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  • As Morgan Stanley buys E-Trade, Robinhood preps social trading
    by Josh Constine on February 20, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Before it was worth $7.6 billion, the original idea for Robinhood was a stock trading social network. At my kitchen table in San Francisco in 2013, the founders envisioned an app for sharing hot tips to a feed complete with a leaderboard of whose predictions were most accurate. Once they had SEC approval, they pivoted

  • Google launches the first developer preview of Android 11
    by Frederic Lardinois on February 19, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    With the days of desert-themed releases officially behind it, Google today announced the first developer preview of Android 11, which is now available as system images for Google’s own Pixel devices, starting with the Pixel 2. As of now, there is no way to install the updates over the air. That’s usually something the company

  • Twitter acquires Stories template maker Chroma Labs
    by Josh Constine on February 18, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    Is “Twitter Stories” on the way? Or will we just get tools to send prettier tweets? Well now Twitter has the talent for both, as it has just acquired Chroma Labs. Co-founded by Instagram Boomerang inventor John Barnett, Chroma Labs’ Chroma Stories app let you fill in stylish layout templates and frames for posting collages

  • Do trade shows still matter in the age of online business?
    by Brian Heater on February 18, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    The death of Mobile World Congress 2020 started as a trickle. First, it was an understandably nervous ZTE. As a Chinese company, it was undoubtedly going to receive extra scrutiny — never mind that ZTE’s Shenzhen headquarters are a two-hour flight from Wuhan. Soon enough, South Korea’s LG backed out, followed by Nvidia and Ericsson.

  • Secret’s founder returns with anti-loneliness app Ikaria
    by Josh Constine on February 18, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    “I don’t feel good about that. That sucks,” Chrys Bader-Wechseler reflects when asked about the bullying that went down on the anonymous app Secret he co-founded in 2013. After $35 million raised, 15 million users and a spectacular flame out two years later, the startup was dead. “Since I left Secret I feel alive and

  • Tecno Camon 15 and Camon 15 Pro bring 48 MP quad cameras for on the cheap
    on February 20, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    In a world where the mid-range smartphone market gets denser and denser, Tecno released two more phones to try and snatch a bigger piece of the pie. The devices are called Camon 15 and Camon 15 Pro and arrive as the first devices with a 48MP quad shooter in their respective price ranges. Common points also include Android 10 and plenty of AI features. The Camon 15 is the more modest one - it's built around a 6.55" display with a punch-hole for the 16MP selfie camera in the upper left corner. The battery is 5,000 mAh with "safe charge", whatever that means. Tecno Camon...

  • Sony redirects SonyMobile.com to the main company site
    on February 20, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Sony has started a process of folding Sony Mobile into the main company. The Swedish arm of the mobile division was merged with Sony Nordic, now the company has shut down the SonyMobile.com domain, redirecting users to Sony.com instead. All the information about the Xperia phones is still there, but now they share virtual floor space with Sony's TVs, cameras, media players and other consumer devices. Also, Sony recently moved the Sony Mobile Blog sub-site to MyNewsDesk.com (that's right, the new domain doesn't mention "Sony"). Originally, the site was at SonyEricsson.com. However,...

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip restock coming to the US on February 21
    on February 20, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    The online stock of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip announced last week quickly depleted in the US and the smartphone is currently available in limited quantities in retail stores across the country. But, Samsung has announced that it will replenish the Galaxy Z Flip's stock at Samsung.com on February 21, Friday, which is also when pre-orders for the S20 lineup begin. The Galaxy Z Flip is the company's second foldable smartphone. It's powered by the Snapdragon 855+ SoC and boasts a 6.7" foldable Dynamic AMOLED display of 2636x1080 pixel resolution. The Z Flip packs a 3,300 mAh battery...

  • Realme X50 Pro 5G rumored to cost around INR50,000 in India
    on February 20, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Realme will unveil the X50 Pro 5G on February 24 through simultaneous events in Madrid, Spain and New Delhi, India. The company has already revealed most of the phone's specs, but not the price. However, according to a report by the Press Trust of India (PTI) citing a company official, the X50 Pro 5G will be priced around INR50,000 in India, which is around $700/€645 at current exchange rates. Realme is known for aggressively pricing its smartphones so this price increase might prove to be a downer for some. But that's hardly a surprise since the X50 Pro 5G will come with a...

