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LG G6: OUR FIRST TAKE

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LG is back in 2017 with a brand-new flagship phone: the LG G6. It’s not a modular phone like the G5 or a quirky device with customization options like the G4. The G6 is a classy, sexy glass-and-metal phone with high-end specs — and the kind of cameras meant to make you drool.

Digital Trends joined the consumer electronics giant for a behind-the-scenes look at the G6 smartphone and all the work that went into it. Here are our first impressions.

Be sure to also check out our full LG G6 teardown and battery test.

A gorgeous, sophisticated design

Gone are the days of removable batteries and plastic backs. LG is joining the design craze for shiny, polished glass and strong metal with the G6. Two pieces of Gorilla Glass are sandwiched inside an attractive metal band, which adds strength to the device and limits damage from corner drops.

More: LG G6: News and rumors

The phone looks like a Galaxy S7 from the back, but it still has a distinctly LG look and feel. The G6 is chunkier and the metal frame is thicker, making the phone feel more solid than Samsung’s 2016 flagship. It’s not as unique looking as the leather-backed G4 or the banana-shaped G Flex, but the G6 has a glamorous look that’s right in line with all the latest trends. Whether that’s a good thing to you depends on your perspective; LG’s quirky design cues are missing, but the G6 is gorgeous. It’s shiny, sleek, and all grown up.

The design is simple and sophisticated. You’ll see slim bezels around a device that’s almost all screen, a metal frame with power buttons and a volume rocker, a glass back with a subtle G6 logo, and a single speaker along the bottom edge.

The silver color option is the most attractive and hides fingerprints better than the black and white models. We’re not fans of glass-backed phones because of all the oily smears they collect as you hold them, and the fragility of glass is also a concern. LG said the thicker metal frame helps protect the glass more, and the Gorilla Glass 5 back is as shatter-resistant as it gets in the phone industry. The company didn’t offer an estimate on the cost of replacing the glass if it breaks, but we’ll update you when we get a quote. We still wish it weren’t so fragile and recommend you use a case to avoid breakage and fingerprints.

The phone is more durable in other ways as well: The G6 is sealed up tight and as waterproof as the last Galaxy and the iPhone, for starters, with an IP68 rating. You can dunk it in 1.5 meters of fresh or saltwater for up to 30 minutes without fear of destroying your shiny new phone. LG’s keeping tight-lipped about how it protects the G6 from salt water, but its engineers assured us it is indeed saltwater safe.

No bezels about it! The G6 is mostly screen

The hallmark of the G6’s design is the stunning 5.7-inch Quad HD screen with its unique 18:9 aspect ratio. To get the phone to an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio, LG cut back on the bezels all around the device. The top and bottom bezels are super small, but they are still there, unlike on the Xiaomi Mi Mix, which has no bezel at all around three sides. Even though the G6 does keep slender bezels, the device is still mostly screen, and it’s beautiful to behold.

Related: LG V20 review

Although it’s a 5.7-inch screen, the phone’s body feels like it’s only a 5-inch phone. It’s an astonishing feat of technology. You get all the screen without any of that big-phone, phablet feel. I could actually wrap my fingers around it and my thumb and ring finger would touch. Trying that on the iPhone 7 Plus always leaves a 1-inch gap between my fingers. The G6 is usable in one hand. I could text one-handed on the screen without any problems — that’s a big deal. The G6 is extremely comfortable to hold.

Of course, the elongated 18:9 screen aspect ratio means some content may look different on the non-standard screen. LG told us most of the content will auto-adjust, but you may see some black bars now and then. However, LG is probably right in predicting that screens will move to 18:9 to keep screens big and phone sizes down.

A solid spec sheet

When it comes to specs, LG is done with the spec war. It’s sticking with tried and true components to make the G6 reliable and appealing to everyone. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and 4GB of RAM power the G6, making it a zippy phone that’s on par with the Google Pixel in processing power. It doesn’t have the new Snapdragon 835, which was unveiled at CES 2017 and is slated to hit phones later in the year. Spec fiends may howl that it’s not good enough, but the 821 is more than capable.

Inside is 32GB of storage, which is expandable via a MicroSD card. It’s not as much as you might expect from a flagship phone, but it’s passable. The additional storage in the MicroSD card should make up for it and help you keep your G6 open. We recommend using Google Photos to keep your photo storage down, because you’ll want to take lots of pictures with the cameras.

There’s wireless charging on the U.S. model, but international folks won’t get this feature.

