Nokia finally has a flagship Android phone and it’s beautiful

© Provided by CNET At last, Nokia has a true flagship Android phone to get excited about.

It’s called the Nokia 8 and unlike Nokia’s existing Androids — the 3, 5 and 6 — this one is a real powerhouse.

At its core is a top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM. I’ve already run some benchmark tests and its scores easily rival Samsung’s Galaxy S8. In my experience so far, there’s not much you can throw at this phone that it can’t handle.

The 5.3-inch display is pin sharp, thanks to the ultra HD resolution (2,560×1,440 pixels) and it’s bright enough to use under the midday sun. 

Around the back you’ll find two cameras. One shoots in color, the other only in black and white — good news if you love dramatic, moody portraits. They both have 13-megapixel resolutions and both shoot video in 4K. There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the front, and thanks to some software trickery you can take photos with both the front and back camera to combine them into a single, split-screen image.

I took the Nokia 8’s camera for spin — take a look through the gallery below to see how it performs.

You can also livestream that split-screen view directly to YouTube or Facebook. It’s not a killer feature for me personally, but you’ll enjoy this unique skill if you love sharing your whole life with the world.

That’s all wrapped up in a really slick metal body with a highly polished finish. I think it looks extremely smart and elegant, although it is something of a fingerprint magnet.

Nokia says the phone is splash-proof, not waterproof, which is disappointing given that proper waterproofing is something we’re now often seeing on top-end phones. On the upside, it has a fingerprint scanner on the front, a USB-C port and the latest version of Android Nougat on board.

The Nokia 8 will cost 599 euros when it goes on sale in September. The expected UK price is £599 and although there are currently no plans for it to reach the US or Australia yet, Nokia said that it’s keen to sell the phone in both countries. For reference, 599 euros converts to around $700 or AU$900.

No, it’s not a cheap phone, and that price puts it squarely in line with the Galaxy S8 (a phone with pretty much the same specs, on paper), which you can now pick up on Amazon for $575 in the US or £560 in the UK. In Australia you can find it for AU$899. Then there’s the OnePlus 5, a superb Android phone that’s also packed with top-notch tech and a brilliant dual camera system. It even won our coveted Editors’ Choice award. The OnePlus costs even less at $479 in the US and £449 in the UK (AU$750, converted). 

We’ll have to wait to properly test the Nokia in our full review to decide on whether it’s a wise purchase over the S8 or OnePlus 5. A price closer to or below $600, £500 or AU$750 would really help sweeten the deal. There’s no question, however, that splashing that top-end cash will snag you a top-end phone that’s absolutely worth considering, particularly if you have any sort of nostalgia for the Nokia name. 

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Soon you can send cash via WhatsApp

WhatsApp © iStock WhatsApp WhatsApp users are set to see an exciting new feature in the chat app, one that allows them to send money to friends and relatives without the need to reach for their wallets.

The WhatsApp Payments feature, which could offer a simple way to pay someone back a taxi fare or dinner, is being trialled by the Facebook-owned app and is expected to rollout to UK users in a future update.

The bank to bank transfer function was spotted by website WaBetaInfo, who took a screenshot of the app appearing to show the service will use the United Payments Interface for ‘immediate’ transfers.

No further information was revealed such as transfer limits, bank support or whether it would be available on both iOS and Android.

Users of Facebook’s other chat app, Messenger, have already been able to transfer money to friends using the platform and Apple is also working on a similar function with its iMessage.

With the UPI system being run by the Reserve Bank of India it is rumoured the service will be made available in India first then released to the rest of its one billion daily active users around the world at a later date. Currently, there is no information as to when the next update will be released.

WhatsApp payments money transfer © Screenshot WhatsApp payments money transfer One feature WhatsApp users are desperately waiting for is the ‘Unsend’ function that allows messages sent by mistake to be recalled. Those who have been embarrassingly caught out in the past will be able to breathe a sigh of relief as it appears the feature is in development. Instructions on how to delete sent messages were spotted on the WhatsApp support page but were swiftly taken down. This, again, will likely arrive in a future update – and it can’t come soon enough.

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This is the LG V30, and it looks stunning

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Just two weeks before its official unveiling, an image of the LG V30 has leaked online via reliable tipster Evan Blass.

