Intel and ESL extend their esports alliance with a $100 million deal

Intel and ESL have been esports buddies for years, but they're deepening that commitment as 2018 winds to a close. The two have extended their partnership with a $ 100 million deal that will last through 2021. Intel will provide the computing power…
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Entry level Galaxy S10 Lite might get an exclusive yellow color option

Samsung is preparing multiple Galaxy S10 models for next year, including a Galaxy S10 Lite that will likely be a little cheaper and with worse specs than its bigger counterparts. That’s been the case for the past few generations, too, with the bigger models picking up extra camera features and other hardware improvements. That probably […]

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Rocket Lab launches NASA’s first dedicated cubesat mission

Rocket Lab isn't quite done establishing firsts. The company has successfully launched ElaNa-19 (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites), NASA's first cubesat mission to get a dedicated ride to space. Until now, the agency's tiny satellites have piggyb…
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YouTube Music now offers YouTube Charts: Keep up with the hottest songs and music videos in the world

At YouTube Music, we are constantly striving to give fans more ways to explore the world of music. Today, we are making the previously announced YouTube Charts available in YouTube Music as playlists so fans in our 29 launched markets can effortlessly explore the hottest songs and videos both globally and locally.

Looking to check out the top most-played songs this week on YouTube, the most-viewed music videos, or see what’s trending? We’ve got you covered! Fans can now easily access YouTube Charts as playlists that will appear on users’ home screens or by search. It’s ALL here and easy to find, watch and listen to what’s popular, rising and trending both locally and globally — all within YouTube Music.

Every country  all 29 markets  will get five charts playlists: three specific to their country and two global lists. Fans can also add their favorite charts to their library so they can stay up-to-date on what’s trending on the platform.

YouTube Charts are the go-to destination to see what music is hot on YouTube and now include the following within YouTube Music:

Top 100 Songs: The most played songs on YouTube (global and local charts available)

The Top Songs chart combines the number of views of a song on YouTube (including the official music video, official song used in user-generated content and lyric videos). The Top Songs chart is updated weekly on Sunday at 12 p.m. PST. Each country will get both a global and country-specific version of this chart. This week, the U.S. list is topped by “thank u, next,” followed by Travis Scott’s “SICKO MODE (feat Drake)” and Halsey’s “Without Me.”

Top 100 Music Videos: The most viewed music videos (global and local charts available)

The Top Music Videos chart goes beyond the song and gives fans the chance to dive into the most viewed official music videos on the platform. Top Videos is updated weekly on Sunday at 12 p.m. PST. Each country will get both a global and country-specific version of this chart. This week, the U.S. list is topped by the same two tracks as the songs list, with Nicki Minaj at #3 with “Good Form ft. Lil Wayne.”

Top 20 Trending (local chart)

The new Trending chart is updated multiple times a day to provide a unique, real-time view of the hottest new music fans are enjoying in a specific country. The Trending chart is YouTube’s first dedicated external signal of the most-viewed new music on the platform, providing an instant snapshot of what is driving music culture. Ariana Grande completes her clean sweep in the U.S. this week, with XXXTENTACION’s “Guardian angel” and Kodak Black’s “Calling My Spirit” rounding out the top 3.

The charts, currently topped globally by Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next,” are the most accurate reflection of what’s happening in music culture and based purely on the number of views from more than 1 billion global music fans on YouTube each month. Full details about how YouTube charts are calculated can be found here.

