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How to add widgets to your Android home screen

Widgets are one of Android’s signature features that you really don’t get on iOS or other mobile operating systems. They allow you to quickly check information, like the time or weather, right from your home screen without opening an app. They can also simulate an app, too, like a music widget that will start your […]

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Chromebook sales explode following a 300% increase in Android app usage

Popularity of Chromebooks has dramatically increased in the last couple of years as Google has integrated the Play Store and its millions of Android apps into Chrome OS. In 2019, almost fifty new Chromebooks hit the market, compared to just over a hundred between 2011 and 2018. According to The NPD Group that tracks US […]

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LG announces Korean update schedule including imminent Android 10 for G8 and V50

LG is infamous for their slow Android updates even as the competition has improved, though their newly announced update plans include decent timeframes for their newest flagships in South Korea. LG is amongst the worst smartphone companies when it comes to supporting their devices’ software with Android security updates and OS upgrades, and they’re pretty-well […]

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Google’s Fitbit acquisition is official for $2.1 billion

Despite being one of the first in the wearable game and buying up Pebble, Fitbit is going to fold under Alphabet’s wing. Google’s parent company was reportedly trying to buy them earlier this week, and that deal has now closed. It’s worth $ 2.1 billion, too, so some serious money was spent. What’s Google going to […]

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TikTok’s parent company reportedly faces a national security review

Recently TikTok's popularity has exploded worldwide, and so has scrutiny over the app's parent company ByteDance and its relationship to the Chinese government. Now Reuters reports that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)…
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Scrolling lyrics for Spotify starts coming to Google Smart Displays

If you own a Google Smart Display and you’re still hanging on to Google Play Music, you might have seen lyrics scroll on your screen while listening to music. That’s been a pretty limited feature so far, but considering Google isn’t keeping Play Music around long-term, it’s time to bring other music services in to […]

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This Android malware is impossible to uninstall and somehow survives factory resets

It’s been a pretty bad month for security-minded people, and it’s not getting better. Apparently there’s some new Android malware floating around, and it goes beyond your average annoying app on the Play Store that just serves up a bunch of intrusive ads. This new malware, dubbed xHelper, is apparently exploiting some flaws in Android […]

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The Pixel 4’s face unlock feature is supported by these apps so far (Continuously updated)

One of the things you may have noticed with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL is that Google has courageously omitted the fingerprint sensor from the handsets and gone all-in on Touch ID face unlock. This means that instead of just being used to log in on your phones’ lock screen, you’ll be able to […]

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Incognito Mode for Google Maps has arrived on Android

Earlier this month Google announced that its new Incognito feature for Maps had started to roll out, and now it should be here on your Android devices. Android Police points out a post on the support page from yesterday indicating that the rollout ha…
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[Guide] How to secure your WhatsApp messages by enabling Fingerprint Lock

Keeping your WhatsApp messages safe from prying eyes has meant that you needed to lock down your whole phone with access provided via the lock screen’s security, but not anymore. WhatsApp has just announced that you can now keep your messages hidden away while keeping the rest of the phone easily accessible, thanks to the […]

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Uber and LinkedIn attackers plead guilty to hacking and extortion

The hackers who infiltrated Uber's and LinkedIn-owned Lynda.com's Amazon web servers have pleaded guilty in California federal court to charges of computer hacking and extortion conspiracy. Canadian national Vasile Mereacre and Florida resident Brand…
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[Deal] Corsair’s all-in-one media keyboard for the new NVIDIA Shield TV Pro is on sale right now

The Corsair K83 isn’t designed like a typical Corsair keyboard. It’s not meant to sit at a desk, or take up a ton of space for a huge workstation. Instead, it takes Corsair’s peripheral experience and puts it front-and-center of your living room. It’s a perfect companion to the newly released NVIDIA Shield TV Pro, […]

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Sonos offers its early adopters a 30 percent discount on new speakers

