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Here's how and why everyone's phone may get COVID-detecting sensors

Jak Connor | Sat, Apr 10 2021 5:35 AM CDT

Researchers at General Electric have been awarded a grant to assist them in developing COVID-19 sensors for mobile devices.

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The researchers at General Electric have been awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to develop sensors that can detect and indentify the presence of COVID-19 nano-particles. According to the researchers behind the newly developed tech, these sensors have the same detection capabilities as some instruments that you could find in a laboratory. Additionally, the researchers claim that they can isolate virus particles.

Radislav Potyrailo, a principal scientist at GE Research said, "Our sensors are sort of like bloodhounds. We train them to detect a specific thing, and they are able to do that well without being thrown off the trail by something else." The team of researchers will be spending the next two years developing the sensor, which is only the size of a finger-tip. Eventually the researchers hope that the sensor will make it into iPhone's and and Android devices so people can scan for virus particles at places such as airports, stores or ATM machines.

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Apple's new 2021 iPad Pro with Mini LED display should launch in April

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Apr 6 2021 7:40 PM CDT

Apple is poised to launch its next-gen 2021 iPad Pro in the coming weeks, with the introduction of exciting new Mini LED display technology.

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According to new rumors the 2021 iPad Pro will be launched in mid-April, so just a week or so away from now with the Wi-Fi only model launching first and a 5G-capable iPad Pro launching in the weeks after. The new leaks are coming from leaker 'Kang' who says the Wi-Fi only 2021 iPad Pro launches in mid-April, 5G-powered one in the weeks after.

We are to expect Apple's next-gen A14X processor inside of the new 2021 iPad Pro, with the aesthetics and design of the new 2021 iPad Pro expected to be the same as previous-gen iPad Pro models, all of the new goodies will be inside. The new Mini LED display will be the big point here with the 2021 iPad Pro, but we should have camera upgrades, speakers upgrades, slimmer bezels and a few other tweaks like usual from Apple.

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Life isn't so Good for LG mobile business, which is shutting down

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Apr 5 2021 7:17 PM CDT

In a surprise move, LG has just announced that it is shutting its mobile business down -- LG's board of directors approved the decision that will allow the company to put its efforts into other areas of its business.

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LG will now put more of its efforts into other industries it has it already works in: electric vehicle components, connected devices, smart homes, robotics, artificial intelligence, business-to-business solutions, as well as platforms and services. As for LG's official statement on pulling out of the mobile business, LG explains:

"Current LG phone inventory will continue to be available for sale. LG will provide service support and software updates for customers of existing mobile products for a period of time which will vary by region. LG will work collaboratively with suppliers and business partners throughout the closure of the mobile phone business. Details related to employment will be determined at the local level".

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If your phone passcode is any of these it can easily be hacked

Jak Connor | Mon, Apr 5 2021 9:02 AM CDT

You may not know it, but the security passcode that you use for your phone, whether it be iPhone or an Android, could be a very simple combination for a hacker to guess.

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In the entirety of this article, you will find a list of the most common guessable passcodes that have been published by security expert Tarah Wheeler. Wheeler noted back in 2019 that almost 30% of all iPhones that have been broken into are using one of these twenty different passcodes, which is why it's recommended to change your passcode to something else if you find it on the list.

If you are still worried about your phone passcode being guessed by someone, you can always enable Face ID/Touch ID or whatever is equivalent to your Android device. These forms of security make it much more difficult for someone to try and get into your phone as they cannot be randomly guessed. Digital security is important, and the more you adopt technology into your life, the more important it is to make sure it's secure becomes.

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Google's next-gen Pixel 6 rumored to pack in-house 'Whitechapel' chip

Anthony Garreffa | Sun, Apr 4 2021 10:06 PM CDT

Google will unveil its next-gen Pixel 6 smartphones later this year, with 9to5Google reporting that the new Pixel 6 will be one of the first devices running on Google's own in-house "GA101" Whitechapel chip.

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The new Whitechapel chip has been rumored since early 2020 and would see Google building and using its own in-house SoCs to power their Pixel smartphones and Chromebooks. This is similar to how Apple uses its own chips inside of the iPhone and Mac and Samsung splits its Galaxy smartphones with some of them running the in-house Exynos chip while the others use a Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm.

9to5Google reports that we could see the first Whitechapel-powered smartphone with the release of Google's next-gen Pixel 6 family of handsets, with "GS101" possibly standing for "Google Silicon". Another tip is Whitechapel is "used in connection" with the codename Slider that 9to5Google found in the Google Camera app.