Elliott Breece, Product Manager at YouTube Music, recently listened to “If It Isn’t Love”


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MediaTek’s Helio P90 Octa-core processor brings premium AI features to the mid-range

When you look back at the flagship smartphones that launched during 2018, you’ll find that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor powered a big chunk of them, with a healthy smattering of Samsung’s Exynos 9810 and Huawei’s Kirin 970 and 980 chips also featuring prominently. One brand that isn’t generally associated with high-end specifications is MediaTek, a […]

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Candy Crush Friends Saga gains Santa Yeti, Christmas Maps, and other festive-themed content

If Candy Crush Friends Saga is the game you love to play, you’ll be happy to find out that there is a ton of festive-themed content dropping in the run-up to Christmas Day. The additional content includes customizable outfits for your favorite characters such as Yeti Santa or Misty Reindeer, Christmas maps, and the “Santa […]

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Our favorite learning apps for tablets and smartphones

By Courtney Schley This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. Read the full learning apps guide here. We sp…
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The Morning After: Facebook’s latest data leak

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! We regret to report there's more bad news to share about Facebook and how it's protecting your privacy. Some of the highlights from earlier this week include an incredible tech demo, tec…
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Faster removals and tackling comments — an update on what we’re doing to enforce YouTube’s Community Guidelines

We’ve always used a mix of human reviewers and technology to address violative content on our platform, and in 2017 we started applying more advanced machine learning technology to flag content for review by our teams. This combination of smart detection technology and highly-trained human reviewers has enabled us to consistently enforce our policies with increasing speed.

We are committed to tackling the challenge of quickly removing content that violates our Community Guidelines and reporting on our progress. That’s why in April we launched a quarterly YouTube Community Guidelines Enforcement Report. As part of this ongoing commitment to transparency, today we’re expanding the report to include additional data like channel removals, the number of comments removed, and the policy reason why a video or channel was removed.

Focus on removing violative content before it is viewed

We previously shared how technology is helping our human review teams remove content with speed and volume that could not be achieved with people alone. Finding all violative content on YouTube is an immense challenge, but we see this as one of our core responsibilities and are focused on continuously working towards removing this content before it is widely viewed.

  • From July to September 2018, we removed 7.8 million videos
  • And 81% of these videos were first detected by machines
  • Of those detected by machines, 74.5% had never received a single view

When we detect a video that violates our Guidelines, we remove the video and apply a strike to the channel. We terminate entire channels if they are dedicated to posting content prohibited by our Community Guidelines or contain a single egregious violation, like child sexual exploitation. The vast majority of attempted abuse comes from bad actors trying to upload spam or adult content: over 90% of the channels and over 80% of the videos that we removed in September 2018 were removed for violating our policies on spam or adult content.

Looking specifically at the most egregious, but low-volume areas, like violent extremism and child safety, our significant investment in fighting this type of content is having an impact: Well over 90% of the videos uploaded in September 2018 and removed for Violent Extremism or Child Safety had fewer than 10 views.

Each quarter we may see these numbers fluctuate, especially when our teams tighten our policies or enforcement on a certain category to remove more content. For example, over the last year we’ve strengthened our child safety enforcement, regularly consulting with experts to make sure our policies capture a broad range of content that may be harmful to children, including things like minors fighting or engaging in potentially dangerous dares. Accordingly, we saw that 10.2% of video removals were for child safety, while Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) represents a fraction of a percent of the content we remove.

Making comments safer

As with videos, we use a combination of smart detection technology and human reviewers to flag, review, and remove spam, hate speech, and other abuse in comments.

We’ve also built tools that allow creators to moderate comments on their videos. For example, creators can choose to hold all comments for review, or to automatically hold comments that have links or may contain offensive content. Over one million creators now use these tools to moderate their channel’s comments.1

We’ve also been increasing our enforcement against violative comments:

  • From July to September of 2018, our teams removed over 224 million comments for violating our Community Guidelines.
  • The majority of removals were for spam and the total number of removals represents a fraction of the billions of comments posted on YouTube each quarter.
  • As we have removed more comments, we’ve seen our comment ecosystem actually grow, not shrink. Daily users are 11% more likely to be commenters than they were last year.

We are committed to making sure that YouTube remains a vibrant community, where creativity flourishes, independent creators make their living, and people connect worldwide over shared passions and interests. That means we will be unwavering in our fight against bad actors on our platform and our efforts to remove egregious content before it is viewed. We know there is more work to do and we are continuing to invest in people and technology to remove violative content quickly. We look forward to providing you with more updates.

