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Blow for VR as BBC and Google cancel projects

Virtual reality has not delivered on its promises in terms of consumers hardware. Another blow to wider VR adoption has come through both the BBC and Google cancelling projects, saying consumers are not yet sufficiently enthused with the concept.

Huawei announces new smartphones without Google apps

Huawei has just announced its latest Mate 30 Pro handset but it cannot be shipped with Google apps and services preinstalled as Huawei is blacklisted by the US government so that US companies cannot do business with the company.

Google confirmed two new features in its upcoming Pixel 4 phone

Google teased some new features coming to the upcoming Pixel 4 smartphone that's expected to be announced in October. In a blog post, the company said the phone will use the Soli radar technology that Google has been working on for the last five years.

Op-Ed: Smartphones leading to 'horns-in-the-head' study is flawed

There's a lot of serious research about smartphone use and health effects, but one piece of research, essentially linking cellphone use to hornlike protuberances on the back of millennials' skulls, has been dismissed by the academic community.

Amazon hints that it may return to the smartphone market

Amazon may yet return to the smartphone market, despite the high-profile flop that was the Fire phone. An Amazon executive told The Telegraph that it needs to create a "differentiated idea" to be able to return to the market.

The magnetic North Pole is moving — Why this is important

Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth’s north magnetic pole has been moving away from Canada and towards Siberia at such a fast pace that our navigation models will have to be updated sooner than expected.

Google's new phone software aims to end telemarketer calls

The feature lets you use Google Assistant to answer phone calls — it instantly transcribes the phone call and lets you choose if you want to pick up.

From beep to boom: Europe hears call of Chinese phones

Paris - China's smartphone makers have long been confined to their enormous local market but this is fast changing, with a growing number of western European users opting for a relatively cheap but still sleek Chinese-made upgrade.

Samsung's new processor brings 480fps slow-mo to mid-range phones

Samsung has announced a new mid-range processor that includes advanced deep learning and image processing features. The Exynos 7 Series 9610 brings features from Samsung's premium chip tiers down to less costly smartphones, including 480fps slow-motion.

Google adds 'Instant Games' streaming support to Android

Google has announced that Android users can now "try" games before they've downloaded the app. The company is expanding its Instant Apps technology to include Play Store games. Compatible titles can be opened just by clicking a link, no install required.

Apple said to be building its own displays in secretive project

Apple is reportedly designing and producing its own displays for next-generation devices. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company is creating MicroLED panels in an attempt to reduce its reliance on supply chain partner Samsung.

Apple could abandon iPhone X notch amid 'sluggish demand'

Apple may abandon its iPhone notch next year, according to a new report. The company is said to be working to completely fill the phone's front with the display. It comes as Citi cut its sales forecasts for the iPhone X, citing "sluggish demand."

Samsung Galaxy S9+ claims the highest DxOMark camera score ever

Samsung's just-announced Galaxy S9+ has surpassed Google's Pixel 2 to become the highest-scoring smartphone on the DxoMark photography test. The S9+ scored a record-breaking 104 points on the benchmark used as a standard for phone camera comparisons.

Samsung focuses on AR and the camera with new Galaxy S9

After months of rumours and leaks, Samsung has officially announced its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones. The devices feature a revised design and new camera-oriented features, including slow-motion video recording and animated AR emojis.

Qualcomm announces new AI Engine for smartphone apps

Qualcomm has announced a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engine for its flagship mobile processors. It creates a mobile AI ecosystem for on-device applications, combining software and hardware components together for optimum performance.

Android P to have 'notch' design to rival Apple's iPhone X

Google is reportedly working on an Android overhaul that will include compatibility with phones with a "notch." Apple's controversial iPhone X bezel layout is expected to be mimicked by Android phone makers this year, so Google's revamping the platform.

More data emerges about radiation risks and smartphones

San Fransisco - Every so often a report is raised about the risks of smartphones, especially when placed against the head for long periods of time. Some data is contradictory, but a new report raises a risk that has apparently been withheld from the public since 2009.

Apple investors call for company to help child device 'addiction'

Two major Apple investors have publicly pressured the company to investigate the impact of its devices on the health of children. Jana Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System collectively control $2 billion of Apple shares.

Samsung's new flagship processor is optimised for AI

Samsung announced its new Exynos 9810 mobile processor, the chip set to power the company's upcoming Galaxy S9 flagship. The chip has been optimised for AI applications and enhanced media, hinting at mobile features similar to those on Apple's iPhone X.

AT&T commits to launching 5G mobile network during 2018

AT&T has announced it will launch its first 5G mobile network in the U.S. before the end of the year. The company said it has set itself an "ambitious milestone" to offer standards-compliant 5G and will usher in a new era of mobile connectivity.

Your phone's gyroscope could let hackers guess your PIN

Security researchers have documented a way to unlock a target's phone using readings from "zero-permission" sensors. Apps can access sensors such as the accelerometer and gyroscope without special permissions. The readings can be used to deduce your PIN.

Google to replace Project Tango augmented reality with ARCore

Google's announced the second preview of ARCore, its new Android SDK for mobile AR apps. The company's also revealed it's to shutter its earlier Project Tango initiative. Tango was one of the first mobile AR systems but only two devices are compatible.

Google to expand Assistant to more Android devices

Google's announced a significant availability expansion for Assistant. The company's launching the voice-activated AI on a wider selection of Android devices, including tablets and older phones. It comes as the company faces increased competition.

Google launches lightweight Android OS for entry-level phones

Google's launched a new lightweight Android version which offers a pared-back operating system and smaller apps for entry-level phones. It's designed to make low-end devices more usable by ensuring smooth performance, helping bring more people online.

Google steps up Android privacy protections with new warnings

Google's announced it will step up its Safe Browsing protections on Android devices to provide more warning when apps steal your personal information. The alerts will include potentially risky apps that weren't installed through the Play Store.

Samsung starts mass-production of new 10nm smartphone processors

Samsung's announced that mass production of 10nm chips based on its second-generation FinFET technology has begun. The processors should start showing up in smartphones next year and will offer considerable performance and battery life improvements.

Microsoft Edge launches on iPhone and Android

Microsoft has announced its Edge browser is now publicly available on iOS and Android. It's the first time Edge has ventured away from Windows since its launch two years ago. It's meant to let Edge users on Windows 10 sync their browsing to their phone.

Samsung to build new lab for machine learning research

Samsung's announced a new research centre to focus on developing artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company's current AI capabilities are perceived to be behind its rivals, a weakness Samsung is working hard to address.

Google admits to tracking Android users with location turned off

Google has admitted to silently tracking the locations of Android smartphone owners even when location services has been explicitly turned off. The company has been secretly uploaded details of nearby cell towers to its servers since the start of 2017.

Skyworks and XY Findables partner on next-gen tracking devices

A new partnership between U.S. companies Skyworks and XY Findables has been formed to extend the range and battery life of ‘nearable technology’ sensors — sensors that track an object.
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