Samsung debuts Bixby early access program in the U.S.

Samsung is still trying to bring the full Bixby experience to users outside its home turf, but things don’t seem to be working well for the South Korean company. Reports coming from the international media claim Bixby is having trouble comprehending English syntax and grammar.

Because of that, Samsung won’t be able to launch English-language Bixby in the United States until late June, the same reports say. Until then, Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners in the U.S. are given the option to try out Bixby before the digital assistant gets released in the country.

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Early LG V30 design shown off in leaked images

Following the LG V10 of 2015, and the LG V20 of 2016, LG is expected to release a V30 smartphone sometime later this year. While both the V10 and V20 feature secondary ticker displays in addition to their main screens, the upcoming V30 might differ slightly in this regard.

According to two leaked images that reportedly show “old-ish mockups of Project Joan, a.k.a. the LG V30”, LG seems to have envisioned the new handset as a slider phone. More exactly, the device would sport two independent touchscreen displays, with the lower (and smaller) one sliding out to reveal a larger area for interacting …

Motorola confirms Android Wear 2.0 is coming to the Moto 360 2nd Gen “as early as today”

The original Moto 360 is one of the few popular smartwatches that won’t be getting the new Android Wear 2.0 update, Motorola announced last year.

The bad news is the sequel to the Moto 360 hasn’t yet received the update, even though many other less popular smartwatches have already been upgraded to Android Wear 2.0. However, the situation is about to change if we are to believe the latest statement coming directly from Motorola.

As some of you probably know by know by now, Motorola promised to push the Android Wear 2.0 update to the Moto 360 2nd Gen in “late …

Magnificent portraits record early 20th century Norwegian villagers in stunning detail

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c. 1912-1920

A wedding.

IMage: Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane

Olai Fauske was born in 1887 to a farming family in the Norwegian county of Sogn og Fjordane. With chronic health problems and no inheritance rights to the family farm, he decided to start a career as a photographer.

After training in Bergen, he set up a business in the small town of Førde, where he worked until his death in 1944.

He traveled around the district of Sunnfjord, producing landscapes and postcards that he sold both to locals and far-flung emigrants who missed the vistas of their home country.

As the only photographer in the Førde area, Fauske was commissioned to document weddings, funerals, family portraits, and other notable events, from seasonal celebrations to the capture of a particularly large halibut, all on exquisitely detailed glass plate negatives. Read more…

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Xperia XZ Premium pre-orders now taken by Sony in Europe, high-end headphones offered as gift to early adopters

Several Sony e-stores in Europe are now officially taking pre-orders for the company’s 2017 flagship – the Xperia XZ Premium. While some third-party retailers already had pre-order listings on their websites for the last couple of months, what’s interesting to note here is that we have an official MSRP for the device alongside additional information regarding the gifts for early adopters. 
For example, purchasing an XZ Premium in the UK will cost you £649, and if you reserve your unit before the end of the month, you’ll be able to …

Apple iPhone 8 suppliers are reportedly ramping up production early

A new report published today says that circuit board manufacturers will start to work on components for the Apple iPhone 8 as soon as next month. That would be a month earlier than most analysts expected. Taipei’s Economic Daily News names Kinsus Interconnect and Zhen Ding as two companies that will be starting work in June on their contributions to the tenth anniversary edition of the iPhone.

TSMC, the company behind the production of the A11 chipset that will drive the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus will start mass production of the new chips in July. Even with …

NVIDIA debuts SHIELD Preview Program to grant users early access to upcoming updates

NVIDIA is the latest newcomer in the beta program field, as the company is trying to provide users with smooth software updates for its SHIELD lineup of products.

A new SHIELD Preview Program is now available for users who own this type of devices. Those who decide to enroll in the program will receive early access to features and improvements on their SHIELD. Moreover, they will gain access to beta forums where they can provide their feedback.

It’s worth pointing out that those who own multiple SHIELD devices will have to sign up for an account for each …

LG X Power 2 with massive 4,500 mAh battery to be released in early June for $265

One of the most impressive mid-range smartphones announced by LG at MWC 2017, the X Power 2 is likely to make its debut on the market in June. Although the smartphone will be rolled out globally, the first country to get it is South Korea.

The Korean media reports LG has decided to introduce the X Power 2 in the country in early June. All three major carriers in South Korea will sell the smartphone for around $265 outright.

Apparently, LG wants to get some feedback from consumers regarding the phone’s battery capacity before launching the X Power 2 in other …

The Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM is now a unicorn, even for early adopters

As you may know from previous publications of ours, a beastly Galaxy S8+ model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage exists, but is exclusive to South Korea and, later on, the Chinese market. During the preorder period in Korea, it went out of stock for five days, despite the hefty price, equivalent to about $1020. The initial batch of 150,000 units apparently wasn’t enough to meet demand for the souped-up version, and now additional reporting says that even that set is facing early supply bottlenecks.

As if to provide a tangible proof, those who …

T-Mobile starts shipping the Samsung Galaxy S8 one week early

A couple of days ago, we told you that T-Mobile planned to start shipping pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy S8 units on April 19th, two days before the phone is officially launched in the U.S. But as it turns out, one of our loyal Phone Arena readers has received a notice from T-Mobile telling him that his Midnight Black Samsung Galaxy S8 has been shipped. Any one receiving a similar message should notice that the price of the phone they pre-ordered has been added to their credit card balance.

Not wanting a repeat of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ …