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  • Current Event
    2 days ago
    by bradd
    +14 +1

    Why Apple Will Be Late to Foldable Phones (and Still Win)

    It looks like the display industry's equivalent of the personal jetpack or flying car may actually be traveling from the future into the present. The flexible OLED display, long demoed but never sold, is coming to TVs (from LG) and smartphones (from Samsung, among others). In a smartphone market that has consistently gone ape for larger and larger displays, phones that double in size once they've left your pocket could be game changers.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by zyery
    +18 +1

    Google Pixel 4 May Be Completely Notchless, Patents Show

    It seems that Google may be stepping up its Pixel design game and ditching that giant ugly notch. A new patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization shows a clean display devoid of notches, holes, foreheads or chins. It’s actually the second patent that describes a notchless, almost bezelless Pixel. Phone site 91mobiles reported on that one yesterday.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by zyery
    +12 +1

    Why screen time studies can’t measure the effect of smartphones on our well being

    What is the correlation between screen time and adolescent well-being? It’s an important question for which we have limited and often contradictory answers. A story in Wired this week all but let our phones off the hook for any negative consequences — but I wonder if the study fully understands the way we live now. Much of the research to date on the potential effects of screen time on well-being relies on self-reported data from massive surveys, Wired reports.

  • Current Event
    6 days ago
    by TNY
    +29 +1

    Apple’s iPhone XS battery case actually works with the iPhone X

    It looks like the new $129 Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS will support last year’s flagship iPhone X after all. Yesterday, it seemed like Apple was leaving its most dedicated customers out in the cold when the company announced the new battery case for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR but not for the iPhone X that early adopters snapped up in late 2017.

  • Current Event
    8 days ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +3 +1

    Feds Can't Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules

    A California judge has ruled that American cops can’t force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger. The ruling goes further to protect people’s private lives from government searches than any before and is being hailed as a potentially landmark decision. Previously, U.S. judges had ruled that police were allowed to force unlock devices like Apple’s iPhone with biometrics, such as fingerprints, faces or irises. That was despite the fact feds weren’t permitted to force a suspect to divulge a passcode. But according to a ruling uncovered by Forbes, all logins are equal.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +13 +1

    Honor View20: Ready to punch above its weight with an enticing blend of old and new

    Coming off the back of a dark year for smartphone design, the View20 is a reason to be optimistic. Notched phones have never been aesthetically pleasing nor functionally ideal, but thankfully that design trend is on its way out. We’ve seen a number of novel attempts to produce bezel-free phones, including sliders and motorized pop-ups, but a few of the big players have decided there's another way.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by zyery
    +21 +1

    Face Unlock Feature Is Useless in 4 out of 10 Phones

    After testing 110 smartphones from multiple vendors, the Dutch Consumentenbond not-for-profit organization concluded that the face unlock feature in 42 of them can be circumvented using a high-quality portrait photo of the owner. Therefore, 38% of all the devices they tested would allow malicious third parties to immediately unlock phones that only use facial recognition as a locking mechanism and to gain access to all the data contained within, from photos to sensitive banking and personal data.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +10 +1

    Pixel 3 vs. iPhone XR: Battle of the Affordable Flagships

    Phone prices are climbing ever upward, with some flagships now commanding asking prices of $1,000 — or more, should you max out on storage. Thankfully, Google and Apple retain some measure of restraint with two of their recent models.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by funhonestdude
    +21 +1

    Our Cellphones Aren’t Safe

    America’s cellular network is as vital to society as the highway system and power grids. Vulnerabilities in the mobile phone infrastructure threaten not only personal privacy and security, but also the country’s. According to intelligence reports, spies are eavesdropping on President Trump’s cellphone conversations and using fake cellular towers in Washington to intercept phone calls. Cellular communication infrastructure, the system at the heart of modern communication, commerce and governance, is woefully insecure. And we are doing nothing to fix it.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by jasont
    +3 +1

    Google reaffirms commitment to require 2 years of guaranteed Android updates for Android One devices

    Many would say that Google’s Android One program is an evolution of the company’s Google Play Edition series. Although, the Android One program in and of itself has also evolved over the years too. When it was first introduced, the idea was to give low-end budget phones a baseline to follow. This would allow them to not only offer a certain level of performance (thanks to a clean install of stock Android and minimum hardware requirements), but it would also allow them to get timely updates, which is something that the ultra-affordable Android smartphones have lacked.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by hiihii
    +11 +1

    LG is taking a long time to roll out the latest big Android update — just like always

    Last year, LG launched a Software Upgrade division and said it would be “investing significant resources toward extending smartphone lifespan” with consistent, stable updates. Many were hopeful that this concentrated focus on software would mean customers would receive major new versions of Android in a more timely manner; LG has never been particularly quick at delivering the latest features to its devices — even with the company’s flagship Android phones.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by robmonk
    +17 +1

