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  • Xiaomi stole artwork commissioned by LG for its latest marketing blunder
    by Jason England on June 19, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    The artwork stolen comes from Peter Tarka's Behance portfolio. What you need to know Xiaomi was using a stolen image on its Spanish website to promote its products. The image was a compilation of three separate images hosted on Peter Tarka's Behance page. Two of the elements used were stolen from pieces Tarka had created for LG. Xiaomi just stole an artist's work to promote products on its Spanish website. The images in question were stolen from Peter Tarka's Behance portfolio without any credit or payment. To make matters worse, some of the elements used were actually commissioned pieces for Xiaomi's competitor LG. Unlike Xiaomi, LG actually paid Tarka for his work and time, instead of ripping off his Behance page. The images used are not direct copies, as you can see Xiaomi has tweaked them ever so slightly by replacing some elements with its products and increasing the saturation. Just because it's not an exact copy, doesn't mean it's a blatant rip-off of Tarka's original work ... […]

  • 5 reasons you want a voice-controlled microwave
    by Joe Maring on June 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    It's more useful than you might think. The AmazonBasics Microwave is a great first attempt from Amazon for a product of this kind. It's built well, works as advertised, and comes in at a great price. While all of that's fine and dandy, a lot of people aren't sold on the idea of a voice-controlled microwave in the first place. Why do you need a microwave that can be used with your voice when it's just as easy to press a couple of buttons to do the same thing? That's a valid question, and below we've put together five big reasons why something like the AmazonBasics Microwave would be an excellent fit for your home. It's great for people with disabilities For a lot of us, pressing buttons on a microwave isn't something we have to think much about. For others, however, it can be a struggle. Multiple disabilities can make everyday tasks a lot harder for many people, and with the ability to use your voice instead of pressing buttons, that makes the AmazonBasics Microwave a lot more acc... […]

  • Will you use Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency?
    by Joe Maring on June 19, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    It'll be available in the first half of 2020. On June 18, Facebook revealed that it's getting ready to enter the cryptocurrency market. In the first half of 2020, the Facebook-created Libra crypto will be launched and available for everyone to use. Facebook's acquired a lot of impressive backing for Libra, including the likes of Visa, Mastercard, eBay, Spotify, Vodafone, and many others. Libra could turn out to be a smashing success, but at least according to a couple of people in the AC forums, they don't seem to psyched about it. Here's what they said when asked if they trusted a Facebook-made cryptocurrency. Mooncatt 06-18-2019 08:33 AM “ I don't use crypto-currency, period. Reply B. Diddy 06-18-2019 09:39 PM “ Nope. Reply What about you? Will you use Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency? Join the conversa... […]

  • Nest.com has a new home on the Google Store
    by Babu Mohan on June 19, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    You will no longer be able to buy Google's smart home products on Nest.com. What you need to know As part of a rebranding effort, Google has decided to move products from Nest.com to the Google Store. Customers with an existing Nest account can continue to use the website to manage their Nest Aware subscriptions. Google had announced that it will be bringing all Nest and Google smart home products under one roof last month. At its I/O 2019 keynote last month, Google announced that it will be rebranding its smart home products as Google Nest. After rebranding the Google Home Help Center to Google Nest Help Center, the company has now moved Nest.com to the Google Store. As spotted by Droid-Life, there are now no listings whatsoever on Nest.com. Only a banner notifying users that Nest.com has been moved to the Google Store is visible on the website. However, if you have an existing Nest account, you will be able to continue managing your Nest Aware subscriptions or go through your or... […]

  • Samsung Galaxy Fit review: Daily activity tracking with no hassle
    by Andrew Martonik on June 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    A viable alternative to the Fitbit Inspire HR for basic activity tracking in a small package. Samsung has tried several different wearable form factors, bouncing around in the middle ground between fitness band and smartwatch over the years. But in the latest generation, it has a clear delineation between three tiers of products with a full-featured Galaxy Watch at the high-end, a fitness-focused Galaxy Active in the middle, and now the Galaxy Fit fitness band at the most basic level. At just $99, Samsung sets the Galaxy Fit directly against the popular Fitbit Inspire HR, and hits the same basic features. It has a small and straightforward design, basic daily activity tracking, and long battery life. The only question is whether Samsung offers anything extra to pull people away from the well-known "Fitbit" name at the same price. Simple tracker Samsung Galaxy Fit $100 at Amazon ... […]

  • Qualcomm and Intel are quietly lobbying against Trump's Huawei ban
    by Babu Mohan on June 19, 2019 at 11:17 am

