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EU court declares Uber a transport company not a digital service

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European Union’s top court ruled today that the ride-sharing platform Uber is a transport service and should be regulated similar to taxi operators. The company claimed it is a digital service and should pay lighter taxes as other e-commerce businesses. Uber launched in 2011 and currently operates in about 600 cities and regions in the world, with more than 60 of them being in the EU. The European Court of Justice says the service provided by Uber “is covered by services in the field of transport” and should be treated by member states as such. The case follows a complaint from taxi unions in Spain that claimed UberPOP service was an unfair competition and since have been suspended in the South-European countries, as well as other major EU cities. According to the ECJ, Uber “exercises decisive influence over the conditions in which drivers provide their service,” as in non-app citizens can’t use the service, therefore Uber is gaining an unfair advantage. The decision will not...

BlackBerry Keyone Black Edition gets price cut in Canada

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If you are a BlackBerry fan in Canada, and are in the market for a new smartphone, you'll be glad to know that the Keyone Black Edition has received a price cut in the country. Walmart has the device listed for CAD 648 (around $505), down from its usual price of CAD 799 (around $622). Other third-party retailers like Amazon and Best Buy have the model listed for higher rates - CAD 775 and CAD 799, respectively. So, purchasing from Walmart surely saves you a decent amount. For more info, head to the Source link below. Source

Netflix now supports HDR on Windows 10

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Netflix has rolled out support for HDR on the Windows 10 platform. Users can now finally access Netflix' growing library of HDR content if they are connected to a compatible HDR monitor or television. As with 4K support on Windows 10, the HDR support comes with a handful of provisos. First of all, you need the four person plan to access HDR content. Also, just like 4K, you need to use Microsoft Edge or the Netflix app to view HDR content. These will only show up as HDR if you are connected to an HDR display. Apart from that, you also need an Intel 7th generation or newer Core processor or an NVIDIA 900 or 1000 series graphics card. Netflix currently has over 200 hours of content in HDR, including popular shows like Stranger Things, Daredevil, Chef's Table, Star Trek Discovery, Mindhunter, Marco Polo, and more. Source

First 5G spec has been finalized, expect to start seeing 5G in 2018

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3GPP is an organization whose purpose is to define the industry standards for technologies that would succeed the 4G LTE standard. Today, 3GPP has set the specifications for 5G equipment in both towers and smartphones alike. This means that 5G standards have been set so that network and radio engineers can all work on a single platform for all 5G devices. Features, functions, services, and standards are set for carriers, phone makers, and radio equipment manufacturers now have a basis to begin to produce and roll out 5G equipment and services to capable networks around the world. Official logo for 5G wireless If you wish to get down and dirty with all the technical talk of the new 5G specs, you can head to the 3GPP Source Link below. This covers things like system architecture, core network interface, network slicing, and migration from 4G. A number of carriers, smartphone makers, and component manufacturers (Qualcomm, Orange, T-Mobile, AT&T, Samsung, ZTE, Sprint, Telefonica...

We might see the Snapdragon 845 in Chromebooks

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Just like the Snapdragon 835 in 2017, we can expect to see the Snapdragon 845 in many high-end smartphones during 2018. Qualcomm recently announced its Snapdragon 845 CPU at a launch event in Hawaii. At the event, Qualcomm had a lot to say about the “Always Connected PCs” running Windows 10 on the ARM architecture. Chromebooks may also be able to take advantage of Qualcomm’s Always Connected PC ideology, according to a couple of Chromium commits found by XDA Developers. The first of these commits references a new board called “chezea” while a later commit defines ‘chezea’ as a new board overlay for a reference device that runs the Snapdragon 845. This means that we might see Chrome OS devices powered by the super-efficient Snapdragon 845. We’ve already seen how well the CPU can handle Windows 10, so imagine how well it would run the much lighter Chrome OS while minimally sacrificing battery life. Via 1 | Via 2

Huawei agrees to pay Nokia for patents in multi-year license

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One of the biggest patent holders in the mobile space is still Nokia, and this was confirmed once more today. Following similar deals it made in the past with the likes of Apple, Samsung, LG, and Xiaomi, the Finnish company has announced that it has agreed to license its patents to Huawei. It's a multi-year deal with the Chinese smartphone maker, but no financial details have been provided yet. Nokia did tell its investors that it expects to start booking revenue off of this agreement, including a one-off catch-up payment, by the end of this year. An analyst speculates that Huawei's payments may be around €100 million per year. Interestingly, Huawei is one of Nokia's biggest competitors in the telecom network equipment business - which is where more than 90% of Nokia's revenue comes from. Among other things, Nokia's patent catalog covers technology that conserves battery life, improves radio reception, and reduces the need for separate hardware components in phones. The patent...

