Smartphones

HTC is reportedly releasing a new U phone that makes better use of its bezels
March 29, 2017 at 10:16 am

Even before the U Ultra was available for purchase, HTC was already teasing a better phone, with a Snapdragon 835 processor. Now it looks like it might be coming on the heels of the Galaxy S8, and it could be one of the most interesting handsets of the year. According to a VentureBeat report, tipster…

Samsung Galaxy S8: Everything we know about Samsung's 2017 rebound phone
March 29, 2017 at 10:03 am

It's official: the Galaxy S8 is coming March 29, and with it, a shot at redemption. That day can't come soon enough for the troubled company, which has endured a series of public relations fiascos over the past year. Samsung's de facto leader, Jay Y. Lee, is currently standing trial on charges of embezzlement and…

A tour of iOS 10.3: Checking out APFS, the Settings app, and other tweaks
March 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Apple has just released iOS 10.3 to the general public, an update which is likely to be the last major release of iOS 10; at this point in the year, work usually begins in earnest on the next major release of iOS, which will be revealed at WWDC in June. The update is available for…

Samsung confirms the Note 7 is coming back as a refurbished device
March 27, 2017 at 11:08 am

Ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch, the company has released a statement regarding its plans to recycle Note 7 devices. The process comes in three parts: save salvageable components such as camera modules and semiconductors, extract metal parts with the help from “eco-friendly” third-party companies, and sell refurbished devices “where applicable.” The announcement appears…

WIR: Apple's Red iPhone 7 Feels Misguided
March 24, 2017 at 4:38 pm

Even before the U Ultra was available for purchase, HTC was already teasing a better phone, with a Snapdragon 835 processor. Now it looks like it might be coming on the heels of the Galaxy S8, and it could be one of the most interesting handsets of the year. According to a VentureBeat report, tipster […]

First Look: Google Family Link app helps parents manage kid's smartphones
March 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

There’s a host of reasons why some parents are reluctant to let their youngsters have a smartphone. They fear the kid will spend too much time on the device, when they should instead be doing their homework or playing outside with friends. They fret kids will be exposed to age-inappropriate material, in effect entering the…

Your next Google phone's box could double up as a VR headset
March 16, 2017 at 8:55 am

Though the library of available virtual reality content is increasing daily, user uptake of that content is still slower than many companies invested in the tech would like. One such company is Google, which has recently published a patent for its idea to turn Android phone packaging into a VR wearable. It is, essentially, a Google…

Samsung’s own site confirms Bixby AI assistant
March 15, 2017 at 11:28 am

We were already fairly certain that Samsung would launch a new AI assistant on the Samsung Galaxy S8, but with the names Viv, Bixby and Kestra floating around we weren’t sure what it would be called. Now, thanks to Samsung’s Italian website, we know it will be called Bixby. In a new version of its…

Supply chain suggests Apple's 'iPhone 8' will sport mildly curved Samsung OLED screen
March 15, 2017 at 11:27 am

Samsung continues to be named as the OLED screen supplier for the "iPhone 8," according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Apple has reportedly chosen to not have dramatic curves in the flexible screen as can be found in other products, in order to simplify construction and to cut down on challenges in making curved glass…