Samsung Announces The Galaxy S9 and S9+

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Today Samsung is announcing the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Both devices bring iterative designs over the Galaxy S8 – which is not a bad thing. The camera sees significant upgrades with both a new innovative camera sensor as well as an industry first-adjustable lens that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures. Having the same screen and battery capacities as the S8 might seem like a step sideways, but the one thing where the S9 improves on is with the internals. While the Snapdragon 845 SoC is a conservative generational update, the Exynos 9810 looks to shake up the market with, until now, a unexpected generational jump.

ZTE’s Tempo Go is one of the first Android Go phones for the US

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The first Android Go phones are coming to market, and today, ZTE announced its first device for the project. The Tempo Go runs Google’s new Android Go OS and has 1GB of RAM coupled with 8GB of storage. The company hasn’t said how much the new phone will cost, but the idea behind the program is affordability along with a reliable Android experience.

Other specs include:

  • Qualcomm MSM8909 processor
  • 2,200mAh battery
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Charges over Micro USB and includes a headphone jack

ZTE tells me it stopped producing 512MB phones because the OS essentially required the device’s entire memory, but with Android Go, the company now feels more comfortable keeping its 1GB phones around. The…

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ZTE’s newest Blade phone features dual cameras, a glass back, and face detection

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ZTE is announcing two new additions to its mid-range Blade phone lineup today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Both the Blade V9 and its cheaper Blade V9 Vita counterpart feature stock Android Oreo 8.1, dual cameras, rear fingerprint sensors, and displays with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Both phones also feature upgraded camera software that should be better at handling low-lighting conditions.

I didn’t get a chance to compare the V9 photos to the V8 lineup, but I did notice a significant difference between the photos taken on a V9 Vita versus the V9. The V9 Vita appeared to smooth over details and blended everything together, whereas the V9 was able to capture clear lines. You can see a difference, although I wouldn’t necessarily say…

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OnePlus fixes HD streaming on 5 and 5T, but you’ll have to mail your phone in

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In December, we learned that the OnePlus’s 5 and 5T phones couldn’t stream video in high-definition. The company has now fixed the problem, but there’s a catch if you want to watch Netflix or Amazon Prime: you must mail your phone back to the company to get the update installed.

The phone’s inability to stream HD footage from services like Netflix and Amazon Prime stems from the device’s lack of support for Google’s Widevine Level 1 DRM, which a number of services require to stream HD video. The phone does support Widevine Level 3, which allows for standard streaming. As Dan Seifert noted back in December, the phone’s hardware is certainly capable of supporting HD footage, and that it was an odd omission.

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Nokia’s banana phone from The Matrix is back

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Nokia 8110

Back in 1999, Keanu Reeves was famous for playing Neo in The Matrix, and not for looking sad on a bench. Nokia was also the “world’s leading mobile phone supplier” back then, and it used this popularity to feature its Nokia 8110 “banana phone” in The Matrix film. At the time everyone who considered themselves cool (definitely me) wanted a Nokia phone just like Neo’s, but most of us had to settle for the Nokia 7110 with its spring-loaded slider.

Now HMD, makers of Nokia-branded phones, is bringing the Nokia 8110 back to life as a retro classic. Just like the Nokia 3310 that was a surprise hit at Mobile World Congress last year, the 8110 plays on the same level of nostalgia. The slightly curved handset has a slider that lets you answer and…

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ZTE brings premium features to its mid-range Blade line

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 ZTE’s one of those workhorse smartphone companies you don’t hear much about, aside from the occasional misguided flirtation with a bizarre form factor, a la the dual-screen Axon M. But the Chinese handset manufacturer still powers away and manages to produce some solid handsets at bargain bin prices. The company hasn’t officially announced pricing on the Blade V9 —… Read More

Nokia 8110’s slider ‘Matrix’ feature phone returns with 4G and a €79 price tag

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 Nokia’s 8110 — the distinctive ‘candy bar’ feature phone with a slider opening — was once the phone that everyone wanted but no one could afford, made popular through the Matrix film franchise. Now HMD, the company that has the license to make Nokia phones, is hoping for a hit by bringing it back. Today, at MWC in Barcelona, Nokia officially took the wraps off the… Read More

Nokia unveils its new slate of Android smartphones starting at $85

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 Nokia — in its newest iteration as a licensed brand of HMD — is a long way off from its glory days, the years when it not only set the pace for innovation in the mobile phone market, but also led it as the world’s biggest handset maker. Today, the company took its latest step in rebuilding itself as it unveiled a slate of Android-powered smartphones — the Nokia 1, the… Read More

Screw Drive Tank is Radio Controlled, 3D Printed

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Screw drives are something that we don’t see a lot of – they’ve got an interesting set of attributes making them useful on soft ground, but woe betide you if your local transport department catches you trying to belt one of these up the freeway. After a long development period, [Ivan] has finally perfected his screw drive tank.

This is something that’s been in the works for a long time. It’s a primarily 3D-printed build, showing just how easy it is to build complex machines from scratch in this day and age of rapid prototyping. Over time, [Ivan] has experimented …read more

JLab’s Epic Sport earbuds are excellent workout headphones

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Back in 2016, The Verge called the JLab Epic 2 Wireless Sport Earbuds the best headphones for running. Two years later, JLab is back with the Epic Sport earbuds, the successor to its popular headphones, and they’ve only gotten better. I’ve been testing the Epic Sport headphones for a few weeks now, and it’s clear that JLab has hit the mark once again.

