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NBC News Launches A News Show For Snapchat

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017


If you like to get your news from unconventional platforms then you’re going to like what NBC News has just launched. The news network has announced the launch of a news show for Snapchat. The headline news show is called “Stay Tuned” and it will be refreshed twice a day on Snapchat. The idea here is to connect the younger generation that’s not necessarily used to getting their news from conventional mediums like TV and newspapers.

Stay Tuned will be up to three minutes in length and will feature up to five segments that will bring headlines related to top national and international stories of the day. The stories will include politics, pop culture, and more.

It won’t just read a bunch of headlines to viewers, though. The show will also explain the importance and provide context about the stories, without dumbing it down.

“We’re assuming the audience is not necessarily attuned to every last coming and going with the news, but we’re also assuming that they have a real hunger for what’s going on in the world,” says NBC News’ head of digital, Nick Ascheim.

Stay Tuned is going to be hosted by NBC News correspondent Gadi Schwartz who was previously contributed to the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and MSNBC. Savannah Sellers will be joining the desk as well, she has previously worked as a digital correspondent.

NBC’s Snapchat news show will air twice every day at 7 am and 4 pm ET in the United States and Canada. Stay Tuned will also be used to deliver breaking news and special reports so on some days there might be more shows.

The shows will also feature correspondents reporting from the field in the future which would give Stay Tuned a more traditional feel.

NBC News Launches A News Show For Snapchat , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Company Making Nokia-Branded Smartphones Loses Its CEO

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017


You will have definitely heard of Nokia even if you’ve never heard of HMD Global. The latter is a Finland-based company that’s now making smartphones and slapping Nokia’s name on them under license from the company. There appears to be some top-level shakeup at HMD Global. The company has confirmed that its CEO Arto Nummela has decided to depart the company with immediate effect.

HMD Global entered into this business by acquiring the manufacturing and distribution assets of Nokia’s phone business from Microsoft last year. It also licensed Nokia’s brand to sell smartphones using the iconic brand name.

HMD has not revealed the reason behind his sudden departure from the position. The company’s statement only mentions that “through mutual agreement between Chief Executive Officer Arto Nummela and the HMD Global Board of Directors, Arto Nummela will leave HMD with immediate effect.”

Florian Seiche, currently the president at HMD Global, will be taking additional charge as the CEO. It’s unclear why Nummela has decided to leave HMD Global and that too close to the launch of the company’s first proper flagship smartphone.

The company’s board isn’t giving any hints as well, with Sam Chin, the Chairman of the Board, merely saying that “Arto Nummela has played a key role in the creation of the HMD Global operation, building the team and launching our first products,”

Company Making Nokia-Branded Smartphones Loses Its CEO , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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OnePlus 5 911 Bug Fix Coming Soon

Adnan Farooqui July 20, 2017


A couple of days ago we heard about a bug that was irking many OnePlus 5 owners. Several OnePlus 5 owners had reported that they were unable to dial 911 on their handset. Whenever they tried to do that the handset would just reboot. That’s certainly not an ideal scenario because you want to be able to reach emergency services at all times. OnePlus has figured out the issue and will be rolling out a fix soon.

Back when this issue was first reported, OnePlus had said that it was looking into the problem and that it had reached out to the users who were experiencing this issue to find out precisely what was causing the handset to reboot when 911 was dialed.

OnePlus has now sent out a statement confirming that it has tested a software update which has resolved the issue. It adds that the software update in question is going to be rolled out shortly.”

It would put a lot of users at ease if OnePlus rolls out this fix quickly. No one wants to be caught in a situation when they have to call 911 but are unable to because that’s the moment their handset picks to reboot on its own.

That being said, this over-the-air update for the OnePlus 5 shouldn’t be long now.

OnePlus 5 911 Bug Fix Coming Soon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Razer Could Be Working On A Smartphone For ‘Hardcore Gamers’

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

Razer is a company that rose to fame thanks to its gaming mice, but the company has since expanded its offerings with keyboards, speakers, headsets, and even computers. This is why the idea of Razer potentially expanding into the mobile market doesn’t really come as a complete surprise, especially with their recent acquisition of Nextbit.

Now it seems that according to a report from Bloomberg (via Gadgets 360), the company is apparently developing a smartphone of its own that would be targeting the “hardcore gamer”. Details about the device are scarce at the moment so it’s hard to imagine what they could be working on that would result in a device that is aimed at gamers.

However it seems that the idea might not be so ludicrous, thanks to a report from last month where Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan revealed the company’s plans to disrupt the mobile gaming market. Tan was quoted as saying, “Right now I don’t see any mobile device or software platform that really fulfills the needs of the [mobile] gamer.”

We have seen companies create phones designed for gaming, like with the Nokia N-Gage and the Sony Xperia Play, although neither really quite achieve mainstream success, possibly due to the fact that both are rather niche products, but given that Apple managed to take tablets mainstream, we suppose Razer could be the one to take gaming phones to new heights.

Razer Could Be Working On A Smartphone For ‘Hardcore Gamers’ , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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WhatsApp Video Could Soon Get Picture-In-Picture Support

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

It wasn’t too long ago that WhatsApp launched the video calling feature for its platform. Given that there are a ton of other messenger apps that support video calling, we guess it’s only a matter of time before they introduced the feature, and now it looks like the feature could be getting a bit of an upgrade.

In a recent tweet by @WABetaInfo, it seems that in the latest beta for WhatsApp for Android, it looks like the video calling feature will be a picture-in-picture (PIP) mode. What this means is that users will be able to shrink the video calling window and move it around the display, thus allowing them to chat with others while maintaining the video call connection.

