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go keyboard reportedly violates google play privacy policies

privacy has unfortunately become almost a commodity these days. it is something that users mostly take for granted, especially in exchange for convenience, and something companies use to barter with each other. despite that somewhat lax attitude, however, there are times when too much is really too much. as seems to be the case with go keyboard, a popular third-party android keyboard that is reportedly going way above acceptable behavior and even outright violates google play rules.the violation is being reported by security software maker adguard, so take it with a grain of salt. according to adguard’s stats, go keyboard, is a highly popular third-party keyboard that has been downloaded more than 200 million times. the developers behind i...




unlocked moto x4, sans android one, still coming to the us

google just proudly announced that it’s bringing its android one program to the us, with the recently launched moto x4 as its first champion. not everyone, however, might see the point in an android one phone or, more practically speaking, be willing to sign up for google’s project fi mvno service just to get their hands on motorola’s latest mid-range phone. fortunately for these people, there is a very good chance that motorola will bring the moto x4 to the us and bring it unlocked, for that matter.the original mandate of android one was to bring a pure android experience to a new generation of low to mid-tier devices. that has now changed, however, to become more like what the google play edition phones were: taking an existing “st...




ani overdrive: fast & furious finally rolls out this weekend

what’s better than having tricked out cars racing and trying to “nearly” destroy each other, fast & furious style? why having said cars be controlled by ais, of course! while that might sound like a script for a sci-fi flick, that is basically the premise behind anki’s latest overdrive set. the anki overdrive: fast & furious edition shrinks down two of the film’s iconic wheels to fit in your living room (or playground). and they can finally be yours on sunday, if you didn’t pre-order them already.now spanning eight films, the fast & furious has become one of the hottest action franchises in the entertainment industry. its heavily modified vehicles might never be possible in the real world but they are just begging to be turned in...




land rover discovery hauls 110-ton aussie road train across the outback

land rover wants people interested in the new discovery to know it can tow a lot of weight. while most discovery buyers will never tow anything, much less take the capable suv off-road, land rover hooked the discovery to a 100-meter long road train that weighs in at 110 tons. a road train is a big rig that hauls multiple trailers in its wake, in this case seven of them.i’ve never seen more than two trailers being towed along behind a semi in my area and that seems long. the discovery towed the road train for 16 km along the lasseter highway in the australian northern territory. towing is one of the thing that land rover is big on with the discovery.the vehicle has slick towing tech called advanced tow assist that helps drives back up with ...




pokemon playhouse: gotta start 'em young

although initially intended for young gamers, pokemon quickly became a grownup’s playground. especially with “spinoffs” like pokemon go. in trying to bring the game back to its roots, pokemon company might have gotten carried away. the latest addition to its line of mobile games, pokemon playhouse is meant for those too young to play the actual video games but would still enjoy, but definitely not all, of the cute critters and maybe learn a thing or two about raising pets and responsibility.although it may have seemed like it at first, pokemon has hardly been about “raising” your pokemon the way you raise pets. though a bit of grooming and breeding eventually made its way into the game, pokemon is, through and through, a collecting...




oneplus splits apps from oxygenos for faster updates

with very few exceptions, like nexus or pixel or essential, almost all android smartphones come with some pre-loaded apps made by the oem itself. it’s bad enough that these are baked into the firmware, making them impossible to uninstall and can only be disabled. what’s worse is that they can also slow down the development and rollout of updates. joining the also few oems bucking that trend, oneplus is extracting some of its custom apps for faster updates, both for the apps as well as oxygenos itself.the problem with baked apps is that you can’t easily update them without rolling out a firmware update. and a firmware update has to go through the entire process of testing that it won’t break user’s devices in a very bad. that seems ...




chuwi lapbook air pre-orders start, shipping in a few weeks

if could get a handsome laptop with the best specs you could get on a tight budget, would you mind that it looks like an already existing product? that is the question you’ll have to ask yourself when facing the chuwi lapbook air, whose price and availability hast just been revealed. there is no beating around the bush, it’s going to be mocked as a macbook air knockoff. but at half the price of one, you will definitely be tempted to take this one more seriously than that.chuwi almost makes it a badge of honor. the lapbook air’s design, heck even its name, takes it cue from apple. then again, many do, and those will vehemently deny everything. let’s face it, the macbook air definitely set the bar for lightweight laptops.chuwi is parti...




