Intel kills off Kaby Lake-X processors and boosts Windows 10 April 2018 improve visuals for laptops

Intel has revealed it's discontinuing its quad-core Kaby Lake-X processors, merely a 11 months after they were first announced, using the company describing its plans the chips’ EOL (end of life) status.

The Intel Kaby Lake-X Core i7-7740X and Core i5-7640X had been designed for the enthusiast market, with the potato chips capable of some incredibly impressive overclocking performance, but it appears that the response to them was muted, with bad product sales being cited due to the fact reason behind the discontinuation.

It didn’t help your Kaby Lake-X lineup ended up being outshone by the Skylake-X processors, while they offered fewer PCIe lanes, ‘only’ four cores and support just for dual channel memory.

With Intel now moving towards X399 platform, it looks like it there won’t be help for quad-core processors using the HEDT platform.

In an item change notification document made by Intel, the company states that PC manufacturers and component resellers should purchase the processors by November 30, 2018, with all the final delivery of Kaby Lake-X chips pencilled set for might 31, 2019. Therefore, should you want to obtain a Kaby Lake-X processor, you have got around per year left to purchase them.

Graphic ambitions

At the same time, Intel has also released a fresh GPU driver (24.20.100.6025) to coincide because of the launch regarding the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

This improvement includes a amount of improvements to image quality and power effectiveness, but what’s perhaps many noteworthy is that this will be Intel’s first zero-day launch-ready graphics driver release.

The change includes WDDM v2.4 support the 1803/1804 RS4 Windows 10 April 2018 improve, improved HDR help, a brand new task supervisor that displays GPU frequency and energy status, Vulkan 1.1 Support, various repairs for games and more.

This is an crucial achievement for Intel, that will be greatly rumoured to be creating a visuals card team for discrete video gaming GPUs to rival those created by AMD and Nvidia.

By releasing the layouts motorist for the built-in graphics on a single day while the new form of Windows, in place of one or two months following the launch, as Intel used to do, it implies that Intel is readying it self regarding the computer software part to become a serious player inside discrete photos card market.

Until recently, Intel has only made integrated illustrations, that are included on the same chip as the processor, unlike a discrete layouts card, which is a split card that’s capable of more impressive performance.

We’re actually stoked up about the chance of Intel battling with AMD and Nvidia into the GPU room, therefore we’ll be watching these developments closely.

  • Here’s our listing of the greatest processors of 2018

Samsung Gear S4 will come in two sizes to fit comfortably on your wrist

Rumors the Samsung Gear S4 have begun trickling away during the last month or two and also the excitement is starting to build after last year's Samsung Gear Sport had been a restricted upgrade. Now we've heard the first word the future view comes into play two sizes.

Formerly Samsung has split the Gear S3 range into the Gear S3 Frontier and Gear S3 Vintage, but each view was the exact same size by having a 1.3-inch display for each.

Samsung blog SamMobile are now reporting the watch will soon be available in two various sizes. 

Whether that means you will see a split like Frontier and Vintage with different sizes or if it'll function as the exact same watch in various sizes (like the Apple Watch range featuring its 38mm or 42mm options) continues to be become seen.

It would likely additionally be the more expensive view provides LTE features as well as the smaller one doesn't. Having said that, Samsung later on brought mobile internet features to an upgraded Gear S3 Timeless after it was originally a unique function for the Frontier.

Hard at work

The newest report claims Samsung is developing the view in the usa at the moment. We formerly heard the view was at development under the codename Galileo, but this brand new information suggests you will have a straight larger focus on the US market.

Carriers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are said to be interested in offering LTE features once the watch launches. That's a good choice of companies considering many watches are often restricted to one or two associated with big companies and mobile systems, but we don't currently know who wants to vary the watch in other markets.

Earlier this year we heard that Samsung would be putting a big concentrate on updating the and physical fitness features of kit S4 also sleep tracking.

This indicates Samsung desires this to be a powerhouse view to trace your current health, but it's also great to understand the business is intending to improve LTE help.

