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


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.


Google Issues Performance Update for Nexus 6P


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.

Apple iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, iPhone 8 rumor round-up: design, specs, features, price, release date

In 2017, we are expecting Apple to announce its next batch of iPhones. If logic is anything to go by, and it usually is, these will most probably be the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus. Even if that’s not what Apple ends up calling these, it’s certain that the 4.7″ and 5.5″ iPhones are going to get succeeded by excellent devices.

We should not forget that 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone lineup and Apple’s been wildly rumored to have something quite exciting in the pipeline.

What is that exciting handset that we are talking about? Well, that one’s is reportedly going to be a super-premium iPhone employing a host of exciting and intriguing features. Gossip says it’s rolling under the “Ferrari” model name, though we’ve often heard that it would end up being called the iPhone 8. It is reportedly going to shake things up by introducing a new all-glass design, a curved O

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.