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Before the advent of smartphones and tablets, using the bathroom meant getting cozy with a paper magazine, newspaper, or heck even a shampoo bottle to pass the time. Now it's Angry Birds and scrolling through Facebook. It should come as no surprise, then, that your smartphone may be contaminated with fecal matter. As gross as that sounds, a new study for Global Handwashing Day (which is apparently thing) found that one in six smartphones are contaminated in such a manner. "This study provides more evidence that some people still don't wash their hands properly, especially after going to the toilet. I hope the thought of having E. coli on their hands and phones encourages them to take more care... Read more...
A new patent uncovered by LetsGoDigital has given us our first look at an experimental smartphone designed by Intel that will have a folding display. This design, which will likely be followed by many similar designs from other major developers in the mobile world, essentially gives you the advantage of having an all in one device that is both a phone and a tablet. Intel's tri-fold phone design picks up where the company's dual-display phone projects left off. In its most compact mode, the smartphone will look just like that: a smartphone. Opening the phone up to reveal the second display extends the device's function in several ways. The second display can be used as a dedicated on-screen... Read more...
Every major wireless company likes to thump its chest and proclaim it is home to the best network, in terms of speed and coverage, but is there a clear winner? According to the latest USA Mobile Network Experience Report by OpenSignal, Verizon leads the way more often than not, though the results are a bit more surprising when you dig into the individual tests. OpenSignal tested wireless performance in five different categories—4G Availability, Video Experience, Download Speed Experience, Upload Speed Experience, and Latency Experience. Verizon won three of the five categories, those being 4G availability, videos, and uploads. Click to Enlarge (Source: OpenSignal) What's interesting, though,... Read more...
AMD announced that its second-gen Ryzen 3000 mobile processors are ready to take on Intel in 2019. These new processors build on the success of the company's first-generation Ryzen Mobile CPUs by extending the product stack and pushing the performance envelope a little further. The bulk of AMD's mobile Ryzen 3000 processors use AMD's Zen+ core. This is significant because it utilizes an improved 12nm manufacturing process, which has higher efficiency and generally is able to hit slightly higher clock speeds than the original Zen core. This transition is likely responsible for the improvements that AMD was able to bring to its second-gen mobile Ryzen processors. At the high-end of the product... Read more...
HTC Corporation recently reported that its sales fell by more than 61% this past year. The company was plagued by acquisitions, layoffs, and resignations throughout 2018. Many analysts blame intensified global smartphone competition for HTC’s dismal numbers. This is the seventh consecutive year that HTC’s sales have decreased. The company’s total sales rang in at NT$23.74 billion ($768 million USD) or 61.78% less than last year. Their consolidated sales have consistently declined throughout 2018. December sales were 8.24% less than November sales, while their third quarter worth per shares were NT$0.65 billion ($21.1 million USD) less than quarter two. HTC was founded in 1997... Read more...
There's no shortage of places to run into spam. It seems like nowadays, all you need to do is open a new email account, and there will already be spam in there waiting for you. Alright, that may be a slight exaggeration, but the problem was bad a decade or even twenty years ago, and it hasn't slowed down. Many companies push out spam protection for this very reason, but its effectiveness is largely hit-or-miss. Google is likely one of the top guardians against spam out there, but even Gmail is prone to filtering out legitimate messages (which is why you should make it a habit to check your spam folder periodically). The lowly SMS chat isn't even safe. It's actually almost too easy to send an... Read more...
Have you been holding off buying a new gaming laptop in anticipation of NVIDIA's Turing GPU architecture being ported over to mobile? Well, good news—it appears NVIDIA and its OEM partners are getting ready to introduce laptop models featuring mobile versions of the GPU maker's GeForce RTX series in the near future. There has already been (unofficial) chatter of NVIDIA prepping its mobile GeForce RTX series for a launch right before the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) in Las Vegas next month. While that is not for certain of course, the latest round of leaks suggest it's at least plausible. As spotted by Twitter user and notorious leaker TUM APISAK, there are several mobile GeForce RTX... Read more...
