Author: Mobile Syrup

Samsung is launching its first 5G smartphone later this week

The 5G era of wireless connectivity is about to get to underway with the launch of one of the first 5G-capable smartphone.
Samsung has announced that it will release the Galaxy S10 5G in its home of South Korea on April 5th. The base model, with 256GB of internal storage, is set to cost 1.39 million won (approximately $1634.30 CAD). The S10 5G will make its way to North America later this year when it launches on Verizon in the U.S. June.
According to Samsung, the S10 5G’s 5G modem can achieve download speeds that are 20x faster than on a traditional LTE network.
“We are at the beginning of a new era where the incredible speed and connectivity of 5G becomes a reality, bringing the world closer to Samsung’s vision of connected living,” said DJ Koh, president and CEO of Samsung’s IT and Mobile Communications Division. “We are proud of the work we’ve accomplished to bring our first 5G smartphone to market and look forward to bringing it to everyone around the world in the coming year.”
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Play ‘Snake’ like its 1998 again thanks to Google Maps and April Fools

For one day only, Google has revived classic arcade game Snake within Maps.
To access the game on mobile, tap the hamburger menu icon, then tap “Play Snake”. On desktop, visit snake.googlemaps.com.
For the most part, Snake on Google Maps plays exactly like its 1998 Nokia counterpart, the most significant difference being that you play as a train instead of a snake. To that end, there are six cities to navigate — Cairo, Sao Paulo, London, Sydney, San Francisco and Tokyo. Unfortunately, there’s not a Canadian city, but there is a world stage.
Perhaps the aptest part of this April Fools joke is that like most of Google’s best projects, you only have a short amount of time to enjoy it before the company kills it off.
Source: Google
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Google’s ‘Goo.gl’ link shortening service is officially dead

Google’s URL shortener, ‘Goo.gl,’ is officially dead.
Launched in December 2009, the URL shortener was created for use with the Google Toolbar and Feedburner. However, since that launch, Google says the way people find content online has changed dramatically.
In other words, there isn’t really a huge need for link shorteners anymore.
The Goo.gl service began its shutdown last year when it stopped new users from creating short links. Users who had already created Goo.gl links could continue to do so for one year.
That year has come and gone, and now you can’t create any new short links. Existing Goo.gl links will still work, however.
Google recommends developers switch to Firebase Dynamic Links. As for regular users, services like Bit.ly and Ow.ly — which is built into Hootsuite — should fill the same needs.
To learn more about moving away from Goo.gl, check out this Google blog post.
Source: Goo.gl Via: Android Police
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Facebook is ‘exploring restrictions’ on who can broadcast live

Following the terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, Facebook is “exploring restrictions” for who can broadcast live on the platform.
The social network’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, outlined in a recent blog post several steps the company had taken and planned to take to combat the use of its platform in sharing horrific videos like the one from this attack.
First and foremost, Sandberg wrote that Facebook would explore restrictions on who could use its live broadcasting features. Limits would be based on factors like prior Community Standards violations.
Additionally, Sandberg wrote that the company was investing in research to build better technology to help identify edited reposts of videos.
In the case of the Christchurch video, Sandberg says people spread it by re-sharing it and editing it to make it difficult for Facebook systems to block it.
“We have identified more than 900 different videos showing portions of those horrifying 17 minutes,” Sandberg wrote.
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Huawei P30 Pro Camera Hands-on: Rewriting all the rules?

Huawei is testing the limits of smartphone photography with the new P30 and P30 Pro. In what is quickly becoming one of the deepest mobile camera arrays ever offered to consumers, the Chinese company is trying to boldly go where no one has gone before.
They will have to because Huawei was right to focus almost all of its launch and keynote on the cameras. The rest of the device feels highly iterative, and I’m already not a huge fan of the curved display, which is giving me similar issues that the Samsung Galaxy S10+ did. I sometimes randomly tap something or the phone registers a touch while I’m trying to take a shot when holding it.
But I digress. We know all the specs, and though not every feature was available to me to try out hands-on, I got to plenty to shoot with in Paris and Versailles using the P30 Pro. I will be doing a full review of the P30 Pro camera in the coming weeks as I shoot more and get to test upcoming features.
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