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FCC gives carriers more tools to fight illegal robocalls

Have you ever received a call from the IRS tell you that you owe a ton of money? What about from a “Microsoft support specialist” telling you that your computer is infected with viruses? These are (almost always) illegal robocalls that use phone number spoofing to get you to pick up. It has become a huge problem over the last couple of years, with companies like T-Mobile going so far as to label suspected bad actors when they call you. Now, the FCC is getting involved.

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While T-Mobile’s naming and shaming move is a step in the right direction, it’s not enough. These calls still get through and not ever carrier alerts its customers. Plus, even if you are being alerted, it’s pretty frustrating to get five calls a day you have to immediately dismiss. To help telecoms out, the FCC passed a new rule allowing them to block robocalls which use caller ID spoofing. These spammers will no longer be able to impersonate phone numbers that do not exist, are not allocated to subscribers, or are in-bound phone numbers only.

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The new rules let telecoms automatically block calls that spoof the number to show up as 911 or 411 as well. Also on the list are numbers with unassigned area codes, numbers that do not have the correct number of digits, and unassigned repeating numbers like 000-000-0000.

These new rules are going into effect right now. Companies that utilize robocalls to alert customers that prescriptions are ready or that a repairman is on the way should not be affected by these new rules. Carriers will only have the ability to block robocalls that do not give subscribers an opt-in method.

What do you think of these new rules? Do you think it’ll actually cut down on the number of illegal robocalls or is it an empty gesture? Let us know down in the comments.

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Google looks to make Chrome OS much more touch-friendly than before

Traditional, non-touchscreen Chrome OS were very popular in the past, but partly due to the inclusion of Android app support, Google has slowly made its desktop operating system more touch-friendly over the years. That trend looks to continue with an updated look and feel that make Chrome OS more touch-friendly than before.

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Based on the video, which was first spotted by Engadget and uploaded by Chromium evangelist François Beaufort, the redesigned desktop takes cues from Android by having the app launcher window at the bottom of the screen when you click on the Apps button. By comparison, clicking on the Apps button will pop open a window in the current version of Chrome OS.

In the redesign, clicking on the Apps button also opens a search bar, which you can drag up to open the full app drawer. Alternatively, five “suggested apps” sit right below the search bar, so there is no need to open the app drawer if the app you want is there.

The best part about the redesign is you do not have to wait to play around with it – it is live on Chrome OS’ canary channel. Even so, the software is incredibly buggy, so unless you live on the bleeding edge, it might be best to wait until Google irons out all of the kinks.

What is promising about the update, though, is that Google looks to be interested in changing Chrome OS from an operating system designed around a keyboard and mouse to one that takes your fingers into account. It also means that manufacturers could eventually release new types of Chrome OS devices instead of the laptop/touchscreen hybrids that dominate the Chrome OS market today.

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Once a Bluetooth earpiece and speaker juggernaut, Jawbone appears to be no more

Known for its Bluetooth speakers, earpieces, and fitness trackers, Jawbone appears to be on the way out as the company is reported to have begun liquidation proceedings and its CEO to have already moved on.

The report comes to us courtesy of The Information, with The Verge also independently confirming Jawbone’s demise. According to both outlets, Jawbone co-founder and CEO Hosain Rahman founded Jawbone Health Hub, a new company that will focus on health-related hardware and software services.

Many Jawbone employees have reportedly moved to the new company, a move that prevents Rahman from truly starting from square one. Existing Jawbone products will allegedly be serviced by Jawbone Health Hub once the nail is put in Jawbone’s coffin, though we presume that the manufacturing of said products will halt due to the pivot to the health sector.

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Alas, these reports seemingly put an end to the sad state of affairs that is Jawbone. Signs of financial trouble were in the air when the company laid off 60 employees, or 15 percent of its workforce, back in November 2015. Jawbone said the layoffs were part of wider “streamlining,” but eyebrows were raised when it was reported that the company halted production of its UP fitness trackers and sold remaining inventory to a third party.

