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LG may wait until June to unveil its newest flagship phone
LG pulled out all the stops to deliver one of 2017’s best smartphones in the G6. With its breakthrough design, massive display for its size, excellent wide-angle camera, and dependable performance, it was a return to form for the company that had something of a misstep with 2016’s G5. Almost as soon as LG G6 hit the market in March 2017, rumors already began to swirl about the company’s next top-of-the-line handset. Here’s everything we think we know about the LG G7, or whatever the phone ends up being called.
Release date and availability
While there’s a little mystery regarding the launch of most smartphones, LG has pushed the suspense to the next level. While we originally had our hopes set on an early announcement at CES in January, that didn’t happen. We’re also not planning to see the G7 at Mobile World Congress in February either. Cy Kim, managing director of LG Electronics South Africa, told journalists in January that the launch would be “a little late.”
Now, a new report from VentureBeat suggests the phone, which is code-named “Judy,” will finally end up being launched in June. According to the report, the phone won’t be called the G7, but rather will kick-start a new lineup of flagship phones from LG.
This corroborates a previous report from The Investor which noted that LG Electronics vice chairman and CEO Jo Seong-jin ordered that the LG G7 be shelved and a new flagship be started from scratch. A company spokesperson told Engadget the news was “inaccurate,” and that the release date “is currently under consideration and will be announced when the time is right.”
LG’s top brass may be wary of launching the G7 so close to the Samsung Galaxy S9, which is set to be unveiled at MWC on February 25. This delay could see the phone pushed back to allow LG to come up with a unique selling point that the G7 is apparently lacking.
Name
While we’ve listed the phone as the “LG G7,” earlier rumors from The Investor said that’s unlikely to be the name of the successor to the LG G6. LG was reportedly looking into retiring the “G” part of the name in favor of a double-digit name that would bring the LG phone parallel with the higher numbers on the iPhone X and upcoming Galaxy S9. It’s clear LG is worried the name “G7” might be perceived as less powerful than a competing phone with a higher number.
But LG threw a wrench into those particular rumors with a now-hidden page on its U.K. website. Initially spotted by Techradar, the now-deleted part of the website listed “Future LG G7” as being compatible with QuickCharge 4.0. Clearly, this wasn’t meant to be made public as the link is now dead. An LG spokesperson said in a statement to PocketNow that device names are never set in stone before a product launch, in response to the apparent gaffe.
Android Police also noticed an app listing for LG Pay mentioned the LG G7, adding more fuel to that particular fire. That listing has now been removed.
Specs
The report from VentureBeat has shed some light on what we should expect from the phone under the hood. The phone will reportedly boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, along with dual rear-facing camera, water resistance, and stereo speakers.
That corroborates previous reports. LG worked with Qualcomm on the chipmaker’s current Snapdragon 845 processor, industry sources told South Korea’s Aju Business Daily. According to the report, the two companies started working together in May 2017.
While LG decided to settle for the outdated 821 processor in the G6 to accelerate the process of bringing its product to market, competing devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S8, launched sporting the more powerful 835. In working alongside Qualcomm now, the phone maker looks to avoid a similar situation when it launches the G7. According to Aju Business Daily, LG is planning on fitting the G7 with an 845, which will also be found inside the Galaxy S9.
The Snapdragon 845 processor will provide a “25 percent performance uplift” over last year’s Snapdragon 835. The chip features an X20 LTE modem, which will offer provide gigabit connectivity on supported networks.
Meanwhile, a report from The Investor earlier in May claimed that the G7 will receive an OLED display, like Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and the iPhone X. though fresh reports now indicate that may not be true. Instead, the company may adopt a new type of display, called an MLCD+. This display is reportedly capable of a high brightness while saving on battery life. The new industry trend has shifted toward OLED technology, which offers improved contrast, power efficiency, and thinner screens compared to LCD. Moving to an OLED panel would also make the G7 compatible with Google’s Daydream VR — a feature the G6 missed out on. We’ll have to see if using an MLCD+ display affects the new phone’s Daydream-readiness.
That’s all the information we have on the LG G7 at the moment, but we’ll continue to update this article over the coming months as we hear more.

