LG V20 To Feature Google’s New In Apps Search Feature

LG V20

LG has been teasing their new LG V20 over the last week, the company will unveil the handset at a press event at IFA on the 6th of September.

Google just announced their new In Apps search feature for Android and now LG has announced that their new LG V20 smartphone will be one of the first devices to have the feature.

A shortcut to In Apps is featured on the home screen and Second Screen of the V20, putting user’s contacts, messages and other app content only one tap away. The Second Screen, an inset display above the main display of the V20 that works independently, can be set as a dedicated launching area for shortcuts of the user’s favorite apps, allowing them to launch In Apps even while watching videos.

“As smartphone features become increasingly diverse, a growing number of smartphone users are willing to search for more information saved on their mobile devices,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics and Mobile Communications Company. “The V20 combined with Google’s evolving search tools will allow users to search for information they need faster in a more convenient and smart manner.”

The new LG V20 will be announced at IFA next week, it will be one of the first devices to come with Android 7.0, we will have more information about the device next week.

Moto M Spotted On Chinese Certification Website TENAA


Motorola is apparently working on another new smartphone which is expected to launch in the coming weeks dubbed as the Moto M.

Not too long ago, the alleged Moto M was spotted on benchmarking website, and lately, it made an appearance on Chinese certification body TENAA.

The handset which was previously spotted came with the model number XT1663, but the one spotted on TENAA has the XT1662 model number. So, it could be one of the variants of the handset, or possibly a “plus” version of the handset.

The images shared on TENAA shows a premium metallic display with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device — similar to Huawei handsets. Other specifications listed on TENAA includes a 5.5-inch display, a 3,000 mAh battery, 4G LTE support, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow as its operating system out of the box.

There’s no official confirmation if it will launched as Moto M or any other name, but we’ll find out soon.

You Can Now Tour Yosemite National Park in VR With US President Obama

You Can Now Tour Yosemite National Park in VR With US President Obama

Barack Obama has become the first US President to be featured in a virtual reality (VR) video where he can be seen traverseing through the Yosemite National Park situated in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, also conveying his concerns about climate change.

Created by National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios, and Facebook-owned Oculus, the 11-minute video is available on the Oculus Store for Samsung Gear VR and will soon come to Oculus Rift VRheadset.

“The VR experience provides a personal look at President Obama’s trip to Yosemite with his family over Father’s Day weekend,” Oculus said in a blog post on Friday.

Obama is seen interacting with students during an event tied to his “Every Kid in the Park” initiative and speaking with Don Neubacher, the Yosemite National Park superintendent.

 The viewers can explore the incredible surroundings of Yosemite, including El Capitan, the Cathedral Rocks, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite Falls and the Merced River.

“National Geographic has been a pioneer in visual storytelling throughout its 128-year history. We see virtual reality as a new frontier and are thrilled to use this powerful medium to help celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary,” said Rajiv Mody, Vice President of Social Media for National Geographic.

The viewers can also see the First Family – First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia, and Sasha – crossing the footbridge and taking in the view of Vernal Falls.

“As filmmakers, we wanted to use cinematic virtual reality’s unique transportive power to bring audiences into a journey with President Obama where they could experience firsthand the vertiginous, lyrical, and timeless beauty of Yosemite,” added Félix Lajeunesse, Co-founder of Felix & Paul Studios.


Apple Patents Idea to Capture Smartphone Thieves Through Touch ID

Apple Patents Idea to Capture Smartphone Thieves Through Touch ID

  • It will allow Apple to store fingerprints of other users
  • Apple claims to use it as forensic evidence for stolen iPhones
  • Apple will also capture video and photo of the thief

Apple is known for its privacy and security related features, and Touch ID is one prime example. Now, the Cupertino giant has been granted a new patent for Touch ID related technology that will help catch Apple device thieves.

This feature, described as Biometric Capture for Unauthorized User Identification in the USPTO patent application, captures the thief’s fingerprint and may even take a photo, video, and capture the audio of the criminal trying to unlock someone else’s iPhone multiple times. Usually, a thief would try to unlock the iPhone by hacking it, punching in different passwords, or trying to cheat Touch ID. In such cases, Apple’s newly-patented technology could allow the company to store a fingerprint scan and other details, and deliver it to authorities as forensic evidence (in the event that your smartphone is stolen).

A computing device may determine to capture biometric information in response to the occurrence of one or more trigger conditions. The trigger condition may be receipt of one or more instructions from one or more other computing devices, detection of potential unauthorized use by the computing device, normal operation of the computing device, and so on. The computing device may obtain biometric information and may store such biometric information. Such biometric information may be one or more fingerprints, one or more images of a current user of the computing device, video of the current user, audio of the environment of the computing device, forensic interface use information, and so on. The computing device may then provide the stored biometric information for identification of one or more unauthorized users.