Huawei, a major smartphone player in China that has had a tough time cracking the US market, posted a teaser image of an upcoming smartphone model that completely ditches the bezel, and that doesn't have a notch. Instead, Huawei appears to be taking a page from Samsung by implementing a punch-hole design for the front-facing camera. Click to Enlarge (Source: Weibo via Huawei) The image appears on Weibo, a popular microblogging site in China. It's basically just an outline of a smartphone that blends into the background, which itself is a picture of outer space. The translated text accompanying the photo reads, "Make a heavy 'point' and see you in December." That's probably not a totally accurate... Read more...
Intel has already refreshed its desktop processor family with a 9th generation Core CPU series culminating in its first-ever 8-core/16-thread chip (Core i9-9900K) for the mainstream market, and pretty soon, the 9th gen moniker will port over to mobile, too. Among them is a new flagship part, the Core i7-9550U. We don't know all of the fine grain details yet, and really only know the model names, from which we can extrapolate what 8th generation processors (Whiskey Lake-U) each of the upcoming 9th gen ones are meant to replace. Here's what we're looking at: Core i7-9550U (replaces Core i7-8565U) Core i5-9250U (replaces Core i5-8265U) Core i3-9130U (replaces Core i3-8145U) None of the new 9th gen... Read more...
In an effort to expand its footprint in emerging markets, Netflix is rolling out a $3 monthly subscription plan that is for mobile devices only. This may or may not be a permanent thing—as of right now, the ultra-cheap mobile plan is part of a wider test as Netflix looks to gain ground in the streaming space with cheaper packages. The $3 per month plan shouldn't come as a surprise, not after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently indicated plans to test cheaper packages. Netflix is testing a mobile-only subscription for around $3 per month in a handful of countries worldwide, including Malaysia — just days after CEO Reed Hastings said it would experiment with cheaper packages in Asia... Read more...
At this point, it sure seems like the folks at Cloudflare know how this whole "internet" thing works, as the company is trying very hard to keep the web fast and more secure. That includes websites that are cached using its services, helping to deliver faster page loads to the reader, or even routing your own internet connection through its servers for better privacy. Earlier this year, Cloudflare released its 1.1.1.1 service, which like Google's 8.8.8.8 DNS, routes all of your internet connections through the company's own servers, in effect obfuscating your true origin (except to Cloudflare). At home, using a specific DNS might not be too important, since speed is (likely) already at its best,... Read more...
Samsung is a master at marketing, as is almost required these days to compete in the high-end smartphone space.  From snarky ads making fun of the competition to social media posts teasing new products, Samsung 'gets' it. In regards to the latter, Samsung on Sunday posted a teaser of its rumored folding Galaxy phone on Facebook under its 'Samsung Mobile' account. Just as it sounds, Samsung Mobile is the account Samsung uses to promote a variety of mobile products, like the Galaxy Note 9, Notebook Flash, and Odyssey mixed reality headset. Presumably soon, the growing list will include the Galaxy F or Galaxy X, or whatever Samsung ends up calling its upcoming folding smartphone. Short of an... Read more...
It used to be that nothing was certain but death and taxes, to quote Benjamin Franklin (who wasn't actually the first to point this out, but is probably best known for the phrase). Well, we can add to that short list. In today's landscape, certainties include death, taxes, and display notches on a growing number of smartphones. Some people don't mind them, others vehemently hate them. Either way, display notches aren't going anywhere, but they might look a little different in the next generation of smartphones. How did we get here? Is Apple truly to blame for the display notch craze because of its iPhone X? The origin of the display notch actually traces back to the original Essential Phone,... Read more...
The dust hasn't even had to time to settle on NVIDIA's desktop GeForce RTX series graphics cards, but as we're still exploring the full capabilities of these new parts, there is already chatter of mobile variants laying in the wings. It's not a matter of if, but when, and we could see mobile GeForce RTX GPUs unveiled within the next few months. Why does this matter if, for the most part, Pascal is still getting the job done? Better performance is welcome, even if it's not earth-shattering. More importantly, however, porting the GeForce RTX family over to mobile opens the door to real-time ray tracing in games on laptops, as that is really the signature feature of NVIDIA's Turing architecture.... Read more...
If you were to gut just about any flagship Android phone, you would find Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip (SoC) sitting inside. It's still the top mobile part in Qualcomm's stable. That will change with the introduction of the Snapdragon 8150, which apparently has not been certified by SIG Labs for Bluetooth connectivity. There are a few things to unpack here, starting with the name. Qualcomm's past naming convention suggests its next flagship mobile will be called Snapdragon 855. That might be still be true, though more recently it was reported it will instead be called Snapdragon 8150 as part of a rebranding effort. That is reinforced by its Bluetooth certification, which lists the... Read more...