The image, posted to his Twitter account, shows the V30 from all sides and reveals just how much of the front is taken up by the 6-inch OLED screen, as well as just how gorgeous it is. The bezels above and below the screen are incredibly slim, and the front-facing camera looks equally as small.

We’re still not sure what resolution the front-facing camera will be, but we know it will offer face recognition unlocking, even when the screen is off.

On the back of the phone we get a clear view of the dual-lens camera and flash, along with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. We already caught a glimpse of the rear of the phone following a leak from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Hitrecord firm, but Blass’s image is an awful lot clearer.

The sides of the LG V30 are slim too, with the volume rocker being on the left, and the SIM tray on the right. The fingerprint sensor will therefore double up as the home button.

This particular image of the V30 shows it coming in a silver finish with incredibly shiny sides, we’re not sure what other colours it will be available in just yet, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they were to also leak out before the official launch date.

LG will unveil the V30 on 31 August at IFA, and you will be able to follow the launch via the livestream here.

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HBO hacking woes continue: this time on social media

© Provided by Engadget HBO just can’t catch a break. The cable network got hacked again, though this time, the perpetrators targeted its social media accounts. A hacker group called OurMine took over the company’s Facebook and Twitter accounts not to ask for millions or to steal more GoT episodes, but to “test [their] security.” OurMine is known for targeting high-profile social accounts and even got Netflix’s and Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter accounts in the past.


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In OurMine’s posts, it asked the HBO team to contact them to “upgrade [their] security.” It’s unclear what happened behind the scenes — an HBO spokesperson declined to comment when Variety asked — but the posts have since been deleted.

HBO has been going through a tough time way before OurMine joined the fray. A group of hackers infiltrated its system in July and asked for a $6 million ransom for draft scripts of five Game of Thrones episodes, some exec emails and bunch of documents and passwords. A Star India subcontractor also leaked episode 4 of the show’s current season. More recently, HBO Nordic in Spain accidentally released episode 6 way before its August 20th broadcast date.


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Two lung diseases killed 3.6 million in 2015: study

The two most common chronic lung diseases claimed 3.6 million lives worldwide in 2015, according to a tally published Thursday in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

About 3.2 million people succumbed that year to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), caused mainly by smoking and pollution, while 400,000 people died from asthma.

COPD is a group of lung conditions — including emphysema and bronchitis — that make it difficult to breathe.

Asthma is twice as prevalent, but COPD is eight times more deadly, the study found. 

Both diseases can be treated affordably, but many sufferers are often left undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or under-treated.

COPD was the fourth-ranked cause of death worldwide in 2015, according to the World Health Organization, behind heart disease (nine million), stroke (six million) and lower respiratory infections (just over 3.2 million).

Researchers led by Theo Vos, a professor at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, analysed data from 188 countries to estimate, in each one, the number of cases and deaths annually from 1990 to 2015.

COPD prevalence and death rates declined over that period, but the overall numbers increased — with nearly 12 percent more deaths — because of population growth.

For asthma, prevalence went up by almost 13 percent to 358 million people worldwide, but the number of deaths dropped by more than a quarter.

“These diseases have received less attention than other prominent non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer or diabetes,” Vos said in a statement. 

The countries with the highest concentration of people disabled by COPD in 2015 were Papua New Guinea, India, Lesotho and Nepal, the study showed.

For asthma, the biggest disease burdens were found in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, Fiji, Kiribati, Lesotho, Papula New Guinea and Swaziland.

High-income Asian nations were least affected by COPD, along with countries in central Europe, north Africa, the Middle East and western Europe. Central and eastern Europe, along with China, Japan and Italy, had among the lowest rates of asthma.

“This study is a timely reminder that we must refocus our efforts to combat this dangerous disease,” Neil Pearce, a professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, commented, referring to asthma.

“We still know very little about the causes of asthma, and why rates are increasing worldwide,” he added.

Smoking is known to aggravate asthma, as are allergens, whether indoors or in nature.

Indoor cooking is also a major culprit for chronic lung diseases, the authors noted.

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Nadal tops Gasquet again, Tiafoe upsets Zverev

Rafa Nadal extended his spotless record against Richard Gasquet, while unseeded American teenager Frances Tiafoe upset Alexander Zverev to reach the third round of the Cincinnati Open on Wednesday.

It must have felt like deja vu for the Frenchman, who fell 6-3 6-4 to drop to 0-15 against Nadal. Gasquet last won a set against the Spaniard in 2008.