If you've been hanging onto an old Sonos speaker for forever but have been interested in switching to a recent model such as Move, One or Port, the company might tempt you further with its Trade Up program. If you have an eligible speaker, you can cl…
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‘Apex’ crosses 70 million players as EA focuses on ‘live services’

Other than the news that NBA Live will take the 19/20 season off, EA's quarterly earnings call reported revenue is up from last year, thanks largely to the games it's published as "live services." Those are the ones where it's continually rolling out…
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EA’s ‘NBA Live’ franchise is out for the season, again

One again, EA's NBA franchise is skipping a season, as the company announced during today's earnings call that NBA Live 20 has been cancelled. Three months ago the project was simply delayed with plans for a "different approach," but that won't be en…
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Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3300 leaks again, giving hope for better Wear OS watches

Qualcomm’s current flagship smartwatch processor, the Snapdragon 3100, really isn’t that great. It gets the job done, sure, but it can’t quite match custom SoCs from companies like Samsung and Huawei. And Wear OS watches clearly haven’t taken off, so some ingredient in the recipe is off. We’re hoping that changes with a next-generation wearable […]

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Samsung’s “SpaceSelfie” marketing campaign abruptly ends with a crashed satellite

Samsung’s European division recently partnered with actress and model Cara Delevingne to launch her selfie into space on a Galaxy S10 5G, hoping it would inspire others to join in and create a mass space selfie extravaganza. Her picture took to the skies last week via a high altitude balloon attached to a small satellite […]

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One UI Beta 2.0 hits the Galaxy Note 10, joining the Galaxy​ S10 line

Samsung recently announced the One UI 2.0 beta for several of its phones, including the Galaxy S10 family. The Galaxy Note 10 was missing, however, which was a pretty interesting exclusion considering how close those devices are. Looks like that delay was only temporary, though. The beta has officially been released for the Galaxy Note […]

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Alphabet is trying to buy Fitbit; it’s probably a bad idea

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is reportedly pretty interesting in buying Fitbit. It’s a pretty strange move, considering Google doesn’t actually have any stake in the wearable hardware game; that rumored Pixel Watch has been nothing but vaporware for years. However, it seems like Alphabet is taking this more seriously than we are. They’ve already made […]

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Add some durability to your Samsung Galaxy Watch with these rugged straps from UAG

Under Armor Gear or UAG as it is more commonly known by, makes a host of products designed to protect devices from the rigors of daily life. Now the company has announced three new straps called Active, Leather, and Nato for Samsung’s Galaxy Watch that add durability and utility to the smartwatch in urban and […]

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DJI’s Mavic Mini is so small it doesn’t require FAA registration

DJI's new drone, the Mavic Mini, is a palm-sized device that's so light it doesn't require FAA registration. DJI hasn't officially announced Mavic Mini, but it hasn't done a great job of keeping it a secret, either. Today, a listing on the online ret…
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Spotify’s podcast strategy is starting to pay off

Spotify's strategy of owning a chunk of the podcast game appears to be paying off, at least according to its latest financial report. In the third quarter of 2019, Spotify says it saw "exponential growth" in podcasts, with a 39 percent increase in li…
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[Deal] Project your power with these discounted Anker charging accessories

Anker reduced prices on a range of chargers for the home and car and now it’s offering big savings on a bunch of power cables, portable projectors and a data hub to complement your stable of accessories. We’ve got the low-down on the deals after the break. As always, the deals are available via Amazon […]

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Samsung has combined RAM and ROM into one package for even smaller, more efficient devices

Samsung has made a big move towards even smaller, more efficient mobile devices. They currently offer LPDDR4X RAM in up to 12GB packages for tons of memory in mobile phones, and they make high-speed, eUFS storage to hold everything a device could need, but now they’re combining the two for even bigger space savings. Innovation […]

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Oxygen OS Open Beta 4 for the OnePlus 7/Pro fixes critical bugs and adds features

Oxygen OS Open Beta 4 has been released for the OnePlus 7 Pro and will hit the OnePlus 7 next week. There have been many system-level issues with both phones that are being addressed, such as screen flashing, mobile data disruptions after an upgrade and more. New features are also being added, such as raise […]

