YouTube Music, YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium start rolling out today

As we told you last week, YouTube Music is being rolled out starting today. This is taking place in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. YouTube Music will replace the YT Music app and offer ad-supported music (official releases),  albums, playlists, artist-based radio and YouTube’s library of videos. You can sign up to YouTube Music Premium to get rid of the ads, play music in the background and download music. This will cost $9.99 a month and it replaces Google Play Music. Subscribers to the latter service will keep all of their content and won’t see an increase …

LG G7 ThinQ priced at $750 in the U.S.; pre-orders to start May 25th with a BOGO deal from T-Mobile

Thanks to a press release that was just disseminated by T-Mobile, we now know that the LG G7 ThinQ will be priced at $750 in the states. That makes it more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S9. T-Mobile will start accepting pre-orders for LG’s 2018 flagship this Friday, May 25th, at 8am EDT. The carrier will offer the handset via its EIP for $30 down and $30 a month over 24 months. And with T-Mobile’s BOGO deal, a second LG G7 ThinQ can be purchased using the EIP, and you will receive 24 monthly bill credits to cover the cost. As usual, there might be a two-month period where you will have …

The nostalgic power of Korean dramas — and why you should start binging right now


This post is part of Mashable’s You’re Old Week. Break through the haze of nostalgia with us and see what holds up, what disappoints, and what got better with time.

Korean dramas will always make me nostalgic for childhood New Year’s gatherings. 

I grew up with a very large, very loud family. On New Year’s Day, anywhere from 40 to 60 members of that family (“clan,” as my mother calls it) would pile into my parents’ house for traditional Korean celebrations. I’d wake up to the sound of relatives pouring in through the front door and bustling through the kitchen, preparing a culturally blended brunch: bagels, coffee, and tteokguk, a savory soup made with beef broth and rice cakes. My grandfather would lead a family worship service and then the clan would resume eating. From japchae, a glass noodle and vegetable dish, to galbijjim, a sort of beef stew, to platters of Korean barbeque, eating was an all day affair, punctuated by passing around some cousin’s baby and watching TV together.  Read more…

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Download Steam Link beta and start playing your PC games on an Android device

Valve announced last week it will soon allow Android and iOS users to play their library of PC games on their mobile devices. Obviously, we’re talking about streaming your games from the PC/Mac to a smartphone, not actually running them from the Android or iOS device.

That can be achieved starting today by download the Steam Link beta app, which is now available for free via Google Play Store. If you’re an iPhone user, you’ll have to wait a while longer for the app to arrive in the App Store.

But how exactly does this work and how can you play your PC games from your couch on a smaller …

Nokia X6 pricing set to start at under $240, 4GB and 6GB variants in the works

The pricing of the upcoming Nokia X6 has appeared alongside a number of specs. HMD Global is currently set to unveil its first notch-bearing device this Wednesday, May 16, which also happens to coincide with the OnePlus 6 reveal. Nevertheless, with just two days to go, the smartphone has appeared in both a Geekbench listing and a promotional poster that reveal various details.

Starting off on the specs front, the benchmark in question reveals a single core score of 1332 alongside a multi-core result of 4892. These numbers are a combination of the processor, listed as being Qualcomm’s Snapdragon …

The 'right to disconnect' won't save you from after-work hell, but it's a start


What does “after work” mean anymore? 

Not much. These days, employers can Slack you late Friday night, send you an email Saturday morning, and text you with an “emergency” on Sunday night.

In America’s workaholic culture, instant messaging is the 3 a.m. tequila shot nobody needs. But here we are, slumped over, bleary eyed, and paranoid every time our phones vibrate. 

The answer to our collective nightmare could be legislation. New York City is considering a bill that would give employees the “right to disconnect.” It doesn’t ban bosses from emailing their underlings after hours. Instead, it would fine them $250 if they punish an employee for not responding.  Read more…

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OnePlus 6 to be unveiled on May 17, launch event tickets start selling on April 27 (UPDATED)

UPDATE: OnePlus has just announced its new flagship smartphone will be introduced in Europe on May 16. The launch event will take place in London, UK, and if you want to attend, you can now buy tickets for prices between £16 and £30. The OnePlus 6 launch event will be livestreamed as well.

Reports about OnePlus 6’s unveiling have been a little bit confusing, but that’s probably because the Chinese handset maker plans to have more than just one launch event. Our previous report claimed the OnePlus 6 will be unveiled on May 18 and that doesn’t seem far from the truth.

However, …

Apple to start manufacturing the iPhone 6s Plus in India

The iPhone SE was up until now the only Apple device to be manufactured locally in India, production of which began last year, but now Apple contract manufacturer Wistron has also initiated a trial production run for the iPhone 6s Plus model at its Bengaluru assembly plant in India.

According to a new report by the Economic Times, citing two industry executives familiar with the matter, the trial production run for the iPhone 6s Plus in Bengaluru is expected to be followed by commercial production within the next couple of weeks. This could potentially bring down the price of …

Samsung may start selling custom phone cases through its theme store

Taking a page from Google’s book with Pixel Live Cases, Samsung is reportedly planning on allowing users to purchase custom phone cases through the Samsung Theme Store app. Earlier reports about Samsung’s intentions have now been confirmed by the folks over at XDA, who tore down the latest version of the Samsung Theme Store app in search of clues regarding custom cases.

It is currently unclear as to how much freedom users will have in designing cases—if any at all—or weather the design and manufacturing processes will be reserved for Samsung and affiliate theme-makers entirely, …

Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 start receiving Android 8.1 Oreo updates

The fine folks at HMD have just started the Android 8.1 Oreo roll-out to the Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, two mid-range smartphones that made their debut on the market not even a year ago.

That leaves Nokia 2 the last smartphone launched by the HMD to have yet to receive Android 8.1 Oreo, as the Finnish company confirmed back in December. Each of the two phones – Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 are getting the update in different countries, but the deployment should expand worldwide in the coming days.

If you’re rolling with a Nokia 5, the update weighs in at 860MB, whereas the size of the Nokia 6 update …