Tag Archive: Global


Google is adding a global play/pause button to the Chrome toolbar

The feature is very buggy right now, but it could be a useful addition to Chrome.

What you need to know Google has added new “Global Media Controls” to Chrome Canary version 77. Once the feature is enabled, a play button shows up on the toolbar, which can be used to play or pause media playing across multiple windows. The play/pause button works not just for videos but can also be used to control audio playback.

Google’s  [Read More…]

LG G8S ThinQ gets global release

LG introduced its more affordable take on the G8 ThinQ flagship smartphone back in February of this year but it’s finally getting around to releasing the device. Indeed, the LG G8S ThinQ is ready to go on sale in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

As LG puts it, the G8S ThinQ is designed for users “seeking a more bespoke smartphone experience.” Sounds great, but what exactly does that mean? From the sounds of it, it’s mostly related  [Read More…]

HMD Global is moving Nokia phone data to Finland for better security

HMD is taking steps to ensure it safeguards user data following a snafu in March.

What you need to know HMD will store all device data from Nokia phones at a Google Cloud facility in Finland. The Nokia 4.2, Nokia 2.2, and Nokia 3.2 are the first devices to make the switch. Older Nokia phones will be migrated with the Android Q update.

HMD Global came under intense pressure earlier this year after it was discovered that  [Read More…]

Xiaomi is ending its global MIUI beta program on July 1

Security patches will still be delivered in a timely manner.

What you need to know Xiaomi’s global beta program for MIUI is ending on July 1. A small number of people were using the beta to provide feedback. This will allow developers to focus more on optimizing stable builds of MIUI.

MIUI, Xiaomi’s custom build of Android, has changed a lot since its introduction in 2010. One of the ways Xiaomi’s tested out new features and settings  [Read More…]

Cap One Spark Miles the latest to add PreCheck / Global Entry benefit

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Capital One® just announced that its Spark® Miles for Business Card now includes a TSA PreCheck ($ 85 value) or Global Entry ($ 100 value) credit every 4 years. If you were unaware, both TSA PreCheck and Global Entry require renewal every 5 years. Most people will prefer  [Read More…]

Losing Google support would ruin Huawei’s global smartphone business

Even a company as big and influential as Huawei doesn’t stand a chance in the open market without Google services.

It took less than two days after the announcement of President Trump’s executive order to increase scrutiny of business dealings between foreign and U.S. technology companies for the first major shoe to drop: Huawei is expected to fully lose access to Google apps and services, as well as future Google-approved Android updates. And unlike previous government intervention  [Read More…]

Artificially intelligent Google art project is writing a global poem

An AI might be writing poetry better than you can. That is, if you’re impressed by lines like “Intrusion of the night and sea. Prince Biodiversity burst forth upon the altar of stones”? What about “Imperfection was on earth and every word. Symbiosis breathed along the sea”?

Launched today, POEMPORTRAITS is a collaboration with Google Arts & Culture Lab that uses machine learning to generate original lines of poetry based on words you input – a.k.a. “donate” –  [Read More…]

OnePlus breaks into the top five global brands in the premium category

Strong sales of the OnePlus 6T allowed the brand to climb up the ladder.

With flagships from Samsung and Huawei now crossing the $ 1,000 mark, there’s increased interest in “affordable flagship” devices that offer similar hardware at around the $ 600 price point. The latest data from Counterpoint Research reveals as much, with the likes of OPPO and OnePlus netting huge gains in the premium category.

OnePlus in particular managed to break into the top five  [Read More…]

Umidigi F1 Play takes on Redmi Note 7 as global sale starts

One of the biggest trends we’re starting to see in 2019 is the rapid growth and iteration in cameras. The advent of multiple cameras is a huge one right now with not just a second one, but a third, or fourth. Another big trend is jumping from 12-megapixel and 16-megapixel cameras up to 48-megapixels.

Indeed, that’s a key feature in Umidigi’s latest phone, the F1 Play. Launching as an affordable Android 9 Pie device, this one delivers a ton of  [Read More…]