2018 LG K10 With LG Pay Coming At CES

LG will announce a new mid range handset at CES 2018 in January, the LG K10 and the handset will be the company’s first mid range device to feature their LG Pay mobile payment system.

The LG K10 is rumored to come with a 5.3 inch display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, the handset will feature a Quad core 1.2GHz processor.

Other specifications on the handset will include 3GB of RAM and 32GB of included storage, we presume it will also come with a microSD card slot.

The K10 will feature a 3000 mAh battery and will come with front and rear cameras, up front there will be a 5 megapixel camera for Selfies and on the back there will be a 13 megapixel camera. The handset will also feature a fingerprint scanner and an FM Radio. We will have more details about the device at CES in January.

Google Offering Discounts On Their Google Pixel 2 Smartphones

Google is offering discounts on their Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XlL smartphones. The company is offering discounts of up to $75. The amount of discount you get depends on which version of the handset you buy.

If you buy the Google Pixel 2 then you will get a discount of $50 from the original price. If you buy the Pixel 2 XL then you will get a discount of $75 on the handset.

As a reminder the Pixel 2 comes with a 5 inch display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, the device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM.

The handset features a single 12 megapixel rear camera and comes with an 8 megapixel front camera, the device also feature Android Oreo. The Pixel 2 XL has a larger 6 inch display with a QHD+ resolution.

These discounts are available on all models of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones with different colors and storage options, you can find out more information over at Google at the link below.

Google’s Project Tango Is Shutting Down In March 2018

Google has announced that Project Tango will be shutting down in March of 2018. The company first launched Tango back in 2014. This was Google’s first major push into Augmented Reality.

This is not the end for AR at Google, Project Tango is being replaced by Google’s ARCore, the company recently announced their Developer Preview 2.

We’ve been working on augmented reality since 2014, with our earliest investments in Project Tango. We’ve taken everything we learned from that to build ARCore, which launched in preview earlier this year. Whereas Tango required special hardware, ARCore is a fast, performant, Android-scale SDK that enables high-quality augmented reality across millions of qualified mobile devices.

Developers can experiment with ARCore now, and we’ve seen some amazing creations from the community. ARCore also powers AR Stickers on the Pixel camera, which launched earlier this week and lets you add interactive AR characters and playful emojis directly into photos and videos to bring your favorite stories to life.

You can find out more details about Google’s ARCore over at their website at the link below. Project Tango will shut down on the 1st of March 2018.

Interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua has a crust but no aliens

Scientists have been studying the strange space rock from beyond our solar system. There’s plenty of weirdness, but no signs of E.T. aboard … so far.

The first object to visit our solar system from beyond the pull of our sun’s gravity is starting to come into focus.

Astronomers have scrambled over the past several weeks to study the asteroid, or comet-like object dubbed “‘Oumuamua,” as it dropped into our cosmic neighborhood, made a turn around the sun and then sped back out to deep space.

Early results paint a picture of a weirdly oblong, skyscraper-sized rock. It isn’t sending out any of the signals we would expect from an interstellar spacecraft, but it does have a crust.

“A half-meter thick coating of organic-rich material (observed on ‘Oumuamua) could have protected a water-ice-rich comet-like interior from vaporizing when the object was heated by the sun, even though it was heated to over 300 degrees centigrade,” explained Professor Alan Fitzsimmons from Queen’s University Belfast, in a release. “We have discovered that the surface of ‘Oumuamua is similar to small solar system bodies that are covered in carbon-rich ices.”

In other words, a dry crust built up over millions or even billions of years might conceal the space rock’s wet “guts,” kind of like the dry crust on a loaf of bread hides the moist goodness within.

“We’ve discovered that this is a planetesimal with a well-baked crust that looks a lot like the tiniest worlds in the outer regions of our solar system, has a greyish/red surface and is highly elongated, probably about the size and shape of the Gherkin skyscraper in London,” explained Dr. Michele Bannister, who also led the research with Fitzsimmons.

The research is published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy and describes an object that is fascinating but seems to be of a natural origin. The publication comes just a few days after initial results from the Breakthrough Listen projecttargeting ‘Oumuamua with the Green Bank Radio Telescope found no signs of extraterrestrial signals or intelligence.

Hopes that the object may actually be a visiting spacecraft from a distant star seem to be fading fast.

But astronomer Ray Norris from Western Sydney University in Australia says while ‘Oumuamua is most likely a big rock, we can’t yet eliminate the possibility that it is a product of some sort of intelligent design.