To date we all know the view is rumored to be released later on this season, nevertheless when is currently ambiguous. We can anticipate there could be news from business in September at IFA 2018 as that's in which the company unveiled the apparatus S3 in 2016 and Gear Sport in 2017, but it's nevertheless beginning the Gear S4 generally there are some big changes before then.

  • Everything you need to learn about the Samsung Gear S4

In-app purchases coming soon to Facebook Instant Games

Facebook will soon allow developers to add in-app purchases (IAPs) to their Instant Games, the company announced during a session on gaming at its F8 developer conference. Originally launched in 2016, Facebook Instant Games is a platform that allows developers to create casual, mobile-friendly games that seamlessly play across both the web and mobile versions of Facebook Messenger.

Up until now, developers could only monetize their games with ads, but with Facebook’s plans to introduce in-app purchases, this would create another venue for monetization. …

Deal: Save $500 on the Pixel 2 XL at Best Buy (Verizon models only)

Best Buy has a crazy deal on Google’s Pixel 2 XL, one that offers a huge discount on the flagship, but requires signing up with Verizon and paying the device over a 2-year period.

Although the Pixel 2 XL still sells for $850 outright in the United States, Best Buy offers the smartphone for just $350. However, the massive $500 price drop comes in the form of $300 worth of bill credits from Verizon and $200 Best Buy instant discount.

So, no, you can pay $350 upfront for the Pixel 2 XL and live happily ever after. Instead, you’ll have to sign-up and pay the smartphone over a 24-month …

LG G7 ThinQ release date, price, news and leaks

Update: We're just hours away from the launch of the LG G7 ThinQ, and ahead of that one last photo leak has shown off the phone in full.

The LG G7 ThinQ launches today, and we know almost everything about the new flagship smartphone from LG. Our exclusive reporting has given us plenty of insight into the Android handset.

Sure, the G7 is a little behind the competition, with the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus, Sony Xperia XZ2, Huawei P20 and P20 Pro already launched. But that just means LG has more to prove.

So what's in store for the come-from-behind LG G7 ThinQ? It'll be a bigger overhaul compared to the incremental LG V30S ThinQ that's for sure. We already know it'll have a 6.1-inch bright display, based on leaks and the company's own admission.

We're hours away from the LG G7 ThinQ release date. Here's everything we know so far about the new smartphone.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? LG's 2018 flagship smartphone
  • When is it out? Announced today, May 2
  • How much will it cost? G6 was $650 (£649, AU$1,000), but G7 ThinQ could be more

LG G7 ThinQ release date and price

Hottest leaks:

  • LG G7 ThinQ to be announced today, May 2
  • Likely to cost upwards of $650 (£649, AU$1,000)

The LG G7 ThinQ will be announced today, May 2 in New York, LG has confirmed. The company hasn't said when you'll be able to buy it, but the latest rumors point to mid-May. It's later than last year's G6, but that's not too surprising, as apparently the company recently started redesigning the phone from scratch.

Whenever it lands in stores it won't be cheap. In line with other LG flagships, we expect it to cost at least $650 (£649, AU$1,000), the price of the LG G6 at launch. If you believe some LG G7 price rumors, it may even rise in price by $90 (£70, AU$120).

That's a lot of cash, but it's not as expensive as some other flagships, including the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.

LG G7 ThinQ design

Hottest leaks:

  • An all-screen design in five colors
  • A rear-facing fingerprint scanner

Recently we've seen a leaked render of the LG G7 ThinQ, showing off the design and the five colors it will apparently launch in. 

These are said to be called Aurora Black, Platinum Gray, Moroccan Blue, Moroccan Blue, and Raspberry Rose.

This is likely the LG G7 ThinQ’s final form in five shades. Credit: Android Headlines

The design, meanwhile, includes an almost all-screen front with a notch at the top, while the (likely) glass back is fairly plain and houses a dual-lens camera and fingerprint scanner.

That glass back could be a fingerprint magnet though, as you can see in the leaked photos below, seemingly taken in a shop that jumped the gun in displaying the LG G7 ThinQ.

This could be our last unofficial look at the LG G7 ThinQ. Credit: Ppomppu/Slashleaks

It's a design that's also been shown off in a press render by reliable leaker @evleaks, so it's very likely that this is the design of the LG G7 ThinQ.

