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  • Severe lag discovered in some Pixel 2 XL models; Google will reportedly replace some units »
    Severe lag discovered in some Pixel 2 XL models; Google will reportedly replace some units

    We've been hearing recently that some Google Pixel 2 XL users have seen their handsets slow down considerably to the point that they can hardly be used. Even a Google engineer who checked out at least one of the lagging units was said to be surprised with the sluggishness of the phone. Reports cite a slow down in the performance of animation and apps. For example, one user tried to open the camera on his Pixel 2 XL by double tapping the power button, and it took 10 seconds for the camera app to open.

    According to an anonymous source, Google has come up with three ...
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  • Google testing revised Pixel launcher that features one change to the search bar »
    Google testing revised Pixel launcher that features one change to the search bar

    Google is apparently considering a new version of the Pixel launcher that will presumably debut on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. XDA has obtained a version of the launcher that is reportedly being tested. The big change is found in the Google Search bar, where the microphone icon on the right is replaced with the now familiar Google Assistant icon. Interestingly, even if you change your default assistant from Google Assistant to Alexa, the Assistant icon remains.

    The version of the launcher that is being tested by Google (seen in the screenshot at right) is 9-4889482. ...
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  • Deal: Save $200 on the LTE-enabled Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch at B&H Video »
    Deal: Save $200 on the LTE-enabled Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch at B&H Video

    If you want to purchase a large Apple tablet, there are many choices out there, so it ultimately comes down to the amount you're willing to spend. One of the most expensive iPads available on the market, the LTE-enabled Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch 512GB usually sells for $1,130, even though it made its debut more than a year ago.

    The price might seem prohibitive, but it's quite understandable for an Apple product. The good news is there are many retailers that are applying various discounts to the iPad Pro 10.5-inch, so there are plenty of chances to get it much cheaper.

    For example, ...

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  • Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ on T-Mobile receive the August Android security update »
    Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ on T-Mobile receive the August Android security update

    Nearly a week ago, T-Mobile disseminated an update for its version of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Besides exterminating a few irksome bugs, the update included the July Android security update. So now it's only a few days later and the carrier is pushing out another software update for the pair. Software version G960USQS3ARG8 is heading to the Galaxy S9 and version G965USQS3ARG8 is enroute to the Galaxy S9+.

    The update, which weighs in at 97.26MB, includes the August 1st Android security patch, bringing the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ up to date in terms of ...
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  • Skype gains new ability to archive conversations in latest update »
    Skype gains new ability to archive conversations in latest update

    Microsoft recently announced that a new version of Skype is now available for Insiders, which brings a single important new feature ? the ability to archive conversations.

    The new Skype app is available on both the Android and iOS platforms, but you can only download it if you're enrolled in the Skype Preview Insider program. In any case, if you've already updated to the latest beta version, you'll be able to archive a conversation from the following places:

    The chat list item menu. (Right click or long press on a conversation);The chat settings within the conversation profile;A keyboard ...

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  • Microsoft to bring its Windows 10 note-taking app to Android and iOS this year »
    Microsoft to bring its Windows 10 note-taking app to Android and iOS this year

    Microsoft has a nifty note-taking app for Windows 10 users, Sticky Notes, but that won't remain a desktop affair for too long, as the Redmond-based company plans to bring it to mobile devices.

    Apparently, Microsoft will launch a major 3.0 update for Sticky Note on Windows 10 very soon, which will include a dark mode, improved performance and accessibility, as well as a new formatting bar.

    However, along with the major update to the Windows 10 app, or soon afterward, Microsoft will launch Sticky Notes for Android and iOS. The app will allow smartphone users to sync their notes from ...

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  • Turks are destroying their Apple iPhones to protest U.S. tariffs »
    Turks are destroying their Apple iPhones to protest U.S. tariffs



    In Turkey, the latest fad is to destroy your Apple iPhone on video in order to support Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As we told you the other day, Turkey's leader has called for a boycott of devices made by Apple as a way of protesting tariffs and sanctions placed on the country by U.S. President Donald Trump. Various tweets and YouTube posts contain video showing Turks smashing, shooting and burning their iPhone handsets.