  • Samsung is now mass producing its 6nm and 7nm EUV chips
    on February 20, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Samsung announced it's V1 facility in Hwaseong, Korea has begun mass production of its 6nm and 7nm chips based on the EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet) lithography process. According to Samsung, its EUV capacity under 7nm will triple by end of 2020 and current plans are to start shipping its 6 and 7nm-based mobile chips in Q1. Samsung factory in Hwaseong, South Korea Samsung reached the 7nm chip milestone back in May 2018 and debuted its Exynos 9825 chipset built on the 7nm EUV process with the Galaxy Note10 duo in August 2019. Looking ahead, Samsung will focus on its 4nm and 5nm chip...

  • Does your Android phone keep shutting off? Here's how to fix it!
    by Joe Maring on February 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Let's get your phone back to normal. Android phones are great until they aren't. You may not think too much about your handset when it works as intended for all of your texting, apps, and games, but the second trouble occurs, it can be a major pain in the butt. One common issue people often experience is their phone repeatedly shutting off unintended, and if this happens to you, it's not a good time. No matter if it's a result of a low battery, easy-to-fix bug, or something more serious, here are a few tips on how to stop your phone from shutting off when you don't want it to. Restart your phone If you have a phone that keeps shutting off over and over, you may just need to restart it. As silly as it may sound, turning it off and on again really does work in a lot of cases. There are a couple of ways to restart your phone, the first of which just requires you to hold down the power button and tap on the Restart option that appears on the screen. This will power your phone off ...

  • SteamWorld games coming to Google Stadia soon
    by Asher Madan on February 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    The SteamWorld games are amazing! What you need to know Google Stadia is a game streaming service. It's getting a lot of interesting games in the coming weeks to months. Today, Google said that the SteamWorld titles were hitting the service "soon." You can purchase a Stadia bundle through the Google Store. A few days ago, Google announced that the Serious Sam Collection and other titles are hitting Stadia soon. Well, it looks like the announcements didn't end there. Today, the company revealed that four SteamWorld games are coming to Stadia "soon" as well. The press release Android Central received added, "If you're a fan of action-adventure platformers, SteamWorld Dig and SteamWorld Dig 2 are the place to start your journey. Turn-based strategy enthusiasts can dive into SteamWorld Heist, while deck-building fans will find a new favorite with SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech." You can read about the four titles below. SteamWorld Dig SteamWorld Dig is a platform min...

  • Google is moving the data of UK users to the U.S. after Brexit
    by Michael Allison on February 20, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    "The protections of the UK GDPR will still apply to these users." What you need to know Google is moving data of British users over to the U.S. post-Brexit. The firm wants to avoid dueling legislation around data protections now that the UK is no longer part of the EU. Critics argue that weaker data protection in the U.S. makes it easier for authorities and other entities to access user data. Google will be moving the data of UK citizens over to the U.S. from Ireland, where it had previously stored them. The firm will soon require UK users to agree to new terms of conditions as well. The move came as a result of the UK's exit from the European Union at the end of January this year. With the country no longer in the bloc, it made sense for Google to move its user data to a "neutral" country rather than risk competing legislation over data protection. In a statement to The Guardian, Google said: Nothing about our services or our approach to privacy will change, including how...

  • Microsoft Defender coming to iOS and Android devices later this year
    by Sean Endicott on February 20, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Microsoft Defender on mobile devices will help prevent malware and phishing attacks. What you need to know Microsoft Defender will come to iOS and Android devices later this year. Microsoft Defender on mobile will focus on stopping malware and phishing attacks. Microsoft also announced the public preview for Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux today. Microsoft Defender is on its way to iOS and Android devices. The protection software should be on the mobile platforms by the end of year, according to CNBC. The software will focus on preventing malware and phishing attacks. CNBC highlights several quotes from Microsoft said in an interview last Thursday. Rob Lefferts, a Microsoft corporate vice president, said that iOS and Android are "pretty safe," stating, "They're pretty safe, but pretty safe is not the same as safe." He also added that "Malware does happen on those platforms." Lefferts pointed out that Malware can get onto mobile phones when people install applications from ins...

