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Oct

Common sense: Don’t ask 911 to find your phone


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Repeat after me: “Losing my phone is not a 911 emergency.” To be fair, that should be pretty obvious to most of us, but that apparently wasn’t the case with one Middletown Connecticut woman who felt that calling up the police and asking them to find her phone was a perfectly legit thing to do.

As the story goes, on the evening of October 3rd, an intoxicated woman called up the police in a panic asking about her phone, and then she abruptly hung up. The police responded to the call and when they showed up she said she had found it on her own and was “all set”. The police told her that calling 911 and asking them to find her phone wasn’t an appropriate thing to do, she responded with an eloquent “whatever”.

Now, alcohol can make you do stupid things and so it’d be easy to just laugh this one off, but the woman is actually facing charges over the matter. The reason? This is just one of more than 75 calls she has made to 911 since March 15, with almost all of them dealing with non-emergency issues.

So, before you get the urge to call 911, remember there are more efficient ways to find your phone, such as Android Device Manager, a 3rd party app, or even a dolphin if you end up dropping your phone in the water. (And yes, we know this story is pretty silly.. but I thought it was too funny not to share..)

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19
Oct

LG shifts focus to OLED as smartphone sales remain sluggish


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LG has decorated its HQ with OLED in a very visible way.

The Korea Herald

Despite the very vocal crowd who called Samsung’s 2015 smartphones afoul, LG’s G4 has done very little to rekindle the OEM’s sagging sales and diminishing market share. Despite the favorable interest in the new V10 – already on sale in Korea and releasing next month in the USA – the expensive flagship is unlikely to change things in the markets that matter. In light of this unfavorable situation, The Korea Times is reporting that LG will soon be restructuring: LG Display will take control of OLED lighting-related development from current owner LG Chem.

Specifically, LG Chem has indicated that “it has received approval from top LG management to sell its OLED lighting unit to LG Display on Dec. 15. The deal is worth 160 billion won, or some $142 million.”

LG Chem’s C.S. Song, head of the company’s PR division, stated that, “The latest deal will help LG Chem further strengthen its ability to handle the OLED material business as LG Display has been successful in managing OLED-embedded applications.”

Jacquelyn Park, a spokeswoman for LG Display, added that “The decision will help LG Group create synergy in the OLED business sector given LG Display’s advantage in that segment.”

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The move comes after a meeting last week where LG Chairman Koo Bon-moo “asked top management of the conglomerate’s affiliates to share patents that each of its units have” and is part of an apparent contingency plan-type strategy to step the company’s lost revenue from elsewhere in the conglomerate.

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The Korea Times states that, “LG’s shift to the OLED business comes after its main affiliates suffered a ‘systematic decline’ in profit. Its key consumer electronics unit – LG Electronics – is nowhere to be seen in smartphones, hit by the rise of cheap Chinese mobile vendors. LG’s global ranking in smartphones in the second quarter was pushed outside the ‘top five’.”

Also mentioned in the piece was a stronger focus on the B2B market segment, which is expected to grow to $6.7 trillion by 2020 according to leading market research firm Frost and Sullivan.

Trouble in paradise?

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This latest news development comes amid a generally tumultuous time for Korea’s big two. Just last week TrendForce reported Samsung first annual decline in Samsung smartphone shipments. LG, too, has been dealing with troubled sales, and has already been focusing on OLED products.

As the Times mentioned, this is largely seen as a factor of the keen competition coming out of China in the form of Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, Meizu, and OnePlus, especially given that many of these OEMs forgo traditional marketing and retail outlets and thus can afford to offer their products at extremely competitive prices.

LG’s focus on OLED is perhaps one of the main areas where the company has a clear technological advantage over the competition, save for perhaps Samsung, and thus a doubled-down decision to produce and sell is one vital way to remain afloat.

19
Oct

HTC CEO: Our new smartphone will be good enough to replace the iPhone


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HTC is slated to announce its next smartphone in New York City on Tuesday, October 20th, where we’re expecting the Taiwan-based tech giant to unveil the heavily-rumored One A9. HTC needs a smartphone that will sell, and according to Cher Wang, the company’s CEO, it should have no problem in that area. In a letter sent out to employees earlier today, Wang said that the upcoming HTC smartphone will be a good alternative to Apple’s iPhones.

This should come as no surprise if you’ve been keeping up with all of the One A9 leaks and rumors as of late. According to the slew of leaked photos making their way around the web, the One A9 will look extremely similar to Apple’s most recent iPhone 6/6 Plus line. The new phone will “strike a balance between beauty, performance and simplicity,” Wang continues. This, she says, will make it a good alternative to the iPhone.


