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2nd September 2017

Here’s all the big launches from IFA 2017

The first half of the year saw companies flock to CES in Las Vegas and MWC in Barcelona to show off the devices they hope you’ll want to buy for the rest of the year. As we approach the holiday season, tech companies are clamoring for your attention… – Source

Google promised not to scan Gmail for targeted ads—but for how long?

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On July 23, Google promised with great fanfare that it would stop scanning consumers’ Gmail messages to serve targeted, contextually aware ads. The announcement—which put Gmail in line with competing services and Google’s paid e-mail for government, business, and education sectors—was published widely, from tech blogs to the mainstream media. “Free consumer Gmail users,” Google said, “can remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount as we continue to innovate.”

However, court documents suggest that this could be temporary. A month after Google’s announcement, the company quietly agreed (PDF) to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the targeted-advertising scanning was illegal wiretapping. That deal, in which a federal judge gave “preliminarily approval” (PDF) to on Thursday, binds Google for just three years.

According to footnote 3 in the settlement:

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Paul Bettany would make a great ‘Star Wars’ space pirate, FWIW

Another scruffy-looking nerf herder has joined Ron Howard’s Han Solo movie.

The Alden Ehrenreich-starring spin-off story, which follows a younger, pre-A New Hope Solo, will now feature the talents of Paul Bettany. Howard himself confirmed the news in a tweeted photo of himself with a downright roguish-looking Bettany.

SEE ALSO: New record-breaking LEGO Millennium Falcon has got it where it counts

The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder #PaulBettany #ForceFriday

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 1, 2017

“The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder,” Howard wrote, referring to a remote section of the Star Wars galaxy where smugglers and pirates — i.e. Han Solo’s people — tend to congregate. There’s no word on what Bettany’s role will be, or if his face will be hidden away behind terabytes of digital makeup. …

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[Deal Alert] Get an unlocked LG G6 for just $469.99 ($230 off) on Amazon and B&H

Despite being a very good phone, the LG G6 has been steadily dropping in price ever since its release. With the release of the V30, the phone has hit one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen in US unlocked guise: $469.99. That’s a full $30 less than the next best US unlocked G6 deal we’ve posted.

The G6 sports a 5.7″ 1440p LCD display in an 18:9 aspect ratio, a Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage with microSD expansion, a dual camera setup on the back, a 5MP shooter up front, and a 3300mAh battery.

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How to Shazam music right inside your Snapchat app

When you hear an incredible, new song and want to know the name so you can share it with friends, you turn to Shazam. But you might not know that you can do this through Snapchat; it’s built right into the app.

Here’s how to find out the details of that song and pass it along without even downloading Shazam.

SEE ALSO: Snapchat’s newest feature is a game changer for concerts

The whole process is pretty simple.

When a song is playing, just press and hold your screen when the Snapchat camera is open. You’ll get a pop up information screen that gives you the song’s name and artist. It will also have buttons for “Song Info,” “Send,” and “Dismiss.” If you just wanted to know the name of the song, hit Dismiss. …

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LG V30 UX video shows your favorite features

The talk around the water cooler on Friday remained the LG V30. If taking pictures and video is your thing, the LG V30 should be at the top of your short list when it comes to deciding which new phone to buy. And on Friday, LG Mobile released a video titled LG V30: UX Video. The video shows the user experience of the phone including the always on display. Revised for the P-OLED screen that the LG V30 sports, the always on display can be customized for the user’s needs.

The always on display shows quick tools, notifications, battery settings, and controls for the music player. And … – Source

Final 2-for-1 Disrupt Berlin ticket release happening Wednesday 9/6

Alright, European TechCrunch fans, time to listen up — we’ll soon be releasing our final batch of Disrupt Berlin 2017 tickets at the deeply discounted rate of two for the price of one. Yes, you read that right. If you act now, you can score not one but two whole Disrupt tickets for the price of one. That’s half off tickets to an event best described as the hottest startup… Read More

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9 things that will 100% maybe happen in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

Warning: Contains loads of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, and some hopelessly dodgy predictions for Season 8.

Well, here we are: the absolute worst part of the year. The longest possible time until Game of Thrones comes back into to our empty, dragon-free lives.

