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Yesterday Chinese company LeEco assembled the global media to announce a barrage of new products destined for the US market, and signaled its intention to take on Apple, Samsung, Google, Amazon, Tesla, Netflix, and Disney all at once. The company is largely unknown here in the US, so it wanted everyone to know what it’s all about, what kind of products it makes, its philosophy, and so forth.At the event the company’s spokespeople announced a slew or products including Android smartphones designed to compete with the Google Pixel as well as a range of smart TVs, a high-tech bicycle, a VR headset,... 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...
Although most of us would prefer to own all of the latest and greatest smartphones, there are plenty of us who don’t need all of the power and features today’s top phones have to offer. In addition, the high price tags on today's flagship phones presents a barrier for many. For casual smartphone users, there isn’t enough to gain by spending many hundreds of dollars more on a high end phone versus a more modest (and budget-friendly) model. It is for these reasons that Moto created the Moto G4 Play. As the third member of the new Moto G family, the Moto G4 Play is designed for fundamental smartphone... 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...
It's almost hard to fathom that bad news surrounding Samsung's ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 still continues to emerge. While the Korean electronics giant sticks to its claim that there is currently no major issue with regard to the safety of customers that own the device, it's becoming increasingly difficult to believe. Last week, we reported that a replacement Note 7 exploded on a Southwest aircraft, which followed other reported incidents. In addition, a few days ago, AT&T began to ponder if it should pull the model from its shelves entirely. Now we have yet another alarming story, of a Kentucky... Read more...
We would understand it if you were not a fan of curved smartphones, or displays that can bend; both are niche, and are not going to cater to the masses. Sharp has just shown off a new type of display, however, and it seems a lot more people should be able to get behind it. Imagine a smartphone with real curved corners. Have a poor imagination? Don't fret; just take a look at the image below: Thanks to Sharp's "Free-Form Display" technology, which allows device makers to customize the display to any shape they need, curved corners as seen here is no problem at all. The specific concept is called... Read more...
This past June, Lenovo invited select press to an event in San Francisco where the company unveiled two upcoming products: Phab2 Pro, and Moto Z. We took a look at the (seriously awesome) Moto Z a couple of months ago, and now, we have the Phab2 Pro to look forward to next month. We'd understand it if you felt a little bored of mobile releases lately, because there's just so many of them, and it's sometimes hard to figure out the true differences between one model and another. But Phab2 Pro is worth your attention, as it will become the first commercially-available phone built on Google's Tango... Read more...
Following the bombing that occurred in New York's Chelsea district a couple of weeks ago, local law enforcement did something unprecedented: it sent out an alert message to everyone on local mobile networks. For a few million people, this was a capability that they didn't know was even possible. In the message seen below, law enforcement encouraged those in the area to keep an eye out for the alleged (and since charged) bomber. It's hard to argue against a feature like this. It has some real usefulness, and while this particular message wasn't what necessarily helped police nail down the bomber,... Read more...
Are you miffed that the latest iPhone doesn't have a dedicated 1/8" audio jack? Well, Apple likely won't be alone, as other smartphone OEMs may be looking to ditch the venerable headphone jack in order to take advantage of audio over USB-C. This week, the USB-IF (Implementers Forum) announced "USB Audio over USB Type-C", and it's touting it for much the same reasons that Apple does with its latest iPhone. USB-IF expects this standard to be used for headsets, mobile devices, docking stations, gaming setups, VR solutions, and more. Notebooks are not mentioned, but it seems certain they'll... Read more...
Security firm Cellebrite made headlines earlier this year when its services were employed by the FBI to help break into the phone of the San Bernardino shooter. Cellebrite recently invited a bunch of UK press to an event to show off what it's capable of.Equipped with an outdated smartphone, BBC reporter Rory Cellan-Jones went off for a half an hour, password-protected the device, and took pictures -- basically using the phone normally. You can see where this is going. Despite the password, Cellebrite plugged the phone into a bulky tablet, and after a few taps, the phone's security was disabled.... Read more...
Samsung has had to deal with one heck of a headache following the launch of its top-end Galaxy Note7 smartphone. From lost property to a global recall, the whole ordeal has, without question, tarnished Samsung's otherwise impeccable reputation for quality devices. Yesterday, we wrote that roughly half of all Note7s sold in the US have been returned, and that 90% of those who've returned a defective device were pleased to receive a new replacement in exchange, and were sticking with the phone.Unfortunately, as it now appears, it seems that some of the replacement devices are also acting up... Read more...
The sky is most certainly falling over Samsung headquarters in the wake of reports that its hottest new smartphone, the Galaxy Note7, might actually be too hot to handle, literally. Samsung has received at least 92 reports of Note7 batteries overheating in the U.S. alone since its launch, with 26 of those resulting in burns and more than half causing property damage. While officially recalled in the U.S. now, Samsung has been criticized heavily in the media for their alleged slow response and hackneyed initial exchange program. [Image Source: Baidu] Samsung's public relations disaster may actually... Read more...
Now, more than ever, manufacturers are exploring alternative ways to differentiate smartphones. One savior to the oversaturated smartphone market, that is rife with products with similar specifications, may come in the form of modularity. The promise of a modular phone, is an ability to adapt to a user’s needs in the moment. Purchasing a smartphone is traditionally a long-term investment. What might perfectly address day-to-day use, however, could come up short under specific use cases. We already took a close look at the Moto Z family and see promise in Moto Mods, but modular smartphones... Read more...
Update 4:25PM - Samsung is also now urging customers not to use their Galaxy Note 7 devices, stating: "Because your safety is our utmost concern, we ask you to power down your Galaxy Note7 and exchange it now. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the U.S. Note7 Exchange Program detailed above." You can find Samsung's notice here and their statements in the FAQ.To say that the launch of the Galaxy Note7 has been less-than-ideal for Samsung would be a gross understatement. Almost immediately following the device's shipment in market, it was discovered that some batteries in certain devices... Read more...
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