Global Smartphone Sales Suffer First Fall

The number of smartphones sold worldwide has fallen for the first time, but it’s still a ridiculously huge industry. The figures come from Gartner and are (well-informed) estimates, though the trends should be accurate as the company has been tracking sales since 2004. They refer specifically to sales to users rather than shipments to retailers. […]

Google ‘Smart Reply’ Coming To More Apps

Google is extending its ‘smart reply’ feature to third-party apps. It’s also going to get a little smarter when suggesting replies. The feature is already available in the mobile Gmail app. When reading an incoming message, users see three suggested quick replies that are based on the content of the message. Tapping any of the […]

Blockchain Could Fight Child Labor

Blockchain enthusiasts often stress how the concept isn’t just about cryptocurrencies and a planned program in Africa could prove that point. The idea is to use a blockchain to boost the fight against child labor in cobalt mining. Cobalt is a key material in producing the lithium ion batteries that make pocket-sized cellphones practical. More […]

Boston Dynamics’s Robot Asks Robot Pal for Help to Open Door [Video]

Creepy… [Boston Dynamics]

Dying Phones Get ‘Art Project’ App

If your phone battery is about to run out, a new app lets you share the experience. Die With Me is a text chat room that’s only accessible when your battery level is below five percent. The creators describe it as an art project rather than a genuinely useful tool. It was inspired by the […]

There are Now Jumbo Personal Autonomous Drones in China [VIDEO]

First, SpaceX lauched Starman’s Tesla in space, and now this. What a crazy fun week to be alive. From CNN: Chinese company Ehang offered a glimpse this week of what could lie ahead, releasing its first video of passengers climbing aboard its autonomous drones and taking off with the push of a button. (…) Ehang […]

Intel’s New Smart Glasses Hands-On [Video]

Intel’s Vaunt smart glasses won’t make you look like a Glasshole. Dieter Bohn from The Verge got an exclusive look at Intel’s latest gadget. By shining a low-powered laser into your retina, the glasses can get all sorts of information without pulling out your phone. [The Verge]

Amazon Tells Alexa To Ignore Own Name

An Amazon patent confirms a theory that commercials for Alexa voice control include a secret message to stop Amazon gadgets being triggered. Amazon also says it can now respond to unexpected high-profile mentions. Because the Echo range of smart speakers aren’t specifically tied to a user’s voice, there’s a risk that any audio of somebody […]

Why Is Heart Cancer So Rare?

We usually keep things pretty mild around here, but geeks love science and what is more scientific than trying to figure out why heart cancer is so rare? It is the kind of video that opens your eyes and makes you think about something completely differently after seeing it. Plus, we can all learn a […]

YouTube ‘Cable TV’ Comes To Apple TV, Roku, and More!

YouTube’s live TV service is now on Apple TV and Roku. It means most streaming TV devices now support the ‘cord cutting’ service, though still with some key exceptions. YouTube TV costs $35 a month and combines live streams of 40 stations, along with a virtual DVR where you can ‘record’ a show and watch […]

Cryptocurrencies Causing GPU Price Hikes

Cryptocurrency mining is driving graphic card prices so high that both manufacturers and retailers are looking at ways to make sure gamers can still get them. Polygon’s Samit Sarkar notes that originally the problem was only affecting top-end cards, for example the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 now going for almost double its listed retail price. […]

Facebook’s ‘New Time Unit’ Is No Gimmick

Facebook has created its own unit of time dubbed “a flick.” It’s a tiny fraction of a second and, surprisingly enough, might be genuinely useful. The flick is 1/705600000 of a second. It will take the spot of the shortest unit of time that’s still longer than a nanosecond, but that’s not the point. Instead […]