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Verizon is selling the original LG G Watch, but you can’t buy it

Here’s an interesting one. Verizon Wireless has suddenly listed a ghost from the past among its fleet of modern smartwatches, including the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. The original Android Wear smartwatch (along with Samsung’s Gear Live) debuted way back in 2014, but for just $ 49.99, you can now snag that pioneering […]

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Recommended Reading: How memes became political weapons

How memes got weaponized: A short history Joan Donovan, MIT Technology Review Memes are entertaining, but they've also become key weapons in politics and the spread of misinformation. This piece starts with just one of many insane stories: "In Oct…
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The RED Hydrogen Two is canceled as Jim Jannard kills the Hydrogen project

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Following the woes of the Essential Phone and Nextbit Robin (and Razer Phones), the ambitious yet flawed Hydrogen One experiment has come to an end. Despite the power and experience behind the aforementioned phones, with names like Android co-founder Andy Rubin and gaming computer manufacturer Razer (who […]

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Oops: You can buy the unannounced NVIDIA Shield TV Pro at Best Buy already

NVIDIA hasn’t announced their new Shield TV Pro yet, but from some pretty substantial leaks we already know quite a bit about it. It’s got a slightly upgraded CPU and supports Dolby Vision, for example. But if you don’t want to wait for NVIDIA to actually announce it to try it out yourself, you don’t […]

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Realme might be dropping their Android skin and taking a more stock approach

Realme is one of Oppo’s sub-brands, and it’s generally a pretty well-received manufacturer for its excellent hardware relative to the price. But like many of those high-value competitors, the software tends to irritate more users than it entices. It looks like Realme is finally coming to grips with that, and they’re planning to ditch their […]

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[Deal] Amazon’s Fire 7 tablets are on sale for just $40 today

Whether you’re looking to pick up a new tablet for yourself or just to get started on Christmas shopping early, Amazon’s got a pretty slick deal on their Fire 7 tablets right now. The newly refreshed version with 16GB of RAM is 20% off today, making it one of the cheapest Android tablets around that […]

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Google opening Stadia game development studio in Montreal, and they’re hiring

Google’s game-streaming service Stadia hasn’t launched or proven at all successful yet, but the company taking a leap of faith to prove their commitment by opening their own exclusive studio in Montreal – and yes, they’re hiring! The gaming sphere took notice when Google announced what could be the world’s first truly feasible game-streaming service […]

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Google Pixelbook Go review: Function over form

Google has been building its own Chromebooks for a while now — first, there were two iterations of the Chromebook Pixel, and then there was 2017's Pixelbook. All three were great laptops with one glaring flaw: They cost way too much money. We're…
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AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon team up to push next-gen RCS texting

For years we've been hearing about the potential of RCS, a protocol replacement for SMS that would bring iMessage and Whatsapp-like features to texting. Unfortunately there's been very little to show for it, with spotty support among carriers, and on…
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Apple TV app is now available on the Fire TV Stick

Apple wants to make Apple TV+ available in as many places as possible. Yes, you have heard us say that before. Just last week, the Apple TV app arrived on Roku, and today, Amazon announced that the Apple TV app is available on the Fire TV Stick (2nd…
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16-bit ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Lion King’ cartridges are returning in 2020

Are the modern ports of Aladdin and The Lion King not sufficiently nostalgic for you? You're about to get your retro fix, and then some. Nighthawk Interactive and iam8bit are planning physical releases of the classic Disney games, including limited…
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Four new ‘Adventure Time’ specials are heading to HBO Max

Just one week after it secured the rights to Studio Ghibli's back catalog, WarnerMedia's HBO Max has landed another much-loved animated franchise. Starting next year, the streaming service will be the exclusive home of four new Adventure Time special…
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Sony officially kicks off their new 360 Reality Audio format on the Xperia 1

