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Essential’s 360 Camera can now live stream videos to Facebook Live 360

Essential has announced that the 360 Camera modular accessory for the company's PH-1 smartphone is now capable of live streaming 360-degree videos to Facebook Live. The announcement came in the form of a tweet. Immerse your friends and family in a moment as it unfolds around you. Starting today, you can now broadcast Facebook Live 360 straight from Essential Phone and Essential 360 Camera. Find out how:— Essential (@essential) November 9, 2017 The company also published a blog post, explaining how users of the Essential Phone...

Sunday Debate: Do we still need compact flagships?

Yordan: Powerful phones should come in all shapes and sizes. In 2012 Samsung introduced the Galaxy S III with a 4.8" screen that looked massive when compared with the 4.3" panel of its predecessor. Months later, the Galaxy Note II also saw the light of day and got mocked from Day 1 for being a "door" or a "shield", mostly because of its then-monstrous 5.5" screen. Fast forward six years and the tables have turned - users want big, tall and notched screens with weird ratios like 18:9, 18.5:9, 19:9, 19.5:9 etc. Some might say bigger phones offer more space for battery and bring...

Snapdragon 6150 appears in Geekbench, MedaiTek shows off M70 5G modem

A Snapdragon SM6150 chipset has posted a score to the Geekbench database. It features an octa-core processor and will likely launch as a 600-series chip. Geekbench doesn't say much about the CPU cores, other than one clock speed - 1.8GHz. That's likely for the little cores and doesn't account for boost, so it's not much to go on. But the score is. The single core performance is defined by one of the big cores and it looks like a match for Snapdragon 845's Kryo 385 Gold cores (at 2.8GHz). The multi-core performance is closer to that of Snapdragon 710, meaning it's likely a 2+6 split...

Windows 10-powered Katana 01 to go on sale next week

A low-end, Windows 10-powered smartphone will be released next week. Dubbed Katana 01, the device is manufactured by Japan-based OEM Freetel, and will go on sale in the country on November 30. Specs-wise, the device is powered by a quad core 1.1GHz CPU, and sports a 4.5-inch (480 pixel resolution) display. It has 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD card), and packs in a 1750mAh battery. The Katana 01 features a 5MP camera on the back and a 2MP front shooter. As for the price, the dual-SIM supporting Katana 01 will carry a tag of JPY 12,800, which translates into around $105 at current exchange rates. (more…)

May security update starts hitting Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge have started receiving a new update. Currently hitting units in Europe, it's a security update that brings Android fixes for the month of May. For the Note 4, the update weighs in at over 345MB. In addition to the latest security patch, the update also includes some other minor changes. As is usually the case with OTA roll outs, it may take sometime for the update to hit your device. Via 1 2