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Software or hardware causing yellow tint on Nexus 5X display

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The Nexus 5X has a display problem, unfortunately, and at the moment, we’re not entirely sure where it stems from. Google started shipping the Nexus 5X lastweek, and those who already got their units quickly discovered that when brightness was set to max on the Nexus 5X display, an odd yellow tint would surface in the color scheme. Although users of the phone will mst likely overlook the yellow screen issue, if they put the Nexus 5X next to another phone, they will notice what we’re talking about. The issue was first raised and got attention on Reddit, where a user posted pictures of their Nexus 5X unit struggling with a yellow tinted display. It’s a massive thread, denoting a pretty widespread problem. Unfortunately, they couldn’t find out what the cause of the tint was, as their phone was quickly replaced by Google.

Users on Reddit are discussing whether the Nexus 5X yellow tint issue is a software or a hardware problem. So far, we haven’t managed to find out because Google did not issue an official statement about the problem nor did they publicly address the issue as of yet. However, the yellow tint thing is impacting more Nexus 5X users and it seems to be a moderate problem. If software is determined to be the cause of the problem, Google will most likely be sending out an update to fix it in a matter of days. If it’s a hardware issue, than those experiencing issues with the display should contact support and ask for a replacement device. Photos of how the yellow tint manifests on the Nexus 5X were provided by Reddit commenters bennyboymtl84 and the first one to post about the problem, yamm3rs.  

Those on Reddit discussed about customer support and most of the people who voiced their opinions were convinced that it’s a hardware issue, because Google had replaced their phones. While we don’t know how widespread the issue is at the moment, if it’s problem caused by hardware or LG’s display technology, Google might be in for a massive loss in profits on this one. There are thousands of users who are still waiting for the Nexus 5X to arrive in their PO boxes, and if those units will have to be recalled and replaced, the Nexus name might have a bit of suffering to do this year.

Nexus 5X users don’t seem to be super-happy with their device, some saying that its performance got worse, i=blaming the new encryption of Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the meantime. The encryption can be turned off, but the issue is that thees users say the Nexus 5X is still a sub-par user experience and that will no doubt constitute a problem for Android and a problem for Google. The Nexus 5X was supposed to be the much-improved version of the fan-favorite Nexus 5 of 2013. While on paper it sounds like exactly what fans have wanted, if the performance of the device turns out to be problematic, Google might have to cut their losses once again. That’s because users who already got their replacement device after consulting Google about the Nexus 5X yellow tint issue stated that the replacement units also had the problem. Some replacement Nexus 5X units had an even yellower screen than the original reported one, while others had slightly tinted or screens just the same. There are of course plenty of units out there that don’t have  a problem.

On the other hand, the Nexus 6P reviews are nothing but positive, so the Mountain View giant did good this year, ultimately. We’re hoping that the Nexus 5X yellow display issue is based in software and that Google hasn’t spoken up about the problem because they already have a fix ready to be sent out. Like OnePlus fixed the same issue in the OnePlus One, Google and LG should fix it in the Nexus 5X just as easily. With the new features in Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the new user experience that the Nexus 5X is offering, it would be a bummer for this device to flop for such a small hiccup,

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Pixel 8 Pro runs Google’s generative AI models

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Rick Osterloh, Google’s SVP of devices and services, says the Pixel 8 Pro will be the first hardware to run Google’s generative AI models.

At an event today, Osterloh said the Pixel 8 Pro’s custom-built Tensor G3 chip, which accelerates AI workloads, can run “distilled” versions of Google’s text- and image-generating models to power image editing and other apps.

Osterloh said, “We’ve worked closely with our research teams across Google to take advantage of their most advanced foundation models and distill them into a version efficient enough to run on our flagship Pixel.”

Google improved Magic Eraser, its photo-editing tool, to remove larger objects and people smudge-free using on-device models. Osterloh claims that this improved Magic Eraser creates new pixels to fill in shot gaps, producing a higher-quality image.

Osterloh says a new on-device model will “intelligently” sharpen and enhance photo details, improving zoom.

