TIME - Top Stories
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Smart locks are mostly a gamble: They promise the ability to unlock your home with only your smartphone, but it's hard to shake the feeling that they're somehow less secure than regular deadbolts. T he Kwikset Premis , however, packs all the intelligence you want in a door lock while still keeping your pad on lockdown. A few things brought me to installing this new, $229 smart lock in my home. First, I've long been a fan of Kwikset's SmartKey system, which lets homeowners re-key their own locks. The result: one key now opens my front, side, and garage door, meaning there are fewer keys taking up space on my keychain. Second, though I review all sorts of smart home gear, I prefer the (moody and often frustrating) Apple HomeKit framework because of the company's strong stance on security . And finally, I previously reviewed Kwikset's original smart lock , the Kevo, and knew in my heart the company could do better the next time around.
Daily Express - Technology
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NEW NOKIA 6 smartphone proves an immediate hit among mobile fans - now will the company bring it to the UK?
Cnet
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If you call a Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone your own, you're in luck because an update to Android 7.0 Nougat is on the move.
Futurity
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The researchers knew that hydrogen would change both the dimensions of the lattice and the electronic properties of the nanoparticle. They thought that, with the appropriate microscope lens and aperture configuration, techniques called scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy might show hydrogen uptake in real time. After months of trial and error, the results were extremely detailed, real-time videos of the changes in the particle as hydrogen was introduced. The entire process was so complicated and novel that the first time it worked, the lab didn't even have the video software running, leading them to capture their first movie success on a smartphone. Following these videos, they examined the nanocubes during intermediate stages of hydrogenation using a second technique in the microscope, called dark-field imaging, which relies on scattered electrons.
TIME - Top Stories
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Camera apps like Instagram and Snapchat usually enjoy a comfortable spot at the top of the App Store charts. But a photo editing app unfamiliar to many smartphone owners in the U.S. has steadily climbed the rankings in recent days: Meitu. The app has existed for years, and is widely popular in China and other Asian markets. Its parent company of the same name made headlines late last year when it was valued at nearly $5 billion, after raising the equivalent of $629 million from investors, CNNMoney reported . Still, its namesake app has recently enjoyed a growth spurt that has it currently ranked 33rd on Apple's charts for the top free iPhone apps, according to analytics firm App Annie . This places it a few spots above Yelp and SoundCloud and several slots below Google Drive and Waze. It's still a ways away from the top, but it's a noteworthy jump considering Meitu was situated in the 418th spot just two days ago on Jan.
Popular Science
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Ars Technica
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Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains , we're here to share some more deals with you! You can now get 37 percent off Google's DayDream VR headset from Verizon. Using a Pixel smartphone or another DayDream ready smartphone, you can use the headset to immerse yourself in games, movies, and more. If you've been itching to try DayDream out, now's your chance. Also on our list are more gaming deals, including an Alienware desktop with a $100 discount and a Velocifire gaming keyboard for just $40. Check out the full list of deals below. Read 7 remaining paragraphs | Comments
Universe Today
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Copyscope isn't great for planetary observing, barely resolving Jupiter and Venus as tiny disks. Still, on the plus side, the field of view is so wide that a finderscope isn't really needed. A foggy Last Quarter Moon shot through Copyscope with a handheld Android smartphone. Note the slight chromatic aberration. Credit: Dave Dickinson Copyscope has a fast focal length of about 300 millimeters (f/3) and get this the designer build a variable f/stop diaphragm into the scope body: The f/stop diaphragm. Credit: Dave Dickinson The word (initials?) JAX' on the back end of the scope remain a mystery. Perhaps the original builder was in the habit of naming telescopes. Still, Copyscope shows what weird and wonderful creations spring from the minds of amateur telescope builders, and is a great conversation piece. Any other unique constructions out there? Let us know! Update: A discussion of Copyscope on Twitter led us to the conclusion that the back part of CopyScope is built around a large PVC reducer (thanks @Wrecksdart!) The post Adventures With Copyscope appeared first on Universe Today .
Mashable
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'EyeQue' is an optical device that can test your vision right at home. All you need is a smartphone. Read more... More about Technology , Tech , Iphone , Optometrist , and Eye Contact
Top Speed
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A Tesla Model S owner got stranded in Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas after intentionally leaving his car’s key fob at home, all because he wanted to try out Tesla’ s new control app. Turns out, the smartphone feature that allows drivers to remotely monitor and control their Teslas without their keys only works as far as the smartphone has a signal. Ryan Negri found that out the hard way when he and his wife went for a drive without the key fob to test out the feature. Chalk this one up to an experiment gone bad. As Negri himself told the tale in an Instagram post, he and his wife, Amy, tested the new feature by going on a quick drive to “take some photos of the freshly fallen mountain snow.” The whole experiment was running smoothly until Negri had to adjustMozy Millie’s car bed” (most likely their dogs). Negri then went out of the car to do just that, but just as he was about to get back in, he found himself locked out of the car, unable to not only get back in, but just as important, to restart the car.
