US politicians pressure AT&T to cut ties with China’s Huawei in 5G development

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U.S. political figures are reportedly escalating their pressure on AT&T to distance itself from Chinese companies, including work on 5G standards with Huawei.
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LG G7 development may have started from scratch, by order of new Vice President

“We will unveil new smartphones when it is needed. But we will not launch it just because other rivals do,” said LG Electronics Vice Chairman Cho Sung-jin. After, an anonymous official from the company told The Korea Herald that Cho ordered the LG G7 development team to start over from scratch. This will likely push back the unveiling from March to April. A new time frame will be selected later, perhaps around the Lunar New Year (February 16). The company has been struggling to find a strong selling point for the current LG G7 prototypes, according to in-house speculation from LG (as…

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LG exec reportedly orders G7 development to start over

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There’s been some major smartphone news out of LG recently, with the company deciding to rebrand its G series of flagships and saying that it plans to buck the trend of yearly smartphone refreshes. Now some more big news has come out regarding the upcoming LG G7 (or whatever it’ll be called).

LG CEO and vice chairman Jo Seong-jin has ordered a re-do of the LG G7, according to a report from The Investor. It’s said that LG’s smartphone team was recently told to halt its work on the G7 and to restart its development from scratch.

“Right after the vice chairman made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show last week, a direct order was sent down to the working-level officials to start over,” a source said. “The internal speculation is that the company hasn’t been able to find a strong selling point for the G7 smartphone.”

It’s said that LG may launch this new G7 in April. That seems awfully soon for a smartphone on which development is starting over, though, so it’s possible that LG is only refreshing parts of its next flagship or something like that. Now that this news has come out, it’ll be even more interesting to see what LG has cooked up for its next flagship.

What do you want to see from LG’s next major Android smartphone?

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YouTube v13.01 continues development on dark mode, may enable swipe-to-skip ads, and relocates autoplay setting [APK Teardown]

YouTube just took a big version jump from v12.49 to v13.01, but you probably won’t notice a lot of changes if you’re just tapping around. In fact, this update appears to be pretty average for for most of YouTube’s releases, which usually include a couple tweaks here and there, and sometimes some interesting material for a teardown – and this update has both. You’ll find a new page in the Settings screen for autoplay options, and a teardown turns up some inspiring progress on a dark mode and possibly an adjustment to the ad-skipping experience.

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Apple Acquires App Development Firm Buddybuild

Apple has made its first acquisition of 2018, purchasing Vancouver-based app development service Buddybuild for an undisclosed amount of cash.

The tech giant confirmed the news to TechCrunch yesterday, signaling its efforts to please app developers. Buddybuild is a so-called  “mobile iteration platform” that offers developers integration and debugging solutions.

Headquartered in Canada, Buddybuild effectively provides app development teams with the tools they need to get software up and running through services such as GitHub, BitBucket or BitLab.

This is clearly a strategic move by the Cupertino-located tech firm. It’s constantly trying to offer software developers simple, quick ways to offer apps across its platforms.

Currently, no financial details have been disclosed regarding the deal. However, Apple told TechCrunch that the Buddybuild will continue to operate from Canada. In fact, the start-up said it’s always been proud to be a Canadian company”.

While the price tag of the deal is unclear, some other details have come to surface. Most notably, Buddybuild’s solutions will be added to Xcode. The latter is Apple’s development suite.

It’s used across iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. At this moment in time, the companies haven’t revealed a timeline of when Buddybuild’s software will be rolled into Xcode.

Even though Apple hasn’t released an official statement, Buddybuild has published a short blog post about the deal. In the piece, the firm shares its thoughts on the acquisition.

“We’re excited to share that the buddybuild team has joined the Xcode engineering group at Apple to build amazing developer tools for the entire iOS community,” said the firm.

“We’ve always been proud to be a Canadian company, so we’re also pleased that we will be staying right here in Vancouver — a hotbed of developer and engineering talent.

The firm confirmed that existing users will still get access to Buddybuild’s app development service. That said, no new customers will be accepted.

Last February, the start-up launched an app development service for Android. It’s been made clear that this will end now that Apple owns the company. As TechCrunch notes, Apple made a similar decision when it purchase Testflight.

“The buddybuild service will remain available to existing customers to build, test, and ship iOS apps to testers through buddybuild.com,” added the company.

“As of today, we are no longer accepting new customers. Existing Free Starter plans and Android app development will be discontinued on March 1, 2018.”

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