  • Here's how to use ID Scanners in Fortnite
    by Anthony J Nash on February 20, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Scan yourself in! Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 2 is officially out now, and with a new season of Fortnite comes brand new challenges. This week, players have been tasked with finding and using the newly implemented ID Scanners that have been put into the game. Using these items can be a bit of a challenge, so we've got you covered in how they work and how to use them. What are ID Scanners? If you've been playing Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 2, you might have come across a couple of doors or chests that have scanners next to them. You can attempt to have them scan you, but they won't allow you any access in your normal state of wear. However, you can trick the scanners into letting you in by using one of three new features to Fortnite. One way to get around the ID Scanners is by using a phone booth to disguise yourself as a Henchman. Newly introduced in Chapter 2 - Season 2 of Fortnite are Henchmen, which are AI characters that roam through some of Fortnite's new areas on the map. S...

  • Realme X50 Pro 5G rumored to be priced around ₹50,000 ($696) in India
    by Jeet on February 20, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Realme X50 Pro 5G smartphone has been confirmed to get launched in the Indian market on 24th February, making it the first 5G smartphone in the market. Ahead of the official launch of the device, Realme has shared a few teaser posters revealing its features and key specifications. Now, a new report suggests the pricing The post Realme X50 Pro 5G rumored to be priced around ₹50,000 ($696) in India appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • Samsung Galaxy A71 5G with Exynos 980 chipset appears on Geekbench
    by Habeeb Onawole on February 20, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Yesterday, Samsung announced the Galaxy A71 in India, a few months after it first launched in Vietnam. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 730 processor and supports 4G networks. Back in November, it was reported there would be a 5G version of the phone with model number SM-A716. That version has now appeared on The post Samsung Galaxy A71 5G with Exynos 980 chipset appears on Geekbench appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone launched in India for ₹1,09,999 ($1,534)
    by Jeet on February 20, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Along with the next-generation Galaxy S-series flagship smartphones — Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra, South Korean giant also launched its second foldable smartphone named Galaxy Z Flip at its ‘Unpacked’ event earlier this month. While the new Galaxy S20 series smartphones have already been launched in India and are currently up for pre-orders, The post Samsung Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone launched in India for ₹1,09,999 ($1,534) appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • Samsung has started the Mass Production for 6nm and 7m EUV chips
    by Sean on February 20, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Samsung, the South Korean tech giant, has just announced that it has started the mass production of 6nm and 7nm EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet) chipsets. These are the latest from the company and are being manufactured in Samsung’s newly built V1 facility, a first of its kind dedicated production line for synthesizing chips. For those unaware, The post Samsung has started the Mass Production for 6nm and 7m EUV chips appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • Emperion Nebulus, First smartphone running Windows 10 on ARM
    by Sean on February 20, 2020 at 11:18 am