“We cannot discount the possibility that it really is a spacecraft,” he wrote Monday in The Conversation. “Perhaps one that got into trouble a long time ago and its corpse continues to tumble for eternity through the vastness of interstellar space.”

Odds are, though, that many of the details of the odd visitor will remain a mystery as it continues to speed further away from us for the foreseeable future.

Unless, of course, it has the ability to “turn on” and make one very impressive U-turn.

Paul Allen crew films elusive sixgill shark in famed WWII wreck

Remember Quint’s chilling speech about the USS Indianapolis in “Jaws”? To this day, sharks still prowl that infamous warship.

There’s a chilling scene in “Jaws” in which the character Quint (Robert Shaw) tells Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and Brody (Roy Scheider) about surviving horrific shark attacks after the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945.

The sharks are still guarding the Indianapolis 70 years later.

While exploring the wreck off the coast of the Philippines earlier this month, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s research ship, RV Petrel, captured rare footage of an elusive bluntnose sixgill shark. The video footage was posted to YouTube on Monday.

“This is remarkable footage of the bluntnose sixgill shark, a rare and deep-dwelling species of shark,” Gonzalo Araojo, executive director of the Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines, said on Allen’s website. “This, to our knowledge, is the first live encounter with the species in the Philippines.”

Lost for more than 72 years, the Indianapolis was found and identified by the Petrel’s crew in August, and lies more than three miles below the surface of the Philippine Sea.

Disable hidden notification previews on your iPhone X

Hiding notification content unless you’re looking at the phone is a privacy feature. Read this if you don’t like it.

With Face ID on the iPhone X, hidden notification previews on the lock screen is the new default setting. Unless you are physically looking at your phone, notifications will only contain the respective app’s name.

Hiding notification previews until you’re looking at your phone makes sense, but for some users, it’s not ideal. I know there are times when I get somewhat annoyed I have to pick up my phone to read a notification instead of leaving it on my desk. But the trade-off of added privacy for a minor annoyance is one I’m willing to make.

Changing the preview setting back to showing anything and everything on the lock screen takes just a couple of taps. Here’s what you need to do:

Open Settings > Notifications > Show Previews > Always. Going forward, new notifications will appear as they always have on an iOS device, with message and notification content available for all to view.

Any phone but iPhone X, according to this Sprint salesman

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

“You’re biased,” they said. “You’ve been to every store but a Sprint store.”

When I say “they,” I mean at least two people.

I couldn’t argue. I’ve paid several visits to carrier stores and Best Buy in order to learn more about how phones are sold. Sprint wasn’t one of them.

Somehow, I think of Sprint as the fourth network, the one that waits to be bought. I mean, merged with.

But I opened the Miami Herald on Friday morning, to be told that Sprint (and Softbank) Chairman Masayoshi Son and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure were investorsin David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, which now appears to be going ahead.

I wondered, then, what a Miami-area Sprint team would tell me about iPhone X. And, indeed, other phones. I’d been surprised that not one carrier store so far had told me that Apple’s latest phone was the greatest.

A saleswoman came over first. I showed her my iPhone 6, and she began by telling me that iPhone 7 was more or less the same phone. Suddenly, she was substituted by an entertainingly voluble salesman.

“You’re looking to upgrade?” he asked.


“You need an iPhone 8 Plus.”

That was fast. I’d been fed a similar line at a T-Mobile store during a longish conversation. But this was both definitive and stunningly immediate.

“Wait,” I said, “but isn’t iPhone X supposed to be better?”

He shook his head. “The camera doesn’t work,” he said.

Wait, it doesn’t take pictures? No, he was talking about Face ID, the (perhaps) magical and revolutionary means by which you unlock your phone with your face.

“My manager had one,” said the salesman. “He gave it back.”

The salesman enthusiastically explained that iPhone 8 Plus had two cameras. It also had Touch ID, which isn’t Face ID and therefore works. (His words, not mine.)

“But, come on, the iPhone X is supposed to be the sexy one,” I protested.

“It’s not worth it. 200 bucks more? You gotta be kidding me.”

Anyone who knows about technology knows Android is better

I’d been here before, but not quite so blatantly.

This wasn’t a gentle dismissal of Apple’s new phone. It bordered on excoriation.

“I’m not an iPhone guy,” the salesman admitted. “Anyone who knows anything about technology knows that Android is better.”

They do? In my experience, everyone who works in a carrier store favors Android because they believe it’s more flexible.

“But isn’t Android less secure?” I asked.

“Nah. If the government wants to find out about you, they will,” he replied.