    U.S. chipmakers stand to lose billions in case the Huawei ban is not reconsidered. What you need to know Qualcomm, Intel, and Xilinx are trying to get the U.S. government to lift the ban on Huawei. U.S. chipmakers want to continue supplying chips to Huawei for its mobile devices such as smartphones and wearables. The temporary license granted to Huawei to work with U.S. companies is valid until August 19, 2019. U.S. chipmakers such as Qualcomm and Intel are reportedly quietly lobbying the Trump administration to ease the trade ban on Huawei. Citing people familiar with the matter, Reuters has reported that executives from Intel and Xilinx attended a meeting with the Commerce Department late last month in order to discuss a response to Huawei being added to the entity list. Qualcomm, another U.S chipmaker that sells its chips to Huawei, is also said to have pressed the Commerce Department about the same issue. While the U.S. chipmakers are not denying the potential security risk p... […]

  • 5G in the US: How each carrier will deploy 5G on phones
    by Jerry Hildenbrand on June 19, 2019 at 11:00 am

    What you need to know about each carrier's capabilities and plans for fifth-generation wireless. The Big Four U.S. carriers are all well into their 5G roadmap. We have 5G-ready phones like the Galaxy S10 5G, and we already can see the results of testing using devices like home broadband routers and wireless hotspots. 5G is coming, and it's not going to be the typical slow rollout we've seen with 3G and 4G LTE. There is one way that the 5G networks in the U.S. will resemble its 3G and 4G counterparts, though: each carrier is doing things differently and it's very unlikely that you'll be able to buy a single device that works with all of them. This will probably change as the tech inside the devices and the tech that powers the networks mature, but any plans of buying an unlocked 5G-ready device today and using it across multiple carriers will need to be put on hold. Here's what we know so far about how each carrier is building a 5G network. AT&T AT&T expects to offe... […]

  • Huawei Nova 5 will be powered by an all-new 7nm Kirin chipset
    by Babu Mohan on June 19, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Unlike the current Kirin 710, Kirin 810 will be fabricated on a more efficient 7nm process What you need to know The Huawei Nova will be the company's first smartphone to be powered by a 7nm mid-range SoC, believed to be called the Kirin 810. Kirin 810 will succeed the Kirin 710, which was announced by HiSilicon last year. Huawei is slated to unveil the Nova 5 series smartphones in China on June 21. Huawei will be taking the wraps off its Nova 5 series phones at an event in China this Friday. Ahead of the launch event, it has been confirmed that the upcoming Nova 5 will be powered by an all-new 7nm Kirin mobile processor. The information was announced in a Weibo post by He Gang, head of Huawei's smartphone division. While the executive did not confirm the name of the chipset in the post, it is rumored that the chipset might be called the Kirin 810. Interestingly, the Kirin 810 will be HiSilicon's second chipset to be fabricated using a 7nm processor. The first is the Kirin 980, w... […]

  • ASUS 6z launches in India for just ₹31,999 ($460), undercuts everyone else
    by Harish Jonnalagadda on June 19, 2019 at 8:33 am

    ASUS is once again offering the best value in town with the ASUS 6z. What you need to know ASUS has launched the ZenFone 6 as the ASUS 6z in India. The base variant costs just ₹31,999 ($460), making it a stellar deal. Sales kick off June 26, with the device exclusive to Flipkart. ASUS was scheduled to launch the ZenFone 6 in India earlier this month, but the event was derailed by a lawsuit that effectively prevented ASUS from using ZenFone branding in India. So ASUS is instead going to sell the ZenFone 6 as the ASUS 6z in India, and the phone has officially made its debut in the country. The ASUS 6z will be available exclusively on Flipkart for ₹31,999 ($460), which is a fantastic deal when you consider the hardware on offer. That's for the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and the 6GB/128GB model will be available for ₹34,999 ($520). The high-end option with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will retail in India for ₹39,999 ($575). Coming t... […]

  • OPPO Reno 10x Zoom review: An impressive alternative to the Huawei P30 Pro
    by Harish Jonnalagadda on June 19, 2019 at 7:40 am

    The Reno is OPPO's most refined phone yet, and a great flagship in 2019. OPPO has had an interesting journey over the last few years. While its devices always had great cameras and evocative designs, the brand hasn't quite been able to challenge the likes of Samsung or Huawei in the high-end space. OPPO instead turned to advertising and an extensive retail network to sell devices, and that paid off handsomely for the brand. But in the last two years, the flagship R series has seen a radical transformation. Last year's R15 Pro and R17 Pro were standout phones in the value space, and the Find X became a bold showcase for the brand. For 2019, OPPO is once again switching things up. The R series is making way for the Reno, with the device featuring a stunning glass design with a unique shark fin popup front camera and 10x zoom at the back. Huawei's take on 5x optical zoom with the P30 Pro is very interesting — and the phone continues to be one of the best Android devices availab... […]

