The Vivo Nex’s pop-up selfie camera gets stripped bare in new teardown

With its mechanized pop-up selfie camera that was first revealed back at MWC in February, the Vivo Nex has helped kicked off what might be the our favorite smartphone design trend of 2018 – one that’s finally seeing phone makers ditch the derivative ‘notch’ screen cut-outs that have become all too common since Apple unveiled the iPhone X last year.  Chinese phone-maker Oppo has already followed in Vivo’s footsteps, having announced its own smartphone with pop-up camera design last week…

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M1 and Nokia to trial 5G small cells

Singaporean mobile carrier M1 has announced that it will be trialling 5G small cells in partnership with Nokia at the end of this year. The trials will take place across M1’s 4.5G narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) heterogeneous network (HetNet) in Singapore, which was rolled out using Nokia’s Flexi Zone Wi-Fi equipment and small cells and was labelled a precursor for 5G. According to M1, the companies will use the tests to inform how to commercially deploy 5G small cells…

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Popular Australian healthcare app in trouble after divulging patient info

Australia’s national broadcaster ABC News has today revealed that Perth-based digital healthcare service HealthEngine – whose app and site have been used by millions of Australians to book medical appointments – has been sharing patient information with law firms on the hunt for personal injury cases. That information is then being used to target ad campaigns at applicable HealthEngine users. The news broke after the ABC received documents from law firm Slater & Gordon that reveal the healthcare startup has…

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Intel’s leadership crisis hits in midst of reorganization

Video: Intel promises PC owners smartphone-like battery life Intel faces a serious leadership crisis in its search for a CEO because of a 2011 ban on workplace fraternization — a policy absent at many of Silicon Valley largest companies. Read also: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigns, interim appointed The sudden resignation of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich comes at a tough time for the world’s largest semiconductor maker. Krzanich was leading a major reorganization of the company and a change in…

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New report tips some major upgrades for the Samsung Galaxy S10

Is it too early for rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S10? Of course not, and a new report out of South Korea suggests we can look forward to an in-display fingerprint sensor, advanced face recognition, and a choice of two screen sizes when the handset arrives sometime next year. Along the way the iris scanning tech of the current Galaxy phones is getting ditched, according to sources speaking to The Bell. Samsung will instead go all-in with fingerprints and a…

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An Apple store employee told me I was charging my iPhone wrong

Video: Uh-oh: Your iPhone’s battery doesn’t get a break with wireless charging It haunts me every day. I’ve not been able to talk about it with friends, though my wife noticed and began to ask if I had, you know, problems. I can only speak publicly about it now because of two convergent snippets of rumor. The first says that Apple’s AirPower charger might arrive in September. (Or, you know, some time soonish.) Read also: Counting down Apple’s Lightning connector…

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Leaks reveal more details of the Snapdragon 1000 for laptops

With Qualcomm working with Microsoft to get its Snapdragon chips into Windows 10 laptops, there have been rumors that a supercharged processor called the Snapdragon 1000 is on the way to give these devices a serious performance boost. Thanks to some digging done by WinFuture, we now know (or think we know) a bit more about it: it’s going to use a relatively large 20mm x 15mm design (offering room for more cores), and draw a hefty 12W of power.…

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Microsoft unexpectedly drops Windows 7 support for some ancient CPUs

In August 2000, nearly 18 years ago, Intel proudly showed off its newest CPU family, the Pentium 4. ZDNet was there to cover the announcement and highlighted one of the signature features of the new chip: The Pentium 4 does have other advantages over the Pentium III, analysts said. It packs an improved floating point unit and a new set of multimedia instructions, called SSE2, that allow the chip to process multimedia in parallel, thereby speeding performance. [emphasis added] I’m…

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Fitbit Versa 2: what we want to see

With the Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa, Fitbit has moved beyond mere activity trackers and into the realm of smartwatches – albeit ones that still put exercise and health front and center – but while those first models were more than competent, there’s lots of room for improvement with the next generation. With that in mind we’ve created a list of the main things we want to see from the Fitbit Versa 2 if and when it launches. And ‘if’…

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PayPal touts global reach as mobile wallets pop up in APAC

Amid the rise of e-wallets and mobile payment platforms in Asia-Pacific, PayPal is betting on its global reach and security infrastructure to keep its digital payments service relevant. The region’s online payments and e-commerce markets had seen significant progress in the last couple of years, fuelled largely by an active consumer ecosystem and various government efforts to digitise the payments industry, said PayPal CTO Sri Shivananda, in an interview with ZDNet. There also had been much innovation in the industry,…

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Facebook wants to tell you how much time you’re wasting on Facebook

Tech companies are apparently a lot more interested in our digital well-being these days, with both Android P and iOS 12 showing off features that tell you how much time you’re spending glued to your smartphone’s screen. Now it would appear that Facebook is getting in on the act too. TechCrunch discovered a page hidden away in the Facebook app for Android called “Your Time on Facebook” – as the name suggests, it tells you how much time you’re spending…

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Laptop makers question the keyboard in an all-glass world

Video: What is a 2-in-1 hybrid device? As smartphones transitioned to becoming all-touchscreen faces, these newer keyboard-free designs were still considered smartphones. But remove the keyboard from a Windows laptop and you strip its identity, leaving you with a whole other class of device: The tablet. Indeed, the term “2-in-1” for a laptop with a detachable screen is a construct to accommodate iPad-inspired notions of what a laptop should be from a company that argued there really wasn’t a standalone…

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How to watch Garcia vs Murray: live stream the boxing from anywhere

When is the Garcia vs Murray fight? Martin Murray vs Roberto Garcia takes place today, with the fighters expected to enter the ring at around 10pm BST, which is 5pm ET and 2pm PT. The venue for the fight is the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome) in London. Martin Murray doesn’t believe in giving up. Despite four unsuccessful attempts at grabbing an elusive world title, the 35-year-old is back for more and will now fight Roberto Garcia to…

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Need to keep tabs on employees’ phone activites? Save 20 percent on FoneMonitor

ZDNet’s Business Bargain Hunter scours the web for great deals on computers, phones, services and much more. Prices and availability are accurate at the time deals are shared. Some products and services may not be available outside the U.S. Follow BBH on Facebook and Twitter, where he’s known as The Cheapskate. Plus: You’ll find more Cheapskate deals on CNET. FoneMonitor Quick housekeeping note: I’m on vacation for the next two weeks, but rest assured I’ll have plenty of new deals…

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How to watch Germany vs Sweden: live stream World Cup football from anywhere

Live stream Germany vs Sweden – when and where This Group F game sees Germany vs Sweden at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. It’s the late 9m kick-off in Russia. So the game will start at 7pm BST, 2pm ET, 11am PT, 4am AEST. That’s 8pm in Berlin and Stockholm. Well I don’t think we expected this at the start of Russia 2018. Germany vs Sweden was supposed to be the game to see who would top group F,…

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4G provision in Brazil sees mixed results

4G provision in Brazil has seen mixed results over the last six months, according to a new report. The second Mobile Networks Update for Brazil by UK research firm OpenSignal considered metrics such as availability, average download and upload speeds as well as latency. 4G availability in the country has seen a “notable increase” over the period on three of Brazil’s four national LTE providers. The biggest availability gains were delivered by América Móvil’s Claro and Telecom Italia’s TIM, the…

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