There’s a sharp, 5-megapixel selfie camera with a 100-degree field of view on the front that can do normal or wide-angle views, depending on your needs. The G6 sports two 13-megapixel cameras on the back, and one is a wide-angle lens with 125-degree field of view. The cameras were impressive and fun to use during our hands-on time, but we need to perform more testing.

A 3,000mAh battery is inside the G6, and it juices up quickly with Quick Charge 3.0. You should only need 10 minutes to get a 15-percent charge. There’s also wireless charging on U.S. model, but international folks won’t get this feature. To compensate, some Asia countries will get a Hi-Fi DAC (high-resolution audio). Europe is the odd man out, with neither wireless charging nor the Hi-Fi DAC.

Slick software

The G6 runs the newest version of Android, called Nougat, with Google Assistant, and it currently has Google’s February security patch, which is a good sign for security. It’s unclear how quickly updates and patches will come through, but LG typically does a decent job of being on time. Nougat is covered with the light veneer of LG’s interface, which is attractive and simple. It doesn’t hide Nougat’s beauty, so Android purists will be happy. It also adds a few flourishes to make the design more uniform and suited to the G6’s unique 18:9 aspect ratio.

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Since 18:9 translates to 2:1, GUI (the name of LG’s interface, just to make life confusing) is built upon the idea of the screen as two perfect squares. Many of the LG apps have been adjusted to divide the screen into those shapes. So when you look at a contact, their picture takes up the top half of the screen and their contact details take up the second half. The same principle applies when you look at messages in landscape view and elsewhere in the interface. It’s really lovely, and the perfect symmetry is oddly satisfying.

You can also make the icons uniform in size and shape with a feature that puts irregular icons in rounded square frames — AKA squircles (square + circle = squricle). The icons look so much better when they’re all the same size and shape. It’s like how icons look on the iPhone. You can turn it off, if you hate it, but I loved it.

More: Android Wear is back in business with two new watches from LG

Also of note are the 10 included wallpapers. LG designers made them by hand using pieces of paper and layering them in creative ways. For example, the hero wallpaper shows a subtle number 6.

Availability and pricing

LG has yet to announce availability and pricing for the G6. We will keep you updated here. Overall, the G6 impressed us as a powerful, well-made phone with a slick user interface. It is a solid phone, though it lacks any major surprise features. Pricing and competition are the only unknown challenges for the LG G6. We are guessing it will be in the $650 – $850 price range, like Galaxy phones and iPhones. It will likely hit shelves in April or May.

Highs

  • Gorgeous design
  • Solid specs
  • Beautiful big screen
  • Comfortable to hold and use one-handed

Lows

  • Not the latest processor
  • Glass design is fragile and fingerprinty

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New Chrome Extension Changes the Word “White” To “Black” on Liberal Websites

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By Daniel Lang of The Daily Sheeple

One of the most glaring double standards of the left, is how they criticize the actions and statements of white people. At a certain point, liberals decided that only white people could be racist, so they could say whatever outrageous thing they wanted about them. You can see this in action on just about every liberal website, such as Huffington Post, Salon, or Buzzfeed.

They are completely unaware of their own hypocrisy, but it’s quite obvious to everyone else on the political spectrum. All one has to do, is imagine if a liberal said the same thing about another race. It becomes clear that if the shoe was on the other foot, than what they’re saying would be considered super racist.

Well imagine no more. You can now download a Chrome extension called the Racism Simulator, which will comb through left leaning websites, and automatically replace the word “white” with “black.”

According to the description of the Chrome extension: “Ever see articles bashing certain groups and thought to yourself how totally not okay it would be if the groups were replaced with another group? This extension swaps the groups being written about on HuffingtonPost, Salon, Buzzfeed, Jezebel, and Gawker to show how much racism, sexism, and outright nastiness they get away with because they chose to target an ‘oppressor’ group.”

The results are so sad, but also quite funny.

 

But those are just a handful of examples. If you thought that was funny, you have to take a look at this compilation of results that were produced by the Racism Simulator. Liberals are so much more racist than they realize.

Denver among 11 cities to pilot Verizon’s 5G network

DENVER – Verizon announced Wednesday that Denver will be among a handful of select customers in markets nationwide to pilot the cell phone provider’s newly built 5G network.

The program will deliver services by midyear to 11 cities across country including Seattle, Dallas, Denver, Miami, Sacramento and Washington D.C., among others.

Verizon’s announcement is the latest in the efforts of industry leaders to implement a 5G network on a national and global scale. According to GeekWire, AT&T announced plans in January to launch 5G in Austin and Indianapolis this year. And T-Mobile recently outlined its vision for the potential of a faster network.