Jawbone refuted the report and said it was committed to the wearable market. That commitment was questioned yet again in February 2017, when it was reported that Jawbone would leave the wearable market and enter the world of medical services, moves that line up with the news of Jawbone’s liquidation and eventual demise.

It is a shame, really, since Jawbone’s products would not be classified as bad – one of Jawbone’s Bluetooth speakers was even called “America’s Favorite Wireless Speaker.” Unfortunately for the company, its 18 years of existence have also been highlighted by product failures, unpaid contractors, layoffs, lawsuits, and (now) a lack of relevancy in a market now dominated by the likes of Fitbit, Xiaomi, and Apple.

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Moto Z2 lineup: all the rumors in one place (Update: more Moto Z2 and Z2 Play pics leak)

Update: Following the Moto Z2 Play retail box leak yesterday (seen below at the end of the specs section), we’ve now got our hands on even more images of the rumored handset. Better still, this time we’ve also got a look at supposed photos of the Moto Z2. Check them out at the “Design” section below.

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming Moto Z2, Moto Z2 Force, and Moto Z2 Play.

Last year, Lenovo took the wraps off three Moto Z devices. These include the high-end Moto Z and Z Force and the mid-range Moto Z Play. All three stand out from the crowd thanks to their modular design that works a lot better compared to last year’s LG G5. You have the option of choosing between a few different accessories called Moto Mods, which simply snap on to the back of the smartphones.

Lenovo is expected to announce the next Moto Z generation soon. We have come across a bunch of rumors regarding the Moto Z2, Z2 Force, and Z2 Play, which we have rounded up in this post. So if you want to know when the devices will be announced, what will they offer specs-wise, what will they look like, and how much you’ll have to fork out to get your hands on them, keep reading. You’ll find all these information and more down below.

As always, do keep in mind that these are just rumors for now. Although the company did share a few minor details regarding its upcoming smartphones so far, most specs and features haven’t been officially confirmed yet.

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Moto Z2 lineup: release date

The Moto Z and Z Force were officially announced at the beginning of June 2016 at Lenovo’s TechWorld event in San Francisco. They went on sale in July in the US but were exclusive to Verizon for the first few months. The unlocked version of the Moto Z then went up for pre-order in September with sales starting a month later. The Moto Z Force, on the other hand, remained exclusive to Verizon, as the unlocked version of the device was not released.

Things were a little bit different when it comes to the Moto Z Play. The mid-range smartphone was announced at a later date, at the end of August to be more exact. But it did go up for pre-order along with the Moto Z and also started shipping to customers in October.

Unlike in 2016, Lenovo is expected to announce the entire Z2 lineup at the same time. Although not confirmed, the Moto Z2, Z2 Force, and Z2 Play may be revealed at an event on June 8. This is based on the leaked image of the Z2 Play (check the Design section below), which shows this date on its screen. As the Moto Z and Z Force were announced in June last year, the date does make a lot of sense.

Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly when the smartphones will go on sale. Our best guess is that they will be released in July, with the unlocked versions coming at a later date, just like last year. What we do know is that unlike its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Force won’t be exclusive to Verizon. According to Evan Blass, you’ll also be able to get the smartphone from T-Mobile and maybe even Sprint and other carriers at launch. If true, this likely means that the other two smartphones, the Z2 and Z2 Play, will also be available at multiple carriers when they are released.

Moto Z2 lineup: specs

As a flagship, the Moto Z2 will obviously sport high-end specs. Just like its predecessor, it is expected to feature a 5.5-inch display with QHD resolution. We doubt that the smartphone will have a screen smaller than last year’s Moto Z, while increasing its size probably also isn’t a great option as that would push it into the phablet category.

The Moto Z2 will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and will have 4 GB or maybe even 6 GB of RAM. You’ll find a fingerprint scanner below the screen with support for various swiping gestures, like the ones already seen on the Moto G5 series.

