You probably don’t need to worry about someone hacking your iPhone X’s Face ID with a mask

Touted as the iPhone X's new flagship form of device security, Face ID is a natural target for hackers. Just a week after the device's release, Vietnamese research team Bkav claims to have cracked Ap

Essential Phone can now stream live to Facebook from the 360 camera add-on

The Essential Phone just got a camera software update that will allow owners of the device to broadcast live, 360-degree video right from the native camera app, provided they have the Essential 360 Ca

IDC forecast predicts strong demand for iPhone X in China

Apple's return to growth in the saturated China smartphone market was echoed by a report from IDC, which attributes the rise in Apple's market share to the strong sales of the new iPhone 8/8 Plus. Ap

This is the Razer phone

It's no big secret that Razer (the company best known for building gaming peripherals and laptops) has been building a phone. The company bought fledgling smartphone maker Nextbit earlier this year, a

Essential Phone is the best deal in smartphones thanks to camera updates

The Essential Phone has come a long way since launch in one key area: Photography. When it first hit the market a few months ago, the camera had a nasty tendency to crash and was a bit slow to load an

LG’s mobile business can’t stop losing money

Korea electronics giant LG continues to show the world that making a profit, or even breaking even, from selling smartphones is no easy thing. LG Mobile has posted just one quarter of profitability ov

Google introduces Neural Networks API in developer preview of Android 8.1

Google is starting to seed to devs a new developer beta (8.1) of Android Oreo. The big highlight here is the new Neural Networks API, which brings hardware-accelerated inference to the phone for qui

Touchscreen Google Home device evidence spied in official app code

There’s now more evidence Google is testing a touchscreen Home device. AndroidPolice points to sections of code of the latest Google app that refers to a device that sports a new on-screen inter

BlackBerry’s KEYone ‘Black Edition’ offers more than just good looks

BlackBerry’s most interesting phone in years – if not an entire decade – is the KEYone, an Android device with a classic BlackBerry hardware keyboard that finally answers the needs of truly

Two sizes really do fit all with Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have a number of strengths to recommend them, but what makes them really unique is that they offer two versions of phone that finally, for Android, will provide e

Google Pixel 2 review

Google wanted to announce more than just a boatload of products at its event the other week. The company hoped to foster a new conversation around consumer hardware, moving from a narrative about spec

BlackBerry ditches the keyboard in latest handset

Yesterday at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, BlackBerry announced the Motion, an all-screen smartphone with a massive battery. Made by TCL under the BlackBerry Mobile brand, the Motion packs a 5.5-inc

Google Assistant now has a male voice option

Google Assistant is adding a little dimensionality to its voice characterization: The virtual AI companion got an update that adds a voice option called “Voice II” which sounds decidedly m

Reactant is a new native framework for iOS apps

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Xcode, a small Czech team called Brightify has created Reactant, a framework that makes it easy to program iOS apps. The system is a Swift-based framewo

Fairphone takes $7.7M to push for change across the electronics value chain

European mobile device maker Fairphone, which designs modular smartphones with the aim of supporting repairability and encouraging sustainability, has taken in new investment of €6.5 million ($7.7M)

Apple switches from Bing to Google for Siri web search results on iOS and Spotlight on Mac

Apple is switching the default provider of its web searches from Siri, Search inside iOS (formerly called Spotlight) and Spotlight on the Mac. So, for instance, if Siri falls back to a web search on i

HTC stock suspension adds fuel to Google acquisition rumors

HTC is to suspend trading of its stock on the TWSE tomorrow, ahead of what it says will be the release of "material information" pertaining to its business.

A brief recent history of Apple’s product swerves

Apple did not make the first personal computer, nor the first tablet computer, nor the first smartphone. Measuring it against what comes first is -- to paraphrase Steve Jobs -- a boneheaded way of loo

iPhone X’s Face ID raises security and privacy questions

Offering to gate the smorgasbord of personal content that lives on a mobile device behind a face biometric inevitably raises lots of security questions, even as always on face-scanning tech being hous

Samsung touts 650k Note 8 pre-sales; 2.5x faster than Note 7 pre-orders

Another tidbit pertaining to Samsung's incoming Note 8, with the company hoping its premium phablet brand can rise phoenix like from the ashes of the Note 7 flaming battery debacle.  
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