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New details about Microsoft’s potential next hardware project have emerged today, which suggest a foldable Surface smartphone/tablet hybrid device could be in the works.



A recently published patent – first spotted by Windows Latest – shows that the Windows maker is exploring technological solutions for how a future OS will operate on a dual-screen foldable device.



The patent explains that a series of ultrasound sensors on either side of the device will determine how the user interface is displayed. The sensors will calculate the distance between them and, presumably, switch the device into the appropriate mode (tablet/phone/PC) or display relevant information for the device’s current shape.


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Apple has disabled the group calling feature within its FaceTime calling service while it works on a patch to fix a nasty bug that allows eavesdropping.



Apple’s status page shows that group calling via FaceTime is “temporarily unavailable” — that’s a stop-gap move while the company to deliver a more permanent fix to the problem this week. We were unable to set up a group call when we tried, having earlier been able to do and replicate the issue.



All being well, this fix means that users don’t need to completely disable FaceTime due to the bug, but it is understandable if some people are hesitant to switch it on again.


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Just a few days back, Apple released iOS 12.1.3 for iPhone and iPad users around the globe.



The update is being rolled out as an incremental release with only bug fixes and no new features.



But, the sad part is, despite being solely focused on fixes, it fails to address one of the biggest issues flagged on previous iOS versions: connectivity.


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If you're looking for a bargain on a smartphone, HMD's Nokia lineup is one of the best and most unique in the industry. For 2019, the Finnish smartphone company says a North American expansion will be a big focus, and today, for the first time, it's announcing carrier deals for a few low-end models.



Cricket Wireless, an AT&T MVNO, is getting the Nokia 3.1 Plus, Verizon is getting the Nokia 2.1, and in Canada, Rogers will begin to carry an undisclosed Nokia phone. Cricket Wireless, an AT&T MVNO, is getting the Nokia 3.1 Plus (pictured above), which is definitely the most impressive of the two phones. For just $160, you get a fairly modern-looking smartphone design. The 3.1 Plus comes with a 6-inch, 1440×720, 18:9 LCD, a rear fingerprint reader, a dual rear camera system, and Android 9 Pie with two years of updates.



This is the first time the Nokia 3.1 Plus has come to the US, and interestingly, the trip to Ameri

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ca also required a swap in the SoC. The international version uses a MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, but the American version switches to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC. Both chips have eight 2GHz ARM Cortex A53 CPUs and are built on a 12nm manufacturing process, so there should not be a huge difference. Why bother making the switch, though? You've got to wonder if a move like this is driven by Qualcomm's allegedly unfair patent licensing.



Other specs for the Nokia 3.1 Plus include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a MicroSD slot, a USB-C port, NFC, and a headphone jack. The back is plastic and pops off, but the 3500mAh battery is not replaceable.


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Ahead of next month's unveiling of the Galaxy S10, Samsung has taken the wraps off a mid-range Galaxy phone that features the same Infinity-O 'hole-punch' screen that's expected on its flagships.



The company today unveiled the Galaxy A9 Pro, featuring a tri-camera setup on the rear with the single left-side hole-punch on the front for a 2.4-megapixel camera. Infinity-O is Samsung's answer to the iPhone notch and could be a less intrusive way of designing space for a camera on a full screen phone.



The Galaxy A9 Pro follows Samsung's launch of the Galaxy A9, the world's first phone with four rear cameras.



Both devices are examples of Samsung's promise last year to bring new features to its mid-range smartphones first to compete with cheaper phones from Chinese rivals, Huawei, Vivo, and Oppo.


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Samsung will hold its next Unpacked event in February, where it’s expected to show off a "fully functional" version of its foldable phone, along with the next iteration of its Galaxy lineup, Galaxy S10. A new leaked image from Evan Blass shows off three versions of the phone, the S10E, the S10, and the S10+.


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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has revealed this week that Cortana is more of an app than a competitor to Alexa or Google Assistant. Speaking to journalists, Nadella hinted that Microsoft doesn’t view Cortana smart speakers as an area to compete it, instead it will ensure Cortana is available across multiple devices and platforms.


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According to the latest reports, the most used instant messaging application, of course, WhatsApp to get these ultimate new features.
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From ever-shrinking bezels to dual rear cameras trickling down to budget devices, smartphones have changed dramatically in 2018. And things are set to change even more as we enter 2019.

Expect a lot of foldable phones like the FlexPai from Royole (pictured here), with Samsung finally gearing up to unveil the foldable phone it's been prototyping for years. Flattening smartphone sales are also catching up with Apple, which could come out with new iPhones in the fall that are more of a departure from the relatively iterative iPhone XS and XR. Meanhwile, device makers and wireless carriers are racing to bring the first 5G phones to the market just as networks based on the new connectivity standard start coming online this year.
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OneLogin is not a young startup by any means. The identity access management company was founded in 2009 and has watched while companies like Ping Identity, Duo Security and Okta had tidy exits. But as CEOs are fond of pointing out, the total addressable market is large and where investors see a chance, they take it. Today, the company announced a $100 million investment.

