LG won’t release a foldable smartphone anytime soon

Brain Kwon, the former head of LG’s TV unit who was tasked with reviving its mobile arm late last year, made the announcement at a press conference in Seoul on Friday. “We have reviewed releasing the foldable smartphone when launching 5G smartphone but decided not to produce it,” said Kwon. “LG’s main issue in smartphone … Read moreLG won’t release a foldable smartphone anytime soon

Apple may unveil a 16-inch MacBook Pro and 31-inch 6K monitor this year

Kuo also believes that Apple will release a 31.6-inch 6K display with a “mini-LED-like backlight design.” That would be welcome but a bit surprising, considering that Apple discontinued its own panels and is instead pointing customers toward the 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K display. Rounding out the desktop rumors, Kuo reported something Apple has already implied, … Read moreApple may unveil a 16-inch MacBook Pro and 31-inch 6K monitor this year

Apple Music subscribers can gift friends a month of free access

The web page says memberships renew automatically after a month or a month after trial. Presumably, that means you can send out freebies even to those who’ve already used up their trial period, though it’s unfortunately unclear if Apple sent the offer to all subscribers worldwide or in certain regions only. Either way, it looks … Read moreApple Music subscribers can gift friends a month of free access

UK believes it doesn’t need to ban Huawei from 5G networks

You might not hear about these findings for a while. A Digital, Culture, Media and Sport department spokesperson told the FT that the review of 5G security was “ongoing” and that talk of any definitive decisions was “inaccurate.” That last statement doesn’t necessarily contradict the apparent leak. It’s possible that the NCSC has ruled out … Read moreUK believes it doesn’t need to ban Huawei from 5G networks

Game streamer Ninja will have his own toy line

Other streamers will get nods as well. WCT is launching an augmented reality-enhanced set of four-inch vinyl figurines ($10 each) that will use a QR code to unlock a virtual experience based on top streamers. Ninja is unsurprisingly part of the mix, but he’ll also be joined by well-known streamers like Lirik, Summit1G and Tim … Read moreGame streamer Ninja will have his own toy line

Lightsaber Academy helps you practice your Jedi swing

Hasbro has been making lightsaber weapons for decades now, and at first glance the Lightsaber Academy model isn’t much different from any of its other toy blades. The design of the handle isn’t modeled on any particular lightsaber from the movies, so you can really get into the role as a Force trainee with your … Read moreLightsaber Academy helps you practice your Jedi swing

TCL’s folding phone projects include a watch-like bracelet

Whether or not TCL will make these isn’t certain. CNET stressed that it was early. TCL previously vowed to ship its first foldable device in 2020, but it wasn’t clear what its plans were at the time beyond some kind of smartphone. It’s clearly more interested in the phone than first thought, although it said … Read moreTCL’s folding phone projects include a watch-like bracelet

Google’s AR tools make it easier for apps to apply face filters

The latest release of ARCore, version 1.7, can create a 468-point 3D mesh of a user’s face from just the front camera alone, good enough to apply slick filtering effects like the ones seen in this GIF. The key is making sure apps can track where to put everything, and avoid weird artifacting like you … Read moreGoogle’s AR tools make it easier for apps to apply face filters

LG’s first 5G phone will likely be the V50 ThinQ for Sprint

That same release provided a few of the V50’s early details. It would use Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 chip, to no one’s surprise, but it would also make accommodations for early 5G hardware. You’d get a vapor chamber cooling system that’s 2.7 times larger than the heatpipe in the V40 as well as a 20 … Read moreLG’s first 5G phone will likely be the V50 ThinQ for Sprint

The Morning After: Amazon drops ‘LotR’ hints

Back to Bag End?Amazon’s first ‘Lord of the Rings’ teaser is a minimal Middle-earth map Amazon posted a trio of tweets about the upcoming project, the first of which is an apt quote from Tolkien: “I wisely started with a map.” Amazon also released an “interactive” map of Middle-earth, but so far all you can … Read moreThe Morning After: Amazon drops ‘LotR’ hints