September 19, 2019

Apple confirms self-driving car layoffs, says it mostly fired engineers

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By Stan Schroeder From Mashable Apple has laid off 190 employees working on the company’s self-driving car project, codenamed Project Titan. The layoffs were first reported on inJanuary, but now we know that most of the affected employees are engineers.  Additional details about the dismissals were unearthed in Apple’s letter to the California Employment Development […]

6 major challenges foldable phones need to overcome to prove they’re not a fad

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By Raymond Wong from Mashable  are really, finally, happening this year. But almost nobody should buy one until their many kinks are worked out. Earlier this week, Samsung upstaged its own Galaxy S10 unveiling (all four of them) with another big announcement: its foldable Galaxy Fold phone. The nearly $2,000 luxury device, which transforms from a phone into a […]

APEX FullView phone

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Vivo’s all-screen concept phone looks like it will become a reality By Timothy J. Seppala The company will talk about it more next month in China. It looks like Vivo is going to push forward with its APEX FullView concept phone we saw at Mobile World Congress this year. The handset with barely-there bezels, pop-up […]

We went for a ride in a Huawei smartphone-controlled, self-driving Porsche

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By Brian Heater From Techcrunch Huawei didn’t have a new phone to show at MWC this year, so it did what any good smartphone maker would: it put the Mate 10 Pro in an autonomous car and drove it directly at a dog. Of course, the promotional video was a lot more dramatic than what […]

Gartner reports first ever global decline in smartphone sales

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By Natasha Loma From techcrunch Global smartphone sales have not been firing on all cylinders for several years now but Gartner’s latest figures record the first ever decline since the analyst began tracking the market all the way back in 2004. (Though it’s not the first analyst to call a decline.) Gartner’s figures peg sales […]

As long as robots look adorable and make us coffee, we’ll be eating out of their robotic hands

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  By Brian Heater From Techcrunch It doesn’t take much. For all the bluster around the conversation about Skynet and robotic overlords, we still melt when a diminutive robot flashes the slightest hint of humanity through a small set of blinking eyes — and then does something nice for us. Sony’s Xperia Agent robotic assistant […]