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youtube finally adds thumbnail previews for videos

youtube has finally added thumbnail previews on desktop. users can now mouseover any video thumbnail on the website and get a 3 second preview of the video contents. this works on certain browsers only for now (chrome and opera) and is not available yet on mobile.the lack of thumbnail previews made it difficult to gauge the content of the video without clicking it, even though this technology has been available on some video sites for years now. this has been taken advantage of by content creators by using "clickbait" images for the thumbnails to entice viewers into clicking on their videos by having an exaggerated or even unrelated image in the thumbnail. with previews that now pull frames from random points in the video, users can see roughly what they are getting into before clicking.unfortunately, this probably won't stop the clickbaiters for long. as the last line in youtube's support post says, "currently, creators are not able to select the preview that is shown." the "currently" part states that youtube might allow content creators to set their own previews for thumbnails later on.can't wait to see that being abused, then.source





over 100,000 moto e4 plus units sold in india in 24 hours

the motorola moto e4 plus was launched in india earlier this week as a flipkart-exclusive. and now, it has been revealed that over 100,000 units of the 5,000mah battery-totting device were sold by the retailer in a time span of 24 hours.moto e4 plusflipkart claims it managed to sell the handset at the rate of 580 units/minute for the first 60 minutes. the retailer also revealed that a total of 150,000 people visited the phone's product page on its website within the first hour after sales began.the phone carries a price tag of inr 9,999, which translates into around $155.via





sprint starts selling blackberry keyone

as scheduled, sprint has become the first carrier in the us to offer blackberry's latest android phone - the keyone. the device is now listed on the carrier's website, and you can grab a unit for $528.of course, it's also available on monthly payments - zero down followed by $22 each month for next 1.5 years. the handset is only available online - sprint says it will start offering the phone through its offline channels later this month.source | via





htc edge sense starts getting alexa support, feature to go live on u11 next week

htc has pushed out a new update to the edge sense app that brings along a couple of changes, key among which is support for alexa. this means that u11 users will now be able to launch the digital assistant by squeezing their phone.a user who received the update said despite installing it, things aren't working as they should.that's because the feature isn't officially live yet - htc usa confirmed in a tweet that u11 users will be able to access alexa on their units starting july 17.the twitter user also shared a video demonstrating the other change - new visual feedback style - the update includes:source | via 12





google maps now shows a travel time graph to your destination

google maps has gained a new feature which appears to be active now, at the very least for the us and uk. upon looking up driving directions, you can swipe up on the lower bar right before starting your trip to check if the travel time will change over the course of a few hours.swipe up to see more infothis is especially useful when trying to head somewhere around rush hour. maps will show you a visual as to convince you it might be better to leave to your destination an hour from now to avoid traffic. google’s next step should be to add this feature for those in metropolitan areas who depend on public transit. in fact, herewego maps already does this.do you find this feature useful? if you’re outside the us or uk, let us know if it’s working for you. also, do let us know if it works on ios.via





sony’s android tvs will now work with amazon echo

just as amazon fire tv devices gain updates to work with amazon alexa, another lineup of android-powered sony tvs will gain full hands-free controls via voice commands with the amazon echo.with voice control like this, you probably won’t even need to dig under the couch cushions to find the remote when you can just ask alexa to: fire up to the tv, change the input/channel, or even control dvr playback.sony tv: xbr-49x700da list of compatible sony tv models from 2016 and 2017 can be found at the source link below. you’ll need an amazon echo, amazon account, google account, and a connected wi-fi network. you’ll also have to set up the android tv skill in order to control your sony tv via the alexa app on your smartphone.if you have one of the supported sony tvs and have been on the fence about whether to get an amazon echo or google home, this news will likely sway your decision. besides, at $50, the echo dot is a cheap way to buy into amazon alexa.source | via