    Tim Cook to Investors: People Bought Fewer New iPhones Because They Repaired Their Old Ones

    Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a letter to investors alerting them that the company would miss its revenue targets in part because Apple didn’t sell as many iPhones as it expected. The lengthy letter cites, specifically, that people are buying fewer iPhones because they are repairing their old ones.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by ppp
    +19 +1

    Apple is basically blaming Trump’s trade war for disappointing iPhone sales in China

    Apple stock trading was halted on Wednesday when the company dropped its revenue expectations nearly 8 percent to $84 billion from its average guidance in November. Apple had previously said it expected $89 billion to $93 billion in sales for the holiday quarter, which ended December 29. The company blamed “emerging market challenges” and lackluster iPhone sales. In both instances, China was a driving force behind the lower-than-expected numbers, the company said.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +10 +1

    Smartphone makers can no longer count on China for growth

    Apple is not the only smartphone maker suffering from a slowdown in China. CEO Tim Cook partially blamed weaker than expected iPhone sales at the end of last year on the country's slowing economy and its ongoing trade war with the United States. But Apple (AAPL) and its biggest competitors are also struggling against an overall decline in the world's biggest smartphone market.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by TNY
    +26 +1

    2019 iPhone's Triple-Lens Rear Camera Design Allegedly Showing in New Renderings

    Serial phone leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer has partnered with Indian tech site Digit to release some new renderings claimed to be of the next-generation...

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +23 +1

    Samsung will cave in to the display notch trend — maybe even with the Galaxy S10

    Display notches are definitely "a thing" in modern smartphones, particularly at the high end. If you're looking to buy a new phone, it's probably going to have some sort of display notch — tall, short, wide, narrow, curved or angular ... it'll be there. That is, unless you buy a Samsung phone; the company has been staunchly anti-notch, sticking with the virtues of its curved "infinity display" as the rest of the industry pushed the bezels to their limits and took the notch as a compromise.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by grandsalami
    +19 +1

    The foldable phones are coming

    Futuristic-looking bendable tablets and smartphones have captured our imagination for years. Whether it’s the folding tablets found in Westworld or the many book-like slates with foldable pages in Microsoft’s future vision videos, a phone that folds out into a much larger device is dreamlike. Samsung is now trying to make these wild concepts a reality.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by funhonestdude
    +16 +1

    Here’s what Samsung’s wacky folding phone looks like in action

    As rumored, Samsung showed off a prototype of a folding display today. Folded, it’s a smartphone. Unfolded, it’s a tablet. Neat! Less neat: The company sort of went out of its way to not really show very much. A prototype was onstage for about 45 seconds, and it was deliberately backlit to be intensely silhouetted. They “disguised the elements of the design” to keep secret whatever secret sauce they have.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by distant
    +5 +1

    Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Note 9 to Get One UI Based on Android 9 Pie Beta on November 15

    Caught by surprise as many tuned in to see the much-rumored foldable smartphone, Samsung revealed that it has been working on redefining the look of its interface for the Galaxy products and the One UI interface will accompany the Android Pie update.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by larylin
    +15 +1

    Samsung Wants to Turn Galaxy Into a Foldable Flip Phone

    Imagine you could have a standard phone — like an iPhone XS or a Galaxy S9 — that you could fold vertically to put into your pocket. This is what the Korean company seems to be working on, judging by its latest patent. According to Mysmartprice, the patent shows a phone with a design that is in line with Samsung’s current phones: slim and not bulky at all, but with a pronounced hinge, like the concept video of its Galaxy F foldable phone-to-tablet device...

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by zobo
    +18 +1

    Sharp made a phone with two notches

    Last year Sharp released the Aquos R Compact, a phone with a tiny camera notch on the top edge and a humongous bezel on the bottom for a fingerprint sensor. It didn’t look great. But for this year’s model, the company has hit upon a novel solution to increase the screen size while keeping the fingerprint sensor. Yep, that’s right, the Aquos R2 Compact has another notch.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by Pfennig88
    +19 +1

    This Is the Galaxy S10 According to the Most Reliable Samsung Expert

    In the immortal words of Han Solo: “Punch it.” You are looking at the Galaxy S10, according to the most reliable Samsung expert and futurologist, the mysterious leaker that has a cat avatar and goes by the pseudonym Ice Universe.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by bkool
    +12 +1

    We asked, you told us: You'd rather have bigger bezels than a notch

    Unsurprisingly, over 58 percent of the participants on our polls across the website, Twitter, and YouTube voted that they would rather have a smartphone with larger bezels like those on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 than have a notched display. Despite being an innovative approach to hiding the front-facing sensors, only a quarter of the voters were interested in manual or automatic slider mechanisms. While the design might seem incredibly cool, many people appear to fear that the moving parts will end up breaking with extended use.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by wetwilly87
    +20 +1

    Motorola "Odin" is coming with the Snapdragon 8150 and 5G Moto Mod

    Motorola is working on a new flagship device called "Odin" with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 chip and 5G Moto Mod support. More details are here!

