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Xperia XZ Premium hands-on: Sony powerhouse has a Snapdragon 835, 4K LCD

All the pixels, top-of-the-line SoC, and camera that can shoot almost 1000 FPS.<p>BARCELONA, Spain—Mobile World Congress is well underway, and the …

Google's AI-powered Assistant is coming to millions more Android phones

Last year, when Google first showed off its clever Assistant chatbot for searching the Web, playing music and video from your preferred apps and controlling your smart home appliances, it was exclusive to the company’s Pixel phone, Home speaker and the Allo messaging app.<p>If you haven’t tried it …

Samsung promises stronger transparency and oversight after bribery scandal

Company says donations will be publicized and subject to board approval, following the arrest of Lee Jae-yong<p>Samsung Electronics says it is taking measures to enhance transparency and oversight over donations made to third parties, following the arrest of Samsung Group heir Lee Jae-yong in …

This is probably the Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S8 smartphone in late March, but the two videos and a couple of images embedded here appear to show working units.<p>The videos show the phone’s refined design. The curved screen of the S7 remains as does the 3.5mm headphone port. The phone looks very similar to …

Phones

The next iPhone could make it so you never have to worry about having enough storage space

Research firm TrendForce issued a report on Tuesday with its predictions for Apple's next iPhone, citing "information from the supply chain."<p>Lots of details from the TrendForce report line up with current rumors, but there's one new wrinkle it suggests: the "high-end" iPhone could come with only …

​No PC monitor? Samsung smart sunglasses double as smartphone and desktop display

Samsung doubles down on virtual reality for the upcoming Mobile World Congress as it unveils new products from its C-Lab.<p>Samsung has offered a peek …

Google launches GPU support for its Cloud Platform

Three months ago, Google announced it would in early 2017 launch support for high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) for machine learning and other specialized workloads. It’s now early 2017 and, true to its word, Google today officially made GPUs on the Google Cloud Platform available to …

Verizon cuts $350M from its acquisition price of Yahoo after data breaches

After a pair of massive Yahoo data breaches, Verizon announced today that the two companies have reached new terms for its acquisition. As noted by Reuters, Verizon has lowered its purchase price for Yahoo’s core business by $350 million, down to $4.48 billion.<p>The deal between Yahoo and Verizon was …

Logic Pro X updated with improved sharing with GarageBand for iOS, bug fixes

Apple has released Logic Pro X version 10.3.1 on the Mac App Store. The new update includes a few bug fixes as well as improved sharing with GarageBand for iOS. Full release notes below:<p>What’s New in Version 10.3.1<p>• Addresses issues that could cause regions to behave unexpectedly while moving them …

Apple purchases iCloud.net domain name, shutting down social network currently housed there

According to a new report from TechCrunch, Apple recently acquired the domain name iCloud.net, one of the last remaining pieces related to iCloud that the company itself did not own. While it’s unclear when Apple made the purchase, the social network previously linked to that domain will shut down …

Apple announces WWDC 2017: June 5th – 9th, held at San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Apple has announced it is holding WWDC 2017 from June 5th to June 9th, with a big change from previous years: the conference will be held in San Jose, at the McEnery Convention Center.<p>At WWDC, Apple unveils the next major versions of its software operating systems. This year, expect the …

Indian engineers need to stop being so afraid of the term “artificial intelligence”

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being counted (pdf) among the hottest startup sectors in India this year, but the highly specialised space is struggling to grow due to the lack of a primary input: engineers.<p>“Forget getting people of our choice, we don’t even get applications when we advertise for …

Artificial Intelligence

Business Secretary heads to Paris for crisis talks over future of Vauxhall UK jobs

Business Secretary Greg Clark travelled to Paris last night for urgent talks with Peugeot executives and the French government about the future of thousands of Vauxhall employees in Britain.<p>General Motors - the parent company of the Vauxhall and Opel - is in negotiations about a sale of the marques …

What’s Next for AI Home Assistants - MIT Technology Review

The world has already fallen in love with AI home assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. Now what?<p>Anyone who’s used a device like …

iDevices Smart Home Essentials Kit

<b>Pros</b><p>No hub required. Works with HomeKit. Supports Siri and Alexa voice commands. Well-designed app.<p><b>Cons</b><p>Pricey. Quirky installation. No support for …

Home Automation

LG Watch Style vs Apple Watch: which is the best smartwatch?

