Gadgets, Game & Mobile News

China's smartphone market sees its largest drop in five years

Engadget - 1 hour 20 min ago
There's no question that China's smartphone industry is in a tough spot, but it's apparently worse than expected. Canalys has estimated that smartphone shipments in the country plummeted 21 percent year-over year in the first quarter of 2018 -- the s...

Dragalia Lost is Nintendo's newest mobile game - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 50 min ago
The RPG will hit your iPhone or Android device this year, as will Nintendo's previously announced Mario Kart mobile game.

Pinterest is testing a way to search pins by skin tone

Engadget - 2 hours 12 min ago
It can be hard to find the right makeup or outfit color combination ideas in a vast sea of Pinterest pins -- especially if you're not white. Since 70 percent of its users go on the website to discover and save looks and styles to try (that's accordin...

House Judiciary Committee hearing on social media called a 'hoax'

Engadget - 3 hours 17 min ago
"A few weeks after Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of Congress, House Representatives once again discussed social media, however, this time the guests were a little different. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) convened a hear...

Star Trek beams up its first ever female director for next film - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-04-26 23:07
S.J. Clarkson makes sci-fi history as the first woman to direct Spock and his fellow Enterprise shipmates in "Star Trek 4."

Square to buy website-building company Weebly for $365M - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-04-26 22:48
The deal is expected to accelerate Square's international expansion.

Pinterest made its app more accessible to the visually impaired

Engadget - Thu, 2018-04-26 22:44
Pinterest announced some design changes this week aimed at making its app and website more accessible for the blind and visually impaired. The company partnered with Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and collected feedback from individua...

Sprint, T-Mobile reportedly may wrap up deal talks by next week - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-04-26 21:47
The wireless carriers are talking about how they would exercise voting control over the combined company, Reuters reports.

MLB's virtual reality home run derby comes to PSVR and HTC Vive

Engadget - Thu, 2018-04-26 21:31
Major League Baseball got into VR with a home run derby simulator that fans tried at the All-Star game and select ballparks last season. Earlier this year, the MLB promised it would bring the experience to consumer virtual reality sets in spring. Whi...

Yahoo is making it harder for users to sue - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-04-26 20:52
A class action waiver and mutual arbitration clause are two big changes for Yahoo users as the site integrates further into the Verizon Oath family.

The DS X E-Tense Concept is an asymmetrical, electric French fever dream - Roadshow

CNET News - Thu, 2018-04-26 20:16
With 1360 electric horsepower routed to the front wheel only and one of the weirdest passenger layouts yet described to us, the DS X E-Tense promises a weird, wonderful future.

Investigators used online DNA databases to hunt Golden State Killer

Engadget - Thu, 2018-04-26 20:14
Yesterday several police departments in California announced the arrest of the "Golden State Killer," who killed a dozen people between 1978 and 1986 and has been accused of over 50 rapes. At the time, investigators said DNA played a role in identify...

Native Union’s new speaker strikes directly at my weakness for tasteful brass accents

TechCrunch - Thu, 2018-04-26 19:51

Bluetooth and smart speakers are a dime a dozen these days, and many of them aren’t bad — so what it often comes down to is style. Native Union has my number with its latest device, which accentuates the classic bookcase speaker look with a tech-heavy back end and brass volume knob.

It’s a collaboration with French audio outfit La Boite Concept (roughly, “concept box”), which presumably did the sound-specific portions of the speaker — that is to say, the speaker — while Native Union brought its understated design chops to the bargain.

My iPhone SE proudly wore a Native Union case for a year or so in handsome cherry and brass, though the plastic parts eventually broke down. This looks to be rather a more solid construction, but the design notes are the same: a focus on natural materials with slashes of metal.

Inside is the amplifier and guts, of course, and in back a drawer hides the many inputs: two 3.5mm jacks, two USB, one USB-C. I’m not sure how many of those you’ll end up using simultaneously, but it’s always nice to have options. Plus Bluetooth, of course.

Right now the speaker isn’t quite listed on Native Union’s site — it’s that fresh. Acquire apparently scooped the maker of the thing. I’ve asked for more details, and I’m sure it’ll be online soon. I know it’s coming because there’s a “speakers” nav on their site:

It’s a hell of a good looking thing, but you know it comes at a price — $799. Yes, and you’ll have to buy it at MOMA stores in New York. Really, now. Maybe I’ll wait for a sale.

Genealogy site credited with helping ID Golden State Killer suspect - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-04-26 19:30
Authorities say consumer DNA databases provided their big break, but popular sites deny involvement.

MoviePass may have retired unlimited movie ticket option - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-04-26 19:12
The ticket-a-day package went away earlier this month, and the CEO says he doesn't know if it will return.

​Amazon's sales surge as possible Trump backlash looms - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-04-26 19:10
The e-commerce giant posts another blowout quarter and renews its streaming deal with the NFL. Even so, it faces potential challenges from the White House. Plus: Annual US Prime fees were raised by 20 percent.

Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-04-26 19:07
The 20 percent price hike goes into effect May 11 and hits existing customers' renewals on June 16.

Cool purple accessories for your cool purple Samsung Galaxy S9 - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-04-26 19:07
From a wireless headphone to a USB hub to rugged phone cases, everything's coming up purple.

In-screen fingerprint sensors coming to 100 million phones by 2019? - CNET

CNET News - Thu, 2018-04-26 19:00
A new report predicts we'll see a lot more fingerprint sensors that live underneath phone displays.

Students make hippotherapy more accessible with robotic horse

Engadget - Thu, 2018-04-26 18:59
Mechanical engineering students at Rice University have designed a robotic horse that can mimic the movements of the real thing. The device, dubbed Stewie, is geared towards individuals requiring equine-assisted therapy, also known as hippotherapy, w...