LG embraces weirdness with its new G8 ThinQ flagship – Engadget

EV batteries are born in Chilean evaporation ponds 6m ago View Watch everything from Nokia’s MWC 2019 event! 1h ago View LG embraces weirdness with its new G8 ThinQ flagship 1h ago View LG’s first 5G phone is the V50 ThinQ 1h ago View A palm scanner? AirMotion gestures? What’s going on here? Once upon a time, a few years ago, LG came to Mobile World Congress to show off one of the most ambitious smartphones I had ever seen. That device was the modular G5, and it was an utter flop. Since then, the company has dutifully worked on its solid flagship phones, but it seemed to have lost its affection for potentially great — if polarizing — ideas. That’s not true anymore, though. With its new G8 ThinQ, the company is starting to embrace its weirder tendencies once again. Whether or not people will actually appreciate some of these new features is still up in the air, but one thing is clear: we’re not talking about business as usual at LG. Gallery: LG G8 ThinQ hands-on | 16 Photos 16 With all that said, though, LG has done a really good job obscuring just how odd the G8 can be. That’s thanks almost entirely to the phone’s conservative design — it keeps the same clean lines we got with last year’s G7 but smoothed out that older phone’s edges a little bit. LG’s push for a sleeker design is most apparent when you flip the G8 over. Unlike some of its recent smartphones, LG went with a slightly more traditional dual-camera setup here (more on that later), and they sit flush with the G8’s back. It’s a minor touch, to be sure, but it does go a long way in helping the phone feel more polished.The stuff inside
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The LG G8 has proper face ID and a fancy in-screen speaker – Android Police

Last week, I had a chance to spend some time with LG’s upcoming high-end smartphone, the G8. In recent years, the G series lineup has seemed a bit technically short-changed compared to its rivals from Samsung, and even LG’s own V series of ultra-high-end smartphones. 2019 may be the year that’s finally a little less true. While the G8 isn’t a barn-burner of a smartphone, it does stand up on paper to the competition fairly well (barring price – which LG hasn’t given us). Gone are the compromised LCD displays of yesteryear, now replaced with one of LG’s OLED panels that had previously been reserved for the V series. There’s a nifty new piezoelectric speaker that uses the entire front display as the speaker driver, meaning the G8 has no earpiece speaker (it does have a rather large notch, though). And a new “ToF” (time of flight) front-facing camera has allowed LG to implement a secure face unlock method that LG says will eventually be compatible with mobile payments on Android, once Google makes the necessary middleware available (Android Q is rumored to add this). On simple specifications, the G8 isn’t a slouch, with 128GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 855 processor – everything a smartphone in 2019 needs for a favorable comparison to Samsung’s Galaxy S10. The battery is substantial if not enormous, at 3500mAh, and there’s even a proper rear fingerprint scanner for those of us who don’t enjoy the in-display future being foisted upon us by damn near everyone else. Oh, and of course LG’s Quad DAC is packed in there for the audiophiles, along with the requisite 3.5mm headphone jack. Software wise, it’s running Android 9.0, and LG didn’t really have much to offer on the gimmick front – there are some hand
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Death Generator lets you put custom text in all the classic video games – The Verge

There exist a lot of meme generators on the internet, but few are better organized or authentically made than the Death Generator. Created by programmer Foone Turing, the open-source tool first began as a generator for death screens from Sierra games, starting with Police Quest 2 in 2017. Turing gets most of his screenshots by actually playing through the games, and he’s now up to dozens of classic titles and newer games alike, from SimCity 2000 to Animal Crossing: Wild World. “The inspiration was just seeing a bunch of screenshots going around, of games like PQ2 and vague memories of a Something Awful Photoshop post where they made fake SimCity 2000 advisor messages,” Turing told The Verge. “These games have very distinctive dialog boxes with very lovely pixels, so it’s kinda always funny to see messages stuffed into them.” Indeed, Tom Nook saying foul things will never not be funny. Turing says he plans on adding a lot more games to the Death Generator: “I have a todo list of games that’s longer than the list of games in the generator. Tons of fighting games have ending screens, like the King of Fighters series, or Street Fighter 2.” Chrono Chross is next on the list, as well as documentation for others to contribute their own generators, to speed up the process. Meanwhile, I’ll be using it make party invitations for my fake baby shower.
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Samsung Galaxy S10+: What’s great and what’s not (so far) – Engadget

