When we think about digital assistants we immediately turn to Google Assistant as the best the industry has to offer. Samsung tried their hand with the same type of software a couple of years ago when they launched Bixby – their take on what your phone should be doing for you. It wasn’t the best experience to use Bixby (to put it lightly), but they have been slowly improving it.Now, however, Samsung have promised a whole new experience when using the new Bixby 2.0, which they will be launching towards the tail end of 2018 when the new Samsung Galaxy Note is launched. The company’s Head of AI Research told the Korea Herald that the new version of Bixby will have better natural language processing, faster responses and better results in noisy environments.In 2017 Samsung acquired Viv and wil..
It has been more than two years since the original iPhone SE launched – an oddity in the Apple stable looking back to the past rather than to the future. Now, it seems, we will be exploring this old form factor again with the upcoming iPhone SE 2 (although that name isn’t confirmed yet).The original iPhone SE had the same size and form factor as the iPhone 5 from 2012 (which was one of the best designs the iPhone ever had), but with upgraded internals for 2016. Rumours were that the new iPhone SE 2 would be launched at Apple’s developers conference, WWDC 2018 which in from 4 – 8 June.Now in the home stretch to the conference, we’re seeing possible leaked designs of the iPhone SE 2 pop up. Interestingly, it seems that it will still have the same size and form factor as the iPhone 5 and orig..
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Google’s biggest event of the year in undoubtedly its Google I/O developer conference. This is where the software company unveils the latest features to its existing repertoire as well as anything new it wants to bring the world. Google I/O 2018 gives us a glimpse into the future, and this week’s event was a tell all for Google's vision of how you interact with with data and the world. Let’s take a look at the highlights from this jam packed conference.Smart Compose in GmailGoogle is always at the forefront of AI and machine learning and is finding ever more appropriate ways to employ it in its current stable of products. Gmail is getting a new feature where it will not only predict words users plan to type, but entire phrases. We’re not just talking about simple predictions like addresses..
At the end of 2017 we were under the impression that LG would be dropping one of and/or combining the G range and the V range, as they were unable to sell enough of either. This idea has been thrown into disarray recently, as LG launched a ‘new’ V30+ ThinQ and now he have leaks of the LG G7 ThinQ.The most recent leaks comes from notorious tech leaker Evan Blass. He has posted head-on profiles of each of the device’s sides. The design is very familiar, taking cues from both the G and V range of the last couple of years. As we have seen thus far in 2018 and will undoubtedly see in many new phones still to launch, the notch is a ‘feature’ on this new LG flagship as well.The rear pane of glass has tight tapers from the edges and contains a fingerprint sensor, the dual-camera system as well as..
The Sony Xperia XZ2 was launched last month at Mobile World Congress but we already have the announcement up their ‘pro’ version of the flagship, the Xperia ZX2 Premium. Like it did in the past, the Premium model will have a 4K display – which is total overkill in a smartphone – but that’snot the most interesting difference to the Xperia ZX2 are the cameras. Not only does it have a dual shooter on the rear, but Sony is making some large claims regarding their performance on the Xperia XZ2 Premium. Read: The Best of MWC 2018 – Samsung, Vivo and more! With the Xperia XZ2 you will find the same new design language that Sony finally changed up on the Xperia XZ2, after years of the same boring omnibalance design. You will however, get upgrades over the Xperia XZ2 in terms of display, camera, ..
While the name Xiaomi has only recently become a well-known one around the world, they’re ambitions are much greater. They envisage becoming one of the world’s leading electronics manufacturers, not just focusing on the Chinese smartphone market as was true in the past. In another step to broaden their mainstream appeal, we could reportedly see the Xiaomi acquiring GoPro.In recent years the Chinese manufacturer has expanded its electronics offerings to feature computers, smart vehicles and action cameras, mostly through its Yi line. GoPro has been the go-to name that people think of for capturing sporting occasions or adventure activities. Unfortunately, in their own big to expand its product offerings into drones, they’ve come under some immense financial strain. Earlier this ye..
