Think the car of tomorrow is going to look boring? Think again. – Source
If you thought fuel cells were restricted to funny, little impractical cars, think again. Mercedes’ production SUV is coming soon. – Source
It beats having to spend several thousand dollars in an evacuation. – Source
The day before the tenth-anniversary iPhone, Apple’s biggest launch in years, Samsung CEO DJ Koh spent an hour talking to Korean media about record Galaxy Note 8 pre-orders and folding smartphones.
Was Koh trying to steal some of Apple’s thunder? Probably.
And understandably so. After all, the much-hyped iPhone X can be seen as a confirmation of Samsung’s own vision, with features including a large, edge-to-edge OLED screen (supplied by Samsung itself) and facial recognition.
While Apple seems to be catching up with Samsung in terms of industrial design and feature set, the Korean giant is plotting its next technological leap.
As reported by Korea Herald, Koh said that Samsung has “clear roadmaps for the innovation of its smartphone series.”
Furthermore, Samsung’s roster will soon include a foldable smartphone.
“We have a plan to adopt a foldable display in our roadmap. We are currently addressing some technological hurdles to commercialize such a device.
We will launch a foldable device when we are fully ready, and we are aiming to do so next year.”
The technological hurdles Koh mentioned could refer to the mass production of the flexible, resilient plastic film that acts as a substrate for flexible displays. Called polyimide film, this material is said to be manufactured by Korean supplier Kolon Industries.
According to a report from January, Kolon won’t be able to pump out the material until January 2018. Samsung would need another two to three months to manufacture the folding phone, putting the commercial launch at the end of Q1 2018 at the earliest.
Samsung’s foldable smartphones have been rumored and leaked for years. But this is the first time a Samsung executive publicly confirms the project. Even if it’s rather vague, the fact that Koh offered a timeframe for the release suggests Samsung has finally solved the puzzle of manufacturing folding devices.
Samsung was rumored to launch its first foldable device under the tentative Galaxy X moniker, establishing a new series, akin to the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note franchises. But Koh stated that the folding phone will be part of one of the two flagship series, without specifying which one.
Does this mean we’ll soon see a folding Galaxy S or Galaxy Note variant? There’s a precedent in the Note Edge – the now ubiquitous Edge design first made its debut on the Note Edge, alongside the Galaxy Note 4, and quickly branched out thanks to the success of the first implementation.
Illustration from one of Samsung’s many foldable device patents
A number of patents – as well as Samsung’s own concept video from CES 2013 – tell us what to expect from the Galaxy X, or whatever it will be called. Samsung will probably start small, with a phone that folds in half like a wallet, making it easier to carry and harder to break.
Another design could see the phone unfold into a small tablet. It wouldn’t be too much to say that such a device would spell the end for the already ailing tablet – Source
New testing method will take into account dual cameras, selfie performance, and other recent trends.
The way we use our phones’ cameras has changed a lot since 2012, back when DxOMark first started testing smartphone shooters. Until today, the firm’s scores only take into account a limited subset of the capabilities of modern smartphones — but that’s about to change.
In recent months, DxO has embarked on an extensive data-gathering mission to find out how people use their smartphone cameras in 2017. And as a result it’s come up with a new testing and scoring system to more accurately reflect the capabilities of modern phone cameras, and how people use them.
The new DxOMark mobile measures the effectiveness of depth-of-field and zoom features in dual-lens cameras, as well as tracking moving subjects, and extreme low-light testing. DxO’s existing testing parameters for main cameras are also to be overhauled as part of its new scoring system, as it hopes to more accurately reflect the quality of photography from modern smartphones.
The Google Pixel now ties the U11 with a DxO score of 90.
The first DxOMark reviews under the new system have been published today — the firm re-tested any models which occupied the number-one spot at the end of recent years (that includes the HTC U11 and 2016 Google Pixel phones, as well as the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S6 edge.) The firm also released its first test of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, complete with tests around the secondary zoom lens. Bottom line: The U11 and Pixel both score 90 under the new system. So Google’s flagship now ties HTC’s for the “best rated” smartphone shooter. (That’s if you buy into the idea that a numbered score can sum up something as complex as a phone camera.)