Daily Express - Technology
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SONY Xperia looks set to get a refresh on first day of Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona next month. Here's what to expect.
Adweek
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The experience of shopping on mobile hasnt quite matched the expectation of the mobile consumer, said Katie Duffy, content manager for Facebook Global Consumer Insights. People are hacking their own shopping journeys and creating micro-efficiencies. While the holidays might fly by for many and go dreadfully slow for others, Facebook IQ uncovered another time-bending trend. Users felt like time spent on mobile elapsed more quickly than they realizedeven faster than on desktop. To determine this, Facebook shows two videos to research participantsone with neutral subject matter and another with something more entertainingon both a smartphone and a desktop. Results showed people viewing a video on a smartphone on average felt like the videos were 33 percent shorter than on desktop. What that tells us is regardless of content, whether its informational or humorous, peoples perception of time moves faster on their smartphone, Duffy said.
Techradar
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We may be just a few weeks away from seeing Sonys next flagship phone as it's sent out invites for a MWC 2017 press conference on Monday, February 27. While the invite doesnt give anything away with teasing graphics or words it simply states youre invited to see the latest innovations we can be relatively sure itll have a smartphone or two up its sleeve. The Sony Xperia X2 is the biggest name of the rumored handsets to potentially make an appearance at this event, and it would see the Japanese firm continue its six month cycle of flagship launches. The invite from Sony for its MWC 2017 press conference Xperia incoming Current leaks suggest the Sony Xperia X2 will have a 5 or 5.2-inch full HD display while the design will remain largely the same as the current X series of handsets.
Futurity
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The researchers knew that hydrogen would change both the dimensions of the lattice and the electronic properties of the nanoparticle. They thought that, with the appropriate microscope lens and aperture configuration, techniques called scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy might show hydrogen uptake in real time. After months of trial and error, the results were extremely detailed, real-time videos of the changes in the particle as hydrogen was introduced. The entire process was so complicated and novel that the first time it worked, the lab didn't even have the video software running, leading them to capture their first movie success on a smartphone. Following these videos, they examined the nanocubes during intermediate stages of hydrogenation using a second technique in the microscope, called dark-field imaging, which relies on scattered electrons.
TIME - Top Stories
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Opening a new tab in your Internet browser of choice is usually not a beautiful moment in your life. Maybe the tab opens with a bland whiteness, awaiting your URL or search query. Or maybe it's a Google search bar, though that's not a whole lot more impressive. Well, there's a free download for Google Chrome that'll change all that, and I highly recommend it. Grab Earth View from Google Earth , and every time you open up a new tab in Chrome, you'll be met with a glorious satellite image of our home planet. The images are curated to surface interesting mountain ranges, river deltas, cities, and the like, so it's not just a random set of coordinates. And if you're really curious about something, you can click a link that'll pop open Google Earth for you to explore. You can even download the image to use it as a new wallpaper on your desktop or smartphone. It's one of the best free downloads you'll ever make. Go do it.
Digital Trends
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Rumors are circulating about LG's next flagship smartphone, the G6. Whatever the company has in store for us, the phone will have to be a stunner, as LG failed to spark interest in its modular ecosystem with the G5. The post LG's next big phone will debut in Barcelona on February 26 appeared first on Digital Trends .
EVO News
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It develops less torque than the diesel - 260lb ft - but that figure is developed all the way from 1400-4000rpm, so flexibility shouldn't be a problem. Topping the range is Kia's twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 - on which you can read more below. All models get an eight-speed automatic transmission and both rear- and all-wheel drive will be available, the latter a suitably sporty rear-biased system with torque vectoring. The engine under the bonnet will be most easily identifiable by wheel size - diesels get 17-inch wheels, 2-litre petrols ride on 18-inchers, and the range-topping V6 gets 19-inch wheels with a staggered setup, with 225-section tyres up front and 255-section rubber astern. Tech will be comprehensive: there's a head-up display, wireless smartphone charging, and audio options up to and including a 15-speaker, 720-watt Harman-Kardon setup paired with an 8-inch infotainment screen.
