Verizon LG V30 owners receive update giving their phone AI CAM and ThinQ name

Verizon is performing a little magic on its variant of the LG V30. They are waving a magic wand (borrowed from Harry Potter, of course) and turning the LG V30 into the LG V30 ThinQ. The update, which carries software version VS99620b, adds AI CAM to the handset’s camera. This allows the camera to analyze the subject and recommend one of four filters available. Each filter optimizes certain settings like contrast, saturation and color. these recommendations are made after the AI CAM places the subject of a photograph into one of eight different categories such as “people, pets, food, flowers, city, …


After laying off five U.S. employees, is Huawei giving up on grabbing a strong stateside presence?

Even though the U.S. government has already warned Americans that Huawei devices could be spying on them and U.S. corporations, the company recently said that it wasn’t giving up on the states. With the firm’s ambitious goal to top Samsung and Apple to become the globe’s largest smartphone manufacturer, it probably is important for Huawei to grab a toehold in the U.S. via one of the major U.S. carriers.

To that end, Verizon and AT&T were supposed to carry the Huawei Mate 10 Pro earlier this year, but both pulled out at the last minute. There is speculation that both wireless operators …

Google's new spring wallpapers might be giving us a major hint about Android P's name

Google just shared a bunch of spring wallpapers in its recent Instagram stories, and while the wallpapers themselves are a pretty cool as far as backgrounds go, it’s one specific wallpaper that has the full scope of our attention. 

Featuring a slew of tasty and super-vibrant popsicles, one of the wallpapers could be either giving us a really major hint about the upcoming Android P’s name… or be yet another massive tomfoolery on Google’s part the purpose of which is to lead us by the noses as far as the next Android’s name is concerned.

Among the multiple probabilities …

HTC is giving Canadians $150 off the HTC U11 for Valentine's Day

HTC’s website is hosting a special Valentine’s Day deal in Canada for the HTC U11. With a discount of $150 CAD, HTC’s latest North American flagship model is priced at $749 CAD. That pricing is for the 64GB version of the phone. The model with 128GB of native storage will set you back $849 CAD. This deal expires on February 15th, the day after Valentine’s Day.

The HTC U11 features a Gorilla Glass 5 protected 5.5-inch Super LCD 5 display, with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. Yup, this is not one of those near bezel-less edge-to-edge models sporting an aspect ratio of …

Google is giving away a free audiobook to some Google Home owners


If you own a Google Home smart speaker, check the email that is associated with the device. You might find correspondence from Google awarding you a free audiobook for your Google smart speaker. Google is resorting to Marketing 101 to help promote its new line of audiobooks that it launched last month. The search giant is hoping that you loved the experience of listening to the free audiobook on your Google Home so much, that you will pay for future audiobooks.

There is a clock on this freebie. You must make your selection by next Friday, February 9th or you will lose the opportunity …

Allo is a quality app, but Google isn't giving it a real chance

To say that Google has had a confused and confusing strategy with its communication apps is something of an understatement. For a while, it looked as though Hangouts would be the focus of Google’s efforts — it had messaging, voice chat, group video chat, and it was available across mobile and desktop platforms. Then Google decided to blow it up.

Now, Google has pushed Hangouts towards enterprise users and split it into Meet and Chat. The idea was for Hangouts Meet to be the group video app and Chat to be the text messaging app, although in practice Chat still doesn’t exist as a standalone …

BlackBerry Mobile is giving away a free Black Edition KEYone

The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition is a handset that you might not mind having as your daily driver. The physical QWERTY keyboard is outstanding, and a zippy fingerprint button is embedded in the space bar. The combination of the 3505mAh battery and the energy sipping Snapdragon 625 chipset means that battery life is fantastic. In fact, our latest report on battery life for 2017 flagship models had the KEYone ranked first; a full battery gave the device 12 hours and 26 minutes of screen time. That was followed by the 10 hours and 57 minutes scored by the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. In other words, …

Google is giving app developers a heads up about several new changes to the Google Play Store

Google announced today that it is giving Android app developers a heads up about three changes that the search giant is making to the Google Play Store. The goal is to keep Android users happy and excited about the process of discovering useful and fun apps, and installing them on their phones. Some of these changes will improve both the speed and security of Android apps.

Android starting supporting 64-bit architectures with Android 5.0. Currently, more than 40% of Android handsets online support 64-bit code, and are still compatible with 32-bit apps. But the day will come when Android …

Is Apple really giving away your Face ID data to developers?

The Apple iPhone X uses Face ID, an innovative and highly advanced system to get a unique 3D scan of your face that allows the phone to recognize it is you looking at it in a split second. Having that data stolen is naturally a big privacy concern, but Apple has gone out of its way to reassure customers that their Face ID data never leaves the phone and is securely, encrypted on the phone itself.
But now, reports have surfaced that Apple will actually give your face data to developers. Publications of all ranks including the likes of Reuters …

Sprint and T-Mobile aim to merge without giving up any assets

With Sprint majority owner SoftBank reportedly making the decision to move forward on a merger with T-Mobile, Reuters learned from confidential sources that both carriers plan on completing the transaction without selling any assets. That is important as far as the deal goes because part of the attraction for T-Mobile is combining its low-frequency spectrum in the 600MHz-700MHz band, with Sprint’s huge inventory of high-frequency 2.5GHz spectrum. This combination could help the newly merged company when time comes to build out their 5G pipeline.

Today’s report also claims that both T-Mobile …