The angle here also highlights the slightly rounded metal frame and the power button on the right edge. Evan Blass has also shown off additional images of the phone, highlighting the black color scheme and the presence of a 3.5mm headphone port.

We've also seen other leaked images of the phone. It's partially obscured by a plastic case, but you can see the notch and almost bezel-free screen, plus a power button on the right side and what might be an AI button on the left.

Overall, then, the design looks similar to the LG G6, but with a vertical rather than horizontal camera array, smaller bezels around the screen and a notch.

LG G7 ThinQ display

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LG itself has revealed a lot about the screen of its upcoming phone, saying that it will have a 6.1-inch QHD+ LCD display, with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and an impressive 1,000 nits of brightness.

This isn't the first time we've heard it will be bright though, as a leak suggests that it will use more white pixels than previous LG phones, allowing for the screen to get twice as bright as the LG G6's. This will also apparently make it more colorful, yet won't hamper the battery life.

The same leak mentions that the screen will be HDR10-compatible, so you can view HDR content on it, and that the notch that we've seen pictured multiple times will be optional, as there will apparently be a setting that blacks out the screen to either side of it, thereby hiding it.

This is something we've heard before, and which has even been pictured in action, as you can see below, so it's likely true.

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The blacked-out notch can protrude into the screen, as on the iPhone X, or it can be concealed within a flush on-screen bezel, as on the Samsung Galaxy S9. It's your choice.

This is done through the settings menu. The advantage here is that the notch gives you about a half inch of extra screen space at the top right and left sides. It's enough room for the time, battery life and notification icons.

Google's forthcoming Android P update is moving this top-line information to the top right and left corners of its mobile OS in anticipation of more notch-bearing phones, so LG's proactive idea makes a lot of sense.

While we know about the notch display, we don't know for sure if it'll be an OLED or LCD. Reports claimed that LG would switch to OLED screens in its late 2017 flagships, and we did see that in last year's LG V30, but the G series has had IPS LCD screens. That could be the key differentiator between the two phones.

The most recent reports say LG will stick with LCD, to keep costs down and that makes sense. LG's V series of smartphones seem to be the ones touting OLED screens. It's a way to differentiate to two smartphone lines.

LG G7 ThinQ camera and battery

Hottest leaks:

  • A dual-lens 16MP rear camera
  • A focus on low light shooting
  • AI-powered scene recognition

Thanks to a recent leak we may now know a lot about the LG G7 ThinQ's camera. Supposedly internal LG documentation has revealed that there will be two 16MP cameras on the back of the phone, one of which will be a wide-angle one with a 107-degree field of view, and the other of which will be a normal one with an f/1.6 aperture.

The highlight of the camera might be its low light skills, as there's said to be a 'Bright Mode', which can detect when the lighting is bad and combine pixels to form a 'superpixel', thereby allowing for images and videos that are up to four times brighter than those taken by the LG G6 or LG V30S ThinQ.

The camera is also said to have a number of modes, including a manual mode, a live photo mode and a portrait mode – the latter of which creates a bokeh effect and can be used with either the rear or front camera.

You'll also apparently be able to add animated 2D and 3D stickers to images, and AI will be used to detect what kind of scene you're shooting and recommend the optimal camera settings for it.

And the video camera is said to be capable of shooting HDR10 content, which you'll then be able to view in its full glory on the HDR10-compatible screen.

Want to know how photos will actually look in practice? We can help there too, as an image seemingly shot on the LG G7 ThinQ has leaked, and while it's supposedly not as high quality as you can expect from the final hardware it's still quite detailed.

We don't yet know anything about the battery life of the LG G7 ThinQ, but we'll update this section once we hear more.

LG G7 ThinQ power and storage

Hottest leaks:

  • A Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage

We've heard that the LG G7 ThinQ will have a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage – high-end specs then, and indeed an early benchmark saw it beating even the Samsung Galaxy S9. We've since seen another benchmark pointing to the same set of specs.

This chimes with an earlier leak, with one source claiming LG is working with Qualcomm to ensure the G7 uses the Snapdragon 845.