YouTube Team


1 Creator comment removals on their own channels are not included in our reporting as they are based on opt-in creator tools and not a review by our teams to determine a Community Guidelines violation.   


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Amazon’s $30 Echo clock puts Alexa timers on your wall

The Amazon Echo Wall Clock is finally available. First announced back in September, the analog clock that can sync with timers and display countdowns set through Alexa sells for $ 30. To get the most of this wall clock, you'll need an Echo speaker to…
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Google Chromecasts return to the “shelves” at Amazon

Animosity between big tech companies is nothing new in the industry. One of those spats in recent years involved Google and Amazon as both companies try to achieve dominance for both their streaming video services and their streaming hardware. For the latter, a bit of a crack in the recent stalemate has appeared as Amazon […]

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Anki’s cute Vector robot will soon get Alexa integration

Vector, Anki's tiny Wall-E look-alike, is getting Alexa integration by way of a software update rolling out on December 17th. Company chief Boris Sofman first announced Anki's efforts to add Alexa support to the cute assistant robot's repertoire back…
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[TA Deals] Get up to 3TB of lifetime cloud backup through Degoo for cheap

We’re featuring Degoo Premium as our deal of the day on Talk Android Deals. Why are you saving everything on your computer or on your phone? Take advantage of what cloud storage does for you, but don’t pay a fortune to do so. Cloud storage is reliable and safe. And right now you can get […]

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Postmates unveils its adorable autonomous delivery robot

Postmates has revealed a cute autonomous delivery robot called Serve, which seems to take a design cue or two from Wall-E, with its big eyes and yellow finish. While the company has tested third-party autonomous delivery options in the past, it decid…
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Latest case renders add to the picture of multiple Galaxy S10 cameras

The latest leak regarding the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphones seem to confirm much of the information we have seen regarding the camera configurations for three of the Galaxy S10 models believed to be launching this spring. The renders are for cases from Olixar via retailer Mobile Fun, both of which are considered reputable sources. […]

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[TA Deals] Learn to build your own robot with the Complete Robotics eBook Bundle (90% off)

If you want to dig into building your own robotics projects, you’ll need somewhere to start, and we’re offering a bundle of ebooks to help you out. The Complete Robotics eBook Bundle has 5 comprehensive ebooks that will show you the ins and outs of Robot Operating Systems and give you a few projects to […]

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[Deal] Check out these Holiday Deals from Anker (US/UK)

With Christmas Day less than two weeks away, time is running out to find the perfect gift this festive season. If the strain of shopping for others is stressing you out, there’s no rule that says you can’t treat yourself to a little something along the way. With these holiday deals from Anker ranging from projectors, wireless […]

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Facebook and ZeniMax settle VR copyright lawsuit

John Carmack isn't the only one ending a legal fight with ZeniMax. Facebook and ZeniMax have agreed to settle a lawsuit that had accused Facebook and Oculus of violating copyright for the alleged "unlawful misappropriation" of ZeniMax VR code. The…
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Vivo’s latest phone drops the front-facing camera, but adds a full screen on the back

Display notches are good for cutting the screen around the front-facing cameras on smartphones, so what should you do to get an all-body display without a notch? Drop the front-facing camera of course! But what about when you want to take a selfie? Simply use the rear cameras, because Vivo is putting a screen back […]

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NSA official: China is preparing for possible high-profile hacks

NSA official Rob Joyce told guests at a Wall Street Journal security conference that hacking-related Chinese activity had been climbing in recent months. He was concerned the country was "prepositioning" itself to attack "critical infrastructure" suc…
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Patent describes how Lyft’s self-driving cars might communicate

Safety is a major concern when it comes to autonomous vehicles, for both the people they're transporting as well as those who are nearby. And it's not yet clear how or even if self-driving cars will communicate with the people around them. But Lyft h…
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Samsung launches Galaxy A8s with a punch-hole display and triple rear cameras