Sony is no stranger to proprietary formats for audio and video. Sometimes that pays off, like with Blu-ray, but sometimes it’s just a massive headache for everyone before eventually dying off and leaving some devices useless, like Sony memory sticks for cameras and the PlayStation Vita. Is that going to stop Sony from trying the […]

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Qualcomm’s midrange Snapdragon 735 chip leaked as a refreshed 730

Qualcomm’s upper-midrange chips have offered excellent near-flagship performance for the last few years, now the upcoming Snapdragon 735 has leaked as essentially a more efficient 730. Qualcomm first diversified their mid-range chipset portfolio with the advent of the Snapdragon 710 in early 2018, offering performance on par with the prior year’s flagship Snapdragon 835 while […]

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Lights out dark mode comes to Twitter on Android

Twitter rolled out dark mode on their app a while back, but they also had an iOS exclusive “lights out” mode that turned the grays into real blacks. You would think that would’ve come to Android first since iPhones have only recently started even using OLED displays, but here we are. Anyway, that discrepancy is […]

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OPPO’s new Reno 2 and Reno 2Z offer a whole lotta bang for your buck

We recently reviewed OPPO’s Reno 10x Zoom Edition and came away with a good impression of the company’s first foray into Europe’s premium smartphone segment. As Huawei’s troubles with the US government continues to affect its access to Google apps and services, the second wave of OPPO phones has reached Europe in the form of […]

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Microsoft’s latest VR experiment is a literal walk in the park

While manufacturers are giving up on phone-based VR and Facebook is focusing on VR's social aspects, Microsoft is taking a different approach to virtual reality. The company revealed its latest VR developments in a blog post, showing off three new te…
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Google’s new emulator makes Android Automotive development easier

With both the Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 set to launch sometime in 2020, there's still sometime before the first slate of Android Automotive cars make their way to consumers. Thankfully, Google is making it easier for developers to create apps for the…
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Sunday Riley settles with FTC over fraudulent skincare reviews

The FTC's fight against fake product reviews has extended to the world of hype-driven cosmetics. Skincare maker Sunday Riley has settled with the FTC over reports that it ordered employees to post fake reviews on Sephora's website in a bid to boost…
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Google defends their decision to not allow 4K60fps on the Pixel 4

Google announced the Pixel 4 with some serious camera capabilities, but it lacked one video feature that many users want. The Pixel 4 can shoot 4K video, but it’s not able to do so in 60fps. It’s not because phones can’t do that, either; Samsung, Huawei, Apple, and others are all able to cram 4K60 […]

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HTC is launching a phone with Android Oreo… in 2019

HTC honestly just had a run of bad luck that knocked them off the Android mountain, but some of their recent decisions make it hard to feel bad for them. Case in point, the brand new Exodus 1s that’s running Android 8.1 Oreo in 2019. What? Not only is this brand new phone running an […]

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Qantas completes record 19-hour flight to test limits of air travel

Qantas just broke a record for air travel, and it may have helped science in the process. The Australian airline has completed the first non-stop commercial flight from New York City to Sydney as part of a project researching the effects of very lon…
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NASA’s InSight lander can finally dig a hole for its Mars heat probe

NASA's InSight lander was supposed be digging a hole so a probe (above) could measure the heat escaping from Mars' interior, but it hasn't made much progress since work got started in February — it hadn't even finished burying itself. At last, it's…
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Samsung explains the massive fingerprint security flaw in the Galaxy S10/Note 10

Samsung has been in hot water lately over some pretty shoddy fingerprint scanning on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10. Apparently there’s a pretty easy way to get into someone’s secured phone, regardless of whose fingerprint you use. That’s, uh, pretty bad, no matter how you look at it. The good news is that […]

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Adidas readies an entire collection of Star Wars basketball shoes

If you're both a Star Wars fan and a hypebeast, the next month might a dream come true. Adidas is releasing an entire Star Wars x Adidas collection of basketball shoes starting on November 1st, catering to both your particular fandom and your footwea…
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