The latest round was led by new investors Greenspring Associates and Silver Lake Waterman, the late-stage investing arm of Silver Lake. Existing investors CRV and Scale Venture Partners also contributed to the round. Today’s investment brings the total raised since inception to over $170 million, according to the company.

It is referring to this as a “growth round,” but indicated that actually means Series D plus “flexible capital.” Whatever you call it, it would appear to give OneLogin some runway to grow large enough to find a way to exit.

CEO Brad Brooks says his company is well-positioned to compete with
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the likes of Okta and Microsoft in this market by offering a multi-faceted authentication solution that works both on-prem and in the cloud. He swept aside question of revenue, valuation or IPO plans, only indicating that the company was growing and they had big expansion plans.
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Continuing the 8K trend that's in full effect at CES 2019, Sony has announced a new Master Series range of televisions that includes an epic 85-inch 8K LED television as its headliner.

Sony's Z9G 8K LED TV, which is set to arrive in the second half of 2019, is capable of producing startlingly sharp images that are four times the resolution of 4K, and can be viewed up close with "virtually no pixel differentiation," according to a statement from the Japanese company.

Utilizing a proprietary algorithm, along with the company's latest X1 Ultimate processor and 8K X-Reality PRO technology, the Z9G is also able to upscale content to near "8K picture quality", says Sony.
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Verizon's first 5G smartphone didn't start out as 5G device. But it will once the wireless carrier formally launches its next-generation mobile service.

The first smartphone will be Motorola's Moto Z3, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg confirmed in an interview in the backstage of the CES 2019 keynote presentation area on Monday. But the catch? This originally launched in August as a 4G phone with the option of a Moto Mod attachment that would eventually give it a 5G capability.
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The next version of Windows 10 will support passwordless Microsoft accounts. Microsoft will just text a code to your phone number when you sign in. It’s all part of Microsoft’s stated goal: “a world without passwords.”

This feature is available now in Insider build 18309. It will be stable and available to everyone in the next version of Windows 10, codenamed 19H1 and available sometime around April 2019. Passwordless logins debuted for Windows 10 Home back in Insider build 18305, but are now available on all editions of Windows.
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Samsung’s soft sales of the Galaxy S9 through 2018 and Apple’s dramatically reduced forecast of iPhone revenues for the end of that year, it’s that most people who want a great smartphone already have one. In his letter to investors yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook spelled out the reasons why his company sold (many) fewer iPhones than it had anticipated in the final quarter of 2018, and a large chunk of them can be summed up as “too many good phones already out there.” This statement from the boss of the iPhone company is merely the crowning punctuation to a market stagnation that’s been apparent to phone makers for well over a year.

Smartphones, the iPhone especially, have been on a constant growth trajectory for so long that we’ve come to expect them to keep perpetually expanding as a category. But, just as desktop PCs eventually reached a saturation point where almost every home that could afford a computer had a decent one, smartphone shipmen
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ts had to eventually hit a level at which demand for them tapered off. That point was reached sometime over the past couple of years, driven by three major long-term factors: the shrinking benefit when upgrading from a recent phone to the latest model, the increasing average price of new devices, and the concordant reluctance to treat smartphones as things to be disposed of every year or two.
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Microsoft’s app store for Windows has become a fairly impressive library of software for users, and we want our readers to go into the new year with apps that will make their PCs just that much better. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite apps from the Microsoft Store.

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Carolyn Pioro used to be a trapeze performer for a Toronto-based circus. But, in 2005, she was tragically and terribly injured during training when she fell 40 feet and a landed badly on the safety net, severing her spinal cord. With her trapeze career cut short, she enrolled at Centennial College in a contemporary journalism program. She wanted to shoot a photo essay on the performance she loved, but was unable to find an accessible camera option that fit her needs. So, Taras Slawnych stepped in to create one for her.


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Apple today shared a new iPhone XR ad entitled 'Color Flood' on its YouTube channel. With Cosmo Sheldrake's "Come Along" as the soundtrack, the ad features a cast of hundreds dressed in colorful jumpsuits running through an otherwise empty town.

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The end of the year is at hand and while that means a lot of things for many people, for those in the tech and mobile industry, it means the start of two months of nonstop marketing and hype. That, of course, includes Samsung’s next non-foldable flagships, which may have been leaked in their entirety, though not at Pixel 3 levels yet. Still, one can always squeeze in more details, including a new gimmick to call attention to the smartphone’s odd camera hole.

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Samsung has started rolling out Android Pie for Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices earlier than it said it would. The tech giant was originally planning to release the m...