    To play on nostalgia, the Windows phone was a thing just a few years ago. Nokia had launched numerous smartphones that arrived with a mobile version of Windows that has since died out. The dominance of the Android and iOS platform proved to be a tough challenge for Microsoft‘s attempt at cross platform integration and The post Emperion Nebulus, First smartphone running Windows 10 on ARM appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • Grab £100 cash-back with giffgaff Samsung kit
    by Leigh Geary on February 20, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    If you’re looking at getting any of the following phones, it’s definitely worth looking at these giffgaff deals. Right now they’re giving up to £100 cashback, which is available online until March 31st. You can pay either by one up-front payment or pay monthly via RateSetter. Upfront payments start at £25 with a flexible finance duration of 6, 12, or 24 months. However, even if giffgaff doesn’t float your boat, don’t forget that phones are supplied unlocked anyway, so you can switch to another network if you want. The giffgaff goodybags range from £10 to £25. Model Cashback* Samsung Galaxy The post Grab £100 cash-back with giffgaff Samsung kit is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • Want a SIM-only deal for no more than £5 ? Check this out.
    by Leigh Geary on February 20, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Head over to our friends at TotalPhoneDeals and you’ll find a number of SIM-only plans for less than £10. However, if you’re wanting to spend no more than £5, we’ve got a plan which could be just the thing. It comes from Lebara. They’re a virtual network operator sitting on Vodafone masts and are now offering a £5 plan which delivers 2GB of data, 1000 UK minutes of talk and 1000 UK texts. Plus, if you want to call abroad, the £5 package has 100 minutes to over 40 different countries. Available right here, it’s a 30-day rolling plan that The post Want a SIM-only deal for no more than £5 ? Check this out. is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • Card games. Good but, how do you play?
    by Zak Charmer on February 20, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    Look on the Android or iPhone app store and, if you want to give card games a try, there’s a stack of options. I started, as most kids do, with “Snap”. It’s an easy game and you can download this to your phone and re-live those times by playing on your phone. It’s fairly simple. You just have to match the card that appears. Other games which you can get on your phone include Crazy Eights – a game that’s easy to learn and very popular too. Good for newcomers that, and you can play against others. When I was The post Card games. Good but, how do you play? is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • Fancy getting to work in a drone?
    by Leigh Geary on February 20, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    We all know that drones are becoming more useful. The police are using them now and they’re continuing to grow in popularity, even with the increase in regulation. But, what about building one big enough to sit in? You could get to work in that in no time. Never mind the floods or the traffic. 🙂 So, I stumbled across this YouTube video which, as usual, is heavily padded. However, if you zip forward to about 10.15 (or click the video below) you should see the thing taking off. They even do a test “flip”, which is something I’d definitely The post Fancy getting to work in a drone? is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • Honor MagicWatch 2 – Deal!
    by Leigh Geary on February 20, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    I spotted this Honor tweet yesterday which actually showed the Honor MagicWatch 2 down to £125.44. However, it’s since changed now. Either way, when I click on the Amazon link it took me to the 46mm version at £159.99.. A 14-day battery life, 24/7 heart rate monitor and 15 different fitness modes. Enjoy 22% Discount, save you £34.55,Check it now! — HONOR (@Honorglobal) February 19, 2020 Now, I love the MagicWatch 2 and you might be able to detect some of that in my MagicWatch 2 review. I didn’t want to send the thing back, but the Honor PR people The post Honor MagicWatch 2 – Deal! is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • This Is What Americans Think of Foldable Smartphones
    by Jason Cohen on February 20, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Foldable smartphones are all the rage, but are consumers ready to spend more than $1,000 on what might be a passing fad? We surveyed potential buyers to find out. Foldable smartphones are a big trend in the tech world lately, from Samsung's Galaxy Fold and its upcoming Z Flip to the resurrection of the Motorola Razr. Even Pablo Escobar's brother is launching one (sort of). But what they all seem to have in common is a ...

  • Galaxy Phone Users Worldwide Receive Mysterious '1 1' Notification
    by Matthew Humphries on February 20, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Samsung has since apologized for the notification which was only meant to be seen internally. If you own a Galaxy phone, there's a good chance last night you received a mysterious notification from Samsung. As The Verge reports, Galaxy phone owners around the world yesterday received a notification from Samsung's Find My Mobile service which consisted of the ...

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Is America's First Unlocked All-Carrier 5G Phone
    by Sascha Segan on February 19, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Which Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra model will get 5G in your country and why? We have the answers here. The Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup will be the first set of unlocked phones that work on the 5G networks of all major US carriers, according to carriers and other sources, which is a big deal. Even if you don't buy your phone unlocked, there will ...

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
    by Sascha Segan on February 19, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is the first folding phone to really work, but it's still a costly and potentially fragile fashion object rather than a mainstream hit.

  • LG Aristo 4+
    by PCMag India staff on February 19, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Though it only costs $150, LG's Aristo 4+ phone offers a disappointing experience all around.

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