Digital Trends
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Rumors are circulating about LG's next flagship smartphone, the G6. Whatever the company has in store for us, the phone will have to be a stunner, as LG failed to spark interest in its modular ecosystem with the G5. The post LG's next big phone is debuting in Barcelona on February 26 appeared first on Digital Trends .
Techradar
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Got a Samsung Galaxy S7 or a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge ? Then good news! Your device is about to be upgraded to the (almost) latest and greatest version of Android, 7.0, AKA Nougat . The global rollout began this week, Samsung today confirmed, following weeks of testing to get everything ship-shape before hitting handsets. It's a significant upgrade, bringing with it faster speeds for app downloads and UI tweaks, among other features. Nougats, no glory The update brings a Quick Panel update for a "cleaner aesthetic" to the phones, with icons tidied up in the panel's first level. The S Finder in the Quick Panel is now also able to locate items on the smartphone or the web directly. Notifications are grouped to display more information efficiently, while there's an improved controller for pop-up split screen window views. Performance Mode options are introduced, letting users optimize their devices for specific functions, from gaming to battery saving, while the Samsung Pass (the company's "master key" for logins on the web) is now supported by the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, making use of the secure fingerprint scanner.
Techradar
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Got a Samsung Galaxy S7 or a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge ? Then good news! Your device is about to be upgraded to the (almost) latest and greatest version of Android, 7.0, AKA Nougat . The global rollout began this week, Samsung today confirmed, following weeks of testing to get everything ship-shape before hitting handsets. It's a significant upgrade, bringing with it faster speeds for app downloads and UI tweaks, among other features. Nougats, no glory The update brings a Quick Panel update for a "cleaner aesthetic" to the phones, with icons tidied up in the panel's first level. The S Finder in the Quick Panel is now also able to locate items on the smartphone or the web directly. Notifications are grouped to display more information efficiently, while there's an improved controller for pop-up split screen window views. Performance Mode options are introduced, letting users optimize their devices for specific functions, from gaming to battery saving, while the Samsung Pass (the company's "master key" for logins on the web) is now supported by the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, making use of the secure fingerprint scanner.
Techradar
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Got a Samsung Galaxy S7 or a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge ? Then good news! Your device is about to be upgraded to the (almost) latest and greatest version of Android, 7.0, AKA Nougat . The global rollout began this week, Samsung today confirmed, following weeks of testing to get everything ship-shape before hitting handsets. It's a significant upgrade, bringing with it faster speeds for app downloads and UI tweaks, among other features. Nougats, no glory The update brings a Quick Panel update for a "cleaner aesthetic" to the phones, with icons tidied up in the panel's first level. The S Finder in the Quick Panel is now also able to locate items on the smartphone or the web directly. Notifications are grouped to display more information efficiently, wile there's an improved controller for pop-up split screen window views. Performance Mode options are introduced, letting users optimise their devices for specific functions, from gaming to battery saving, while the Samsung Pass (the company's "master key" for logins on the web) is now supported by the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, making use of the secure fingerprint scanner.
Techradar
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Ten years after it was first revealed to the world, the original iPhone is now officially useless. In smartphone years, a decade is positively ancient so you probably deemed your original iPhone useless long before now. However, now that AT&T has shut down its 2G wireless network the final metaphorical crack has crossed the screen and made it official. Even if youre one of the few people in the US who do still own an original iPhone and you kept it in good enough condition to boot up and use every now and then, your curious practice will have to come to an end. Moving on At&T has been planning to shut down its 2G network for four years now and its confirmed that it officially happened as 2017 rolled in. The network is clearly following a "new year, new me" plan as the 2G shut down was done to open up the resources for AT&T to begin expanding into its 5G wireless network.
Ars Technica UK
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When Android was brought to market , it was pitched as an open, customisable OS that was the antithesis of Apple's lock-down smartphone platform. While both OSes have moved closer together over the years, the high customisability of Android is still around. Last year's beginner's guide to Android customisation slightly grazed the surface of what's possible with a truly adaptable OS. And now it's time for part two, diving into more advanced customisation methods. Keyboards One of the earliest Android customisations was a user-replaceable keyboard. Most devices from third-party OEMs are going to come with some kind of non-Google keyboard—either an AOSP derivative branded by the OEM or a pack-in app that was sold to the highest bidder. Read 30 remaining paragraphs | Comments
I4U News
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The smartphone world is pretty much looking forward to what Apple has to offer this year with its new iPhone. This anticipation might be a bit too soon as the iPhone 7 has just been released only a...