The Alcatel 3v launches in the US: dual camera, 18:9 display, $150

The Alcatel 3v was introduced earlier this year in Europe and we got some hands-on time with it, but had no idea when it would be launching in the States. Well, we’ve got official word that it’s coming to the US next week, for the super-competitive price of $149.99! What does that get you? Here’s a quick reminder:

The Alcatel 3v is super-shiny, with a metal-and-glass build that makes it look no less premium than much more expensive flagships. On its front, we have a display with the contemporary 18:9 aspect ratio — it’s tall and narrow — with a 1080 x 2160 …


Razer Phone update adds Portrait Mode, new privacy policy for GDPR compliance

Razer and its gaming smartphone are making headlines once again. The most recent update available for the Razer Phone promises to bring some camera improvements and security changes for GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance.

The most important new feature is the addition of the new Portrait mode, which is supposed to allow Raze Phone users to “take fantastic Portrait shots.” Furthermore, the Privacy Policy has been updated for GDPR compliance, which will be effective beginning May 25.

The 370MB update includes some bug fixes and performance improvements, according to …

LG G7 ThinQ Review

LG smartphones and comic book superheroes – they’re quite alike if you think about it. Pretty much every recent LG flagship has stood out with a “superpower” of sorts – a peculiarity that made it distinct, unusual, unique even. For instance, the LG G4 could be personalized with stylish leather back covers; the LG G5 tried to win our hearts with its modular design; the LG G6 had the taller, 2:1 display aspect ratio before it was cool; and the new LG G7 ThinQ (pronounced “thin-cue”) promises convenience through deep integration of artificial intelligence. AI abilities …

Google updates Gboard keyboard app with ability to make GIFs, new sticker gallery

Google has just released a new version of its Gboard keyboard app for Android devices. As expected, the latest update brings support for new languages, but the new app comes with a few new features and improvements as well.

Firstly, Google has added support for 16 new languages: Ahirani, Bahamianese, Kannauji, Fijian, Gagauz, Halbi, Karakalpak, Kanuri, Komi, Moksha, Pangasinan, Sango, Veps, Võro, Wagdi, and Zeeuws.

Also, Gboard now allows users to make their own GIFs using the phone’s camera, and immediately share them with their friends. Moreover, the update adds a sticker gallery …

Obama had his 'Berry and a Selectra Edge; Trump uses a pair of Apple iPhone handsets

Regardless of your politics, or whether you’re a phone nerd or not, it is interesting to see what handsets are being used by the President of the United States. Back in 2009, a newly inaugurated Barack Obama had a very strong BlackBerry addiction, and worked out a deal with the NSA that allowed him to have a special version of the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition for personal use. For secure calls, he turned to a Windows Mobile phone called the Selectra Edge. Based on the Palm Treo 750, the device was built to survive a four-foot drop on concrete. It also featured secured ports, and plug-in modules …

Dropbox gets two new important features on the iPhone

Dropbox is getting better on the iOS platform, so if you have an iPhone you can go ahead and fire up the app and check out some of the new features that have been added today. Improvements to the file activity and file preview design are the main highlights of the most recent update released by the team behind Dropbox.

After delivering drag and drop support last month, Dropbox is now bringing enhancements to file activity so that when users preview a file directly in the app, one tap will pull up a list of events, including edits, shares, and – for Dropbox Professional and Business Advanced …

Trump shoots down Wall Street Journal report that says U.S. and China agreed to a deal on ZTE

.Two Sundays ago, President Trump disseminated a tweet stating that he had instructed the Commerce Department to repeal its export ban on ZTE. This morning, the Wall Street Journal published a story that said the U.S. and China had agreed on the framework of a deal that would allow the Chinese phone and network equipment manufacturer to resume purchasing U.S. exports. The report noted that discussions were still ongoing.

ZTE has been unable to source hardware, software and components from U.S. suppliers, forcing it to practically shut down. As hinted on Sunday by Lawrence …

YouTube Music, YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium start rolling out today

As we told you last week, YouTube Music is being rolled out starting today. This is taking place in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. YouTube Music will replace the YT Music app and offer ad-supported music (official releases),  albums, playlists, artist-based radio and YouTube’s library of videos. You can sign up to YouTube Music Premium to get rid of the ads, play music in the background and download music. This will cost $9.99 a month and it replaces Google Play Music. Subscribers to the latter service will keep all of their content and won’t see an increase …

Microsoft's AI bot Xiaoice is a celebrity in China and also makes phone calls

Now that it appears as though the Google Duplex demo last week was legitimate (necessary edits were made to protect the businesses involved), it turns out that Microsoft has its own AI bot that makes calls. Today in London, the software giant introduced Xiaoice (pronounced “SHAO-ICE”), which has been undergoing testing in China. In that country, Xiaoice (Chinese for ‘Little Bing’) is a quite popular, uh, personality with 500 million friends that communicate with it through 16 channels on Chinese messaging services including WeChat.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at …

OnePlus 6 Review

If you don’t want to spend a fortune on a phone, but still want a phone that looks great, runs fast, has no bloatware and is reliable in the long term, OnePlus has been the company you go to in the past few years.

A technology rebel that started with the bold slogan “never settle”, OnePlus quickly accumulated a loyal group of followers that swore by a device that cost nearly half the price of other flagships, but still had the latest specs. And with OnePlus it is all about that one device: the company does not make any other phones, so all of its focus lies solely on this …