    The move by Trump to double tariffs imposed on Turkish steel and aluminum imports into the U.S. came after Erdogan refused to release jailed ...
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  • Nokia posts photos captured with "the most awaited phone" ahead of unveiling »
    Nokia posts photos captured with "the most awaited phone" ahead of unveiling

    All eyes are on HMD Global, as the Finnish company is expected to unveil a brand new smartphone on August 21. Although many believe HMD will introduce a flagship like the Nokia 9, it's quite possible that the handset maker will launch the Nokia X6, a smartphone that's exclusive to the Chinese market at the moment.

    Not to mention that the event is scheduled to take place in India, so we're actually talking about ?the most awaited phone? for the Indian market. After announcing the launch event last week, HMD has decided to further increase the hype around the phone by posting several pictures ...

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  • You can snag an unlocked Essential Phone for $280 from Amazon »
    You can snag an unlocked Essential Phone for $280 from Amazon

    Last month during Amazon Prime Day, the unlocked Essential Phone was available for $250. Since then, we've seen Essential sell the handset for $399 with $107 worth of accessories (including the 360 modular camera) tossed in. If you've been waiting for the $250 price to reappear though, Amazon's latest deal on the device might be as close as you get for some time. Amazon is selling the unlocked Essential Phone in Halo Gray for $279.99.

    There are things to like about the Essential Phone, including the edge-to-edge 5.7-inch display, the quick updates (the handset has ...
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  • BlackBerry has updated five of its listed apps in the Google Play Store »
    BlackBerry has updated five of its listed apps in the Google Play Store

    Many Android users might not know that you don't have to own a BlackBerry phone to install some BlackBerry apps in the Google Play Store. Take the BlackBerry Calendar, if you are toting a 'Berry, the app is free to use for 30-days. After the trial is over, you have to subscribe to BlackBerry Hub+ for the price of 99 cents a month. If you like the BlackBerry Password Keeper, that is an app that you can also install on a non-BlackBerry phone. On the other hand, DTEK can only be used on a 'Berry.

    Subscribing to BlackBerry Hub+ allows most Android phones to install:

  • Faster, cleaner Snapchat for Android is on the way (VIDEO) »
    Faster, cleaner Snapchat for Android is on the way (VIDEO)



    When you have a popular, innovative messaging app like Snapchat did, the best way to screw things up is to change the UI and move around popular features. Like Snapchat did. Users were so upset with the changes made last year, that some of them even posted a petition online demanding that Snapchat reverse the changes.


    Thanks to the usual hard work done by Jane Manchun Wong, a computer science student who goes by the Twitter handle of @wongmjane (and who has been a source for some of our stories in the past), the previously announced new version of the Android app, ...
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  • 20 Apple iPhones stolen from Apple Store in California as customers look on »
    20 Apple iPhones stolen from Apple Store in California as customers look on

    Just last month, we showed you the surveillance video from an Apple Store in Fresno where four hooded robbers grabbed 26 items worth $27,000 in just seconds. History repeated itself this past Tuesday at an Apple Store inside the Roseville Galleria. Similar to last month's heist, the robbers did their dirty work in front of customers mulling around inside the store.


    While the thieves were inside the store for only a short period of time, they managed to abscond with 20 iPhone handsets, an Apple iPad mini and a pair of MacBook Pro laptops. The devices stolen were valued at ...
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  • Deal: Buy the Apple urBeats3 earphones for half the price »
    Deal: Buy the Apple urBeats3 earphones for half the price


    urBeats3 - this is the name of Apple's newest wired earphones, although they're not really that new. Part of the Beats by Dre audio family, which grew to include various wireless headphones and earphones, the urBeats3 are now almost 1 year old. Initially released for $99.95, the urBeats3 wired earphones are currently offered by Best Buy at half the price. In other words, you can now get a pair of urBeats3 for only $49.99 - the lowest price to date.

