Leak shows every side of LG’s G7 ThinQ

LG is just a week away from announcing its next flagship phone, the G7 ThinQ, but chances are, we’ve going to know every last thing about it before then thanks to a nonstop flow of leaks. A new image of the phone was posted to Twitter today by VentureBeat reporter and frequent phone leaker Evan Blass, showing every single side of the upcoming phone. There have been plenty of G7 leaks already, but this one leaves us nothing left to guess at — at least when it comes to the…

Alibaba, Baidu, and other Chinese tech companies post men-only job listings, report finds

Silicon Valley isn’t the only tech hub guilty of widespread gender discrimination. Major Chinese tech companies like Huawei, Alibaba, and Tencent discriminate against women in their online job listings, a new report from Human Rights Watch found today. Some job postings directly state they are for men only, while others specify that women must have attractive appearances and even be a certain height. Online job discrimination on the basis of gender is particularly stinging for women in China, as applying online is generally the first step towards securing a position,…

Google is bleeding cash trying to take on Amazon in the smart home

Google parent company Alphabet reported first quarter earnings for 2018 today, beating Wall Street estimates on sales and profit thanks in large part to its mammoth search advertising machine that continues to grow year after year. But one interesting highlight from the earnings announcement was just how much money the company’s smart home company Nest earns in revenue and reports in losses. Because Nest was rolled back into Google proper earlier this year, Alphabet recast its quarterly earnings figures for 2017 to account for the fact that Nest revenues and…

Asus launches a new midrange phone in India to compete with Xiaomi

Asus has announced a new midrange phone aimed at the Indian market and priced to appeal over the likes of competitors like Samsung and a host of Chinese brands, namely Xiaomi, which recently launched the popular Redmi Note 5 Pro. The company says it chose features and specs for its new ZenFone Max Pro M1 based on results from a survey of over 2,000 Indian customers, according to Engadget. We’ve reached out to Asus for more information about what that survey entailed. The ZenFone Max Pro M1 and the Redmi…

Why failing to recycle electronics leaves gold mines untapped

There’s 80 times as much gold in one ton of cellphones as there is in a gold mine, says Federico Magalini, an expert on electronic waste. That means there’s enormous potential for recycling — and yet, most of us keep our old electronics at home. Lately, there’s been a lot of interest in old electronics. Last week, Apple debuted Daisy, a robot that disassembles old iPhones to recycle the materials inside. Reuters covered a South Korean factory that specializes in retrieving precious metals from car batteries. And in a recent…

British finance guru sues Facebook for scammy cryptocurrency ads

Martin Lewis, a well-known financial journalist and founder of consumer finance site MoneySavingExpert.com, filed a lawsuit against Facebook today through the UK’s High Court, accusing the tech giant of defamation. He claims that the platform published over 50 cryptocurrency ads that falsely used his face and name to promote cryptocurrency trading scams. Lewis notes in a statement that the advertisements often promoted get-rich-quick schemes that were actually trading options with odds stacked against the consumer. They had names like, “Stay Safe During 2018 Crash By Doing This Even With £250,…

YouTube is officially a teenager today, which sounds about right

YouTube’s first video — an 18-second clip with over 48 million views, not a whole lot of action, and exactly one genital innuendo — was uploaded 13 years ago today. The now-teenage platform may have started as a dating site, but it’s since expanded its role to include everything from viral videos to a platform for influencers to screw up in front of the entire world. That’s wild, given how tame its first video is. In this historical artifact, aptly titled “Me at the zoo,” YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim stands…

A Match.com glitch reactivated a bunch of old profiles, raising concerns about user data

On a recent Sunday, creative director Jason Debiak was having breakfast with his family in New Jersey, when something strange happened. “I was having an adorable breakfast with my family, my 2-year-old daughter and my wife,” he says. “Something came up [on my phone] and I usually try not to check my email, but I checked my email and it said, ‘You have 10 new matches on Match.com.’ I was like… what?” Debiak’s long-forgotten — and, he assumed, long-deleted — dating profile from over a decade ago had suddenly been…

Samsung patent suggests video chatting with AR Emoji

When Samsung rolled out its creepy AR Emoji, many assumed it was just the company’s answer to Apple’s Animoji. But Samsung was granted a patent last week that could indicate a whole other reason it rolled out the AR Emoji: to combat bandwidth issues with live video. Back in 2013, Samsung foresaw that there would continue to be bandwidth issues with live video in the near future, and applied for a patent that would let users video chat with each other using 3D models of their faces, as spotted by…

Apple’s purchase of Shazam is now under investigation by the EU

The EU has launched an investigation into Apple’s acquisition of music identification service Shazam. It’s concerned that the deal could shrink consumer options for mobile music streaming services within the EEA (European Economic Area). In February, multiple countries, including Austria, France, Iceland, and Spain, requested that the European Commission assess the acquisition to determine whether it’s allowed under a European Union merger law. The deal, according to the commission, “may have a significant adverse effect on competition in the European Economic Area.” That request is now being acted on, with…