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It’s time for Huawei to prove its phones aren’t spying on Americans

Huawei, the second-largest phone maker in the world, needs to do something fast if it ever wants to gain a foothold in the U.S. and potentially become the world’s largest phone maker one day.

The Chinese company can’t get U.S. carriers to sell its phones. And now the heads of the FBI, CIA, and NSA have publicly accused the company of allowing its devices — along with ZTE’s — to be used by the Chinese government to spy on Americans.

Though Huawei has denied the allegations, it needs to do more to convince Americans its phones can and should be trusted.

SEE ALSO: Huawei’s ambitious plans to compete with the iPhone in the U.S. derailed (for now) Read more…

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Qualcomm’s new X24 LTE modem can reach a ridiculously fast 2 gbps

You future smartphone could be ridiculously fast even without 5G.

That’s the promise of Qualcomm’s latest LTE chip: the Snapdragon X24, which the company says is capable of hitting blazing-fast download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second. 

SEE ALSO: 5 things to know about 5G

Now, as we’ve noted before, the company’s touted top speed is more of a best case scenario, rather than a guarantee. There are many other factors that determine network speeds other than the modem. 

Even so, there’s a good reason to be at least cautiously optimistic about Qualcomm’s latest milestone: it’s a very good sign for the future of 5G. Read more…

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Google didn’t sell many Pixel phones in 2017, and that’s not good for the line

Google’s Pixel phones may be great phones with best-in-class cameras, but they won’t be toppling Apple’s iPhones or Samsung’s Galaxy phones anytime soon.

The company reportedly only shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017, according to IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo. For Google, that’s not too shabby for a newcomer — it’s twice the number of Pixels from the year before — but overall it’s still pretty weak, and a sign that there’s a long road ahead before the company even comes close to challenging Apple and Samsung.

SEE ALSO: Why You Should Never Bite Your iPhone’s Battery

iPhone and Galaxy phone sales dwarfed Pixel by a massive margin. Apple sold 216.7 million iPhones and Samsung sold 316.4 million Android smartphones last year, according to IDC numbers. Read more…

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Amazon may be building a new brain for Alexa

Amazon wants to give Alexa a new brain.

The company is currently at work on a new processor for its Echo speakers that would make Alexa faster and smarter, according to a new report.

SEE ALSO: Amazon lays off hundreds, pointing to Jeff Bezos’ focus on Alexa

The move, reported by The Information, would be a significant shift for the company, which until now has relied on the cloud for much if its AI processing (also why Alexa panics when she loses her connection, announcing “I’m having trouble connecting to the internet”). Creating a dedicated AI chip would reduce Echo speakers’ reliance on the cloud and increase the speed with which they’re able to respond to requests and process data. Read more…

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New iPhones might have slower data transfer speeds all because of Intel

Apple might finally ditch Qualcomm, the supplier of LTE modems in the iPhone, after getting locked into legal disputes over patent royalties last year.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims, according to MacRumors, that Intel might be the exclusive supplier of modems for all the new iPhones launching later this year.

Why should you care? Because it could mean the new iPhones might have potentially slower data transfer speeds.

SEE ALSO: Why Apple doesn’t need to sell more iPhones anymore

First a quick history lesson. Up until the iPhone 7, Qualcomm was the exclusive supplier for “baseband modem” chips for the iPhone.  Read more…

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HTC U11 EYEs has a big battery and a dual front camera

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After U11 and U11+, HTC has a new phone in its flagship line, the U11 EYEs. 

This one, however, is more of a mid-ranger with a focus on selfie photography. With a 12-megapixel UltraPixel 3 camera on the back and dual 5-megapixel cameras on the front, it should be a great companion for anyone who takes lots of photos. 

SEE ALSO: HTC’s new Vive Pro is for hardcore VR fans

The dual front cameras allow for portrait mode-style selfies with a bokeh effect that can be adjusted after the photo is captured. The camera on the back comes with electronic and optical image stabilization and UltraSpeed autofocus.  Read more…

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Augmented reality windows are here to turn you into a life-sized hologram

Augmented reality doesn’t need to be confined to your phone screen or a pair of glasses — it can be life-sized.

That’s what one company is proving with its massive augmented reality windows that let you view mixed reality without donning a headset or firing up a special app.

SEE ALSO: The best tech of CES 2018

Called DeepFrame, the massive curved displays create life-sized projections that appear as if they are overlaid onto the world around you. 

Created by Danish company RealFiction, the displays are surprisingly simple. Each one consists of a single piece of clear 64-inch glass that’s made with specially designed optics that are able to reflect an image that’s projected from a normal display, like a television or monitor.  Read more…

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Unlike Apple, this phone maker put a fingerprint sensor under a touchscreen

With the move to edge-to-edge screens and narrower bezels, there’s just no room to put a fingerprint sensor on the front of a phone anymore. Phone makers have moved their fingerprint sensors to the side or back, or removed them entirely. 

But things don’t have to be this way. At CES 2018, Chinese phone maker Vivo showed off the world’s first phone with a fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the touchscreen.

SEE ALSO: The best tech of CES 2018

Vivo’s been working on putting a fingerprint sensor underneath the screen for the last couple of years, and now it’s finally made one that’s ready for production. Read more…

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Of course you can control your smart home with your underwear

Just how close are you willing to get to your wearables? Smart underwear company Myant will soon find out.

The company’s just opened up pre-orders for Skiin, its new line of “smart” underwear and bras, tech-filled undergarments that can track what’s happening in your body and even control your smart home.

SEE ALSO: The best tech of CES 2018

The tech is similar to Google and Levi’s Jacquard jacket: an array of sensors are woven into the fabric and each undergarment is powered by a small, rechargeable module that can be removed from the clothing and charged wirelessly.

Skiin’s bras and underwear each have six different sensors that can track heart rate, temperature, pressure, and motion, as well as your body fat and hydration levels. These sensors are constantly collecting and analyzing data and beaming the insights to an app on your phone.  Read more…

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Huawei’s ambitious plans to compete with the iPhone in the U.S. derailed (for now)

Huawei’s very well-made and very high-end Mate 10 Pro, released globally last fall, will soon be available in the U.S. 

The world’s third largest phone maker used CES 2018 to re-introduce Americans to what it boldly proclaims is the world’s first “AI smartphone,” ushering in a new era for our beloved glass-and-metal slabs.

SEE ALSO: The best tech of CES 2018

Huawei was widely expected to finally secure a U.S. wireless carrier to launch its latest flagship phone and give it a real foothold in the American phone market.

But no such deal was announced during the company’s CES press conference. AT&T was the rumored partner, but the carrier reportedly pulled out at the last minute. Read more…

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