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A ‘GoldenEye 007’ fan remake is dead after a cease and desist demand

A fan remake of the beloved N64 classic GoldenEye 007 has been in the works for years, with a view to releasing it on the 25th anniversary in 2022. However, the team behind GoldenEye 25 has been forced to pivot after receiving a cease and desist lett…
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The Morning After: Apple started the public beta for watchOS 7

If you wanted a Microsoft Hololens but thought that headset was just too big, then maybe the Nreal Light glasses are for you. They advertise mixed reality tech in a much smaller package, and mostly deliver on it. They’re more stylish than Google Glas…
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Former employees claim Talkspace mined therapy transcripts for marketing

According to The New York Times, Talkspace, an iOS and Android app people can use to message a certified therapist, routinely mined the transcripts of its users to give it a competitive edge. The paper interviewed two former employees who claim Talks…
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Longtime Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono departs Capcom

Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono has announced he’s leaving Capcom later this summer, after almost 30 years with the publisher. He wrote in a farewell message on Twitter that “Capcom staff in the new generation will continue taking care of the S…
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Code compiler pioneer Frances Allen dies at 88

It’s a sad week for the computing industry. IBM reports (via the New York Times) that computing pioneer and company fellow Frances Allen died of Alzheimer’s on her birthday, August 4th, at the age of 88. She’s best known for making vital contribution…
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Grab a free Amazon Echo Show 5 when you buy an Echo Studio at Best Buy

Best Buy might be your ticket if you’re looking to get started on a smart home and want better sound than you usually get from smart speakers. The retailer is running a promo that gives Echo Studio buyers a free Echo Show 5 for the same $ 200 it norma…
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China’s TikTok and WeChat apps face US ban thanks to Trump’s latest Executive Orders

As it so often does, the United States’ ongoing feud with China has kicked on a step with President Trump’s signing of an Executive Order that prohibits the US from doing business with TikTok, WeChat, and their owners. It’s a move that is guaranteed to ramp up the rhetoric between the two nations as they […]

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The best games on Google Play Pass

When Apple Arcade launched last year, Android users probably felt a bit left out. For only $ 5 a month subscribers were getting unlimited, ad-free access to over 100 games for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV — even a few exclusives. However, Android us…
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Best Music Streaming Services in 2020

If you like listening to a wide variety of music, chances are that you may not be flocking to purchase every track or album individually in order to listen to it. Not only would the cost add up, but as new music is constantly in the works, it’d be nearly impossible to keep up with. […]

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19 Galaxy Note20 wallpapers are now available for separate download

19 Galaxy Note20 wallpapers are now available for separate download via the XDA Forums, including live wallpapers – perfect if you have pre-ordered one of the new Galaxy Note20s and are eagerly awaiting its arrival. XDA Forum member, yakapa40, posted the wallpapers just one day after Samsung officially unveiled the new Note20 devices, explaining that […]

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Red Magic 5G review: A beautifully flawed beast of a gaming phone

We’ve been lucky to spend a few weeks with the rather ostentatious Red Magic 5G gaming phone and besides being rather bold and garish, and perhaps slightly underdone on the software side of things, it’s an incredible phone. The Red Magic 5G has flagship specs such as the Snapdragon 865 processor, 12GB of RAM, and […]

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Samsung’s One UI 3.0/Android 11 developer beta program for the Galaxy S20 is live

Samsung announced during the Unpacked event on August 5th that it is committing to providing 3 OS upgrades to its flagship smartphones stretching back to the Galaxy S10, and now the brand has opened up the developer beta program for its One UI 3.0. Based on Android 11, the beta program is for developers with […]

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Sony’s excellent ANC earbuds are on sale for $170 today

Best Buy has a couple of today-only audio deals that are great if you need a new pair of true wireless earbuds. Sony’s WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds are on sale for $ 170, down from $ 230 and their lowest price ever, and the new Sony WF-SP800Ns are on sa…
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Looks like the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 could launch in the traditional slot in early October

Having finally launched the Pixel 4a earlier this week, Google also discontinued the Pixel 4 and 4 XL and is now rolling out the final Android 11 beta. It seems that a slip has been made along the way, giving us the date when we can expect the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 to […]

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Amazon now offers a smart clock add-on for the Echo Flex

Amazon’s Echo Flex plug-in smart speaker should now be much more useful in the kitchen. The Verge reports that Amazon has unveiled an official, Third Reality-made Smart Clock add-on for the Flex that brings connected timekeeping to the Alexa device….
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COVIDWISE COVID-19 exposure tracking app released by Virginia Department of Health, utilizing Apple and Google’s contact tracing technology

COVIDWISE, the first US COVID-19 exposure tracking app that fully utilizes Apple and Google’s contact tracking technology, has just released by the Virginia Department of Health. The app places anonymity and privacy high on the agenda and is free to download. Virginia is the first US state to release an app that fully uses the […]

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Twitter for Android had a big security vulnerability

Twitter has had a rough go on the security front lately, with some serious high-profile accounts getting hacked and now a discovered vulnerability affecting the Twitter for Android app. Yikes. Twitter for Android security Twitter hasn’t disclosed exactly what the vulnerability does, but they did specify what could happen. Essentially, other apps installed on your […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 series is here