Nadal, who repelled the only break point he faced in the match, served out the match at love in the 10th game, firing in three aces, including the finishing point.

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“I work every day to play better. It’s obvious that was an important start for me, a good one,” said French Open champion Nadal, who will claim the world number one spot on Monday.

“Now I have another opportunity tomorrow to go on court and play.”

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The 15-times grand slam winner will next face fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who eliminated Nadal’s Wimbledon conqueror, 16th seed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, 5-7 6-4 6-4.

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World number seven Zverev, who stunned Roger Federer in the Montreal final last week after claiming the title in Washington D.C., was on a 10-match winning streak but faded in the final set against energetic baseliner Tiafoe, who won 4-6 6-3 6-4.

It was 19-year-old Tiafoe’s first win over a top-10 player and he bounded around the court in joy, thumping his chest to a standing ovation after Zverev floated a backhand long on match point with his third unforced error of the last game.

“I saw he was a bit tired, but he was still competing. It was tough. I was happy to get through it,” 87th-ranked Tiafoe told Tennis Channel. “My game plan was to keep the rallies long and keep him out there and that’s what I did.”

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Tiafoe will meet John Isner next and said he knows he will be tested by his compatriot’s booming serve.

“I just got to weather the storm,” Tiafoe said. “He’s going to drop some big-boy heat on me and I’m going to have to be ready for it.”

Zverev, 20, was not dismayed too much by the defeat and said he was looking forward to the U.S. Open later this month.

“I think Roger (Federer) and Rafa are the strongest ones and a few guys coming after that. I think I am involved in that group. I am in that small group of players,” the German said.

“So I feel very confident the way I was playing in the last two weeks. And I think going into the U.S. Open, I feel the best I have ever felt maybe going into a slam.”

Earlier, Bulgarian seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov beat Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5) 6-4 to set up a last-16 clash with Juan Martin del Potro.

Del Potro advanced with a 6-4 6-4 win over American qualifier Mitchell Krueger, winning each set on a late break.

Dimitrov has not beaten Del Potro in five career meetings, with the most recent defeat coming at Rome in May.

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Australian Nick Kyrgios beat Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 7-6(6) to reach the third round, where he will face unseeded Croatian Ivo Karlovic.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in Tampa, Florida and Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ian Ransom/Peter Rutherford)

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Sharp rise in US antidepressant use in the last 15 years

The number of Americans who admit to using antidepressants rose by 65 percent between 1999 and 2014, says an inquiry published by the Centers for Disease Control.

In 2014, about one American over 12 out of every eight claimed they took antidepressants over the last month, which makes for a 65 percent increase in antidepressant consumption compared to the year 1999, according to figures published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among these consumers, one American in four reported antidepressant use for over 10 years.

16.5 percent of white women in the US admitted to medicating, i.e. almost twice as men (9 percent), who were wary of the side-effects on their sexuality (erection and ejaculation dysfunctions).

Between 2011 and 2014, there has been a 3.4 percent increase in antidepressants use among youths aged 12 to 19, and a 19.1 percent increase in people over 60.

The survey emphasized discrepancies among different ethnicities: only 5.6 percent of non-Hispanic black people, 5 percent of Hispanic people, and 3.3 percent of Asian people had used an antidepressant treatment in the last month.

Researchers explain this sharp increase in antidepressant use in the US by the fact that a majority of prescriptions nowadays addresses ailments other than just depression: migraine or insomnia, for instance. The increase is also blamed on social factors causing more stress, isolation, and depressive states than before.

These new figures are based on a survey of 14,034 Americans, aged 12+ years old.

In Europe, Iceland ranks highest among antidepressant users (106 tablets per day per 1,000 inhabitants; and 65 in the year 2000). Denmark is second on the list (85), then come Sweden (79), Portugal (78), the United Kingdom (71), Finland (70), Belgium (70), Spain (64), Norway (58), and Luxembourg (51), according to the OECD’s 2013 Health at a Glance.

France is below OECD’s average (56), and ranks ex-aequo with Germany and Slovenia with a daily dose of 50 tablets for 1,000 inhabitants.

Read the results of the inquiry on the CDC website.

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Qatar accused of fomenting Bahrain unrest

Bahrain’s state TV channel has accused Qatar of plotting with the kingdom’s main opposition grouping to stoke anti-government unrest in 2011.

