Samsung Galaxy A8, LG K10 mid-range phones expected at CES 2018

Samsung Galaxy A8, LG K10 mid-range phones expected at CES 2018

Although Samsung has more or less confirmed that the Galaxy S9 wouldn’t be making an appearance as early as CES 2018, that doesn’t mean it won’t have any phone to show next month. It might, instead, simply show off a new phone for that who want the same look but for less. Less hardware, that is. In a similar fashion, LG might be doing something similar, debuting a new LG K phone vis-a-vis Samsung’s new Galaxy A model.

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Here’s what’s coming to the Essential phone in the future

Here’s what’s coming to the Essential phone in the future

One of the benefits of not being a giant company is that you are able to move a bit faster and are less bogged downy be legacy considerations. Especially when you’re a small smartphone OEM carrying a nearly pure Android phone. That said, that agility may also cause such smaller companies to make bold promises, just like how Essential is putting some much-requested features on its list for the near future. Whenever that is.

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Synaptics in-screen fingerprint scanner to debut in Vivo

Synaptics in-screen fingerprint scanner to debut in Vivo

Human Interface Device (HID) expert Synaptics might be grasping at straws to salvage what it can from its much-delayed in-display fingerprint sensor. It recently announced that the sensor, the Clear ID FS9500, has gone into mass production with one of the five Tier 1 smartphone makers in the world. Not leaving much time for a guessing game, Synaptics has finally revealed who that OEM is, and it is none other than Vivo who, just a few months ago, flaunted Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor instead.

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Subaru WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS are 2018’s hot blue hellions

Subaru WRX STI Type RA and BRZ tS are 2018’s hot blue hellions

Subaru may have been focused on families recently, with its 2019 Ascent SUV, but the 2018 WRX STI Type RA and 2018 BRZ tS prove it hasn't forgotten about performance. The STI (Subaru Tecnica International) tuned variants of the WRX STI and BRZ will only be made in small numbers, and promise more of the handling and grip the the automaker has become known for.

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Here’s where will get the Polestar 1 sports EV first

Here’s where will get the Polestar 1 sports EV first

Polestar has spilled more details on where it'll be launching its electrified sports car, the Polestar 1, though we're still waiting on some key details. Unveiled earlier this year, Polestar is the new identity for the performance brand of Volvo, taking the safety-focused Swedes technology and giving it a sporting twist. First out of the gate will be the Polestar 1.

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Grammarly Keyboard now fixes grammar mistakes on Android

Grammarly Keyboard now fixes grammar mistakes on Android

Grammarly, the online grammar-checking website, has just launched a keyboard app for Android that brings the same technology to mobile. Simply called Grammarly Keyboard, the app first launched for iOS, but was promised to follow for Android in the future. That future is here and Grammarly Keyboard with it; Android users can grab it from the Play Store now and rest easy knowing their comma mistakes will be caught ahead of time.

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BEAM AMOLED smart button lets you wear a GIF

BEAM AMOLED smart button lets you wear a GIF

BEAM Authentic has taken the wraps off what it calls a "smart button" by the same name. BEAM is a wearable broach, basically, except it packs an AMOLED display, making it possible to literally wear GIFs. The smart button works with a related app for adding the GIFs to the device, the end result being what BEAM Authentic calls "the world's first digital dynamic button."

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Google confirms Amazon talks about keeping YouTube on Fire TV

Google confirms Amazon talks about keeping YouTube on Fire TV

The clock is ticking toward January 1, 2018, at which point Google will prevent Fire TV devices from accessing YouTube. The decision to block access was announced days ago, and underscoring it was a sharp, immediate action from Google: it took away Echo Show's access to YouTube altogether. Fire TV owners may not lose access, though, if "productive discussions" between the two companies result in a favorable outcome.

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Canary cameras will get AI-based Person Detection feature next year

Canary cameras will get AI-based Person Detection feature next year

Canary has revealed a new feature for its security cameras: "Person Detection." The new ability enables the camera to detect when a person is in the picture, helping device owners better understand the context behind their motion alerts. The feature is most important for pet owners who receive frequent motion alerts due to a cat or dog moving through the room. With Person Detection, you'll know when a human is behind the movements.

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Apple patent details Siri whispering mode for quiet moments

Apple patent details Siri whispering mode for quiet moments

Earlier this year, a Reddit post suggesting a new feature for Alexa caught the attention of many Echo owners: a whispering function that triggers the digital assistant to whisper back if you whisper at it first. The idea there is that you may be in a situation where you want a response, but you need to keep things quiet: maybe a child just fell asleep, it is the middle of the night, or someone is watching a movie. Turns out, Apple is already exploring that feature.

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Nintendo tipped in search for new mobile game partners

Nintendo tipped in search for new mobile game partners

Nintendo is striking new partnerships to speed up its mobile game production pace, according to sources. The video game company is reportedly looking for new software developer partners that will produce smartphone games for the company, enabling it to release them at a faster rate in the future. This follows Nintendo's existing work with DeNA and its stated plan to launch five mobile games by March 2017.

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Galaxy S9 leak shows new designs in 360 videos

Galaxy S9 leak shows new designs in 360 videos

This afternoon we're having a peek at the Samsung Galaxy S9 as envisioned with credible early leaks. This piece of work was done by OnLeaks, AKA Steve H, a fellow who's been shockingly accurate at this sort of thing over the past couple of years. This set of images suggests that the Galaxy S9 will look quite familiar.

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