Google brings dedicated Assistant buttons to more phones

Google Assistant buttons won’t just be limited to a handful of LG phones this year. The internet giant has widened its partnerships to add dedicated buttons to a whole range of handsets in 2019, including returning partner LG (on phones like the G8 ThinQ, V50 ThinQ and K40) and Nokia (3.2 and 4.2). Phones from […]

Google Play malware used phones’ motion sensors to conceal itself

Enlarge (credit: Andri Koolme / Flickr) Malicious apps hosted in the Google Play market are trying a clever trick to avoid detection—they monitor the motion-sensor input of an infected device before installing a powerful banking trojan to make sure it doesn’t load on emulators researchers use to detect attacks. The thinking behind the monitoring is […]

The digitization of daily life is making phones and connected devices the preferred payment tools for consumers — here’s what that means for stakeholders

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Current subscribers can read the report here. The digitization of daily life is making phones and connected devices the preferred payment tools for consumers — preferences that are causing digital payment volume to blossom worldwide. As noncash payment volume accelerates, the power dynamics […]

The digitization of daily life is making phones and connected devices the preferred payment tools for consumers — here’s what that means for stakeholders

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Current subscribers can read the report here. The digitization of daily life is making phones and connected devices the preferred payment tools for consumers — preferences that are causing digital payment volume to blossom worldwide. As noncash payment volume accelerates, the power dynamics […]

Over a third of online Black Friday purchases came from phones

If you spent Black Friday hunting for deals on your smartphone, you’re not the only one. Adobe analysts have determined that just over a third (33.5 percent) of online Black Friday sales were completed on smartphones — a large uptick from 29.1 percent just one year earlier. People were willing to splurge, too. There was […]

Diablo Immortal on phones, WarCraft 3: Reforged top BlizzCon’s announcements

Enlarge (credit: Blizzard Entertainment) Announcements of a brand-new, smartphone-only Diablo and a remastered WarCraft 3 headlined a news-filled BlizzCon keynote presentation on Friday. The talk focused on games across Blizzard Entertainment’s portfolio—along with a huge freebie from its corporate siblings at Bungie. Starting today, that developer’s Destiny 2 is now free to claim on Windows […]

Samsung will bolster its mobile business with foldable and 5G phones

Samsung has posted a 17.57 trillion Korean won (US$ 15.45 billion) operating profit for Q3 2018 like it expected, setting a record high for the Korean corporation. As has been the case over the past years, its chip business is the company’s top earner. It made 13.65 trillion won (US$ 12 billion) in operating profit […]

Surface ‘Phones released; Headphones, that is

Enlarge / Surface Headphones. (credit: Microsoft) Microsoft has unveiled a new member of the Surface family: the Surface Headphones. The rather surprising addition to the Surface range is a set of noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones. They’re large, over-ear headphones with soft, comfortable ear cups. Each ear cup has a spinning dial: one to control the volume, […]