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Verizon completes 5G call using 3GPP standards

The carrier claims its the first to do so, with the help of Nokia and Qualcomm.<p>Verizon on Monday said it's the first carrier to conduct an …

LG V30 (2018) coming with new AI features at MWC 2018—and it sounds dull

The LG V30 in Raspberry Rose.<p>LG has revealed that a new version of the LG V30 is headed to MWC 2018, complete with added AI capabilities.<br>• LG’s Vision AI component will integrate with the camera to offer automatic and voice-assisted features.<br>• Included among them is automatic shooting mode detection …

Magic Leap’s cheapest headsets will cost as much as a high-end phone, says CEO

Magic Leap is planning multiple editions of its augmented reality glasses for different levels of consumers and professionals, with the cheapest starting at the price of a “higher-end mobile phone to higher-end tablet,” says company president and CEO Rony Abovitz. “I think we’re trying to establish …

Hulu is going to be big and profitable, according to Disney’s chief strategy officer

Kevin Mayer says Disney will invest in Hulu once it takes over.<p>Hulu loses a lot of money — nearly a billion dollars last year, a figure that will likely nearly double this year.<p>But Hulu, which had three bosses as part of a joint venture, will get just one boss soon: Disney. And according to …

Walt Disney Company

Snapchat update: more than 800,000 angry users sign petition to change redesign

More than 800,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Snapchat to revert its update back to the original design.<p>The app’s latest redesign, which was released last week, focused on separating “media content” from that of “friends” among an array of other interface changes.<p>Snapchat …

Social Media

HMD Global strikes again, with official Android 8.1 update for Nokia 8

HMD Global’s most powerful Nokia-branded smartphone (for the time being, at least) is also the Finnish company’s first device to get an official …

Ocean Depths color of Essential Phone coming February 15

When it comes to colors, many smartphone makers stick to the basics: anything on the grayscale spectrum and maybe a conservative blue or …

No notch for Galaxy S9, but Samsung reportedly plans to go after Animoji with ‘3D Emoji’

While Samsung is definitely not following Huawei’s suit in following Apple’s “notched” flagship smartphone design direction, at least not yet, word …

There’s a new BOGO at T-Mobile, while MetroPCS takes $150 off any phone for switchers

It’s raining sweet deals on affordable and expensive smartphones, running Android or iOS, not to mention unlimited wireless service from both …

Moto G6 series screen and chipset specs affirmed

Another year of Motorola smartphone releases is coming up and one of the first waves to come will be with the mid-range Moto G6 and its shoulder …

Samsung reportedly abandons plans for in-display Galaxy Note 9 fingerprint sensor

Samsung’s seemingly never-ending biometric recognition woes are, well, unlikely to end anytime soon, according to anonymous supply chain sources …

Future Transport

For the Future Transport report, the <b>Transport Committee</b> has focused on technological change in three different, but closely related areas.<p>The …

Huawei gets caught soliciting fake reviews for the Mate 10 Pro on Best Buy (Update)

Updated 10:30 AM ET: Shortly after allegations of fake reviews for the Mate 10 Pro started to pop-up, Huawei responded with the following comment — …

Boston Dynamics unveils robodog that can open doors

A leading robotics company has revealed footage of a canine-inspired robot that can open doors that is certain to draw parallels to man's worst nightmare, rather than his best friend.<p>Boston Dynamics on Monday revealed footage of its SpotMini robot, which has four legs, a trunk and long reaching …

The latest Android iPhone X clone has an in-display fingerprint sensor

I’m sorry to tell you all: it’s the year of the notch. Android phones that unabashedly ape the iPhone X’s sensor-packed front notch keep on coming, and another, from Chinese phone maker Doogee, is about to arrive.<p>The Doogee V looks pretty darn close to an iPhone X: there’s the front notch with …

Mobile Technology

How to (and why you should) leave reviews on the Google Play Store

When you write a review in the Google Play Store, keep in mind that you're writing for three separate audiences — the app developer, other Android …

Facebook Messenger will try to be the third wheel in your new relationship

Just ahead of Valentine’s Day, Facebook is adding a few features to Messenger that’ll appear for new couples, ranging from mostly innocuous tweaks to cloying changes that’ll remind both of you that Facebook is always watching and trying to embed itself deeper into the fabric of your lives.<p>First, …

How will the Galaxy S9 compare to the Pixel 2?

