China's Huawei should have no part in Canada's plans to build a 5G network, argue US Sens. Mark Warner and Marco Rubio as they cite North American security. "While Canada has strong telecommunication security safeguards in place, we have serious concerns that such safeguards are inadequate given what the United States and other allies know about Huawei," the senators say in a letter to the Canadian prime minister.
D.J. Koh, CEO of Samsung's mobile business, said the company's upcoming foldable device, which could be launched as early as next month, aims to be more than a gimmick. Koh reported that the company is focusing heavily on creating a seamless user experience, saying, "If the user experience is not up to my standard, I don't want to deliver those kind of products."
A Tappable study found 42% of gamers prefer playing through mobile phones, while 32% prefer consoles and 26% like computers. Tappable founder Sam Furr credits the growing sophistication of smartphones as well as their sheer availability and convenience for the popularity boost.
Garmin on Thursday unveiled its GPS watch, the Instinct, which offers a barometric altimeter, a 3x-axis compass and multinavigation platform support. The Instant also provides a built-in heart rate monitor, plus UltraTrac mode for long-term battery use.
Apple has acquired Denmark-based Spektral, a startup that specializes in the ability to remove figures from photo backgrounds. The technology is envisioned as a handy tool for augmented reality and a sharper way to create cutouts for images such as school photos.
Google Assistant users can now access Asos' Enki shopping guide through their devices. Enki specializes in womenswear and menswear, and Asos says it will be tapping into feedback to upgrade the user experience.
Roblox, a gaming platform targeted at kids, is aiming to expand globally and improve mobile performance with its acquisition of PacketZoom. The startup provides a content delivery network and a tool to manage app performance.
The Music Modernization Act is now law, providing a legal framework to bring the music industry into the streaming era. Among other things, the law makes it easier for rights holders to be compensated for their content when it's streamed online.
The Razer Phone 2 is a mobile device targeted toward gaming, with 8 gigabytes of RAM, 64 GB of storage and LTE gigabit antennas used to provide a more seamless experience. The phone runs on Android 8.1, but an over-the-air upgrade to Android Pie is expected.