Nokia 8 to receive the long overdue Pro Camera update soon

HMD’s Nokia 8 is far from being a perfect flagship, but some of the phone’s flaws could be addressed by the Finnish company very easily via software updates. One such issue is the lack of a Pro mode, as well as some new features and improvements that come with the new camera app included in the Nokia 8 Sirocco and Nokia 7 plus.

HMD Global has been talking about the so-called Pro Camera update for a few months now and promised to bring it to its older Nokia devices at some point. Nokia 8 is one of the phones that will certainly benefit from the Pro Camera update, so if you’ve been waiting …

Last chance to save net neutrality has long odds to succeed

Net Neutrality is technically dead. The regulation that forced carriers to treat all content the same was killed by the Trump-era FCC led by its president Ajit Pai. And while a vote by the Office of Management and Budget is all that is needed before your carrier can start discriminating how it disseminates content, there is a last chance movement brewing in Washington that could save Net Neutrality. Still, it is a longshot.

Under the Congressional Review Act, a regulation approved by a governmental agency can be overruled by Congress. A resolution to override the regulation must make it …

No, I don't want to have long conversations with Alexa


Amazon’s Alexa is great for many things. I love walking through my door saying “Alexa, turn on all lights.” I like asking Alexa for the weather and telling it to play music. I really appreciate how Amazon is constantly improving its capabilities with new skills.

But what I don’t want is to have any kind of extended conversation with Alexa. I’m the boss and Alexa’s my assistant. I’m sorry, but there’s no room anything deeper in this relationship. 

This rant is inspired by a Carnegie Mellon University project in which a team of students is trying to make Alexa more chatty. Read more…

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Upcoming LG Watch Timepiece to feature Wear OS, long battery life

LG is reportedly getting ready to launch a new and interesting watch running Google’s Wear OS (formerly Android Wear). According to Android Headlines, the new wearable device will be called LG Watch Timepiece and could be officially announced on Monday, April 30. 
It’s said that the LG Watch Timepiece is a water-resistant hybrid device combining Wear OS features with the benefits of a mechanical watch. Made out of steel, the new LG wearable device has physical watch hands and, thanks to Wear OS, it can use apps and display compatible …

Smartphones are being used for long distance exorcisms

The smartphone has changed the way people do things. In this day and age, it isn’t unusual to see people looking down at the screen in their hands, everywhere. So it might not come as a surprise that wanna-be exorcists are being trained to cast out the devil with the use of connected handsets. Why, it’s enough to make Linda Blair’s head spin around. A report published today reveals how technology is one of the tools used by 200 aspiring exorcists attending a week-long course on the subject.

Part of the training includes teaching those attending the program how to tell the difference between …

Xperia XZ2 Pro spotted in HTML benchmark, long display reaffirmed

For a while now, we’ve been hearing whispers that Sony might just be jumping on the 18:9 bandwagon, joining the ranks of extra-wide, thin-bezeled phones with its next flagships. Well, now, we have a reiteration of that rumor through an alleged benchmark listing, which seems to spill some details about an Xperia XZ2 Pro.

First and foremost, the screengrab shows us that the new phone is running Android 8.1 Oreo. Then, we get a section saying “Screen size: 424 x 848 px”. Now, we doubt this is the actual screen resolution the phone would ship with — who knows what happened there — but …

Nokia 7 won't remain China-exclusive for too long, other countries will get it soon

HMD Global introduced the Nokia 7 as a China-exclusive back in October, but it looks like the smartphone will be making outside this country very soon. Unofficially, the smartphone is already available for purchase at some European retailers, but a few lucky countries will get it through official channels.

Word is HMD plans to launch the Nokia 7 in India later this month. Apparently, the smartphone will be available exclusively through Amazon India for a price that hasn’t been disclosed yet.

But that’s not all, as Nokia 7 is expected to arrive in Europe …

So long, Pixel C: the hybrid tablet is gone from the Google Store

The Google Pixel C was a quirky little tablet with a cool magnetically-attached keyboard, introduced way back in December of 2015. It didn’t enjoy much popularity — despite being marketed as a productivity machine, it ran pretty much vanilla Android and it was pricey, starting at $499 with the keyboard being a separate $149 buy. Still, it had its fandom.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time for the Pixel C’s price to drop and the stars to align themselves in the right way so you could pull the trigger and buy one, that moment is quickly fleeting. The Google Pixel C has been silently …

Analyst sees iPhone X leading to a 'super long cycle' for Apple

Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson wrote a note to the firm’s clients today that is very bullish as far as Apple is concerned. Of course, the securities house has been high on the tech titan going back to the days when Gene Munster was covering the company for Piper Jaffray. Today, Olson wrote that thanks to the iPhone X, Apple is in line “to experience a strong multi-year iPhone trajectory, not the short-lived ‘super cycle’ that was anticipated.”

The analyst cites a growing interest in augmented reality, led by developers pushing out new, interesting AR based apps for the App Store. Also …

Bear chills out on garbage dump's couch after a long day


Bears don’t have any interest in your miserable standing desks, thank you very much.

Mandy Stantic was visiting a garbage dump in Northern Manitoba last spring when she came upon a black bear sitting on a discarded sofa. Stantic, whose photos just recently went viral, had specifically driven to the dump with her daughter to see the dump (god bless Canadian road trips) when she discovered the bear just lounging.

“The bears are always very active at the dump. This one must have been in the mood to relax after eating his full and climbed up on the couch to get comfortable,” Stantic told MashableRead more…

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