A major Moto G5 leak just occurred, tells us everything to know about what’s coming

Lenovo was doing a pretty good job keeping the upcoming Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus hidden until today. Just about everything there is to know about the unannounced devices leaked from a retailer who, when things are official, will be selling them. The leak does give us an idea of the direction the Moto brand is going in now that basically everything from its Google-owned days are out of the pipeline.

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HTC’s next virtual reality headset will be more than an extension of your phone

One of the companies who hasn’t immersed itself in mobile-based virtual reality is HTC. Putting its phones into a virtual reality headset isn’t something you’ve been able to do despite the Vive hardware being around for a couple of years. Competitors, including Samsung and Google, have effectively gone all-in on the technology for mobile devices in the meantime.

HTC, with its bottom line hungry for a catalyst, is now preparing to get involved with virtual reality for mobile devices. It just won’t be in the way you expect.

Those HD day passes from T-Mobile are going away on the tweaked One plan

Two major changes were made to T-Mobile One earlier this week. Following Verizon’s unlimited plan returning after a five-year hiatus, T-Mobile decided to tweak its only offering to match the competition. Both were offering unlimited data, but originally T-Mobile was lowering video streaming quality while Verizon wasn’t doing anything. So now customers on the magenta-colored network get untouched video streaming as well as 10GB of high-speed tethering every month.

There was one question about T-Mobile’s video streaming moving forward, but the carrier has answered it and made the right decision. Those annoying HD day passes are no more.

Samsung to announce Galaxy S8 launch date at MWC 2017

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of the most anticipated smartphones for 2017 with rumors coming out almost daily and a very close watch on what the South Korean company will introduce following a difficult 2016. Many were disappointed to learn that Samsung would break tradition and not reveal the Galaxy S8 at MWC 2017, but a new report is coming out that states Samsung will in fact announce the smartphone’s launch date at that time.

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Facebook brings auto-playing sound to videos in its News Feed and a new app for the living room

 

Facebook has just announced a slew of changes to the way it presents videos in your News Feed, as well as a wider choice of platforms that you can use to watch videos on. One of the tweaks includes the auto-playing of sound when the video plays in your News Feed, which is sure to cause some consternation among some of us. Facebook has also made a new app for viewing videos on televisions and streaming devices. Join us after the break for more details.

Google wants to know how you would fix Allo

There are a ton of messaging apps to choose from, with heavy hitters such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage (iOS) all vying for your attention. Despite already offering the Hangouts and Messenger app (among others), in 2016 Google saw fit to throw two new apps into the mix in the form of the Allo instant messaging app as well as a new video chat app, Duo. While Allo managed to hit the 10 million downloads mark on the Play Store back in December, do you actually know someone who uses the app? If so, Google is now asking for feedback on the app. Join us after the break to find out how you can contribute your two cents.

Unboxing the Google Chromecast Ultra

Last fall amidst the release of several products, one that Google revealed was their latest version of a Chromecast, the Chromecast Ultra. The Chromecast Ultra adds a couple new features to the second generation Chromecast including support for 4K video streams as well as HDR video support. This puts the Chromecast Ultra in position to handle just about any video stream a user might send its way.

New report says Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 to get a stylus

As we get closer to MWC 2017, at least one device we are starting to feel confident will be making an appearance is a new tablet from Samsung, the Galaxy Tab S3. The invite for Samsung’s press event at MWC 2017 seems to hint at a tablet being revealed. A couple weeks ago specifications leaked for the alleged Galaxy Tab S3. A new report suggests Samsung is going to give the tablet a stylus albeit one that has to be kept up with manually.

Google has taken down over 2 Billion URLs and 1 Million sites for copyright infringement

Over the years, Google received a lot of press concerning ongoing acrimony between the search giant and European regulators trying to enforce the EU’s right to be forgotten. However, that is not the only area where Google is engaged in ongoing activity to review sites for possible infringement. Another big area is in copyright infringement where Google’s latest transparency report shows they have now taken down over 2 Billion individual URLs location on over 1 Million web sites since 2011.