LG G6 to Feature New User Experience to Match 'FullVision' Display

LG has developed a new version of its Android user interface skin in order to take advantage of the unique 18:9 aspect ratio display of its forthcoming G6 flagship smartphone. The phone’s display will measure 5.7 inches across the diagonal with 2880 by 1440 pixels. LG is marketing the size and aspect ratio as a FullVision screen. To start, LG will use more pixels at the top and bottom of the screen to display useful controls and information within select apps, such as the browser, video player, and games. The 18:9 ratio means LG can split the UI into two equally-sized squares. LG envisions that this will be particularly useful when multitasking with two apps open side-by-side at the same time. Some apps, such as the calendar, will be able to make use of both windows. For example, the calendar can show the full month in one square with a detailed view of the user’s agenda in the other. Moreover, the camera will include a 1:1 shooting mode that lets people see their most recent shot in one square next to a live look at their subject through the viewfinder. The camera also gains a new food mode and GIF creator. LG has teased a number of the G6’s other features in recent weeks, suggesting it will be reliable, waterproof, and more. LG is expected to announce the phone on Feb. 26 during the Mobile World Congress trade show.

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Get really clever home heating with intelligent and WiFi-controlled electric radiators

Our house was built in 1975. Heating back then was fairly straightforward, if a little inefficient. For years though, things stayed pretty much the same. Sure, boilers got a bit better, but you’d still have the same pipework and the same radiators.

In recent years things have really moved on. We’re now binning the standard room thermostat and putting in intelligent monitoring systems, remote temperature control apps and “auto learning” thermostats which detect when you’re not at home. Individual radiator controls can also be added, meaning that certain rooms in the house can have temperatures adjusted depending on the time of day.

This Haverland SmartWave Self-Learning Wifi Controlled Electric Radiator isn’t just an easy-to-install radiator. It doesn’t just do away with pipes and leaks. This is an intelligent and programmable radiator which will deliver the heat you need when and, perhaps more importantly, where you need it.

Get really clever home heating with intelligent and WiFi controlled electric radiators

For us smartphone fans, it’s also controllable via WiFi using the Android or iPhone. In addition you can remotely control every function of the radiator – adjusting the presence settings, heat setting and the programming options. You can also set the anti-frost, comfort setting and more. The radiator is clever enough to learn your routine via the smart sensor and, via the SmartBox WiFi Controller, you can fully control your SmartWave electric radiators from anywhere in the world. You could be heading home or off to work. On the bus or train, you can tweak your home heating to a much more granular level than most systems.

Of course, most of us prefer these things to just be “clever” on their own, and indeed this system has a lot of brains behind it. The SmartWave has a built-in infrared sensor that monitors the activity around the radiator. It’ll then adapt the heating schedule automatically, meaning that your house isn’t heated unnecessarily and you hopefully get a lower heating bill. Why have a room red-hot when you’re not using it? As time progresses, this rather clever radiator will store and record movement in the room, creating a working model of your weekly routine. No more wasted energy, and you also get a warm home when you get back. The radiator will pre-heat your room 30 minutes before you usually arrive back. Nice.

Think about that for a minute – this isn’t like Nest or other thermostats that just turns control the heating for the whole house – this is a room-by-room system that knows what time you usually move from the kitchen to the dining room, and from the dining room to your lounge. A properly smart heating solution this, and one that you still have control over via your smartphone if you want to adjust anything. So, if you’re off on holiday or want a week off work, you can switch the radiator in and out of sensor mode as you see fit.

The system has a high precision electronic thermostat and a thermal safety limiter for safety and peace of mind too.

Installation is really simple – not only the radiators (no floor boards to rip up or pipes to plumb) – but the Smart Box too. That just plugs into your router and then you download the Haverland heating app to control your entire heating system.

The Haverland SmartWave Electric Radiator is available exclusively at Electric Radiators Direct.

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  • The Nokia 3310. Will we see Snake heading to Spain?

    Want a proper old-school phone? Back in the day, when the internet was in its infancy and phones weren’t touch screen, the Nokia 3310 was quite advanced.

    For a start, let me tell you, it had no external antenna. A lot of phones at the time had a pull-out antenna / aerial. It had possibly the best phone game every – Snake II ! How addictive was that eh?

    The cover could be changed too – giving you the ability to change the look of the device. It also had a “voice tags” system where you could teach the phone a name, assign it to a contact and then just find the contact by speaking the name back again. This was properly futuristic at the time, and let’s not forget that Nokia ringtone eh?

    The Nokia 3310. Will we see Snake heading to Spain?

    On Twitter and Facebook everybody is getting very excited about the possible return of the Nokia 3310 during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Why they’re excited I’m not too sure, because if you really want one it’s just a matter of heading to eBay and getting a £29.99 out of your wallet.

