Tech Bytes: LG announces two mid-range phones

LG announces two mid-range phones

LG has announced the first two models in its X mid-range smartphone series: the X screen and X cam. Both phones are relatively basic, with 2GB of Ram, quad-core CPUs and only 16GB of storage space. But each comes with a standout feature.

The X screen has an always-on 1.76-inch second screen that sits above the main 4.93-inch display. It lets users check the time, battery status and other notifications without having to turn on the phone.

The 5.2-inch X cam sports two rear cameras - one a 13-megapixel shooter and the other a 5-megapixel one - as well as an 8-megapixel front camera.

YouTube acquires BandPage

Video streaming giant YouTube has acquired BandPage, a platform that allows musicians to maintain their own profile pages, communicate with their listeners and sell tickets and merchandise.

In a statement on the BandPage website, the company wrote: "Our collective goal remains the same: to grow an open network of digital music services, develop intelligent new tools for managing/distributing artist content and commerce, and create new revenue opportunities for all musicians on YouTube and beyond."

uTorrent offers new subscription services

Torrent client uTorrent has introduced two new subscription services for its 150 million users.

A US$4.95 (S$6.90) per year fee will guarantee an ad-free experience, while paying US$19.95 a year will get you instant streaming, virus protection, support and the ability to convert downloads to different file formats.

A free version with advertisements is still available.

Compiled by Lisabel Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2016, with the headline 'TechBytes'. Print Edition | Subscribe