On-device processing benefits audio recording. The Pixel 8 Pro’s recording app will soon summarize meeting highlights.

Gboard will use a large language model on the Pixel 8 Pro to power smart replies. Osterloh claims that the upgraded Gboard will provide “higher-quality” reply suggestions and better conversational awareness.

Osterloh said an update in December will add on-device generative AI features except for Magic Eraser, which appears on the Pixel 8 Pro at launch.

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Telegram launches a global self-custodial crypto wallet, excluding the US

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Telegram, with 800 million monthly users, is launching a self-custodial crypto wallet. The move will solidify its presence in the vibrant crypto community that has grown from its chat platform and may attract more people to crypto.

Telegram and TON Foundation announced TON Space, a self-custodial wallet, on Wednesday at Singapore’s Token2049 crypto conference, which draws over 10,000 attendees.

Telegram has a complicated blockchain relationship. After the SEC sued Telegram over a massive initial coin offering, the chat app abandoned its Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain project in 2020. The Open Network Foundation (TON Foundation), founded by open-source developers and blockchain enthusiasts, supports the development of The Open Network (TON), the blockchain powering a growing number of Telegram applications, including the wallet.

The Open Platform (TOP) and TOP Labs, a venture-building division, created the TON-based wallet.

TON Space will be available to Telegram users worldwide without wallet registration in November. The U.S., which has cracked down on the crypto industry and promoted many crypto apps to geofence users, is currently excluded from the feature.

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Google’s massive antitrust trial begins, with bigger implications

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The Justice Department’s landmark antitrust case against Google began in court today, setting off a months-long trial that could upend the tech world.

At issue is Google’s search business. The Justice Department claims that Google has violated antitrust laws to maintain its search title, but the company claims that it does so by providing a superior product.

The Justice Department sued Google for civil antitrust in late 2020 after a year-long investigation.

“If the government does not enforce the antitrust laws to enable competition, we will lose the next wave of innovation,” said then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen. “If that happens, Americans may never see the ‘next Google.’”

A large coalition of state attorneys general filed their own parallel suit against Google, but Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the states did not meet the bar to go to trial with their search ranking complaints.

The search business case against Google is separate from a federal antitrust lawsuit filed earlier this year. The Justice Department claims Google used “anticompetitive, exclusionary, and unlawful means” to neutralize threats to its digital advertising empire in that lawsuit.

Justice Department attorney Kenneth Dintzer set the stakes for the first major tech antitrust trial since Microsoft’s late 1990s reckoning on Tuesday. “This case is about the future of the internet, and whether Google’s search engine will ever face meaningful competition,” Dintzer said.

Beginning the trial, the government focused on Google’s deals with phone makers, most notably Apple, that give its search product top billing on new devices. Dintzer claimed that Google maintains and grows its search engine dominance by paying $10 billion annually for those arrangements.

“This feedback loop, this wheel, has been turning for more than 12 years,” he said. “And it always benefits Google.”

Google lawyer John Schmidtlein refuted that claim, hinting at the company’s legal defense in the coming weeks.

“Users today have more search options and more ways to access information online than ever before,” Schmidtlein said. Google will argue that it competes with Amazon, Expedia, and DoorDash, as well as Microsoft’s Bing search engine.

Google planted the seeds for this defense. According to internal research, Google Senior Vice President Prabhakar Raghavan said last year that more young people are using TikTok to search for information than Google Search.

In our studies, almost 40% of young people don’t use Google Maps or Search to find lunch, Raghavan said. “They use TikTok or Instagram.”

Google will be decided by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta in the coming months. We’re far from that decision, but the company could be fined heavily or ordered to sell parts of its business.

The trial could change Google’s digital empire if the Justice Department wins. Other tech companies that dominated online markets in the last decade are also watching. If the government fails to hold an iconic Silicon Valley giant accountable, big tech will likely continue its aggressive growth trajectory.

If the Justice Department succeeds, the next decade could be different. The industry-wide reckoning could cripple incumbents and allow upstarts to define the next era of the internet, wresting the future from tech titans.

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