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Last month, Google offered some Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners free Play Store credit. Google Play is now running a similar app discount that’s only available to certain users based on previous purchasing history.


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The 'Bendgate 2.0' saga continues: An iPad Pro customer who email Tim Cook about his disappointment with the situation in which the US$799+ devices arrive deformed out of the box got a response. This reply was not from Cook himself, however, but from another Apple executive who explained how well the new iPad fits in with Apple's design philosophy.


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Apple says that it will make two major changes to the iPhone software in China to avoid a patent-infringement sales ban.


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Google should shut down Google+ immediately. The social network is only resulting in security breaches and hurting the company's brand.


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Users' names, birth dates, email addresses, work history and other data were exposed for nearly a week in November, Google says. It will now close the social network four months earlier than planned.


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The good news about the new Apple iOS 12.1.1 Upgrade is it fixes several serious problems left in previous releases. The bad news is it introduces a nasty new one…

‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.
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At its Snapdragon Tech Summit, Qualcomm outlined its new 855, a chip it hopes will power the next generation of premium Androids. It addresses silicon work Apple has driven in its Application Processors leading up to the latest A12 Bionic, but it's less clear who will be building high-end Androids with Qualcomm's most advanced processor yet, and for how long.


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As it does at this time every year, Apple today announced its official Best of 2018 lists. These selections highlight the “best” app and game for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac, as well as the top…
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Amazon's smart plug lets you easily control lights, appliances and other gadgets by voice or with your phone no matter where you are. CNBC will walk you through how to set up and use the Amazon smart plug. It's very easy.
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When the new Mac mini and MacBook Air debuted in late October, Apple added an online store listing for an upcoming Blackmagic eGPU Pro.

At the time it was first introduced, the listing for the new eGPU said that it would be released in late November, but as pointed out by 9to5Mac, the listing now says that the device won't be coming until December.

Read more at: https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/29/blackmagic-egpu-pro-december/amp/
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Hot off the release of fully encrypted traffic earlier this month, Google's cellular service, Project Fi, is getting a new name and greatly expanded device support—although that device support comes with some caveats.

Read more at: https://arstechnica.com
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A few days ago, we saw leaked Galaxy S10 benchmarks for the Snapdragon 8150 versions, which showed notable performance gains over previous-generation silicon, although some of those scores weren’t able to touch the new iPhones, which rock Apple's powerful A12 processor.


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Apple introduced three iPhones this year with a huge fanfare: the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. But two months after the launch, the company is trying to find new ways to fight the low demand for the new lineup. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, it’s planning to revive the iPhone X. The report states that some of Apple’s suppliers have resumed the iPhone X production, months after the Cupertino company stopped selling the device in its own stores. Additionally, Apple needs to buy a specific amount of OLED panels from Samsung to restart production of the iPhone X.

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Microsoft acquires FSLogix to enhance Office 365 virtual desktop experience

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Apple in late October unveiled a refreshed version of the Mac mini, marking the first update to the company's smallest desktop machine in four years.

We managed to get our hands on one of the new Mac mini models, and in our latest video, we unbox it and share our first impressions on the revamped machine.
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Although all eyes were on Samsung's foldable Galaxy phone last week, we're getting closer to the release of Samsung's next true flagship: the Galaxy S10.

Samsung usually reveals the next Galaxy S phone sometime in the beginning of the year. And we may be getting more clues about what to expect as that timeline draws closer.

The latest leak comes from frequent phone tipster Evan Blass, who has a track record of sharing info on upcoming Samsung phones.
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Months after announcing its privacy-focused DNS service, Cloudflare is bringing 1.1.1.1 to mobile users. Granted, nothing ever stopped anyone from using 1.1.1.1 on their phones or tablets already. But now the app, now available for iPhones, iPads and Android devices, aims to make it easier for anyone to use its free consumer DNS service.


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Samsung’s new Galaxy F smartphone with a foldable form factor and a display that actually folds in half is the talk of the town right now. That makes sense, of course, since Samsung just unve…


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Apple has rolled out a new release of iOS 12.1 specifically for the iPhone XR, with the update rolling out to the iPhone model if it has not already gone through the update process with the version released seven days ago.


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Apple introduced the new iPad Pro with a spectacular series of statistics that made laptops seem like old news. More iPads are sold than any other company’s entire laptop lineup! The new iPad Pro with an eight-core A12X processor is faster than 92 percent of portable PCs sold today! The graphics performance is 1000 times faster than the first-generation iPad and now rivals an Xbox One S! It has a USB-C port that can drive 5K displays!
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Going forward, iPhones will have a notch at the top, as Apple made clear back in September when it unveiled the iPhone XS and XR models. The notch is the ugliest thing about the iPhone X design, but it’s a necessary trade-off right now. Samsung, meanwhile, is not a fan of the notch. But the unsightly top bezel might disappear in the near future with the help of Samsung Display, which is reportedly working on a screen that would allow Samsung, Apple, and others to create true all-screen phones.