That would make sense, since many criticized the G6 for its use of the dated Snapdragon 821, and LG won't want to make the same mistake twice.

You won’t find the Snapdragon 835 in the G6

LG's earnings for 2017 have shown that the LG G6 has been slow to sell, likely a result of that phone launching in the midst of the competitive release season alongside the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

However, its internals, which we noted were slightly behind the times, could have been part of the issue. Knowing that phones with the Snapdragon 835 were coming put an obstacle in front of the G6 before its launch.

You can bet that LG will be gunning to have the most powerful phone around this year, or to at least be on a par with its competitors.

Other LG G7 ThinQ news and rumors

Hottest leaks:

  • Powerful speakers
  • Far-field voice recognition
  • A Google Assistant button

The LG G7 ThinQ might have great speakers, at least according to one leak, which states that the phone will have a 'Boombox Speaker' that works like a resonance chamber, bouncing the sound around inside it before outputting it. This apparently leads to louder audio, as does the apparently larger speaker size.

The same source claims that the phone will have far-field voice recognition, allowing it to hear you from up to 17 feet away. 

This will probably mostly be useful for voice commands, something which it might excel at, thanks to apparently having greater integration with Google Assistant than most phones, including 32 LG-exclusive device-specific tasks that the Assistant can carry out.

Elsewhere, we've heard that there might be a dedicated Google Assistant button on the left edge of the phone – and indeed image leaks do show one unexplained button.

All that said, LG has apparently recently started over from scratch with the LG G7 ThinQ, potentially ditching whatever progress had been made, so some of what we've heard previously may no longer be true, but most of the rumors have rolled in quite recently, so LG starting over probably hasn't affected many of them.

Translator app for Windows 10 gets nifty time-saving features including Cortana support

Microsoft has updated its Translator app for Windows 10 to incorporate Cortana and bring Windows Ink support into the mix, among some other goodies.

Microsoft Translator can translate spoken words or typed text into over 60 languages – and is capable of translating conversations in real-time between two (or more) connected devices – and with Cortana integration, it’s now possible to ask the digital assistant to start (or join) a conversation in the app. You can now also join a live translated conversation across multiple languages.

So, for example, you can simply say: “Hey Cortana, start a conversation in Translator”, or ask the assistant to join an existing conversation (of course, you must provide the relevant conversation code, too).

Note that Cortana is only supported for a small number of languages at the moment: Chinese Simplified, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Microsoft Translator

Inking chops

The other big move is the introduction of Windows Ink support, which means you can scribble down text with your stylus (or mouse), and the app will translate that written content for you. A nifty addition, particularly for those who have adopted the pen and touchscreen combination.

Other changes include a new phrasebook and dictionary, which covers more than 200 essential phrases and words (with the ability to highlight and save your favorites).

And you can now download offline language packs, which as the name suggests, means that they can be used even when you aren’t connected to the internet.

Via MS Power User

Facebook’s smart speaker may start with a non-US launch

Facebook has already pushed back the launch of its smart speaker, but now it looks like when it does launch it’ll avoid the US, at least to start with. 

According to a report from CNBC, Facebook was originally planning on using its F8 conference to launch a pair of smart speakers, but pushed the launch back due to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and when they do launch, Facebook may start with an ‘international’ launch first.

The speakers – one of which we’re expecting to be a smart display device akin to the Echo Show and the other a more traditional smart speaker in the vein of the Google Home – will be powered by a voice assistant borne out of the ‘M’ feature you may know from Facebook messenger. 

Always listening? 

M was a digital assistant that was able to take cues from your messages and prompt features like direct payment if you discussed money. M was shelved in January as a Messenger assistant but lives on in other forms, like a newly touted translation feature.

One of the major concerns with M in Messenger was the fact that it was always ‘listening’, monitoring everything you said, feeding into a fear of constant observation. We were told in no uncertain terms by Facebook’s VP of Messaging David Marcus that M wasn’t harvesting your conversations in order to serve you adverts, but the fear is a difficult one to shake. 

