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GoBee Bike throws in the towel in France

  •  Bike-sharing startup GoBee Bike is giving up and shutting down in all French cities where it operates. GoBee Bike operates just like Chinese giants Ofo and Mobike. You open the app, you find a bike on the map and you unlock it by scanning a QR code. Once you’re done, you lock it again and leave it there — there’s no dock. And yet, the startup is blaming vandalism and says… Read More

    16 hours 32 min ago

Samsung MWC 2018 Liveblog

  •  Mobile World Congress isn’t always a huge show for Samsung (last year we got a couple of tablets and some vague 5G news), but this year the company’s not messing around. Between the many teasers and seemingly endless deluge of leaks, the Galaxy S9 is all but announced at this point. Even so, once of the nice things about the company is that it always seems to have a little… Read More

    16 hours 46 min ago

This smartwatch doesn’t look like a smartwatch, and that's awesome

  • Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

    We get it: You want all the convenience and technological wonder of a smartwatch, but still want to attend grown-up parties without looking like an extra from Back to the Future Part II. All you wanted to do is count your steps in peace, but you reach for a glass of champagne, pulling back your sleeve, and all of a sudden your friends and co-workers are all “Hey, is that a smartwatch? Make it do a trick for me.” Read more...

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    16 hours 46 min ago

Watch HMD unveil Nokia phones live right here

  •  HMD is holding a press conference at MWC in Barcelona to showcase some Nokia-branded phones. The conference starts at 4:00 PM CET (3:00 PM GMT, 10:00 AM EST). HMD licenses the Nokia brand so that the company can release smartphones under the Nokia brand. It isn’t the company we used to know and love, but it still says Nokia. So get ready for some new Nokia phones running Android. You… Read More

    17 hours 49 min ago

Samsung Galaxy S9 launch: everything you need to know as it happens

  • It’s almost time to see the new Samsung Galaxy S9, and you’ll be able to get all the information right here.

    We’re live blogging the MWC 2018 event from this page - so be sure to bookmark it so you can come back - and we’ll start filling it with delightful from-the-mouth-of-Samsung goodness as soon as we’ve negotiated our way into the room… although judging by previous launches, that’s going to be far harder than it sounds.

    Will we just see the two phones? Will there be any more surprises unveiled? Will the Wi-Fi hold up? These are key questions, people. I want nothing else on your mind today.

    If you've got any questions you want answered, have any thoughts on the Galaxy S9 or just have tip-top recommendations for where to get some ace chorizo, please ping me a note on Twitter. I'll be answering them right here - so chat away!

    Live blog

    (All times in CET)

    10.23: Well, if I'm going to be telling you how wonderful we are and all the ways we can help you watch the conference, then I suppose I should incite you to click on our 'how to watch the Samsung Galaxy S9 unveiling'.

    That creates a quandary for me: on the one hand, the more you click the easier it is for us to pay our staff... on the other, I want you to stay here with me. How about you go and look at that page and come back? Or keep both open? That would be delightful.

    10.16: Let's get down to business and tell you about all the wonderful things that we've been doing. Firstly, if you want to know anything about the Samsung Galaxy S9 release date, price, news and leaks then we've got this piece that explains when the Galaxy S9 release date will be, how much it will cost, all the news and the top leaks. 

    Please read it thoroughly. There will be a test later.

    10.00: Welcome, welcome, welcome! We've been expecting you. How have you been? What's been going on? Are you excited for the Samsung launch later today?

    We've already seen a huge amount of leaks of this phone, so some people aren't going to be that bothered about what's coming later - but that's foolish, as there are often little tidbits that will change the Galaxy story.

    What are you most looking forward to seeing - or is it just too little of a change, in your eyes? Here's the video that leaked out last night - you can pretty much see everything.

    And don't forget to ask any questions or share any thoughts with me on Twitter - and I'll do my best to answer them here, with the help of our intrepid phones team, throughout the day.

    What to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S9 launch

    Well, if you’re still in the dark about what’s going to be unveiled… where have you been? The Galaxy S9 has been shaking its metaphorical smartphone booty all over the internet for weeks now, with leaks pouring out on nearly every little facet.

    But from the launch itself, we’re thinking that there’s going to be a big augmented reality component, with leaks showing that within Samsung’s Unpacked app (the official companion to the launch itself) you’ll be able to scan an image and see the new Galaxy S9 from every angle.

    On stage we’re unlikely to see many surprises, with the main focus being on the Galaxy S9 itself and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus launching alongside.

    The two phones will be rather similar, with the main differences being to the screen (likely still 5.8-inch vs 6.2-inch on the ‘normal’ and Plus sizes respectively) and more battery power on the larger of the two phones.

    We’re also certain that we’re going to see two cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, with just a single sensor on the smaller version. Why Samsung wants to deny the technology to the likely more popular variant is unclear, but both will have some serious camera smarts if the teasers are to be believed.

    Will we see media packs announced for the Galaxy S9 pair like with last year's phone?

    One of the key things we’re hoping will be announced is the Samsung Galaxy S9 price, as that’s something we’ve heard a fair few whispers about.

    Sadly for those that were hoping to see an affordable Galaxy flagship, we’re expecting to hear of another price hike again - which is surprising given the leaks haven’t really pointed to many changes.

    The expected price is £739 - this means we'd expect it to land around $775 / AU$1300, and for that it seems you’re only getting an upgrade in power (from the uprated CPU, likely to be the Exynos 9810 for most of the world and the Snapdragon 845 in the US) and a much better camera.

    The snapper could be a lot more expensive to produce, but given the lack of upgrades we would have expected the phone to remain the same price, and the more expensive new component costs are offset by the absence of change elsewhere.

    What we want to see from the Galaxy S9 launch

    While we’re expecting the conference to be very much focused on the two new phones, we’re still waiting for more information surrounding the Galaxy world.

    Firstly we’d love to see more from DeX, the dock for the Galaxy phones that allows you to connect monitors and keyboards to the phone and turn the device into a fully-fledged PC environment.

    A smoother docking system, wireless charging and a less obvious device would all be welcome - as would improvements to the amount of things you can actually do on the desktop too, with more powerful programs on offer.

    A new Gear VR hasn’t been rumored, so we doubt it’s going to turn up, but we’d love to see something new there - ideally one that’s moving closer to Daydream, with the end goal of the two platforms one day merging and the best virtual reality experiences being offered to all smartphones in the future.

    And the main thing we want to see: a release date for these phones that isn’t weeks and weeks away. 

    MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry, stuffed full of the newest phones, tablets, wearables and more. TechRadar is reporting live from Barcelona all week to bring you the very latest from the show floor. Head to our dedicated MWC 2018 hub to see all the new releases, along with TechRadar's world-class analysis and buying advice about your next phone.

    • Will the Samsung Galaxy S9 make it onto our best phones list? We'd be tremendously surprised if it didn't...

    18 hours 15 min ago

As US dismantles net neutrality, will EU tighten its grip on mobile operators?

  • To the great dismay of internet advertisers and publishers, the US Federal Communications Commission voted to do away with regulations ensuring net neutrality in December 2017 — protections largely seen as vital to keeping the internet open and free. On the contrary, the government argued, freedom from the burden of net neutrality will help the economy flourish and innovation soar. But we all know there’s a catch: Without mandated net neutrality, internet service providers gain complete control over the flow of digital content, leaving everyone else at their mercy. Net neutrality is still alive and well, it’s just across the…

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    18 hours 16 min ago