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New patent reveals Microsoft’s intent to kill the mouse with its Surface Pen
A new patent awarded to Microsoft on Thursday, February 15, describes an updated Surface Pen packing a U-shaped touch-sensitive retention clip. Its main purpose is to emulate the scroll wheel found on all computer mice, allowing you to scroll up and down on pages, or zoom in and out of content. Simply roll your finger along the length of the clip to zoom and scroll accordingly. 
“By providing a touch-sensitive retention clip on the stylus, the stylus is able to provide scrolling, zooming, and/or other computing functionality in a manner that is similar to a scroll wheel of a mouse device,” the patent states. “As such, a user may forgo using a mouse device in favor of the stylus when interacting with a computer.” 
In one design example, the touch-sensitive retention clip extends between the tip end and the eraser end and connects to the pen toward the eraser side. It consists of an interior conductive material that has a greater electrical conductivity than the clip’s exterior isolating material. This outer shell could consist of plastic, paint, or some other “electrically isolating” coating. 
Surface Pen
Microsoft’s patent shows the conductive material is at its thickness toward the top of the clip and grows thinner as it stretches down near the tip area. Meanwhile, the clip’s exterior material is the exact opposite: It’s thicker at the tip end and grows thinner as it stretches up toward the clip’s physical attachment to the pen itself. 
The clip’s conductive material connects to a capacitive sensor located within the pen-based peripheral. This sensor measures the electrical changes stemming from touch: The largest change is toward the top while the smallest change resides at the bottom of the clip due to the thickness of the interior and exterior materials. 
Meanwhile, in another design example, the interior conductive material doesn’t change thickness. The clip itself is still U-shaped, but the exterior material is thin at the tip end and grows thicker as it travels up the clip to the eraser end. Thus, its thickest point resides where the clip physically connects to the pen, but the overall scrolling/zooming function remains the same.
“Because the finger is closer to the internal conductive material at the tip end, the finger draws more current and correspondingly increases the measured capacitance,” the patent explains. “In this manner, variable touch input information may be provided based on a position of a finger along the length of the touch-sensitive retention clip.” 
The current Surface Pen is available in platinum, black, burgundy, cobalt blue, and aqua blue colors for $100 each. It connects to Windows 10 devices via Bluetooth 4.0 and relies on a super-small AAAA battery. The peripheral consists of a single barrel button and a tail eraser button whereas Microsoft’s patent illustrates two barrel buttons along with the tail eraser. The two barrel buttons replace the left- and right-click buttons on a mouse. 
Ultimately, Microsoft wants you to illuminate the mouse on Windows 10 devices supporting the Surface Pen. When this design becomes a real product is anyone’s guess.

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Nestlé’s net profit drops nearly 16% as organic growth slows
Nestlé has posted disappointing full-year results, as the company’s net profit fell nearly 16% and organic sales growth fell below expectations to 2.4% following poor performances in the US and Brazil.
Net profit fell to CHF 7.18 billion ($7.7 billion) compared to the CHF 8.53 billion figure ($9.23 billion) recorded in 2016, and Nestlé claims the fall was mainly down to issues at its Nestlé Skin Health arm.
Overall net sales increased 0.4% to CHF 89.8 billion ($97.2 billion) from CHF 89.5 billion, ($96.9 billion) with net sales in its Americas zone growing 0.2% to CHF 28.5 billion, lower than in any other region.
Nestlé claimed the decelerated growth in the US was due to reduced consumer demand across its food and beverages ranges, and its confectionery range was the only segment in which growth was not “stagnant”.
Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO said: “Our 2017 organic sales growth was within the guided range but below our expectations, in particular due to weak sales development towards the end of the year. Sales growth in Europe and Asia was encouraging while North America and Brazil continued to see a challenging environment.
“Our cost reduction initiatives delivered margin improvement ahead of 2017 expectations, in spite of considerable commodity price increases.
“During the past months, we have completed initial portfolio adjustments with very favourable results. We will continue this active portfolio management approach in a disciplined manner and fully in line with our strategy.
“Regarding our core portfolio, accelerating our growth through product innovation and renovation is high on the agenda.
“Organic sales growth is expected to improve in 2018 and we are firmly on track for our 2020 margin improvement target.”
Nestlé also stated that it would not increase its stake in L’Oréal and that it will end its current agreement with the Bettencourt family, which expires on 21 March 2018.
Dan Loeb, one of the company’s influential investors, urged Nestlé to consider its stake in the cosmetics company earlier this year, in order to focus more on food and nutrition.

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Barry Callebaut partnership produces high-flavanol chocolate
Barry Callebaut has revealed a partnership with FlavaNaturals to produce chocolate containing high levels of cocoa flavanol in the US.
The announcement follows three years of collaboration on the development of FlavaBars, a line of chocolate containing five times the cocoa flavanol content of a typical dark chocolate bar.
FlavaBars are said to leverage over a decade of development by Barry Callebaut on high-flavanol chocolate. The company said that although flavanols are naturally occurring in cocoa beans, they are significantly reduced during the traditional chocolate production process. Requiring no additives or fortification, this chocolate retains flavanols through “optimised cocoa sourcing and processing”.
Peter Boone, CEO of Barry Callebaut Americas, said: “Consumers today are constantly trying to achieve balance in their diet. Our proprietary sourcing and processing methods allow us to better preserve the naturally existing flavanols in cocoa. Working with FlavaNaturals, we are able to provide a new chocolate experience for US consumers.”
FlavaNaturals CEO Alan Frost added: “FlavaNaturals is proud to partner with Barry Callebaut, a world leader in cocoa innovation and sustainability. Our ultimate vision is to change the way people think about consuming chocolate. Chocolate may have been your weakness, but with FlavaBar, it becomes your strength.”
The bars which are available in six flavours – roasted almond, Himalayan pink salt, blueberry and green tea matcha, pure cocoa nibs, espresso ground coffee, and crystallised ginger – are now sold online, with expansion to retail planned in spring 2018.