    Best Buy is selling two urBeats3 models - with Lightning Connector, and with a standard ...
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  • Analyst sees 600 Apple Stores open worldwide by 2023 »
    Analyst sees 600 Apple Stores open worldwide by 2023

    A note written by Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster to his clients forecasts that by 2023, Apple will have 600 Apple Stores open worldwide. Currently, there are 511 Apple Stores open for business. Munster says that the stores give the company what he calls "an underappreciated competitive advantage" thanks to the 65,000 retail employees who get to spread the Apple doctrine to consumers face-to-face. Microsoft has the next largest number of retail employees with 6,000.

    Munster says that the two countries that will experience the biggest growth in Apple Stores over ...
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  • More info about Samsung's upcoming Android Go smartphone leaked out »
    More info about Samsung's upcoming Android Go smartphone leaked out

    Samsung is expected to jump on the Android Go bandwagon, and the first smartphone made by the South Korean company that will try to further popularize Google's light OS is the Galaxy J2 Core.

    It's not the first time we're reporting about the phone, but now we have more official information on the Galaxy J2 Core, so if you're anxious to know what Samsung has in store for us, here is a quick rundown of what the phone is supposed to offer.

    We already know the Galaxy J2 Core will be equipped with a quad-core Exynos 7570 processor and 1GB RAM, but now we've learned that it will also feature ...

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  • Will the Xiaomi Mi 8 cannibalize Poco F1 sales in India? »
    Will the Xiaomi Mi 8 cannibalize Poco F1 sales in India?

    Xiaomi has done exceptionally well in India where its well-spec'd devices at value prices are in demand. While India is the second largest market in the world for smartphones, consumers there are hindered by low per-capita income, which is why the Chinese manufacturer rules the smartphone market in the country. The company has even developed a sub-brand, Poco, that is about to launch its initial handset in India.

    On August 22nd (next Wednesday), Xiaomi will unveil the Poco F1 in New Delhi. The device will feature a Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, 6GB of RAM and 64GB ...
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  • Deal: NVIDIA Shield TV down to $140 ($40 off) at Best Buy »
    Deal: NVIDIA Shield TV down to $140 ($40 off) at Best Buy

    Great news for customers looking to buy an Android TV box, as one of the best of its kind, the NVIDIA Shield TV is now on sale at Best Buy for a pretty decent price. As part of its Anniversary Sale, Best Buy offers a 22% discount on NVIDIA's Android TV box, but that price won't be available for too long.

    Probably until the end of this weekend, you'll be able to purchase the NVIDIA Shield TV for just $140, exactly $40 less than the MSRP. Furthermore, the NVIDIA Shield TV with Controller bundle is on sale as well, but the discount is smaller ? $20.

    Along with either of the two products, ...

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  • MediaTek reportedly working on Helio P80, P90 chipsets following success of P60 (UPDATE) »
    MediaTek reportedly working on Helio P80, P90 chipsets following success of P60 (UPDATE)

    MediaTek's P60 chipset provides mid-range handsets with AI capabilities and a bigLITTLE architecture. The SoC features four Cortex-A73 cores running as fast as 2GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores with a clock speed of 2GHz. An 800MHz Mali-G72 MP3 GPU handles graphics. MediaTek did well with this chip, selling them to companies like Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi. For example, the Oppo F9 has a Helio P60 under the hood.

    Now, the chip designer is said to be working on two successors to the P60. According to a tweet from tipster Roland Quandt, MediaTek is working on the Helio ...
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  • Google Goggles app gets updated to announce its death »
    Google Goggles app gets updated to announce its death

    If you're an Android old-timer that remembers when dinosaurs ruled the Earth (and by dinosaurs we mean the Motorola DROID and the Nexus One), when you opened what was called back then the Android Market, you would inevitably have your attention drawn to an app called Google Goggles. Maybe it was the alliteration that caught the eye. The app was launched in December 2009, and Google has now updated it for the first time since 2014 just to announce its death.

