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Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy S9: beyond the screen size

Samsung is reportedly planning to launch the Galaxy Note 9 this year a bit earlier than its 2017 predecessor. The primary reason, the reports claim, was to offset the rather disappointing but not terrible sales of the Galaxy S9. But if people felt that Samsung didn‘t give consumers enough reasons to upgrade to a Galaxy S9, then the Galaxy Note Continue reading

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback pricing and fuel economy confirmed

Toyota has confirmed pricing and fuel economy numbers for the new 2019 Corolla Hatchback, and there‘s generally good news all round. The first of the 12th generation Corolla range to hit the market, it replaces the 2018 Corolla iM - previously known as the Scion iM - with more power and more economy. Indeed, the step up over the old Continue reading

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MIT developed ‘bacteria on a chip‘ could detect gastric bleeding

Researchers at MIT have developed a new ingestible sensor that features genetically engineered bacteria. The bacteria are designed to diagnose bleeding in the stomach or other GI tract problems. The bacteria-on-a-chip (not that kind of chip) combines a sensor that is made from living cells with ultra-low power electronics. Those electronics can turn the bacterial response into a wireless signal Continue reading

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2019 Subaru WRX and WRX STI pricing announced

Subaru has announced the pricing for the 2019 WRX and WRX STI models along with new limited production versions that will land. The 2019 WRX will pack a 268hp, 2.0L direct injection turbo Boxer engine, Symmetrical All-wheel drive, and active torque vectoring. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual with an optional CVT with manual mode. For 2019 the WRX Continue reading

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Google Play Protect‘s AI works but needs to get better fast

Android has a bit of a conundrum when it comes to ensuring the security of apps. It‘s open ecosystem means it gathers thousands if not millions of apps, a staggering number that no human team can sufficiently monitor and curate. That is why Google has always advocated the use of AI and machine learning in screening apps, which it has Continue reading

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HTC U12+, VIVE Focus integration bridges the mobile, VR divide

HTC has just unveiled its 2018 flagship, the HTC U12+, proving that it‘s not yet done in the mobile market. It is perhaps no coincidence that it scheduled that announcement mere days before its VIVE Ecosystem Conference (VEC). Because at its VR-centric event, it announced a reimagined VIVE Ecosystem and a new System Update 2.0 for the VIVE Focus which Continue reading

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PayPal now works across Google services, no login needed

Paying online or through your phone, be it for physical goods or digital ones, is becoming very popular these days. Perhaps too popular, considering the many payment methods and sources available. Unfortunately, that sometimes means that payment can be an error-prone multi-step process rather than a convenience. To help make their corner of the world a bit smaller and more Continue reading

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Pioneer NEX receivers first with wireless Android Auto, CarPlay

Connecting smartphones to car dashboards isn‘t exactly new. Having those dashboards support Google‘s Android Auto or Apple‘s CarPlay, or both, is just a bit newer. But doing all of that without getting tangled in USB cords is definitely fresh off the press. That‘s exactly what Pioneer is delivering with its three new 2018 in-dash NEX receivers, promising the convenience of Continue reading

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Snapchat Send and Request Location is thankfully less invasive

Snapchat seems to need no help from third-party actors to stir up controversy. But, as they say, bad publicity is still publicity. Even before the widely unpopular redesign or the more recent unskippable ads, Snapchat had its always-on location broadcasting Snap Map feature. That potentially privacy-invasive feature eventually sagged after a brief surge of popularity but now Snapchat has found Continue reading

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Steam Link app isn‘t coming to iOS

In light of Facebook‘s most recent and biggest scandal, Apple has often touted its more direct and human-curated system of screening apps that go into its app stores. While that does leave little room for malicious apps to get through, it does have one drawback. It subjects apps and developers to what may at times seem like whimsical standards. That‘s Continue reading

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Apple awarded 539 million in damages from Samsung in patent battle

The Apple vs Samsung patent war that started in 2011 has experienced a new twist, with a jury revising the amount Apple was awarded from its original 1 billion to about half that amount. Apple has ultimately been awarded 539 million in damages, that following around four days of jury deliberation. The ruling brings to a close seven years of Continue reading

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NASA says commercial partnerships are ‘key‘ to its lunar ambitions

NASA has revealed an increased focus on commercial partnerships, calling this a key aspect of its goal of returning humans to the moon. According to the space agency, it will be expanding its commercial partnerships as part of a robotic lunar campaign comprising multiple missions. These missions will, among other things, deliver NASA tech and tools to the moon, where Continue reading

