Pavel Durov has hit out at Apple and Tim Cook via Twitter to criticise the company’s slow review process. The update which will bring calls to the app has been under review for 10 days. Read more…

The Tom Clancy franchise of military combat games has been a hugely successful one for publisher Ubisoft on PCs and consoles, with several sub-brands like the Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon and The Division series. Today, the company officially announced Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak, which is the first such game in the franchise made just for mobile devices running on Android and iOS. See also: How to create a 3D shooter for Android with Unity August 25, 2016 The game looks to be a rather odd hybrid of the sniper shooter game crossed with squad-based strategy similar to Clash Royale. ShadowBreak will allow player to collect a range of different military operators and upgrade each of them with new weapons and other gear. Then you command them to make assaults on enemy bases. You can personally join in on the battles as you take out units with your sniper rifle, which can also be upgraded with improvements and gear. You are even allowed to change your sniper’s appearance with different faces, outfits and gear. Ubisoft says the gameplay in ShadowBreak should allow for more players to be successful in online PvP matches. A good sniper that may not have as good of a squad on the ground can still win, as can a player who has created a great unit of operators but may not be as good of a shooter. For the moment, only residents in Canada can download and play Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak from the Google Play Store. However, Ubisoft hopes that this soft launch will help with collecting feedback that can be used to improve the game before its official launch worldwide later this year.

When the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones launched in October, they also came with the Pixel Launcher. It did away with the traditional Google search bar, and instead presented owners with a redesigned Google “pill” widget on the left and a weather and date widget on the right. Now, there’s word that a new version of the Pixel Launcher has started appearing on some Pixel phones, and it seems to be going back to its roots. See also: Problems with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL and how to fix them 2 weeks ago The new look of the Pixel Launcher, as first reported by Android Police, ditches the weather and date widget and turns the Google widget into a full search bar again that extends to most of the display. There’s no word as to why Google is making this change, but if we were to speculate, we would guess that many users prefer seeing the simple search bar on top compared to the somewhat more complicated design it originally had. If you own a Pixel phone and want to get the new Launcher design immediately, you can do so by clearing the data in the app. Be aware this move will wipe out your home screen layouts. Alternatively, you can just wait until Google rolls out this new design automatically. What do you think of this revamped Pixel Launcher? Do you like it or do you prefer the original look. Let us know in the comments!

Along with its yearly hardware refresh, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus have brought us the company’s latest software endeavour and likely major player in the smart assistant space – Bixby. The system is a marked improvement on the old S Voice and has the impressive Google Assistant firmly in its sights. Samsung calls Bixby a “multi-nodal intelligent service”, by which the company means that its assistant works not just with voice, but with text and camera inputs too. One of Samsung’s goals has been to ensure that touch and voice controls can achieve the same results. Activating your new smart assistant is also a little different than before too. Rather than saying “OK Bixby” or “Hey Bixby”, you press on the dedicated Bixby button instead – located just below the volume rocker on the phone’s left side – and state your request. Samsung says that it thinks these repeated voice activation requests are an unnecessary step for the user. See also: Samsung announces Bixby, promises to revolutionize phone interaction 1 week ago Starting with the familiar voice commands, Bixby is able to perform the tasks that you would probably expect. Requesting information about the weather, making calls to contacts, and opening apps are all in working order. Users can also create reminders or set a picture as a wallpaper with a simple voice command, rather than having to tap through multiple menus. What’s more impressive is the assistant’s integration with other Samsung apps. During the demo we saw, Bixby was able to create a new photo album with a specific name the user requested after selecting a few photos from the gallery and speaking a quick command. So, Bixby is able to take inputs from one of Samsung’s apps, such as an image or piece of text, and perform more complicated […]