Apple took an interesting approach for its first event of 2018, dubbing it the ‘Let’s Take a Field Trip’ education event. This alerted most to what we were expecting – an iPad focused on the education market. This segment of the market has been gaining prominence over the last several years,which we saw in the form of Google’s Chromebooks, and now the first tablet running Chrome OS. The new 2018 iPad undoubtedly stole the show at this event –with no announcement of iOS 11.3 in sight – and education was the name of the game. As iPad sales have dwindled over the past several years, they have had to shift focus to this new market segment. As was expected, the new 2018 iPad looks, feels, and works the same as its predecessor, apart from a new processor and Apple Pencil support. We hope to get ..
Chrome OS is definitely growing in prominence around the world. Google’s platform has become prolific in laptops for a younger audience,mostly focused on hardware for education. That being said, Google want to push it to as many types of devices as possible. The first new category to see Chrome OS is the tablet, which Acer hopes will be able to entice a brand new type of customer.Acer has unveiled the first Chrome OS tablet, the Chromebook Tab 10, which is once again squarely aimed at education, with all-touch input and a very light weight build. Appropriately, there's a bundled battery-free Wacom stylus that lets kids draw and take notes.The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 comes with a stylus includedAs we’ve seen from Chrome OS laptops, you shouldn’t expect the highest specs from Chrome OS tablet..
A new study conducted by the team behind the Cardiogram app for the Apple Watch and researchers at the University of California in SanFrancisco has found that the heart rate monitor in the Apple Watch is extremely accurate. They can detect almost all abnormal heart rhythms which could be used to advise people to see a healthcare professional and which could, potentially, save lives.Data from about 10,000 users of the app, who were willing toshare their data, was collected to the tune of 139 million heart rate and stepcount measurements. Cardiogram then built a deep neural network (a form ofmachine learning) called Deepheart, to analyse the users enrolled into thestudy.Cardiogram AppOnce trained, DeepHeart was able to read heart rate datacollected by these wearables, distinguishing between ..
Another year at Mobile World Congress (MWC) has come and gone. While many say it was a muted show this year around, with less high profile devices being released than in the past, there is still a lot be excited about.As we take stock of all the new devices, several have stood out amongst all the phones, tablets and laptops and first impressions is what matters most here. We haven’t had the opportunity to test all the following devices, but in no particular order, le’s go through our Best of MWC 2018 devices.The New Galaxy S9+Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+After Samsung completely changed their smartphone design with last year’s Galaxy S8 family, we weren’t expecting much more than an iterative update to a winning formula. We are currently reviewing the Galaxy S9 and it does seem to be shaping u..
In early 2017, Samsung thundered onto the global stage after a dismal Galaxy Note 7 launch with a device that has changed our conception of what a premium smartphone should look like. The Galaxy S8, while not perfect, did bring with it a revitalized design, AI-powered smarts, and a maverick camera that has managed to impress consumers made wary by the Note 7's explosive ending.Now, almost a year later, we can expect more from the South Korean company in the form of the Galaxy S9 - a device which, by all accounts, will be a more iterative follow-up effort in comparison to last year's blockbuster smartphone.Read: New Leaks Show Off The Galaxy S9' New DeX Dock, Internal Specs, & MoreFirst things first. The Galaxy S9 is anticipated to inherit the S8's form factor, with the addition of..
According to a new report by ETNews, LG may be readying its own rockstar for debut as Samsung fires up its Galaxy S9 - and, in good news for fans of the former South Korean brand, the marque's next phone might well come in a familiar guise.After reports late last year indicated that LG had made the decision to cancel its forthcoming G7 flagship thanks to lackluster range sales, the South Korean firm has now reportedly chosen to ship a new competitor in its place which will apparently take on the moniker of the LG V30s.Read: New Leaks Show Off The Galaxy S9' New DeX Dock, Internal Specs, & MoreThe V30s, in line with its name, will reportedly ship in a similar form factor to the svelte design that the original V30 championed. Interestingly enough, the device will - according to rumo..
When Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S8 in 2017, it did so alongside an entirely new product accessory that captured the interest of both consumers and critics alike. With the DeX dock, Galaxy S8 purchasers would be able to convert their smartphone into an ultra-portable desktop computer which - when coupled with a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, could run apps and services on the big screen.Samsung elected to continue that tradition with the release of the Galaxy Note 8 in August last year, and now leaked images courtesy of Evan Blass reveal that the South Korean company may have something slightly different in mind for the forthcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.Read: Samsung's Galaxy S9 Might Recognize Faces And Irises All At Once With 'Intelligent Scan'Revealed in early product ..
When Apple announced its premium iPhone X, the Cupertino company did so alongside a new, flagship technology which we could well see into the future - Face ID. Leveraging a front-facing 3D sensor unit, the iPhone X boasts a facial recognition suite that can track its users face as it changes over time - regardless of weight gain, whether one wears a hat or sunglasses, or even if one grows or shaves a beard.This advent left chief rival Samsung somewhat out-of-the-water, considering that its two flagship smartphones - the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 - bear only iris scanning and 2D facial recognition. Now, however, new reports show that the South Korean firm is looking to up the ante with the forthcoming Galaxy S9, and might do so with a new proprietary feature called 'Intelligent Scan'.Read..
Apple rocked the boat in 2017 with the introduction of the iPhone X, and now - thanks to a new report courtesy of KGI Securities - it appears as if 2018 might yield more of the all-screen monster that the world couldn't wait to get their hands on.KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo - who has a long history of tracking product leaks and offering accurate predictions - has now claimed that Apple is reading three new iPhones - all in the style of the iPhone X - for release later this year.Read: More Galaxy S9 Details Spill Out Ahead Of February's Launch DateAccording to Kuo, Apple will proceed to offer a 6.5" OLED and a 5.8" OLED iPhone - reminiscent of the 'standard' and 'Plus' lineup which Apple has sold since the debut of the iPhone 6 - and might further move to offer an 'in-between' ..
Rumours have swirled for months that Samsung has been mired in the development of a foldable phone, and now reports have alleged that Samsung revealed the first batch of devices to insiders at an exclusive event in the wake of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.According to reports, the devices - which will apparently ship under the 'Galaxy X' moniker later this year - were shown off in two distinct guises; one sported an outward-folding hinge, while the other folded inwardly. Apparently, Samsung will first move to mass produce the inward-folding model.Read: More Galaxy S9 Details Spill Out Ahead Of February's Launch DateA newly leaked image has apparently outed the schematics for Samsung's newest device in detail, revealing a large 7.3" foldable screen that consumers will be ..
Samsung's Galaxy S8 set the pace for numerous mobile devices that followed throughout the course of 2017 - highlighting not only the beauty of a near bezel-less design, but further Samsung's photography prowess. Now the South Korean chaebol is readying its next mobile effort with the Galaxy S9, and a fresh slew of reports have indicated some of the company's plans.PhoneArena reports that the Galaxy S9 is expected to debut with a similar form factor to the Galaxy S8, save for a reduced bottom chin that might equate to even more screen real-estate for power users. On the rear, it is expected that the handset may include the same telephoto dual-lens camera setup as found on the recent Galaxy Note 8, while the device would apparently be the first handset to include Qualcomm's powerful Snapdrag..
Though many interested purchasers might be holding out for a round Apple Watch, this year we were treated to Apple's third edition wearable - the Apple Watch Series 3 - which, while offering the same form factor, moves to make some interesting improvements.As the holiday season nears, Apple has premiered a slew of new adverts highlighting the Apple Watch Series 3 just in time for Christmas - each advert highlights a different utility for the watch in-between popular sports and activities.Read: Apple's Next iPad Might Well Be Its Most Affordable One EverThe first of the series, Snowboard, sees a user launch into icy speeds while leveraging the built-in calling functionality on his Apple Watch Series 3. The Apple Watch Series 3 uses a built-in electronic SIM card to handle cellular conn..