File photos of Ali Salman and Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani: A purported telephone call between Ali Salman (left) and Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani was recorded © AFP A purported telephone call between Ali Salman (left) and Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani was recorded

It broadcast purported recordings of telephone calls between former Qatari PM Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani and Wefaq leader Ali Salman, in which it claimed they agreed to an “escalation”.

The Bahraini public prosecutor has begun an investigation into the calls.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt cut links with Qatar in June.

The four countries accuse the emirate of supporting terrorist groups and of being too close to Iran – allegations the emirate has vigorously denied.

Qatar has condemned the land, sea and air restrictions put in place by its neighbours, which have forced it to import food by sea and air to meet the basic needs of its population of 2.7 million.

The state-run Bahrain news agency reported that the purported telephone conversation between Sheikh Hamad and Ali Salman “included an agreement between the two speakers on… how to deal with the situation then so as to exacerbate it and undermine Bahrain’s interests and stability”.

“This represents a crime of exchanging intelligence information with a foreign country to jeopardize the kingdom’s national interests,” it added. “The public prosecution will announce the outcome of the investigation as soon as it is over.”

There was no immediate comment from the Qatari authorities or from Sheikh Hamad, who stepped down as prime minister and foreign minister in 2013.

Sunni-ruled Bahrain has been wracked by unrest since security forces crushed pro-democracy protests mainly led by the majority Shia community six years ago.

The king brought in troops from neighbouring Sunni-led Gulf states to end the demonstrations and restore order. The unrest left 30 civilians and five police dead.

Activists say dozens more people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces since then, while bomb attacks blamed on Shia militants allegedly backed by Iran have killed a number of policemen.

Sheikh Ali Salman was jailed in 2015 after being convicted of inciting hatred, promoting disobedience and insulting public institutions, while Wefaq was dissolved last year for allegedly fomenting sectarian unrest.

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Coming soon: Android O, Google’s successor to Nougat

© Revealed back in March, Android O is Google’s next step for its Android OS. After several public betas, it seems that the official date could be as soon as August 21, 2017. According to mobile tipster Evan Blass and Android Police editor David Ruddock, August 21 is the most likely day Android O gets released, which is pretty much the best confirmation you can get apart from Google’s official announcement.

Unless you have a Pixel or Nexus phone, you might not get to see Android O for a while. However, the update will roll out eventually to other manufacturers. As for the name, Google has been quiet about what the successor to Nougat will be. Speculations include Oatmeal, Oreos and so on. The inclusion of an octopus as an Easter egg inside the latest Android O beta suggests Google might be ditching desserts and moving to underwater molluscs instead. Android 7 Nougat was released on August 22, 2016, so the pattern fits if August 21 is indeed going to be the day for Android O.

Want to know what to expect on Android O? More details here

This article was originally published on tbreak and has been reposted on Entrepreneur Middle East based on a mutual agreement between the websites.

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iPhone 7S may get thicker to fit in more goodies

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In addition to the iPhone 8, Apple is rumored to announce the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus next month as a modest upgrade to last year’s iPhone 7. Apple’s S-cycle phones usually keep a similar design to the original, but according to a report from German site, the iPhone 7S may be bigger than the 7 in all three dimensions — by mere tenths of a milimeter.

Although the change is tiny, the report speculates that the phone will gain extra girth if Apple uses a glass backing for the iPhone 7S. Glass backing could allow it to work with wireless charging, a long-awaited feature that’s rumored to come to Apple’s next batch of iPhones.

The iPhone 7S is said to be the cheaper alternative to the iPhone 8, which is also whispered to gain more premium features, like a nearly bezel-less front, OLED display and AR capabilities. If the iPhone 8’s premium features lead to a premium price and limited availability, the iPhone 7S would be Apple’s way to give buyers two price options.

This wouldn’t be the first time Apple nominally increased the size of the phone. But if might mean buyers will have to also pick up a new case if the old one is too snug to fit. Then again, most cases were still transferable when Apple made the iPhone 6S slightly thicker than the iPhone 6 at the time the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch screen was introduced.

One way that the iPhone 7S may get smaller, according to’s source, is by reducing the depth of the rear camera bump. The change would be tiny (only a quarter of a millimeter) but it may help the phone look and feel sleeker and more uniform as a whole.

Although we have yet to hear an exact date, Apple is expected to host its next iPhone event some time in September. We’ll get official details about the next batch of iPhones then.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

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