“5G technology innovation is rapidly evolving,” Adam Koeppe, vice president of network planning at Verizon, stated in a press release. “Network density is increasing to meet the demands of customers, and following the FCC’s aggressive action on 5G spectrum, the time is right to deliver the next generation of broadband services with 5G.”

5G is touted to be at least 10 times faster than existing 4G networks, according to Gizmodo, and the new network will build off of 4G LTE which is currently the fastest and most consistent variety of 4G compared to its competitors.

“The tremendous progress we have made with Verizon in commercializing 5G represents our companies’ mutual focus on delivering the highest level of innovation to our customers,” said Woojune Kim, vice president of next generation business team at Samsung Electronics. “The 5G systems we are deploying will soon provide wireless broadband service to homes, enabling customers to experience cost-competitive, gigabit speeds that were previously only deliverable via fiber.”

The new 5G network will not only let users text, call and browse at faster speeds, it will also make it easier to upload and download high-resolution videos and connect the thousands of new devices that hit the markets every day.

“Just imagine upgrading your data connection from a garden hose to a fire hose,” Michael Nunez from Gizmodo wrote in February 2016. “The difference will be noticeable.”

Leaked images of Samsung Galaxy S8 leave little to the imagination

New images of the Galaxy S8 that show the device in all its glory have leaked. The pictures are consistent with the rumors that are going around about Samsung’s flagship devices. As you can see, the smartphone doesn’t have a physical button on the front, which means that the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back.

It also features a curved screen and extremely thin bezels, as expected. If you look closely at the images below, you’ll also see that the Galaxy S8 sports a USB Type-C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack at the bottom, along with a speaker.

The device is really easy on the eyes and looks quite different from the Galaxy S7 series. The curved screen and the small bezels on the top and at the bottom give it a unique look that a lot of consumers will probably like.

There’s still no official word on when Samsung will announce the devices. We’ll know more details on February 26, when the company will share the launch date with the public during its MWC event as well as a short teaser trailer.

As you may know, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will be the first Snapdragon 835-powered smartphones on the market. Unfortunately, they might also be more expensive than their predecessors, based on prices revealed by a Ukrainian retailer a few days ago. If you want to learn more about the upcoming smartphones, check out our Galaxy S8 rumor roundup post.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus look to be very promising devices, especially considering their almost bezel-less design. But Samsung won’t be the first company to announce a bezel-less smartphone this year. LG will also opt for a similar design language for its upcoming G6, which will be announced on February 26.

Looking for Neo-Nazis? There’s an App for That!

One of the key beliefs of the left-wing is that anyone who disagrees with the government must be shut down.

To this end, the local government of Berlin has cooperated other anti-speech allies to create a smartphone app that allows left-wing extremists to hunt down those who disagree with the government and silence their speech. “Are they really Nazis?” “We don’t know lol we don’t even have a definition of that term – but as the old Hebrew saying goes ‘when in doubt, shut it down.’”

Global Post:

Gegen Nazis (Against Nazis) uses digital mapping to publicize information about right-wing extremist demonstrations and counter-protests.

 

The free app informs people where and when such events are taking place in their neighborhoods.

“It also lets you know where there are planned protests against these demonstrations so users can show their faces in solidarity with refugees, against racism and against anti-Semitism,” says Jessica Zeller, project manager at Berlin Against Nazis.

A collaboration between Berlin’s city government and the Association for Democratic Culture in Berlin, the app works by aggregating data from the Berlin Against Nazis’ Twitter, Facebook and website to plot the routes of far-right demos and counter-protests.

Right-wing protests are shown in brown — the color most associated with Nazism thanks to Adolf Hitler’s brown shirts — on city maps, while routes for protests against Nazis are in orange. Push notifications on users’ phones alert them to new developments in real time.

Among the app’s main targets, the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD), Germany’s largest neo-Nazi organization, has five lawmakers in the parliament of the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

But Gegen Nazis also takes aim at other groups.

“We’re not calling everyone Nazis,” Zeller says. “What counts is what people say in their demonstrations and what they stand for — not direct affiliations with NPD.”

Another group on the Gegen Nazis radar is Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West, popularly known as Pegida, whose demonstrations in the eastern German city of Dresden have been gaining support in recent weeks.