Notched displays are yesterday’s trend; the next display craze involves a punch-hole that sits in the upper reaches of the screen that houses the front-facing camera. After the Honor View 20 was confirmed to launch on December 26 in China with a punch-hole display, Samsung has taken the opportunity to announce a punch-hole design of […]

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The Morning After: ‘The mother of all demos’

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Besides our usual suggestions of new TV shows, movies and games to watch this week, we've got a 50-year-old video that you really should see. Also, the second human-made object has entered interstellar space, pl…
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[TA Deals] Improve your writing skills with a discounted WhiteSmoke subscription

WhiteSmoke Writing Assistant is a program that will help you clean up and improve your writing skills by checking your grammar, diction, and spelling, which guarantees you’ll be writing better emails and stories in no time. Whether you’re using this for business or personal projects, WhiteSmoke offers a plugin for all major browsers and checks […]

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Netflix’s Fyre Festival documentary debuts January 18th

Fyre Festival was billed as "the cultural experience of the decade," but as we all know, it actually turned out to be a massive disaster that was far from the luxurious, celebrity-filled event it was advertised to be. A lot as gone down since it all…
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Another Google+ data bug exposes info for 52.5 million users

Google's semi-defunct social media platform Google+ has suffered its second data breach in three months and, as a result, will be completely shuttered in April, four months earlier than previously planned.
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Allo, goodbye; Google’s newest messaging service will be discontinued soon

Google Allo was pretty bad. It launched with a serious lack of features and was an answer to a problem that no one really had. It also perfectly exemplified Google’s ridiculously confusing messaging app strategy, so it’s only fitting that it’ll go out with a whimper from Google’s congested portfolio. Google will be dropping Allo […]

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Essential buys the company behind Newton Mail

The Newton Mail subscription service might be dead, but its owner just found an unusual lifeline. Essential has acquired Newton developer CloudMagic for an unspecified amount. The phone maker didn't say just what it would do with its new purchase,…
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[TA Deals] Save big on the 2019 Ethical Hacking Master Class bundle (99% off)

Ethical hacking is a skill in high demand right now, especially with the reliance on network infrastructure for even the smallest apps and services. The best way to figure out how to make something secure is to figure out how to break into it first, and that’s exactly what the 2019 Ethical Hacking Master Class […]

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Netflix superhero show ‘The Umbrella Academy’ debuts February 15th

Netflix has finally taken the wraps off its adaptation of the Dark Horse comic The Umbrella Academy. The streaming service has posted a teaser trailer that both confirms the series' February 15th premiere date and offers a glimpse into its take on G…
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Google’s Android file manager now supports USB drives

Files by Google (formerly Files Go) is helpful if you want an official means of managing the files on your Android phone, but there's been an obvious limitation: you couldn't move files to physical storage beyond the phone itself. You won't have tha…
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New Google ‘Sounds’ app adds visualizations and managed ringtones to your Pixel

Having begun rolling out the December security patch to Nexus and Pixel devices, it seems that Google may have slipped up by uploading a new app for the Pixels called Sounds to the Play Store. For the moment, at least, the app listing has been removed from the Play Store although it was included with […]

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[TA Deals] Grab a nostalgic RetroMini handheld console 20% off!

If you’re itching to play some old school games, or you just want to go ahead and get some early holiday gift ideas, you might be interested in the RetroMini. This handheld, portable game console is already loaded with 900 classic games out of the box, so you can get started without fiddling around with […]

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22 apps on the Google Play Store had a massive security problem and millions of downloads

Google typically removes malicious apps from the Play Store, and that’s not anything new or notable. It’s their digital storefront so they should stay on top of keeping it clean from potentially dangerous apps. However, after their last round of nixing 22 apps from the Play Store, it turns out that maybe Google let some […]

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Get new manga when Japan does with Shonen Jump’s subscription service

Shonen Jump, one of the most beloved and longest-running manga magazines on Earth is once again reinventing itself. First printed in 1968, the publication has hosted its American localization as an online magazine since 2012 and, come December 17th,…
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[TA Deals] Get a lifetime of Zoolz 2TB Cloud Storage for cheap!