However according to the tweet, it seems that this particular feature is for Android and for Android 8.0. We’re not sure if by that they mean that it won’t be supported on older Android builds, or if it is only currently being tested on Android 8.0. There was also no mention of iOS, but we expect that if the Android version were to have it, the iOS version should be getting it too.

No word on when this feature will be exiting beta, but if you do rely on WhatsApp’s video calling feature, then this could be a convenient feature to look out for in the future.

WhatsApp Video Could Soon Get Picture-In-Picture Support , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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The New Nokia 3310 Undergoes A Durability Test

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

There are many who consider the Nokia 3310 as being one of the most classic feature phones in existence. This is because the handset was great to use, had pretty amazing games on it, and it was built like a tank where the running joke is that it would be impossible to break. This is why many were excited to see HMD Global relaunch the handset earlier this year.

Now it is clear that based on the design that the new Nokia 3310 is not exactly the same as its predecessor, and so the question is will it be able to withstand the rigors that its predecessor did? That’s a question that YouTuber JerryRigEverything decided to find out for himself as he put the new Nokia 3310 through a durability test.

This involved a variety of “torture” tests such as scratching, burning, and bending. Unfortunately it seems that the new Nokia 3310 scratches easily, thanks to the fact that it is made out of plastic. There was also a bit of melting during the burning processor, although it seems to have made it out of the bend test just fine.

We suppose it’s safe to say that they probably don’t make phones like they did back in the day, but so far reviews of the Nokia 3310 are pretty positive, or at least as much as you might be able to expect from what is essentially a feature phone. That being said if you’re hoping to pick up the handset for yourself, do note that there are no plans to launch it in the US at the moment.

The New Nokia 3310 Undergoes A Durability Test , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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New iPhone 8 Leak Shows Off Rear-Facing Fingerprint Sensor

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

In a recent set of renderings uploaded by Forbes in collaboration with Nodus that are allegedly based on the actual iPhone 8 CAD files, it would seem to suggest that one of our fears of the iPhone 8 has passed, which is that Touch ID will not be placed on the back of the phone. However a recent set of photos posted on Slashleaks (via BGR) tells a different story.

As you can see in the photo above, it shows the alleged rear casing of the iPhone 8, and at the back there is a circular cutout below the Apple logo that seems to suggest that’s where Touch ID could be relocated to. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the possibility that Touch ID could be placed on the back, but at this stage of the game, it certainly is confusing.

It is possible that what we are looking at is a prototype. After all companies like Apple tend to go through multiple prototypes, even working ones, to decide on which is the best solution. In fact if Apple were to fail to put Touch ID under the display of the iPhone 8, the previous report from Forbes suggested that it could instead be placed on the power button at the side of the phone ala Sony.

In any case clearly this should be taken with a grain of salt for now, but with all the back and forth, it’s starting to get a bit hard at telling which is the real deal.

New iPhone 8 Leak Shows Off Rear-Facing Fingerprint Sensor , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple Patent Lets You Call 911 Using Your Fingerprint

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

Calling for emergency services is pretty straightforward and easy as dialing 3 digits (the number varies depending on where you’re from), but sometimes in certain situations, it might not be feasible. This is where a recently discovered patent filed by Apple comes in, where it comes up with alternative ways for users to dial 911.

According to the patent, it describes how one could use just their fingerprints to make their iPhone dial 911. The system describes how users could set up different fingerprints, patterns, or even pressure so that the phone knows when you’re trying to call 911, as opposed to you just pressing on Touch ID to unlock your device.

For example you could use your thumb to unlock your phone, but maybe you could set it up in such a way that your pinky could be used to activate the 911 call, or maybe repeated presses could trigger it, and so on. However given that sometimes it’s not always convenient to speak during emergencies, like if you’re being held hostage, the system will also help relay the necessary information to the emergency services, like your location.

It could also enable the microphone, or even trigger a live stream video. The patent also talks about how it could potentially wipe the data on your phone so that if you know your phone is being stolen, whoever steals it won’t have access to your information. However given that this is just a patent, there’s no telling if it will become a reality, but it is still a pretty clever system all the same.

Apple Patent Lets You Call 911 Using Your Fingerprint , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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New Rumor Suggests iPhone SE Will Be Launched In August

Tyler Lee July 20, 2017

While Apple has mostly focused on its flagship iPhones, the company has in the past tried to launch “cheaper” versions of the iPhone in an attempt to widen its appeal, such as the iPhone 5c and the iPhone SE, although admittedly neither of them have had the same amount of success as Apple’s main iPhone lineup.

This is why it did not come as a surprise to learn that Apple might not be refreshing the iPhone SE this year, but apparently that might not be the case. According to a report from French blog iGeneration (via MacRumors), it seems that Apple could actually introduce a new iPhone SE later this year, possibly alongside the new iPhones in late August which is when the rumored event is said to take place.

The article’s author Mickaël Bazoge told MacRumors that the information was received from a new source with an unproven track record, but he still felt that the source seemed “reliable” anyway. Take it with a grain of salt for now, but this is the first time we’re hearing that Apple could have a new iPhone SE.

Last year famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the company would not be refreshing the iPhone SE in the first half of 2017, which proved to be true, but there was no mention as to whether or not this was applicable to the second half. We suppose it remains to be seen, but we’ll definitely keep our eyes and ears peeled for more information.

New Rumor Suggests iPhone SE Will Be Launched In August , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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