    Google Goggles was developed to identify objects that users snapped with their camera. It also read QR and ...
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  • Huawei has two flashy new P20 Pro gradient colors scheduled for IFA announcements »
    Huawei has two flashy new P20 Pro gradient colors scheduled for IFA announcements

    If there?s one thing to love about Huawei?s best-selling P20 Pro, it?s, well, the trend-setting triple camera setup on the back. But if there?s a second thing that definitely helped this powerhouse of a phone turn some heads and stand out from the Android high-end pack, it?s what the fast-rising company calls the ?gradient effect.?


    Apart from ?conventional? black and blue color options, the Huawei P20 Pro also comes in truly unique Twilight and Pink Gold paint jobs that actually combine different hues. The former in particular is made to attract attention, mixing purple and blue tones in ...

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  • Apple's ageless iPad mini 4 is on sale at Best Buy for a limited time »
    Apple's ageless iPad mini 4 is on sale at Best Buy for a limited time

    Normally, we wouldn?t pay too much attention to a relatively small discount offered on a three-year-old tablet for a limited time, but seeing as how Apple doesn?t plan to upgrade the iPad mini 4 this fall either, Best Buy?s latest deal actually looks noteworthy.


    Apart from Samsung?s Galaxy S9 and S9+, as well as the entire Apple Watch Series 3 lineup, the retailer is also taking $125 off the iPad mini 4?s list price during its ?anniversary 2-day sale.?

    Of course, we?ve seen the 7.9-incher marked down from $400 to $350 and even $300 multiple times over the years, so you?re ...

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  • Google removes Dark Mode from Android Messages, no reason given »
    Google removes Dark Mode from Android Messages, no reason given

    It was mere days ago that Google finally added a Dark Mode to Android Messages ? a much-requested, long-awaited feature the turns the eye-burning white background of the app a dark shade of gray. Although we welcomed the addition, our first thought was, "why don't just make it black? Would've been perfect for OLED displays." None of this matters anymore, however, as Google has mysteriously and without explanation removed Dark Mode via a server-side switch.


    First spotted by a Reddit user, the change has been confirmed by many whose app reverted to the default, white background ...
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  • Report: Global Google Home shipments rose 449% in Q2 to grab the top spot from Amazon »
    Report: Global Google Home shipments rose 449% in Q2 to grab the top spot from Amazon

    A few days ago, we showed you Strategy Analytics' look at the global smart speaker market during the second quarter, which showed Amazon on top with its Echo devices, followed by Google. According to the research firm, Google had a spectacularly strong three month period with year-over-year growth in shipments hitting 420%. But SA still had Amazon on top.

    Today, Canalys released its look at the global smart speaker market for the second quarter, and it too had Google racking up amazing growth year-over-year. But this report showed that a 449% growth rate in shipments ...
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  • Sony infographic explains why Xperia owners can't use Android Pie right now »
    Sony infographic explains why Xperia owners can't use Android Pie right now

    The other day, Sony revealed which of its handsets will be receiving Android 9.0 Pie, and when the update will be disseminated. Some time in November, the Sony Xperia XZ2, Xperia XZ2 Premium, Xperia XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZ1, and Xperia XZ1 Compact should be rocking the latest build of Android. To explain why these models can't be updated right now, Sony created an infographic that goes through the entire process.

    Phase one includes the delivery from Google of source files and more, inside a Platform Development Kit (PDK). The PDK allows the manufacture ...
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  • BlackBerry KEY2 receives August Android security update »
    BlackBerry KEY2 receives August Android security update

    BlackBerry prides itself on making its version of the Android software it provides to licensees, safe and secure. To that end, it has been pretty good on updating its Android handsets with the most recent security updates. Today, it has started pushing out the Android August 5th security update for the BlackBerry KEY2. Keep in mind that the carrier-sold Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are just receiving the July security update, although that is not exactly comparing apples to apples.