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Bahlsen releases gluten and lactose-free biscuits for children
German-biscuit manufacturer Bahlsen has expanded its range of Zoo biscuits with the introduction of a new gluten and lactose-free variant, which will be available in the UK.
Bahlsen’s range of Zoo biscuits is marketed towards children, and the new Zoo Imagination biscuits have been created in the shape of fairy-tale creatures such as dragons and unicorns to appeal to this demographic.
Bahlsen has created the biscuits to capitalise on the growth of the free-from category in the country, and the biscuits are made from gluten and lactose-free ingredients such as corn and teff flour.
Julien Lacrampe, trade marketing manager of Bahlsen said: “For many parents, the free-from category has a limited offering in terms of products that taste great, are liked by their children and gives them peace of mind with a gluten-free certification.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer a trustworthy product that fills this gap in the market, appealing to children and parents alike, and the quality that Bahlsen is known for.”
Zoo Imagination biscuits are currently available from Tesco stores in the UK with a suggested retail price of £1.79.

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Cold Stone Creamery Valentine Contest
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Competition ends on the 22nd of February 2018.
 

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Here’s how to restore contacts on an iPhone from iCloud
Contacts are an important part of your iPhone, especially if you’re constantly making calls, sending emails, or texting friends and family. You may have one long contact list or one that has been meticulously organized and sorted to make navigation easier. Contacts are so integral to staying in touch with others that it is hard to imagine not having that convenient, easy-to-reach list of everyone you will ever need to reach out to.
In fact, it’s so convenient, few of us remember phone numbers or email addresses in our heads anymore. This isn’t usually an issue, but it can become a problem when a particular contact, or multiple contacts, are accidentally deleted or lost during the sync process, or when restoring from a backup. It’s an unfortunate situation to be in, but one that is easily rectified if you know how to recover lost contacts on an iPhone. Thankfully, you only need to use iCloud to do so.
Recovering contacts using iCloud on your iPhone
If you’ve lost or deleted a contact by mistake, there is no reason to panic. Contacts are set to sync with iCloud by default. You can go to settings and turn them off and on again to let them sync to your iPhone again.
Step 1: Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud.
Step 2: Turn Contacts off and select Keep on My iPhone.
Step 3: Turn Contacts on and select Merge.
Wait a little while, and you should see the deleted contacts back on your iPhone.
Recovering contacts using iCloud.com
This is another trusted method for retrieving lost contact information — as well as other things like Reminders and Calendar events — and it comes directly from Apple. All you need is a computer, your Apple ID and password, and a bit of time.
Restore contacts using iCloud.com
  1. Go to iCloud.com and sign in with your aforementioned Apple ID and password.
  2. Once signed in, click the Settings icon.
  3. Scroll down to the Advanced section and click Restore Contacts.
  4. You will be shown a list of previously made archives. Find the date of an archive that should still have your contacts list intact and click Restore.
  5. Click Restore again to confirm and begin the restoration process. Once it’s done, an email will be sent to the address tied to your Apple ID.
It should be noted that doing this will replace the contacts currently on your iPhone, as opposed to just adding the ones that are missing. If you added new contacts prior to this process, they will be lost. Thankfully, your current contacts list will be archived before the restore is applied, so you can retrieve them by following these same steps.
To do so, follow the first three steps of this article, but instead of choosing an archive from a previous date, pick the archive made the same day you performed your restoration. You can also do this if you accidentally restore your contacts using the wrong archive.

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Chinese tech giant Alibaba joins Coke, Visa as a major Olympic sponsor
Alibaba has just gone Olympic. At January’s World Economic Forum in Davos, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Alibaba Group announced the formation of a long-term partnership that will last through 2028. As part of the new collaboration, Alibaba has become the official “Cloud Services” and “E-Commerce Platform Services” partner of the Olympics, as well as a Founding Partner of the Olympic Channel. And now, we have a bit more insight into what the company’s sponsorship looks like.
This weekend, Alibaba announced a project to create an athletes’ village that is “smarter” and more connected, all while making Olympic stakeholders “more money,” according to executives. While this and other similar projects are still in concept phases, IOC president Thomas Bach noted that a number of Alibaba’s plans “can become operational pretty soon.” Unfortunately, “pretty soon” probably means the next Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022.
One of the major innovations will be the “sports brain,” a suite of software that is meant to improve how sporting events are run from behind the scenes. Alibaba claims that it “enables various stakeholders to leverage cloud technologies to deliver the future of sports events in a secure, stable, and cost-effective manner and to provide fans with a convenient and engaging experience.” In the meantime, the company promises to provide the current Olympics with the necessary computing infrastructure and cloud services to help digitize operations and become more effective and secure for fans and athletes alike.

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