LG G7 ThinQ will come with dedicated Google Assistant button

From CNET: LG's upcoming G7 ThinQ smartphone will have a unique, physical connection to Google Assistant.

The flagship phone, slated to be unveiled in a New York event on May 2, will sport a dedicated hardware button specifically for Google's digital assistant, according to people familiar with the smartphone. The Google Assistant button will be on the left side of the phone, while the power button is on the right. The fingerprint reader remains on the back.

Google is ‘pausing investment’ in Allo

From The Verge: If you’ve been using Google’s messaging app, Allo, it’s probably a good time to start thinking about switching to something else. The app isn’t getting dropped in a Google-style “Spring Cleaning,” but development on the app is being “paused.” Specifically, the new head of the communications group at Google, Anil Sabharwal, has made the decision to “pause investment” in Allo and move that team over to focus on Android Messages.

Honor's new flagship has a notch and comes in psychedelic colors

From The Verge: Honor, Huawei’s lower-cost sub-brand, has announced its latest flagship phone: the Honor 10. Building on the solid View 10 and taking some cues from the impressive Huawei P20, the Honor 10 is the first Honor phone to really look like a high-end 2018 device.

Facebook Intends to Design its Own Chips

From PC Mag: Apple does it, Google does it, and it requires an educated team of engineers to do it, so Facebook decided "let's do it," let's design our own chips, too.

Qualcomm's bid to expand beyond mobile chips hits a roadblock

From CNET: Qualcomm just got through fending off one deal. And yet it can't seem to complete its own attempt at an acquisition.

The mobile chip giant has spent the past year and a half attempting to acquire Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors, which makes chips for the automotive industry and digital networks. The deal is critical to Qualcomm expanding beyond its core business of making chips for your smartphones, a healthy business that's beginning to slow.

Amazon Made a 'Fast, Lite, and Private' Browser for Android

From PC Mag: Amazon decided against adopting Android for its mobile devices, instead creating its own Android-based mobile operating system called Fire OS. However, that hasn't stopped the company producing apps for Android, and the latest one managed to fly under the radar for the past month of so.

Amazon and Best Buy team up to sell smart TVs

From CNET: Amazon and Best Buy want to sell you your next smart TV.

The companies, which are two of the biggest electronics retailers in the US, on Wednesday revealed a new multiyear partnership to sell the next generation of TVs running Amazon's Fire TV operating system to customers in the US and Canada. Best Buy will be the exclusive seller for more than 10 4K and HD Fire TV Edition models made by Toshiba and Best Buy's Insignia brand starting this summer. Pricing on the sets has not yet been announced.

Facebook announces new European privacy controls, for the world

From The Verge: Facebook is introducing new privacy controls to each of its 2 billion users as part of compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will come into effect on May 25th. Facebook will ask every user, regardless of where they live, to review their privacy choices, from the information they add to their profile to how Facebook uses their data to target ads.

Apple reportedly launching subscription news service

From The Verge: Apple acquired the “Netflix of magazines” last month, and it’s now planning to create its own premium news service. Bloomberg reports that Apple’s Texture acquisition will see the service, which offers more than 200 magazines for $9.99 a month, combined into Apple’s News team. A new Apple News app will reportedly launch within the next year, and offer a subscription with a percentage of revenue shared to publishers.

Intel Offloads Antivirus Scans to Graphics Processor, Freeing up CPU

From PC Mag: Intel has found a new use for its integrated graphics processors: antivirus scans.

The company has partnered with Microsoft to introduce a new capability in Windows Defender that can offload the antivirus scans from a computer's CPU to the Intel graphics processor.

The "accelerated memory scanning" solution is designed to free up your PC's computing resources whenever an antivirus scan kicks in. According to Intel's benchmarks, the CPU utilization rate dropped from 20 percent to as little as 2 percent.

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