    It’s 17 years old now, but despite the rumours on Twitter, Nokia is refusing to comment. Could it be a rather clever leak / marketing campaign to get the Nokia name back into the limelight?

    The Nokia 3310. Will we see Snake heading to Spain?

    A Nokia spokesperson has told the BBC that…

    Though we’re as excited as everyone else to hear their news, as we have often said about such stories, we do not comment on rumour or speculation.

    If the Nokia 3310 is to return, it would either have to be sold as a holiday / camping phone that you could use instead of your regular smartphone or as a Bluetooth add-on handset. To have people buy it as a standalone phone, you’d have to put some “smart” into it, and that would mean a touch screen of sorts and a reconfiguration of the design, which wouldn’t really be staying true to the Nokia 3310 history.

    We’ll keep an eye on events in Barcelona to see what comes out of the re-launched Nokia. Until then, head to eBay if you want your 3310 fix 🙂

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  • Coolsmartphone Podcast 197 Live

    This week you can watch Matteo, Garry and Majid live as they record the Coolsmartphone Podcast. Coolsmartphone Podcast 197 Live will be available as a live stream embedded here and on YouTube.

    The show will start at 8pm UK Time-ish. While Matteo tries to avoid the trigger words to all his home assistants, would you like to be part of the conversation? Well, just tweet at us during the show

    Matteo – @todoleo

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    Coolsmartphone Podcast – @CSP_Podcast

    The edited version of episode 197 of the Coolsmartphone Podcast will be released later this week. The elves should do their magic in a more timely manner this week, we’re hoping to have it available to download by the weekend.

    Do you have feedback for us? Would you like to suggest something? Please message us on Twitter and we’ll be happy to listen.

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  • Google Search Now Offers 'Fun Facts' for Entertainment Purposes

    Google today made Google Search more entertaining to use with the addition of fun facts. The feature is starting small. Users can type in queries such as “hippo fun facts” and Google Search will display a unique and interesting fact about hippos that may not be well known (apparently hippos can hold their breath for up to five minutes.) What to know more? Refresh the search and Google will display a second fun fact about the search subject. Standard, in-depth results will still be listed below the fun facts, which appear at the top of the results page. Google suggests people stick with fun facts about animals, plants, fruits, and vegetables for now.

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    Encrypted Messaging Service 'Signal' Introduces Video Calling in Beta

    Users of the Signal encrypted messaging and voice calling service, famously employed by National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, can now also use the app for encrypted video chats.

    Open Whisper Systems, the software company that developed Signal, announced new public beta support for encrypted video calling yesterday. The release for both Android and iOS is built on “an entirely new calling infrastructure” that should also improve the voice call quality of the service, the company said.

    First released in 2014, the Signal app is based on the Signal cryptographic protocol, which is also used for secure messaging by Google Allo, Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Such encrypted services are often used to provide secure communications for news tips and conversations between sources and journalists, among other purposes.

    ‘Entirely New Calling Infrastructure’

    Being rolled out in stages to enable feedback about its performance, the latest version of Signal also brings together what were once two different Open Whisper Systems applications, one to support texting and one designed to enable real-time voice calls, company founder Moxie Marlinspike wrote yesterday in a blog post.

    “This represents an entirely new calling infrastructure for Signal, and should increase voice call quality as well,” Marlinspike said. “We think it’s a big improvement, but we’re rolling it out in stages to collect feedback from people with different devices, networks, and regions in order to ensure there are no surprises when it’s enabled for everyone by default.”

    The new encrypted video calling will only work between two Signal users who have both enabled the beta application. iPhone users will also be able to take advantage of new capabilities introduced with last year’s iOS 10 update so they can answer incoming Signal calls with one touch directly from the lock screen.

    Encryption Controversies Back in the…
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    Verizon Wants a $250 Million Discount on Yahoo Sale

    Shares of Yahoo! Inc. soared to a new 52-week high of $46.72 Wednesday morning following a report that Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is close to finalizing the acquisition of Yahoo’s internet properties.

    Verizon agreed to acquire Yahoo’s internet properties last year for $4.8 billion but regulatory scrutiny on a data breach reportedly put a pause to the deal.

    According to a Bloomberg report on Wednesday, the two companies are close to finalizing a new agreement in which Verizon would pay $250 million less than the original $4.8 billion agreed.

    Background

    Yahoo said in September 2016 that personal information of more than half a billion users was stolen in 2014. The company followed up in December when it acknowledged that a breach in 2013 impacted more than one million accounts.

    The pending deal between Verizon and Yahoo was originally expected to close in the first quarter of 2017 but pushed to the second quarter. In addition, the two companies renegotiated the deal but some Wall Street analysts brushed off any concerns and suggested that the final price tag of the deal would be adjusted by 2 percent.