A new Galaxy Note series is expected every year, and some were expecting delays this year due to COVID-19 reasons; however, Samsung hosted its first virtual Unpacked event, where it made its latest flagship phones official. Samsung made both the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra official today. Both phones have some […]

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Cars are coming to ‘Fortnite’

At long last, Epic Games is adding regular old cars to Fortnite. The aptly-named Joy Ride Update will introduce four vehicles — the Islander Prevalent sedan, Victory Motors Whiplash sports car, OG Bear pickup truck and Titano Mudflap six-wheeler –…
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Ex-Waymo engineer Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in prison

US District Judge William Alsup has sentenced Anthony Levandowski, the former lead Waymo engineer at the heart of a trade secret legal battle between the Alphabet subsidiary and Uber, to 18 months in prison. Prosecutors sought a 27-month sentence, wh…
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Apple sponsors a three-year UCLA study on depression and anxiety

With help from Apple, UCLA is launching a new three-year study to understand how factors like sleep and physical activity can impact depression and anxiety symptoms. The study will start this week with a pilot that will involve 150 participants drawn…
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The Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) are coming this fall

The Pixel 4a launched today with a bump in specs and a very affordable $ 349 price tag but missing a feature that is present on its non-US competitors such as the recently launched OnePlus Nord – 5G. Google has got this area covered with a couple of new handsets set to launch in a couple […]

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Twitter ‘rate limit’ messages are due to an error, not your bad tweets

If you’re one of the many people seeing some weirdness with Twitter.com, the apps or Tweetdeck right now, it’s not just you. We’ve seen those “rate limit exceeded” messages too, and contacted Twitter to find out what’s going on. A spokesperson tells…
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Sony explains how PS4 accessories will work on PS5

Sony has clarified how both PS5 and PS4 accessories will work with its next video game console. First, let's get the old DualShock 4 out of the way: it'll work with PS4 games that are backwards compatible on the PS5, but it can't be used for next-gen…
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Apple TV’s Ted Lasso turns a viral video into a pretty good sitcom

Part-way through the first episode of Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso, I realized that internet streaming has killed the fish-out-of-water-comedy. American shows can’t mock how the funny foreigners do things, since they’re just as necessary these days to a glo…
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Microsoft says it’s aiming to close TikTok deal by September 15th

Microsoft added a dose of clarity to the reports of its impending TikTok purchase tonight, issuing a blog post that confirms it’s pursuing discussions with ByteDance. The company notes that CEO Satya Nadella discussed the matter with President Trump,…
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SpaceX Crew Dragon completes historic mission with an ocean landing

SpaceX’s history-making Crew Dragon mission has come to a close two months after it began. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley successfully landed in the Atlantic Ocean at 2:48PM Eastern after starting their return to Earth nearly 20 hours earlier…
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Chrome test could discourage websites from abusing push notifications

Google is continuing its war against annoying website notifications. TheWindowsClub has discovered that Google will test a feature that sets an expiration time for notification subscriptions. You’d have to enable the test, but it would let you decide…
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Chromebook users get three free months of Stadia Pro

Google is giving you an extra incentive to buy a Chromebook: a whole lot of cloud gaming that could make your laptop shine. The tech giant has introduced a perk that gives Chromebook owners a free three-month trial of Stadia Pro. You’ll need a system…
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‘League of Legends’ championship will start in Shanghai despite pandemic

At least one major eSports league is determined to push forward with in-person finals despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Riot Games has announced that the League of Legends World Championship 2020 will take place in Shanghai between September 25th and Oc…
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The Morning After: Trump threatens to ‘ban’ TikTok

We didn’t even have to wait until August to find out who was behind that massive Twitter breach on July 15th. Florida authorities arrested a Tampa teenager as he and two others were charged with a litany of felonies in the attack that hijacked numero…
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US Cellular introducing 5G to 11 more states and adding carrier aggregation and 256 QAM to existing LTE markets

US Cellular, now America’s fourth-largest carrier after T-Mobile absorbed Sprint, is introducing 5G coverage into 11 new states, bringing the total number to 13. It is also rolling out LTE Advanced technologies to its existing LTE network. Up until now, US Cellular’s 5G network only reached parts of Iowa and Wisconsin, but the carrier is […]

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Microsoft confirms free ‘Halo Infinite’ multiplayer running at 120FPS

After a leak from an Irish retailer gave up the goods, Microsoft has confirmed the news — Halo Infinite will include a free-to-play multiplayer mode, and it’s running at 120FPS. This news wasn’t revealed during last week’s Xbox Series X gameplay show…
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Dark mode is finally rolling out to Google Chat

There is good news for G Suite users who communicate with team members via the Chat app in the form of the addition of dark mode to save your eyes from the blinding white light known as Google’s Material Design. Dark mode for the Chat app will roll out in the next fifteen days to […]

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The stylish OPPO Watch comes with a dual-curved square display and Wear OS in tow