Asking whether an Android Wear watch is better than an Apple Watch here on Android Central may seem a little silly. After all, you can't use an Apple …

Intel’s new processor costs almost $9,000 and will make your server really fast

Intel’s latest and definitively greatest Xeon processor, the E7-8894 v4, has an MSRP of $8,898. There are other specs I can (and will) tell you about this, but really, that’s the most important one: $8,898.<p>Now, to be clear, this is a professional-grade piece of hardware that’s really only meant for …

Computer Hardware

Elon Musk Is Really Boring

The pit is at least 15 feet deep and more than 50 feet wide. It’s in a nondescript lot at Crenshaw Boulevard and West 120th Street, not far from Los …

Got a company-issued iPhone? You may find homescreen apps locked into place …

If you have an iPhone issued by your employer, you might find both your dock and homescreen being populated by the apps your organization wants to make front and center. Developer Steve Stroughton-Smith noticed that iOS 9.3 gives organizations greater control over the way apps are presented on the …

Gmail’s new security features just might save you from getting fired one day

Google Apps for Work Unlimited customers can now benefit from better attachment scanning in Gmail that uses optical character recognition to check before sensitive document copies or images are sent out of your company via email.<p>Google’s Data Loss Prevention (DLP) launched late last year to …

Facebook accused of vetoing newspaper's choice of interviewer

Sweden’s Svenska Dagbladet claims social network ‘seem to have a need to control the information and communication around them’<p>A Swedish newspaper has accused Facebook of trying to influence its coverage by vetoing its choice of reporter to interview the social network’s executives.<p>Svenska …

Social Media

How-To: Make Gmail the default mail app in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox on Mac

I’ve never been a fan of the stock Mail app in OS X, so I generally find myself relying on Gmail inside of Chrome for all of my email needs. In fact, I don’t have any email accounts configured inside of the stock Mail app at all. With this in mind, I always get frustrated when I inadvertently click …

Software

Tim Cook says it’ll be ‘Christmas Eve for a while’ when asked about Apple Car during shareholders meeting

Tim Cook and company lead Apple’s annual shareholders meeting of 2016 this morning, and as usual there were some interesting questions and answers between those in attendance. Like last year, Apple’s rumored electric vehicle project came up, only the Apple CEO didn’t automatically defer to CarPlay …

Apple event pushed to week of March 21st, 4-inch iPhone SE, new iPad Pro and more on tap

Well-sourced Re/code is indicating that Apple’s media event and keynote announcement for spring will be held in the week of March 21st. In an independent report by Buzzfeed, John Paczkowski reports that the event will take place on March 21st itself and will be a ‘smaller scale event’, suggesting …

Apple confirms OS X update broke Ethernet port on some Macs, here’s how to fix

If Apple hasn’t yet made the Ethernet network port on your Mac obsolete by not including it, as is the case with most Macs sold today, then it may have accidentally broke the port last week in an OS X kernel extension update. Many users complained about the issue online: they had randomly found …

Apple expands ‘Think Different’ trademark to Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Apple Pencil, iPad & more

It’s been a while since Apple used its ‘Think Different‘ slogan. Launched with a one-minute TV ad in 1997 when Apple was trying to persuade people to buy a Macintosh instead of an IBM PC, it hasn’t been used since 2002.<p>But <i>Patently Apple</i> notes that the company has expanded the European trademark …

New 9.7-inch iPad Pro may best 12.9-inch model with 12MP camera, 4K video

While Apple’s upcoming 9.7-inch iPad Pro will mostly match the 12.9-inch version in terms of functionality, there likely will be one key difference. Internal prototypes of the smaller model include a 12 megapixel rear camera comparable to the sensor in the iPhone 6s, according to sources. The …

WWDC wish list: closing the gap between iOS & OS X, split-screen enhancements, Xcode for iPad, more

<i>[Ed. Note: This is a guest post by developer Steven Troughton-Smith. You can follow him on Twitter @stroughtonsmith.]</i><p>I don’t often do this, but this year I think it’s important; Apple is more open & receptive to feedback today than it ever has been. With iOS 9 and iPad Pro, iOS has made a …

Purported MasterCard roadmap indicates Apple Pay coming to Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong & more this year

Following reports that Apple Pay would be launching in France before the end of this year, it now looks like the service could be coming to a handful of other countries, as well. According to a MasterCard roadmap received by 9to5Mac from an anonymous unproven source, Apple Pay could potentially …

Google Maps for iOS updated with pit stop and 3D Touch support

Google today has rolled out an update to Google Maps on iOS, bringing the app to version 4.16 and introducing a pair of new features. The update adds detour/pit stop support to the app, as well as adds support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.<p>First off, detour/pit stop support means …