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Fans of Amazon's Alexa digital assistant tend to take advantage of it the more convenient it is to utilize, so it's been a bit frustrating for Android users who've had very few good options (if any at all) up to this point. Actually, things are still not perfect, but at least we're getting somewhere with a recent update to the app that is now on Google Play (hit the source link below). HTC's U11 was one of the rare Android smartphones with Alexa baked-in In this new update to its Alexa Android app, Amazon has added the ability for full Alexa Voice integration on all Android devices. You'll... Read more...
LG has a new patent that is making the rounds that shows a device with a dual purpose. The patent describes the device as a "mobile phone with a flexible display which can be folded in half." The original filing for the patent was in July of 2017, and the patent was just published on January 12, 2018. There are two different versions of the device on the patent with the first being a folding phone that has a camera on the back panel. When this device is folded, information like time can be displayed on the front screen. The second device in the patent app features a sidebar that can display time... Read more...
Huawei was set to have a big 2018 as it was finally expected to land a major U.S. carrier to sell its devices through a partnership with AT&T. The deal would have seen the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei's competitor to the iPhone X, available through a major carrier in the States for the first time. That deal has been cancelled according to people claiming knowledge about the deal. The reason blamed for the deal falling apart is pressure from the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees via a letter sent to the FCC back on December 20. In that letter the committees raised concerns about Huawei's... Read more...
Innomdle Labs is at CES 2018 and the company is showing off a production version of the Sgnl smart watchstrap. The strap is designed to conduct the sound from your smartphone call up your arm and focus it into the tip of your finger. When you get a call and press the tip of your finger to your ear, you can hear the audio. The company says that the tech keeps your calls completely private and prevents you from having to dig your smartphone out of a pocket. It might be an interesting alternative for people who hate having to plug Bluetooth earbuds into their ear to take a call. Sgnl would also be... Read more...
Analysts are hitting Apple and its suppliers hard this week, alleging that shipment forecasts for the high-end iPhone X smartphone have been slashed for Q1 2018. The reduced shipping forecast comes on the heels of lackluster demand for the high-end smartphone at the end of the holiday shopping season. Analyst Zhang Bin from Sinolink Securities Co. issued a report on Monday that claims shipments might be as low as 35 million units for the quarter. That would make sales 10 million units under the prediction for the quarter. Zhang wrote, "After the first wave of demand has been fulfilled, the market... Read more...
Uber has been on an incredible losing streak over the past year; granted much of its troubles have been at its own hands with scandal after scandal. The most recent of those scandals started with an ex-employee who sent a letter detailing all the hacking and bribery that Uber has allegedly engaged in over the years. The latest setback came as the European Union's highest court ruled that Uber is a taxi service. That means that Uber will now have to comply with tougher rules within the European Union that govern taxi associations. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (Dllu) The ruling was handed down... Read more...
Samsung has pulled the wraps off a pair of smartphones that may appeal to the users out there who can’t bring themselves to part with $1,000 for a high-end device. The new devices are the 2018 versions of the Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus. As you would expect, other than the size of the screen the two devices are very similar. Both have metal and glass designs, Infinity Displays, and rounded display corners. Both have an annoyingly-placed rear fingerprint scanner, which is beneath the 16MP main camera. The main cameras on both do have LED flash for better images in low-light. One substantial change... Read more...
A group of Japanese scientists have made an accidental discovery that could have a huge impact on smartphones and other gadgets in the future. The scientists developed a new type of glass that can self-heal, fusing itself back together when it cracks. This could mean the end to shattered smartphone screens and costly repairs. The discovery was made at the University of Tokyo while the scientists were studying new adhesives. Though this isn't the first claim of self-healing materials for phones, this new breakthrough material does seem to have significant merit. One of the scientists on the team... Read more...
There have been plenty of rumors and leaks about a Samsung Galaxy device with a folding screen flying around over the last few months. A new patent application surfaced recently that outlines a folding Galaxy device with two screens. It looks very much like the device in Microsoft's patent with dual folding screens that surfaced over the weekend. This new Samsung Galaxy device seen in the patent isn’t to be confused with the seamless folding screen device that has been rumored so frequently of late. The device in the patent application clearly has two separate screens that are attached... Read more...
We've been warned about the potential risks of cell phone use due to radiation for ages, but to date, there hasn't been definitive information published that would warrant some sort of formal government or industry action. Nothing changes with that today, but California's Department of Public Health has deemed the risks to be high enough to issue a warning so that perhaps some users won't use these devices as much, as well as get out of the habit of regularly keeping them close to our bodies. The CDPH admits that the "science is still evolving", so again, there's no reason for immediate alarm here,... Read more...
While Apple may be grabbing the [biometric] headlines with its Face ID authentication system in the iPhone X, one company is looking to enhance existing fingerprint sensors for a new generation of flagship smartphones. Synaptics announced that it has perfected an under-the-display fingerprint scanner with what it calls Clear ID Optical Sensors. These are the world's fingerprint sensors of its kind to enter mass production for smartphones. Synaptics says that it will have branded smartphones available for demos at CES 2018 and that mass production will start with a top five OEM. The... Read more...
We have been hearing rumors for a while now about a Samsung smartphone that features a folding screen. The rumors peg the device to debut next year and so far, reports indicate that the folding smartphone could be unveiled at CES next month. A new report has come in that claims to confirm that the smartphone is indeed launching next year. The report quotes Samsung Mobile president Ko Dong-jin who told Business Korea that the smartphone will indeed launch next year. There are still no hard details on the smartphone to speak of. The device is thought to be called the Galaxy X, but there is no confirmation... Read more...
Are you having trouble putting down your smartphone and interacting with the world that is right in front of you? Yeah, neither are we. But for those who do suffer from some sort of smartphone addiction, a designer in Vienna has come up with a quirky solution to help. It is a series of smartphone-shaped devices with stone beads to mimic the feel of gestures that are commonly performed on touchscreens, such as pinching to zoom, scrolling, swiping, and so forth. These 'Substitute Phones' are supposed to be therapeutic, allowing smartphone addicts to go through the same calming motions they perform... Read more...
Anyone who was unwilling or unable to get out and shop yesterday can still get some holdover deals on a nice new smartphone from Samsung. The Galaxy Note 8 is lingering with a nice discount of $150 on Amazon. That discount means that the Note 8 is selling for $799.99 and is available with Prime for fast and free shipping if you are a member. Amazon is offering the device in midnight black and orchid gray. Both devices are 64GB units and have a full U.S. warranty and are factory unlocked. If you somehow don't know the basics of the Galaxy Note 8, the smartphone features a 6.3-inch Dual Edge Super... Read more...
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