• This is probably the Samsung Galaxy S8

    This is probably the Samsung Galaxy S8

    Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S8 smartphone in late March, but the two videos and a couple of images embedded here appear to show working units. The videos show the phone’s refined design. The curved screen of the S7 remains as does the 3.5mm headphone port. The phone looks very similar to its predecessor though it’s missing the physical and capacitive buttons found on… Read More

  • Camera wars, retro phones and aspect ratios: MWC’s biggest announcements

    Camera wars, retro phones and aspect ratios: MWC’s biggest announcements

    The news happens before the convention really starts. That’s the rule of thumb for covering tech shows. The big companies scramble all over one another to make their announcements at overlapping press conferences in the days leading up to an event. Mobile World Congress only just opened, but we’ve already seen all the big news from Samsung, Sony, LG and Motorola, among… Read More

  • Jolla inks exclusive license to kick-start its Android alternative in China

    Jolla inks exclusive license to kick-start its Android alternative in China

    Mobile OS maker Jolla, whose Sailfish platform remains one of the few smartphone alternatives in play these days, has signed an exclusive license to a Chinese consortium to develop a Sailfish-based OS for the country. Read More

  • Superintelligent AI explains Softbank’s push to raise a $100BN Vision Fund

    Superintelligent AI explains Softbank’s push to raise a $100BN Vision Fund

    Anyone who’s seen Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son give a keynote speech will know he rarely sticks to the standard industry conference playbook. And his turn on the stage at Mobile World Congress this morning was no different, with Son making like Eldon Tyrell and telling delegates about his personal belief in a looming computing Singularity… Read More

  • Ford patents a head rest specifically designed to hide a travel pillow

    Ford patents a head rest specifically designed to hide a travel pillow

    Ford might have just solved a question that puzzled the automotive industry for eons: Where does one store a travel pillow in a car? On the floor? In the trunk? In an NPR tote bag in the backseat? Nope. Ford wants to store a travel pillow in the head rest, of course. This new patent filing by Ford illustrates a secret compartment built-into a vehicle’s head rest. There’s a… Read More

  • We don’t need more Surface clones

    We don’t need more Surface clones

    When Microsoft launched the Surface line back in 2012, its combination of a tablet and keyboard cover (married with a smart kickstand), was innovative. With it, Microsoft surely hoped to kickstart a bit of innovation in what had become a rather stale market for Windows laptops and an almost non-existing market for Windows tablets. Instead of innovation, though, what we’re seeing now is… Read More

  • Open Garden makes its offline mesh networking tech available to third-party developers

    Open Garden makes its offline mesh networking tech available to third-party developers

    Open Garden, the company behind the FireChat offline messenger, is now the mesh networking tech behind its apps available for all developers. The company today announced the launch of its MeshKit SDK, which enables developers to easily integrate peer-to-peer connectivity into their apps, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The classic use case for this is chat apps, but it also works… Read More

  • Sony stays in the picture with premium Xperia camera features

    Sony stays in the picture with premium Xperia camera features

    For all of its consumer electronics prowess, mobile has always been a tough proposition for Sony. The Android market is overcrowded for one, and the company hasn’t really done all that much to set itself apart from the pack — save for one key saving grace: really great cameras. Imaging is once again the standout feature on the trio of Xperia handsets announced this morning at… Read More

  • The mainstream media is not dead

    The mainstream media is not dead

    The next decade will be one of immense change. The future of humanity will be decided – do we go to space or stay put, do we survive the changes coming? Further, many establishments will die. The publishing industry, burdened and drowned by the long tail, will sink. Music and movies will take new shapes, shapes as revolutionary as the talkie was to the zoetrope. Basically… Read More

  • Amazon’s ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and ‘The Salesman’ take home three Oscars

    Amazon’s ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and ‘The Salesman’ take home three Oscars

    So this isn’t the Oscar moment that everyone’s talking about, but it’s also kind of big deal: Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman, both distributed by Amazon Studios, won a collective three Academy Awards tonight. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos even got a shoutout in host Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue. Manchester by the Sea won for Best Actor (Casey Affleck, who won… Read More

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