Also tested under the new system: the iPhone 7 (85), iPhone 7 Plus (88) and Galaxy S6 edge (82).
Both HTC and Google have publicized their DxO scores over the past year, and under the new system, both devices get to share in the glory — at least for the moment. It’s worth noting, however, that newer cameras like the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 haven’t been tested, since they weren’t winners at the end of any recent years. It’s unclear if DxO will re-test devices which didn’t attain top scores under the old system, but leaving out newer devices from Samsung and LG would seem like a substantial oversight.
The idea of reducing a smartphone camera (or now, cameras) to a single numbered score remains a point of contention for some, but DxO insists its new, updated testing method presents the best overall picture of a mobile camera’s performance.
Good news for old skool Nintendo enthusiasts — the company has said it will revive the NES Classic Edition next year, and it plans to continue selling the SNES Classic in 2018, too.
The company originally killed off the hit NES Classic Edition with an announcement in April and it had also said that the SNES version, which went up for pre-sale last month, would not live beyond this year. Read More
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, which was officially unveiled yesterday, has already crossed over 250K registrations. While that’s certainly good news, it isn’t exactly surprising given the level of interest surrounding the company’s Mix series.
Keep in mind these are registrations we’re talking about, and not pre-orders – no money has changed hands yet. The device will go on sale September 15, and as is usually the case it’d be a flash sale. The 8GB RAM variant will not be part of the first sale.
In case you missed it, the company has also confirmed the handset will be made available in India…
Never has a selfie triggered such a dispute like the legendary ‘monkey selfie’, but finally it’s bound for a conclusion.
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After two years of court battles, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and photographer David Slater reached a settlement in an unprecedented lawsuit over who owns the rights to the selfie of a monkey.
The long-drawn-out process
PETA filed a suit on behalf of Naruto (a 7-year-old crested black macaque who took a selfie in 2011) claiming the animal owned the picture because of the Copyright Act.
David Slater was in Sulawesi, Indonesia on a weekly assignment to take pictures of macaques. Naruto snapped the pictures of himself after Slater mounted the camera on a tripod, catapulting him into internet stardom. …
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Despite announcing it was game over for the NES Classic Edition earlier this year, Nintendo now says that due to demand, it plans to ship the product into 2018. Shipment timings are yet to be announced, but this is big news for fans who thought they… – Source
This five-door’s self-driving tech will let it go for a carwash or charge itself. – Source
We reported a few months ago that the sequel to the entry-level rugged tablet by Samsung, the Galaxy Tab Active is in the works and that it might be coming soon. Well, it looks like the slate is now one more step closer to release, although we doubt Samsung will hold a launch event just for the Galaxy Tab Active 2.
The US regulatory commission (FCC) has just certified Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Active 2, which goes by model numbers SM-T390 (LTE) and SM-T395 (Wi-Fi only). For the time being, it’s the Wi-Fi only version that got approved by the Federal Communications Commission, but we’re confident … – Source
Android 8.0 Oreo already rolled out to most Pixel and Nexus devices, and although it offers quite a few useful and interesting features, it also has a few annoying bugs on board. The latest one disables all mobile data usage prematurely on some carriers around the world, as reported by a number of users on the Google Product Forums.
Certain carriers provide customers with unlimited access to certain apps like WhatsApp, for example. What this means is that even though you have used up all of your mobile data, you should still be able to use these apps. Unfortunately, it looks like Oreo doesn’t know, this because as soon as you reach your data allowance for the month, mobile data is shut off completely.
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What’s more, some users are also reporting that the mobile data on their Pixel devices is turned off despite the fact they haven’t yet used all of it. This is a software issue and, thankfully, Google is already aware of it.
A Pixel Community Manager announced on the forums that the company is looking into the issue and will fix it via an update. When exactly it will be available is anyone’s guess at this point, but we likely won’t have to wait for long as the problem was described as “high priority” by the community manager.
Have you been experiencing this issue on your Pixel or Nexus smartphone? Let us know in the comments.
A while ago, we reported that custom themes may be coming to Android 8.0 Oreo without the need for rooting your device. We are happy to report back that this seems to be the case, although the ability to do so is not quite “native”, in that it requires a third-party app and a PC connection.