    The update weighs in at 400MB, and once it has arrived on your KEY2, make sure ...
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  • Deal: Save $50 on all Apple Watch Series 3 models at Best Buy »
    Deal: Save $50 on all Apple Watch Series 3 models at Best Buy

    Best Buy kicked off its Anniversary Sale with deals on Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, Apple Watch, Apple TV and many other products. The Apple Watch Series 3 was on sale quite a lot of times by now, so there's a high chance that many of you already bought one.

    For those of you who didn't though, Best Buy has a decent offer on Apple Watch Series 3. Basically, you can buy any of the available models for $50 off. All versions and colors that are listed at Best Buy benefit from a $50 discount, regardless of their MSRP.

    Even those Apple Watch Series 3 models that are sold with AT&T or Verizon ...

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  • Canadian carriers offering BlackBerry KEY2 for free with two-year contract »
    Canadian carriers offering BlackBerry KEY2 for free with two-year contract

    While the four major U.S. carriers no longer offer phone subsidies in exchange for a signed two-year contract, across the border where Johnny Manziel still plays quarterback, Canadian carriers still embrace the practice. And thanks to the Back to School season, a trio of major wireless providers in the country will sell you the BlackBerry KEY2 for $0 with a signed pact. Similar deals are also available for the BlackBerry KEYone and BlackBerry Motion, depending on the operator.

    The deals from each of these three major Canadian carriers include:

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  • Huawei Mate 20 Lite benchmark confirms processor and 4GB of RAM variant »
    Huawei Mate 20 Lite benchmark confirms processor and 4GB of RAM variant

    Huawei?s upcoming Mate 20 Lite has already been the subject of numerous leaks which have essentially revealed the smartphone?s entire spec sheet and design. But this hasn?t stopped the new mid-range offering from appearing on a new Geekbench listing which confirms a few details.


    Starting off with the processor, a previous certification post in China did include details that pointed towards the presence of the new Kirin 710 processor, although it made no specific mention. Thanks to today?s benchmark, though, the presence of the chip has finally been confirmed and scores a respectable 1598 ...

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  • Microsoft Launcher soon to get new Cortana-related features, Feed improvements »
    Microsoft Launcher soon to get new Cortana-related features, Feed improvements

    Microsoft plans to bring even more new features and improvements to its Android launcher, but the beta testers can already try them out starting today. The beta version of Microsoft Launcher has just received a host of new Cortana-related features and some improvements that will make the feed much cleaner.

    The most important change is Cortana SMS dictation, which basically allows the personal digital assistant to read incoming SMS messages. Also, parents can now ask Cortana for the location of their kids via voice (?Where are my kids??).

    As mentioned earlier, the update also ...

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  • Deal: Save $200 on Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ at Best Buy »
    Deal: Save $200 on Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ at Best Buy

    Best Buy is running an Anniversary Sale these days and Samsung's flagships are among the deals offered by the U.S. retailer. Although the South Korean company has just unveiled the Galaxy Note 9, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ remain the handset maker's most recent S series phones.

    As part of its massive sale, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are both discounted by $200, but they require activation with one of three major U.S. carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. The unlocked versions of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ aren't on sale, but you can still get a good deal with 24-month financing from Samsung.

    If ...

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  • T-Mobile is giving subscribers a free zip-pouch and more this coming Tuesday »
    T-Mobile is giving subscribers a free zip-pouch and more this coming Tuesday

    Just the other day, T-Mobile unveiled its latest Un-carrier initiative. The carrier introduced its "Team of Experts," and promised subscribers that they would no longer have to deal with robots and recorded phone menus. And it also worked out a deal with music streamer Pandora that allows T-Mobile subscribers to receive a free-year of Pandora Plus, starting on August 28th.