We expect to see big changes in the camera department, as the device will have a dual-camera setup on the back. According to well-known leaker Ricciolo, Lenovo has opted for a lower megapixel count and larger pixels this year, which means that the camera should perform better in low-light conditions. No word on the front-facing camera so far, aside from the fact that it will have LED flash.

When it comes to software, the Moto Z2 will ship with Android 7.1.1 Nougat on board. As usual, the company will add its own user interface on top that doesn’t change the look and feel of the OS much. It’s pretty close to stock Android, which is something a lot of users will welcome with open arms.

As expected, the Moto Z2 Force will be quite similar to the Z2 in terms of specs. Like last year, we can expect to see three differences. The first is the camera, which might offer more megapixels and should perform a little bit better. The second change is a larger battery, while the third is the ShatterShield display, which shouldn’t crack easily when you drop the phone on the ground, for example.

The Moto Z2 Play, on the other hand, will offer mid-range specs. According to Evan Blass, the smartphone will have a 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution and will be powered by the Snapdragon 626 chipset running at 2.2 GHz. Others specs include 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a fingerprint scanner, a 12 MP primary camera with dual auto-focus, and a selfie snapper with a 5 MP sensor.

Many of these details have since been (almost) confirmed in leaked retail box images via Brazilian tech site TecDuos — along with microSD card support. The photos also indicate that a model with 64 GB of internal storage space will be available, but whether this is the base model or a more expensive option we aren’t yet sure (it’s likely the former, though).

Unfortunately, the Z2 Play will pack a smaller battery than its predecessor. Lenovo has confirmed that the device will feature a 3,000 mAh battery, whereas the one found in the Z Play has a capacity of 3,510 mAh. This means that the upcoming smartphone will likely be thinner, as well as lighter.

Moto Z2 lineup: design

Thanks to a few images that made their way online over the last month or so, we already know what the upcoming devices will look like.

Back in April, we obtained renders and a 360-degree video of the upcoming Moto Z2 Force in collaboration with OnLeaks. The smartphone looks quite similar to its predecessor, with a few minor exceptions. These include the dual camera setup on the back, more rounded edges, and a redesigned fingerprint scanner below the screen. You can check out a few images of the device and the 360-degree video down below.


What’s interesting is that the smartphone would apparently feature the 3.5 mm headphone jack, which was missing on last year’s Moto Z Force. And that’s despite the fact that it will be thinner than its predecessor. The Moto Z2 Force is rumored to be 5.99 mm thick (8.50 mm with back camera bump), while last year’s Moto Z Force comes in at 7 mm.

Another image of the Moto Z2 Force has leaked recently, which gives us an even better look at the device. It has a gold back and a white front, but we do expect to see more colors once the device gets officially released.

Back in April, we also saw the first image of the Moto Z2 Play (featuring a design now confirmed by the leaked retail box images seen above). As you can see, it’s almost identical to the Z2 Force and also comes in the exact same color option. The main differences are that the Z2 Play sports a single camera on the back and has the Moto logo above the screen, instead of below it.

Subsequently, leaker Roland Quant has published images of the device with the Moto Mod accessories — the Hasselblad camera, battery pack and JBL speaker — and a 360-degree view of the rumored smartphone.

The last smartphone to pose for the camera was the Moto Z2. The leaked image, that we received from a trusted source, only shows the front of the device, which looks quite similar to the rest of the Z2 series. Again, there are a few differences including a slightly redesigned speaker grill and a different — black  color option.

Since then, we’ve also got a look at more suspected photos of the unit via SlashLeaks. These show off the unit in a blue case, and would seemingly verify our original photo of the handset. Somewhat disappointingly, however, the full set of images indicates that the Moto Z2 won’t feature a 3.5 mm headphone port. Sorry, folks.

One important thing worth pointing out is that all three devices feature a modular design, just like the previous generation. They have magnetic pins at the back that are used to attach various accessories called Moto Mods. There are a few of them available including the JBL SoundBoost speaker, Moto insta-share projector, and Incipio offGRID Power Pack. These are all expected to be compatible with the new Moto Z series, however, we wouldn’t mind seeing a few more Moto Mods announced along with the upcoming smartphones.

