Job posting points to a future Google Home smart speaker with a screen

Back in October, we told you that a teardown of the latest Google app at that point (v.7.14.15) included references to a version of the Google Home carrying a screen. The code name of “Quartz” surfaced along with a reference to YouTube and the words browser and video. Now, a job posting on Linked In shows that Google Home is looking for a “Touch Sensor Hardware Engineer.”

According to the job posting, those offered the position will “work on the next generation of Google Hardware to enable the best multi-touch user experience.” And the addition of multi-touch to the Google Home certainly …


Qualcomm is the odd man out as Apple and Intel design 5G modem for future iPhone models?

If there is a sign that Apple remains upset with chip maker Qualcomm, it is found in a new report published today that says Apple is working very closely with Intel on the design of a 5G modem chip for future iPhone models. Apple and Qualcomm are tied up in a series of lawsuits related to the latter’s handling of royalties on its standard essential patents. Qualcomm sought to have iPhone sales banned in China.

From the Apple iPhone 4s through the Apple iPhone 6s, Qualcomm was the sole provider of modem chips for the iPhone. Last year, Qualcomm provided the key component for the CDMA variant …

A true edge-to-edge screen: a new prototype phone shows what the future could look like

“Bezel-less” phones with taller, 18:9 screens are becoming the norm among flagships as they maximize screen real estate, but making a true bezel-less phone is hard. For starters, you have an earpiece and a front camera to think about, as well as a range of other sensors. So how do you do it?

Here is an idea: resurrect the old slider form factor of phones. Sounds crazy, but it makes sense as the bottom slide out part can actually house all of those things.
After all, you don’t want anything interrupting the all-screen design. And yes, phones might end …

WSJ: Apple to consider advanced LCD panels from Japan Display for some future iPhone models

With Apple launching the first iPhone to feature an OLED panel later this year with the iPhone X, next year all three 2018 iPhone models are expected to ship with an OLED screen on board. Despite this game plan, a report in today’s Wall Street Journal says that Apple is contemplating using some advanced LCD screens made by Japan Display for certain models being manufactured in the future.

The LCD panels, called “Full Active” by Japan Display, are expected to make up 70% of the company’s business in the smartphone and smart device sector for the year that ends in March 2019. So far, interest …

Apple AR glasses concept shows us what the future could look like

Face ID comes to replace the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone X, but could it also be a sign of what’s to come from Apple in the future?
We have already heard it from multiple reliable sources that Apple is working on augmented reality glasses, something like Google Glass without the creepy camera and record-people-without-them-knowing part.
And here is an interesting concept that shows how the new Face ID might actually be used to become the centerpiece of the new Apple AR glasses.
Apple …

3D Touch gesture to access the app switcher will return with future iOS 11 update

A gesture that Apple had to drop from iOS 11 due to a “technical constraint,” will return in a future update of the company’s mobile operating system. The dropped gesture allowed iPhone users to quickly reach the app switcher to switch between open apps. The user simply hard-pressed along the left edge of the screen, and swiped to the right and released. The user could then swipe to the right to see a carousal of open apps. Apps could be closed by flicking them up and off the screen.

This information was discovered in an email sent by Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, …

This is how future iOS apps' design should incorporate iPhone X's signature display notch

One of the signature features of the iPhone X that immediately sets it apart from Apple’s other iPhones or the available Android devices out there is undoubtedly the display notch.

Hate it or love it, it’s probably here to stay due to the simple fact that it makes the handset  that much more recognizable in the vast sea of same-looking phones out there. What’s more, we will probably have to get used to it because it was clearly stated that the iPhone X’s design will inspire the majority of upcoming iPhones in the next few years.
So, …

Future S Pen might capture digital signatures and carry a microphone

Back in 2014, a patent application filed by Samsung with the USPTO showed a stylus with a built-in microphone and a speaker. Phone calls could be made through the device. According to the filing, the stylus “functions as a substitute for a wireless headset” allowing the user “to mount the pen to a shirt pocket or the like, and communicate in a phone call using the portable terminal as a base.”

Today, some three years later, a report out of Korea says that Samsung’s S Pen development chief Chae Won-sik has admitted that studies are underway to determine the best way to add a microphone to …

'Game of Thrones' prequel writer teases future shows and we're already stressed about it

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You might feel like it’s too soon to think about the Game of Thrones spinoffs HBO has in the pipeline, but consider this counterpoint: It’s not. 

Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who will pen at least one of the prequels planned for after Thrones concludes in 2018, spoke to IGN about what her series would include — and she kept it deliberately, maddeningly vague.

“I think as a book reader or as someone who watched the series, you would say, ‘Oh, that! OK.'” Goldman said of her series. “Yeah, it would be recognizable as a past event, but I think that’s probably as far as I can go.” Read more…

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WhatsApp update for Windows Phone hints at future business use for the app

The other day, messaging app WhatsApp told us that it now has over one billion average daily users. And yes, believe it or not, some of them wield a Windows Phone. Today, it was discovered that WhatsApp has updated its beta app for Windows Phone to version 2.17.234. While this is not a major update and contains one small change, it does give us a hint about a future capability of the app.

With the update, Windows Phone users will not be allowed to use a check mark character in their profile name. Sounds like nothing, really. However, it actually does mean more than you might think. According …