SEE ALSO: 36 of the most memorable ‘Game of Thrones’ one-liners so far

If you’ve read any of my previous Game of Thrones articles, you’ll know two things: 1) I’m a hopelessly obsessed individual who lives life largely through fictional television characters, and 2) I love making futile predictions about what those characters will do next. …

More about Uk, Game Of Thrones, Fan Theories, Predictions, and Theories – Source

Purported leak reveals Snapdragon 836 SoC and Android 8.0 Oreo for Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

While Xiaomi has officially confirmed the unveiling date for the Mi Mix 2, nothing else is currently confirmed about the device. Of course, there have been multiple rumors and leaks so far, revealing details like Snapdragon 836 SoC, 6-inch screen, Nougat OS, 3D facial recognition support, and 4,500mAh battery.

Now, a new leak has emerged, and from the looks of it, it’s aimed at taking the hype surrounding the device to a completely new level. The leak in question says the device will be powered by Snapdragon 836 SoC and run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

Now, what makes us…

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Harman now has smart speakers for Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant

When you’re looking for a smart home speaker, you might think you’re stuck with those made by Amazon, Apple or Google in order to use the specific intelligent assistants from the respective companies. Now, however, you can pick up a speaker that work… – Source

Hands-on with the ‘robin egg blue’ Honor 9

First look at the new, extremely limited edition color in the flesh.

While the Huawei-built Honor 9 is on show at IFA 2017 in Berlin, one thing you won’t find on the show floor is the new “robin egg blue” color — unless you know where to look. We’ve tracked down the exclusive new color variant, which Honor tells us will be produced in “extremely limited” quantities for the UK market, and sold with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (up from the 4GB/64GB of the standard UK Honor 9.)

The performance and overall physical feel of the Honor 9 hasn’t changed, of course, but now we’re now looking at a phone with a white front bezel, and a unique teal back panel and frame. And while the glass back is constructed using the same 15-layer process as the existing Honor 9 models, the new color gives a slightly glossier appearance, with a subtle color shift as the teal-green panel tilts through the light.

Take a closer look at the new color below. It’ll go on sale in the UK in mid-September, priced £459.99.

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Education Disrupted: Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues

As teachers launch personal brands and cast themselves as influencers, start-ups and tech giants alike are racing to cultivate them to spread their wares. – Source

Why LG finally made the switch to OLED on the V30

There are several reasons why a company like LG might finally decide to make the switch to an OLED display on their latest flagship. The move to a plastic OLED screen on the V30 is, for many, one of the biggest deals about it, but what prompted LG to make the change?

Daydream support could be one of those reasons, with Google’s Daydream VR spec requiring an OLED display, among other hardware components, in order to be supported. But that’s not it, even if the V30 is LG’s first Daydream Ready phone.

See also:LG POLED vs Samsung Super AMOLEDLG POLED vs Samsung Super AMOLED2 days ago

Customer preference could also be the cause, with Samsung’s AMOLED screens largely setting the standard for what is considered a “good” screen on Android phones. But LG didn’t have any internal research or numbers to share with media, as most OEMs typically have when they introduce (or backtrack on) something new.

LG Display’s increased P-OLED production capacity and recent reductions in the manufacturing cost of OLED displays could also be behind the switch. But again, LG wasn’t admitting to anything along those lines either. And it apparently has nothing to do with the battery-saving properties of OLED screens. So what was it?

No, the (official) reason LG finally decided to put an OLED display on one of its flagships – the V30 will see a global release, so it can now be rightfully described as a flagship product – ultimately boils down to fashion. Not fashion as a goal in itself, even if LCD displays are becoming increasingly unfashionable these days, but rather using P-OLED as a means to a fashionable end.

The current “megatrend” (as LG calls it) in the mobile industry for full-screen bezelless designs was the primary factor behind the introduction of P-OLED for the V30. Hinting at the difficulties involved in producing the LG G6 with its near bezelless LCD screen, LG’s Lydia Lee told me that “with P-OLED we can easily make the shape of the design, and we can make the bezel about 3-4mm smaller than before. Plus we can make it lighter and slimmer. That is why we are choosing OLED.”

While I’m sure this justification is true (to a degree, see my note below), I suspect several other reasons – namely those mentioned above along with P-OLED’s flexible and impact absorbing properties – also factored into the decision to finally switch to an OLED display. After all, it’s not like LG hasn’t had experience with P-OLED in the G Flex series.

