WSJ: Justice Department ‘preparing’ Google antitrust investigation

Late Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported, based on it anonymous sources, that the Department of Justice is preparing an antitrust probe of Google. The company has faced several similar investigations from EU officials, as well as investigations…
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[Rumor] Samsung could ditch the headphone jack and physical buttons on Galaxy Note 10

In a world where smartphone brands have ditched the headphone jack one by one, the audio port has been an ever-present feature on Samsung’s range of handsets. It looks like the 3.5mm audio jack and physical buttons could be kicked to the curb by the Korean company when it launches the Galaxy Note 10 around […]

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Canadian province will prohibit sale of gas-powered cars by 2040

British Columbia has just passed the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act (ZEVA) into law, and it could transform the Canadian province's roads in the coming years. Under the new rules, 10 percent of all light-duty cars and trucks sold in BC by 2025 must be em…
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The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is the first handset to launch on EE’s brand new 5G network in the UK

In case you weren’t already aware, 5G is a pretty big thing for consumers, smartphone brands as well as network providers. The UK saw its first commercially available 5G network switched on by the BT-owned network operator EE during an event in London. The first 5G smartphone available in the UK is the OnePlus 7 […]

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MIT’s sensor-packed glove helps AI identify objects by touch

Researchers have spent years trying to teach robots how to grip different objects without crushing or dropping them. They could be one step closer, thanks to this low-cost, sensor-packed glove. In a paper published in Nature, a team of MIT scientists…
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[TA Deals] Pick your price for the CompTIA CSIS Prep Bundle

Mastering some CompTIA courses can be a big help to anyone that’s looking to dive into cyber security and software engineering, and Talk Android Deals is running a promo that will get you a ton of prep courses for one low price. You can even pick what you’re willing to pay for it, too. This […]

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Amazon’s Textract AI can read millions of pages in a few hours

Amazon has launched a new offering called Textract for its Web Services customers, and it's like optical character recognition on steroids. It more than just extracts text from documents like its name implies — Amazon says it can actually identify d…
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Amazon adds on to the smart home with the confusingly named Echo Show 5

Amazon is taking Microsoft’s naming approach to hardware devices, as they’ve just introduced the somewhat more privacy focused Echo Show 5. The naming comes from the device’s 5.5-inch screen, which is quite a bit smaller than the 10.1-inch display on the larger Echo Show. This nestles the Echo Show 5 right in between the Echo […]

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OnePlus 6/6T get Zen Mode and Screen Recorder from the OnePlus 7 Pro in Open Beta 19/11

The OnePlus 7 Pro launched a couple of weeks ago sporting a bunch of nifty new features; some of which the phone maker has committed to bringing to older models such as the OnePlus 5/5T and OnePlus 6/6T. Zen Mode and Screen Recorder are the first such features to come to the OnePlus 6 and […]

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The rear camera layout might be one of the biggest changes on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10, according to these leaks

We’ve seen plenty of info about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10, but up to this point it’s been mostly focused on the hardware. There have been leaks about processors and camera capabilities and everything else, but we’ve seen very little about any design changes that Samsung might be making. Well, now that’s changed with a high-quality […]

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Android Q will heavily limit apps’ ability to scan for WiFi networks

With Android Pie, Google instituted a more heavy-handed approach to how apps can scan for WiFi networks. That irked some developers in some very legitimate use cases, since the limit effectively broke how some apps worked if they relied on multiple WiFi scans. Google isn’t backing down from that, either. Those WiFi scanning limits are […]

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[TA Deals] Save over 70% on multi-year subscriptions to Private Internet Access VPN!

It’s 2019, and if you don’t already have a reliable VPN, you’re doing something wrong. If you’ve put that off until now, we’ve got a deal to help you kick off the new year with a much more secure outlook on the internet and your digital security. Talk Android Deals is offering discounted subscriptions to […]

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Google Lens dining and translation filters roll out this week

Google is acting quickly on its plans to bring clever new filters to Lens. The search firm is starting to roll out its promised Dining and Translate filters to Lens on Android and iOS, giving you some potential time savers. Translate is likely to b…
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Sony built an IoT chip with a 60 mile range

Sony is quietly launching a chip that could change how e-bikes, cars, street lamps and all kinds of other connected devices can relay information. The module, when installed on any IoT object, will allow it send data to Sony's proprietary low-power w…
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Auction for a laptop full of malware closes at $1.2 million

Today, bidding on a laptop packed with some of the world's most dangerous malware closed at $ 1.2 million. Dubbed "The Persistence of Chaos," the Samsung NC10 contains six viruses that have caused an estimated $ 95 billion in damages. Despite what you…
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Tools to help quantify your baby’s progress

The most straightforward way to keep track of your baby's data is the trusty spreadsheet. We recommend Google Sheets, since you can easily share it with your partner, and it has most of the features you'd want from a proper spreadsheet application. W…
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The Morning After: AMD, NVIDIA and Intel do battle at Computex