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Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S22 Ultra concept teased with 200MP camera

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Mar 29 2021 10:30 PM CDT

Samsung's current flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra already has an incredible camera, as my personal daily driver smartphone it has an amazing camera -- but the Galaxy S22 Ultra might pack a huge 200MP sensor that will take things to the next level.

A new Galaxy S22 Ultra concept has been teased by Technizo Concept where it looks identical to the current Galaxy S21 Ultra and its bulky camera-packed rear bump, but with a gigantic almost comically big 200-megapixel camera. The reason for the size is that the huge 200MP sensor would allow a huge amount of light in, allowing for some ultra-detailed images in some super-dark lighting conditions.

The concept also has Samsung's infamous S-Pen working with the Galaxy S22 Ultra concept smartphone, with the current Galaxy S21 Ultra packing S-Pen support I'd be disappointed to see Samsung suddenly nix it in the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The huge sensor would look stupidly big on the Galaxy S22 Ultra at first, but boy would it me a talking point if that turned out to be real.

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Samsung rumored to be working on 'double-folding' foldable smartphone

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Mar 22 2021 9:29 PM CDT

Samsung has a number of foldable smartphones on the market right now, and it seems the South Korean electronics giant is not slowing down one bit.

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Fresh rumors suggest Samsung is working on a new "double-folding" smartphone, which would see the smartphone fully unfolding into bigger smartphone with an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 18:9. Why is this important? The scaling issues with Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2 should be a thing of the past with the "double-folding" display.

Nikkei Asia is reporting that Samsung is "betting heavily on foldable smartphones, with plans to sharply increase production and a new, double-folding model under development". Samsung has already confirmed it will be skipping over the release of the Galaxy Note this year, while in its place foldable smartphone announcements increase.

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Don't worry, Google's new Nest display just wants to watch you sleep

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Mar 16 2021 8:24 PM CDT

Google has just unveiled its second-gen smart display with the new Nest Hub that has some new sleep-detecting features that will help you better understand your sleep. Google calls this new technology Sleep Sensing, which they explain in the video below:

Inside, the new Google Nest Hub speaker has the same audio technology as Nest Audio but now packs 50% more bass over the original Hub. These upgrades in audio are welcomed as the Nest Hub makes for the perfect device to play your music through Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and Pandora -- as well as TV shows and movies on Netflix, Disney+ and YouTube TV.

All of the normal goodies and brains of Google Assistant that were in the original Nest Hub are in the new second-gen Nest Hub, with Google upgrading this area with a new dedicated on-device machine learning chip that the company says "moves some Assistant experiences from our data centers directly onto the device, so responses to common commands become faster over time". This is unfortunately only for the US for now.

You can read more about the new Google Nest Hub here, while you can buy the new Google Nest Hub here.

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iPhone 11 recovered from lake after 6 months, still iWorks

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Mar 8 2021 2:07 AM CST

Anyone who has lost their smartphone into an ocean, river, or lake would think it is gone forever -- well, not for this iPhone 11 which survived at the bottom of a lake for 6 months.

The iPhone 11 was discovered at the bottom of a lake in British Columbia, and once it was discovered it was taken out and cleaned -- it was turned on and discovered to work. In an interview with CNBC, Chilliwack free divers Clayton Helkenberg and his wife Heather said that they were looking on the bottom of the lake for lost items... and what a find.

They discovered many other lost items including other smartphones, but this particular iPhone 11 had survived 6 months and was lost by Fatemeh Ghodsi. Once the iPhone 11 was recovered from the bottom of the lake, it was returned to the owner who explained it had been dropped during a boat ride.

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Nubia's new RedMagic 6 gaming phone: crazy 18GB RAM and 165Hz display

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Mar 4 2021 10:29 PM CST

We've been hearing about the upcoming ASUS ROG Phone 5 gaming smartphone with its teased 18GB of RAM, but Nubia has stepped way ahead of that and revealed their new RedMagic 6 gaming smartphones with 18GB of RAM, but there's a catch...

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Nubia's new RedMagic 6 gaming smartphones are split into the RedMagic 6 and RedMagic 6 Pro, which both sport a 6.8-inch 1080p AMOLED display at an insane 165Hz -- a world-first. The 1080p 165Hz mobile panels have "the industry's highest touch sampling rate" which is 500Hz for single finger and 360Hz for multi-touch.

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 888 chip powers the new Nubia RedMagic 6 gaming smartphones, offering some of the best performance on a mobile chip as well as 5G and Wi-Fi 6E technology. There's some tricky marketing going on here because the Nubia RedMagic 6 gaming smartphones actually have 12GB of physical RAM but Nubia says "RAM Boost memory compression technology" expands virtual memory so it acts as 18GB. Alrighty.

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