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LG rollable phone report says it doesn’t use LG display

LG rollable phone report says it doesn’t use LG display

This week we caught our first glimpse of what LG described as the world's first rollable smartphone. This device was first shown at CES 2021, the consumer electronics show, the first "all digital" version of the show thanks to the pandemic through which we're still living. Today it's been reported that this LG-made smartphone with rollable display won't have a display made by LG.

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Google AI classifies baking recipes and explains its predictions

Google AI classifies baking recipes and explains its predictions

One goal of AI researchers is to figure out how to make machine learning models more interpretable so researchers can understand why they make their predictions. Google says this is an improvement from taking the predictions of a deep neural network at face value without understanding what contributed to the model output. Researchers have shown how to build an explainable machine learning model able to analyze baking recipes.

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2021 Nest Hub might use Soli radar to detect and monitor sleep

2021 Nest Hub might use Soli radar to detect and monitor sleep

For all their usefulness, at least for a certain class of people, smart speakers and especially smart displays are often unwelcome in the sanctuary that is the bedroom. Despite assurances from companies, some people are still very wary of smart speakers accidentally picking up private conversations or smart displays with cameras seeing something very personal. It seems that Google will try to make its case again with a new Nest Hub that will feature sleep tracking courtesy of Project Soli.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 514 revealed with MIL-STD durability and Enterprise edition

Acer Chromebook Spin 514 revealed with MIL-STD durability and Enterprise edition

There's a new Chromebook in town from Acer this week with the Acer Chromebook Spin 514. This device is the first Acer Chromebook with a new AMD Ryzen 3000 C-Series mobile processor inside and AMD Radeon graphics. The Enterprise version of the Chromebook Spin 514 includes a full-sized HDMI port and the full collection of Chrome OS "built-in business capabilities" like zero-touch enrollment.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra 5G leaked in a big way

Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra 5G leaked in a big way

Today we're taking a peek at the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra 5G, likely the most extravagant smartphone ever released by Samsung. This device hasn't yet been confirmed by the company, and everything we're looking at today was either leaked or tipped this week by insiders with information on the subject who wish to remain relatively anonymous.

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Galaxy S10 Android 11 One UI 3.0 update released at last

Galaxy S10 Android 11 One UI 3.0 update released at last

This week the Samsung Galaxy S10 family of mobile smart devices began downloads of their main Android 11 One UI 3.0 update. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S10e and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, and it'll include the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy S10+ in the very near future. It's important to note that the full update rollout may not hit your phone this week.

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Google iOS apps to finally get App Store Privacy Labels this week

Google iOS apps to finally get App Store Privacy Labels this week

Apple's new privacy rules for iOS, though by no means sudden or arbitrary, have been painted in a negative light by Facebook. In contrast, Google has actually been silent on the new cross-tracking limitations and requirements despite being a business that relies heavily on such systems. In fact, Google might have been too silent, some have insinuated, because it has also silently stopped updating its iOS apps since December to comply with the App Store's new rules. Apparently, it was just a matter of clashing schedules and holidays.

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Google Pixel January Android update is now available

Google Pixel January Android update is now available

There's no better way to start the year right than by getting a fresh serving of security fixes for your Android phone. Of course, while Google has just rolled out the January security bulletin for Android, it could take weeks for manufacturers to actually push those to their customers. Not so Google's own Pixel phones that are now getting not only this month's security patches but also a few bug fixes for some known functionality issues as well.

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FCC docs hint at new Nest Hub smart display from Google

FCC docs hint at new Nest Hub smart display from Google

It looks like Google may be gearing up to launch another smart display, possibly a Nest Hub model joining its existing Hub and Hub Max offerings. The hints surfaced in some FCC documents, which don't reveal exactly what we can expect but do drop enough indications to give us a pretty good idea about what Google is working on.

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Huawei P50 leaks look incredibly strange

Huawei P50 leaks look incredibly strange

Today we're taking a peek at some leaked images of the device called Huawei P50. This device is a smartphone with a rather sizable backside camera array, arranged in a way that might throw you for a loop. There, in the space of a circle-cornered rectangle, you'll find five lenses - four in a row, as well as a smaller lens to the right, above which is an LED flash and a dual-LED flash. Below that is another set of sensors - as if there weren't already enough.

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Google Stadia Pro January 2021 games arrive with Hotline Miami

Google Stadia Pro January 2021 games arrive with Hotline Miami

If you're a Stadia Pro subscriber, you can now grab the four free games released for January 2021, all of them available as long the player remains a subscriber. The lineup is decent, though not quite as exciting as some of the games gamers got through similar subscriptions with Sony and Microsoft.

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Smartphone trends for 2021: 5G and the mid-range march

Smartphone trends for 2021: 5G and the mid-range march

It's that time of the year again when we look back to the past 12 months and take out our crystal balls to divine the next 12. Of course, we're not fortunetellers or clairvoyants but we do know a thing or two about watching market dynamics, guesstimating future movement, and having some optimism for the future. COVID-19 has clearly shaken up things, including in the mobile industry. As we try to look at what lies ahead, we might even see some of the more lasting ways the coronavirus will affect smartphones in 2021.

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