Lenovo ‘seriously thinking about’ a Yoga Book with Chrome OS

One of the highlights of IFA 2016 last week, at least from Lenovo, was the company’s very unique 2-in-1, the Yoga Book. Running your choice of Android or Windows, the Yoga Book brings a 10.1-inch display on one side, with a special touchpad which doubles as a keyboard on the opposite side. Lenovo has put a skin atop Android to let it take better advantage of the hardware, but at first glance, the Yoga Book seems better suited to run on Chrome OS, and apparently, Lenovo has the same idea…

more…

Google Search is now better at technical queries about programming languages

Google Search is getting a minor update that improves its ability to answer technical questions related to programing languages. Aimed at improving computer science-related queries, the search engine is now better at recognizing special characters and delivering contextual results.

more…

TENAA listing shows ZTE is about to launch another high-performance Android phone, AXON 2 incoming?

Last year, ZTE surprised us a little when it launched its Axon smartphone series. The Axon Pro, in particular, punched above its price point with a spec list that could make any tech fan’s eyes water (with tears of joy, naturally). It was one of the first devices to come with 4GB RAM, it had a QHD screen and was powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor. This year, it seems ZTE is going to refresh the range with a more premium look.

more…

TENAA leak suggests Samsung is about to release Galaxy S6-like flip-phone

Samsung has vastly changed its design ethos over the course of 2015, and we think that’s a good thing. Swapping out the flimsy, cheap plastic chassis in favor of a much more premium glass and metal combo is exactly what the manufacturer needed to breathe life back in to its flagship smartphone ranges. The look was first adopted by the Galaxy S6, and looks set to be used in yet another phone soon, albeit one with a slightly different form factor…

more…

Motorola’s SVP of Software talks about the new Moto X and future development

In an interview in Engadget, Motorola’s SVP of Software Seang Chau spoke briefly about the focus the company had chosen for the development of its latest Moto X smartphone, and where he saw the next generation of smartphones heading.

Chau said that Google “levels the playing field every time” by adding to Android features that were once device-specific. It’s for this reason that Motorola has chosen to focus on the ‘always on’ capability of the Moto X Style (or Moto X Pure Edition, as it is known in the U.S.).

We’ve got Moto Voice, where you just talk or make motions and gestures or you just approach it and [it] wakes up — those kinds of things, you can’t copy in software and if you try, you’ll just kill your battery. We put a lot of effort into always-on, and I think that’s where we’re going to continue focusing a lot of our software efforts.

The future would, he said, be in making intelligent assistants like Google Now, Siri and Cortana significantly more capable. So far, he considers them to be at the “getting there” stage …  more…

Given what we know about Walleye and Taimen at this point, which interests you more? [Poll]

Over the weekend, a new leak surfaced that reportedly sheds more light on the upcoming Walleye and Taimen devices. The leak hints at both of the devices’ specs, hardware design, and IO. Based off of these leaks, which of the two new upcoming Google smartphones are you most interested in?

more…

Donald Trump claims Google ‘suppressed bad news’ about Clinton, but that’s not how Search works

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump today blamed Google for making bad news about his opponent harder to find via Search. Speaking during a rally in Waukesha, Trump remarked that “Google search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary Clinton.”

more…

App Review: 5217 is great for productivity, and it’s about to get even better [Video]

Working remotely is one of those things that always sounds great to the people that don’t do it, but it has its drawbacks, particularly for those who struggle to keep themselves on task. Thankfully some apps aim to help you tackle procrastination head on, and 5217 is one of the sleekest to do so.

5217 was built based on research suggesting that you’re most productive when working in 52-minute intervals with 17-minute breaks in-between.

more…

Opinion: YouTube channels are dying left and right, and Google isn’t doing enough about it

YouTube is an amazing platform. It lets anyone put their message out there for the world to see and hear; all they need is a camera, a computer (or even just a phone), and something to say. Better yet, it lets them make a buck off of it along the way. That’s a double-edged sword, however. YouTube is willing to pay, but lately, it hasn’t been making that easy…

more…