Huawei Mate 10 Pro reportedly headed to AT&T


One of Huawei’s newest high-end smartphones, the Mate 10 Pro, might be released via AT&T in the coming months. According to XDA, which
obtained some firmware files revealing pre-installed AT&T apps on a Mate 10
Pro, the handset won’t be sold by any other US carrier, so it’s going to be an AT&T exclusive product. 

 

We know that the Mate 10 Pro will cost €799 in Europe, where it should be released in mid-November. In the US, the smartphone
could be offered for $799, but it may not be launched before the end of the
year. A report from August had it that Huawei and …


Galaxy Note 9 is reportedly codenamed 'Crown', Samsung might have a prototype in early 2018

With the Note 8 already comfortably resting inside the pockets of million of users, it’s only natural and logical for Samsung to carefully plan its next moves. Aside from the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, this also puts the Galaxy Note 9 on the drawing board.
According to fresh new rumors, Samsung has already started early development of the Galaxy Note 9, which is reportedly codenamed “Crown” and is expected to arrive in late summer 2018, possibly in mid-August. The codename, in particular, doesn’t provide any hints about the device and that’s okay – we …

A producer reportedly wanted 'Crazy Rich Asians' to star a white woman

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Today in bad but unsurprising revelations: Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan was reportedly pressured by a film producer to make the book’s Chinese-American protagonist, Rachel Chu, a white woman instead.

Kwan detailed the experience, which happened before the book was even published, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“They wanted to change the heroine into a white girl,” he explained. “I was like, ‘Well, you’ve missed the point completely.’ I said, ‘No, thank you.’”

Hollywood whitewashing, of course, is egregious and nothing new. (Remember Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell? Emma Stone in Aloha?) In this particular case, making Rachel a white woman would effectively ruin the plot of the book, which in large part focuses on a Chinese-American woman’s experience of spending time in Asia. Read more…

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Soft bricks: Some Pixel 2 XL units reportedly ship without operating system on board


According to some amusing and rather odd reports, some users have received Pixel 2 XL units that came with no… Android operating system on board. Yes, it boggles the mind, but a redditor going by the name of MAKES_PEOPLE_MAD had their brand new Pixel 2 XL device greet them with a “Can’t find valid operating system. The device will not start.” message right out of the box, which is more than enough to ruin anyone’s day.

Accompanying the message is a security link to Google’s support page, which indicates that “The operating system on your device has been changed or …

Google reportedly prepping version of Google Home with a screen

Google apparently plans on producing a new Google Home smart speaker with a screen so that users will be able to watch YouTube videos, get directions from Google Maps, browse the web, and more. The product is said to carry the code name of “Quartz,” and was discovered during a teardown of the latest Google app (v.7.14.15). References were found that included YouTube, and the words video and browser.

Currently, Amazon sells the Echo Show which features a 7-inch screen. Last month, Google pulled YouTube from the device because Amazon refused to allow users to select autoplay as an option. …

Following in Huawei's footsteps, Samsung is reportedly working on dedicated AI processing chips

Artificial intelligence is the Next Big Thing, according to most of the tech industry, with all the large corporations out there rushing to get a head start on the competition. And things has been this way for quite a few years now, though it’s fair to say AI assistants have yet to prove they’re anything more than a fancy solution to the problem of being too lazy to reach for your phone.

And Samsung, of all companies, should know that with its recent introduction of Bixby, one of the most universally despised features of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 (though, …

Qualcomm reportedly delays Snapdragon 836 chipset until early 2018


New rumors concerning Qualcomm’s upcoming lineup of SoCs continue to surface. Shortly after a report claiming the US chipset maker has no plans to launch a Snapdragon 836 processor this year made headlines, new information about Qualcomm’s portfolio leaked out.
Although Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 processor was supposed to power the forthcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that are expected to hit the shelves later this fall, it turns out the Google’s flagships will have to do with the current Snapdragon 835 SoC (system-on-chip).
According to Evan Blass, Qualcomm did promise Google that a Snapdragon …

Apple is reportedly locking up sensors above 12MP for the cameras on the 2018 iPhone models

Apple is expected to raise the MP count for the cameras on its 2018 iPhone models. This is very much likely to occur following the report that the tech titan has booked all of the smartphone lens modules above 12MP that will be rolling off the assembly line at a new factory in Taiwan. The plant is owned by Largan Precision. Interestingly, Largan is allegedly the only company that makes modules for smartphone cameras above 12MP that can produce modules in the quantities that Apple requires.

Largan will be able to produce 600 million lens modules monthly at the new facility, which is six times …

iPhone 8 wireless charging reportedly not fast

It’s pretty much confirmed that the premium Apple iPhone 8 (or iPhone Pro, or whatever it’s called) will include wireless charging but the specifics of how it will work and if it will use a wireless charging standard or something proprietary (as Apple tends to do). But, the latest report says the iPhone 8 wireless charging might not be too fast.

According to an unnamed source for Macotakara, the iPhone 8 will use the Qi wireless standard, but it will not go for the full 15 watt charging that is part of the Qi 1.2 standard, which would be considered “quick charging.” Instead, …

Unknown reasons have reportedly delayed the official Android O rollout

According to a new piece of information that is floating around, Android O will get delayed due to unknown reasons, which most likely involve a ton of ironing out bugs and issues. Coming straight from Android Police’s David Ruddock, this unconfirmed new rumor basically implies that we wouldn’t see Android O get officially seeded to Pixel devices in mid-August, possibly this or next week, which was the public’s general expectation.
So, when is Android O bound to become official? 
A tough question. With zero insider information …