If you want to buy a flagship Android phone right now, one of your best bets is the Google Pixel 2. While no phone is perfect, the Pixel 2 gets darn …

Why Google Stories will save, not screw, Snapchat Discover

Snapchat has a new ally or enemy depending on how you look at Google’s new mobile magazine format, but the social app is welcoming the search giant. Google’s clone of Snapchat Discover, called AMP Stories, officially launched today, allowing news outlets to create photo/video slideshows that appear …

Social Media

Facebook tells publishers to take it or leave it

And it’s probably a good thing<p>Facebook hired Campbell Brown as its head of news partnerships on January 6th, 2017. At the time, Brown wrote that she would “help news organizations and journalists work more closely and more effectively with Facebook.” In a post that is no longer public, she wrote: …

Social Media

Why is Instagram so worried about my mental health?

How awkward.<p>I consider myself a pretty happy person. I’ve got great friends, a fun job, and I recently balled out for my very own espresso machine. …

The 5G revolution will be here before we know it. On the CES 2018 keynote stage, 5G got its chance to shine. A panel of 5G experts from Qualcomm, Verizon and Baidu participated in a keynote panel to discuss the future innovations that will be powered by the roll-out of 5G networks.

News > Blog<p>CES 2018: Mobile Innovation Keynote Recap<p>February 13, 2018 <b><br>Sara Rice</b>, Social Media Intern, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)<p>The 5G …

ZTE launches Axon 7 Android 8.0 Oreo beta program in the US (Updated)

Update (02/16): ZTE has released an official statement regarding its Axon 7 Android 8.0 Oreo US beta which addresses the switch from the OEM’s MiFavor UI to “near-stock Android”.<p>“At ZTE, we listen to our consumers, and one of their requests was to get Android O on the Axon 7, and we are excited to …

Alto’s Odyssey isn’t launching on Android for months

• Sidescrolling sandboard game Alto’s Odyssey has been given an iOS release date of Feb. 22.<br>• However, an Android release is still a few months away.<br>• The game is a sequel to the critically acclaimed Alto’s Adventure.<p>On Feb. 12, it was announced that the sequel to beautiful snowboarding game Alto’s …

This algorithm can spot extremist propaganda with 94 percent accuracy

UK-based ASI Data Science recently unveiled a new machine learning algorithm capable of identifying jihadist content with a staggering 94 percent accuracy.<p>In London, reporters were given a first-hand look at the inner workings of the algorithm, though they were asked not to share the actual …

Former Microsoft executive argues that Apple’s decision to slow down iOS development has nothing to do with bugs

Alongside the release of revamped iPhone models, Apple every year also releases a new iteration of iOS, complete with a wide array of new features …

This is Google Chrome’s built-in ad blocker and how it works, launching February 15

Google announced last year that Chrome would incorporate an ad blocker in order to improve the browsing experience on the web. Ahead of its launch tomorrow, the company has shared some of its technical details, as well as the UI ends users will see.<p>Ads will be blocked according to the Better Ads …

HTC smartphone business president leaves sinking ship ahead of U12 launch

Even though HTC has been trying hard to maintain a positive outlook on its clearly dying smartphone business after trading talent for cash with …

MWC 2018: Here’s what to expect

<i>Pocketnow’s MWC coverage is made possible by InvisibleShield, which frees you to go everywhere with your mobile device without the fear of damaging</i> …

Brand-new Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra comes with free ‘extra bass’ headphones

It was clearly only a matter of time before the generosity of various authorized US retailers for buyers of 2017 Sony smartphones extended to the …