 While licensing of intellectual property is now a trending big debate, Apple is staying ahead of the game, and patenting its idea. In any case, a fingerprint scan, photo, and video of the thief would prove to be solid information that could help users get back their stolen iPhones. However, this patent will also let Apple effectively register all fingerprints regardless of thief or not. Of course, as with all patents, there’s no guarantee Apple will ever bring the technology to consumers. The patent simply indicates on of the solutions Apple has considered for a design problem. It will be interesting to see how Apple introduces this feature in its devices in the future.


Just Add Noodles for Easy One-Pot Thai Curry Mussels

Mussels are perhaps not everyone’s first choice for a quick weeknight supper, but that assessment deserves to be challenged. (Kenji even referred to them as “the easiest choose-your-own-adventure, one-pot meal around”!) They cook quickly and excel in simple recipes like this one. Most people have probably made a variation on moules à la provençale (mussels in a garlic-tomato sauce) or moules marinières (with white wine and butter). Today we’re using a Thai-style red curry paste and a quick vegetable sauté to create a bold, spicy broth that pairs perfectly with briny mussels. Add some easy rice stick noodles and you’ve got a complete meal on your hands in 20 minutes or less.20160723-Mussels-Thai-Red-Curry-Broth-Rice-Noodles-emily-matt-clifton-15.jpg

Here in the northeastern US, one of the best varieties of mussel hails from Prince Edward Island, just off Nova Scotia in Canada. Like most mussels available in North America, they are farmed rather than caught in the wild, which, according toSeafood Watch, makes them one of the most sustainably produced seafoods you can buy. As with any seafood, you do need to find a supplier that you trust to provide you with fresh, high-quality product. A good retailer will let you do the sniff test—like other fresh fish, fresh mussels should have only a faint odor. You should, of course, keep them cold, but not frozen, and cook them within a day or two—our preference is to set them in the fridge over ice, or underneath a zipper-lock bag packed with ice. If they’re in a plastic bag, make sure to keep it open for air.

Because they steam very quickly, you should prep them and keep them in the fridge while you get your noodles ready and prepare your base sauce. You may not need to do much work at all to clean the mussels—a light scrub might be required, and you’ll want to pull out any beards you see (this may not be too much of a problem with farmed mussels). Tap any mussels that are ajar to see if they can be coaxed closed; if not, they should be discarded. (You can get more details aboutbuying, storing, and cleaning mussels here.)

Once they’re back on ice, make the noodles. We chose thin rice vermicelli for this recipe—they cook through quickly just by sitting in hot water while you make the rest of the dish, and you won’t need to use the stove. Of course, you can warm up a baguette if you’d prefer bread to mop up the broth, but the noodles seem like a more natural pairing for the Southeast Asian flavors we’re using here.

The only real work you’ll have to do is construct the curry broth. To start, we heat up some oil in a skillet and sauté some garlic and shallots before adding a dollop of red curry paste. You can typically find curry paste in canned or jarred form in your grocery store, or you can order it online. Different pastes can provide more or less spicy heat and salt, so if you’re trying a new paste, it’s wise to start with one or two tablespoons, taste, then add more if you like.

Once the curry paste has bloomed in the oil (this helps develop its flavor), we hit it with a splash of alcohol. Adding a Western booze like wine or beer may sound strange for a curry-flavored broth, but we love the flavor it brings. We’ve tried both white wine and beer in this recipe—you’re not adding enough to make a huge difference in the flavor either way, so feel free to experiment, and you probably can’t go too wrong; whatever you have open will work. If using beer, try a lager or ale, but avoid anything too heavy, like a porter or stout. For wine, a dry white is what you want, and don’t worry about breaking the bank. Anything you’d drink with dinner will work in the dish.

Next, we add coconut milk, fish sauce, lime juice, and a little sugar to balance out the heat of the curry paste. Then we add the mussels and cover the pot—they should open up within a few minutes, with just a couple of stirs now and then. By the way, you can ignore the old tip of discarding unopened clams or mussels:Studies have shown that they are perfectly safe to pry open and eat.

Finally, we stir in some cilantro and basil, adding them at the last minute so that their flavors stay bright and fresh. If cilantro’s not your thing, any mix of fresh soft herbs would be great. Parsley and mint are good options.

Scoop the mussels and broth over noodles in individual bowls, and make sure you serve them with an empty bowl for the discarded shells!