Tag: Mobile

New repair data shows we won’t fix a cracked screen if the phone still works

It might not come as a surprise, but one effect of the rising price of smartphones — and the increasing commonality of $1,000+ handsets — is that consumers are likewise increasingly putting off repairs, especially if the damage doesn’t seem to impact the phone’s overall performance. According to new research from SquareTrade, an Allstate company […]

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Samsung’s first foldable phone might be called ‘Galaxy Flex’ or ‘Samsung Flex’

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled a bunch of new Infinity display variations, including the Infinity-O screen we expect to see on mid-range phones and on the upcoming Galaxy S10 flagship, but also the Infinity Flex screen suspected to be featured on the company’s first-ever foldable smartphone. It all happened at Samsung’s developer conference, where Samsung […]

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Facebook starts rolling out dashboard to show how much time you waste on it every day

After Facebook announced in August that it was working on activity trackers so that users could see how much time they’re spending on the Instagram and Facebook apps, the company confirmed that the feature is starting to roll out. Called “Your Time on Facebook,” it is starting to roll out now […]

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Volvo’s first commercial self-driving trucks will be used in mining

Volvo has announced a commercial first for its autonomous trucking endeavors. The Swedish automotive company has signed a deal with Norwegian mine Brønnøy Kalk to transport limestone along five kilometers of roads and tunnels from the mine to a nearby port using self-driving trucks. Volvo has engaged in a number of […]

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eGym raises $20 million to grow its connected fitness platform in the U.S.

Germany-based fitness equipment and software startup eGym has raised $20 million in a series D round of funding led by Nokia-funded venture capital firm NGP Capital, with participation from Highland Europe and HPE Growth Capital. Founded out of Munich in 2011, eGym’s platform constitutes both hardware and software. The company builds fully connected […]

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Purdue researchers use AI to predict students’ locations and friends from Wi-Fi data

Location-based check-ins reveal a lot about a person — and college students in particular, as it turns out. Researchers at Purdue University published a paper (“Exploring Student Check-In Behavior for Improved Point-of-Interest Prediction“) on the preprint server Arxiv.org early last month describing how Wi-Fi access logs could be used to […]

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Samsung’s most exciting phone ever will have a worthy competitor that you won’t be able to buy

Samsung’s first foldable handset had its soft launch a few days ago, and the phone should hit stores at some point in the first half of 2019. The Galaxy F (image above) may not be a phone for everyone, especially considering its sky-high price, but the handset is Samsung’s most ambitious and exciting smartphone project […]

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Sweden’s Voi Technology raises $50 million to expand its e-scooters across Europe

Voi Technology, another recent entrant to the nascent electric scooter-sharing market, has raised $50 million in a series A round of funding led by Balderton Capital, with participation from Vostok New Ventures, LocalGlobe, Raine Ventures, and angel investors including Amazon’s CEO for worldwide consumer Jeff Wilke, Tinder cofounder Justin Mateen, King […]

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Gameband officially throws in the towel on crowdfunded wearable

Gaming wearable startup Gameband said it will not be able to deliver its promised wearables to its fans as originally promised. The company has funding challenges. It had raised $325,996 from 1,708 backers on Kickstarter in September 2017, but Feargal Mac Conuladh, CEO of Gameband, confirmed that the company cannot […]

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MapAnything raises $42.5 million for location of things platform

The location of things (LoT) market — which comprises technology that enables developers to make use of geographic data  — is projected to be worth $71.6 billion by 2025, driven by the proliferation of connected devices, high-speed networks, and personalized services. Mapping and navigation apps like Google Maps, Uber, and […]

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Facebook’s ‘independent oversight group’ is destined to fail

If there was any doubt about how big Facebook has gotten, CEO Mark Zuckerberg compared the struggles Facebook faces with deciding what kind of content to allow on its platform to the struggles cities face in mitigating crime. “No one expects crime to be eliminated completely, but you expect things […]

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Canalys: Amazon retook smart speaker crown from Google in Q3 2018

Market momentum for smart speakers shows no sign of slowing — quite the opposite, in fact. A new report published by research firm Canalys indicates that worldwide smart speaker shipments grew 137 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2018 to reach 19.7 million units, up from 8.3 million in […]

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Apple pursues Qualcomm chip engineers as modem legal battle deepens

Locked in an increasingly dangerous legal battle with Qualcomm over modem patents and trade secrets, Apple is upping the ante by aggressively seeking to lure employees from its one-time chip supplier. According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple is now seeking chip engineers located in Qualcomm’s home city of San […]

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PerceptIn unleashes a driverless mobile vending machine that displays video ads

You’ve heard about autonomous cars, but what about autonomous advertisements? Meet PerceptIn‘s DragonFly Intelligent Advertising Vehicle, a driverless chassis equipped with digital signage — and a vending machine to boot. The mini-shuttle sports four displays — two smaller screens on the front and rear and a pair of widescreen monitors on either […]

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The Pixel 3 camera mode you’ve been waiting for is finally rolling out to all Pixels

When it unveiled the Pixel 3 phones about a month ago, Google dedicated a whole segment of the presentation to the camera experience. That was entirely expected, considering that previous Pixel cameras received many praises. Google even took some shots at the competition when introducing a new low-light camera mode called Night Sight, showing image […]

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