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Google swaps revolver for water gun in its emoji armory

Today Google became the latest company to replace its gun emoji with a non-lethal alternative — namely, a water pistol.<p>I’ve been an iOS user for as long as I’ve owned a smartphone, but I admit one look at this cute squirt gun had me thinking, “You know, there are perfectly good Android phones that …

Emoji

Spotify gives its iOS and Android apps a complete overhaul

Spotify's mobile app just got a major overhaul.<p>The music streaming app, available for iOS and Android and rolling out globally to users in the coming …

Apps

Spotify beefs up its free tier

Today at the Gramercy Theater in NYC, Spotify’s Chief R&D Officer Gustav Söderström announced a brand new free version of the Spotify mobile app.<p>By leveraging their investment in machine learning, Spotify’s new free tier recommends music to users on the fly. That said, the free tier has always …

Playlist

Samsung could use AR Emoji as stand-ins during video chats

Samsung's AR Emoji may be useful for considerably more than the occasional funny reaction GIF. The tech giant recently received a US patent for a "hybrid visual communication" system that would replace live video of a person with an augmented reality 3D model (basically, AR Emoji) that reflects …

Augmented Reality

TSMC reportedly nearing record profit levels in 2018 from manufacturing Apple A12 chip for next-gen iPhones, 7nm process

Apple’s key supplier TSMC is looking ahead to a strong year in terms of profitability, even if total revenue is lower, driven by production of new iPhone chips.<p>Via Digitimes, TSMC is set to manufacture the system-on-a-chip for 2018 iPhones, dubbed Apple A12. The chip wafers are expected to be made …

Mobile Technology

Apple Watch vs. Fitbit Versa: How to choose

We tested the new Fitbit Versa alongside the Apple Watch Series 3 to find out their strengths and weaknesses as smartwatches and fitness trackers.<p>The Fitbit Versa ($199.95 at Amazon.com) is a worthy Apple Watch ($429.00 at Walmart) alternative.<p>The Versa is like if you took the Fitbit Ionic ($299.95 …

Smartwatches

RANKED: The best-looking iPhone designs, from the original iPhone to the iPhone X

While the iPhone has evolved plenty over the years, particularly with regards to functionality, we thought it'd be fun to just focus on how the exterior of the phone has changed over the years, and rank our favorite looks.

Mobile Technology

LG G7 ThinQ will reportedly feature a Google Assistant button

• LG’s upcoming G7 ThinQ will reportedly feature a dedicated Google Assistant button.<br>• The button functions similarly to Samsung’s Bixby’s button, for better and worse.<br>• The button also plays into Google’s and LG’s respective strategies.<p>You can already call up Google Assistant with your voice or with the …

Android News

Apple's iPhone X will be killed off this year, analyst says

Apple's iPhone X is likely to be discontinued this year if earnings from one of the company's top suppliers is anything to go by, according to an …

Mobile Technology

Google will plug 'Chat' into Android to compete with iMessage

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Google is planning to make another mobile messaging push. A report by <i>The Verge</i> shows off its next effort, simply called Chat. What Chat isn't is yet another app; instead, it's a brand name for Universal Profile features in RCS, a standard meant to replace …

Android News

Verizon says Android Oreo updates are underway for Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung has been anything but fast in optimizing and especially stabilizing Oreo goodies for its three flagship phones released last year. On the …

Android News

Drafts 5 for iOS goes free, adds fantastic pro features

Drafts 5 has launched, the sequel to Drafts 4, and you may be a little confused as too what it actually new. Should you upgrade, for example? After all, it’s just the same old note-creating app with a lick of paint, right? Well, the definitive answer to that is “Hmmm, kinda…” While Drafts 5 doesn’t …

Apps

AT&T is making a few small but important prepaid plan revisions

AT&T hasn’t made a lot of changes to its prepaid plans since rebranding that part of the carrier’s wireless service providing business, but in …

Mobile

Samsung spent a year adding stereo sound to the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

Until a few years ago, smartphone speakers could almost universally be described as dreadful. If you wanted to watch YouTube or Netflix you were …

Audiophile

Apple has an iPad gesture dilemma

Using an iPhone X and iPad Pro is getting confusing<p>At its launch back in 2010, the iPad was heavily criticized for being a big iPhone. iOS 11 and the iPad Pro proved that wasn’t the case. Things further diverged with the introduction of the iPhone X, which has led to some confusion for anyone who …

