Category Archives: Smartphones

  • Facebook activates Safety Check after Las Vegas shooting

    Facebook activated its Safety Check feature today after a mass shooting in Las Vegas, where gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and left 515 others injured. Soon after the incident, Facebook allowed users in the area to mark themselves safe – letting those who weren’t present to check on the status of their family and […]

  • Purism is one step closer to launching its privacy-focused phones

    After making the news with its secure Linux-based laptops that have been selling relatively well over the past year, Purism has now reached its $1.5 million funding goal for developing its Librem 5 smartphone. The device promises total protection of your privacy, thanks to custom hardware, support for Linux-based software platforms (including PureOS), and features like end-to-end encrypted communications as well […]

  • Google’s ARCore SDK brings AR creation tools to Android

    Augmented reality is about to get its big, mainstream moment thanks to Apple’s iOS 11 and the new iPhone, but another player intends to grab some of the mainstream AR action, too: Google. To that end, Google is introducing ARCore, a platform for developers that will allow them to build augmented reality apps on Android. Today’s release […]

  • The iPhone 8’s wireless charging might not be as exciting as we hope

    Apple is expected to introduce wireless charging to the next iPhone at its September 12 event— but the feature might not be as impressive as we originally thought, at least to start. The iPhone’s wireless charging capability will be less powerful than other phones that currently offer the same feature, according to a new report Japanese […]

  • Here’s when the next iPhone will (almost definitely) go on sale

    As sure as kids going back to school and leaves changing color, September is also the time of year when Apple reveals new iPhones to the world. Now that we have a good idea of when it will happen — a new report says Apple will make its annual offering to the smartphone gods on Sept. 12 — we […]

  • Android O Developer Preview 4 includes strange octopus Easter egg

    A new octopus Easter egg has appeared in the Android O Developer Preview 4 release. To access it, go to Settings > System > About phone and tap on the “Android version” several times. You’ll then see the old Android O easter egg (shown above), which you should tap repeatedly. You’ll then be greeted by […]

  • Case maker ‘leaks’ new handset design

    The iPhone 8 is going to be here in two months, and that means we’re get more solid information about what it’s going to be like. According to a new report by Forbes, the new iPhone 8 design has been finalized, and mocksup they’ve created imagine an evolution of the outgoing iPhone 7. Reports suggest […]

  • How to delete and deactivate Instagram: A step-by-step guide

    So you’ve had enough of Instagram. Maybe you’ve become obsessed with scrolling through the rich kids of Instagram’s feeds, or you’re sick of seeing food porn around every corner. You may be annoyed at the adverts Instagram recently introduced, and is rumoured to be increasing over the coming months. If any of these apply, or you’re […]

  • Facebook introduces new ad metrics and promises that more are coming

    Facebook says it’s introducing a number of new measurements for businesses that buy ads and own Facebook Pages. Last year, the company admitted that it had been misreporting some metrics — individually, none of the mistakes seemed particularly serious, but cumulatively, they created the impression that the company needs to work harder on transparency for […]

  • Ford creates a new dedicated Robotics and AI Research team

    Ford’s recent executive shuffle was bound to lead to reorganization throughout the company, but the addition of a new Robotics and AI Research team operating under Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering department seems like it was inevitable either way, given the industry’s trajectory. Ford’s VP of Research and Engineering and CTO Dr. Ken Washington revealed […]

  • Salesforce introduces several Einstein AI tools for third-party developers

    Salesforce launched three AI tools for developers today at the TrailheaDX developer conference. These algorithms, which fall under the new Einstein Platform Services, enable third-party developers to add Einstein intelligence to applications built on top of the Salesforce platform. The new services include sentiment and intent analysis and some pretty sophisticated image recognition analysis tools, […]

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has a killer feature that nobody’s talking about

    Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is packed full of awesome new features like the new larger screen, face recognition and Bixby AI assistant. But there’s one pretty killer feature on the phone Samsung didn’t bother to mention at its Unpacked event on Wednesday. That feature: a built-in GIF maker. It’s not like the Smart Select GIF maker […]