Chris VelazcoSenior Editor, MobileI hate being put into positions where I have to be nice to you, but so far, I prefer your eye to the phone’s. That’s not to say Shot Suggestion is bad by any stretch: we’ve both used it to capture some really impressive photos, but all it really does is make sure your photos are nicely framed. It’s essentially a level built into a camera. What’s more concerning to me is how sporadically it seems to want to help. In situations where I’m clearly holding the phone at a slight angle, Shot Suggestion does nothing. And other times, it seems to prefer when subjects in the frame are sitting off-center, even when that’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid. Then again, Samsung doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to software — remember how bad our AR emoji looked?Cherlynn LowReviews EditorOh my lord, I was shook. I thought the old AR Emojis on the S9 were fine — not great but still somewhat recognizable. This time, they made me so different I looked Caucasian (in case you weren’t aware, I’m Asian). I had a hard time trying to tweak it to resemble me and ultimately gave up. It’s so weird that Samsung would mess with a passable feature and make it completely worse, but I doubt a lot of people were using AR Emoji on the regular anyway.I’m more interested in how the software behaves throughout the system. So far, I dig the clean look of One UI, though I’ve noticed some fuzziness in the icons. It’s not a big deal, but makes the phone feel a little less polished, and definitely made me question the display resolution. Which, by the way, the screen was set to Full HD out of the box and
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YouTube pedophile problem has major advertisers jumping ship – Fox News

Google-owned YouTube is dealing with an exodus of some of its major advertisers in the wake of disturbing claims that pedophiles have been infiltrating the comments section of videos featuring children, seemingly without consequence, until now. And YouTube’s own technology may be perpetuating this disturbing trend.On Feb. 17, a YouTube user by the name of Matt Watson published a video titled “Youtube is Facilitating the Sexual Exploitation of Children, and it’s Being Monetized (2019).” The video itself, which has racked up nearly 2.5 million views as of this writing, is difficult to watch, and what Watson found is even more chilling. Watch at your own risk.Watson discovered a myriad of YouTube videos featuring children engaged in otherwise innocuous activities, like doing gymnastics or dancing with friends, that were filled with sickening comments from apparent pedophiles. The users were interacting with each other, sexually objectifying minors and even reportedly trading links to actual child pornography.YOUTUBE KILLS 400 CHANNELS FOR HOSTING PEDOPHILIC COMMENTSWatson eventually found that some of these videos were accompanied by advertisements from companies large and small, meaning the videos where these disturbing exchanges were unfolding had been “monetized.”“Any content – including comments – that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube. We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling comments on tens of millions of videos that include minors. There’s more to be done, and we continue to work to improve and catch abuse more quickly.”— YouTube statement to Fox”You’re in the car and you’ve got your kids, and you’re busy, and you hand them a tablet or they’ve got a phone and they’re watching YouTube videos – kids videos – and nothing wrong until you go down in the comments section,” explained Kurt “The
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Left Alive: 14 Minutes of Gameplay – IGN

Published on Feb 22, 2019Get a deeper look at gameplay from the upcoming stealth action shooter, available on March 5 for PlayStation 4 and PC.Left Alive Gameplay Trailer (Square Enix) – TGS 2017:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emxwk…Subscribe to IGN for more!http://www.youtube.com/user/IGNentert…———————————Watch more on IGN here!———————————DAILY FIX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_e1a…GAME REVIEWS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCJme…MOVIE REVIEWS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCJme…TRAILERS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr1df…NEWS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctgzg…#ign #leftalive #gaming Category Gaming
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Nike’s $350 self-lacing sneaker is having an Android problem – Yahoo Finance

In this Feb. 7, 2019, photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma walks on the court during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. He is wearing Nike’s Adapt BB, a self-lacing smart shoe that can be controlled by a smartphone. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The sneaker world waited with bated breath in anticipation of Nike’s futuristic self-lacing Adapt BB — and the now sold-out shoe retails for $350. Yahoo Finance tested the sneaker recently, and it worked just fine. However, some wearers are reporting that the app that controls the laces is malfunctioning on Android devices —and took to the Google Play store to complain:“App will only sync with left shoe and then fail every time. Also, app says left shoe is already connected to another device whenever I try to reinstall and start over. Hope to give update once fixed” — Steve Craig.“The app has less functionality than the iOS app, and the first software update for the shoe threw an error while updating, bricking the right shoe. needs serious work. can’t believe nike put out a product that just feels rushed or unfinished. support has been useless thus far.” — Asa Domolky.Folks on Twitter also got in on the action:Going back to the futureThe shoe pays homage to the tech that was first seen on the big screen in 1989’s “Back to the Future Part II” in which protagonist Marty McFly stepped into a pair of Nike-branded self-lacing sneakers. The shoe was just a prop, but they would eventually see the light of day in 2016 and become Nike Air Mags, which can be found on the resale market for a cool $45,000, give or take.Later that year, Nike released the self-lacing “HyperAdapt,” which retailed for $750. Nike knew that the spirit of their customers was willing, but their
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The Division 2 ‘Endgame’ trailer – Gematsu

