May 15, 2019

Samsung insider teases breakthrough phone design coming in the second half of 2019

A Samsung insider who is perhaps best known for sharing details about brand new phones well ahead of their official announcements is back teasing that some sort of breakthrough smartphone design is coming in the second half of the year. It's unclear at this time whether he's talking about a Samsung phone or not, but the leaker did say recently that Samsung will be among the companies to deliver this brand new design. Ice Universe is the leaker in question, a constant presence in smartphone news. He posted the following Galaxy Note 7 images on Twitter teasing that a “better-designed phone” is coming later this year. https://twitter.com/UniverseIce/status/1128263015348953088 The Galaxy Note 7 represents Samsung's biggest disaster to date. The phone was very well received, but then Samsung had to deal with a plethora of battery incidents, from explosions to fires. The phone was recalled and ultimately canceled, and Samsung had to deal with all the blowback. The Note 7 recall actually forced Samsung to delay the launch of the Galaxy S8 in early 2017, as it was still investigating the Note 7 and putting additional safety measures in place to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. No matter how great the Galaxy Note 7 design may have been, it's still a 2016 phone, and smartphone design has come a long way since. The Galaxy S8 was Samsung's first phone with an Infinity display. That screen morphed into the Infinity-O screen of this year's Galaxy S10, which is what we expect to see on the Note 10 come August. Samsung (and everyone else in the business) has tried to continuously increase the size of the screen at the expense of the bezels. Some did with it notches, pop-up selfie cams or slider phones. Others put two screens on the phone. And Samsung created hole-punch displays. The first foldable phones were also unveiled earlier this year, with one of them stealing the show back at the Mobile World Congress in 2019. So we already have smartphone designs better that are miles better than the Galaxy Note 7. How could Samsung or anyone else further perfect the smartphone design? The only thing nobody has done is to sell a phone with a selfie camera placed under the screen. That would be the perfect all-screen phone design, and something we expect to see in stores in the not-too-distant future. But is it ready for 2019? Ice Universe seems to know something we don't, and he's not sharing more details about it. However, since he's teasing it with the help of Note 7 pics, it's easy to assume Samsung is behind this new handset design, and that the Galaxy Note 10 could be the device he's referring to.
May 15, 2019

Google’s new travel portal will improve the way you plan your trips online

Slowly but surely, Google has become a one-stop shop for everything travel related. Few sites (if any) offer a cleaner and easier approach to booking travel arrangements than Google, and now, a new travel portal for the web has made the process even easier. All you have to do to check it out is head to google.com/travel. While most of the functionality of this travel hub was previously available through Google's website, this unifies all of the various features and options into a single webpage where you can book flights and hotels, see all your upcoming trips, and scroll through all of the previous vacations and getaways from years past. This simplified hub made its way on to mobile devices more than a year ago, but if you prefer to book your trips on a bigger screen, you can now get the same experience while making travel plans on a desktop.
As you plan a trip, your research and reservations will be organized for you in Trips. As we continue to evolve Google Trips, we’re making this information more accessible at google.com/travel, and in Google Search and Google Maps. We’re also adding a few new features to make planning and organizing your trips easier.
Building on some of the features introduced last year, Google now makes it possible to edit your trip timeline directly from the travel hub, and the ability to manually add reservations is coming in a few weeks as well. Google will also now show you the weather for all the days you are scheduled to be at a destination. Also worth noting: Hotel and restaurant reservations will be accessible in Google Maps in the coming months.
May 15, 2019

Google’s new travel portal will improve the way you plan your trips online

Slowly but surely, Google has become a one-stop shop for everything travel related. Few sites (if any) offer a cleaner and easier approach to booking travel arrangements than Google, and now, a new travel portal for the web has made the process even easier. All you have to do to check it out is head to google.com/travel. While most of the functionality of this travel hub was previously available through Google's website, this unifies all of the various features and options into a single webpage where you can book flights and hotels, see all your upcoming trips, and scroll through all of the previous vacations and getaways from years past. This simplified hub made its way on to mobile devices more than a year ago, but if you prefer to book your trips on a bigger screen, you can now get the same experience while making travel plans on a desktop.
As you plan a trip, your research and reservations will be organized for you in Trips. As we continue to evolve Google Trips, we’re making this information more accessible at google.com/travel, and in Google Search and Google Maps. We’re also adding a few new features to make planning and organizing your trips easier.
Building on some of the features introduced last year, Google now makes it possible to edit your trip timeline directly from the travel hub, and the ability to manually add reservations is coming in a few weeks as well. Google will also now show you the weather for all the days you are scheduled to be at a destination. Also worth noting: Hotel and restaurant reservations will be accessible in Google Maps in the coming months.
May 15, 2019

Newspaper headlines: Reality show probe and Kyle ‘heartbroken’

Reaction to the cancellation of the Jeremy Kyle Show after a guest's death leads the front pages.
May 15, 2019

Leeds United 2-4 Derby County (3-4 agg): Jack Marriott scores twice to send Rams to Wembley

Derby County come from 2-0 down in the tie to stun Leeds United and set up a Championship play-off final against Aston Villa.
May 15, 2019

Stephen A. Smith Wrings Emmy-Worthy Performance Out Of Knicks’ Lottery Agony

The day after the tragicomic New York Knicks were denied the opportunity to draft Zion Williamson, a nation alternately laughing at more Knicks misery and consoling those who got their hopes up turned their eyes to the cranky bard of Knicks angst: Step...
May 15, 2019

Stephen A. Smith Wrings Emmy-Worthy Performance Out Of Knicks’ Lottery Agony

The day after the tragicomic New York Knicks were denied the opportunity to draft Zion Williamson, a nation alternately laughing at more Knicks misery and consoling those who got their hopes up turned their eyes to the cranky bard of Knicks angst: Step...
May 15, 2019

European elections: Why is the UK taking part?

Chris Mason looks at why we are voting for new MEPs
May 15, 2019

The 10 Best Deals of May 15, 2019

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
May 15, 2019

The 10 Best Deals of May 15, 2019

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...