Alibaba Pandora Lab Jailbreaks iOS 11.2 Successfully

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At the early of the week, 3uTools reported that Google Project Zero to unleash iPhone exploit that will enable iOS 11 Jailbreak. Benefit from a closed system architecture, Apple mobile phone has been recognized as the highest security mobile phone in the industry, and many security teams or developer communities have a strong interest to find Apple system vulnerabilities and jailbreak. Recently Pandora Lab from Alibaba claimed that a untethered jailbreak of iOS 11.2 has been achieved on an iPhone X. From the picture, they have installed a tool named "Pandora" with Cydia on a iPhone X, as below: It is reported that Alibaba Pandora Lab was established in 2017, has more than 10 researchers mainly focus on the field of mobile security. They have already submitted multiple vulnerabilities to Apple, Google and Huawei. Song Yang, head of Pandora Lab, said his team has jailbroken iOS 11.2 on the iPhone X. Pandora Lab jailbreak is "Untethered" and it is essentially different from other...

Google Assistant finally arrives on Android tablets, also expands to phones running Lollipop

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The Google Assistant started life as an exclusive to the original Pixel phones. It then got rolled out to every Android handset that runs Marshmallow or a newer version, and now it's finally time for it to expand some more. First off, it's in the process of being rolled out to even older phones, the ones that still run Lollipop. This rollout is ongoing for users with the language set to English in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the US, Mexico, and Spain. You'll get it if you're in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea too. Once you receive the relevant (yet invisible) Google Play Services update, you have to opt-in, and then you'll have an Assistant app icon in your drawer. The Assistant coming to tablets is probably the bigger news of the day, even if Android slates are slowly disappearing from the market. For starters, only tablet users with the language set to English who are in the US will get it. Hopefully it will make its...

New Google PhotoScan update brings ability to auto save

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A new update has started rolling out to the Google PhotoScan app, bumping it to version 1.5. The update brings along several changes, including the ability to auto save images. Specifically, the photos you scan through the app are now automatically saved to your device, and Google Photos in the process. In addition, the update also makes the capture and saving process easier. Moving on, the update also brings along an improved corner editor. And finally, in addition to corners, you can now also drag the edges to adjust the automatic cropping of your scanned photo. Source | Via

T-Mobile LG G6 update adds built-in DIGITS experience, security patches, and more

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The T-Mobile LG G6 is now being updated to version H87211e. The update comes in a 686.6MB in size and includes the November 6, 2017 Android security patches, Real Time Text (RTT) support for the hearing impaired, a built-in DIGITS experience, and and face recognition. T-Mo says that there are miscellaneous “software stability and bug fixes” in there, too. This looks like a solid update for LG G6 owners. Getting security updates is always nice, but this latest update also adds in a built-in DIGITS experience, which should make it easier and more enticing to use T-Mobile’s DIGITS service for folks that have multiple phone numbers. If you haven’t yet gotten this update, you can check for it manually by grabbing your G6 and going into Settings > General > Update Center > System update > Check for update. Source: T-Mobile

Cortana can now connect to your Gmail account

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Great news to Cortana users, who still have one foot in Google's econsystem: Microsoft has added the ability to connect your Gmail account to Cortana. That means you can now easily access things like your emails, contacts, and more importantly Google Calendar data through the digital assistant. To setup the new feature, first head to the Cortana Notebook section from your Windows 10 search bar. Once there, use the 'Add a Service' option (in "Connected Services") to add Gmail. That's it. You'll be asked to login to your Gmail account (if you haven't already) and provide Cortana access to your information. Aside from PC, the feature also allows you to access stuff like calendar info from a Cortana-powered device such as Harman Kardon Invoke. The functionality isn't live on Android and iOS yet, but that should happen sooner than later. Via

Twitter makes it easy to create tweet threads

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Twitter has added the ability to create Twitter threads more easily. Users will be able to tap a button while writing their tweet and link a second tweet to it and so forth. Once you are done, you can hit 'Tweet all' and the entire thread will be posted at once. If you feel like adding to the thread later, you can tap the new 'Add another tweet' button. Additionally, Twitter has also made it easy to spot a Twitter thread. Threads will have a 'Show this thread' label and tapping it will open the entire thread. A Twitter thread is a string of tweets sent as a reply to each other. This method was invented by users as a way to link all the tweets within a topic together and make it easy to read them all in one place. Opening any of the tweets in the thread would let you see the previous and subsequent tweets in the thread. However, as mentioned before, creating this thread required manually replying to your last tweet in the thread, which was just a tiny bit of hassle. Considering...

Instagram now lets you follow hashtags just like you follow people

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Are hashtags people? Instagram now seems to think so. The Facebook-owned photo-oriented service has introduced another new feature today in its relentless quest to be your No.1 social destination. Long story short, you can now follow hashtags like you follow Instagram accounts. Search for something, and relevant hashtags will be listed in the results. When you find one you like, open it and then hit Follow. From that point on, top posts from that hashtag will enter your feed, and some of the latest stories with the hashtag will be featured in your stories bar. As with people, you can always decide to unfollow any hashtag. If you don't have any idea where to start - as in, what hashtags to follow - Instagram now helpfully lists the hashtags other people follow. You can find these on any user's profile. If you set your account to private, only your (approved) followers will see the hashtags you follow. All in all, this should be an interesting way to discover new content and new...

