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 …


All future Apple products will come from this magical place, new images of Apple's future campus

In a new interview and campus tour for the WSJ, Apple Chief Design Officer Jonathan Ive, along with some other high-profile officials, has shared some remarkable insight into the latest developments surrounding the company’s long-anticipated, out-of-this-world new headquarters. The ring-like structure has attracted a ton of interest over the years for its peculiar shape and sheer enormity.
In what is one of the most impressive architectural projects of late, Apple’s chiefs view the new campus, now officially called Apple Park, as a defining asset which will serve for …

The future is now: Subway launches self-order kiosks, supports Apple Pay and Samsung Pay

What a time it is to be alive, when a man can order his sandwich with his phone, pay for it with his phone, and eat it… well, with his mouth. Fine, it’s not divine, but at least it’s convenient. Subway has just announced that it will be launching a restaurant redesign, dubbed “Fresh Forward”.

The new design will have special self-service monitors, where guests would be able to order their sandwich and pay for it with Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, debit or credit card. Want to order even before you reach the restaurant? You’d be able to do that through Subway’s app or …

Nokia and Xiaomi sign a mystery patent exchange agreement, hint at future partnership in AR and VR tech

If you’ve been reading the news lately, you might have heard a fresh rumor that upcoming Nokia devices could be equipped with a Xiaomi-designed Surge chipset. But this isn’t the only recent piece of news regarding Xiaomi and Nokia, as the two companies have just announced a strategic partnership, consisting of the latter licensing a number of patents to the former, buying others, the two collaborating on building network equipment, and also opening up to the possibility of future partnerships in areas such as augmented and virtual reality.

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Report: Samsung SDI is working on solid state batteries for possible use in future Galaxy handsets

A new report published yesterday revealed that Samsung is working on solid state batteries that will run and last longer than the standard Lithium-ion batteries used today. The development of the solid state cell is being done by Samsung SDI, the division of the company that manufacturers batteries. An executive of the firm says that the technology for a solid state battery for use in a smartphone will be ready in one to two years. At that point, the executive states, Samsung Electronics will have to decide whether to use the new battery inside its handsets.

Solid state batteries differ …

Samsung to spend big bucks to build plants to supply future Apple iPhone models with OLED panels

Despite the fierce rivalry in the smartphone business that has built up over the years between Apple and Samsung, the truth is that Apple has relied on Samsung to supply certain parts for the iPhone. That relationship continues to this day. Who is supplying the OLED panels for the 10th anniversary model this year? Samsung is, and in the past it has been one of the firms that produced the Apple Ax chipset to Apple’s demanding specifications.

Producing OLED displays for Apple could prove to be a business with legs as far as Sammy is concerned. Back in May, we passed along to you some speculation …

Apple's future iPhones might be the reason for Samsung's rumored OLED super factory

According to insightful industry insiders, Samsung might be poised to build another OLED factory that will essentially reaffirm it as the global leader in OLED display manufacturing. The factory will be built in South Korea in two stages. The first stage of the construction expected to last anywhere between six months to a year and will kick off OLED display panels production sometime in 2019. The second stage of the construction will further expand the new factory and will finish by 2021. The investment is said to cost Samsung some 16.3 trillin Korean Won. 
The …

Google patent could mean that future Pixel phones will sport a rear touchpad

Google has received a patent for a feature that could allow future Pixel models to sport a touch sensitive surface on the rear cover of the phone. Or, Google could license the patent to phone manufacturers. Google writes in its filing, “It would be advantageous to have an improved touch sensitive surface that offers additional modes of operation.” This rear touchpad could handle many different tasks depending on the app or operation that the user currently has open.

For example, if a music app is open, the rear touchpad would control music volume. If the browser was in use, the rear touchpad …

WhatsApp to add option to share any type of file in future update

WhatsApp is testing many new features and improvements, but some of them never go public for reasons unknown. The latest feature that the company is now experimenting with will allow WhatsApp users to share any type of file using the Android, iOS and desktop version of the app.

For the time being, WhatsApp does not support the share of all file types, so you’re forced to use third-party apps in some cases. The good news is the situation might change in the not so distant future.

Apparently, the developer is already pushing the new feature to a limited number …

Pokemon GO celebrates its first anniversary, details Solstice in-game event, future plans

Niantic has just revealed new information about what’s coming for Pokemon GO in the next couple of weeks. Before going into details, it’s worth mentioning the game celebrates two milestones: 750 million global downloads and one year since Pokemon GO was released in the App Store.

As such, the developers have decided to host the Solstice Event starting June 13. During this event, players will meet Fire-type and Ice-type Pokemon at a higher frequency. Moreover, big XP bonuses will be offered for throwing Poke Balls accurately, while Lucky Eggs will be massively discounted …