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. While those in the US mark Memorial Day, Computex 2019 is in full swing with hardware from Intel, AMD, ARM and NVIDIA setting new performance and efficiency benchmarks for laptops and phones headed our way later…
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ARM’s latest chip designs promise 60 percent faster AI on phones

ARM isn't boasting about PC-crushing performance like it did in 2018, but it still has plenty of swagger going into Computex 2019. The designer has unveiled two new chip architectures that promise giant strides in performance, especially for AI. Th…
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Microsoft, Alphabet team up to teach quantum computer programming

The very concept of a quantum computer can be daunting, let alone programming it, but Microsoft thinks it can offer a helping hand. It's partnering with Alphabet's X and Brilliant on an online curriculum for quantum computing. The course starts wit…
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T-Mobile rebrands their unlimited plans to Magenta, but bring some Netflix price hikes

T-Mobile has announced that they’re changing up their unlimited plans a little bit, with the most noticeable change being a shift away from the T-Mobile One branding. The new plans, while similar, will be called Magenta and Magenta Plus. There’s good news with the Magenta plans, too. They cost the same as T-Mobile’s old plans, […]

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Mac security hole reportedly lets attackers bypass app safeguards

Apple may have another Gatekeeper security flaw on its hands. Researcher Filippo Cavallarin has detailed a macOS vulnerability that he said would let attackers install malware without the usual permission request. As Gatekeeper considers network sh…
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Fiat Chrysler may strike Renault deal to survive changing car industry

Fiat Chrysler hasn't been on the cutting edge of automotive change as of late. Unless you count concepts like the Centoventi, the company hasn't done much with EVs — and its support for autonomy mostly involves supplying minivans to Waymo. The aut…
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Ransomware attacks in US cities are using a stolen NSA tool

The ransomware attacks in Baltimore and other US cities appear to have a common thread: they're using NSA tools on the agency's home soil. In-the-know security experts talking to the New York Times said the malware in the cyberattacks is using the NS…
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First American security flaw leaked 885 million real estate documents

First American Financial Corporation left as many as 885 million real estate documents dating as far back as 2003 exposed, according to Krebs on Security. The company, one of the largest real estate title insurance firms in the US, has already fixed…
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Best Buy has canceled your Galaxy Fold preorder, and we still don’t know when it’ll be back up

Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold to a ton of fanfare and media hype, but not long afterwards the hype train came to a screeching halt. Broken and malfunctioning displays, indefinite delays, and unanswered questions all made it hard to really count on when you could buy a real Galaxy Fold. Things still aren’t really any […]

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Huawei’s new mobile OS is only half-baked, putting Huawei in another bad position

Huawei has reportedly been working on an internal mobile operating system for a few years now, which is apparently called Project Z. It’s designed to help give Huawei a way out of using Google’s Android without giving up the massive library of Google apps. Despite earlier rumors suggesting that this new OS would be ready […]

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Senators propose legislation to protect your phone at the border

For years, US border agents have been demanding access to digital devices as people pass into and out of the country. The practice has raised red flags and lawsuits, and the number of searches has spiked under the Trump Administration. Last month, th…
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Firefox for Android hits version 67, adds a new search widget but removes guest mode

Say hello to Firefox for Android version 67. Ever since Mozilla changed their version numbers to this new scheme a few years ago we’ve seen that number grow almost faster than the feature list, but the updates still bring some useful new features and fixes from time to time. This version of Firefox, which is […]

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[TA Deals] Grab the sporty and wireless TREBLAB XR500 earbuds for 79% off

Need a new pair of wireless earbuds? Talk Android Deals is running a massive discount on the TREBLAB XR500 wireless sport earbuds, and they just might do the trick. These earbuds are designed to sound good and feel comfortable while you work out, and they include adjustable eartips, a loop to keep them secure on […]

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The best lenses for Canon RF mount

Many photographers keep a cheap compact 50mm lens in their bags, but that is not what Canon has made here. The Canon RF 50mm F/1.2 is over 2 pounds and costs more than $ 2,000, but what you're getting for that is an incredible sharp lens with an ultra…
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Will the Galaxy Note 10 be Samsung’s first phone with a 5x optical zoom camera?