It may seem hard to fathom, but Google's Android operating system turned 10 years old over the weekend, and what a remarkable decade it has been for what has become the world's most widely used mobile OS. Andy Rubin and the rest of Android's co-founders probably aren't surprised at Android's success, giving that they had high aspirations from the very beginning. Android's history dates back more than 10 years. Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White founded Android as company back in October 2003, and at the time they envisioned it playing an integral role in the rise of digital cameras. They would later change their collective vision, shifting from digital cameras to handsets. That decision... Read more...
When you were growing up, would your mother often tell you, "Billy, you'd lose your head if it wasn't screwed on!," or something to that effect? Do you have a propensity to misplace things way too frequently? There are solutions out there to help keep track of everyday items, whether your name is Billy or something else, the newest one being Samsung's SmartThings Tracker. The SmartThings Tracker is a small and lightweight gadget with GPS tracking. It comes on a short lanyard so forgetful types can attach it to their backpacks, set of keys, or whatever else they have a tendency to lost on a regular basis. Maybe Fido, the family dog, likes to dig his way under the fence and be a pup around town.... Read more...
NVIDIA has yet to announce its next-generation GeForce lineup, or even offer any hints, other than being booked to discuss its next-gen GPUs at the Hot Chips conference in August. The company's hardware partners have been a bit more forthcoming, though, especially Lenovo, which will reportedly launch a Legion Y530 laptop with a GeForce GTX 1160 inside. We will get to that in a moment, but first let's talk about the name. There has been plenty of speculation as to what the next round of GeForce products will be called, with the GeForce 11 series and GeForce 20 series the two leading candidates. Interestingly enough, it was also Lenovo that seemingly confirmed the former. During a recent on-camera... Read more...
At Computex a couple of weeks ago, Qualcomm unveiled its next gen Snapdragon platform targeting "always-on" laptops. That came to us in the form of the interestingly named Snapdragon 850 - a mere 5 digits higher than the 845, a chip which currently graces top-end Android smartphones, such as the OnePlus 6, and Samsung Galaxy S9. Features-wise, both the Snapdragon 845 and 850 are nearly identical, but the latter will be clocked a bit higher to deliver better performance for laptop convertibles. What's slated to offer even more performance apparently, however, is something called the Snapdragon 1000, a chip that has been enjoying its time in the rumormill spotlight these past few days. Whereas... Read more...
The ThinkPad line of notebooks has a long, storied history, from its beginnings as an IBM product, to Lenovo's continued refinements and improvements, generation over generation. ThinkPads are well known, often sought after products, especially by business-class road warriors, due to their no-nonsense design language, excellent keyboards, and reputation for reliability.  In addition, ThinkPads have had one other thing remain consistent over the years -- a glorious little red nub, called a TrackPoint or pointing stick, that remains faithfully nestled between the G and H keys. For some it's a love it or hate it sort of feature but Lenovo has maintained it generation after generation, so it's... Read more...
Samsung's mainline Galaxy S series of smartphones is without question one of the strongest selling smartphone brands on the planet, but the company's Galaxy Note line is also extremely popular. The Galaxy Note is truly a mobile productivity powerhouse and includes a handy stylus for whenever you need to take notes. It has in fact cultivated a dedicated following in its own right.  Interestingly enough, the Galaxy Note 9 has succumbed to not one, but two Geekbench leaks, with the second giving us a hint that Samsung will be able to eke a little bit more out of the single-threaded performance. Earlier this week, we also learned that Bixby 2.0 would make an introduction on the device. Though... Read more...
A group of researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a new battery breakthrough that could have a big impact on runtimes for the gadgets. The researchers have developed new material that can address the two chief complaints of batteries used in electronic devices now: relatively runtimes life and unwanted heat production. The team has applied for a patent for a magnetic material that has a unique honeycomb lattice structure that offers distinct electronical properties. “Semiconductor diodes and amplifiers, which often are made of silicon or germanium, are key elements in modern electronic devices,” said Deepak K. Singh, head researcher on the project, who also serves... Read more...
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