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Android emoji – everything you need to know

Emoji seem to have taken over the world, with emoticons quickly becoming a dying tongue around the inter webs. And for good reason; these little icons offer a convenient and friendly way to express emotions. Even turds look cute when pictured as emoji! But what about Android emoji support?<p>You may …

Apps

First high-res shots of LG Watch Style leak in two different styles

We’ve been hearing a lot over the past few weeks about LG’s upcoming duo of Android Wear smartwatches, and tonight, the first high-res renders have leaked…<p>Via infamous leaker Evan Blass, we have our first good look at LG’s smaller entry for Android Wear 2.0. This new image comes just a few days …

Google Docs just got a whole lot more powerful on iOS and Android

With all of the products and services that exist under the Google umbrella, updates are a dime a dozen, but this week has been especially busy for …

The Google Car was supposed to disrupt the car industry. Now Waymo is taking on suppliers.

Waymo’s move to bring its hardware manufacturing in-house shows the company’s attempt to edge out suppliers like Delphi and Mobileye.<p>For at least several months before Alphabet splintered off its car division and named it Waymo, the company had made it clear that it did not want to build a car. …

Automotive Industry

Twitter makes two national security letters public

Twitter on Friday released two national security letters it received from the FBI in the last two years that previously came with gag orders not to discuss them.<p>In a blog post, the social network said it had been ordered by the feds to provide the name, address and other pertinent information of a …

National Security

Microsoft is bringing Cortana to the Android lock screen

Microsoft recently overhauled the user interface of Cortana on Android, but the company has more plans for the digital assistant. The software maker is currently testing out a new way to access Cortana from the Android lock screen, with just a swipe. It’s a new feature that’s clearly designed to …

New D-Link DCS-2530L 180 Degree Panoramic Camera Launched In The UK

D-Link has launched a new 180 degree panoramic camera in the UK, the D-Link DCS-2530L which will retail for £160.99 in the UK.<p>The D-Link DCS-2530L …

Gear & Gadgets

Huawei could announce MediaPad T3 tablet at MWC 2017

Huawei could announce at new tablet, the MediaPad T3, at MWC 2017 in Barcelona. The information arrives via Roland Quandt (@rquandt) of <i>WinFuture.de</i> who tweeted a picture of what appears to be the device’s Wi-Fi certification approval.<p>Quandt, who has provided other accurate leaks in the past, stated …

Mobile Technology

Samsung may have 'leaked' its Galaxy S8, and boy does it look gorgeous

There's a couple of things we can guess about Samsung's upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S8, but there's very little in terms of actual, official …

LG will reportedly be the first to debut Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches

Last December, Google confirmed that it was planning to launch two new smartwatches featuring its upcoming Android Wear 2.0 platform, in partnership with a third-party manufacturer. According to tipster Evan Blass, that partner is LG.<p>The company is expected to launch the LG Watch Sport and LG Watch …

BeeLine's bike computer makes every ride an adventure

Cycling in a city can be stressful, especially if you're headed somewhere that you've never been to before. Most people ride with a specialized cycle computer, or with a smartphone strapped to their handlebars. While useful, both devices can be a distraction on busy, dangerous roads. Instructive …

Google’s Pixel is still the hottest Android phone in town

Google’s pair of Pixel phones is a remarkable success for the company. Sure, they may have some flaws, but they’re still the hottest Android devices …

This AI scheduler is perfect for people who hate arranging meetings

If arranging meetings have become a bothersome chore, Mimetic.ai's Evie could be just the thing.<p>Evie, a virtual personal assistant, is capable of talking to the other party and scheduling the right meeting time convenient for both parties without your direct intervention.<p>I found it ridiculously …

New Nokia 6 Hits 1 Million Registrations In China

The Nokia 6 was announced earlier this month, the handset is Nokia’s first Android smartphone and it is launching in China soon.<p>It looks like the …

LG's Nexus-like Android Wear watches emerge in a leak

For months, rumors have circulated of Google formally launching Android Wear 2.0 with a pair of flagship smartwatches -- not Google-designed, but certainly intended as reference models like Nexus phones used to be. But what will they be like? We might just have an idea -- Evan Blass (of @evleaks …