    Now, for this coming week's T-Mobile Tuesday, subscribers will receive a free black zip-pouch with a magenta stripe and the T-Mobile logo. Other freebies include:

    $2 Baskin Robbins ...

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  • Motorola set to launch Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speaker competitor »
    Motorola set to launch Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speaker competitor

    Motorola is likely to enter the smart speakers market with a brand new device that's expected to be announced very soon. However, the new Moto AI smart speaker won't compete directly with the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home since Motorola plans to introduce the new device in China.

    Press images and promotional materials of a device called Motorola Smart AI assistant speaker have been recently uncovered in China thanks to the folks over at AndroidPure. The market name of the device is still unknown, but its design and many of the functions are shown in these pictures.

    Apparently, ...

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  • New MoviePass plan greatly limits members' viewing options »
    New MoviePass plan greatly limits members' viewing options

    It seems that every day, MoviePass changes what subscribers' get for the $9.95 they pay monthly. Just yesterday, a subscription allowed you to see three movies a month with a $5 discount on the purchase of tickets for addition films. But now, the beleaguered company has made an additional change. It will limit subscribers' to films on a list that will be updated daily on the MoviePass website.

    For example, the movies that members can see today include Mile 22, Christopher Robin, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, We The Animals, Skate Kitchen, Juliet, Naked and ...
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  • HTC U12+ in Flame Red goes up for pre-order in the US, shipments begin next month »
    HTC U12+ in Flame Red goes up for pre-order in the US, shipments begin next month

    When HTC unveiled the U12+ back in May, the Taiwan-based brand showcased a total of three colors: Translucent Blue, Ceramic Black, and Flame Red. These were subsequently made available to purchase in international markets but consumers in the US failed to receive the latter color. Today, though, this changes, as the Flame Red HTC U12+ has just been put up for pre-order in the market.


    Internally, the new variant is no different to the others, bringing a Snapdragon 845 to the table alongside 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. However, it?s fair to say that the model is certainly one ...

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  • Changes to Google's "help" page more accurately reflect how it uses your location data »
    Changes to Google's "help" page more accurately reflect how it uses your location data

    Just a few days ago, we told you that Google continues to track users' location data even when Location History is disabled on Android and iOS devices. It now appears that in the aftermath of that story, Google has made a change to its "help" page that more accurately reflects how location data works. Previously, the page stated that "with Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored." The new wording reads, "This setting does not affect other location services on your device" and reveals that "some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like ...
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  • Clearer and clearer signs point to ZTE Axon 9 launch at IFA Berlin »
    Clearer and clearer signs point to ZTE Axon 9 launch at IFA Berlin

    This is last year's Axon M, and odds are the Axon 9 will look nothing like it

    ZTE?s device-dedicated Twitter account has been largely inactive over the past few months for fairly obvious reasons, but after promising to ?resume? its ?journey? back in mid-July, having learned ?from the pain?, the company is today inviting its followers to the upcoming IFA exhibition.

    There?s no explicit mention of a smartphone announcement or presentation between August 31 and September 5 in Berlin from the embattled telecom equipment manufacturer on social ...

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  • Verizon completes a 5G test with a moving vehicle, says it?s a big deal »
    Verizon completes a 5G test with a moving vehicle, says it?s a big deal

    In today?s episode of ?The race to 5G?, Verizon appears to have taken a temporary lead over its US competitors. In a post on the carrier?s website, it announced that it achieved a successful transmission of 5G signal to a moving vehicle. The test was performed at Nokia?s campus in Murray Hill, NJ. Nokia is Verizon?s 5G partner and is working with the carrier on the integration of the new technology.

    The signal was transmitted using the 28 GHz spectrum and the vehicle was able to switch between two transmitters without losing connection, an important milestone, according to the company. ...

