The LG X Venture is a tough, affordable Android phone with a big battery

The LG X Venture is a tough, affordable Android phone with a big battery

The LG X Venture is a tough, affordable Android phone with a big battery

You might’ve seen a leaked image earlier today of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 Active for AT&T, but the carrier is also launching a ruggedized smartphone for customers on a tight budget. The LG X Venture is an Android 7.0 Nougat device with IP68 dust and water resistance, and the company claims the phone has passed 14 different MIL-STD 810G tests, including drop and temperature evaluations.

It’s exclusive to AT&T in the United States, but will also be sold internationally. AT&T will sell the X Venture for $11 per month beginning May 26th, which comes out to a little over $260 after 24 months.

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More leaked images of LG’s G6 show its display’s curved corners

More leaked images of LG’s G6 show its display’s curved corners

More leaked images of LG’s G6 show its display’s curved corners

We know we’re going to see LG’s G6 at Mobile World Congress on February 26th, and we’ve already gotten a pretty good idea of how the phone will look. Still, the leaks keep coming, and today we get another peek at the display and its thin bezels from 9to5Google. Check out those curved corners on the display:


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Oculus reveals new standalone Santa Cruz headset design with improved controllers

Oculus reveals new standalone Santa Cruz headset design with improved controllers

Oculus reveals new standalone Santa Cruz headset design with improved controllers

Oculus VR today revealed a new prototype headset design for its upcoming standalone product, codenamed Santa Cruz, at its Connect developer conference in San Jose, California. The headset was first shown off last year at Connect, but it was much further from the polished design Oculus showed today. The goal with Santa Cruz is to create a headset that does not need to be tethered in any way to a PC, nor tracked by external cameras.

In addition to a new headset design that looks similar to the consumer version of the Rift headset, Facebook’s vice president of virtual reality, Hugo Barra, also detailed all new Touch motion controllers.

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Drag and drop on iOS is more powerful than it’s ever been on the desktop

Drag and drop on iOS is more powerful than it's ever been on the desktop

Drag and drop on iOS is more powerful than it’s ever been on the desktop

My first reaction to Apple’s WWDC announcement of iOS drag and drop was basically, “Lol welcome to three decades ago.” But after watching a more in-depth technical explanation of the technology at Apple’s follow-up Platforms State of the Union, I’m starting to wonder if Apple has a new “pinch to zoom” on its hands: a technology that doesn’t just allow for multitouch devices to compete with point-and-click desktop experiences, but in a way, it surpasses them.

iOS’s drag and drop from a user’s perspective is fairly simple. You press and hold on an object, and it’s pinned to your finger. Then you drag the item to wherever you want it to go, and release. On an iPhone, your drop destination is limited to elsewhere in the same app, but on the iPad you can drag an item down to the new universal dock in iOS 11, jump to the app switcher view and switch apps, or hover over an app that’s already open in splitscreen, all while holding on to your original selection.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ will reportedly have a monstrous 6.2-inch display

Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ will reportedly have a monstrous 6.2-inch display

Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ will reportedly have a monstrous 6.2-inch display

Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is slated to arrive in late March, but details continue to leak in a steady stream in the lead up to the event. The latest dump of new info comes courtesy of VentureBeat’s Evan Blass, who posted the S8+ spec sheet on Twitter this afternoon. The thing that should pop out is the monstrous 6.2-inch display size.

Due to the S8’s rumored design, which drops physical buttons in favor of drastically reduced bezels, the phone may not be much larger than the Galaxy Note 7, which packed a 5.7-inch display into a 6.04-inch-tall device. Prior leaks containing photos of the device back up the idea that the S8 will pack an edge-to-edge display that allows for a drastic increase in screen real estate while retaining a relatively compact form.

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iOS 11 makes the iPad feel more like a Mac

iOS 11 makes the iPad feel more like a Mac

iOS 11 makes the iPad feel more like a Mac

iOS 11 isn’t coming out until this fall, but Apple had the preview loaded up on its new 10.5-inch iPad Pro today for members of the press to check out. I got to the play with the operating system for a few minutes while handling the tablet, and what stands out the most is just how complicated it’s starting to feel — but in a way that shows the platform is evolving, not getting harder to use.

The biggest updates in iOS 11 are on the iPad. And for once, iOS is taking hints from macOS, instead of the other way around.

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HTC’s One X10 phone will focus on battery life

HTC’s One X10 phone will focus on battery life

HTC’s One X10 phone will focus on battery life

Images posted by Evleaks show a new HTC phone called the One X10 that, according to what appears to be a marketing slogan, will focus on battery life. “Big style meets bigger battery,” to put it in HTC’s words. We can’t glean too much more about the phone from the pictures, but there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back and the overall industrial design is somewhat reminiscent of the Desire 10, a midrange HTC phone line from last year.

Now that phone processors have evolved to the point where low-powered chips can still offer solid performance, a focus on battery endurance is a potentially significant way for midrange phones to stand out. Our own Dan Seifert wrote just this week about how he’s switched from an expensive Google Pixel to the cheaper Moto Z Play mostly because of the dramatically better battery life offered by the latter.

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New midrange Nokia devices with untainted Android are coming to the US

New midrange Nokia devices with untainted Android are coming to the US

New midrange Nokia devices with untainted Android are coming to the US

HMD Global, a Finnish company that licensed the rights to Nokia’s name, confirmed in a tweet yesterday that three new Nokia-branded phones will be coming to the US this year. We don’t have an exact date yet, but we know it will be sometime between April and June.

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Instagram now lets you vandalize your friends’ photos with custom text and doodles

Instagram now lets you vandalize your friends’ photos with custom text and doodles

Instagram now lets you vandalize your friends’ photos with custom text and doodles

In a bid to encourage more users to privately message one another, Instagram today announced a new feature it’s calling “remixing.” The process involves editing a friend’s photo sent to you via direct message with stickers and custom text and doodles, and then sending it back to them within another photo of yourself.

That way, you can make it seem like your friend’s selfie is part of your own staged scene, giving your friend free rein to make you look as goofy or compromised as possible. You can also control how many times the message can be viewed by your friends by choosing between “one view” or “allow replay” options when sending. The update is live now, Instagram says.

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Apple now sells an unlocked, SIM-free version of the iPhone X

Apple now sells an unlocked, SIM-free version of the iPhone X

Apple now sells an unlocked, SIM-free version of the iPhone X

Today, Apple started selling an unlocked, SIM-free model of the iPhone X through its website, Apple Store app, and retail locations. The unlocked version of the handset, which starts at $999, was previously only available if you bought it through Verizon or Best Buy, which charged a $100 premium over financed carrier versions of the phone until consumer backlash pushed the retailer to pull the product entirely.

Now, if you find the iPhone X on Apple’s website, you’ll have the option to buy either a GSM or CDMA version of the phone that works with either AT&T and T-Mobile or Verizon and Sprint. The new option, listed under SIM-free, let’s you purchase the iPhone X unlocked, meaning you can freely bring it to any carrier or use it with a prepaid SIM card.

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