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Android beat Windows Phone, and Bill Gates really regrets it

If you go back a few years and checked out the most dominant operating system on the planet, it was Windows with absolutely no competition. Microsoft steamrolled literally everyone else in the PC space, including Apple. But then the smartphone happened, and Microsoft kinda sorta didn’t really live up to the name that they had […]

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Leaked Galaxy Note 10 cases suggest Samsung might not be killing the headphone jack (yet)

We’ve seen tons and tons of Galaxy Note 10 rumors lately, with the rate of new leaks speeding up as we get closer to Samsung’s official announcement of the device. However, one rumor that keeps bouncing around is whether or not the phone will have a headphone jack. We’ve seen some early leaks and sources […]

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Xiaomi may be ending their large Mi Max and Mi Note series

Xiaomi maintains a huge product catalogue across the market, however they may be removing their size-focused ranges, likely because size is not a defining factor anymore. Amongst their huge array of devices and product lines, Xiaomi has maintained their ‘Max‘ and ‘Note‘ series as sub-segments of their flagship ‘Mi‘ brand which both focus on size […]

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Kirin 810 benchmarks make it the best mid-range chipset yet

No benchmark is a perfect representation of real-world performance, however Antutu’s fairly reliable new benchmarks of Huawei’s latest value silicon to be the new mid-range champion. For years Qualcomm and the Snapdragon 6XX and more recently 7XX have ruled the roost of the mid-range mobile chip market, with the best CPU performance and efficiency, and […]

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After Math: The price of technological progress

San Francisco is on the cusp of banning e-cigarettes while a Florida town is now half a million dollars poorer following a ransomware attack. Google's building 20,000 new Silicon Valley homes (since California won't) and a new predictive hotel app ca…
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India tells scooter makers to prepare for a switch to EVs

Indian scooter and motorcycle manufacturers have to draw up a plan to switch to electric vehicles, and they only have two weeks to come up with one. According to Reuters, Indian officials have met up with the companies, including Bajaj Auto and Hero…
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Netflix is testing out new ways to completely kill your productivity

Netflix generally isn’t very helpful when you’re trying to get things done, but now they’re working on a new pop-up player for your computer that will make productivity even harder. This player reportedly worked on Google Chrome on a Mac and allows a window to float on top of your other windows and activities to […]

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Lenovo’s brand new Moto Z4 won’t even get one year of updates

Since Google’s sale of Motorola to Lenovo in 2014, the Motorola brand has swiftly fallen from amongst the best Android updaters to perhaps the worst, a trend to officially worsen with their brand new Moto Z4. Lenovo‘s latest flagship from their Moto brand – which they acquired from Google in 2014 – released only days […]

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Here are more details about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 camera

The camera is becoming one of the most hyped up features of the Galaxy Note 10 for later this year, and some new details have surfaced about just what Samsung might be doing with their next flagship phone. This one comes from Ice Universe, who is usually pretty on point with his Samsung leaks. He […]

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Google getting out of the tablet game was inevitable (and smart)

Yesterday afternoon, Google's hardware division made an unusually forthcoming announcement: the company will no longer build its own tablets. Instead, it will focus all its efforts on laptops. Given that Google released the Pixel Slate (its first Chr…
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Drivers may overestimate Tesla Autopilot because of its name, study suggests

Tesla's Autopilot system might have a catchy name, but it may send the wrong message to drivers, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. A survey the non-profit organization conducted revealed that a lot of people don't fu…
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We’re finally seeing the first signs of dark mode coming to the Gmail app

Google has been building out dark mode updates to many of their major apps, but there are still a few that are missing the blacked out interface. Gmail is a big one, which is pretty strange considering just how popular Gmail is around the world and how important it is to Google’s business. It looks […]

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Google added a share button to search results

How many times have you been asked something so incredibly straightforward that the effort of asking the question likely far surpasses the effort involved in just Googling it in the first place? Probably at least once or twice, hence the existence of…
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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite begins its worldwide launch on Friday

Niantic has had a run of good luck with both Ingress and Pokemon Go, and that’s definitely why Warner Brothers tapped the developer to cook up an augmented reality game for Harry Potter. And after months of waiting and beta testing, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite should begin its worldwide rollout in just a couple of […]

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YouTube Music and Universal Music Group change the way you see music

Great music videos are works of art that continue to drive cultural influence across generations. And just like priceless paintings or sculptures in museums, from time to time they need some TLC.