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  • The US may pull the Galaxy S10 short straw, again »
    The US may pull the Galaxy S10 short straw, again

    Here we go again, the US may very well be stuck with not-the-best version of the Galaxy S10, if the latest tips about its rumored Snapdragon 855 chipset are any indication. First off the gate is the speculation that Qualcomm will be changing the naming scheme of its mobile processors, in order to differentiate them from its Snapdragon-for-notebooks line. Thus, instead of Snapdragon 855, which would cause a fair bit of confusion with the already-existing Snapdragon 850, meant for laptops, Qualcomm is reportedly going to tag the S10's processor as SM8150. Needless to say, this could also be the internal ...
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  • All we know about the Snapdragon 855 chip that will power the Galaxy S10 »
    All we know about the Snapdragon 855 chip that will power the Galaxy S10

    We're sure you'll agree with us when we say this: keeping something a secret has never been as difficult as it is now. Our own news feed is your living proof ? leaks expose most new gadgets weeks before their official announcement. Thanks for spoiling the fun, internet!

    Same is the case now with the Snapdragon 855, which is destined to become the next best Snapdragon chip. We're still months away from the silicon's official unveiling, but its existence has already been confirmed by multiple sources. 


    Why is the Snapdragon 855 worth being excited about? Because that's ...
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  • Australian teenager hacks Apple servers for over a year, siphons 90 GB of data »
    Australian teenager hacks Apple servers for over a year, siphons 90 GB of data

    In this day and age, when all of our sensitive data is uploaded to a cloud server somewhere, security is extremely important. Major tech companies often beat their chests, touting superior systems that ensure user privacy. Apple is at the forefront, always choosing to protect customer data, even when pressured by the government to do otherwise.

    But you know ? whatever can be reached over the 'Net will sooner or later get hacked. In today's news, we have an Australian teenager ? a 16-year-old prodigy ? who found a way to hack into Apple's systems not once, but multiple times over a year. ...

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  • The OnePlus 6T will be the company's first phone officially backed by a US carrier »
    The OnePlus 6T will be the company's first phone officially backed by a US carrier

    The OnePlus 6 is technically compatible with T-Mobile, but it's not specifically optimized for any US networks

    OnePlus is about to go where fellow China-based smartphone manufacturers haven?t been able to recently. Just like last fall?s 5T, the OnePlus 6T is expected to be released five short months after the company?s previous high-ender. Only this time, a major US carrier should throw its weight behind the relatively inexpensive device.

    ?People familiar with the launch plans? say OnePlus and T-Mobile?s exclusive retail agreement is ...

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  • Design company Arm shows us where mobile processors are headed, expects 5nm chips in 2020 »
    Design company Arm shows us where mobile processors are headed, expects 5nm chips in 2020

    Arm is a company that does research and development of computer processors and licenses its designs to manufacturers. Almost all major smartphone makers use chips designed by Arm in one form or another. You might have heard the name ?Cortex? in the context of smartphone CPUs, that?s currently Arm?s most popular lineup of mobile solutions. Almost all Snapdragon processors use chips based on Arm?s designs.

    It?s no wonder then, that when we saw that the company released a roadmap for its future developments, it got our attention.

    The company?s plan encompasses the next two years of ...

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  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ for $356 spotted! »
    Samsung Galaxy S8+ for $356 spotted!


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    The Galaxy S8+ may be a year-old flagship, but it's still pretty relevant. For one, it looks quite a lot like the newer Galaxy S9+, secondly, its hardware and cameras are still top-notch.

    Well, sure, the Galaxy S8+ doesn't have a fancy pants dual camera module with Portrait Mode, a variable aperture, or Super Slow motion mode. But it still has some of the modern Samsung bells and whistles ? the iris scanner, face unlock, ...

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  • Motorola One gets certified in China: Design, battery capacity, and more get reconfirmed »
    Motorola One gets certified in China: Design, battery capacity, and more get reconfirmed

    Over in China, Motorola recently announced the P30 which looks suspiciously like a blend between Apple?s iPhone X and the Huawei P20 Pro. Anyhow, this is eventually expected to be joined by the P30 Play and P30 Note in the market. And, while it?s unclear which is which, one of them has just been certified and appears to be the Chinese version of the Motorola One.