Note: While what Lee says is true, it must be pointed out that the LG G6’s LCD screen had a top bezel just as small as those found on the V30. And the V30’s side bezels are actually larger than those found on the G6. To that point, LG says it wanted to avoid the light refraction issues found on other devices with curved OLED displays. This, in my experience, has – Source

Hawking’s mission to find alien life detects mystery signals

A mission to explore intelligent alien life in the universe has recorded some mysterious signals coming from a galaxy three billion light years away, according to an Indian-origin scientist working on the ambitious project co-founded by Stephen Hawking. – Source

The coolest, best and strangest tech of IFA 2017 – CNET

CNET brings you the most interesting gadgets from Europe’s biggest tech trade show. – Source

Huawei Nova 2 + Nova 2 Plus hands-on

You can’t buy it in Europe (yet), but Huawei’s mid-priced Nova 2 phones look better than ever.

A year on from the launch of the Huawei Nova series, the company has yet to announce any plans to bring the Nova 2 to Europe. Nevertheless, the phones were on display at its booth at IFA 2017 in Berlin, giving us our first look at the company’s mid-tier flagships for 2017.

Unlike last year’s Nova phones, which used radically different designs, the look and feel of the Nova 2 is uniform across both sizes. The regular Nova 2 packs a 5-inch display, while the Nova 2 Plus bumps up to 5.5 inches, and both look a little bit like a collision between a Huawei P10 and an iPhone 7. On the front, there’s little going on besides a fairly standard bezel ratio and some Huawei branding.

Around the back, twin 12-megapixel RGB cameras are sandwiched between iPhone-like antenna bands, with a central rear-facing fingerprint scanner. In a market dominated by interchangeable aluminum frames, it’s not the most eye-catching design out there — particularly compared to the Nexus 6P homage of the original, smaller Nova — but it works. It’s also a good deal softer in the hand than last year’s Novas, with no overt chamfers to be seen except for around the power and volume keys.

A more uniform design for Huawei’s second-gen Nova phones.

While it is a pretty generic design overall, the wide variety of color options is welcome, including a snazzy green model similar to the heavily-promoted “greenery” P10.

The move towards dual cameras also brings Huawei’s mid-tier brand in line with the rest of its product range — although unlike the P and Mate series, there’s no Leica branding (or, presumably, Leica processing) going on here.

Both displays are 1080p LCD panels — on paper, the same as the original Nova phones, but more vibrant colors can be noticed in this year’s models, particularly on the larger Nova 2. As we’ve seen from many previous Huawei phones, colors tend towards being a little cooler than we’d like, though that’s easily fixed by tweaking the white balance in the display menu.

Spec-wise, Huawei’s homegrown Kirin 659 provides ample performance, thanks to eight Cortex-A53 cores and a Mali-T830 MP2 GPU, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. We’ve already seen Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.1 running well on mid-tier chips, and responsiveness in everyday apps isn’t noticeably different from Huawei’s high-end phones, as we’d expect. And while we can’t judge battery life from just a brief time using a phone on the show floor, the Nova 2 and Nova 2 Pro’s battery capacities of 2950mAh and 3340mAh respectively suggests getting that a full day per charge won’t be a problem.

Aside from a few changes to the default skin, EMUI is a very familiar experience on the Nova 2, bringing the cleanest, – Source

LG highlights key bits of the V30 UX on video: AOD, camera, Game Tools

The LG V30 was announced on Wednesday at IFA in Berlin, marking the demise of the secondary display that was a staple of the V-series. All is not lost, LG wants to convince you in a new video put up on YouTube. It details key features of the LG UX on the V30 – among them the floating bar that’s meant to replace part of the secondary screen’s functionality.

The floating bar contains capture and draw tools, including a GIF maker (‘jif’ says LG, but the author of this piece remains unconvinced). App shortcuts can also be accessed from there, as well as a music player, contacts, and call…

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Xiaomi uploads its rather capable Mi Calculator app to the Play Store for all devices

A lot of manufacturers are uploading their apps to the Play Store these days. That even includes Xiaomi, a company based in a country that doesn’t allow the Play Store to be accessed. The Chinese company has just uploaded its calculator app, creatively named “Mi Calculator,” to Google’s app marketplace, and it’s actually pretty nifty.

Most OEMs’ stock calculator apps allow you to do four things: add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

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Google Maps’ picture-in-picture mode officially rolling out soon

One of Android Oreo’s main new features is picture-in-picture mode, which launches apps into little windows that go over other apps. It was added to Google Maps a couple weeks ago, but it wasn’t functioning properly until a few days ago. Even now, however, it isn’t fully working, with PiP windows sometimes not triggering when users hit the home button during navigation. Google is saying that this will be fixed soon, marking the official rollout of PiP for Maps.