youtube finally ads thumbnail previews for videos

youtube has finally added thumbnail previews on desktop. users can now mouseover any video thumbnail on the website and get a 3 second preview of the video contents. this works on certain browsers only for now (chrome and opera) and is not available yet on mobile.the lack of thumbnail previews made it difficult to gauge the content of the video without clicking it, even though this technology has been available on some video sites for years now. this has been taken advantage of by content creators by using "clickbait" images for the thumbnails to entice viewers into clicking on their videos by having an exaggerated or even unrelated image in the thumbnail. with previews that now pull frames from random points in the video, users can see roughly what they are getting into before clicking.unfortunately, this probably won't stop the clickbaiters for long. as the last line in youtube's support post says, "currently, creators are not able to select the preview that is shown." the "currently" part states that youtube might allow content creators to set their own previews for thumbnails later on.can't wait to see that being abused, then.source





zte blade spark is a $99 smartphone with a fingerprint scanner

zte has launched a new device on at&t’s prepaid segment called the zte blade spark. the blade spark marks the second blade-branded device to hit the united states (the first was the zte blade v8 pro). equipped with a snapdragon 425 cpu and 2gb of ram, the blade spark is an entry-level offering at $99 which also packs biometric security in the form of a fingerprint scanner.while this smartphone won’t get any awards for its performance, it has the power and efficiency to get most of what you need to get done: calls, messages, social media, and casual games. there’s even a selfie shortcut that fires up the 5mp front-facing camera. the main camera is 13mp.you’ll also be getting android nougat 7.1.1, which is nice, considering that a bunch of flagship devices are still proudly running 7.0.x. a convenient software feature is the ability to map up to five fingerprints to unlock and open any app you choose.the zte blade spark will is available from at&t’s website today and in a select number of stores for the aforementioned price of $99.source





meizu pro 7 plus now shown in live image alongside the pro 7

meizu's upcoming pro 7 smartphone has been leaking a lot lately, with many of its outings showing us its intriguing second screen, which will be on its back underneath the dual camera arrangement. while this was first thought to be an e-ink display, it's since been revealed to be a full color screen. it will enable such things as taking selfies with the rear cameras, and of course you'll also be able to play games on it.that's the use case portrayed in the rather blurry leaked image below, which shows the bigger meizu pro 7 plus this time around. it's the black device on the left, sitting pretty next to a gold pro 7. this also gives us an idea of the size difference between the two, which won't be huge as you can see.unlike the pro 7 which has been confirmed to sport the mediatek helio x30 chipset, the plus version is rumored to get samsung's exynos 8895, the same soc you can find inside the galaxy s8 and s8+ (and soon the note8). the pro 7 plus will allegedly launch in two versions, with the entry-level iteration going for cny 3,299 ($486 or €424 at the current exchange rates). the top of the line model is to be priced at cny 3,799 ($559, €488).both the pro 7 and the pro 7 plus should finally become official towards the end of this month. until then, we're surely going to see a lot more leaks regarding this duo, so stick around.via





samsung galaxy note8 leaks in new renders showing its front

while we wait for samsung to announce the galaxy note8 (which may happen on august 23, according to the latest rumor on the matter), more and more stuff regarding the phone is leaking. today we get three renders that are said to depict the upcoming phablet, though we're only treated to a view of its front.while the bezels are black in all three renders, there are three different ui themes showcased. so these three note8 units might actually have different hues - but, just as it did with the galaxy s8 and s8+, it looks like samsung is going to make the front black regardless of color version.one rather famous chinese leakster claims these images do in fact portray the galaxy note8 in all its glory, so make of that what you wish. we obviously can't guarantee that these renders are the real deal.compared to the s8+, the screen curves seem to be less pronounced, while the panel will surely be branded an infinity display this time around too. it's been rumored to be 6.3" in size, diagonally, which would make it marginally bigger than the one in the s8+.the galaxy note8 should be powered by the same chipset combo as that device, namely the snapdragon 835 in some markets and samsung's exynos 8895 in others. 6gb of ram will be on board, along with dual 12 mp rear cameras and a 3,300 mah battery.source | via





