Google will finally replace the terrible blob emoji with not-so-terrible ones in Android O

There are different styles of emoji, but none look as freaky and weird as Google’s blobs. The Android emoji shaped like strange, thumb-people evoke the opposite of the cheerful feeling one gets when looking at other emoji. Not just that, they are completely misguiding: emojis sent from other platforms convey one feeling, and when you receive them on an Android device and see a completely different melted blob, you may simply fail to understand the message. The Android emoji are simply wrong.
And finally, Google has realized this too: it is …


Samsung DeX review: the S8 won't replace your desktop PC

Introduction

Samsung had an idea: what if, instead of constantly juggling between a smartphone and a desktop, one could simply use their phone to do all of their daily work, simply plugging it into a dock when in need of a bigger screen? Okay, when we say “Samsung had an idea”, we actually mean something more in line with “a bunch of companies, including Microsoft, Splashtop, and Jide, had an idea which never really took off for a variety reasons, and Samsung is now trying it out as well” – but that sure isn’t as catchy.

And it’s easy to see why this would be an attractive …

Have a broken Apple iPad 4? Apple will replace it with an iPad Air 2

The Apple iPad 4 was launched back in 2012. It was the first of Apple’s iOS powered slabs to employ the company’s proprietary Lightning port. At the time, it also was a major improvement with double the processing and graphics power compared to the previous model. With inventories of the iPad 4 basically non-existent, Apple doesn’t have any more units lying around to replace any busted models.

But don’t fret. If you qualify for a replacement slab, Apple will be more than happy to send you 2014’s Apple iPad Air 2 instead. An internal memo from Apple that was leaked reads, “Starting March …

WSJ: Next iPhones will replace Lightning connector with USB-C

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple could displace the proprietary Lightning connector of its iPhone series in favor of USB Type-C, and the 2017 models could be among the first recipients. 

Cupertino has doubled down on its Lightning technology in recent years. Indeed, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus ditched the 3.5 mm earphone jack, prompting a surge in demand for Lightning accessories and peripherals. On the other hand, Apple has adorned recent MacBooks with USB Type-C ports aplenty, and this creates quite the conflict. For example, how does one use their …