IPad Pro

Now Fortnite is telling kids to stop playing in class

Mr. Hillman wants you to cut it out<p>It’s really cool and all that <i>Fortnite Battle Royale</i> is now on iOS, but for teachers, it’s a nightmare. There may not be much for teachers to do to get their students from playing during class, beyond collecting and banning iPhones from their classrooms — but at …

Fortnite Battle Royale

Huawei MateBook X Pro is a MacBook Pro copy that's better than the original

Huawei has finally done it. With the MateBook X Pro, the company has created a laptop that's a shameless copy of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro, but …

Gear & Gadgets

Lightning Network now has more active nodes than Bitcoin Cash

The Lightning Network might still be in its infancy stages, but it already has more active nodes running than Bitcoin Cash (BCH).<p>Statistics show that the Lightning Network has taken a slight lead over BCH when it comes to the total number of nodes running on their networks. The data shows there are …

Bitcoin

Google is blocking uncertified devices from running Google apps, but it will make an exception for custom ROMs.

Android is an open-source operating system, so in addition to the “blessed” version that Google distributes to major manufacturers, a million other varieties have blossomed. If your Android device is certified by Google, you’re allowed to distribute Google’s official Android apps (such as the Play …

Android News

Apple, everyone needs more free iCloud storage

Giving students 200GB is a good start, but consumers have been stuck with 5GB since 2011<p>During yesterday’s education-focused event that saw the introduction of a new iPad, Apple executive Greg Joswiak revealed that the company is upgrading the amount of free iCloud storage given to students. …

Google Photos

OnePlus 6 will definitely have a notch and headphone jack

It's confirmed: OnePlus's next flagship Android phone, the tentatively dubbed OnePlus 6, will have a notch, and a chin, and a headphone jack.<p>OnePlus …

Mobile Technology

Apple confirms the App Store is down for many users

All is not well in the land of apps.<p>Apple's App Store went down Tuesday, preventing new downloads and updates for iOS apps. The company confirmed …

Apps

OnePlus 6 leak shows off wooden back and headphone jack

Perpetual leaker Evan Blass is at it again, this time with one of our best looks at the OnePlus 6 yet. While we’d previously seen the device leaked with a glass back – sighs – this new leak suggests the phone could come with an awesome wooden back as well.<p>Oh yeah, it still has a headphone jack. Yay!<p>…

Mobile Technology

Amazon's Kindle Lite app offers the same great reading experience at a fraction of the size

Amazon launched Kindle Lite in beta at the end of last year, and the app is now formally making its debut in India. The app is tailored for …

Apps

YouTube’s dynamic player for square & vertical video begins rolling out on Android

Last June, YouTube announced that its mobile apps would soon gain a dynamic video player that automatically adjusts to content in different aspect ratios. After rolling out to iOS in December, it is now finally coming to the Android client.<p>Video is increasingly captured in different aspect ratios …

Apps

Morgan Stanley thinks Microsoft’s cloud business could make it a $1 trillion company in the next year

Growing interest in the public cloud could make Microsoft the first company to fetch a $1 trillion valuation, according to investment firm Morgan Stanley.<p>In an note published Monday, Morgan Stanley analyst Keith Weiss raised his price target for Microsoft from $110 per share to $130 — a gain which …

Morgan Stanley

Tim Cook calls for ‘well-crafted regulation’ in light of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica controversy

At the China Development Forum today, Tim Cook was asked about the leak of Facebook user data that saw Cambridge Analytica amass information on 50 million users. As reported by <i>Bloomberg</i>, Cook stated that the Facebook controversy is another sign that “well-crafted” regulations are necessary to …

Privacy

OnePlus 5T stock for North America has run dry, no more planned

OnePlus' 5T has been in and out of stock at the company's website for the last couple weeks, and it turns out that's not a fluke. <i>Engadget</i> has …

OnePlus 5T

Egypt now has a WhatsApp hotline for reporting fake news

Egypt has announced a new hotline for citizens to report fake news. Launched on Monday, 12 March 2018, the hotline will run on WhatsApp and will allow to citizens to report news that aims to “to endanger the nation’s security or public interests.”<p>The announcement was made through a statement by …

Fake News

World's largest SSD has a whopping 100TB of storage

Think your 1TB, or 5TB, or even 30TB solid-state drive can store a lifetime of documents, music, movies and games? Think again.<p>Nimbus Data has now …