What’s interesting is that this is the exact same fear that many people have about smart speakers (whether founded or not), and with the close scrutiny that Facebook is currently under in the US, it seems a fear the social media giant is keen to circumnavigate.

If this rumor does hold to be true, we’ll be interested to see which markets Facebook does target, as the UK is currently as wrapped up in the data scandal as the States, and without those two major audiences, it’s difficult to imagine Facebook making waves in a field already dominated by Amazon and Google. 

Via The Ambient

Instagram announces Spotify and GoPro support, video chats, more coming to its app

Instagram announced at F8, the Facebook annual developer conference, new changes to its app that are meant to improve the user experience. Aside from new ways to share Stories, Instagram introduces the ability to design camera effects, video chats, and a redesigned Explore tab.

Starting with the latest version of Instagram, users will be able to directly to Stories from other apps like Spotify and GoPro. You’ll be able to share a sticker of your favorite song on Spotify or action shots from GoPro, but more apps will be added to the sharing to Stories feature in the future.

In order …

Facebook does Tinder with new Dating profiles, crashes its stock

Right after he got roasted in a congressional hearing on privacy issues, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg got on stage yesterday and basically said that they peeped into profiles, found out that 200 million Facebook users are single, and decided that the embattled social network should play matchmaker. No, we aren’t talking about a dating app per se, but rather a feature within the current Facebook app called simply “Dating,” coming later this year to take on the Tinders and Bumbles of this world.

There are 200 million people on Facebook who list themselves …

Philips wants to assist you to doze off more effectively

you understand the drill – you undergo a ridiculously long and tiring day, just counting down the hours until you can head home and curl back to your sleep. You finally turn in the evening and wait for calm lull of the glorious night’s rest – but it never comes. Actually, when you wake up each day you’re feeling a lot more tired than once you went to bed, and also the vicious period repeats it self.

According to Philips, this is the way many grownups sleep. Around 40% of grownups aged 25-54 get less than 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. In the US, around 30% of grownups have problems with insomnia, during Europe the figure ranges between 15-27percent.

It’s frequently challenging to acquire a good evening’s remainder for a number of reasons, and that’s why Philips desires to focus on individuals recovering quality sleep instead of resting in for longer periods. As you may believe getting in more time of rest will result in you feeling more refreshed, that’s not necessarily the case. 

Which will be what makes Philips’ SmartSleep headband therefore unique – versus hoping to get one to sleep for longer periods, the headband works together with your current rest patterns to boost the standard of your sleep periods.

It seems relatively easy in the beginning – sensors in the headband detect once you’ve entered a deep sleep, or ‘slow wave sleep’. When inside mode, the headband triggers peaceful sound tones through in-built speakers to boost these sluggish waves and enhance the quality of one’s sleep. The headband monitors how you’ve been resting and adjusts its routine correctly, and also the soft foam material ensures that it cann’t feel uncomfortable to wear while sleeping. A companion application then syncs with the headband when you awaken showing you the grade of your sleep.

The device is made for adults whom typically get under 7 hours of sleep per night, but won’t allow you to in fact drift off or assistance with existing sleep conditions. It’s currently in a selective evaluating period in United States and Germany, with a  selective launch happening on September first, followed closely by a larger international rollout. Interested users can respond to a brief questionnaire regarding Philips website to test should they’re eligible, assuming chosen can purchase the SmartSleep for $399 to be involved in the feedback system.

 

Your very own sunrise

Philips also realizes that noisy alarms each morning is probably not the best way to wake up, and it has develop the Somneo. We’ve seen products like these before, which aim to simulate the sun increasing to make sure you get up a whole lot more carefully each morning.

The Philips Somneo provides a quantity of features to aid in leisure plus better night’s sleep. The light-guided breathing methods enable you to flake out through breathing exercises before you drift off, while a sunset mode also helps your system to flake out before tuning out.

You can easily customize the brightness levels, what kind of music or noise you intend to get up to particularly nature, ambient music, or your chosen radio place. The Somneo additionally acts as an ideal nightlight if you want to get fully up in the middle of the night, illuminating simply bright enough for you yourself to see in which you’re going as opposed to blinding you.

The Philips Somneo can be obtained now from Philips for $199.99

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