Game Review: Hands-on with Bungie’s Big Sequel, Destiny 2

Destiny 2 on PC plays like a completely different game for any player who has clocked really serious hours on the PlayStation 4 version. The move to mouse and keyboard represents a significant shift in feel for the original Destiny, which has up to this point remained exclusively a console game. In fact, all of Bungie’s […]
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Qualcomm Must Pay BlackBerry $940M to Settle Royalty Spat

BlackBerry today announced the final award in an arbitration case between it and Qualcomm that was tentatively settled in April. Qualcomm must repay BlackBerry of a total amount of $940 million, including interest and attorneys’ fees — a number that’s $125 million more than the original award announced last month. The two were disputing “whether Qualcomm’s agreement to cap certain royalties applied to payments made by BlackBerry under a license agreement between the parties.” The binding arbitration settlement determined that Qualcomm’s agreement did in fact apply to such payments, resulting in BlackBerry paying Qualcomm too much money over several years’ time. The agreement is final and Qualcomm cannot appeal. Qualcomm will make the full $940 million payment May 31.

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Review: LG K20 V for Verizon Wireless

The LG K20 V is one of the least expensive Android smartphones available from Verizon Wireless. This low-cost handset features basics such as a 5.3-inch 720p screen and entry-level Snapdragon 435 processor from Qualcomm. Things that set it apart include a good fingerprint reader and excellent battery life. A few things, however, manage to hold this phone back. Here is Phone Scoop’s in-depth review.

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T-Mobile Debuts Digits: One Phone Number, Multiple Devices

Wireless carrier T-Mobile announced today that its Digits service, which has been in beta testing since December, will go live for all customers on May 31. The Digits service, which works either through an app or natively on some devices, allows customers to use a single telephone number across multiple devices.

It’s essentially call-forwarding. For example, an individual’s work phone number can be programmed to ring (call-forward) simultaneously to that person’s smartphone, tablet, smart watch, and laptop.

Existing customers won’t have to do anything to take advantage of the upgrade, since all T-Mobile numbers will automatically be converted to Digits.

Customers will also be able to purchase a second Digits number for $10 a month with autopay, while the T-Mobile One Plus will come with an additional Digits number included at no extra cost for a limited time, the company said. Each customer who participated in the beta test, meanwhile, will also be rewarded with an additional free Digits number.

One Number for Multiple Devices

The ability to set up a single phone number to ring multiple devices was overwhelmingly the most popular feature during the beta test for the Digits service, with a whopping 96 percent of testers taking advantage of the feature, according to T-Mobile. The platform will even work with phones that are not on the T-Mobile network.

One of the key advantages of the Digits platform for enterprises and businesses owners is that it replaces the need for people to carry two separate phones — one for business, one for personal use. With Digits, instead of giving employees separate work devices, companies can pair workers’ existing smartphones with their new work numbers.

More than 30 million people in the U.S. carry at least two devices, including 31 percent of business owners, according to T-Mobile. Carrying two separate devices…
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Majority of Victims of the WannaCry Malware were Using Windows 7

More than a week after it first hit, the WannaCry ransomware is still spreading quickly, though it has now been checked and controlled, and in some cases, even if it hits a computer, many of its harmful elements are rendered useless. But now, researchers are getting a better handle on how the ransomware spread so […]
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UploadVR is Being Charged in Court for Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

UploadVR is a San Francisco, California-based virtual reality startup company. It is being sued by a former employee alleging that the company engaged in rampant sexual discrimination and sex and gender harassment. The employee also claims that UploadVR wrongfully terminated her. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in the Superior Court of California, describes UploadVR as plagued by […]
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T-Mobile Last Major US Carrier to Offer Kyocera DuraForce Pro

T-Mobile today added the Kyocera DuraForce Pro to its roster of Android handsets. The phone has been available to AT&T and Sprint customers since last year, and to Verizon customers since January. The DuraForce Pro includes a 5-inch full HD screen, 13-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel wide-angle secondary camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone offers a fingerprint reader, NFC, Snapdragon 617 processor, 3,240mAh battery, memory card slot, dual front speakers, and push-to-talk. The device is fully ruggedized, washable, and can sit in 6 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. T-Mobile says its variant of the phone has new camera features, including an Action Overlay mode. This lets people record video with a “heads-up display” that includes speed, distance, altitude, elapsed time, and other data. The DuraForce Pro runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It costs $425.

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Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats

Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook’s Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren’t compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple. The new Instant Articles SDK includes extensions that will let publishers create content that is compatible with all three formats: Facebook Instant Articles, Google AMP, and Apple News. The SDK includes support for AMP immediately, but won’t add Apple News for several weeks. Facebook, Google, and Apple all want publishers to adjust their articles, photos, and videos for mobile devices. Doing so improves usability for phone and tablet owners. It will be up to individual publishers to adopt Facebook’s new Instant Articles SDK.

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Kodak Ektra Improves Camera and Lowers Price As It Makes US Debut

Eastman Kodak and Bullitt Group this week launched the Ektra smartphone in the U.S. The handset was first announced in October 2016. Bullitt Group, which manufactures the Ektra, is the company behind other brand-name handsets, such as CAT. The Kodak Ektra is a camera-first smartphone and features a retro design. The Ektra has a 21-megapixel Sony IMX230 sensor with an aperture of f/2.0 and dual LED flash. It includes optical image stabilization, phase-detection autofocus, and can capture 4K video. The front-facing camera has a 13-megapixel sensor. The phone includes a 5-inch full HD screen, MediaTek Helio X20 processor with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, and a 3,000mAh battery. Kodak and Bullitt have improved the phone since it was first announced, particularly where the camera is concerned. The phone now includes support for RAW image capture, and has improved auto-focus, white balance, and color performance. Perhaps more importantly, Kodak and Bullitt have reduced the price significantly. In January, the companies said the phone would go on sale in April for $549. This week, the phone reached Kodak’s web site for just $399, which makes it a much more compelling and affordable option. The Kodak Ektra is sold unlocked with support for the LTE networks of AT&T, T-Mobile, and their prepaid brands.

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OnePlus Signals 'Last Call' for 3T Ahead of OnePlus 5 Debut

OnePlus today took to its blog to say the OnePlus 3T has reached the end of its production run. The phone is still on sale, but will only be available until current stock runs dry. After that, the phone will no longer be sold by OnePlus or its partners. The company plans to support the phone via software updates for some time, though it didn’t specify for how long. The company is making way for its 2017 flagship, to be called the OnePlus 5. So far, we know that the OnePlus 5 will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, and that OnePlus is working with DxO to ensure the phone has the best possible camera. OnePlus hasn’t said exactly when it will announce the OnePlus 5, but it is expected to arrive during the summer months.

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