Moto Z2 lineup: price

There’s no word on how much the Moto Z2 smartphones will retail for, but we can get a better idea of what to expect by taking a closer look at the prices of its predecessors.

When launched, Verizon sold the Moto Z for $ 624, while the Moto Z Force was available for $ 720. The unlocked version of the Moto Z, which was released at a later date, was initially priced at $ 699. The Moto Z Play was obviously more affordable, as you had to dish out $ 449.99 to get it.

The best case scenario is that the prices will remain more or less the same, as it’s highly unlikely that the smartphones will be cheaper this year. Although anything is possible, we doubt that this will happen. As always, there’s a chance that Lenovo might increase the prices a little bit, which is something no one probably wants to see, right?

These are all the rumors regarding the upcoming Moto Z2 lineup we have come across so far. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.

Meanwhile, do let us know what you think about the smartphones. Which one do you think will be the most successful among consumers? Share your opinion with us by posting a comment down below.

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Google Phone 9.0 teardown reveals upcoming features – notification channels, picture messaging and more

A Google Phone update doesn’t usually offer too much to talk about. Last week’s version 9.0 rollout apparently had nothing for us to write about, but a teardown has uncovered a few gems within the code. There is evidence of at least a handful of new features present in this new update.

For starters, notification channels are a hot Android O topic, and Google looks to be getting its Phone app ready to take advantage of these. This new feature will allow applications to group notifications into categories. Sounds, vibrations and notification lights could then react differently to each.

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Plenty of phones have the option to send a prewritten text message when one can’t answer a call, but what about the caller? It’s common to send a message to the recipient, letting him know what the call was about, or its level of urgency. There is code in this APK file regarding “post-call messages”, which would be just what their moniker entails. There aren’t many details on how this will be implemented, but it sure sounds like a helpful tool is in the works.

There is also some code in Google Phone 9.0 that hints at more convenient picture messaging. Here’s the thing: if you’ve ever wanted to quickly send an image during a call, you’d normally need to exit the phone app, open your messaging app of choice, then go about sending your photo. Google Phone 9.0 contains a few different notifications relating to picture messaging, including “Received a photo” and “Sent a photo”.

Lastly, there’s some code relating to dialer codes, too. Not familiar with dialer codes? The idea is that you can dial a series of characters to display information or perform certain actions. Now it seems like the Google Phone app will be able to take advantage of these.

Plenty of codes show up in the teardown, but we don’t know what they do just yet. And while some have been used in the past, we advise that you don’t test your luck. That is, unless you know what you are doing and realize using these could potentially damage your phone and/or void your warranty. Hit the source link to see the codes.

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Slack gets Material Design overhaul, better notifications and much more in version 2.0 update

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Slack, the popular communications app, is getting a huge update to version 2.0 that brings a much more polished, refined navigation experience, a ton of visual changes, and improved notifications.

Upon opening the app for the first time, you’ll notice the Slack team has taken some inspiration from Google’s Material Design guidelines, giving the app a nice aesthetic refresh. Both the left and right navigation drawers have been removed this time around. Instead, the app relies heavily on a much simpler tabbed navigation layout, which should be a welcome change for most users. This way you’ll be able to easily navigate to your channels, direct messages, starred items and mentions. You can now quickly jump to any channel, group or direct message by using the new “Jump to…” search bar at the top.

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The notification experience has been improved this time around, with notifications now being separated by team. Version 2.0 also brings a floating action button for quick access to DMs. If you’re interested, here’s the full changelog for the version 2.0 update:

  • The left and right drawers have been dropped in favor a simpler tabbed navigation. Tabs provide quick access to all your channels, direct messages, starred items, and mentions.
  • Know exactly where you want to go? Quickly “Jump to…” any channel, group, or direct message.
  • Constantly switching between teams? Simply select your team from the top dropdown and off you go.
  • A much refined notification experience, with notifications grouped by team.
  • A shiny new button floats attractively in the bottom right corner of the channels list for quickly locating or creating channels, DMs or groups.
  • Search functionality has been greatly improved with the ability to open search results in a new “archive viewer” so you can see the full context of a message result.

