Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 renders give us a closer look at the flagships


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We seem to be experiencing something of a flurry of news about the upcoming flagship Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 phones from Google. Yesterday we had news about its speed, today we have more news about its looks.

We may now have a better idea of what the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will look like thanks to digital renders based on leaked CAD designs. The designs were apparently given out to accessory makers so we’re fairly confident that they will be accurate.

What adds further credence is that these leaks are provided by Steve Hemmerstoffer (who goes by the handle @OnLeaks), a trusted source for leaks.

http://www.techradar.com/news/google-pixel-2-and-pixel-xl-2-renders-give-us-a-closer-look-at-the-flagships

Google Issues Performance Update for Nexus 6P


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Google sent out a new update for the LG made Nexus 5X that included a monthly security patch and a performance upgrade to make the general running of the handset smoother. Now the Huawei manufactured Nexus 6P (the current flagship of Google’s hardware range) is getting a similar patch to boost device performance.

 

The officially appointed Google Nexus Community manager on Reddit announced the update on the social network.

The patch will push the Nexus 6P to build number MHC19I, and like the 5X will also include Google?s now common monthly security patches for the Android platform.
Aside from that, the OTA upgrade will add more performance to the 6P, which the company describes as “general device performance” improvements. Other tweaks include fixes for the alarm system, connectivity improvements, and carrier specific changes.

Samsung doesn’t have enough data to launch Bixby outside Korea


A lack of big data to learn from is one of the reasons holding back the full launch of Bixby, according to a new report. Samsung’s smart digital assistant still hasn’t appeared on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus outside of South Korea, though the phones themselves went on sale worldwide in April.

Last month a Bixby preview trial was opened to a selected number of users in the US, apparently to do some real-world testing. Now The Korea Herald says the ongoing delays are because Bixby just doesn’t have enough sample data to power its algorithms, something we’ve heard hints about before.

“Developing Bixby in other languages is taking more time than we expected mainly because of the lack of the accumulation of big data,” a Samsung spokesperson told the Herald. Communication problems between Samsung’s US and Korean teams is another reason for the hold-up, according to the report.

Elephant Blocks Traffic So It Can Master Its Soccer Skills



Nothing is worse than a commute into work. Granted, I wouldn’t know what that is like now because I chose the awesome life of a freelance writer. Hell, I rarely have to even have to take off my robe. But I have heard a commute to your soul-sucking job can be exhasuting.

So imagine your shock and awe if you were driving to work and suddenly, you came to a dead stop on the road so a young elephant can practice its soccer skills? I say this because that is just what happened to some drivers in India recently, as captured in the video below.

The Monkey Mafia: They Steal Your Sh*t Then Make You Buy it Back (For Food)



Better grab something or make sure you are sitting down when you read this because this is one of those “no way” type of news stories, but as a celebrated journalist (in my own head, at least), I can tell you, this has been 100% verified. So much so, that I can report it as actual news. To sum it up, read above headline. Monkeys in Indonesia have formed a sort of Mafia and steal people’s stuff, only to make them give them (of all things) a cracker to get their stuff back. Pretty genius, actually.

It is just the kind of thing that needs to be seen to be believed! I will spare you the lengthy written monologue about a story that essentially tells itself via its title.

Gadget Ogling: Apple at Home



The battle for your home just got a little more intense as Apple pulled back the curtain on HomePod, its smart speaker that seeks to hold dominion over your home empire and all the gadgets that reside within. HomePod holds a 4-inch woofer and seven tweeters, and it has six microphones to pick up your voice commands for Siri, wherever you happen to be in the room

Open Source Survey Exposes Community Troubles


GitHub has released the results of its survey on open source software development, practices and worldwide communities. Responses from more than 6,000 participants reveal some of the problems missing or poorly done documentation can have on users and project adoption. The survey also reveals an ongoing concern about nasty interactions among community members and negative attitudes toward women.