We tested this device to see if it could actually help us find our friends — no matter how good they are at hiding


The LynQ friend finder device can be used to locate your friends without the need of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. It can tell you how far your friends are and even has an arrow pointing in the direction of their location. We tested out the device by playing a game of hide and seek in a park. Read more…

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Android P wants you to use your phone less, and that's a good thing

On a daily basis, how much time do you spend with your eyes glued to a screen? Most of us can’t give a definite answer, but it’s probably too much anyway. And sure, it might seem counterintuitive for a tech giant like Google to want you to spend less time fiddling with your phone, but apparently, that’s the direction where Android P is headed.
Digital Wellbeing – that’s one of the pillars upon which Android P is built. It is an initiative meant to provide insight on how you use your phone, and if it is needed, it can help you cut down on screen time. 

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The LG G7 gets a price in Korea, and it's good news for US carrier customers

The LG G7 ThinQ price was just announced by Korean carriers, along with the phone’s release date there. LG’s seasonal flagship will be up for preorder May 11, with the launch pegged for a week after, on May 18th. 

The shipments will start only if you shell out the Korean won equivalent of $830, while the G7+ with 6GB RAM/128GB storage will go for $900. Considering that last year LG outed the G6 at exactly the same price tag in its home turf, the rumors about a more expensive G7 may turn out to be greatly exaggerated.
While …

Serato pranked us good with their faux Tesla collaboration


DJ Software company, Serato got us pretty good by announcing a fake partnership with Tesla to bring us the world’s first ‘DJ Drive system.’ The faux collaboration consists of a firmware update that allows the driver to attach a DJ controller to the steering wheel and live mix ‘on the go.’  Read more…

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Poll results: Galaxy S8 is good enough!

The new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagships are pretty awesome, sure. But, fact is, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, hailing from early 2017, are no less awesome. Both generations share very, very similar designs, and the top-tier hardware of their own time. With the S8 being only a year old, that means that it’s still a pretty capable smartphone.

That’s not to say that Samsung is lazy or not innovating. It’s just that mobile tech has plateaued for now, and the S8 does hit a lot of nails on the head and still looks like a smartphone from the future. The S9 just refined the formula a little bit more.

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The Vernee X1 gives you decent specs and a massive battery for a pretty good price

This story is sponsored by Vernee. PhoneArena’s opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!

At the start of this year, Vernee launched the Vernee X — smartphone with a massive battery, pretty decent specs, and four cameras — two on each side. It was available in either 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage or 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage variants. Now, in an attempt to strike a sweet spot between performance and price, Vernee is …

This 15-year-old's heartbreaking poem is so good even J.K. Rowling retweeted it


You know you must be on to something when your writing gets tweeted by J.K. Rowling herself.

On Friday morning, teacher Kate Clanchy from Oxford, UK, shared a poem written by one of her students.

“The kids always write the best poems after they’ve stopped listening to me,” she wrote. 

“For example, I usually tell them to avoid rhyming couplets because they govern the poem and tend to be comic — but this has heavy rhyme, and it’s heartbreaking.”

Here’s the full poem, written by 15-year-old Louis:

The kids always write the best poems after they’ve stopped listening to me. For example, I usually tell them to avoid rhyming couplets, because they govern the poem and tend to be comic – but this has heavy rhyme, and it’s heartbreakingpic.twitter.com/dayMTBRUZi

— Kate Clanchy (@KateClanchy1) March 23, 2018 Read more…

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Zoos are rating animals online and it's too good


Zoos are giving animals Amazon-esque species ratings, and it’s honestly kind of great.

The trend started Friday with the Oregon Zoo in a tweet hashtagged #rateaspecies. Other animal conservancies got in on the fun – including aquariums – providing informative ratings for people looking to, er, buy the products.

Overall very good first impressions. Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me#rateaspecies pic.twitter.com/IK99ODsTPT

— Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo) March 9, 2018 Read more…

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Poll results: a good amount love the compact S9, but the bigger S9+ slams it

Samsung’s newest flagship duo is ready for pre-order and they are gorgeous. There are also a few differences between the two phones — the S9+ has a bigger, 6.2-inch screen vs a 5.8 inches on the S9, it has the secondary telephoto camera with Live Focus mode (Portrait Mode), a bigger battery to fill up that room… and a bigger price.

The Galaxy S9, on the other hand, is a conveniently compact handset with its narrow form and is slightly cheaper at $720. Unfortunately, you miss out on a secondary camera here, but you still get the variable aperture and awesome performance of the …

Cellebrite executive says unlocking the iPhone is for the public good

Just the other day, we told you that Israeli tech company Cellebrite said that it can now unlock all Apple iPhone models running up to iOS 11.2.6, which happens to be the last public release of the OS. The company’s chief marketing officer, Jeremy Nazarian, recently told Forbes that there are good reasons to have this capability. The executive read some of these off as though he was reciting the list of plagues during a Passover sedar. He listed “homicide, crimes against children, drug gangs, major public safety threats in any community” as some of the benefits that the public reaps from the ability …