What's the future of LED displays? Apple already working on own micro-LED units, reports say

Back in 2014, Apple acquired LuxVue to develop advanced micro-LED screens – a technology that is still not in mass production, but looks promising to be the ‘next big thing’ in display tech. A recent report suggests that Cupertino has been working actively on concepts that make use of mico-LED diodes, together with infrared sensors, and what not. The emerging screen tech holds massive potential, in terms of energy reduction, capacity for unseen before display features, as well as a much better all-round visual experience.

In recent months, various official and semi-confirmed …


K-Pop band EXO to adorn a special edition Smart Cover for the Galaxy S8, more to come in the future

Samsung is seriously riding that Galaxy S8 hype wave right now, throwing more and more pieces of marketing at us every day. South Koreans have it even more interesting, though, judging by the recent announcement of a new line of accessories for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, called Samsung Galaxy Friends. The first product in the line is the EXO Smart Cover, which gives its users access to exclusive content from the K-Pop band EXO.

Here’s how normal #GalaxyS8 phone transforms to #EXO theme phone by putting this special NFC based case made by Samsung & SM. pic.twitter.com/EmPku8S3WS— Jaehwan …

Apple working on its own graphics chips for future iPhones, cuts ties with Imagination Technologies

Shares in British chip designer Imagination Technologies plummeted by nearly 70%, after Apple said that it would stop licensing the company’s technology. The news broke out today, following a statement from the UK-based firm which reads that Cupertino will be “reducing its future reliance on Imagination’s technology” as it is “working on a separate, independent graphics design in order to control its products”.

The latest developments are an absolute disaster for Imagination Technologies, as about 50% of the company’s revenues come from Apple. Cupertino has been …

Future update to messaging app Allo could bring a "Quick Selfie" feature and more

Google’s Allo messaging app could be soon receiving a number of new features. According to a report published yesterday, one of the new features coming in an upcoming update is called “Quick Selfie.” With the update, a new camera icon is added to the side of the text entry field. Tap that button and the shutter button, and you’ll be given the opportunity to send your selfie to the person on the other end of your chat, or you can throw it out. 

The same report says that Allo could soon offer a way for you to backup your conversations, and bring them back using a new backup and …

You can actually hang this Google-synced Magic Calendar on your wall… some day in the future

Calendars are a thing of the past, a thing of the present and a thing of the future. Those paper things we hand on our walls? Past. The cool, colored and event-packed calendars in our phones. Present. A mix of the two? The future.
At least this is what this conceptual product coming from a Japanese Android Experiments campaign is all about.

A calendar that looks like paper, but automatically syncs with your Google CalendarA simple idea, it brings what looks like a perfectly usual, traditional wall-hanging calendar, but …

Google's JPEG encoder reduces image size by 35%, could help you save mobile data in the future

Google’s new open source image compression algorithm is capable of reducing the size of JPEG files by 35 percent, without compromising image quality too much, and the results it produces are compatible with all web browsers and image editing software.

Called Guetzli, which is apparently Swiss German for cookie, the new JPEG encoder does its magic during the so-called quantization stage of image compression, which is when the encoder tries to strike a balance between removing detail to keep size down, without obliterating the source image.

Guetzli uses what …

Samsung to phase out the fingerprint scanner on future handsets?

It happened so quickly. From 2011’s Motorola Atrix to now, we have seen the fingerprint scanner go from a rarity to a feature found on even low priced handsets. At the same time, smartphone owners have had their feelings about the biometric reader go from “what the hell do I need a fingerprint scanner for?” to “I’d be lost without my fingerprint scanner.” Well, maybe that overstates the thinking of device owners, but today’s smartphone user has apparently lost the ability to unlock a device or verify his identification without having his fingerprint scanned.

But now, we could be looking …

Patent application reveals how Apple might use flexible OLED displays in future devices

A recently published Apple patent application might have just given us an idea of how Cupertino will employ the flexible OLED display technology in the future. This application is named “Electronic devices with retractable displays”, and it describes a scroll-like portable device hosting such a screen which retracts into two cylindrical casings.

Before you start looking for a high-tech toga to match, it is worth noting that we probably won’t see Apple pushing this type of gadgets on the market soon due to the current high production costs and limited availability …

Possible alarm clock integration coming to Google Play Music in future update

The latest update for Google Play Music brings a handful of new things to the table, including a “Recents” tab in the app’s menu, an animated visualizer while playing songs, and slims down the overall size of the music storefront to around 18 MB. That’s all sure to please users of Google’s on-demand music streaming service, but we are more interested in a feature that has not yet been implemented into the app.

A recent app teardown by Android Police revealed that Google may be slating Play Music for some sort of alarm clock integration in the near future. Evidence …

ZTE is looking into the 5G future with the ZTE Gigabit Phone

The 5G era is not too far away. However, most smartphone manufacturers are in no hurry of exploring it, trying to focus on solid present-day devices, instead of dreaming about the future. But other brands, such as ZTE, are looking to push towards new and exciting technologies, as they try to play with the big boys.

This is probably why ZTE just announced that it will have a “forward-looking” device on display at MWC – the ZTE Gigabit Phone. According to the Chinese company, the handset will be setting new standards for download speeds, at 1 Gbps. This should allow …