Cloud storage can be pricey, especially if you’re trying to back up a ton of things all at once. But instead of spending a fixed amount every month for your backups, why not look into Zoolz offer for 2TB of lifetime backup for one heavily discounted price? This deal nets you a total of 2TB […]

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Surprise, baby: It’s YouTube Rewind 2018!

In 2018, you danced your heart out to Drake, yodeled in Walmart, and played a lot of Fortnite. As we prepare to head into 2019, it’s time for our annual look back at the year that was in video and the trends that you made possible.

This year was marked by surprising celebrity moments. In February, Kylie Jenner surprised the world with “To Our Daughter,” an 11-minute film detailing her pregnancy and the birth of baby Stormi, which was watched over 53 million times on its way to becoming YouTube’s global #1 Top Trending Video of 2018. Will Smith vlogged all over the world. Oh, and he also jumped out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon on a dare. Rihanna started her own “Tutorial Tuesdays” makeup series. And, of course, Beyoncé’s livestream from Coachella took #Beychella worldwide.

Emerging and well-known YouTube stars also showed up in a big way in the year’s “Top Trending Videos” list. Liza and David shared the news of their breakup through tears and laughter, the guys from Dude Perfect somehow perfectly tossed bread into a toaster, and AsapSCIENCE once again solved the Internet’s latest mystery. (Seriously, is it “Yanny” or “Laurel”?) India comedy sensation Amit Bhadana amassed an astounding 11 million subscribers in just one year and Lâm Chấn Khang’s two-hour musical comedy set in the criminal underworld amassed more than 60 million views.

With more than 673 million collective views, these were the moments that had you watching, commenting and sharing in 2018:

Top Trending Videos

  1. To Our Daughter 
  2. Real Life Trick Shots 2 | Dude Perfect
  3. we broke up
  4. Walmart yodeling kid
  5. Do You Hear “Yanny” or “Laurel”? (SOLVED with SCIENCE)
  6. Portugal v Spain – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – MATCH 3
  7. Build Swimming Pool Around Underground House
  8. Cobra Kai Ep 1 – “Ace Degenerate” – The Karate Kid Saga Continues
  9. Behan Bhai Ki School Life – Amit Bhadana
  10. NGƯỜI TRONG GIANG HỒ PHẦN 6 | L M CHẤN KHANG | FULL 4K | TRUYỀN NH N QUAN NHỊ CA | PHIM CA NHẠC 2018

Following the success of last year’s monster hit “Despacito,” Latin Music has continued to explode on YouTube. in 2018. In fact, eight of the ten most-watched music videos over the past year were by Latin artists.

  1. Te Bote Remix – Casper, Nio García, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Ozuna | Video Oficial
  2. Nicky Jam x J. Balvin – X (EQUIS) | Video Oficial | Prod. Afro Bros & Jeon
  3. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B
  4. Daddy Yankee | Dura (Video Oficial)
  5. Ozuna x Romeo Santos – El Farsante (Remix) (Video Oficial)
  6. Becky G, Natti Natasha – Sin Pijama (Video Oficial)
  7. El Chombo – Dame Tu Cosita feat. Cutty Ranks (Official Video) [Ultra Music]
  8. Drake – God’s Plan
  9. Reik – Me Niego ft. Ozuna, Wisin (Video Oficial)
  10. Vaina Loca – Ozuna x Manuel Turizo (Video Oficial)

It’s also time for our annual Rewind mashup video. But rather than trying to sum up 2018’s biggest memes, personalities, and hit videos ourselves, we tried something different this time around. We asked some of YouTube’s biggest names to tell us what they wanted to see if they controlled Rewind.

Check out the full video below and head over to our Rewind site to get to know the creators and artists who shaped popular culture in 2018.

Kevin Allocca, Head of Culture & Trends, and the YouTube Rewind team, recently watched “YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind.”