The new version of Slack is rolling out in the Google Play Store as we speak, though the Slack team notes that the update will be rolling out through tomorrow. Head to the Play Store link below to check for the newest version!

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Plex version 4.0 update brings a revamped UI, increased access to Android TV and more


Plex, the popular media server application, has just received a major update on Android. Version 4.0 brings a revamped user interface with Material Design enhancements, support for Plex Home, and increased access to Android TV.

The first big change you’ll notice upon launching the app is a redesigned interface and a completely redone home screen. The redesign brings the app closer to Plex’s new modern interface which makes server selection and content discovery much easier.

The Plex team has also added in full support for Plex Home, which makes it easier to switch between users in your Home and protect your account with a PIN. Additionally, Android TV access is getting expanded to more users. In the past, the Android TV interface was only available to those who subscribed to a Plex Pass, but now if you’d like to use the interface, you’ll be able to pay a one-time in-app purchase to get access.

If you’re interested, here’s the full changelog for the 4.0 update:

  • Redesigned home dashboard.
  • Plex Home support for managed users and fast user switching.
  • Don’t require activation when playing media flung from other devices.
  • [Android TV] App can now be activated with a Plex Pass enabled account -OR- an in-app purchase.
  • Fix crash when selecting the ‘already paid’ option on the welcome screen.
  • Fix crash scrolling on the home screen immediately after a pull-to-refresh operation.

If you have yet to grab the update, be sure to head to the Play Store link below.

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China to impose more restrictions on companies like Qualcomm


As EETAsia reports, China’s antitrust regulators are about to impose additional restrictions on foreign companies operating inside the country within the semiconductor industry. This means that companies such as Qualcomm and other American companies will be dealing with China’s antitrust regulators on an even greater scale. China’s semiconductor market is currently the world’s largest.

The Chinese government is likely trying to slow down companies such as Qualcomm (US) and MediaTek (Taiwan) in favor of state-run companies such as Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and Spreadtrum Communications. Combine that with the fact that China is already probing Qualcomm over antitrust concerns and it isn’t hard to see why Qualcomm has been forced to cut sales and profit expectations for the year.

As the Financial Times notes, the investigation into Qualcomm by the Chinese government is being done by a powerful state central planning body, with a fearsome reputation and a win rate “which if it is not 100 per cent, it’s pretty close.”



Qualcomm is not alone in dealing with China’s regulators. Whether it is Apple, IBM or Microsoft, China has “been counselling, cajoling and sometimes banning state companies and government agencies from buying US high-tech goods.”

“China seeks to strengthen such [state] companies through the anti-monopoly law and, in apparent disregard of the AML, encourages them to consolidate market power, though this is contrary to the normal purpose of competition law.” – US Chamber of Commerce, Financial Times

Considering that China owns the largest three domestic telecom service providers in China (China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom) and that all of them are moving to chips that are supported by Chinese vendors, many in the US continue to be skeptical of the motives of the Chinese government in their investigation of Qualcomm and other foreign corporations operating inside China.

It should also be noted that Qualcomm is far from an angel. The company was hit with a $ 20 million fine in South Korea in 2009 and was forced to renegotiate licensing agreements with Nokia and others by the European Commission in 2007.

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Black Friday 2014 memory card roundup (Update: 256GB flash drive and more added)

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Black Friday is just two days away now, and we’ve already covered quite a few deals. For those looking to buy a new microSD card  this week, however, this is the list for you. You’ll find all sorts of sizes ranging to as little 8GB or as much as 128GB, plus USB flash drives up to 256GB.

While most of these deals are already in affect, those that aren’t live yet are marked for your convenience. We will also be updating the post if and when we run into more great deals on microSD cards. So without further ado, let’s jump in and take a closer look:

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