  • HMD Global is moving Nokia phone data to Finland for better security
    by Harish Jonnalagadda on June 19, 2019 at 7:09 am

    HMD is taking steps to ensure it safeguards user data following a snafu in March. What you need to know HMD will store all device data from Nokia phones at a Google Cloud facility in Finland. The Nokia 4.2, Nokia 2.2, and Nokia 3.2 are the first devices to make the switch. Older Nokia phones will be migrated with the Android Q update. HMD Global came under intense pressure earlier this year after it was discovered that a few Nokia 7 Plus units "mistakenly" sent device data to China. HMD has apologised for the error, and is now taking measures to ensure it doesn't happen again. HMD has announced that it is moving its data collection center to Europe for improving device security and providing a better customer experience for Nokia users. The phone activation and performance data for all Nokia phones going forward will be stored at the Google Cloud facility in Hamina, Finland. This change aims to add additional levels of security and privacy. HMD plans to make use of Google Cloud... […]

  • Motorola One Pro leak reveals waterdrop notch and four cameras at the back
    by Babu Mohan on June 19, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Motorola's first quad-camera smartphone will be part of the Android One program. What you need to know Motorola One Pro will be the company's first smartphone to have four rear cameras. It is expected to sport a 6.2-inch display featuring a waterdrop cutout at the top. There's no word yet as to when the Motorola One Pro will be made official. Back in April, CAD renders showing an upcoming Motorola smartphone with quad rear cameras surfaced online. Press renders of the smartphone have now been leaked, giving us a better look at the rear quad-camera setup and revealing three new color options. According to CashKaro, the device will be unveiled as the Motorola One Pro. The leaked press renders of the Motorola One Pro show a design that looks quite different from the Motorola One Vision that was launched at an event in Brazil last month. While the One Vision comes with a hole-punch display, the Motorola One Pro will have a 6.2-inch display with a waterdrop cutout at the top. Motorola'... […]

  • OPPO will show off its in-display camera phone at MWC Shanghai on June 26
    by Harish Jonnalagadda on June 19, 2019 at 6:43 am

    OPPO is all set to showcase its first phone with an in-display camera at MWC Shanghai. What you need to know OPPO's latest teaser suggests it will show off its first phone with an in-display camera at MWC Shanghai. OPPO shared a video earlier this month that showed off the tech in action, with the camera module embedded underneath the display. We'll likely get more details on a commercial launch at the event. Earlier this month, OPPO gave us an early look at its in-display camera technology. The teaser video showed off a phone that featured a camera module embedded directly underneath the display, thereby eliminating a need for a cutout or motorized slider. OPPO has now announced that it will be showcasing the tech at MWC Shanghai, which is slated to take place from June 26 to June 29. GizmoChina spotted the teaser on Weibo, and the halo in the image corresponds to the in-display camera module that we've seen in the video earlier this month. Xiaomi is also working on an in-disp... […]

  • Redmi K20 Pro will make its way to global markets as the Mi 9T Pro
    by Harish Jonnalagadda on June 19, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Xiaomi is rebranding the Redmi K20 Pro to the Mi 9T Pro outside China and India. What you need to know Following the Redmi K20, the K20 Pro will be rebranded to the Mi 9T in global markets. The phone is slated to make its European debut in the coming months. The Redmi K20 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 855 and features a 48MP camera. Earlier this month, Xiaomi launched the Redmi K20 in Europe as the Mi 9T. It now looks like the company will do a similar rebrand for the Redmi K20 Pro, which is slated to make its debut in the region as the Mi 9T Pro. The folks over at XDA have found references to the same in MIUI's camera, with the watermark changing from Redmi K20 Pro to Shot on Mi 9T Pro for the global model. The Redmi series doesn't really have any brand cachet outside of China and India, so it makes sense to brand the devices under the Mi moniker in global markets. The device itself is expected to be launched in global markets in a few months' time, with Xiaomi currently foc... […]

  • OnePlus 7 Pro receiving OxygenOS 9.5.8 with May security patch, other fixes
    by Harish Jonnalagadda on June 19, 2019 at 5:44 am

    OnePlus 7 Pro's latest update optimizes touch sensitivity and brings the May security patch. What you need to know OxygenOS 9.5.8 is now rolling out to the OnePlus 7 Pro with the May security patch. The update includes optimized touch sensitivity along with the usual bug fixes. It also adds better compatibility for third-party USB-C headphones. The OnePlus 7 Pro picked up a sizeable update last week to OxygenOS 9.5.7 that overhauled the camera, and the device is now receiving another update to build 9.5.8 with the May security patch and other fixes. OxygenOS 9.5.8 is now rolling out to the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the update includes optimizations to the touch sensitivity. OnePlus also mentions improved audio quality along with the usual bug fixes. Another addition is improved compatibility for third-party USB-C headphones. OnePlus sells a USB-C version of its Bullets earbuds, but if you'd rather use a third-partty option with the OnePlus 7 Pro, you can do so. Best USB-C Headphones i... […]

