Asus unveils its first ZenFone series smartphone to pack an 18:9 display, the ZenFone Max Plus (M1)

Asus is one of the many companies that recently jumped into the 18:9 screen technology bandwagon. After introducing its first ever smartphone to feature such a display, the Pegasus 4S, Asus unveiled today its first ZenFone series handset with an 18:9 display, the Max Plus (M1). Although we have yet to learn when it will be available for purchase and how much it will cost, we already know quite a lot about its specs.

First off, Asus ZenFone Max Plus (M1) is a purely mid-range smartphone that runs Android 7.0 Nougat with ZenUI 4.0 on top. Also, it comes in two …


Samsung unveils the eventual Galaxy S9 chipset, Exynos 9810

Just like that, Samsung kind of, sort of announced its latest and truest 9-series Exynos processor, the 9810. We say truest, as the 8895 in the Note 8 is still market as 9-series by Samsung, even though it is denoted with an eight at the beginning. Internal code numbers aside, there were plenty of rumors that this new Exynos 9810 will be powering the Galaxy S9 and S9+, but looking at the specs that Samsung listed, we are not so sure about this.

First off, the 9810 is still done with the 10nm production node, albeit with the second generation process …

Samsung unveils Bixby 2.0 as it tries to catch up with the competition

The second generation of Samsung’s virtual personal assistant Bixby was announced today during the manufacturer’s developer conference in San Francisco. Bixby will now “act as the control hub of your device ecosystem,” meaning that like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant, the smart appliances found inside your smart home can be controlled with the latest version of Bixby. 

To allow Bixby to be able to turn on and off items like a smart thermostat or a smart lamp, Samsung will release its new Bixby software development kit, making it available to developers starting today. The manufacturer …

T-Mobile unveils aggressive trade-in offer for the iPhone X and iPhone 8, but no BOGO

Leave it to the Un-carrier to barge in and disrupt the careful trade-in models that Verizon and AT&T have been building for a while. Just like with the iPhone 7, T-Mobile didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger, introducing a $300 discount for the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X phones, as long as you trade in at least an iPhone 6 in good condition. For comparison, AT&T’s trade-in offer for a 32 GB iPhone 7 is sub-$300 at the moment. 

T-Mobile’s CEO didn’t elaborate further on the offer, but there might be similar trade-ins coming from AT&T or Verizon very …

Samsung quietly unveils the Gear Fit 2 Pro just ahead of the Galaxy Note 8 launch event

As we’re speaking, Samsung is getting ready to launch its next flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 8, but that’s not the only mobile device the company will be presenting soon. We’ve also been hearing rumors of a successor to the company’s Gear Fit 2 for quite some time now — in fact, we’ve already seen leaked renders and specs of the device.

However, the device seems to have just quietly gone official, as Samsung’s Spanish and Malaysian websites now have the device’s official promo pages up for anyone to see — which is a bit weird …

Google officially unveils Android 8.0 Oreo, mascot and all

As expected, Google has taken the wraps off its newest version of Android and revealed some information about the devices that will be upgraded in the coming months. First off, it’s Android Oreo, not Android Orellete as a previous report wrongfully claimed.

Android Oreo is supposed to be faster, smarter and more powerful than any of the previous versions of the mobile platform. It comes with picture-in-picture and Autofill, these two features being available in the latest Developer Preview builds as well.

New notification dots will now allow users to see …

Qualcomm unveils its first depth-sensing camera technology for Android devices

Chipset maker Qualcomm has just introduced its new camera technology, which will soon make its way to Android devices. The new depth-sensing camera technology comes as an expansion to Qualcomm’s Spectra Module Program, but the US-based company hopes to implement it on its Snapdragon Mobile chipsets.

The new IPSs feature a new camera architecture designed for advancements in computer vision, image quality and power efficiency. Moreover, the camera module program will include a trio of camera modules, including an iris authentication module, a passive depth sensing …

Xiaomi unveils its own $45 smart speaker

Yesterday we told you about Facebook’s recently rumoured endeavor to develop its own smart speaker, and also rambled on for a bit about how more and more big-name tech enterprises are looking to enter the niche of clever speaker devices.

Today we have had yet another entry on the list, as Xiaomi became the latest of companies to launch its own smart speaker, dubbed the Mi AI Speaker, which it unveiled at its MIUI 9 event. Xiaomi’s device will utilize voice-controlled features and would allow customers to control other smart Xiaomi products by voice, such as light switches …

Archos unveils four new Android smartphones for the European market

French Android OEM Archos has just announced the upcoming availability of four new smartphones for the European market: Diamond Gamma, Diamond Alpha, Sense 55S, and Sense 50X.

All four will be launched on the market this summer during of the month of July. The most expensive of the four, Archos Diamond Alpha will cost €299 (after a cash discount of €50), while the Archos Sense 55S will be available for purchase for €249 outright.

Next in line, Archos Diamond Gamma is priced to sell for €199, whereas the cheapest of the four, the rugged Sense 50X will be up …

MIT unveils wearable guides for the visually impaired

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It’s frustrating to see so many wearable innovations without more devoted to providing solutions for the disabled, which is why MIT’s new prototype for the visually impaired is more than just a little exciting. 

A team of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have come up with a wearable system that helps the visually impaired navigate their environment. 

The system consists of a 3D depth-sensing camera, electronically refreshable Braille pads that display symbols such as “c” for chair and “t” for table, and a belt that vibrate more as the wearable gets close to an obstacle.  Read more…

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