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All-black BlackBerry Keyone now available in US, gets new official video as well

As scheduled, AT&T has started selling the all-black BlackBerry Keyone smartphone, making it the first US carrier to do so. The device – which the carrier is calling the Space Black edition – is now listed on the official AT&T website for $500. You can also get it for $16.67/month.

BlackBerry calls the device ‘Keyone Black Edition.’ It has only been available in India so far, but that changes now. At the ongoing IFA conference, the handset was made official for global markets, following which it went on pre-order in the UK.

Meanwhile, a new official video for the variant – which…

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LG G Pad X2 8.0 Plus now at T-Mobile for only $10 a month

Can you say LG G Pad X2 8.0 Plus two times fast? Now, can you say that the LG G Pad X2 8.0 Plus is available at T-Mobile? The slate carries an 8-inch display with a 1200 x 1920 FHD resolution. Under the hood is a Snapdragon chipset carrying a 1.4GHz Octa-core CPU, with 32GB of native storage and a 2TB capacity microSD slot for those seeking additional storage. Dock the slate into the Plus Pack and see the time, date, weather and other important items.

The 5MP HDR+ rear-facing camera snaps five photos in sequence before the capture button is pressed. There is also a 5MP front-facing snapper … – Source

Nintendo and Western Digital bring branded SD cards to Switch

Nintendo has partnered with Western Digital on a line of officially official SanDisk microSDXC cards for its Switch console. What makes them so different? Well, Mario and Link are on the packaging and the 64-and-128 gigabyte cards have Nintendo brand… – Source

Sony Xperia XZ Premium will get 3D Creator app as part of Android 8.0 Oreo update

Sony has confirmed that the new 3D Creator app – which was introduced at the ongoing IFA conference, and is already there on the newly-announced Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact smartphones – will also arrive on the Xperia XZ Premium.

The confirmation came in the form of a tweet, where-in the Japanese company revealed that the app will pushed as part of the Android 8.0 Oreo update.

XZ Premium will get 3D Creator as part of Android 8.0 Oreo software update.— Sony Xperia News (@SonyMobileNews) August 31, 2017

For those who aren’t aware, the 3D Creator app allows you to capture images in…

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Hackers tried selling celebrity info stolen from Instagram

News that someone exploited an Instagram security hole to steal info from some of its most popular accounts got worse when they began selling it. The Verge reports this dark web service is no longer available, but The Daily Beast chatted with operato… – Source

Crunch Report | Juicero Runs Out Of Juice

Juicero, the company that created the $400 juicer, is shutting down, Tinder hits top-grossing app on the App Store, and Google reveals the top things people want to find out how to do. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Google Photos will now cache videos you’ve watched to avoid using more data when replaying them

There are a handful of Google services that virtually everyone uses, and Google Photos has managed to squeeze into that select group. Over the two years it’s been out, Photos has accumulated over 500 million users as of May 2017. Although the service still isn’t perfect, it’s getting there. The latest update enables watched videos to be cached so that they won’t use up more data when replayed.

• Once you watch a video it will be cached for faster replay without using additional data
• Performance improvements

It’s a simple premise – caching the video will prevent your device from consuming more data should you rewatch it later on.

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Apple’s new 2017 iPhone line up to be named iPhone Edition, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus?

Just 11 days before Apple unveils the 2017 iPhone line up, it appears that a couple of case vendors have each heard the same whispers about the new iPhone models from the same sources in Shenzhen, who claim to have seen the packaging of the new phones. Based on these sources, it appears that the 2017 iPhone line up will consist of the Apple iPhone 8 (sequel to the Apple iPhone 7), Apple iPhone 8 Plus (sequel to the Apple iPhone 7 Plus) and the Apple iPhone Edition (the tenth anniversary model).

One of the casemakers claims to have updated its SKUs based on this information, which means that … – Source

GoGoVan becomes Hong Kong’s first $1 billion startup following merger deal

At our TechCrunch China event in June we discussed the bright future that Hong Kong’s startup scene has, despite some big challenges. This week the country passed a notable milestone as it got its first $1 billion valued startup, better known as a unicorn.
The company in question is GoGoVan, a logistics on-demand provider that connects van drivers and customers for transporting goods. Read More

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How to afford a car, not just buy one – CNET

Laser focus on a car’s price is a mistake. – Source

Can you leave the iPhone’s Home button behind? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 98) – CNET

The iPhone 8 will reportedly change how you use an iPhone, Apple shows off its first batch of AR apps and those crazy AirPods are dominating the wireless earbud market. – Source

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