The Division 2 ‘Endgame’ trailer”This isn’t the end, Agents. The fight for our city has only just begun.”Ubisoft has released a new trailer for The Division 2 dubbed “Endgame.” Here is an overview of the game, via Ubisoft:AboutSeven months have passed since a deadly virus hit New York City and the rest of the world, crippling the population. When the virus hit, The Division, a unit of civilian sleeper agents, was activated as the last line of defense. Since then, Division agents have been fighting relentlessly to save what remains.For The Division, the stakes are higher than ever. Washington, D.C. – the most heavily protected city on earth – is at risk, leaving the entire nation on the brink of collapse. If Washington, D.C., is lost, then the nation falls. As a Division agent who has been in the field for seven months, you and your team are the last hope to stop the fall of society after the pandemic collapse.Developed by Ubisoft Massive and the same teams that brought you Tom Clancy’s The Division, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is an online open world, action shooter RPG experience set in a collapsing and fractured Washington, D.C. This rich new setting combines a wide variety of beautiful, iconic, and realistic environments where the player will experience the series’ trademark for authenticity in world building, rich RPG systems, and fast-paced action like never before. Play solo or co-op with a team of up to four players to complete a wide range of activities, from the main campaign and adversarial PvP matches to the Dark Zone – where anything can happen.Key FeaturesA Transformed Washington, D.C. – In the wake of the virus, storms, flooding, and subsequent chaos have radically transformed Washington, D.C. Explore a living open world full of diverse environments, from flooded
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Epic Games pulls Fortnite ads from YouTube following exploitation accusations – FortniteINTEL

Epic Games has decided to suspend pre-roll ads on YouTube after commercials were seen on videos within a “network of pedophiles”. According to a report by Wired, Epic Games pulled pre-roll ads off of YouTube after they were seen on suggestive videos of young girls.Matt Watson published a video on YouTube showing how the platform’s algorithm was guiding users down a path of inappropriate content featuring young girls.Youtube’s algorithm offers videos to users with suggested videos that match other content they have seen before, and it can lead YouTube users towards videos that include young females doing gymnastics, playing Twister, or playing in pools.The comment section for each video was full of people leaving timestamps where viewers can pause the video and see genitalia or nipples.MORE: Dr. Disrespect thinks Fortnite is as cool as dabbingWired also found that comments exchanged WhatsApp or Kik information, promising more videos featuring underage girls.A spokesperson for Epic Games commented to Wired that “through our advertising agency, we have reached out to YouTube to determine actions they’ll take to eliminate this type of content from their service.”BusinessInsider reached out to YouTube, and a spokesperson said that “Any content – including comments – that endangers minors is abhorrent and we have clear policies prohibiting this on YouTube.”The spokesperson for YouTube followed up with, “We took immediate action by deleting accounts and channels, reporting illegal activity to authorities and disabling violative comments. There’s more to be done, and we continue to work on improve and catch abuse more quickly.”MORE: Fortnite’s clinger grenade is more powerful than you might thinkEpic Games has yet to respond since YouTube’s comments to BusinessInsider.
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Anker’s PowerWave+ Pad AirPower knock-off doesn’t look worth buying – The Verge

It’s been close to a year and a half since Apple first announced AirPower, its supposedly revolutionary wireless charger that still has yet to materialize. Now, yet another knock-off version of the still-missing powermat has appeared — this time in the form of Anker’s new PowerWave+ Pad, via 9to5Toys. As knock-off AirPower pads go, this one is pretty lame. Anker is asking for $54 for the ability to charge a single device, plus an Apple Watch (assuming you thread a not-included $29 Apple Watch charging cable into the charging pad). Power is supplied by a Micro USB cable, despite the fact that this was released in 2019. The pad itself appears to just be a hunk of plastic. There are cheaper and better-looking options out there. Every PowerWave+ that Anker sells is another missed AirPower customer The fact that the Anker PowerWave+ Pad exists is notable because it’s just one of the numerous products that have appeared in the last few months to try to fill the vacuum that the missing AirPower has left in the market. Anker is trying, Griffin has a version, Nomad has a similar style pad, and that’s to say nothing of the plethora of crowdfunded knock-offs and sketchy replicas that are practically a dime a dozen on Amazon. Sure, most of these chargers won’t be as good as AirPower. They won’t have Apple’s special software integrations or the company’s special, multicoil system that Apple says should help avoid the flaky positioning issues that can plague other wireless chargers. But none of that will likely matter to most consumers. Right now, you can go on Amazon and actually buy an Anker PowerWave+, and despite its flaws, it’ll still charge your phone just as fast as Apple’s will. More importantly, every customer who buys one of these
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