    The device, which goes by the model number XT1941-2, coincides perfectly with what is known about the Motorola One thanks to the premium glass build on the rear and the polished frame. Additionally, the vertically-aligned camera ...

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  • How to take professional quality portraits with your iPhone X »
    How to take professional quality portraits with your iPhone X

    As the old saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you, and if you own the latest Apple iPhone X, you have the luxury to not only capture great images with the main, wide-angle camera, but also shoot portraits with the secondary, telephoto camera that have the potential to really look great.

    Apple does all the heavy work here, smartly separating the subject from the background and blurring the background, for a true DSLR-like look.

    So, how can you make the most out of the Portrait Mode on the iPhone X? How can you take your portraits ...
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  • Samsung at it again: users getting unsolicited Note 9 ads on their older Galaxy devices »
    Samsung at it again: users getting unsolicited Note 9 ads on their older Galaxy devices

    Every smartphone user hates to get ads through notifications. It's one of the main reasons for games and apps to be uninstalled and totally nuked in their reviews. What's even more annoying is when you get such notifications from your service provider or even your phone's manufacturer ? a.k.a. the people you trust will value your user experience most.

    Samsung is known for sometimes being a bit too aggressive in advertising its new products to current customers and it seems the company is at it again now that the Note 9 is coming out.

    Found on Reddit, user "AlanRosenthal" has just ...

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  • Would you care if iPhones supported Apple's Pencil? »
    Would you care if iPhones supported Apple's Pencil?

    Reports are flying left and right that Apple's new 2018 crop, or at least the largest one of it, will include support for the Apple Pencil stylus that can now predominantly be found chillaxing on top of an iPad Pro. Granted, the largest iPhone XS Plus is expected to sport a giant 6.46" display, which would make it the iPhone with the largest screen ever. 


    If it will be about the size of the stylus-laden Note 9, there might be some sense to include a stylus support for those who want it. Still, if the Note line taught us anything it's that its S-Pen usage is quite ...
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  • The Essential Phone is on sale for the first time after receiving Android 9 Pie »
    The Essential Phone is on sale for the first time after receiving Android 9 Pie

    One of 2017?s most hyped Android smartphones is also one of the most poorly reviewed high-enders in recent memory, but as time went on, prices dropped, and camera performance improved, folks started warming up to Andy Rubin?s divisive Essential Phone.


    It?s unclear if sales numbers and profit margins are high enough to justify a sequel after all (probably not), but it?s become pretty obvious the ?edge-to-edge? handset has plenty to offer for around $400. 

    At $250, this was an outright steal... for a few hours about a month ago, although after joining the official Android ...

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone X: blind camera comparison! »
    Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone X: blind camera comparison!

    Which phone takes the better pictures: the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or the Apple iPhone X?


    Sometimes it's hard to judge, especially if you have a preference for one brand over the other: many people are just quietly biased towards their favorite and the only way to go around this is to have a... blind camera comparison!

    This is exactly what we are doing here. What you do know is that we have used the Note 9 and iPhone X, but we have stripped away all EXIF information that would reveal which phone took which picture and left just the images to speak for ...
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  • Xperia XZ3 cases show off tall display & single rear camera once again »
    Xperia XZ3 cases show off tall display & single rear camera once again

    Sony?s Xperia XZ3 is set to be announced in just under two weeks at the brand?s IFA event in Berlin and following a 360-degree render which leaked last month, new case renders provide yet another glimpse at the smartphone?s design ahead of the announcement.


    Confirming what is already known, the front of the device sees the return of an 18:9 display, thus following the recent trends in the industry. Unlike the Xperia XZ2, though, the XZ3 makes use of a panel with rounded corners. Nevertheless, Sony?s trademark thick bezels above and below the display unsurprisingly make a return ? the bottom ...

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