Top 10 phones of 2017: Best screens

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The screen is the foundation stone of a smartphone – you can’t frame a photo without it, the powerful chipset needs it to show the cool graphics, LTE connection will go unused with nowhere to display a web page. So obviously you want a great screen and we’re here to help you pick it out. This Top 10 list covers the very best, but also keeps price in mind and offers several solid options at just about every price range – going all the way down to the sub €300 range. A bit of explanation is in order before we begin. Sunlight legibility shows the practical legibility in bright light – the higher the number the better. Then there’s the color deviation (average deltaE), it shows how far off colors are from the ideal. Here lower is better and you want a number under 5 for an accurate screen. The other numbers should be self-explanatory. Also note that the phones are not ordered in any particular order. Samsung Galaxy Note8 - the all-rounder The Samsung Galaxy Note8 screen does it...

OneDrive for Android gets a new look

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Microsoft has redesigned the Android version of OneDrive. The app now features a bottom tab bar, which is more in line with the updated Android user design guidelines. The app looks more modern and cleaner than before. Also added is a new Me tab. Here you can keep track of your notifications, your files made available for offline use, your recycle bin and your OneDrive plan details. The app is now available to download for free on the Google Play Store. Download

Android Oreo 8.1 is officially released

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After releasing Android 8.1 Oreo to select devices today, Google also unleashed the lightweight Android Oreo Go that is tailored for the lowest-end Androiddevices that boast the humblest specs. Aimed at devices with the minuscule amount of either 512 or 1GB of RAM and rather limited native storage, Android Oreo Go comes with lightweight version of some rather popular Google apps, like YouTube, Maps, Google Assistant, Gmail, and others. However, Android Oreo Go is only available to developers and manufacturers at this point - eligible end-users will have to wait for it to trickle down to their entry-level Droids or wait for new phones with Android Go preloaded to be launched. These are not only smaller in size in comparison with their regular counterparts but most of them also allow users to exclusively download content over Wi-Fi for later viewing. That's the case with the YouTube Goapp, for example, which is aimed at consumers that dwell in regions with spotty cellular...

Chrome on Android to get HDR video support

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Google Chrome for Android is likely to get HDR video support very soon. This can be presumed from two commits made recently on Chromium Gerrit spotted by XDA. One is to set color space and HDR metadeta in android.media.MediaFormat and the other to extract VP9 HDR metadeta from the video container and pass it to MediaCodec. What this means that if you encounter a website that lets you stream HDR videos, you will be able to play them properly in Chrome. Of course, this means you will also need a phone with HDR display. As of now, HDR content on the internet is rather limited when you take all the video content into perspective. The biggest HDR content providers right now include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, Apple and Google, all of which have their own apps that they want you to use. It will take some time before other sites start encoding their videos in HDR, which will only happen when there are enough HDR displays on the market. Source 1 • Source 2 • Via

Google Maps gets new 'motorcycle mode' feature for two wheelers

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If you are a Google Maps user in India who commutes by a two wheeler, you'll be happy to know that the application has gained a new feature aimed at making your drives more convenient. Yes, you guessed it right - there's now a new 'motorcycle mode' alongside other existing options. So those with a two wheeler can now easily find the best/shortest/most efficient route for their journey using Google Maps. What's more, the feature will also tell if you there's a road blockage on the way or parking issue near your destination. This new functionality is arriving as part of version 9.67.1 of Google Maps. No information yet on if and which other regions are getting it. Via

Instagram now lets you remix the photos your friends send you

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Instagram has added yet another new feature today. We're talking about the ability to 'remix' the photos your friends send you through Instagram Direct. Now when you view a photo message from a friend in Direct, if you tap the camera icon at the bottom you capture a reply. This reply includes a sticker of the image you're replying to. The sticker can be moved or resized, and then your own stickers, text, and drawings can be inserted on top. Once you sent your reply created in this way, the recipient can then remix your remix and send you that... and so on. In addition, you now have control over replays - you can pick "one view" for the messages you only want seen once, or "allow replay" if that's no issue. The photos and videos you send with "allow replay" loop automatically, you need to tap and hold to pause. All of these updates are now live in Instagram version 24 for Android and iOS. Source

HDMI 2.1 detailed: up to 10K resolution, 120fps and Dynamic HDR

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The HDMI forum has published the specs for version 2.1 and give gamers and multimedia perfectionists everything they could ever want for years to come. Many, many years. 4K, 8K and even 10K video streams can be pushed up to 120fps (with the new Display Stream Compression). Without compression, the maximum is 8K/60 and 4K/120. It will be a long while before broadcast TV (even movie studios) adopt 8K, but these will be awesome for VR gaming... though they’ll require beastly GPUs. Another cool feature for gamers is Variable Refresh Rate – think AMD FreeSync or Nvidia G-Sync. Quick Frame Transport promises to reduce latency, important for fast-pace games and VR. Then there’s Dynamic HDR, which will deliver video at its “ideal values” for contrast and color gamut. 10, 12 and 16-bit color is possible and you can use 4:4:4 chroma sampling. The cable has a raw bandwidth of 48Gbps, more than 4 times what HDMI 1.4 offers! The HDMI 2.1 Compliance Test Specification will come out...


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