(Daily Stormer)

Alexa envy: Samsung may go on a $1 billion spending spree to buy up AI companies

Samsung may be about to embark on an epic spending spree acquiring companies dedicated to artificial intelligence. A report from South Korea, quoting an anonymous executive from Samsung’s United States offices, says it has a $1 billion budget put aside for buying up exciting firms working on AI.

The massive sum won’t only be used for acquisitions, but also to invest in companies involved in AI. Although there’s no question a billion dollars will buy you plenty of talent and tech, it’s still only a fraction of the $8 billion Samsung recently spent acquiring Harman International. However, while the two may not initially seem connected — Harman is best known for its in-car infotainment systems and other audio/visual equipment — it has divisions hard at work on AI projects, smart cities, and voice control. These are all key applications for AI and machine learning technology.

More: Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

The Harman deal hints at Samsung’s deeper interest in AI and the companies working on it, but there has been plenty more overt evidence. The most obvious is Samsung’s acquisition of Viv Labs, an AI company from the team behind Apple’s Siri, plus the many references to its own AI assistant coming soon, which we currently known as Bixby. Additionally, through its Catalyst investment arm, Samsung contributed to SoundCloud’s recent funding round, focusing on development of its Houndify AI platform. Joining the Catalyst program is Samsung Next, a $150 million fund for startups specializing in VR, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence.

Samsung has also spoken officially about its interest in buying up AI companies. In mid-2016, Samsung’s head of software research and development told Bloomberg, “We are actively looking for M&A targets of all sorts in the software area. We are open to all possibilities, including artificial intelligence. Intelligence is no longer an option. It’s a must.”

Samsung’s head of home appliances repeated a similar line during a CES 2017 interview. “We will continue to make efforts to develop technology and products that can really read the minds of the consumers, so they don’t even have to move a finger when the want to do something,” the executive is quoted as saying by the Financial Times.

This is the first time we’re hearing about a possible number attached to Samsung’s interest in AI, and it’s large enough to show the depth of its intent. Our first look at Samsung’s big artificial intelligence push may come with the Galaxy S8, which is expected to feature Bixby, an AI assistant to rival Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

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Google Refuses To Admit Loss For Nexus 6P

It was surprising to see that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL fell short compared to the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7/Edge during last year’s Black Friday sale period, in spite of having the highest growth.

It’s nice to know how Google matches up with its rivals in the smartphone hardware game, considering this is the company behind the lush Android ecosystem that fuels most smartphones worldwide.

Google has left its traditional ways to focus completely on carrier support so that it would reach a larger audience in the mobile industry. However, if the company is transparent with its Pixel figures, why is the Nexus 6P’s figures still buried in the dark?

What’s The Deal?

It’s really odd that we don’t know anything about how the Nexus 6P has fared commercially over the past year. Since the Pixel XL is reportedly selling well then how much better or worse is its predecessor doing?

Google may not be saying much but maybe the Nexus 6P, although popular, couldn’t manage to nab more buyers than the HTC One M9 or Sony Xperia Z5 but this is one thing that we’ll probably never know for sure.

Some parties blame it on its lack of availability outside of the United States, plus the Project Fi is too pricey for consumers in less affluent markets around the world.

Google’s (Jewish Company) Artificial Intelligence Getting ‘Greedy,’ ‘Aggressive’

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By  of Anti-Media

Will artificial intelligence get more aggressive and selfish the more intelligent it becomes? A new report out of Google’s DeepMind AI division suggests this is possible based on the outcome of millions of video game sessions it monitored. The results of the two games indicate that as artificial intelligence becomes more complex, it is more likely to take extreme measures to ensure victory, including sabotage and greed.

The first game, Gathering, is a simple one that involves gathering digital fruit. Two DeepMind AI agents were pitted against each other after being trained in the ways of deep reinforcement learning. After 40 million turns, the researchers began to notice something curious. Everything was ok as long as there were enough apples, but when scarcity set in, the agents used their laser beams to knock each other out and seize all the apples.

Watch the video battle below, showcasing two AI bots fighting over green apples:

The aggression, they determined, was the result of higher levels of complexity in the AI agents themselves. When they tested the game on less intelligent AI agents, they found that the laser beams were left unused and equal amounts of apples were gathered. The simpler AIs seemed to naturally gravitate toward peaceful coexistence.

Researchers believe the more advanced AI agents learn from their environment and figure out how to use available resources to manipulate their situation — and they do it aggressively if they need to.

“This model … shows that some aspects of human-like behaviour emerge as a product of the environment and learning,” a DeepMind team member, Joel Z Leibo, told Wired.

