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'YotaPhone 3' isn't the dual-screen powerhouse you were expecting

If you're one of the few people who are still waiting for the next dual-screen YotaPhone, listen up: we finally have an update for you. During Harbin's China-Russia Expo over the weekend, Baoli Yota -- the joint venture formed by investor...Show More Summary

Verizon's first LTE-only handset is an LG flip phone

When Verizon finished rolling out its LTE network for calls, it became apparent that it also plans to drop its CDMA phone service altogether. Now, the carrier has begun offering its first LTE-only handset to subscribers, and it's obviously an attempt to lure people who prefer basic feature phones over smartphones away from the legacy network. Show More Summary

New FDA policies could hasten approvals of 'lower risk' health tech

The FDA is making an effort to keep up with the digital world. The commissioner of the FDA said in a statement yesterday that the agency would be outlining ways to streamline the regulation of digital health devices. Source: FDA

Bixby's voice features aren't finished, but US users can test them

Samsung's virtual assistant Bixby generated untold levels of hype before the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus launched, but the version we actually got to use still feels half-baked. While the company still hasn't locked down when Bixby's voice...Show More Summary

Three fined £1.9 million for weak 999 call handling system

As Britain's telecoms regulator, Ofcom's responsibilities include fining providers for serious service blunders. Three is the latest company to be hit with one of Ofcom's invoices, having been fined £1,890,000 today for failing to appropriately protect customer access to emergency services. Source: Ofcom

Canada rules that all new cellphones must be unlocked

Canadians pay some of the highest wireless rates of any G7 nation, and to add insult to injury, they often have to shell out $50 or more to unlock cellphones when switching operators. However, the nation's wireless regulator, the CRTC, has now ordered carriers to unlock devices for free and decreed that all new smartphones must be sold unlocked. Show More Summary debuts original mini-shows from NBC and MTV debuts its first original shows today -- the first of a few it will be rolling out over the coming weeks. The company has signed original content deals with entertainment groups Viacom, NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines. Via: The Verge Source: Variety

Microsoft Pix Camera imitates Prisma with its AI-powered filters

Microsoft Pix Camera uses artificial intelligence to make your pictures of people better. It uses algorithms behind the scenes to analyze the 10 frames it snaps for every picture you take, looking for sharpness, exposure and even facial expressions to make sure you get the very best shot. Show More Summary

Spotify adds Eventbrite to its roster of concert listings

Spotify has had concert listing recommendations for awhile now thanks to a partnership with Songkick. You could purchase tickets from providers such as Ticketmaster, LiveNation and of course Songkick itself. Starting today, you can add yet another company to the list: Eventbrite. Show More Summary

The key to better wireless charging lies in quantum mechanics

Wireless charging is a great idea in theory: You can just place your device on a charging mat without having to mess with any wires. But it still doesn't solve the main hassle of charging in the first place, which is the requirement to leave your device in one place. Show More Summary

Google wants to speed up image recognition in mobile apps

Cloud-based AI is so last year, because now the major push from companies like chip-designer ARM, Facebook and Apple is to fit deep learning onto your smartphone. Google wants to spread the deep learning to more developers, so it has unveiled a mobile AI vision model called MobileNets. Show More Summary

Twitter launches its biggest iOS redesign in years

Ever since Twitter decided it was more of a place to find out what's going on in the world rather than just another social network, it's made quite a few changes. It invested more in live video, opened up its Moments feature to all users, ramped up its safety efforts, removed @names from replies and got rid of those egg avatars. Show More Summary

Sphero ditches the robots for a storytelling Spider-Man toy

Sphero is moving beyond cute, connected rolling balls fast. Less than a month after introducing a tie-in for the animated movie franchise Cars, the company's now taking the wraps off of its first non-robotic product. And it's another toy built in partnership with Disney. Show More Summary

Mobile roaming is (mostly) free across the EU

It's been a long time in coming and had plenty of trials and tribulations, but it's finally here: mobile roaming is now free in the EU. As long as you have service in a member state and live there for at least 8 months each year, you...Show More Summary

Essential’s exclusivity deal with Sprint might not be so bad

Few Android phones have generated the enthusiasm that Essential's PH-1 has. If you haven't been keeping up, it's a very pretty, surprisingly clever premium smartphone cooked up by Andy Rubin, one of the men responsible for unleashing Android upon the world. On the flip side, few US wireless carriers have fared as poorly as Sprint. Show More Summary

Facebook Messenger's AI 'M' can now assist you in Spanish

It sounds like Facebook "M," the AI-powered virtual assistant for Messenger, has learned a new language. According to the social network, it can now dole out suggestions in Spanish if that's your default language in the US or if you're in Mexico. Show More Summary

Audi teases self-parking A8 ahead of launch

Audi will launch its next generation A8, which is expected to have level 3 autonomous, on July 11th. Ahead of that unveiling, the company released a video of the new vehicle parking itself. Via: CNET Source: Audi

Google gives its Local Guides more perks and higher levels

Google's Local Guides program has grown to more than 30 million members in the three years since its inception. Participants earn points towards rewards from the company for leaving Yelp-like reviews at their favorite local spots. But like any online multiplayer game, given enough time, players will reach their level cap. Show More Summary

Google highlights what it thinks an app should be

Many mobile app stores have an editor's choice section that spotlights the latest and greatest titles. However, Google wants to go one step further. It's launching an Android Excellence section in the Play Store that highlights the apps...Show More Summary

Sprint tempts Verizon’s customers with a year of ‘free’ data

After ending its "half your bill" promotion earlier this year, Sprint is back with a new strategy to steal customers from its rivals. It's offering a year of free "unlimited" data, talk and text for those who bring their device over from other carriers, although it is targeting Verizon users in particular with its advertising and phone selection. Show More Summary

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