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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Monday afternoon.

Allen's Vulcan Inc. announced that he died in Seattle at 65 years old.

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Following dozens of rumors, the Palm brand is officially back from the dead — sort of. It has been eight years since Palm — the company behind popular Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) — became defunct. HP bought Palm in 2010, and decided to leave the brand behind but move forward with growing WebOS, the operating system used on Palm devices. HP then sold the brand off to TCL, which makes BlackBerry phones through a licensing partnership, and TCL now has a licensing partnership with a new group of people who have no historical attachment to the Palm brand.


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The way smartphone cameras have been developing over the last few years, it may not come as a surprise that we now have a phone with four cameras. Trying to stand out in the fierce competition between the manufacturers is tough, but Samsung thinks they might just be able to make enough of a statement with their latest announcement, the Samsung Galaxy A9.


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For the third year in a row, Google has implemented a single rear camera on its Pixel 3 and its Pixel 3 XL. In an industry that just recently spawned a smartphone with a quadruple camera system, is Google being pummeled by the competition? The tech giant does not think so, and in a way, we have to agree with them. Even with the year-old Pixel 2 XL, it is still able to snap some of the best images and is still a great overall smartphone. However, Google and its executive reveal why it was unnecessary to add more cameras at the back of the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL.


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Samsung really wants us to be prepared for a foldable phone. Whether we'll see one in November or three years from now is anyone's guess, but the frequency of it being hyped by the company's mobile leader is only increasing these days. This week, during the unveiling of their 18-camera phone, the Galaxy A9,000-mid-ranger, Samsung’s DJ Koh talked about foldable things again. He said that it won’t be a “gimmick product,” that it will be around longer than six months, it’ll ship globally, and is definitely not another taco phone.


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Google hardly had any surprises left for its Pixel 3 event earlier this week, especially when it comes to the stars of the show, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Both phones were thoroughly reviewed before Google took the stage on Tuesday, so we already knew what to expect from Google’s 2018 phones well in advance. But, as it turns out, Google left out a key element while introducing its latest toys, one that seems to support the idea that Android’s death is imminent. Android is the most popular mobile operating system out there, but Google didn’t utter the word “Android” on stage even once. That’s something you’d expect from Samsung’s keynotes, not Google’s. The company didn’t talk about Android Pie while presenting the Pixel, and it didn’t use the word while telling the world that its newest Chrome OS tablet will support millions of apps. Some may say that, after so many years of Android, it doesn’t really matter i

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f Google mentions it. But I’d disagree. This isn’t a mistake, it’s an intentional move from a company with a huge marketing department. Google did make plenty of references to its software during the event but used keywords like “AI,” “software,” and “Chrome OS” when describing new Pixel 3 and Pixel Slate features. “Android” didn’t come up. Even Rick Osterloh’s blog post about Google’s new products doesn’t contain any Android reference, but you’ll find Chrome OS in there.


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Apple customers looking to buy the iPhone XR will have a protection option that won't hide the brightly-colored shell, as there will be a clear case among the selection of official accessories offered by Apple from the time of launch. While there have been new cases released for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max that offer a touch of color to the devices, the leather, silicone, and folio-style accessories not only cover up the majority of the iPhone, but also do so with opaque materials. So far, the case situation is relatively unknown for Apple's other smartphone release, the iPhone XR, but it seems Apple may offer something different for that model. Spotted by Twitter user "Ivan," Apple's press release for the iPhone XR in Canada includes a brief sentence on accessories for the smartphone. Similar press releases for the iPhone XR in the United States and the United Kingdom do not include the section, but versions for France and Germany do.


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Two years of Google selling "Pixel" branded versions of HTC and LG handsets have done nothing to arrest the slide that both Android licensees are seeing in their mobile sales. Will more exclusive machine learning and artificial intelligence features on Pixel 3 models do anything to change that?


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Things are moving fast in the Android world this month. Just a few days ago, Google unveiled the Pixel 3 phones, practically confirming every rumor that we heard in the past few months. There were very few surprises in store for the Pixel 3, which is now Google’s most expensive phone ever, starting at $799. For the same price, you could buy the Razer Phone 2 instead, Razer’s brand new gaming phone.


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Amazon Web Services today announced the launch of hands-free room booking capabilities with Alexa for Business. Working with Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus speakers, users can simply ask “Alexa, is this room free?” They can also ask Alexa if a room is booked, if a room is free, or reserve a conference room with their voice. A Room Booking API will soon be made available for developers, according to an AWS blog post. A beta version is already being used by meeting scheduling software providers Joan and Robin.


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