nokia 6 registrations are live in india ahead of august 23 flash sale

as you may already know, the nokia 6 is an amazon exclusive in india. as previously announced, the mega retailer has opened registrations for the handset today. if you register at the page in the source link below, you'll get your chance to purchase the nokia 6 during its first flash sale in the subcontinent, which will take place on august 23.as usual with flash sales, only those who have registered will be able to buy the phone. the price of the nokia 6 in india is inr 14,999 (that's about $233 or €203 at the current exchange rates).if you're an amazon prime member, you'll get inr 1,000 back using amazon pay balance, and you can also get 45gb of data for free for five months from vodafone if you purchase a nokia 6. additionally, once you bought the handset, if you sign in to the kindle app you will get 80% off on ebooks up to inr 300. finally, you're also eligible for up to a inr 2,500 discount at makemytrip (inr 1,800 on hotels and inr 700 on flights). terms and conditions apply for all of these promotions, of course.thanks for the tip, vishal!source





samsung galaxy note fe shows its smaller battery in a teardown

as we entered the 10 month of note drought caused by the galaxy note7 recall samsung released the galaxy note fe (fan edition) to help hold over struggling note fans. at least until the supposed galaxy note 8 announcement on august 23.the galaxy note fe is a refurbished galaxy note7 with a new, smaller battery that samsung promises won't explode. so is the rest of the phone really the same as before - the short answer is yes.the tinker-happy guys over at ifixit got ahold of a korean galaxy note fe and tore it open to confirm that the galaxy note fe uses a smaller 3,200mah battery (300mah less than the note7's battery - the one on the right).aside from different antenna lines that are probably the result of the galaxy note fe being a local korean unit nothing has changed. the same goes for the 4 out of 10 repairability score.we hope samsung does release the galaxy note fe outside of korea as rumors have suggested.source





zte nubia z17 review: driven by ambition

introductiongetting a new nubia device is always a different experience for us. it's never been an overwhelmingly delightful or agonizingly poor first encounter, but always a pretty daunting one to wrap your head around. bold and distinct design, high-end hardware at a bargain price, original screen gestures - these have always been a prominent part of the package ever since the nubia z9.the new z17 keeps throwing curve balls, making it even harder to define what this phone is all about or put a finger on a single signature aspect or feature. this latest nubia flagship comes with a trendy dual-camera setup and the beastly snapdragon 835 chipset under the hood. the z17 boasts quick charge 4+ support before everybody else, and zte still manages to hang an extremely competitive price tag on it. at about $465, the nubia z17 undercuts the oneplus 5 and the xiaomi mi 6 by a few dollars, pointing to a less-than-subtle stab at the "cheapest snapdragon 835 phone" title.nubia z17 key featuresbody: aluminum chassis, 2.5d gorilla glass. aurora blue, black gold, obsidian black, solar gold, flame red color schemes.display: 5.5" ips lcd, 1,920x1,080px resolution, 403ppi.rear cameras: dual 12 mp, f/1.8 + 23 mp, f/2.0, 1/2.55" sensor size, 1.4µm pixel size, phase detection autofocus, 2x lossless zoom, dual-led (dual tone) flash; [email protected] video recordingfront camera: 16mp sony imx371 sensor, 1.0µm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture; 1080p/30fps video recording.os/software: android 7.1.1 noug...





lg releases the first promo video for the q6

lg has been uploading short videos promoting the newly announced lg q6 for a few days now and in the latest one we get more footage than usual.the video focuses on the key features shared by the entire q6 series - the q6, q6α and q6+ - the 5.5" fullvision 18:9 screen, the aluminium body, the cameras (as well as lg's facial recognition solution) and google assistant.stay tuned for our own coverage of the q6.