the iphone 8 is tougher than it looks

one of the perceived problems of smartphone oems switching to glass both back and front is their durability. glass is, after all, perceived to be more fragile than metal or even plastic. the keyword here is “perceived”. not all glass are made equal, especially not the glass used in smartphones. and, as jerryrigeverything’s triple stress test of the iphone 8 shows, the addition of glass may have actually helped make apple’s latest smartphone even sturdier than ever.glass has a few desirable properties over plastic or metal, depending on where on the phone it is. on the front, it offers scratch resistance, especially with gorilla glass 5. like any other smartphone these days, the iphone 8 only started scratching at a level 6.sapphire g...




neanderthal remains of 8-year-old boy reveal secrets of the large brain

the remains of a young neanderthal boy are helping shed light on how neanderthals developed such large brains (larger than that of modern humans, in fact). according to the study, these larger brains were likely due to longer growth periods. such a conclusion was made by analyzing the largely complete and well-preserved skeletal remains of a neanderthal child estimated to have been 7 or 8 at the time of death.the remains were discovered at a site in spain dated back about 49,000 years, and they presented the unique opportunity to study a nearly complete neanderthal skeleton. the researchers set out to discover whether neanderthals developed as fast as other primates or more slowly like modern humans.first things first, the remains indicate t...




wacom bamboo ink stylus for windows 10 tablets now up for grabs

there is no shortage of windows 10 tablets and 2-in-1s that support one kind of stylus or another. there is just one problem: they each have their own, using sometimes incompatible technologies. wacom, ever the champion of styluses, has a solution. announced last may, the wacom bamboo ink pen offers a pressure-sensitive stylus to a wide plethora of windows 10 devices from different manufacturers. the only requirement? that they support the windows ink.windows ink is the marketing name microsoft has given to the pen support it added to the windows 10 anniversary update. in a nutshell, it gives a more or less common ground for both oems and accessory makers to add support for pen-related features without having to the same hardware, like wacom...




htc u11 plus flagship leaked to have 18:9 borderless screen

htc phones aren’t dead yet. at least for now. even after its smartphone workforce has been almost cut in half by the google “agreement”, htc assures its loyal followers and investors that it will still be making smartphones. and as if on cue, details of a certain htc u11 plus have surfaced, claiming to be the company’s late 2017 flagship. and, almost ironically, it might be its most daring smartphone yet.the change to shiny glass back in the htc u ultra was pretty much just a cosmetic change. the squeezable edge sense on the htc u11 pictured above, while definitely new, still feels more like a gimmick (that is, until google adds it to the pixel 2). so far, htc has remained on the safe side of things but that might change with the u11...




take it from an htc fan: this google deal won't help

i’m an htc fan, but i can’t say i’m impressed by the company’s billion dollar deal with google. the phone-maker has been instrumental in many of the most pivotal moments in modern smartphone history, producing some of my favorite devices in the process. i’ve also found myself at times being one of the company’s more vocal critics, though, and for all htc’s attempts to spin this deal with google as a win-win for all, i’m not convinced. on the face of it, there’s plenty to like. google hands over $1.1bn and takes about 2,000 engineers from htc’s ranks. they’ve been working on the company’s “powered by htc” team, helping to make devices like google’s pixel among others. in the process, htc saves some money from not...




netflix hdr support arrives for iphone 8, ipad pro, and iphone x

netflix has just expanded its hdr and dolby vision support, announcing that these videos are now available on the ipad pro, iphone 8, iphone 8 plus, and the iphone x. it was a quiet announcement, as with the other devices that get netflix hdr support, but represents a big expansion to its still-small list of supported mobile devices.netflix has a growing library of hdr and dolby vision content, but it can only be watched with displays that support hdr video. the number of mobile devices with this support is still small but steadily growing, and apple’s newest iphones represent a big uptick in the overall number. the streaming video company quietly updated...




