Daily Tech Headlines – February 26, 2018

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Daily Tech Headlines – February 26, 2018
Number 446
Broadcast Date FEBRUARY 26, 2018
Episode Length 4:55
Hosts Tom Merritt

New phones from Sony and Samsung at Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm and Broadcom start warming up to each other and Vivo has a cool concept phone.


Sony announced the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. The XZ2 uses the Snapdragon 845 chipset and Sony claims its implementation of the Qualcomm X20 modem can reach peak download speeds of 1.2 Gbps. The XZ2 has an 18:9 aspect ratio, 5.7-inch Full HD+ HDR screen and carries a 3180mAh battery. The camera has 19 MP and can now capture 4K HDR video. There's also a feature that vibrates the phone along with your music. The XZ2 goes on sale next month starting at £699 and The XZ2 Compact, which has a 5-inch screen, goes on sale next month for £549.
Sony also announced the Xperia Ear Duo headphones that automatically adjust volume based on how loud the world is around you. The idea is to keep music loud enough to hear but low enough that you can carry on a conversation if you need to. It also has gesture support so you can accept or reject calls or skip songs with the nod of a head. Preorders are up now for $279 shipping in the US in late May.
Samsung announced the 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S9+ with dual aperture, dual cameras. The phones feature a Snapdragon 845, stereo speakers and can now do AR Emojis. Preorders start March 2 for $720 to $915 depending on the carrier, for shipping March 16. Samsung's new DeX Pad lets you use the S9 as a full computer with the phone itself serving as the trackpad. DeX now supports resolutions up to 2560x1440.
HMD announced several Android handsets under the Nokia brand, including the Nokia 1, the Nokia 6, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco and a throwback Nokia 8110 banana phone as featured in the Matrix. The Nokia 8 Sirocco has a stainless steel frame and will sell for €749 in April with Dual-Sight, Zeiss optics and an edge-to-edge OLED 2K 5.5-inch display. The Nokia 7 Plus has 12MP Zeiss optics and will sell for €399 in April. The Nokia 6 goes on sale in May for €279 and the Nokia 1 in April for $85 running Android Go, optimized for low-spec phones. The Nokia 8110 will be available in May for €79.
The US Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case between Microsoft and the US Department of Justice over emails wanted in relation to a drug-trafficking case, that are stored on a server in Ireland. The US believes a warrant requires Microsoft to hand over the emails because it is a US company. Microsoft argues that since the data is stored in Ireland, only an Irish government entity can order the handover. The court is expected to issue a ruling in the case by the end of June.
Qualcomm's Chairman Paul Jacobs sent a letter to Broadcom's CEO, Hock Tan saying Qualcomm is now willing to be acquired by Broadcom if the two companies can agree on price. Broadcom has offered $79 a share but Qualcomm says that undervalues the company.
The OnePlus 5 and 5T cannot play Netflix video in HD because it shipped without Google’s Level 1 Widevine DRM. OnePlus can now update the handsets but only with a physical connection from an authenticated PC, meaning users will have to ship their device to OnePlus in order to get the update that would allow them to watch Netflix in HD. OnePlus will pay for courier costs and promises to get the phones back to users in less than 5 working days.
YouTube announced the launch of live automatic captions on video, as well as the ability to replay chat from a live stream during on demand plays. YouTube says it is using Live Automatic Speech Recognition to serve captions on live streams that are not professionally captioned. The feature will roll out on YouTube live in the following weeks.
Vivo is showing off a concept phone called the APEX FullView with 1.8mm bezels on the top and 4.3mm on the bottom around a flexible OLED display. An exciter beneath the display turns the whole screen into the earpiece. For selfies, a 9-megapixel camera pod rises up out of the top. It also has the under-screen fingerprint sensor that works over a quarter of the phone's screen. This is an ultrasound sensor not the Synaptics sensor shown by Vivo at CES.
Apple is making security updates to its iTunes service that will mean it won't work with older devices. Among the now obsolete devices are the 11-year-old original Apple TV, as well as devices running Windows XP and Windows Vista. The update will cut off the devices starting May 25th.


Preceded by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – February 23, 2018"
Daily Tech Headlines – February 26, 2018
Followed by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – February 27, 2018"