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After cutting 15 percent of its workforce due to poor sales and posting yet another unfortunate quarterly loss this year, the new handset needs to perform well to keep HTC afloat. The company has also recently been dropped from the TWSE 50 Index, which is the stock market index of Taiwan’s 50 largest firms.

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19
Oct

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S7 to be announced in January?


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Rumors about the Galaxy S7 have been circulating since Samsung’s current smartphone hit stores – if not earlier – and while most have been seemingly based on sheer conjecture or else not worth repeating, today’s offering seems a bit more believable. Korean news outlet ETNews is reporting that the new super smartphone will make its official debut in January – possibly the 19th – and that there should be both a “premium” and a “sub-premium” variant.

SamMobile had previously reported that this dual dichotomy is going to be a follow-up to the S6 and S6 Edge; the SM-G930 being the standard-affair offering, and the SM-G935 featuring the OEM’s iconic curved display.

Also mentioned in today’s rumor report is a claim that “Project Lucky” will use an ePoP chip to integrate all the necessary sensor components on a single die, an engineering strategy employed by the S6 to help improve efficiency.

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Spec-wise, the details are somewhat confusing. There may be several different processor variants depending on the market the S7 is sold in, and the flagship smartphone may use a pressure-sensitive display technology similar to what Apple has started marketing. Also slated are USB Type-C support and even a dual-camera arrangement with a brand new 20-megapixel primary sensor.

As with all rumors, this piece should not be considered as factual until Samsung so speaketh. The specs could change, and the product launch could even be held later than the typical MWC-debut. Just a few weeks back, some were claiming the S7 would be announced in December, for reference. Still, given the strategic decision to launch the Galaxy Note 5 (and S6 Edge+) earlier than usual, anything is possible.

19
Oct

ASUS may make its own version of Microsoft’s HoloLens glasses


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Microsoft might not be the only one making a holographic augmented reality headset in the near future. ASUS has revealed to CNET that it’s talking to Microsoft about making a version of HoloLens. The firm is “still evaluating” what these glasses would look like, so you shouldn’t expect to wear Republic of Gamers-branded eyewear any time soon. However, Microsoft is quick to note it’s trying to “create a category” with HoloLens — it wants to see a full-fledged holographic display ecosystem, not just its own gear. Don’t be surprised if the technology (eventually) hits the mainstream through ASUS and a slew of other familiar Windows hardware makers.

Source: CNET

19
Oct

Waze’s maps and traffic app gets a cleaner and smarter design


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Waze is one of the most popular maps and traffic apps on iOS and Android. For good reason, too: It’s fast, intuitive and, often times, more accurate than the highly rated Google Maps. Today, Waze’s making its mobile application even better, thanks to an overhaul designed to offer a cleaner, prettier user interface and quicker access to useful actions. With a single tap, you can now send directions, location or estimated time of arrival to your contacts. You can also get traffic-based reminders, making it easier to get to any destination on time — as long as your calendar is synced with Waze. Last but not least, this new version of the app “significantly” reduces battery consumption, according to the company; if true, that’ll definitely be appreciated by users who rely on the app for their daily commutes or casual trips. The 4.0 update is already available for iOS, while Android’s expected to get it “soon.”

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Source: Waze

19
Oct

Lenovo’s flagship Yoga 900 laptop is an improvement in every way that matters


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The Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro was one of our favorite laptops of 2014, but mostly for impractical reasons: At 2.62 pounds and half an inch thick, it was exceptionally thin and light, even for an ultraportable, but it suffered from relatively short battery life and performance that trailed some rivals. Fortunately, the company just announced a new flagship, the Yoga 900, and it appears to improve on its predecessor in every way that matters. For starters, it movies from one of Intel’s low-powered Core M chips to a sixth-gen Core i5 or i7 CPU. Between that and a new option for 16GB of RAM, the performance here should be faster than it was just a year ago. At the same time, Lenovo didn’t have to compromise much on weight: the Yoga 900 is just heftier, at 2.8 pounds and 14.9mm (0.59 inch) thick.Slideshow-330250

That addresses performance. As for battery life, Lenovo bumped up the battery capacity by about 50 percent, promising between eight and nine hours of runtime. Last year’s model lasted around seven and a half hours in our tests, so if the new model can indeed reach nine, that would be a marked improvement. Lenovo also increased the base storage from 128GB to 256GB, and plans to offer a 512GB on the highest-end configuration. This time, too, the Yoga starts with 8GB of RAM, going up to 16GB on the top-tier model.

