LG Beats Nexus to Market with Android Nougat Device

Traditionally, Google's Nexus devices have been the ones that launched their new OS, but it seems that LG is chomping at the bit and wants to beat Google at their own game - with Google's own software. That's right, instead of a Nexus device being the first one to market with Android 7 (Nougat), it will be LG. The dual-screen V20 will debut September 6th. If being the first one with a new OS is important, you may be in the market for a new LG device.

Although LG has yet to share many details about the new phone's features, we do know it will be once again sporting dual displays: a main 5.7-inch display, plus a second, always-on ribbon display at the top for notifications and quick app access. In practice, Engadget found the V10's second screen to be one of the best implementations to date, with easy access to audio controls or a quick glance at an email subject line.

Source: Engadget

HP Workspace Allows x86 Apps on Windows Phone

HP announced their Elite x3 phone back in February and at that time they also announced a new program called "Workspace" that was supposed to allow you to run x86 applications on your Windows Mobile device through Continuum. Well, it's here and it uses virtualization in the cloud to stream your favorite x86 applications as promised. If this would have arrived back in February before Windows Mobile 10 pretty much disappeared, it could have been a game-changer for the corporate client. Now, Windows Phone is pretty much irrelevant.

Interestingly, Workspace isn't exclusive to the Elite x3; you can download and use the app on any Continuum-enabled Windows 10 Mobile device, such as the Lumia 950 or 950 XL. The 60-day free trial, however, is exclusive to anyone that purchased "any HP Elite x3 bundle" before the end of January, 2017.

Source: Neowin

Replacing a Lightbulb with a Drone: Acheivement Unlocked

Apparently it's not that easy to change a lightbulb with a drone. #justsaying


Nintendo Switch Not Backwards Compatible

Nintendo's Switch is making a lot of headlines and they are not all bad. The latest information shows that the new console will not be backwards compatible with any other previous Nintendo physical media. There are no discs or cartridges supported on this device, but there could still be a ray of light regarding digital downloads. If you've purchased something from the Nintendo e-Shop, it just might work - but Nintendo still won't comment on that - but they didn't say "no". Here's hoping.

As far as whether or not screen on the console can be used as a secondary display, akin to how the Wii U GamePad can display a map while the game is running on the television, the rep confirmed that "Nintendo Switch is dedicated to deliver a single-screen experience." As such, players will only be able to play on either the television or console screen at any given time, not both simultaneously.

Source: IGN

Apple AirPods Delayed

If you were excited at the iPhone 7 event and couldn't wait to get your hands and ears on the new wireless Apple AirPods, you'll have to just buckle up and wait longer. Their original release date was said to be "mid-October", but now Apple says they won't be coming this month and when questioned for an actual release date, they refused to respond. That's not a good sign. More information at the link below.

Apple did not say whether hardware or software updates are what is at the heart of the delay so I couldn’t conjecture which. My experiences with the AirPods have been very positive this far but the pre-production units that were given out to press are not without their foibles and bugs. Read about my time with them here.

Source: TechCrunch

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