HTC U 11 will feature 360-degree sound recording, new video teaser suggests

HTC wants us to get excited about its upcoming flagship smartphone – the HTC U 11. The handset will be officially announced next week, on May 16, but, before that, HTC released a new video teaser to keep our interest piqued.

HTC’s new video – embedded above – is quite short, and is accompanied by a “360 real-life recording” caption. From this, we can conclude that the U 11 will feature 360-degree sound recording – or maybe 360-degree video recording, too? This is the second U 11 feature that HTC is (kind of) confirming, after the phone’s squeezable frame – apparently …


Updated UI makes it easier for Android users to video chat on WhatsApp


Video calling launched on WhatsApp last November. Already, the app hosts on an average day 340 million minutes of video calls. There are an average of 55 million video calls made each day on the messaging app, which was purchased by Facebook for a final price of more than $21 billion back in 2014. WhatsApp’s voice and video calls are free, even to other countries. That’s because both features employ a carrier’s internet connection.

Now, WhatsApp has made it easier for Android users to launch video chats thanks to an updated UI. A dedicated video calling button is available that starts …

Check out T-Mobile's vision of a 5G world (VIDEO)

Based on T-Mobile’s video called “The Future of Wireless,” 5G means that we will be closer to living like The Jetsons. Earlier during this week, the nation’s third largest carrier became the first one to announce its plans to build a nationwide 5G network. Today, T-Mobile has posted a video showing what life could be like with such a network deployed. Apparently, AR is one of the things that we will be using every day and in many ways. From checking our parking garage reservations through an AR enabled windshield in our car, to using AR to purchase a dress that we see in a store window, …

How tough is the sapphire edition HTC U Ultra? See it scratched and tortured in this video, then compared to other products

Earlier this year, HTC launched an oddball of a premium phablet — the HTC U Ultra, with a 5.7-inch main display and an extra ticker screen on top (a la LG V20), super-shiny finishes, and a missing 3.5 mm headphone jack (despite the device being quite large). To top it off, the company also announced that there will be a special edition of the phablet, which would rock a sapphire glass screen — allegedly the most unscratchable material for a screen that you can make.

Now, as we know, sapphire glass panels are super-hard to make — a couple of years ago, Apple hired …

Microsoft Teams for iOS updated with video calls support, ability to create new channels

A significant update has just hit Microsoft’s Teams app for iOS devices. As the title says, the update brings video calls support into the mix, as well as other new features.

If you’re using Teams on your iOS device, upgrading to the latest version will allow you to connect face to face using the newly added video calls feature. Also, you can easily add or remove team members.

Another notable change included in the update is the ability to create new channels. Moreover, Teams users can now rename group chats and add new members to existing conversations.

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HTC U 11 video teaser released ahead of May 16 unveil

HTC has already confirmed it will announce its next flagship smartphone on May 16. The device will be launched on the market as HTC U 11, but we have yet to learn when exactly it will be available and how much it will cost.

Since HTC can’t tell us too much about the upcoming U 11 handset, the Taiwanese company released a video teaser that emphasizes on the smartphone’s unique touch-sensitive edges that can interpret gestures into various actions.

The HTC U 11 allows users to “squeeze” it in order to take advantage of this unique gesture system, so the video …

Don't feel like a 200-page manual? With this short Galaxy S8 video tutorial, Samsung covers all the basics

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been finding their way in their rightful owners’ hands here in the US for a week already, and Samsung felt that now is the time to release a short video tutorial on what the phones are, and how to engage with them on a daily basis. Nothing groundbreaking, but it’s clean, concise, and in the trendy sharing format with subtitles, so you don’t even have to put your headphones on to learn about your Galaxy S8 without reading the 200-page manual.

Amazon Echo smart speaker with video screen is in the works?

One of the hottest tech devices of the last couple of years has been the Amazon Echo smart speaker. The device is powered by the cloud based AI assistant dubbed Alexa by the online retailer. Alexa has been so popular that Motorola is going to include it on some of its Moto branded handsets this year. The U.S. version of the Huawei Mate 9 will also feature Alexa handling the same tasks that Google Now usually takes care of.

Amazon is rumored to be working on an enhanced version of the Echo smart speaker which will feature a video screen. This device has the code name “Knight,.” and will be …

BlackBerry KEYone's keyboard shortcuts get showcased in official video

Announced back in February, the BlackBerry KEYone is supposed to be hitting shelves starting this month, at least in some regions (while in others, like Europe, it could arrive in May).

While waiting for BlackBerry Mobile to share official details about the release of the KEYone, you may want to check out a video that showcases one of the smartphone’s important features: keyboard shortcuts. Similar to the (now old) BlackBerry Priv, the KEYone lets you assign shortcuts for each of its 26 hardware keys. As you can see in the video embedded below, you can actually assign up to 52 shortcuts, …

Video: thoroughly fine Nokia 9 concept gets set in motion

Remember that attractive Nokia 9 concept we saw a week earlier? It looked great static, so imagine seeing something like it in motion! It has been made possible, thanks to YouTube’s Concept Creator channel. The video shows a thin and symmetric phone that looks quite pleasant. There are minimal screen bezels, the front and back panels are as shiny as it gets, and there’s a dual camera setup.

The cameras are placed vertically on the back, as well as the LED flash and laser autofocus system. Below them is a big fingerprint scanner that looks easy to reach. Stereo speakers have been implemented …