Survey shows that 47% of U.S. parents think their kids are addicted-to mobile devices

As if parents didn’t have enough to worry about these days when the headlines scream about school shootings and the opioid crisis, there apparently is another issue facing the youth of America. According to an online survey of 4,201 U.S. parents that was conducted at the end of last month by Survey Monkey, 47% of those responding said that they feel their child is addicted to mobile devices. Since there were only two options given to those taking the survey, 53% said that their child isn’t hooked on handsets.

These same parents responded that nearly three-quarters of their kids have access …


Motorola Moto G6 Plus press render shows all available color options

The Moto G6 Plus is one of the many smartphones Motorola plans to introduce in the first half of the year. It remains to be seen whether we’re going to see these new products at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in February or rather later this spring.

Unfortunately for Motorola, most of its 2018 lineup leaked back in January, so if you’ve been waiting for a certain smartphone from the US company’s portfolio, you now have all the information you need.

At least three entry-level and mid-range smartphones are coming from Motorola year: Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus and Moto G6 Play. Details …

Apple promo video shows how it came up with Portrait Lighting

With the use of the Portrait Lighting feature on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Apple iPhone X, users can create “dramatic lighting effects” when taking a portrait or a selfie. One of the coolest features is the Stage Light setting, which allows users to make the background disappear completely into a sea of black while light shines on the subject. Other settings include Natural, Studio, Contour or Stage Light Mono.

A new promo video released today by Apple explains how Portrait Lighting was created. Apple says that it studied “the art of portraiture from paintings to photographs.” …

Alleged Asus ZenFone 5 shows its iPhone X-like notch in live picture

Asus has already confirmed that its next wave of Android smartphones will be unveiled on February 27 during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 trade fair. At least two devices will be introduced later this month: Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5 Lite.

The standard ZenFone 5 model is expected to feature the same notch that made the iPhone X so popular among other smartphone makers, which are now planning to include the design change into many of their products.

Asus ZenFone 5 allegedly leaked in a live picture that confirms the inclusion of the so-called “lip,” which is supposed to make …

Video shows that iPhone X type gestures will be used to navigate the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s?

Last month, we told you that Xiaomi could introduce a refreshed version of its Mi Mix 2 at MWC. Dubbed the Mi Mix 2s, this would be the latest version of Xiaomi’s Mi Mix line. The original generation Mi Mix stunned the world with its near bezel-less look when it was unveiled in October 2016. While the Mi Mix was a proof of concept at the time, the Mi Mix 2 was a mass produced handset released last October.

The Mi Mix 2s will reportedly feature an updated chipset as the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform is expected to be under the hood. The 5.99-inch screen will offer a “full-screen …

Nokia 7+ live photo shows off the handset's thin bezels and 18:9 aspect ratio

We’ve seen images of the Nokia 7+ before, but today we have a new live photograph that shows the upcoming device’s lock screen and thin bezels. The Nokia 7+ is the first handset from Nokia licensee HMD Global to feature the so called “near bezel-less” display that is all the rage these days. Part of that look includes the use of an 18:9 aspect ratio, which results from the 1080 x 2160 (FHD+) resolution employed on the unit’s 6-inch screen.

Speaking of the display, it also will be the first Nokia smartphone to feature a screen with rounded corners. Under the hood you’ll find the Snapdragon …

Apple video tutorial shows you how to get the most from HomePod

One week ago today, Apple finally launched its HomePod smart speaker. Originally scheduled for a December release, Apple delayed the launch because it felt that the device was not ready for prime time. The tech titan put a lot of effort into the speaker, stuffing it with seven tweeters, and a woofer. The HomePod figures out the shape of the room it is stationed in, and adjusts the sound so that it doesn’t overwhelm the listener.

For those who are unaware what they can do with the HomePod, and how to use it, Apple has released a series of video tutorials. Last week, three videos showed …

Patent sketch shows how the under-display fingerprint scanner of the Note 9 might look

We have been hearing time and again that under-the-glass fingerprint scanners are coming to our beloved smartphones very soon. Well, to be exact, the first handset to have this already exists, but it’s stuck to being exclusive to China — it’s the Vivo X20 Plus UD. We are still waiting for the first mainstream devices to bring the tech about in 2018.

Last year, hopeful leaksters said that we might see under-the-glass fingerprint sensors on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9, but further reports said that Samsung is still not ready to put the tech on the production line. …

Render of Moto E5 Play shows that the phone is coming to Verizon

Thanks to a render disseminated today by super leaker Evan Blass, we now have a fresh look at the Moto E5 Play, which is headed to Verizon Wireless. Pre-paid carrier Cricket Wireless will also offer the same handset under the Moto E5 Cruise name. Last month, we showed you a render of the Moto E5 which is the first Motorola handset to feature a rear-facing fingerprint scanner since 2011’s Motorola Atrix. The scanner will be located under the rear camera, and will contain an image of the iconic Motorola batwings logo.

The Moto E5 Play, the first “Play” variant for the Moto E budget line, will …

Google Home now shows visual results for weather forecasts on Chromecast

Google Home – the company’s smart speaker – has just received a new feature. A user on reddit discovered that Google Home can now visualize the weather forecast on a Chromecast-connected TV.

There are a couple of strict conditions in order for the magic to happen. You need to connect your Chromecast to the same Wi-Fi network as the Google Home speaker. Also, you need the actual Chromecast dongle, as the feature doesn’t seem to work on Chromecast-enabled TVs yet, according to reports.
There are a couple of issues present, though. …