeni’s VR concepts.

The base of the claim, as per court documentation, refers to ZeniMax Media’s dispute with Oculus VR in 2012, where the judgement ordered Oculus to pay $500m in damages to Zeni, for violating …

Symphony, a messaging app backed by Wall St, gets $63M at a $1B+ valuation

 Symphony, a secure messaging app that counts 15 of the world’s biggest banks among its investors and 200,000 paying customers, has raised a new tranche of funding to fuel its expansion into new markets. Symphony has closed in on $63 million; and according to sources close to the company, the startup is now valued at over $1 billion — confirming our reporting from December. Read More

HTC U11 gets a brand new UltraPixel 3 camera: here is what has changed

May 15, 2017

The HTC UltraPixel branding has been around for quite some time now – since 2013, to be exact, when it made its debut on the striking HTC One. It was an unorthodox approach, to say the least, relying on less megapixels, but greater pixel size to supposedly deliver better photos. Alas, the first generation of UltraPixel cameras failed to impress, and it wasn’t until the HTC 10’s launch when the company finally delivered a flagship phone with a flagship-worthy camera. That phone introduced the second generation of HTC’s UltraPixel tech, which struck a much better balance …