If you decide to get the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus, you may have expected that the phone would automatically come out of the box and ready to show videos and images on the phone’s full 2,960 x 1,440 resolution. However, that’s not quite true. A look at the fine print on Samsung’s website shows that out of the box, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will have FullHD+ display settings as its default, or 2,22 0 x1,080 resolution. See also: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus pricing and availability: what we know so far 11 hours ago However, it should be a pretty simple matter to go into the phone’s settings and switch over to the full WQHD+ resolution so you can get the full effect. You can also go down to the phone’s lower HD+ settings if you want, which will bring the resolution down to 1480 x 720. Keep in mind that the higher the resolution goes, the more battery use the Galaxy S8 will likely generate. The smaller 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 will have a 570 ppi (pixels per inch) measurement, while the larger 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus will actually be lower at 529 ppi. Samsung stated during the Galaxy S8 press conference today it has secured a deal with Amazon Prime Video so it can show HDR supported videos on those mobile devices, too.

Google Calendar for iOS can be exceptionally useful if you’re tired of Apple’s stock scheduler, but there has always been one inescapable catch: it’s only designed for iPhones… or rather, it was. Two years later, Google has updated Calendar to add iPad support. Yes, you can finally jot down appointments and set goals while taking advantage of your Apple tablet’s larger canvas. That’s the only major update on deck right now, but there are promises of more in the pipeline. Source: App Store

Just over a week after Google made the Developer Preview of Android O available, now the company has released a video on YouTube which walks through some of the new features of the OS. Read more…

If you’re using the Verizon variant of last’s year’s flagship from HTC, the 10, you’re in for a sweet surprise this week, as the companies are rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat to the device. Read more…

Update: Following last week’s Senate vote, the US House of Representatives has now also voted in favor of eliminating the current ISP rules protecting customer privacy, bringing it one step closer to fruition. The White House issued a statement yesterday following the House of Representatives’ decision, in which it said that it too “strongly supports” the passage of the bill and that, if it was presented to the President, his advisors would also recommend that it is passed into law. President Trump’s approval is the last step in eliminating the FCC’s rule, titled “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunication Services.” If it’s removed, this will allow ISPs to sell and share an individual’s browsing history, app usage history, and other private information (email, health and financial data could be included) without customer consent. For anybody wondering if they’ll be protected by Chrome’s Incognito Mode in that eventuality, the answer is a definitive no. We’ll keep you updated on this story as it develops — read our original coverage below. Original story, March 24: Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved Internet privacy rules that would ban internet service providers (ISPs) from sharing or selling your web browsing data to advertisers without your consent. Unfortunately, the US Senate has recently voted to eliminate these privacy rules, which means that your browsing data might soon make its way to companies willing to pay for it. The decision isn’t official yet, as the House needs to approve it first. And even if it does, President Trump has the power to keep the rules in place by issuing a veto. Senator Richard Blumenthal is just one of many who aren’t very happy about the new rules. He said that they are a direct attack on consumers’ rights as well as […]

Earlier this week, Samsung officially confirmed what was previously rumored on the Internet. The company is considering selling refurbished versions of its recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in some markets, as part of an overall effort to recycle the phone. See also: How to return a Galaxy Note 7 bought second-hand October 13, 2016 The company has since clarified that, if it does sell the Galaxy Note 7 again, it will not be in the US or Canada. That means the company is looking to other markets to resell the troubled phone. To be fair, Samsung says it will also be removing components from other recalled Note 7 units, including semiconductors and camera modules, so they can be used for testing purposes. Other Note 7 models that won’t be resold will have their materials recycled, like copper, nickel, gold and silver. But should Samsung really be trying to resell a phone that, in its previous incarnation, was in serious danger of exploding, due to issues with its battery? Or is the company trying to be responsible to both its shareholders and the environment by attempting to sell at least a portion of its Note 7 units, which likely number in the millions? That’s the debate that we will have today as we examine the pros and cons of this issue. The Verge A brief history lesson First, a quick look back at this entire situation. Samsung launched the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 7 in September 2016. Within a few days of the phone shipping to customers in the US, many people reported on the internet that their units had started smoking or had caught on fire, in some cases causing considerable damages to their homes, cars and other property. The company issued a recall of the currently shipped units in mid-September, stating […]

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