Kubo, the robot that teaches kids to code, is now available for preorder

We saw tons of new stuff at CES this year. But one thing that particularly caught our eye was Kubo, the robot that teaches kids how to code.<p>Kubo is a pretty simple robot – it’s about the size of a can of soda and has two wheels that allow it to roll around a desk or table. But what it lacks in …

Amazon patented a highway network that controls self-driving cars and trucks

The system will specifically help self-driving cars navigate reversible lanes (or lanes that can go both ways).<p>Amazon was awarded a patent for a network that manages a very specific aspect of the self-driving experience: How autonomous cars navigate reversible lanes.<p>Reversible lanes indicate a …

Apple increases App Store prices by 25% following Brexit vote

Price rises for iOS and Mac users announced in an email to developers, following a 19% fall in the value of the pound<p>Apple is raising prices on its UK App Store by almost 25% to reflect the sharp depreciation of the pound following June’s vote to leave the European Union.<p>The new prices enshrine …

App Store

Google Assistant might soon let you make payments

A teardown of a new beta version of the official Google App for Android – which includes the company’s Assistant service – by the folks at XDA Developers reveals that you might soon be able to make payments using the AI-powered bot across supported devices.<p>It isn’t clear exactly how that will work, …

Google Assistant

Airbus Wants to Test Its Flying Car Prototype This Year

The aviation giant wants the autonomous flying taxis to work like ride-share services.<p>Airbus Group announced today that it plans to test an autonomous airborne taxi prototype for one passenger by the end of 2017, according to a report from<i>Reuters.</i> The aviation giant sees flying taxis as the next …

You can buy a handgun that looks like an iPhone, and cops are worried

It might look like a bulky old-generation square iPhone to most people, police included, but the device in the image above is a weapon. One that …

Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook-Linux hybrid

Common scenario: You buy a new laptop, thinking you'll sell, donate or hand down the old one... but it never happens. Maybe you don't want to deal with the hassles of Craigslist or Ebay, not to mention wiping all your data, reinstalling Windows and so on.<p>Whatever the case, now it's just taking up …

Misfit Phase proves hybrid smartwatches could replace basic activity trackers

Review: Could ugly wristbands be no more now that we have real smart watches?<p>Misfit hasn't changed much since joining the Fossil family. Its Phase …

Wearable Tech

The magnetic charger Apple should’ve built into the iPhone is just $15 on Amazon

The magnetic “MagSafe” charger on Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops is absolutely brilliant. Just wave it past the charging port and the …

Withings Launches $100 'Thermo' Contactless Thermometer for No-Hassle Readings

Announced earlier this year at CES, Withings today officially launched its latest connected health device, Thermo, a contactless thermometer approved by the FDA that "yields the most precise temperature possible" for parents looking to diagnose not only their children, but themselves.<p>With a …

Home Automation

RiskBand is another portable panic button that doesn't need a phone

Given that the general state of the world in 2016 could be classified as The Worst, it was only a matter of time before a tech company started selling gadgets to Make You Feel Safe Again. Enter RiskBand, a personal safety device from Whereable Technologies that can pinpoint your location anywhere …

Portable

Here's one way to survive the iPhone headphone apocalypse

Apple’s anticipated removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack has drawn plenty of ire and consternation, and rightly so. Along with the jack-less Moto Z and LeEco’s 2016 lineup, the next iPhone is expected to be in the vanguard of a new generation of phones that lack a slot for the most universal of …

Logitech launches Pop Home Switch to take on Amazon’s Dash Button

Accessory maker Logitech today is announcing the launch of the Pop Home Switch, a new button that can carry out certain actions when you push it. It’s reminiscent of Amazon’s Dash Buttons, which let you do things like buy new paper towels and laundry detergent, but Logitech’s product is more …

Smart Homes

Samsung T3 SSD review: A glass ceiling on cloud storage

SSD is the future, but it’s an expensive purchase to make it today’s world. But prices are dropping, and external drives with deep storage are fast becoming something we all want on our desktops or in a travel bag.<p>Samsung’s T3 SSD lineup is perhaps the best known of the bunch. We put the 2TB USB-C …

With Hololens, Microsoft Is Learning From Google Glass’s Failure

Where Google Glass failed, Hololens seems poised to succeed as a tool for the working man rather than a consumer headset for gamers.<p>“The space in our cities is limited,” says Andreas Shierenbeck, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevator, a company that builds and maintains elevators worldwide. He’s speaking to …