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T-Mobile site bug made customer data available to anyone

One of T-Mobile‘s websites left a tool exposed that let anyone look up personal account data on the carrier‘s customers, it has been revealed. Users only required the customer‘s phone number to retrieve the information, leaving many people vulnerable to data theft. The issue has since been fixed, but it‘s unclear how many customers may have been impacted by it. Continue reading

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Fujifilm X-T100 mirrorless digital camera is designed for newbies

Fujifilm has officially launched its new X-T100, an entry-level mirrorless camera with a reasonable price and features simple enough for beginners to figure out. The X-T100 is the latest addition to Fuji‘s X Series of mirrorless digital cameras, one packing things like a phase detection AF system, a 24.2MP sensor, and a retro design. According to Fujifilm, the X-T100 falls Continue reading

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YouTube Music Premium Review: Top Search, No Ads

This week we‘re taking a peek at the first release of YouTube Music Premium. That‘s not the same service as any one of Google‘s various Music-entwined services. Instead, it‘s an amalgamation of the parts that‘ve worked for Google in the past. In our first look at this app and the full features it serves, I‘ve come away cautiously optimistic. The Continue reading

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Amazon admits Echo eavesdropping as Alexa shares private chat [Updated]

Amazon is investigating how an Echo recorded a conversation and sent that to another person, after one Portland couple claims the smart speaker eavesdropped on their discussion. The incident, which Amazon has described as an extremely rare occurrence, is likely to reignite concerns around privacy, the Internet of Things, and increasingly connected devices. The smart speaker owner says that she Continue reading

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Essential Phone 2 axed as Rubin reportedly weighs selling firm

Smartphone maker Essential, Andy Rubin‘s project to reinvent the Android phone, has axed development of its second device and is considering selling itself off, according to a new report. The company is part of Playground Global, the startup incubator that Rubin began in 2015 to focus on new hardware projects after leaving his role as Android chief at Google. The Continue reading

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Bitcoin price manipulation probe underway at Justice Department

The US Department of Justice is investigating possible cryptocurrency price manipulation, at least according to sources that have leaked the probe. According to the tipsters, the DOJ has teamed with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to determine whether some traders have or had been manipulating the price of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. The sources say this is a criminal probe. Continue reading

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China wants to land probe on the far side of the moon this year

China has been saying for at least three years now that it plans to land on the far side of the moon, something that‘ll go down as a historic achievement if it manages to pull it off successfully. We heard about such ambitions in 2015 and again in 2016, but now the nation is back with a hard launch date: Continue reading

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Amazon admits Echo eavesdropping as Alexa shares private chat

Amazon is investigating how an Echo recorded a conversation and sent that to another person, after one Portland couple claims the smart speaker eavesdropped on their discussion. The incident, which Amazon has described as an extremely rare occurrence, is likely to reignite concerns around privacy, the Internet of Things, and increasingly connected devices. The smart speaker owner says that she Continue reading

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BlackBerry Key2 teaser reveals mystery button, dual rear cameras

BlackBerry has announced the date for its upcoming BlackBerry Key2 smartphone unveiling. The company wasn‘t content leaving us in the dark, so it published a short teaser showcasing a few features users can expect. There are dual rear cameras, for example, as well as a physical keyboard. Most interesting, though, is the handset‘s new mystery button. The BlackBerry Key2, at Continue reading

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Dark Souls: Remastered is available a day early (for some, at least)

Well, here‘s a happy surprise: it seems that Dark Souls: Remastered has launched a day early for some players. Originally scheduled to launch tomorrow, Dark Souls: Remastered has gone live on Steam today. We‘re not sure if someone on From Software‘s end messed up or if the developer simply decided to open the floodgates a little early, but we doubt Continue reading

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Jurassic World Alive APK download live (Pokemon GO for dinosaurs)

Today Jurassic World Alive went live - and it seems like it doesn‘t matter who you are, you can play. This game was made much in the same way the game Pokemon GO came about. It‘s based on Google Maps, using the smartphone of the user as an avatar to move around the world - and capture Dino DNA. The Continue reading

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Google Play Movies & TV Roku app update brings sleek new interface

Google has announced a new update for its Google Play Movies TV app on Roku, one that brings a new interface similar to the one found on YouTube. The updated interface will start showing up for users this week, chief among the changes being a simplified navigation system with a nav bar on the left side of the display, Continue reading

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