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Samsung Galaxy A90 “notchless infinity screen” might have pop-up camera

By C. Scott Brown

Samsung Developer Conference Notch Displays

Samsung’s own website just leaked a few things (via GalaxyClub). The most significant piece of info is that Samsung plans to release another entry in its Galaxy A line of mid-range devices: the Samsung Galaxy A90.

The Galaxy A90 would be the upper-most device on the mid-range line, with the Samsung Galaxy A50, Galaxy A40, and Galaxy A30 below it.

According to Samsung’s official site, the Galaxy A90 will also feature a “notchless infinity screen.”

Now, this could mean a lot of things. It could be that the Samsung Galaxy A90 will be the first device to hit the market with the New Infinity display, which you can see all the way to the right in the image above. If that’s the case, that would mean the selfie camera would be either a pop-up camera like we’ve seen on the Vivo Nex or a camera that lives under the display itself.

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PUBG Mobile testing 6-hour daily limit in India to combat bans

By C. Scott Brown

Samsung Galaxy A50 playing PUBG

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds mobile edition (better known as PUBG Mobile) has faced some major issues in India recently. In some cities, the game is banned outright, and last week 16 students were arrested for violating one of those bans.

The bans are due to accusations that the game is addictive and has a negative impact on players’ behavior.

To help fight this, it appears PUBG Mobile’s developers are pushing a new daily limit for playtime in India. The 6-hour limit was first spotted by SportsKeeda with PUBG Mobile players rushing to Twitter with screenshots of the new in-game limit.

One example tweet is below:

Health remainder on @PUBGMOBILE . One of my friend played it for 6 hours it seems an . #PUBG To the next level. @Im_Rahul16 Take care of your health daww.. 🤣😂 ¼ part of day well spent with @PUBG

— Srihari Lakshminarasimhan (@Srihari_lsr) March 21, 2019

After six hours of play, PUBG Mobile will log the player out automatically. If the player logs in again, a warning will pop up telling the player to come back at 5:30 AM to begin playing again.

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New report highlights just how much Chinese consumers are ditching Apple

By C. Scott Brown

  • A new report highlights Apple’s shrinking smartphone market share in China.
  • Huawei, Xiaomi, and other Chinese manufacturers are growing, gobbling up Apple’s share of the world’s largest market.
  • Apple will need to release cheaper phones with more innovative features if it wants to earn its share back.

There have been plenty of reports over the past year about how Apple’s smartphone ambitions in China aren’t going so well. The Cupertino-based company faces stiff competition from Chinese manufacturers including Huawei and Xiaomi.

However, a new report from Reuters highlights just how much Chinese consumers are moving away from buying iPhones.

According to the report, Apple’s Chinese market share dropped from 81.2 percent to 54.6 percent over the past year in the $500 – $800 pricing category. Meanwhile, Huawei’s market share in that same category jumped from 8.8 percent to 26.6 percent, giving a clear indication of where Apple’s market share is going.

“Most Chinese smartphone buyers are not ready to shell out beyond $1,000 for a phone,” said Neil Shah, research director at Counterpoint, referring to the iPhone X line which starts at $1,000 and goes up from there. “This left a gap in the below-$800 segment which Chinese vendors grabbed with …read more

Source:: android authority


Samsung abruptly lays off many US marketing employees after internal audit

By C. Scott Brown

The Samsung logo.

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Samsung may have found some shady business practices within its own U.S. marketing team. Two thing are for certain, though: the company abruptly laid off many of its marketing employees and the head of marketing, Marc Mathieu, abruptly resigned last week.

Reportedly, Samsung ran the internal audit on its own team. Although we don’t know what the results of that audit were, The Wall Street Journal report heavily implies that it could have been related to kickbacks and bribery related to social media influencers, particularly on YouTube.

Mathieu, the former head of U.S. marketing for Samsung, was instrumental in guiding the company to invest in tech YouTubers to help promote Samsung products. It’s possible that the influence Samsung had over these YouTubers and other social media influencers could have been excessive, resulting in the layoffs and Mathieu’s abrupt resignation.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 4 spotted on Bluetooth SIG with NFC support

By C. Scott Brown

Last week, we found out that the Xiaomi Mi Band 4 fitness tracker is going to land sometime in 2019, although not in the next few months, unfortunately. Now, via TechRadar, we’re finding out that the Mi Band 4 will likely ship with Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC support.

The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 recently passed through Bluetooth certification, which is the source of this new information.