Having already launched in China running on the Snapdragon Wear 2500 chip and OPPO’s own watch OS, the OPPO Watch is finally official in the west, with the 41mm version going on sale in September and the higher-specced 46mm variant with LTE during October. Both models are powered by the Snapdragon 3100 chipset and feature […]

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Go ahead and pre-order the new Galaxy Z Flip 5G before Samsung’s event

Samsung’s got a lot going on next week. We’re expecting a brand new line of Galaxy Note 20 devices, the next-gen Galaxy Fold 2, possibly some new tablets and smartwatches, maybe another pair of earbuds… despite being online-only, Unpacked 2020 is packed. That might be why the company decided to pull the curtains back a […]

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Apple confirms its new iPhones will be delayed by a ‘few weeks’

For years, people have been buying brand new iPhones in September, typically weeks after a splashy press conference at Apple’s ring-shaped headquarters. Not so, this year. During a customary post-earnings conference call, Luca Maestri — the company’s…
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You can now back up your smartphone to Google One for no charge

Google One is now offering the handy new feature of allowing Android (and iOS) users the ability to back up their handsets, absolutely free*. You don’t need to be a Google One subscriber, you just need to have the app installed on the device you want to back up to. Of course, being free means […]

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Telegram is the latest company to file an EU antitrust complaint against Apple

If big tech thought that its antitrust reckoning would end with yesterday’s hearings, it’ll have its optimism sorely dented by what’s likely to follow. A number of smaller players are lobbing grenades over the fence in the hope of forcing regulators…
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‘Ghost in the Shell’ (the good one) arrives in 4K on September 8th

Just in time for its 25th anniversary, Ghost in the Shell is getting a 4K Ultra HD rerelease. On September 8th, you’ll be able to buy Mamoru Oshii’s landmark film in a beautiful collection that will let you watch the 1995 feature across multiple form…
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Samsung’s regular Galaxy Note 20 will reportedly cost more than ever before

How much did you pay for your last Samsung flagship smartphone? I ask because if you are planning on buying the soon-to-be-launched Galaxy Note 20 there’s a good chance that you are going to pay more than ever before. After a previous leak hinted that the Galaxy Note 20 series might launch with a more […]

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Samsung’s Galaxy Watch3 unboxed and compared over a week before it’s official

Samsung’s Galaxy Watch3 has been unboxed, set up, and compared with other smartwatches over a week before the device is officially announced. This particular Galaxy Watch3 is finished in the same beautiful bronze color as seen with leaked Galaxy Note 20 and is the smaller 41mm model. We’ve seen enough of the Galaxy Watch3 leaked […]

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Folding@home ARM support lets Android devices crunch COVID-19 research data

Folding@home and Rosetta@home can now run on billions of Android smartphones, Raspberry Pi devices and ARM-based servers. The distributed computing projects, which give citizen scientists a way to contribute their devices’ computing power to the deve…
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WhatsApp plans to add multi-device support, allowing you to use your phone number across phones

WhatsApp is reportedly planning on launching a new feature that would make it a much more viable service for using across devices. Currently there’s no way to use your linked phone number across several devices (you can do the opposite and utilize two numbers on one device, like for dual-SIM business phone) which is a […]

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Official specs and renders leak for Samsung’s slim n’ sleek Galaxy Watch3

Here we have another Samsung leak but this time about its upcoming Tizen-powered Galaxy Watch3 smartwatch that will be unveiled during the online-only Unpacked event on August 5th. This latest leak on Samsung’s wearable shines a light on the Galaxy Watch3’s specifications and gives us a plethora of renders to ogle at. We’ve embedded the […]

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[Deal] Save up to 60% on these Aukey accessories

If you’ve spent the weekend thinking that you need to refresh your stash of charging accessories then you’ll be glad to note that Aukey is here with a fresh batch of piping hot deals on wall chargers, cables, wireless chargers, power banks, and more. We’ve got the details on how you can save up to […]

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Dropbox gets updated with new features and a password manager: here’s what changed

Dropbox has announced a pretty substantial upgrade to its services and apps on mobile. This comes at a time when cloud storage is hyper competitive and Dropbox has backed off of being the most competitive option on the market, despite its early entry into the space. But if you’re looking for the most fully featured […]

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Nintendo ‘gigaleak’ reveals the classic games that never were

If you’ve ever wondered how Nintendo’s classic games evolved before they reached store shelves, you might have a good chance to find out. According to VGC, (via Eurogamer) a “gigaleak” of Nintendo art assets and source code from the mid-1990s has sur…
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Major Galaxy Tab S7 leak hints at a smaller model without AMOLED

There might not be much mystery left when Samsung reveals its devices at its August 5th Unpacked event. WinFuture has posted (via SamMobile) what it says are leaked images and specs for the Galaxy Tab S7 line, and they suggest Samsung is shaking up i…
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Looks like AT&T will carry the weird Microsoft Surface Duo phone

While the Microsoft Surface Duo was originally announced back in October of 2019, Microsoft wasn’t planning on an immediate launch. It’s been tentatively scheduled for a holiday 2020 release, and it seems like we’re still going to hit that date, even with a pandemic. Additionally, it looks like Microsoft has courted AT&T into the folding […]

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