instagram is testing a 'follows you' feature on android

it appears instagram will finally add a ‘follows you’ feature that makes it possible to see whether another user is following you on the social network. this feature has popped up in testing for users in the android app, though it doesn’t seem to be widespread at this time. the new ‘follows you’ tag appears on the the instagram user’s bio page, though if you’re not seeing one now, the feature simply may not be available to you yet.the feature is similar to the one found on twitter, and it aims to make it easy to see which people are following your account without having to scroll through the (possibly massive) list of followers. you’ll know someone is following you just by clicking on their profi...




lifx wifi smart bulbs get support for apple homekit

lifx has announced that its current lifx and lifx+ lineup of wifi smart bulbs now work with apple homekit. thanks to this new support, current and future lifx smart bulb owners are able to control their home or office’s lighting using their iphone, ipad, apple watch, or other apple product. the new support is available now.lifx’s smart bulbs are like connected light bulbs from other companies, enabling users to connect their home’s lighting to their wifi network, then control the light using a mobile device. this functionality extends beyond simple things like turning the lights on and off, adding more sophisticated functionality like setting light schedules and adjusting colors.the ...




knightscope k7 takes robot guard off-roading

robo-cop might still be fictional, but knightscope continues to push its robot guards with the reveal of a new, four-wheel model, the k7. unveiled this week in california, the knightscope k7 adopts a new form factor for the company, in response to user requests for a robot able to cover much larger areas and with bigger payloads of sensors. unlike the knightscope k5, the upright ‘bot which notoriously toppled into a water feature earlier in the year, the k7 is more akin to an autonomous car. while that might not satisfy our need for dalek-shaped robots, it does have some notable benefits for patrolling areas that aren’t as level and obstacle-free as the typical shopping mall. instead, the k7 is intended to go off-road, or at least handle...




owc usb-c travel dock hooks the macbook up

this week the folks at owc have a new super-duper-dongle that they call the usb-c travel dock for mac and pc. this device rolls with five ports, extending the abilities of the meager usb-c port well beyond its original, single-ported existence. of course this device would be nothing if usb-c wasn’t able to provide the connections – it’s a teamwork sort of situation. this dock works with two usb 3.1 gen 1 type-a ports, one usb type-c auxiliary power port, a single hdmi port to output 4k content, and an sd card slot for all your sd cards. the dock connects with an included usb-c cable which plugs in to the dock as shown in the images above and/or below. these images show this dock as a truly glorious and simple piece of equipment the lik...




asus chromebook flip c101: smaller than the c302 and up for preorder in the us

asus has launched a smaller version of its chromebook flip laptop, the c101, for preorder in the us. this version of the flip is smaller than the previously launched c302 model, and it will be fully on sale across the nation starting this weekend. the model offers, among other things, a tiny 10.1-inch display.the c101 has appeared on asus’s us website, as well as amazon, with a $299 usd price tag. the model is no doubt targeted at people who need something cheap and/or portable, as it’s unlikely many people would be able to use this as their everyday laptop. still, it has decent features for the price.the days of chunky chromebooks are largely behind us, and this chromebook flip model highlights that with its slim 0.6-inch profile and 2l...




moto g5s usa release and pricing revealed

today it’s time to check out a surprisingly affordable smartphone made by motorola to command the smartphone market’s middle tier. the device is the moto g5s plus, one of two devices in motorola’s newest “special edition” line of smartphones that give a tiny boost to devices already previously released. the moto g5s plus is coming to the united states this month, and it’s gosh-darned cheap.based on our review of lenovo’s motorola-made moto g5 plus, it’s easy to expect that this next device could be another winner. while the moto g5 plus cost $230, this new moto g5s plus costs $230 – the same price for a better set of specs. the differences in these two devices truly makes the extra… zero dollars worth the extra push if yo...




instagram live video face filters will give snapchat deja-vu

earlier this year, instagram added face filters to its service, allowing users to add special effects to their selfies. those face filters served to further blur the line between instagram and snapchat, and today instagram is taking it one step forward by adding those same face filters to live videos. with this new feature, you’ll be able to swap between your face filters as your friends watch you in real time.it’s a seemingly innocuous addition at first, but as more features are added to instagram, it begins to look more and more like a capable competitor to snapchat. though we all rolled our eyes when instagram rolled out a stories feature that seemed to borrow directly from snapchat stories, that move ended up working out for them –...