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Verizon launches RCS Chat for the Google Pixel 3 today

Verizon is finally deploying RCS Chat for the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL today, December 6th, marking the first devices on Verizon’s network to get the feature. The carrier says they want to keep bringing the new feature to other Android devices soon, but don’t hold your breath on that being a quick […]

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Epic Games is bringing their own gaming storefront to Android

Epic Games circumvented the Google Play Store with the launch of Fortnite by exclusively releasing the massively popular game through Samsung’s own store for Galaxy devices and Epic’s website for everyone else. This avoided Google’s 30% revenue cut and allowed Epic to release updates more directly to players, if you believe them. They’re taking that […]

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Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser will be available on Mac

With its share of the browser market dwindling despite coming pre-installed on Windows machines, Microsoft is calling an audible with Edge. Following rumors earlier this week, the company announced today that it is is overhauling the browser using th…
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Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 855 with blazing speeds, AI, and 5G support

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off of their next generation processor, the Snapdragon 855. It’s Qualcomm’s first 7nm chip which will bring many performance and efficiency enhancements, but there are still other new things to talk about besides it being faster. The biggest thing here is Qualcomm’s inclusion of multi-gigabit 5G support, which is the […]

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[TA Deals] Pick up the famous SimCity 4 for less than $5!

Itching for some nostalgia, or just looking for an in-depth simulation game to waste 100 hours? SimCity 4 is the answer, and it’s arguably still better than even the newer SimCity 2014. There’s a ton of content here that has you building up your city from scratch, managing your town’s traffic and transportation, economy, laws, […]

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OnePlus’s CEO is working to keep its 5G smartphone under $1,000

OnePlus built something of a minor smartphone empire by building cheap flagship phones, and that trend just might continue as it ventures into 5G territory. In an interview with Engadget, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said he would do his best to make sure th…
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Pokemon Go hints at trainer battles coming very soon

Niantic is finally starting to detail one of the most hotly anticipated features for Pokemon Go, and it’s bringing a ton of new features and polish with it. Yep, trainer battles are finally coming to the mobile Pokemon game, years after the initial release. Battles are one of the core components of the Pokemon franchise, […]

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Barnes & Noble releases their second tablet of the year with the Nook 7″

Barnes & Noble hopped back into the tablet game almost exactly one month ago with their brand new 10-inch Nook tab, and now they’re followed it up almost immediately with a smaller, 7-inch version of the Nook. It still fundamentally works the same, allowing you to access your B&N digital book library while still keeping […]

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Samsung’s 5G prototype phone packs a very peculiar screen

Verizon and AT&T have set up small-scale 5G networks at Qualcomm's Tech Summit in Hawaii, but what good are wireless networks without devices? Motorola is on the ground with an apparently live version of its 5G Moto Mod, but Samsung showed up wit…
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Metro by T-Mobile now charges $15 every time you change your phone

MetroPCS was recently rebranded as Metro by T-Mobile while simultaneous unveiling some plans with seriously good value. $ 60 a month is the top tier plan from the rebadged service and includes unlimited data, 15GB of mobile hotspot, Google cloud storage, and Amazon Prime. You really can’t beat that. Looks like Metro is making up their […]

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LG can’t break bad habits as the LG G7 suffers from bootloop issues

If you used an older LG smartphone (think back to the G3 or G4) you might have run into an issue with the phones getting stuck in a constant bootloop. The issue was pretty widespread, and we even tried to fix a broken G3 by baking it in the oven once, so it even affected […]

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[TA Deals] Kickstart your game development career with the School of Game Design bundle!

Want to start a career in game development, or just looking for a new hobby? Sound interesting but you don’t know where to start? Fortunately for you, Talk Android Deals is running a promotion on the School of Game Design bundle that will help jump off your development skills and have you making full games […]

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Verizon and Samsung tease a 5G smartphone for the first half of 2019

Verizon and Samsung have announced that they’ll be collaborating on a 5G smartphone for Big Red’s network in the first half of 2019, which will most likely be the second 5G capable device on their network behind the Moto Z3. You won’t have to wait until next year to see it, though, as both companies […]

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