Results: Snap Spectacles — are you getting a pair?

Snapchat, pressured by Instagram and Facebook stealing its one unique Stories feature, which got users to return daily, needs something else to entice its crowds. Probably for that reason, company Snap came up with its first hardware product — and a cool way to create buzz around it. The product is Spectacles — a pair of sunglasses, which sport a camera, capable of recording 10-second clips and sending them to your phone with just a tap of a button on the frame. The buzz-generating factor was the way the glasses were sold — the Spectacles were only available via special Snapchat vending machines, …

More pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S8+ leak, indicate a possible 6″ screen

Today seems to be a busy day, as far as Samsung flagship leaks go. Just a few hours after we showed you a few real-life pictures of the Samsung Galaxy S8, more have sprung up on Chinese blogging platform Weibo. They certainly seem to fall in line with previous photos, showing off the device’s almost bezel-less curved display, sensors, and lack of home button, along with yet another confirmation of the fingerprint sensor’s placement. One photo also appears to indicate a 6-inch variant of the device.

In the first set of images, a woman is seen playing …

Pokemon Go update lures many players back into the game

Last week’s second generation update for Pokemon Go has propelled the AR hit game once again to the No. 1 spot on Apple’s App Store, albeit not doing much for its position on Google Play, where it still holds third place (behind Game of War and Mobile Strike).

The second-gen update added 80 new critters to Pokemon Go’s roster, bringing the total number of pocket monsters to catch to 151. Prior to the big update, Pokemon had slipped in popularity a bit, although not remaining in the global Top 10 on both Google and Apple’s storefronts.

According to mobile …

Do you prefer typing on a horizontal keyboard?

There are two types of people when it comes to using a virtual keyboard — those who sometimes prefer to flip the phone in horizontal view and tap away on the stretched-out keys, and those who look at them in bewilderment and ask “How in the name of all kernels is that comfortable for you?”. Granted, back in the day when displays had a 3.5- to 4-inch diagonal, typing out lengthy messages in the cramped portrait orientation wasn’t the best option. Now and then, we all had to flip the phone 90 degrees, like it or not.

But nowadays, when a 5-inch screen is the norm, it feels like most people …

Android 7.0 Nougat update roadmap for Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ and others posted by Samsung Turkey

Samsung is bent on updating all of its important handsets from the past two years to the latest Android 7.0 Nougat version, it seems. The account of the head of Samsung Turkey already informed us that the company will start pushing the Nougat update to the S6 and S6 edge this month, and now guy has posted the complete roadmap. As you can see, it includes every major handset model that Samsung has issued in 2015 and 2016, including the original A-series, and even the lowly OG J5 from way back. 

The older and lower-end phones will be receiving Android 7.0 much slower, of course, …

Qualcomm pledges support for Android Things, Google’s IoT OS

The Internet of Things is the Next Big Thing™, at least according to pretty much any tech executive, which is the reason pretty much everyone has, in some way or form, jumped on the bandwagon. Google did it some time ago with its Project Brillo, now known as Android Things, which is a separate OS based on Android whose aim is to fix the IoT’s many problems, the biggest of which is security. Today, chip maker Qualcomm has announced it will support the OS on one of its processors, bringing LTE connectivity to the platform for the first time.

The Snapdragon 210, one of Qualcomm’s …

Honor V9 officially announced: QHD display, 6GB RAM, 3D-modeling cameras and more

Right on cue, the Honor V9 has been officially unveiled in China. For fans of higher-end handsets, the new phablet looks nicely stacked, and you can catch all of the key details below. 

For starters, the Honor V9 is armed with the HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, which is accompanied by Mali-G71 graphics. Manufactured by honor’s parent company Huawei, it’s the same octa-core chipset found within the Huawei Mate 9 which, as we noted in our review, is plenty powerful enough. Also on offer is a choice or 4 or 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM dependent on configuration, …

LG Display CEO: ‘Apple wouldn’t switch 100 percent to OLED for the time being’

With Apple said to be hogging all spare OLED display supply that is not used for Samsung’s own phones this year, yesterday’s words of the LG Display CEO that not all iPhone will use plastic flexible displays going forward ring true. Sitting at a general meeting of the Korea Display Industry Association in Seoul, Han Sang-beom said he isn’t too worried about the predicted demise of the LCD display, since “Apple wouldn’t switch 100 percent to OLED for the time being.”

Sounds like the guy knows something about Apple’s future plans, and with a good reason, as LG is still one …

Smartphone use is driving traffic accident numbers and car insurance rates up, study claims

The number of traffic accidents in the U.S. is on the rise and auto-insurance rates steadily and proportionally increasing. The negative trend may be caused by the widespread and increasingly habitual use of smartphones behind the wheel, insurers claim.

According to a new study by major U.S. auto-insurer State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 36% of all people the company surveyed in 2015 admitted to texting behind the wheel, while 29% didn’t hide that they have browsed the web while driving – an alarming increase over numbers from previous surveys. The overall …

Wireless charging on the iPhone 8 could cost you

We’re still a long way from September, which is when new iPhones are traditionally unveiled, but the rumors keep coming thick and fast. The latest speculation adds a new twist to a feature that’s been talked about before: wireless charging.

According to a new report from Macotakara, citing sources inside Apple’s Asian operations, wireless charging is only going to appear on the most expensive iPhone 8, and you’re going to need to buy a separate adapter on top of the cost of the phone.

That contradicts what other analysts have said – that all three 2017 iPhones will come with wireless charging. Based on the anonymous tipsters speaking to Macotakara, you’ll need to fork out for the most expensive iPhone and then purchase another adapter if you want to charge your Apple smartphone without wires.

An Apple rumor a day

There are a few other nuggets of information to be had from the Macotakara report. Apparently the new phones won’t come with a 3.5mm-to-Lightning port adapter, as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did, so you’re going to have to think seriously about upgrading your wired headphones.

The new article also floats the idea of a 5-inch iPhone being added to the line-up this year, and again that’s something we’ve heard before. Several sources have now indicated that there are going to be three iPhones to pick from in 2017, with one possibly being a ‘special edition’ release to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the device’s launch.

Of course it’s still early days for the next generation of iPhones and we’ve got another eight months to wait before Apple shows us what it’s working on. If you’re holding out for wireless charging though, you might want to start saving up.

Via 9to5Mac