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Sony Xperia XZ2 leak previews full-screen push at MWC 2018

Mobile World Congress is just around the corner, and though the Galaxy S9 will probably be the star of the show, other manufacturers are going to have their heavy hitters on hand as well. Sony may be one of the companies making big announcements next week, as we hear today that it has not one, but two Xperia reveals lined Continue reading

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OpenAuto makes car smart with Raspberry Pi DIY hack

Android Auto can be installed on a Raspberry Pi unit with relative ease - and the results are pretty neat. Based on the DIY project we‘re having a peek at here today, the next generation in DIY automotive tech appears to be here. This system was made possible by XDA Developers user f1x, maker of an open source Android Auto Continue reading

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Pokemon GO event starts NOW: Legendary Trio in effect

Today we‘re having a peek at what may be the biggest event in the history of the game Pokemon GO. In this week, called Legendary Week, users will have access to three of the most powerful Pokemon in the game: Kyogre, Groudon, and Rayquaza. These Pokemon will all be available to roll in Raid Battles for a limited amount of Continue reading

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Samsung Max gives Opera‘s smartest browser an encore

Up until August of last year, Opera offered a data-saving browser for Android called Opera Max. Over time, Opera Max began to focus on security as well, making it into a handy little browser to have on your device. Unfortunately, Opera announced that it would be shutting down Opera Max as it had a substantially different value proposition, than its Continue reading

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Google Assistant learns new languages and talents

The Google Assistant is going global, with Google‘s AI gaining new language support, deeper integration with Android phones, and smarter functionality. Previewing its Mobile World Congress 2018 announcements, Google has confirmed that the Assistant‘s current support for eight languages is being boosted to more than 30 by the end of the year. First off, that will include Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Continue reading

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross lands in the US

Mitsubishi has announced that its new Eclipse Cross has arrived in the US. The automaker has offered up images of the first boatload of the new SUV rolling off the ship and onto our shores. The new Eclipse Cross SUV isn‘t The Buster‘s Eclipse. The Eclipse Cross is a compact CUV promising a stimulating design and an aggressive price. The Continue reading

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NASA study highlights Antarctic ice flow changes

NASA has completed a study that took massive amounts of satellite data to give a clear picture of how Antarctic ice flow into the ocean has changed. According to the study, the information gives the clearest picture yet of how ice loss is accelerating in the region. NASA says that the findings confirm that ice loss is accelerating from the Continue reading

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Best automotive brands list has some surprises

The Genesis name may have grown up and moved out of Hyundai‘s house and it seems that was a good thing. Consumer Reports has published its list of the automotive brands with the best-predicted reliability and best owner satisfaction. At the top of that list is newcomer Genesis sitting at the top of owner satisfaction and about midway down in Continue reading

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Android OEMs need a wake up call to fix the update problem

The Stagefright security vulnerability of 2015 give the Android world a scare. Unfortunately, that seems to have been short-lived and, sadly, ineffective in the long run. While it is fortunate that the exploit was never fully used to wreak havoc, that may have allowed the powers that be in Android land to settle back into their complacency and laxity. Updates Continue reading

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ARCHOS Hello Google Assistant Smart Display greets MWC 2018

Move over smart speakers. Smart displays are in the house! Rated as one of the fastest growing segments in the tech market these days, smart speakers of all shapes, sizes, and prices have invaded both homes and store shelves. At CES last month, Google took up Amazon on its Echo Show challenge and announced a new subclass of connected devices: Continue reading

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Smartphone sales decline for the first time since 2004

Cue the prophets of doom and gloom. According to Gartner, the vibrant and aggressive smartphone market has experienced its first-ever dip in sales ever since the market analyst started tracking smartphone sales more than a decade ago. It‘s not a huge loss, mind, but one that could still get some people thinking if the market has indeed finally reached its Continue reading

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Google ARCore 1.0 stable launching at MWC, APK available

Like Apple, Google tends to sit out the crowded annual tech events and holds its own. This year at MWC 2018, however, it is stirring things up a bit. It has already teased how it‘s going to make a big splash with the first Android Go phones next week. Now it seems it will be doing more than just that. Continue reading

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Land Rover Explore Outdoor Phone is as rugged as an SUV