Interestingly, the regulatory filing shows two versions of the Mi Band 4: one with NFC support (XMSH08HM) and one without (XMSH07HM). However, it appears that both models will support Bluetooth 5.0, a nice step up over the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 which only supports Bluetooth 4.2.

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Huami — the company responsible for the line of Xiaomi Mi Band fitness trackers, as well as the line of Amazfit smartwatches and trackers — recently conducted a quarterly earnings call. During the chat, some …

We know that the Mi Band 4 is going to come with at least one killer new feature. It’s possible that …read more

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Understanding aperture – What does it mean and how does it affect image quality?

By Team AA

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus red reflection on cameras (6 of 13)

I’m sure many of you use your smartphone as your primary camera. Even those that own a DSLR can’t argue with the convenience of having a good shooter in their pocket. Truth be told, flagship smartphone camera quality is more than good enough for capturing most day-to-day moments. To make matters more exciting, manufacturers show no signs of slowing down improvements. In addition to the dual and triple camera trends, the last few generations of smartphones are also pushing the envelope in terms of wider camera apertures too. But what is aperture, exactly?

It is no longer uncommon to see smartphones with an f/1.8 aperture or better, which used to be a feat even for professional-grade lenses. Devices like the iPhone XS Max, Pixel 3 XL, and Huawei Mate 20 Pro all have f/1.8 apertures. Some manufacturers take this game to another level, though. The Samsung Galaxy S10 and LG V40 both have an f/1.5 aperture.

While numbers are nice for spec sheets, does this aperture number really make pictures look any better? That’s exactly what we aim to answer.

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Many IFTTT features won’t work with Gmail soon

By C. Scott Brown

If you use If This Then That (better known as IFTTT) to perform automation functions within your Gmail account, unfortunately, some or all of the features you rely on will cease to work very soon.

According to an email Google is sending out to some users (via Not Enough Tech), IFTTT applets won’t work with Gmail starting on March 31, 2019. The reasoning given for this change is that Google claims IFTTT hasn’t “complied with [Google’s] updated data privacy requirements announced on 8 October 2018.”

This policy change is likely a reaction to the large data breach suffered by Google+, which eventually resulted in Google announcing the complete shutdown of the beleaguered social network.

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It should be mentioned that this termination of IFTTT integration within Gmail won’t affect other Google services, such as Google Assistant, Google Drive, etc. It should …read more

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Save 80% off this JavaScript web development training

By AA Picks

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Best of all, you don’t need to have any experience in order to enroll. Even a total noob can sign up and start training towards a career as a professional web developer.

Here’s what you get:

  • Lifetime access to 11 beginner-friendly courses with over 55 hours of content.
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Huawei leaks P30 Pro details, and a new smartwatch

By Scott Adam Gordon

Huawei P30 and Huawei Watch GT Active leaked renders.


A teaser page for the Huawei P30 appeared briefly on Huawei’s Singapore portal yesterday, confirming a few details about its local event, including what’s likely to launch there. The page was spotted by tipster @evleaks (via 9to5Google) and you can see an archived version of it here.

The media found there confirms much of the previous speculation surrounding the Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro, including the use of a 40MP quad camera setup on the Pro, and its 10x hybrid zoom camera. It also discusses its product launch at VivoCity on April 6.

It’s like, why bother even having a launch?

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 21, 2019

As well as corroborating previous claims, Huawei also mentions a couple of developments we’ve yet to encounter. Huawei is seemingly gearing up to launch a new smartwatch, the Watch GT Active Edition — pictured at the top of the page — though it doesn’t offer any details about it.


Meanwhile, Huawei touted something it called “Dual-View Video” which came with the following teaser text:

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Deal: Get a new Verizon Google Pixel 2 XL for $400, no contract needed

By C. Scott Brown

It’s a general rule of thumb that last year’s phones become this year’s deals, and that is truly the case when it comes to this Google Pixel 2 XL deal happening right now at Best Buy. For a limited time, you can get a Verizon model of the Pixel 2 XL for only $400 — that’s $450 off the list price!

I know what you’re thinking: the Google Pixel 2 XL is over a year-and-a-half old at this point. That may seem long in the tooth, but think about it: the Google Pixel 2 XL still has one of the best smartphone cameras ever released, access to fast updates from Google, the ability to load the first beta of Android Q, and, to top it all off, it doesn’t have that bathtub notch that the Google Pixel 3 XL has.

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