First Black Shark gaming smartphone teaser reveals a curvy corner

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We are eagerly awaiting to hear more about the Black Shark gaming smartphone. This is a Xiaomi-backed company that is planning to release a gaming-oriented smartphone to compete with the first-generation Razer phone. The phone has already been spotted in a couple of benchmarks and an invitation has been sent out for an April 13 event in Beijing, China. The latest piece of news surrounding the Black Shark is a teaser that pulls back the covers on the corner of the phone, revealing a smartphone body with a large-curved corner, contrasting the Razer phone’s blocky…

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s spy shot reveals the position of the dual camera – in the corner

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Xiaomi’s Mix phones have always had stunning design but were lacking in the camera department – something that will soon change. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s promises to bring a dual camera, though the rumors can’t agree on where that camera will be located. An earlier leak put it in the center (with the LED flash separating the two lenses). This latest leak, however, shows a more iPhone X-like position in the top left corner. Alleged photo of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s Personally, we prefer the camera centered, but this is the exact same layout as the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which makes this the…

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HomePod release date is likely right around the corner as device secures FCC approval

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Apple recently received FCC approval for the HomePod, signaling that the company’s highly anticipated smart speaker — which has been delayed for quite a few weeks now — may finally hit store shelves in the near future. Apple, it’s worth noting, was required to submit the HomePod for FCC approval because the device incorporates wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi.

Though the FCC filing doesn’t reveal any new or juicy tidbits about the HomePod, the fact that the documents released by the FCC are from September strongly suggests that there haven’t been any major hardware changes to the HomePod, if any, over the past few months. Indeed, this jibes with previous reports which attributed the HomePod delay to software kinks Apple was still trying to work through.

Originally unveiled this past June at WWDC, Apple initially said that the HomePod would launch sometime in December of 2017. Come November, Apple announced that the HomePod launch was being pushed back to sometime in early 2018, with the company providing no specific details regarding the delay.

Priced at $ 349, Apple’s HomePod certainly isn’t cheap, especially compared to rival smart speakers from the likes of Amazon and Google. Nonetheless, Apple is positioning the HomePod as a speaker with premium acoustics that competitors won’t be able to match.

Interestingly enough, we’ve since learned that Apple’s work on the HomePod began all the way back in 2014. In fact, a Bloomberg piece on the HomePod’s development reveals that Apple engineers were completely caught off guard when Amazon released its Echo smart speaker in November of that year.

“The Apple engineers jokingly accused one another of leaking details of their project to Amazon, then bought Echos so they could take them apart and see how they were put together,” the report notes. “They quickly deemed the Echo’s sound quality inferior and got back to work building a better speaker.

Now, more than three years later, we’ll soon find out if the wait was worth it.

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AI sex dolls are just around the corner


The sex doll industry is on the verge of greatness, in its own special way. Soon the Stepford Wives of science fiction will become real, thanks to the magic of AI. Men will be able to create their perfect, subservient silicon partner that knows their hopes, dreams, fears, and fantasies. She’ll never have a headache, she’ll always be ready to satisfy you, and when you’re not in the mood, she’ll able to converse like a real human. This is futuristic vision is becoming a reality, fast. RealDoll is one of the biggest sex doll manufacturers in the world and it’s aiming…

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Backed into a corner, Uber allows users to opt out of ‘always on’ location tracking

Uber got into hot water earlier this year when the ride-sharing app began tracking users’ location even when they weren’t using the app. The app limited users to giving the company permission to either always track their location or to not track their location at all — the latter option making the app all but unusable. Backed into a corner, users had no option but to grant Uber access to their locations 24/7. At the time, Uber defended the tracking as a way to enhance rider safety, and would restrict tracking to a five-minute limit after each ride.

Now, the rollout of iOS 11 gives users the option of limiting app access to location only when the app is in use, regardless of the developer’s desire. As a result, Uber updated its iOS app…

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Bodega’s tone-deaf vending service won’t kill your corner store

Just when you thought the startup world learned a thing or two from the failure of Juicero, here comes Bodega, a company that's put internet connectivity and image recognition on a West Elm-looking vending machine. That's it! They plan to offer their…
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Android platform distribution for August 2017: Nougat hits 13.5% with Android O right around the corner

Google has updated the developer dashboards for August, and that means a new glimpse at which versions of Android are floating around out there. Like last month, Android 7.0 and 7.1 saw a small gain, and most other versions saw a small drop. That leaves Nougat on just 13.5% of devices today, and it’s entirely possible Android O will arrive before another platform update does.

Android 7.0 is by far the largest version of Nougat, which is what’s running on devices like the Galaxy S8.

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Has Photobucket Painted Itself Into a Corner?

Various celebrities over the years have “broken the Internet” when risqué photos or shocking revelations surfaced, with or without their knowledge or approval. Photo hosting service Photobucket may have surpassed Kim Kardashian’s most notorious stunts, though. The company recently changed its user agreement for the hosting of images on third-party sites, and as a consequence truly may have broken the Internet. Photobucket users in recent weeks have been receiving emails with this message: “Some features on your account will be disabled.”
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Latest leaked image shows us one corner of the OnePlus 5

Yesterday we showed you a leaked render of the OnePlus 5 that portrayed the entire height of the handset, unlike a previous one. However, it still didn’t actually reveal all because of how dark it was. Today a new render has been leaked, and this one is incredibly specific. It shows just one corner of the phone, as seen from the back. This is the top right corner when looking at the rear of the device, it’s the one that doesn’t have the dual camera arrangement nearby. So what do we see? Once again, iPhone 7-like antenna bands. We also get a close-up glimpse at how the back of the…

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