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Chubros
    +20 +1

    Apple is reportedly cutting production orders for its newest iPhones

    Apple is reportedly cutting production orders for its newest iPhones, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal that cites sources that claim that demand for the new devices — especially the iPhone XR — has been weaker than expected.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +26 +1

    Your phone indeed has ears that you may not know about

    Have you ever felt that your phone is listening to you? Have content recommendations occasionally been too good to be true? What about that product pushed at you before you finally buy it the fourth time? Ever wondered about any or all of these? The answers: No, your phone is not “listening” to you in the strictest sense of the word.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by hedman
    +12 +1

    Galaxy X: Specs, price, rumored March release date for Samsung's foldable phone

    The foldable phone era has officially begun. Samsung introduced the world to its first foldable phone, a device rumored to be called the Galaxy X or Galaxy F, and purportedly to be released early next year. Samsung saved most of the official details for a grand unveiling along the lines of the Galaxy S9 or Note 9, choosing instead to tease its foldable phone at a Nov. 7 Developers Conference keynote. We saw a short video, and a prototype momentarily held up in an executive's hand.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Petrox
    +28 +1

    Google’s Night Sight is subtly awesome in the daytime, too

    I’ve grown a little obsessed with Google’s Night Sight mode for Pixel cameras. Other than the original Pixel’s release, Night Sight is the largest single leap forward in mobile imaging performance, and it’s doubly impressive for being purely a software upgrade. Pixel owners, from the first-generation device to the latest Pixel 3, have had a couple of weeks to play around with it, and one of the hidden advantages of Night Sight I’ve noticed is that it makes a subtle difference in improving daytime images.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by bradd
    +10 +1

    All the Incoming Foldable Phones for 2019

    With Google betting on a foldable future for Android, it seems all phone manufacturers are getting these type of devices ready. Even Apple is looking into this form factor that offers the convenience of extreme portability when folded and a larger screen whenever you need it.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +14 +1

    LG bendable smartphone described by patent filing

    Flex, Foldi and Duplex are three trademark filings that LG has filed, that were uncovered last week. Judging by their names, they most likely will describe some sort of foldable or bendable product, as that’s the new trend every OEM is moving towards. However, the folks over at LetsGoDigital have uncovered another trademark filing for a rather interesting device. This time around, it’s an LG Display patent filing, meaning the display division is at least considering this option.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Chubros
    +11 +1

    Motorola and Nokia’s new phones make $350 look like $1,000

    What matters more: how a phone looks or how it performs? “How it performs” might be the obvious answer, but how a phone looks — its design, screen, and ergonomics — vastly affects how it feels to use. If you have to make a trade-off, sometimes performance is the right choice. That’s the story behind two of this season’s most promising new phones, the Nokia 7.1 and the Motorola One. Both phones look a lot like new iPhones, with tall screens, dual cameras, and notches on top. But they come with one critical difference: they sell for half the price — $349 for the Nokia 7.1 and $399 for the Motorola One.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zobo
    +15 +1

    Apple may finally be planning a Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS

    Apple’s Smart Battery Case, with its controversial design, was released back in 2015 with support for the iPhone 6 and 6S and it now currently supports the iPhone 6, 6S and 7. With the release of iPhone X and iPhone 8, users wondered whether a new battery case would be released for this new iPhone design, but so far nothing has been announced nor released by Apple.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by mariogi
    +13 +1

    Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 launches in India with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 4000mAh battery, and stock Android

    ASUS has launched the new ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 and ASUS ZenFone Max M2 in India and Indonesia. Read on to know more about the devices! At an earlier event in Russia, ASUS had launched the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 and the ASUS ZenFone Max M2, giving us a good look at what to expect from the devices. Now, ASUS has launched both the devices in India and Indonesia, adding in competitive alternatives in the budget and early-mid ranges.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +14 +1

    The Galaxy S10 Will Have a Headphone Jack, Turning It Into a Luxury Feature

    Don’t freak out, people. Samsung has killed the the 3.5-mm headphone jack in the Galaxy A8s but it will likely keep it on the S10 series. Yes, the humble 10-cent audio port is becoming a deluxe feature on expensive flagship phones. That’s according to reliable Samsung rumor whisperer Ice Universe, who has published a video of a case prototype as proof of the existence of the analog headphone jack in the S10.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by kong88
    +22 +1

    OnePlus Wants To Give Us Smaller Phones At Last

    We are swamped by oversized phones. But if OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has his way, we may finally get a great phone that is not the size of a surfboard for hamsters. According to PCMag, Lau sees a lot of demand for smaller phones. But the fact is that there are no products to satisfy it. After the death of the iPhone SE, only Sony is producing “compact” phones that are neither that compact nor irresistible, despite being decent machines.