chinese galaxy j7 (2017) shows its dual camera again

the samsung galaxy j7 (2017) has already been released with a 13mp single snapper on the back. but the purported chinese version of the phone allegedly has a dual camera which we've seen only once, until today.thanks to a duo of pictures taken in the wild we may get our first real look at the china-bound galaxy j7 (2017). it's worth noting that the new images come from the same reputable source.the phone in the pictures looks very similar to the galaxy j7 (2017) which we handled in our office aside from the antenna lines on the back, which are straight.as of yet we don't know if there are other differences between the samsung galaxy j7 (2017) and dual-camera version or when we can expect to see the device officially announced.thanks for the tip!source





samsung releases j pro series in malaysia

samsung has released its range of galaxy j pro smartphones for the malaysian market starting today.the trio consists of the samsung galaxy j7 pro, galaxy j5 pro and galaxy j3 pro and samsung is including a year of extended warranty and 1 year of screen crack protection for units bought between today and september 30.you'll pay the most for the samsung galaxy j7 pro - 1,299 myr (~€265), the galaxy j5 pro costs slightly less at 1,149 myr (~€234) while the galaxy j3 pro is the cheapest at 699 myr (~€142).if you're wondering what differentiates the pro from the regular galaxy j7, j3 and j5 (2017) - the j5 pro has 3gb of ram vs the regular's 2gb, the galaxy j7 pro has 64gb of built in storage (compared to 32gb on the regular version) and the galaxy j3 pro has a slightly bigger battery.thanks for the tip!source





samsung galaxy s8/s8+ duo and sony xperia xz premium getting july patch

a new update has started hitting the samsung galaxy s8/s8+ flagship duo as well as sony's xperia xz premium. arriving as firmware version g950fxxu1aqg5 and g955fxxu1aqg5 for the galaxies and version 45.0.a.7.90 for the xperia phone, it brings along android security fixes for the month of july.for samsung phones, the update - which is currently hitting units in germany, turkey, the uk, and the uae - also includes a new firmware for the camera.coming to the xz premium, both standard as well as dual-sim variant of the device are getting the update. as is usually the case with ota roll-outs, it may take some time for the update notification to pop up on your handset's screen.via 12





honor 9 midnight black variant launching next week

huawei has confirmed that the black color variant of its honor 9 smartphone will be launched next week. specifically, the midnight black model will go on sale starting july 18.officially, the phone comes in a total of 4 color options: glacier grey, sapphire blue, gold, and midnight black. while the first three have been available, the fourth, black model wasn't launched. but that'll change next week.pricing should be similar to other color variants. recently, huawei ceo revealed that they've managed to sell over 1 million honor 9 units in less than a month.via





nougat-powered samsung galaxy a5 (2017) and a7 (2017) get wifi certified

samsung launchedthe galaxy a5 (2017) and galaxy a7 (2017) back in january this year. the devices came with android marshmallow out of the box. however, it now looks like they'll soon get the nougat update.both devices have been spotted on the website of wifi alliance, with the listing revealing they run android 7.0 nougat out of the box.there's currently no information on exactly when the roll out will begin, but given that the update has started collecting necessary certifications, that should happen sooner than later.source 12 | via





zte nubia z17 review: driven by ambition

introductiongetting a new nubia device is always a different experience for us. it's never been an overwhelmingly delightful or agonizingly poor first encounter, but always a pretty daunting one to wrap your head around. bold and distinct design, high-end hardware at a bargain price, original screen gestures - these have always been a prominent part of the package ever since the nubia z9.the new z17 keeps throwing curve balls, making it even harder to define what this phone is all about or put a finger on a single signature aspect or feature. this latest nubia flagship comes with a trendy dual-camera setup and the beastly snapdragon 835 chipset under the hood. the z17 boasts quick charge 4+ support before everybody else, and zte still manages to hang an extremely competitive price tag on it. at about $465, the nubia z17 undercuts the oneplus 5 and the xiaomi mi 6 by a few dollars, pointing to a less-than-subtle stab at the "cheapest snapdragon 835 phone" title.nubia z17 key featuresbody: aluminum chassis, 2.5d gorilla glass. aurora blue, black gold, obsidian black, solar gold, flame red color schemes.display: 5.5" ips lcd, 1,920x1,080px resolution, 403ppi.rear cameras: dual 12 mp, f/1.8 + 23 mp, f/2.0, 1/2.55" sensor size, 1.4um pixel size, phase detection autofocus, 2x lossless zoom, dual-led (dual tone) flash; [email protected] video recordingfront camera: 16mp sony imx371 sensor, 1.0âµm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture; 1080p/30fps video recording.os/software: android 7.1.1 nou...