Additionally, Lenovo made a couple tweaks to the hardware, though this was admittedly one of the Yoga 3 Pro’s strong points in the first place. For one, Lenovo ditched last year’s five-row keyboard for a six-row setup, allowing the user to adjust things like brightness from the top row without holding down the Function key. Also, though the”Watchband” hinge in the back looks the same, Lenovo tightened it so that it feels sturdier when you’re flipping the 3,200 x 1,800 screen into different usage modes. Indeed, I noticed in my hands-on that the flex I complained about in my review was gone; no more creaking sound when you rotate the display back into tablet mode.Slideshow-330251

The Yoga 900 starts at $1,200, and is available today at Best Buy and on Lenovo’s website. Colors include gold, silver and “clementine orange,” and this time, the watchband hinge around back matches the rest of the chassis. Given that this is the direct replacement to one of our favorite laptops from last year, you can bet we intend to review this as soon as we’re able to get our hands on one. Until then, enjoy the hands-on photos.

19
Oct

Lenovo’s 27-inch tablet is still heavy, but comes with more useful apps


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Lenovo’s been making giant, battery-powered all-in-ones for nearly three years now, and though the company apparently hasn’t given up on the idea, it has the same challenge as ever: helping consumers understand just what you can do with a machine like this. Until now, Lenovo has been selling optional accessories, like a suction-cup joystick, or air hockey paddles allowing you to use the PC as a tabletop; effectively a 27-inch tablet. Now, though, the company is taking things a step further: It just announced its latest model, called the Yoga Home 900, and it’s pre-loading a slew of apps it thinks might be useful in tabletop mode. That includes games like Risk and International Chess, as well as creative apps like Crayola’s Paint.Slideshow-330458

Other than including more tabletop-friendly apps out of the box, though, this is much the same product as last year’s model. Once again, what we have here is a 27-inch all-in-one with a 1080p screen and a technically portable design, allowing you to use it for three hours unplugged. In particular, the screen has a tilting base that allows you to lie the screen flat; when you reach the 75-degree mark or so, that’s when Lenovo’s touch-friendly “Aura” user interface takes over, so that you’re looking at that instead of the Windows 10 desktop. It also weighs about the same as ever, at 16.75 pounds, which means it’s still not easy to move from room to room. Ideally, then, you’d leave this plugged in a communal place like your den or kitchen, and plan on mostly using it there.

Under the hood, the Yoga Home 900 runs fifth-gen Intel Core processors (up to Core i7), with up to 8GB of RAM, up to a 1TB hybrid hard drive an optional NVIDIA GeForce 940A GPU with 2GB of video memory. It ships later this month, starting at $1,549.

19
Oct

Apple Maps Adds Amtrak Routes in Northeastern U.S. and Transit Directions for Boston


As part of its efforts to add transit directions in iOS 9, Apple has recently updated Apple Maps to include multiple Amtrak routes in the Northeastern United States. Available mainly in the cities where transit directions have been implemented, the longest Amtrak route available runs from Chicago to New York.

Supported routes include the Northeast Regional, Acela Express, Keystone, Lake Shore Limited, Pennsylvanian, and Maple Leaf, many of which operate between cities in the Northeastern United States.

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The Acela Express, for example, runs between Boston, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC. Lake Shore Limited runs from New York/Boston to Albany to Chicago, while Maple Leaf runs from New York to Niagara Falls to Toronto.

Amtrak routes in the South, West, Midwest, and Northwest are not currently available in Apple Maps, but the information will likely be implemented as Apple expands transit information to additional areas across the United States. Transit directions are currently available in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and San Francisco.

Along with Amtrak support for several cities where transit directions are supported, Apple has also added transit information for the Boston area. Boston was initially added to Apple’s list of supported cities earlier this month, but the page was later updated to note the feature wouldn’t officially be working until a later date in October.

As of this morning, transit directions are available in Boston, allowing Boston residents to access directions by Amtrak, commuter rail, buses, and more. The next city to gain transit directions will be Sydney, which was also added to Apple’s list of supported cities earlier in the month. While Boston transit information is live, it does not yet appear to be available in Sydney.

(Thanks, Alec!)


19
Oct

AT&T to carry the ultra-rugged Kyocera DuraForce XD later this year


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AT&T took to its official blog earlier today to announce that it will be offering Kyocera’s brand new, ultra-rugged smartphone, the DuraForce XD, to its business customers later this year.

Unfortunately, neither the carrier, nor the manufacturer, released any hardware details about the device, other than that it’s waterproof and provides Military Standard 810G protection against dust, drops, shock and extreme temperatures.

Source: AT&T

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