Last month, the folks over at XDA discovered, while tinkering with preview builds of Oreo, that the new version of Android has support for Sony’s Runtime Resource Overlay (RRO) theme engine baked-in. This spurned the developers behind the popular custom theming … – Source
If you ever happened to be on the same red carpet as Jennifer Lawrence, you’d be pretty excited right?
Of course you would.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a member of the public, a journalist, or even a fellow actor — no one is immune to the power of J-Law.
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Just look at how her mother! co-star Domhnall Gleeson reacted when she arrived on the film’s red carpet recently.
If that isn’t the face of true excitement, we don’t know what is.
WATCH: The ‘Game of Thrones’ cast reveals what songs would be on their character’s iPod
More about Uk, Funny, Red Carpet, Jennifer Lawrence, and Reaction – Source
Ever since the first teaser trailer got record views on YouTube, a lot of people have been very excited about the IT movie.
Not everyone, though.
On Monday’s edition of ITV’s This Morning, two professional clowns came on the show to give their fairly blunt thoughts about Hollywood’s latest Stephen King adaptation.
“It’s nothing to do with clowning, and everything to do with a cheap Hollywood movie that’s taken millions of pounds,” says Rob Bowker, also known as Bibbledy Bob. “Because they don’t need Brad Pitt, they don’t need Tom Cruise… the guy who’s playing the clown — never heard of him.” …
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Unfairly or not, it’s safe to say that Paris Hilton is not associated with deep thought.
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Recently, however, she provoked what can only be described as a barrage of thoughtful questions with the following tweet:
What’s on your mind? pic.twitter.com/coinxJfDXP
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton) September 10, 2017
So pensive, so brooding… and it turned out Twitter had a lot on its mind too. People’s reactions were pretty thought-provoking, albeit less photogenic:
If the person who invented the drawing board had failed, what would he have gone back to?
— Malcolm Horner (@mal393) …
More about Twitter, Twitter Reactions, Paris Hilton, Culture, and Celebrities – Source
EE all but confirming new iPhone features before Apple’s had a chance to announce them is turning into a bit of a yearly tradition. This morning, the carrier announced it’s now selling Belkin’s Qi Wireless Charging Pad for £30 (this is the stan… – Source
Mark Hamill’s Twitter feed is absolutely golden for entertainment value. Famous for his roles as Luke Skywalker and the Joker, Hamill is a pretty playful online presence.
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Case in point:
NOT on @JaredLeto’s lap!(knelt next 2 my chair) He DID give me a piggy-back ride as this authentic non-photoshopped pic proves#Joker2Joker pic.twitter.com/pZgYgyjrkl
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 12, 2017
Hamill drew a lot of unintentional attention recently though. In his own words:
3 days ago a tweet asked me if I was a wolves fan-I”liked”it thinking they meant the animal-Now they’re my favorite team I’d never heard ofhttps://t.co/RhraZt8faD
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) …
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Recently Oppo launched a new smartphone dubbed A71. The device was initially only available in Malaysia, but now it is on sale in India as well. The A71 is listed on Flipkart, carrying a price tag of INR 12,990, which currently translates to $200.
Both gold and black color options are available. The Oppo A71 is powered by Mediatek’s MT6750 SoC and sports a 5.2-inch 720p display. Memory configuration is 3GB/16GB, while cameras on the back and front are 13MP and 5MP, respectively. A 3,000mAh battery is there to keep the lights on.
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It’s finally here. Today the rumors come to an end (temporarily) as we find out more about what Apple is going to deliver. Check in with our liveblog at 1 PM ET for all of the details as they’re revealed, and of course we’ll have… – Source
Because who doesn’t want a 518-hp off-road vehicle? – Source
You probably wouldn’t see Tim Cook doing this anytime soon.
Jack Ma, Alibaba CEO and Asia’s richest man, turned up at his company’s 18th anniversary birthday bash dressed as Michael Jackson.
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He first rode onstage in a black motorcycle, before getting off and striking a number of poses, in a black and gold outfit similar to Jackson’s iconic Dangerous World Tour suit.