The $99 Epic Sport buds sound excellent, thanks to a pair of 8mm drivers (the same ones that are in the Epic 2) that still provide a great balanced sound with strong bass. The inline controls are intuitive and easy enough to use on the go, and the customizable earbuds (six different tips and three fins come in the box) make finding the right fit easy for most people.

Visually identical to…

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Huawei’s new laptop has a kickass pop-up webcam in the keyboard

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The Huawei MateBook X Pro that was just introduced here at Mobile World Congress 2018 is one of the most impressive laptops I’ve seen in a long while. The 91 percent screen-to-body ratio is class-leading, giving us a laptop with vanishingly thin bezels to match the latest flagship phones. The X Pro is also powerful, has a quad-speaker Dolby Atmos audio system, and is exceedingly thin and light. And it has a webcam hidden away in its keyboard!

Because of its extremely thin bezels, this laptop doesn’t have the space above its display to accommodate a traditional camera, so that had to be tucked away somewhere else. Huawei has gone for the novel approach of disguising the camera as a keyboard button, placing it in between the F6 and F7…

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The three key CTO skills

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 I’ve been CTO of HappyFunCorp since last year, and it has been a deeply edifying experience. Everything people told me was mostly true: I write less code; I go to more meetings, and turn up in more conference calls; I think more strategically, and less tactically; my time is spent in a more fragmented and kaleidoscopic manner. Oh, yeah — and I’m a lot more involved in bizdev… Read More

Waverly Labs offers real-time translation with its Pilot earbuds

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 Sometimes you travel all the way to Barcelona, only to meet up with a startup that’s been operating right around the block. Waverly Labs is a 20 person Brooklyn-based company that specializes in real-time translation through a pair of Bluetooth earbuds. The startup is on-hand at Mobile World Congress this week, showing off Pilot, its first piece of hardware, which launched at the end of… Read More

Huawei’s new MateBook X Pro laptop has incredibly tiny bezels

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Huawei isn’t bringing a new flagship phone to Mobile World Congress this year, but it does have a trio of larger-screened devices to show off. First up is Huawei’s new laptop, the MateBook X Pro. Like last year’s MateBook X, it has an attractive design with even thinner bezels around the display — Huawei claims a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio.

The touchscreen is 13.9 inches diagonal and 3000 x 2000 resolution for a Surface-style 3:2 aspect ratio. As the bezels are incredibly small, Huawei has built the webcam into the keyboard of the MateBook X Pro, but this change doesn’t look like it will avoid the awkward camera position found on devices like Dell’s XPS 13.

Photo by Vlad Savov / The Verge

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Huawei ran out of bezel space on its new laptop, so it put a camera in its keyboard

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 There’s a fine line between innovation and letting people see up your nose during conference calls. This week at Mobile World Congress, Huawei pushed through that line with reckless abandon on the MateBook X Pro. It’s one decided downside of this bezel-free future we’re all hurdling toward: the camera is an afterthought. For the iPhone Xs of the world, that means compromise… Read More

This VPN lets you block hackers and bypass censors on up to 5 devices

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Surfing on public Wi-Fi is convenient, but it’s far from safe. Whether you’re at a cafe or hotel, connecting to an unsecured network exposes you—and your personal information—to a host of hazards, including hackers, government spies, and trackers. Private Internet Access helps you navigate past these risks and tap into a safer, restriction-free internet, and plans are on sale starting at $34.95 in the Boing Boing Store.

Boasting high-level encryption and IP cloaking, Private Internet Access lets you surf the web without forfeiting your browsing location or movements online, on up to five devices at once. You can bypass censorship filters, like the geo-restrictions placed on streaming sites, and block ads, trackers, and malware with the new MACE feature. Plus, Private Internet Access includes a traffic kill switch that engages if the VPN connection is unexpectedly terminated, keeping your data secure.

You can see Private Internet Access’ security features for yourself by checking out available plans in the Boing Boing Store, now on sale starting at $34.95.

 

Power Supply Choices

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Unless you are building a crystal radio or you’ve finally invented that infinite energy machine, any project you do is going to need some sort of power supply. There was a time when a battery was enough, but these days you probably need some sort of regulation. But there are many kinds to choose. Linear, switching, SEPIC, LDO… how do you pick? [Andreas Spiess] has some practical advice in his recent video, which you can see below.

[Andreas] calls the video “Voltage Regulator Cheat Sheet” and that’s an apt name. He covers the major architectures and even points out why …read more

MWC 2018: Huawei Press Event Live Blog (1pm UTC, 8am ET)

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In a surprising twist of events, Huawei has taken over one of the largest venues in Barcelona for its press event this year. The building we are in has typically been the Samsung venue, but this year it seems Huawei has the contract. We are out-of-cycle for Huawei’s expected smartphone launches, with an event in Paris in a few weeks, so it will be interesting to see what the company will be announcing here.

Samsung MWC 2018 Liveblog

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 Mobile World Congress isn’t always a huge show for Samsung (last year we got a couple of tablets and some vague 5G news), but this year the company’s not messing around. Between the many teasers and seemingly endless deluge of leaks, the Galaxy S9 is all but announced at this point. Even so, once of the nice things about the company is that it always seems to have a little… Read More

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