He wasn’t, though, a Samsung fan. “Ferrari phones,” he said. “Apple and Samsung spend so much on marketing that they can charge whatever they want. I’m too honest for my own good.”

“Do women tell you that?”

“Yes,” he replied. “Look, let me show you something.”

He hustled me over to an LG V30, which my colleague Sean Hollister described in his review as “a rock-solid alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL.”

“It’s the only phone that has an OLED screen,” the Sprint salesman said, stroking it with some feeling. “Samsung only has AMOLED. This is the phone I’m going to get.”

He could feel I was weak, so he went in for the kill: “And we’ve got a special offer right now — two for one, $20 a month.”

“But isn’t switching from iPhone to Android hard?” I pleaded.

“We do it for you. It’s simple. Unless you’ve got paid apps,” he said. “And you can talk and surf, which you can’t do on an 8 Plus.”

“Which phones do you sell most of?” I asked.

“iPhones. Because, as I like to say, people are sheep.”

Frankly, I was astonished by this baa-humbug. He was utterly dismissive about what Apple calls “the smartphone of the future.” It was almost as if he couldn’t be bothered to talk about it. He pulled faces at the mere thought of it.

“You have to lift the phone up to your face all the time,” was his conclusion. “It’s a pain in the ass.”

Neither Sprint nor Apple immediately responded to a request for comment.

And then we went for a walk

It turned out this was the end of his shift. “We need to talk some more,” he said. Well, obviously.

So he gave me his card and we walked out together.

“How much does money matter to you?” he asked, as we walked down the street.

“Not so much. I just want the best phone,” I said.

Skype For Android Brings New Design

Microsoft recently brought a new design for Skype to the iPhone and now the company has revealed that its Android app is also getting a new design.

The new Skype for Android will bring a new design and user interface to Android it will come with a new look and feel in line with Google’s material design.

“In Skype version 8.13 for iPhone, we launched a new design that brings back a bottom bar to streamline navigation and simplify access to Skype’s core features. During user testing, we shared this design along with the design that is currently in market with a variety of Android users.

The majority of Android users expressed preference for the version with a bottom bar. Based on this interest, we decided to run with this approach and created an experimental version of Skype for Android that: 

• Adheres to Google’s Material Design guidelines for bottom bar navigation
• Brings back a contextual FAB for quick access to key actions 
• Has an updated header & search icon to feel more at home on Android”

You can find out more details about the new Skype for Android over at Microsoft at the link below, the new design is now available on Android devices.

The Beam Button puts GIFs on your clothing

Have you ever shown your support for a cause with a button on your shirt or backpack? You only have so much button real estate available. So you have to choose wisely. That’s where BEAM Authentic thinks it can help.

The BEAM button pairs to your phone through an app and lets you display nearly any image you want on the circular AMOLED screen, including slideshows and GIFs. You could promote an environmental cause for awhile and something else the next hour,and something else the next. Or display anything you want to really.

You can use your own creations or find button art from others’ collections, follow creators you like, receive streams and send conversations. There are paid buttons too, of course, where you can donate to a cause while also endorsing it. It’s a pretty great idea. It also features a panic mode that will send an emergency message and your location to up to four other people.

You can get the BEAM button now. It’s $99 and you’ll contribute $3 to a charity when you buy. It’s expensive sure, but maybe you’d rather draw your own artwork than try to find an elusive button that expresses your exact thoughts. It’s sure to get cheaper in the future. We hope so anyway.

Mozilla Sneaks Mr Robot Firefox Plugin In Firefox

Many Firefox Quantum users are not happy with Mozilla since they found a strange new plugin in their browsers. The plugin was called Looking Glass and even though it was disabled by default, users weren’t happy to see a plugin they knew nothing about show up out of nowhere.

Mozilla has some very upset users who don’t like them sneaking in a Firefox plugin without warning.

The description of the Looking Glass plugin just said “MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN YOURS.” That didn’t help matters. And so, users took to the official support forum to learn more about the mysterious plugin. Some couldn’t find any references to it online which only added to their suspicions and anger.

The plugin was part of Mr Robot’s alternative reality game. It’s a trail of clues that the writers have left for fans to discover. It was developed as a “shared experience to further your immersion into the Mr Robot universe,” says Mozilla. The problem is that no one knew about it. Once the plugin was enabled, it made minor changes to certain websites which provided players of the game with more clues. Firefox users are criticizing Mozilla for distributing a plugin without their permission.

The company has now moved the plugin to Firefox’s public add-on store and has also made its code available to the public. It also said in a statement that the plugin “never collected any data, and had to be explicitly enabled by users playing the game before it would affect any web content.” Opps.