But because he was wearing a mask, the stadium of 40,000 Alibaba employees only broke into surprised applause when he stepped forward and took off the bejewelled accessory. What an entrance. …
More about China, Asia, Alibaba, Taobao, and Jack Ma – Source
Extra-tall Huawei flagship will focus on ‘smart colors’ on its lock screen.
We’re still just over a month away from the official launch of the Huawei Mate 10, but the company is continuing to trickle out details of the upcoming flagship. Today we’ve got an early look at the Mate 10’s lock screen in the form of the video below, which is intended to show the new ‘smart color selection’ feature for text on the lock screen. In essence, it looks like EMUI 6 will intelligently select highlight colors from your lock screen wallpaper and apply them to the date, time and other information on the display.
But there’s more than just a sneak preview of one (very specific) area of EMUI 6 lurking here. The resolution of the video confirms something we’ve long suspected of the device — it’ll ship with an extra-tall 2:1 (or 18:9, if you prefer) aspect ratio, matching the proportions of the LG G6 and V30, among others. The native resolution is 1080×2160, suggesting Huawei may stick at a Full HD-like resolution for the regular Mate 10. (The higher-specced Mate 10 Pro, which we’re expecting to take the lead in Europe, is rumored to feature a Quad HD+ panel with a resolution of 1440×2880.)
Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu recently teased both Mate 10 variants at IFA 2017 in Berlin, confirming that they’d be the first phone with the new AI-equipped Kirin 970 CPU, and a “full screen” display.
You’ll find the full video below, and we’ll be in Munich, Germany for the official Huawei Mate 10 launch event in October 26.
You’ll be the hippest parent at school when you roll up in one of these. – Source
LG is trying to compete with Samsung and Apple by launching a slightly cheaper flagship, but it looks like that won’t be hard considering the high price both smartphone companies are expected to put on their top of the line devices.
Although there have been quite a few rumors regarding LG V30’s price, it’s still unclear how much the phone it will cost. One thing is certain though, the flagship will be more expensive in Europe compared to the US model.
We now have information that suggests the South Korean company will sell the 64GB LG V30 on its home turf for around $840 outright. … – Source
As Apple prepares to unbox its new iPhones, Samsung has teased that it’s aiming to launch a smartphone with a foldable screen next year… Read More
A few days ago, we reported on Android’s September security bulletin, in which Google seemed to suggest the latest security patches for most Pixel and Nexus devices came bundled with the late-August upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo. That turns out not to be the case, however, as our devices have all been stuck on the August 5th security patch level. There’s still a fair amount of confusion swirling, but some users seem to be receiving September OTAs with up-to-date security patches at last.
Amid much confusion, Pixels and Nexuses are finally starting to receive September security OTAs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The UK’s markets regulator has added its voice to warning calls from across the world around the dangers of ICO investing.
ICOs, also known as token sales, have brought in an estimated $1.7 billion in crypto token investment for companies this year, but the boom has raised concern among financial regulators for the potential for scams, money laundering and other illicit… Read More
LG and Google have worked together closely a number of times so far. The South Korean company manufactured a few smartphones for the online search giant including the Nexus 5 and Nexus 5X.
It now looks like the two companies will soon be joining forces again, but this time in a different area. According to a report by Etnews, LG will try to boost sales of its Smart Home appliances in North America with a little help from Google. Those who purchase a product from the company’s smart series like an air conditioner or a washing machine, among others, will get a free Google Home with their purchase. The promotion is said to kick off sometime this month and will end on October 9.
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As you may know, Google Home is a voice-controlled speaker that can do all sorts of things. In addition to playing the music you want, telling you all about the weather, and answering any weird questions you might have, it also serves as a hub for all the smart home gadgets you own. What this means is that you can control these devices via the speaker with various voice commands. You can, for example, just say, “OK Google, turn on the air purifier”, as opposed to actually getting up and turning it on manually.
The partnership between LG and Google is sort of a win-win situation. It will allow LG to make its products more appealing to customers and increase sales in the process, while Google will be able to get its Assistant-powered device in front of more people and maybe even get closer to Amazon and its Alexa speakers when it comes to the number of users and market share.
The promotion hasn’t been confirmed by either of the two companies yet, so there’s no guarantee that it will actually go live. If it does, LG or Google will likely share more details on this topic very soon.