Nokia 5233 explodes killing a teenage girl in the middle of a call

An 18-year old girl in India named Uma Oram was talking to a relative on her old Nokia 5233 phone. In the middle of the conversation, Oram plugged the device into an outlet to charge the battery, and that is when tragedy struck. The phone exploded, killing the teen. According to a news report, “Uma, who was knocked unconscious and suffered injuries to her hand, leg and chest, was taken to a local hospital, where she died.”

The Nokia 5233, launched in January 2010, is a touchscreen smartphone that uses pressure-sensitive resistive technology. The phone is still being sold on Amazon India …

Verizon, Nokia and Qualcomm complete first 5G call using 3GPP-compliant NR technology

The other day, we told you how Verizon Chairman Lowell McAdam and KT chairman and CEO Chang-Gyu Hwang connected on the first “pre-commercial” 5G video chat during the Super Bowl. As carriers continue the testing process for 5G, today Big Red announced that along with Nokia and Qualcomm, it completed a 5G voice call. With this action, Verizon becomes the first carrier to make such a call using 3GPP-compliant 5G New Radio (NR) technology over licensed spectrum

The call was made over Verizon’s millimeter wave spectrum using Nokia’s 5G network technology. The device used was a 5G NR prototype …

Privacy matters: Android P might alert you if a phone call is being recorded

Android 9.0 P is likely just around the corner as an early developer beta and possible features of the upcoming build are slowly trickling out. Just yesterday, we informed you about a slew of plausible features that involved display notch support, visual improvements to make the OS more appealing to iOS users, as well as making Android future-proof and capable of correctly working on unorthodox devices like the dual-screen ZTE Axon M and the oft-rumored foldable Galaxy X. Battery improvements are also mentioned.

Today, a somewhat minor but undoubtedly noteworthy feature …

You can now start a Duo video chat right in the middle of a regular phone call

Google has started rolling out a new feature on its Phone app that allows a Duo video call to be started up in the middle of a regular voice call. If you are using the Google Phone app and you call someone who has Duo installed on their device, you will see a new button added to the Phone app’s in-call list of options. Labeled “Video call” and paired with the Duo icon, pressing this button will disconnect the original phone call and launch the Duo app on both ends of the conversation.

If the recipient of the call isn’t decent, or doesn’t want to be on camera for one reason or another, the …

Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL software update fixes voice call clicking, adds saturated display mode

A new software update for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is out now, and aside from bringing a fix for the Wi-Fi-related Krack vulnerability, it’s also aiming to mend the devices’ audio and display problems.

As a refresher, numerous reports about clicking and cracking in the earpiece during voice calls and OLED display burn-in have marred the launch of Google’s latest flagships. Oh, and let’s not forget that some devices are shipping sans an operating system out of the box.

In particular, a new toggle in the display settings menu allows users to choose …

Pixel 2 voice call clicking (and how you can fix it)

A smartphone is a hugely advance piece of technology, and considering all that’s happening within its circuits on a microsecond-by-microsecond basis, it’s a small miracle that things tend to work as well as they do. Still, while we expect to run into glitches here and there when experiencing advanced new technology, working with things like augmented reality, advanced biometrics, or Google’s world-scanning Tango system, by this point we largely take it for granted that all the basics are running like a well-oiled machine.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case, and recently we’ve …

Couple that ordered storage bins from Amazon had to call the cops over what they found inside


For two Amazon customers in Florida, a simple purchase of four plastic storage bin turned into a mystery involving 65 pounds of marijuana. 

When the couple’s order arrived a few months ago, they were surprised it weighed so much, according to WFTV, an ABC affiliate in Orlando. But they were downright shocked upon opening the 27-gallon bins only to discover they contained pounds and pounds of weed. 

The woman who made the order spoke to WFTV anonymously because she and her fiancé still haven’t determined why they received the drugs and remain worried for their safety.  Read more…

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Once again, rumors call for 2017 iPhone users to shell out cash for wireless charging accessories

Rumors that the tenth anniversary iPhone, currently known as the Apple iPhone 8, will feature wireless charging have been around for some time. Actually, all three rumored 2017 iPhone models could be the first iOS powered handsets to offer this feature. So-called Apple expert John Gruber sent out a tweet last July indicating that the charging pads for the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus will be sold separately. 

The CEO of contract assembler Wriston, Robert Hwang, said earlier this year that wireless charging on the iPhone requires the new models to undergo …

Amber Heard and Tesla tycoon, Elon Musk call it quits


The Tesla titan and actress Amber Heard are parting ways. The two officially got together after finalizing their respective divorces and had been heating up the tech world since. 

But looks like it’s their hectic schedules that eventually led to the sad breakup. Read more…

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Update to Duo adds video calls to your phone's native call log

Google’s video chat app Duo has been a mighty fine addition for both Android and iOS users, and some new features make Duo even more capable. Anyone in your Android contacts list who you’ve called using Duo can be the recipient of a voice-only or video-only call. This is a great feature to use when you are not looking your best, or you don’t want the other end of the call to hear background noise. The Knock Knock feature allows the recipient of a Duo video call to see a few seconds of the caller live before the connection is officially made. This allows the person receiving the call to see who …