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Why an unhackable mobile phone is a complete marketing myth

The mobile security market is taking flight due to high-profile hackings, but is there such a thing as an unhackable phone? Especially one that costs as much as $14,000? Consider this: The smartphone in your pocket is 10 times more powerful than the fastest multi-million dollar supercomputers of just 20 years ago. There are tens of millions of lines of software in that phone of …

Southwest plane evacuated after Samsung Note 7 catches fire. It was a recall replacement.

In Louisville, KY today, a Southwest Airlines plane that had not yet left the ground was evacuated on the runway, after one passenger’s Samsung smartphone caught fire. No injuries were reported. Southwest said passengers and airline employees evacuated SW 994 destined for Baltimore, after a passenger reported “smoke emitting from a Samsung electronic device.” Verge says the passenger whose phone caught fire is …

Microsoft’s Bing mobile apps get support for Google’s AMP

Bing, the search engine Microsoft pays you to use, is jumping on the AMP bandwagon. The open source AMP format is essentially Google’s version of Facebook’s Instant Articles and its stripped down format, which in some ways goes back to the early days of the web, ensures that mobile pages load extremely fast. Just like Google now highlights a variety of AMP pages in its mobile search …

The future of mobile video is virtual reality

After the dust settles, the real takeaway from Instagram’s cloning of Snapchat is that the connected camera revolution is just beginning. Instagram Stories sends a powerful message to hundreds of millions of people for the first time: No moment is too small to capture with your smartphone camera. A cult classic for many in the VR community, the 1995 film Strange Days shares a vision of …

Prisma adds offline mode to its crazy popular art filter app

Art filter app sensation Prisma, which has revved up from nothing to an incredible 55 million+ downloads for its iOS and Android apps in just two months this summer, has now added an offline mode — so you can snap photos and process them to look like an Edward Munch painting in seconds and without needing to be connected to its severs. When TechCrunch covered Prisma’s launch in …

Sony’s new $500 in-dash receiver looks like the best value for Android Auto and CarPlay

Sony’s XAV-AX100 in-dash car stereo system might be the best way to get your hands on Android Auto or CarPlay without plonking down a fortune for a new car. The new receivers will retail for $499.99 when it hits stores in late November, and boasts a 6.4-inch, 800 x 480 touch screen, along with NFC support, Bluetooth, aux input and a dedicated hardware button for …

Google’s mysterious new Fuchsia operating system could run on almost anything

Google has a new operating system called Fuchsia in development, with the early results publicly available on Github (and you can even compile and run it yourself, should you feel daring. The new OS differs from both Android and Chrome OS since it doesn’t run on a Linux kernel, and instead uses as its core code something called Magenta, which might make it better suited …

LG Mobile reports $132M loss as flagship G5 gets off to a slow start

Flagship phones are often make or break in the mobile industry. Just ask LG. The Korean company’s G5, an ambitious effort at modular devices, continues to weigh on the company’s financial performance this year. LG announces its Q2 2016 report today and, in short, its mobile business is still some way from breaking even. While LG Electronics — the entire group — posted an operating profit of KRW …