There is no shortage of car makers who lend their names and their aesthetics to smartphones. Many of those, however, are not only expensive but are sometimes just as fragile. In that regard, the Land Rover Explore is a class apart. Made by the Bullitt Group together with Land Rover, the Land Rover Explore phone is built for the great Continue reading

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro AI controls self-driving car, avoids dogs

Huawei has been touting the AI capabilities of its new Kirin 970, first seen in the Huawei Mate 10 series. With a built-in neural processing unit, the Mate 10‘s AI feature was designed to identify objects and scenes to automatically adjust camera settings. But in order to prove just how accurate that AI is, Huawei has taken things to the Continue reading

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Watch Bill Gates guess how much groceries cost

Shopping for groceries isn‘t something most people look forward to. It takes time, there are crowds to deal with, you have to lug the items out to the car and then bring them inside from the car. It‘s no surprise that more convenient options like Amazon Fresh have launched to address the issue, but for some fortunate people, grocery shopping Continue reading

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Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update returns starting in Germany

Samsung has just relaunched the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. The company had previously launched the latest software for Galaxy owners, but pulled it soon after due to an issue. Users have expressed frustration at the lack of an update, but Samsung has apparently been working hard and now it is pushing out the corrected Continue reading

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FDA starts recalling and destroying certain kratom products

The FDA has announced a crackdown against certain kratom products in the US, saying it will be recalling and destroying kratom-containing products from a company called Divinity Products Distribution located in Grain Valley, Missouri. The news follows an announcement from the CDC saying it has linked a recent salmonella outbreak to kratom; more than two dozen illnesses have been reported. Continue reading

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HTC phone and VR divisions merge, layoffs in the mix

This afternoon HTC announced that some employees would be leaving the company as both HTC smartphone and VR divisions merge together. This is an interesting move from the company as it was acquired by Google at the tail end of 2017. It wasn‘t clear how much of HTC Google‘d acquired - now with a merge of the two main bits Continue reading

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Galaxy S9 price leak tips some unwanted iPhone X influence

We‘re days away from the official Galaxy S9 debut, and leaks have left little to the imagination. We‘ve seen both the S9 and the S9+ leak in various forms, including press shots; we‘ve seen cases and other accessories. Now another leak has surfaced, this one presenting a new vital piece of information: how much you‘re going to spend for one Continue reading

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Happy Suit auto-adjusts environment to keep astronauts sane

Researchers with Florida Polytechnic University are developing a happy suit that will help address astronaut depression and declining mental health while in space. Mental wellbeing is an important part of future space travel plans, but depression is a big challenge to that. Many factors contribute to depression, but new technology will help address that by automatically adjusting the space traveler‘s Continue reading

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Sling TV adds NBA League Pass option, Team Pass coming soon

Sling TV has just announced the addition of NBA League Pass to its list of optional subscriptions, giving its customers a way to watch their favorite NBA content on the Sling TV platform. The pass is available on Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans, as well as its international and Spanish language services. This option will soon be joined by Continue reading

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HP Envy x2 pricing: Looks like Windows-on-ARM won‘t be cheap

Windows-on-ARM was seemed like a good way to get Windows to users with low processing power needs, presumably for low prices. Using a smartphone chip instead of x86, there was a good place for a category of users that might otherwise have gone with something like a Chromebook. But HP‘s reveal of one of the first Windows-on-ARM computer‘s pricing seems Continue reading

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Nintendo 3DS sales take surprising turn amid Switch success

With Nintendo looking to turn the Switch into the next Wii, it‘s tempting to assume that the 3DS is entering end-of-life. After all, we‘ve had indications that the Pokemon and Fire Emblem series - two of the biggest 3DS franchises - are soon to jump ship to the Switch. Despite that, it would appear that the 3DS still has some Continue reading

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When Net Neutrality dies: FCC final rule release

February 22nd, 2018 was the day when the FCC released their final rule document to destroy Net Neutrality. This document came with the name Restoring Internet Freedom Order attached to it. It announced the date when the effective enforcement of the elimination of rules imposed by the Title II Order. Effective date for this order‘s enforcement is April 23rd, 2018. Continue reading

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