  • Samsung could unveil the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7 in New York
    by Harish Jonnalagadda on June 19, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Note 10 at the same venue as last year's Note 9. What you need to know Samsung could unveil the Galaxy Note 10 on August 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That's the same venue the company used for the Galaxy Note 9 launch last year. The Note 10 is rumored with a new design that sees the removal of the headphone jack. We got a good look at the Galaxy Note 10 via leaked renders earlier this month, and one of the key talking points is the lack of a headphone jack. It looks like Samsung is set to roll out two models — a standard version with a 6.28-inch screen, and a Pro variant with a massive 6.75-inch display. Samsung has traditionally launched new models in the Note series in August, and it looks like that will be the case this year as well. According to CNET, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Note 10 at an Unpacked event on August 7 in New York. The publication states that Samsung will launch the phone at the Barclays Center in Brookl... […]

  • New accessories highlight the latest Fortnite Item Shop Update
    by Anthony J Nash on June 19, 2019 at 3:18 am

    All the latest goodies from the shop to add to your collection! The Fortnite Item Shop has updated once again, and players can now hop in and pick up some new gear, including brand new cosmetics, gliders, and other items. Today's update brings back some older and fan-favorite outfits, including the Kuno and Kenji outfits, to go along with the newer Callisto and Asmodeus outfits. These outfits are also joined by the Foul Play dual wielding harvesting tool, and the Batso glider, as well as the new Talons harvesting tool and the Falcon glider. Alongside the bevy of skins and pickaxes, players can also pick up some random items to add to their arsenal. Today, the Shadow Ops and Marino outfits are available, alongside the Fresh Cut harvesting tool and Bandage item spray. The Rock Out and Jamboree emotes are also available. A silent sneaker Kuno 1,500 V-Bucks Ninja warrior Kenji 1,500 V-Bucks Sharp looting Talons 800 V-Bucks Wind beneath my wings Falco... […]

  • New items, modes, and more! Here's what's new in Fortnite's 9.30 patch
    by Anthony J Nash on June 18, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Ready for something new? Check it out! The latest patch for Fortnite — the 9.30 patch — is out, and with it comes the introduction of a brand new item that will allows players to heal themselves and their teammates. The Chug Splash is an area-of-effect healing item, and players can throw it in the direction of their teammates or themselves to use it. Once the item explodes on contact, whoever is in the area will be slightly healed, which makes it a good item for players looking to help teammates out during a fight. The latest patch also vaulted three weapons in the game, with the Boom Bow, Dual Pistols, and Dynamite all going away for the time being. You can check out the full list of changes to the Battle Royale portion of Fortnite below, and jump into a game now to check out the changes. Chug Splash On impact, this thrown item splashes liquid in a small area. All players within the splash radius will be instantly granted 20 Health/Shield. Grants health unless you... […]

  • Pay close attention to the RCS football as Google tees it up again
    by Phil Nickinson on June 18, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Google taking RCS Chat into its own hands and bypassing the carriers will help, but it won't create a messaging utopia. You have to wonder a little if Google is afraid of getting messaging right. That's maybe the only explanation that's left following its most recent failure to take encrypted messaging seriously, and for the latest lip service paid to RCS — the next generation of sort-of-not-really text messaging that Google's been pushing for the past couple of years. Here. We go. Again. If you're not all that well-versed on the various ways our words fly from phone to phone, a quick recap: SMS — traditional "text messaging" is old, limited, and not at all secure. It's a feature of the carriers themselves, and it's always been clunky. But it still works everywhere. Then there's iMessage, which Apple has seamlessly built into iOS for what seems like forever, is a proprietary, end-to-end encrypted system that only works on Apple devices. And it works very, very wel... […]

  • Google defends its practice for showing lyrics in Search
    by Joe Maring on June 18, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Your move, Genius. What you need to know On June 17, Genius accused Google of stealing lyrics from its website. Google's published a blog post outlining how it shows lyrics on Google Search. The company will now credit third-party sources it gets lyrics from. On Monday, June 17, lyrics website Genius made a bold accusation — it accused Google of scraping its website for song lyrics, stealing them, and then displaying them on Google Search. Just one day later, Google's responded with a blog post titled, "How we help you find lyrics in Google Search." Google starts off the post explaining how song lyrics show up in Search saying: Lyrics can appear in information boxes and on Knowledge Panels in Search when you're looking for songs or lyrics. While we do this to help you find that information quickly, we also ensure that the songwriters are paid for their creative work. To do that, we pay music publishers for the right to display lyrics, since they manage the rights to thes... […]

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