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Study after study have shown the dangers of driving while distracted, something that has become a growing problem with the advent of smartphones. However, it used to be that making calls and firing off text messages were the biggest culprits. Not anymore. They're still responsible for distracting drivers, but so are smartphone apps, which led to the biggest increase in traffic related fatalities in 50 years in 2015. This year isn't looking much better. Just in the first six months of 2016, highway deaths tallied 17,775, a disheartening gain of 10.4 percent compared to the same six-month period... Read more...
If you thought Samsung was going to fold after its Galaxy Note7 debacle played out, you'd be partially right. As has been rumored for quite some time, Samsung has been hard at work on a new smartphone concept that would allow its users to fold it up to save on space. We're not talking flip-phones here, but a phone that literally folds up like a wallet, thanks to its bendable display. Now we have even more proof of this concept, as Samsung has filed a patent which shows rendered images - and, for the most part, it looks exactly as you'd expect: As seen in the render, the middle of the phone is essentially... Read more...
Google has started experimenting with a mobile-first approach to indexing webpages. The reason for change is because these days "most people" who search for something on Google are doing so on their mobile device. As things exist, Google's ranking system still looks at a desktop version of a page's content to evaluate its relevance to the user even though the mobile may see something different. "This can cause issues when the mobile page has less content than the desktop page because our algorithms are not evaluating the actual page that is seen by a mobile searcher," Google explains. "To make... Read more...
Following the debacle that was the Galaxy Note7, Samsung has a huge PR fire to put out, and looks towards a challenging future as it tries to regain trust with its customers. But given the sheer magnitude of its mobile recall, making people forget its past transgressions is going to prove quite the exercise. However, we are now find out one of the company's plans that could help get the public back on its side: infusing its Galaxy S8 with an incredibly powerful AI assistant. If this sounds familiar, it's probably because Google's Pixel features the same functionality - AI that's built into the... Read more...
To call the past couple of months "rough" for Samsung would be a huge understatement. When it became clear that its latest (and what was supposed to be greatest) smartphone, the Galaxy Note7, was exploding a little too often, some wondered if Samsung could recover from such bad publicity. Samsung would go on to recall the Galaxy Note7 before eventually pulling it off the market completely. Samsung, however, has one thing on its side that a lot of companies do not: it is massive. Some of the smaller smartphone vendors would have been wiped clean with an incident like this, but Samsung has its... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg is a big picture person. Being that way should not conflict with how investors buy and sell stock, though it often does in an era where knee jerk reactions in the stock market are commonplace. Case in point, Facebook tore it up in the third quarter, bringing in $7.01 billion in revenue, up a massive 56 percent from the $4.5 billion it collected in the same quarter a year ago. And it more than doubled its profit for the quarter, coming out ahead $2.38 billion after paying the bills, up 166 percent from $896 million year-over-year. So why is Facebook's share price down more than 5... Read more...
There's been no shortage of stories regarding Android security of the years, a fact that has worried some fans of the "openness" of the OS. Each new security story makes it seem more likely that the OS will become a little more locked-down, a la iOS. Well, that might not happen after all, because as it stands today, Google is confident that Android is just as secure as iOS. This was revealed at a security conference in New York last week, by Google's Director of Security for Android, Adrian Ludwig. He plainly states, "For almost all threat models, they [Android and iOS] are nearly identical in... Read more...
If you're in the market for a new tablet that also doubles as an e-reader, you may want to hold off for just a little bit. Rumors suggest Barnes & Noble will be releasing a new iteration of its NOOK Tablet in the very near future to battle in the low-end sector of the tablet market traditionally dominated by the Amazon Kindle Fire. According to the leaked specs, it seems certain that this NOOK, called Tablet 7, will not be that expensive. It is likely being used to help Barnes & Noble better compete against the likes of Amazon, which itself offers a meager-spec'd Fire tablet for a... Read more...
Has the smartwatch fad run its course? That's the question to ask as worldwide smartwatch sales fell off a cliff in the third quarter of 2016. According to market tracking firm International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone volumes reached just 2.7 million units this past quarter, down over 51 percent from the 5.6 million units shipped in the same quarter a year ago. IDC called it a "significant decline," though also pointed out that the third quarter of last year was the first time the Apple Watch enjoyed widespread retail availability following a limited online launch. The second generation... Read more...
Don't tell Xiaomi that smartphones must have bezels. If you do, the Chinese phone maker will respond, "Bezels? We ain't got not bezels? We don't need no bezels! I don't have to show you no stinkin' bezels!" For you young folk, that's a reference to a famous quote from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but back to the point, Xiaomi's Mi Mix smartphone is a bezel-free handset with a killer spec sheet. The interesting thing here is that the Mi Mix looks like a concept device and is even called a concept phone by Xiaomi, yet it has a release date that's just around the corner (November 4 in China)... Read more...
One of the many perks of working at a publication like HotHardware is that we get to attend a wide array of different technology-related events. GPU Tech Days, the Consumer Electronics Show, processor deep dives, smartphone launches -- you name it, and we're there. This Notebook Still Worked After Being Thrown Off The Boat Onto The Rocks Below... At many of these events we get hands-on time with the latest and greatest gadgets and components, sometimes in exotic locations, but there's typically a predictable cadence. Arrive, get situated, learn some new things, maybe have a bit of fun, and then... Read more...
Qualcomm today rolled out three new entry-level and mid-range Snapdragon System-on-Chips (SoCs), among them the Snapdragon 472, 626,and 653. All three are based on previous edition Snapdragon processors within their same respective series and boast several upgraded features, better performance, and improved charge times.The three new chips also bring a focus on connectivity. Each of the new Snapdragon parts feature an integrated Snapdragon X9 LTE modem with a Cat 7 downlink (300Mbps) and Cat 13 uplink (150Mbps), which Qualcomm says is engineered to achieve up to 50 percent faster upload speeds... Read more...
Ever since smartphones became a de facto communication medium in our lives, studies have been conducted to find out whether or not extended use of the devices is healthy. From a general standpoint, it's easy to understand how these phones can clutter our lives and leave folks occasionally ignoring everyone around them, but conversely, there's obviously myriad ways in which these devices can enhance our lives. In a recent study, there's proof of the pros and cons, and we're warned to consider the risks and help negate them. This particular study took a look at how families interacted with each other... Read more...
If you had to pay any overage fees to your carrier this year, you'll hopefully find some solace in the fact that you weren't alone. In fact, the amount of money the big carriers make from overages is staggering: $600 million. This information comes from a recent study conducted by NerdWallet, which doesn't just analyze the amount of money people are paying for their phone usage, but whether or not opting for a "protection plan" of sorts is even worth it. Both AT&T and Verizon offer plans that don't charge overages, but instead throttles the speed of the data after the limit has been reached.... Read more...
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