    The Bloomberg report on Wednesday did cite “people familiar with the matter.” Benzinga reached out to both Verizon and Yahoo. At time of publishing, Verizon responded with a “declines to comment.”
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    Apple May Replace iPhone Home Button with Fingerprint-Scanning Screen

    Apple is working on fitting fingerprint scanners beneath the screen of its iPhone, removing the need for a separate home button, a newly published patent has revealed.

    The patent, purchased by Apple as part of its acquisition of a display company called LuxVue in 2014, details a system of using LEDs mounted underneath a display to both detect finger?EU?s position and scan its surface to be able to read a fingerprint.

    Apple said in the newly reassigned patent : ?EU?When the fingerprint is placed upon the transparent substrate, the sensing IR diodes within the display panel sense patterned IR light reflected off grooves of the fingerprint surface.

    ?EU?This patterned IR light is relayed to the output processor as a bitmap where it is processed to determine the fingerprint surface?EU?s unique pattern. Because the display panel can sense IR light, the display panel is able to perform surface profile determination when the display panel is not emitting visible light.?EU?

    The LuxVue-developed technology concentrates on using tiny LEDs under the display to replicate the ability to detect the presence of a finger or other interacting element against the glass of a screen. The majority of mobile devices use capacitive touchscreen layers, which detect a change in capacitance when a finger or other conductive element touches the screen. The technology is also used in many fingerprint sensors and other devices, but has drawbacks particularly in cold weather — they do not work very well when a finger is covered in a glove unless that glove has conductive surface.

    The patent describes the use of the array of LED sensors under the display to replicate the functions of both a traditional capacitive touchscreen and a fingerprint scanner, replicating the function of Apple?EU?s Touch ID home button.

    Apple states: ?EU?The ability to detect an object?EU?s surface profile while the display panel…
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    Facebook Is Launching an App for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV

    Facebook is coming to your television. The social network on Tuesday announced a new app for set-top boxes, including Apple TV [pictured above], Amazon Fire TV and the Samsung Smart TV. The app will let you watch the same kinds of video you can already find on Facebook, but (presumably) on a much larger screen.

    Dan Rose, Facebook’s VP of Partnerships, announced the new app at the Code Media conference at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, Calif.

    “A lot of people when they’re watching video on News Feed during the day will save it for later because they don’t have time to watch that three-minute video,” Rose said. “Now it’s easy to go on your TV if you want to do that at night.”

    The new app, which will launch in the next few weeks, gives Facebook yet another way to reach consumers interested in videos and, most likely, another platform to sell video ads.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained the company’s video ambitions on its Q4 earnings call earlier this month, saying he wanted Facebook to become the place users go when they “want to watch videos or want to keep up to date with what’s going on with their favorite show.”

    Facebook users were watching more than 100 million hours of video every day in early 2016, and Facebook wants even more. The company is in conversation with video creators to license content and is pushing some of its publishing partners to create longer videos in an effort to get more TV-style content onto the platform.

    All of those long-form videos would, presumably, be available on the new TV app.

    What’s unclear is how much appetite users – and advertisers – will have for a standalone video app. Facebook spent the better part of 2016 testing a dedicated video tab inside its app before finally…
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    Up, Up and Away: Passenger-Carrying Drone To Fly in Dubai

    Up, up and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July.

    The arrival of the Chinese-made EHang 184 — which already has had its flying debut over Dubai’s iconic, sail-shaped Burj al-Arab skyscraper hotel — comes as the Emirati city also has partnered with other cutting-edge technology companies, including Hyperloop One.

    The question is whether the egg-shaped, four-legged craft will really take off as a transportation alternative in this car-clogged city already home to the world’s longest driverless metro line.

    Mattar al-Tayer, the head of Dubai’s Roads & Transportation Agency, announced plans to have the craft regularly flying at the World Government Summit. Before his remarks on Monday, most treated the four-legged, eight-propeller craft as just another curiosity at an event that views itself as a desert Davos.

    “This is not only a model,” al-Tayer said. “We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai’s skies.”

    The craft can carry a passenger weighing up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and a small suitcase. After buckling into its race-car-style seat, the craft’s sole passenger selects a destination on a touch-screen pad in front of the seat and the drone flies there automatically.

    The drone, which has a battery allowing for a half-hour flight time and a range of up to 50 kilometers (31 miles), will be monitored remotely by a control room on the ground. It has a top speed of 160 kph (100 mph), but authorities say it will be operated typically at 100 kph (62 mph).

    Al-Tayer said the drone would begin regular operations in July. He did not elaborate.

    The Road and Transportation Agency later issued a statement saying the drone had been examined by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and was controlled through 4G mobile internet. The agency did not immediately respond to…
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