Samsung Galaxy J3 (2018) is one step closer to going official

Just like every other year, we expect a new wave of entry-level and mid-range Android smartphones coming from Samsung after the South Korean company revealed its flagships for the first half of 2018.

One of the many Galaxy J series phones that are likely to hit store shelves this spring, the Galaxy J3 (2018) was spotted at various regulatory agencies getting the much-needed certifications before going official.

Today, the smartphone received its Bluetooth certification, which puts it one step closer to the unveiling. The Galaxy J3 (2018) will be launched worldwide, but Samsung will …

Motorola's new Moto G6 lineup is one step closer to launch

Motorola has a bunch of new smartphones in the pipeline, but we have yet to learn when exactly the US company plans to introduce them. There are at least three new Moto G6 handsets that Motorola may unveil soon, along with two new Moto E phones.

Obviously, this isn’t something surprising since Motorola’s entire lineup for the first half of the year has already leaked. However, we’ve just learned that the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, and Moto G6 Play have just received their certifications in Asia.

Two countries have already approved the new Moto G6 series – Thailand and Indonesia, which …

The Galaxy S9 is shaping up to be an incremental step over the S8: does that disappoint you?

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is approaching its announcement date and, as is now the norm with hot phones, it’s being leaked left and right. Of course, it’s a good idea to take any leak and rumor with a pinch of salt, but seeing as multiple sources are saying the same thing over and over, and we’ve seen this play out multiple times before, it’s safe to say they are probably close to the truth, unless Samsung manages to pull off a major bamboozle.

And what the leaks and rumors are saying is that the Galaxy S9 will be only a small, incremental upgrade over the Galaxy S8 — slightly slimmer forehead …

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 battery life test is a step down

We are putting the successor of the phone that arguably started the bezel-less talk back in 2016, Xiaomi Mi Mix, through its review paces, and finding great improvements in all areas like design, interface speed or camera quality, but battery life won’t be one of those, it seems. Unlike the huge 4400 mAh battery pack of its predecessor, the Mi Mix 2 comes with a much smaller 3400 mAh battery, and it showed when we ran it through our grueling endurance benchmark. Despite having a 10nm Snapdragon 835 processor, and a 1080p, instead of QHD resolution display, the Mi Mix 2 …

Step aside, BeatsX: Samsung introduces U Flex wireless headphones, Bixby button included

Samsung has just announced a new pair of Bluetooth headphones — the Samsung U Flex. They are the tethered earbuds, which have a comfy neck-holder and tons of controls on deck, including a button that activates Bixby.

By all the features listed, it seems the U Flex strive to strike the ultimate balance between portability and sound quality. The neck-hanging cord that connects both earphones is actually flexible (bendable up to 100 degrees), so it can easily fold and get tucked in a pocket or bag. The earphones have magnets that keep them stuck to each other when …

Apple's healthcare ambitions look to take a step forward


Working with Apple every day, as Apple sees it, could help keep the doctor away—or at least well informed. 

Apple’s push into healthcare is readying its second gear, and this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference is just the start. 

Apple started its push into healthcare when it introduced the Apple Watch in 2015. The wearable device made fitness, and then health software, and then medical research, more central to Apple’s mission. 

Since then, Apple introduced ResearchKit in 2015 and CareKit in 2016. The two open-sourced platforms, both included under Apple’s HealthKit category, let nontraditional developers without total coding expertise build apps for both medical research and consumer health. Projects so far have included an app from Penn Medicine for the rare disease Sarcoidosis, an app from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study postpartum depression, and even end-to-end encryption tools available to health apps on the platform.  Read more…

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We're one step closer to on-screen fingerprint scanners, CrucialTec obtains US patent

Biometric solution developer CrucialTec has obtained a patent for its on-screen fingerprint solution in the US, according to The Investor. 
The technology, dubbed DFS (display fingerprint solution), can enhance the touch sensitivity capabilities on a fixed part of a smartphone display panel, allowing it to scan fingerprints. 
All of the components included in the module are transparent, while the company also boasts that the production process is highly efficient, as manufacturing can be shared …

Nokia 6 one step closer to U.S. launch after receiving its FCC certification

Following in the footsteps of the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, the Nokia 6 has taken a giant step toward its expected stateside launch by receiving its FCC certification. Because the phone has already been released overseas, we don’t have to guess at the specs. The handset features a Gorilla Glass 3 protected 5.5-inch LCD display with a 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 430 chipset with an octa-core 1.4GHz CPU and the Adreno 505 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of expandable storage.

The 16MP rear camera comes with an f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and Laser auto focus. …

BlackBerry KEYone's FCC approval brings the phone one step closer to its U.S. launch

The BlackBerry KEYone is supposed to be released next month, and the phone recently took one giant step toward its U.S. launch by getting certified by the FCC. The KEYone is supposed to be the last ‘Berry designed in-house, and the company is using its traditional three-row physical keyboard with a number pad on the left. Some consider the physical QWERTY on the BlackBerry Bold 9000 to be the gold standard, and while BlackBerry might fall short of that with its new phone, it is sure to top the QWERTY that is used on the BlackBerry Priv.

As usual, the FCC documentation doesn’t tell us that …

Samsung to implement 8 step battery testing in wake of investigation

While Samsung is going to work on repairing its reputation following the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, one way to get the public to feel better about the company is for Samsung to tell the world how it plans on improving the testing of batteries to be used on its handsets. After all, whatever testing procedures were in place last year were not enough to catch the problems that led to the explosions of several Galaxy Note 7 units.

Samsung has announced a new eight-point battery safety check which includes a durability test. That includes driving a nail through the battery to see if it survives. It …