Samsung upped their camera game with the Galaxy S10 lineup this year, delivering a vast array of different lenses and sensors that can do a lot of different things. But despite offering telephoto lenses for a few years, we haven’t seen any other drastic improvements in optical zoom on Samsung’s phones recently. That might change […]

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[TA Deals] Pick your price for the Legendary Learn to Code bundle

Ready to learn how to start coding? Talk Android Deals is running a promotion where you can pick up a ton of different courses and materials, and you can pick how much you want to pay for it. Read on and we’ll tell you what’s in it. The Legendary Learn to Code bundle includes 13 […]

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Xiaomi wins big on first quarter expectations, jumping 27%

Xiaomi has long been one of the most promising Android manufacturers, despite having a very limited reach for the first part of smartphones’ existence. But now that the company has started to expand outside of their home country of China things are looking better than ever, and that trend could continue if their largest competitor […]

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Watch trailers for each ‘Black Mirror’ episode in season five

With season five of Black Mirror set to debut on June 5th, Netflix released trailers for each of the season's three episodes. They star Anthony Mackie and Miley Cyrus — along with Topher Grace, Andrew Scott and Pom Klementieff. The show sticks to it…
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The Morning After: Huawei’s bad news and ‘Game of Thrones’

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. More bad news for Huawei, but the company seems prepared to face the repercussions of stalled US-China trade discussions. Elsewhere, Sony improved its great noise-cancelling cans in the best way possible: announ…
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Samsung’s older watches get One UI update, including Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Gear Sport

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch Active this year, it came with their “mobile” version of One UI, the newer, sleeker software that was found on Samsung handsets running Android 9.0 Pie. It includes a few new features and an easier to navigate interface, but we were all really hoping to see it back ported […]

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GM will deliver over-the-air updates to ‘most’ vehicles by 2023

Today, General Motors unveiled its new electronics system. The platform will make "smartphone-like" over-the-air software updates possible, and it should be rolled out in most GM vehicles by 2023, the company says. We'll see it first in the 2020 Cadi…
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HBO teases 2020 return for ‘Westworld’ with a new trailer

While everyone figures out what they think of the Game of Thrones finale, HBO has pitched a reason to stick around with its first trailer for the third season of Westworld. This one doesn't take us back to the Old West, India or an age of Shoguns and…
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NASA’s Astrobee cube robot completes first hardware tests in space

NASA just inched closer to having robots take care of spacecraft. The agency recently completed its first hardware checkouts for Bumble (above), one of three Astrobee robots that will research automated caretaking aboard the International Space Stat…
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Google stats show how much a recovery number prevents phishing

In case you haven't already set up a recovery phone number for your Google account, and enabled extra security features like multifactor authentication, the search giant is using hard data to explain why you should. Interestingly, studies (1)(2) rese…
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This week in tech history: Google Assistant is born

At Engadget, we spend every day looking at how technology will shape the future. But it's also important to look back at how far we've come. That's what This Week in Tech History does. Join us every weekend for a recap of historical tech news, annive…
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Amazon’s new Fire 7 tablets keep their cheap price but deliver some key upgrades

Amazon has announced a refresh of their Fire 7 tablets, which will be officially available in a couple of weeks on June 6th. These new tablets stick to the same tried-and-true design that Amazon loves, and they’re still only going to be $ 49. But they do offer some key upgrades over the older tablets that […]

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Gmail’s log of all of your purchases pops up in the privacy debate

As we become ever more aware about the data companies are tracking about us, we're even more concerned about how they're using it. During I/O 2019, Google highlighted efforts to streamline the way people can view and manage the data it stores about t…
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The Asus Zenfone 6 is a better OnePlus 7 for the US

Asus’ newest flagship offers excellent hardware with a few quirks at a great price, and takes the American value-flagship crown in the US since the OnePlus 7 won’t be. Asus bore a disappointing history of half-baked and overpriced phones until they launched the underappreciated Zenfone 5 and 5Z last year at excellent prices, however the […]

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Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 driver assist allows hands-off highway driving

Nissan's ProPilot driver assist could comfortably control the car with little to no input already, as Autoblog experienced on a road trip last year, but it still required a driver's hand on the wheel. Now the company has announced ProPilot 2.0 will l…
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Android’s Live Transcribe gets sound alerts and transcript saving

Google is making Live Transcribe, its Android app for easy voice transcription, a lot more useful. Now, in addition to jotting down spoken words, it'll also make you aware of things like a dog barking or audience clapping. It'll give deaf and hard of…
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Powerbeats Pro review: The best-sounding Beats headphones yet

Despite being a hugely popular headphone brand, Beats has had one glaring hole in its wireless headphone lineup: true wireless earbuds. Thanks to a hint in iOS code, the Powerbeats Pro weren't exactly a well-kept secret, and as expected, they carry t…
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Oculus Quest will have Bigscreen’s VR theater on launch

You can use the Oculus Quest standalone and the Rift S tethered headsets to watch movies and play games on a massive virtual screen as soon as they become available. Bigscreen, the popular VR movie theater, has confirmed that it's one of the the devi…
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China is blocking Wikipedia in every language

China has blocked Wikipedia to varying degrees over the years, but now that censorship appears to be farther-reaching. A recent Open Observatory of Network Interference report has shown that China started blocking Wikipedia in all languages sometime…
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