Now, in a pioneering partnership, YouTube is working with Universal Music Group to remaster some of the most iconic music videos of all time, to ensure current and future generations will get to enjoy these timeless classics as they’ve never before been experienced.

Starting today, exclusively on YouTube, you’ll find more than 100 music videos in the highest available video and audio quality, including titles from Billy Idol, Beastie Boys, Boyz II Men, George Strait, Janet Jackson, Kiss, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Maroon 5, Meat Loaf, No Doubt/Gwen Stefani, Smokey Robinson, The Killers, Tom Petty and more!

And this is just the beginning. YouTube and Universal Music Group are committed to fully upgrading nearly 1,000 music videos, painstakingly remastering some of the most important works in the history of the format to the highest possible standards. Each week over the next year, we’ll add more titles, with all 1,000 titles expected to be available before the end of 2020.

“It’s really an honor to partner with Universal Music Group and change the way fans around the globe will experience viewing some of the most classic and iconic videos. The quality is truly stunning,” said Stephen Bryan, Global Head of Label Relations at YouTube. “It’s our goal to ensure that today’s music videos — true works of art — meet the high quality standards that artists’ works deserve and today’s music fans expect.”

For years, some of the greatest music videos in YouTube’s catalog have been available only in the outdated standards originally intended for tube televisions with mono speakers. With this new initiative, we’re upgrading videos, vastly improving the viewing experience, whether on mobile, desktop or living room screens. The new videos will seamlessly replace the original versions on both YouTube and within YouTube Music, while retaining the same url, view-counts and “likes.”

Michael Nash, Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy at UMG, said, “We’re excited to partner with YouTube to present these iconic music videos in the highest audio and video quality possible. Our recording artists and video directors imbued these videos with so much creativity; it’s great to enable the full experience of their vision and music. These videos not only look amazing on any screen now, they will be enjoyed by music fans for decades to come.”

Celebrate the anniversary of some of the most iconic music videos of all time by seeing the remastered versions for the first time ever on YouTube, including:

YouTube Music will continue to roll out remastered music videos from your favorite UMG artists, so be on the lookout for “Remastered” in the description of videos as they transform from SD to HD, exclusively on YouTube!

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Google’s Chromebook App Hub for students and teachers is live

We can argue about the merits and flaws of Chromebooks all day long, but one thing is clear: They've found a strong foothold in the education market. Indeed, today Google is announcing that more than 30 million Chromebooks are in use by students arou…
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Huawei launching great new midrange 7nm Kirin 810 chip in the Nova 5

Huawei is gearing up to launch their new budget Nova 5 to show off their far more interesting new Kirin 810 which looks to be an excellent new mid-range chipset. Huawei has been producing and exclusively using their own in-house HiSilicon Kirin mobile chips for a good while at this point, and while the flagship […]

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[TA Deals] Take over 50% these PaMu Scroll true wireless earbuds

Looking for a set of totally wireless earbuds that will make you stand out? PaMu’s Scroll earbuds might just fit the bill, with an incredibly unique charging case and classy design. These earbuds are still completely wireless, so like other headphones in this category you’ll get two separate buds that get recharged in a carrying […]

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Vizio 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos soundbar review: high-end cinema sound, streamlined

  High-powered soundbars loaded with features are getting more common, especially now that we can build great sounding equipment into thin and compact devices. But it’s not all about boutique speaker companies and names like Sonos; in fact, Vizio makes a huge array of soundbars to match perfectly with their television sets, some of which […]

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Honor 20 Pro could go on sale soon after finally getting Google certification

Huawei’s ongoing troubles with the US government’s decision to place it on the ‘entity’ list came just before the launch of the Honor 20 Pro on May 21st. The impact of the blacklisting meant that although the regular Honor 20 achieved Google certification before the cutoff date of May 16th, the Pro version was left […]

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Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro could sport a 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display and revamped rear camera layout

When Huawei launched the Mate 20 Pro in 2018, we were mightily impressed by its trio of rear cameras, gorgeous finish, and superb battery life. But how could the Chinese handset maker improve upon its flagship handset? According to a bunch of leaked renders, the Mate 30 Pro could sport a display with an improved […]

