LG’s V30S ThinQ is a V30 with more RAM and AI

LG V30S ThinQ

LG is usually one of the big hitters of Mobile World Congress. In 2016, the company used this show to debut its radical LG G5 modular flagship. In 2017, we saw the LG G6, which was among the first phones with an almost bezel-free display. But in 2018, LG is giving us a rehash: the LG V30S ThinQ.

Yes, I agree, that name is awful.

The V30S retains the exact same design as the V30, the same dual-camera system, the same 18:9 display, same 3,300mAh battery, and same Snapdragon 835 processor. The only upgrades are to memory, with the V30S stepping up from 4GB of RAM to 6GB, and from a choice between 64GB or 128GB of storage to a 128GB or 256GB selection. The colors on offer are called New Platinum Grey and New Moroccan Blue, in case they’re…

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Author: Vlad Savov

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Neil Young lambasts Google for profiting off of links to piracy sites

In a new essay posted to his website, musician Neil Young called out major tech companies such as Google for linking to piracy websites and thus depriving musicians of income, and wondered how the next generation of musicians will survive.

In his post, Young begins talking about his 1996 album Broken Arrows, and how the lyrics for the song “Music Arcade” made him reflect on his earlier successes, which he’s not sure can be attained by musicians nowadays. “Today, in the age of FaceBook [sic] GOOGLE and Amazon,” he writes, “it’s hard to tell how a new and growing musical artist could make it in the way we did.” He goes on to say that Google profited immensely from searches (including ones for piracy websites), but left artists out of the…

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Author: Andrew Liptak

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 launch video leaks out

We already knew the vast majority of novelties and innovations set to debut at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event tomorrow. The only thing we were missing was a well-produced video running us through the new Galaxy S9’s features, and Samsung has kindly obliged — courtesy of its launch video, which managed to sneak out in public a little bit early.

“The Phone. Reimagined.” is the tagline for the new device, which is set to be the first smartphone with a dual-aperture camera while keeping most of the other specs relatively unchanged from the predecessor Galaxy S8. The video shows a new built-in automatic translator in Samsung’s camera app, which looks to work very much like Google Translate’s option for live translation via the camera….

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Author: Vlad Savov

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Brushing your teeth with a smart toothbrush is unnecessarily arduous

My family freaked out when electric toothbrushes came out. They’re passionate about oral health, and, finally, they could own a tool that’s more on par with a dentist’s. So everyone in my family now has an electric toothbrush.

The excitement hasn’t continued with the announcement of smart toothbrushes. Do we need a Bluetooth-connected toothbrush? Will that really enhance the mundane brushing experience?

I brought the Colgate E1, the Sonicare DiamondClean Smart, and the Playbrush on Circuit Breaker Live to find out. Unlike the other two brushes, the Playbrush is just a Bluetooth dongle that fits any regular, non-electric toothbrush. I’ve been testing the Sonicare for a few months at home, and within a week, I had already given up on…

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Author: Ashley Carman

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Following Overwatch Tease, Blizzard Shares Something Different

As if one weren’t good enough, Blizzard’s given us another Overwatch tease this week, but it’s not for a new character or map this time. Instead, it’s turning its eyes to a lore database, beginning with a loving letter Torbjörn penned to his wife.

Earlier this week, the Overwatch Twitter revealed the after-action report of an operation called “White Dome.” Things didn’t go exactly as planned, and the team was ambushed, leading Reinhart to take the charge and rescue an injured Torbjörn.

[DECLASSIFIED] After-Action Report: Operation “WHITE DOME” pic.twitter.com/fvnUQQEFDC

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 23, 2018

The most recent update to this story details a letter Torbjörn wrote to his wife, Ingrid, from the hospital, promising her that all is well. From the letter, it appears this is the battle in which he lost his arm.

“I know that by now you have gotten news of my injuries in our latest mission. While the descriptions may sound terrible, the doctors are quite sure I’ll make a full recovery. Even Angela came to visit me! On the matter of my arm, I promise to make it my first priority to construct a suitable prosthesis that will make everyone forget that it was ever gone. If only Angela’s dreams of tissue regeneration were a reality! I told her she should be working harder!”

The letter also details a few other sweet details about Torbjörn and his family, so it’s worth checking out. We recommend grabbing some tissues first; find the letter in its totality here.

The “Story Update” appears to be part of an ongoing Overwatch lore archive. This will give fans “secret clearance” to art, videos, stories and more about the title’s characters and world, good or evil. As of right now, there is not an exclusive section on the Overwatch website to find the rest of this lore database’s entries.

In other Overwatch news, this story might not make you quite as emotional as Torbjörn’s letter. Blizzard made Zenyatta walk, and it’s as weird as you’d expect.

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Author: Aiden Strawhun

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The simple joy of projecting a horse on your friend

For my work job, I was handed a Nebula Capsule to review. The portable projector is the size of a soda can, it runs Android TV, and it has a surprisingly loud built-in speaker. The 100 lumens of brightness isn’t a lot, and neither is the 480 x 854 resolution, but it works acceptably for watching YouTube or Netflix in a dark room on a white wall. It’s not nearly as powerful as its well-received larger sibling, the Nebula Mars, but it is much more portable.

Unfortunately, this projector has a fatal flaw: a terrible IR remote that only picks up on about half of my click attempts, no matter where I aim it. This is absolutely the most painful when attempting to type in a Wi-Fi password using the remote’s D-pad, but it’s bad enough that just…

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Author: Paul Miller

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The first Android Go phone is here

Last spring, Google said it was taking another shot at reworking Android to keep it running fast and smooth on lower-end devices. The initiative was called Android Go, and the very first phone running it — technically, “Android Oreo (Go Edition)” — is being announced today by Alcatel. It’s called the Alcatel 1X, and, well, it’s not all that much to get excited about.

That’s partly because the 1X is a low-end phone, which means it has to impress on value rather than specs and flourishes. But it’s also because, in our initial hands on with the phone, the operating system didn’t run all that smoothly, despite Google’s optimizations. Stay tuned as we’ll have more impressions on Android Go throughout the week, but Alcatel hasn’t given us a…

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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