“Less aggressive policies emerge from learning in relatively abundant environments with less possibility for costly action. The greed motivation reflects the temptation to take out a rival and collect all the apples oneself.”

The second game, Wolfpack, tested the AI agents’ ability to work together to catch prey. The agents played the game as wolves who were being tested to see if they would join forces as strategic predators; if they jointly protected the prey from scavengers they would enjoy a greater reward. Researchers once again concluded that the agents were learning from their environment and figuring out how they could collaboratively win. For example, one agent would corner the prey and then wait for the other to join.

Researchers believe both games show an ability in artificial intelligence entities to learn quickly from their environments in achieving objectives. The first game, however, presented an added bit of abstract speculation.

If more complex iterations of artificial intelligence necessarily develop aggressive, greedy ‘impulses,’ does this present a problem for a species already mired in its own avarice? While the abstract presented by DeepMind does not venture to speculate on the future of advanced artificial minds, there is at least anecdotal evidence here to suggest AI will not necessarily be a totally logical egalitarian network. With complex environments and willful agents, perhaps aggression and self-preservation arise naturally…even in machines.


This article originally appeared on Anti-Media.

Yahoo Issues Another Warning in Fallout From Hacking Attacks

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LONDON — Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016, the latest development in the internet company’s investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users’ data several years ago.

Yahoo confirmed Wednesday that it was notifying users that their accounts had potentially been compromised but declined to say how many people were affected.

In a statement, Yahoo tied some of the potential compromises to what it has described as the “state-sponsored actor” responsible for the theft of private data from more than 1 billion user accounts in 2013 and 2014. The stolen data included email addresses, birth dates and answers to security questions.

The catastrophic breach raised questions about Yahoo’s security and destabilized the company’s deal to sell its email service, websites and mobile applications to Verizon Communications.

The malicious activity that was the subject of the user warnings revolved around the use of “forged cookies” — strings of data which are used across the web and can sometimes allow people to access online accounts without re-entering their passwords.

A warning message sent to Yahoo users Wednesday read: “Based on the ongoing investigation, we believe a forged cookie may have been used in 2015 or 2016 to access your account.” Some users posted the ones they received to Twitter.

“Within six people in our lab group, at least one other person has gotten this email,” Joshua Plotkin, a biology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, said. “That’s just anecdotal of course, but for two people in a group of six to have gotten it, I imagine it’s a considerable amount.”

Plotkin said in a telephone interview that he wasn’t concerned because he used his Yahoo email for messages that were “close to spam.” In the message he posted to Twitter , he joked that “hopefully the cookie was forged by a state known for such delicacies.”

Amazon Echo and Google Home want to be your new house phone

Right now, you can order a pizza, manage your to-do list and call an Uber on Amazon Echo and Google Home. The latest development from the smart speakers would give us yet another reason to leave our phones in our pocket. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon and Google are considering adding telephone functionality to their devices, but it won’t be easy.

Citing “people familiar with the matter,” the Journal says Amazon and Google could introduce the ability to make and receive calls on their respective platforms later this year. The companies could make use of their existing communication platforms, since Amazon already has the business-focused videoconferencing tool Chime. Meanwhile, Google has Hangouts, Duo, and it recently recommitted to maintaining Google Voice. Incorporating existing VoIP services like Skype and Vonage into their devices may be another way to go. Echo and Home could also have their own phone numbers, or the option to sync an existing number and contacts list.

One of the most significant roadblocks Amazon and Google face in turning their devices into home phones is privacy concerns. As the Journal notes, the Echo and Home’s always-on microphones continuously record audio, locally saving a few seconds at a time, to monitor for activation commands like “Alexa” and “Hey Google.” Law enforcement in Arkansas has already requested access to this data to help with a murder investigation, which raises serious privacy questions about connected home devices. Amazon’s phone feature would only record call metadata, like phone numbers and call durations, while the Journal‘s sources aren’t sure what data Google would keep.

The use of voice commands raises other problems. For instance, users might accidentally end a phone call by saying the hang up command in conversation. It could also be hard to move a call from the speakers to your phone, since the Echo and Home don’t have many physical inputs. The inability to make emergency calls is also a potential issue, since most VoIP services don’t allow users to make 911 calls.

The Wall Street Journal‘s sources call phone capabilities “the logical next step for the artificial intelligence-powered speakers,” and they may be right. Still, it looks like there are substantial questions to address before Amazon and Google can set a firm release date on this new feature. Like other connected home technologies, there are real issues here that could scare off potential users interested in protecting their privacy.

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