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[TA Deals] Grab the Rveal Digital Indoor Antenna and start cutting the cord (31% off)

One useful gadget that just about every cord-cutter should have is a digital antenna. There are still a ton of channels broadcast OTA all over the US, and with a simple antenna plugged into your TV you can access all of them, completely free. Right now that’s easier than ever with the discounted Rveal indoor […]

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Netflix puts a ‘Patriot Act’ episode about bad internet access on DVD

The latest episode of Netflix variety talk show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj focuses on the digital divide. In it, Minhaj breaks down some of the many reasons why internet access is so terrible across much of the US, including the roles of carriers…
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Instagram tests easier ways to recover hacked accounts

Instagram might offer a little more reassurance if your account is ever hijacked. The social network is testing a new in-app account recovery process that should make it easier to recover an account — and make it harder for thieves to get away with…
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Florida allows self-driving car tests without backup drivers

Companies that want to test their self-driving cars will have an easier time of it in the Sunshine State. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill allowing companies to test autonomous vehicles without backup drivers. It also lets occupan…
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YouTube coming to Tesla screens

At the 2019 E3 video game convention in Los Angeles this week, Tesla revealed that they are planning to make YouTube available via the main infotainment screens in their vehicles. Support for YouTube should drop when Tesla pushes out version 10 of the software stack that Tesla makes available in their vehicles. The journey to […]

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OnePlus leaked user emails through ‘Shot On OnePlus’ photo sharing app

The Oppo spinoff’s latest in a long line of blunders involves the leaking of hundreds of user emails through the insecure servers of their photo sharing app. OnePlus has a long history of being caught up in lies, deceits, and other needless controversies; from confusingly pointless and offensive schemes such as ‘Ladies First’ awarding the […]

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Recommended Reading: Fighting deepfakes

Top AI researchers race to detect 'deepfake' videos: 'We are outgunned' Drew Harwell, The Washington Post The 2016 US presidential election was plagued by fake news and election meddling across the internet. With the rise of so-called deepfake tec…
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Samsung finally delivers on bringing Night Mode to the Galaxy S9’s camera

Samsung launched their new Night Mode on the Galaxy S10, which is something many considered part of the One UI update. But it really wasn’t, since the enhanced low light photography modes never made their way back to the Galaxy S9, even though One UI came with Android Pie to older devices. And sure, the […]

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Ads galore: Google starts to push the “Photo book store” in Google Photos

Google is, at its heart, an advertising company. They have their hands in many, many different projects, products, and services, but fundamentally they’re all different ways to serve up ads to users. That’s not a bad or nefarious thing, either; it allows Google to craft up some remarkable products and let the whole world use […]

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[TA Deals] Pay what you want for this FastestVPN and Antivirus bundle

In search of a good VPN, but don’t know what you want? If you’re looking for a solid option that won’t break the bank, Talk Android Deals is running a promotion on a bundle that includes both a lifetime subscription to FastestVPN, plus a one-year subscription to Cylance Antivirus, and you can pick what you […]

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Spotify’s latest library refresh is all about putting podcasts in your face

Spotify’s recent hobby has been podcasts. They’ve invested pretty heavily in some podcast services, and they’re going to want a little return on investment. That’s why the latest refresh for the library section of your Spotify account isn’t really focused on music; it’s all about getting your attention with podcasts. Now at the bottom (at […]

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Square Enix is considering a subscription service for all its games

Square Enix knows you want access to all its games in digital form, especially older ones for early consoles it has yet to re-release. Well, you'll be happy to hear that the developer is doing something about it. Company President and CEO Yosuke Mats…
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LaLiga app creates shadow network to catch illegal soccer streams

Amidst all of the jokes about apps using smartphone microphones and cameras for illicit purposes comes a new twist from LaLiga, Spain’s soccer league. According to a complaint from Spain’s data protection agency, LaLiga used their app to turn users’ smartphones into spying devices to track down bars that were illegally streaming soccer games. The […]

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Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $15 on a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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ASUS ROG Phone 2 to get key screen tech upgrade

If ASUS stays on schedule, next month we should see the release of the ASUS ROG Phone 2. This will be the second phone in the company’s smartphone line that is built specifically for gamers. These types of phones are typically packed full of hardware to help keep games running fast and smooth, albeit for […]

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When the ‘smart home’ is actually a hospital room

You've surely gotten used to seeing Alexa in basically every piece of consumer technology out there — Amazon is even putting it in microwaves. But Philadelphia-based startup EIR Healthcare has a new integration that managed to catch my eye: the comp…
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Volkswagen ends deal with self-driving startup Aurora

Volkswagen is cutting ties with Silicon Valley self-driving startup Aurora after only a year, amidst talks of working with Ford's Argo AI instead. Financial Times reported the news of the split, adding that VW expects to reach a deal with Argo AI thi…
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Dynamic Email in Gmail set to roll out to everyone in early July

Google has been testing AMP-powered emails in Gmail for some time, and it looks like it’s about ready to roll out to everyone. By utilizing AMP for emails, Google wants to enable you to do more with emails, including things like RSVPing for events and managing your calendar, all without ever actually leaving your inbox. […]

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’12 Minutes’ is a murderous ‘Groundhog Day’

Everyone has regrets; words and actions that we wish we could take back or try again. But only a precious few are gifted the opportunity for mulligans of such magnitude. In Annapurna Interactive's latest psychological thriller, 12 Minutes, you're gra…
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New, powerful Samsung Galaxy Tab S5 shows up in Geekbench

Earlier this year Samsung launched their latest Android-powered tablet offering, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e. That device, while mid-range in terms of hardware, brought some innovation to the market as it was Samsung’s thinnest tablet ever produced and had a certain “sleekness” about it. Now it looks like Samsung is getting ready to hit the […]

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Samsung is hesitant to put 45w fast charging in the Note 10, opting instead for just 25w charging

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 line has had a bad time with batteries, and we probably don’t need to dig all of that up again. But Samsung hasn’t forgotten, and that might be why they’re hesitant to put super fast charging in the Note 10, which will probably be jam-packed with other bits of hardware and […]

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‘Gods & Monsters’ is the latest from the ‘AC: Odyssey’ team

Ubisoft's latest game goes back to classical mythology with 'Gods & Monsters,' which the publisher showcased with a cartoony first trailer at E3. According to Ubisoft, it's an "adventure about a forgotten hero on a quest to save the Greek gods."…
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‘Doom’ will be streaming on iOS later this year

Earlier today at E3, Bethesda announced its new game streaming technology, Orion. The company promises Orion will be able to work with any game and any platform, and later this year iOS users will be able to test that promise out with Doom. The 2016…
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‘Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition’ arrives this fall

Microsoft revealed at its E3 event that Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition will arrive this fall. As with the updated Age of Empires, this version of the classic RTS includes 4K support and remastered audio, as well as a brand-new campaign called T…
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If you bought a Nexus 6P, you might now be eligible for up to $400 back

The Nexus 6P was a bit of a mixed bag. Not only was it among the last Nexus phones before Google shifted over to the Pixel line, it was really hit or miss on whether it worked well for users. It was a great phone, honestly, but was plagued with a ton of boot looping […]

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Asus drops Zenfone branding in India following lawsuit

Following the Delhi court banning their ‘Zenfone’ brand two days ago, Asus has relaunched their newest value flagship in India without it, adding a ‘z’ for some reason. Only two days ago we reported on the Delhi High Court’s banning of the company’s ‘Zen’ and ‘Zenfone’ brands in India, but already Asus has managed to […]

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‘Apex Legends’ second season debuts July 2nd with an engineer character

There's finally some concrete details about the second season of Apex Legends, and it's heartening news if you're either a defensive player or particularly competitive. The next phase of the game will add Wattson, an engineer character who thrives o…
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Bandai-Namco E3 2019 leak reveals ‘Tales,’ George R.R. Martin games

E3 2019 is almost about to get rolling, but there's time for at least one more pre-show leak. Several games from publisher Bandai-Namco have apparently leaked out due to a flaw on the company's website. Those include a From Software (Dark Souls, Bloo…
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[TA Deals] Ditch your headphone wires and pick up a discounted pair of AirSounds 2 wireless earbuds (63% off)

If you’re looking for a new set of wireless earbuds to make your life a little less wired and tangles, the AirSounds 2 earbuds are a great option. These refreshed headphones deliver great sound, wireless charging, and touch controls for an extremely convenient accessory to your smartphone. The earbuds themselves last about 4 hours on […]

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