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Phones don’t cause brain tumors, experts say

A growing body of evidence shows that mobile phones don’t cause brain cancer. The use of mobile phones does not increase brain tumor incidence, according to a new study. The research bolsters previous findings that show mobiles aren’t linked to brain cancer. “This study was so important because we saw a spike in cancer cases […]
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The Morning After: Google and iFixit collaborate on parts to help you repair Pixel phones

Google is the latest phone maker to join Apple and Samsung in giving you resources to fix phones yourself. It’s partnering with the tinkerer of all tinkerers, iFixit, to provide official parts for Pixel phones later this year. Notably, the initiative will cover models ranging from the Pixel 2 (from 2017) through to the Pixel 6 Pro and beyond. According to the announcement, you’ll get access to a "full range" of components, like batteries, cameras and displays, whether you buy them individually or with iFixit’s own Fix Kit tools.

It’s shaping up to be an interesting year for people willing to repair their own phones. We still haven’t had a chance to see how Apple’s iPhone repair proposal will fare in real life — how hard is it going to be? — but Google is being smart by pairing with, arguably, the go-to people for those willing to take their phone’s life into their own hands.

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Hummer EV first drive

An enormous electric super truck

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The Hummer has always been ostentatious. So it’s no surprise the Hummer EV is not only large but also heavy, and really not all that efficient as an EV. But what it lacks in miles per kilowatt, it makes up for in over-the-top fun.

Roberto Baldwin got to drive the larger-than-life SUV, and it proved to be a capable off-roader that showcases GM’s Ultium platform. It is still, at its core, a Hummer.

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iOS 16 could include upgraded health tracking features

But don't expect an UI redesign.

The next major update of iOS could include “significant enhancements,” according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. In his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman anticipates iOS 16 will include an update to notifications and an assortment of new health-tracking features.

Gurman added that the Apple Watch’s watchOS 9 may include upgrades to its activity and health-tracking features, but stopped short of sharing specifics. Boo.

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‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ has the best opening weekend for a video game movie

Breaking the record set by… the first Sonic movie.

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With a $ 71 million debut at the domestic box office, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 has set a new record for the US film debut of a video game adaptation, beating the previous high watermark set by its predecessor in 2020. The sequel made $ 57 million during its opening weekend, and Paramount now plans to expand this success into a cinematic universe. What have you done?

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Police got confused trying to pull over an autonomous Cruise vehicle

‘Step outside the vehicle, please.’

Since February, GM’s Cruise self-driving unit has offered public taxi rides across San Francisco. And so far, the service hasn’t had many issues. A video from April 2nd showed San Francisco police attempting to pull over a driverless Cruise vehicle in the city’s Richmond District, only for the car to temporarily take off.

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Watch the first trailer for ‘Kingdom Hearts IV’

Disney, Final Fantasy and a kinda-Tokyo.

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During an event celebrating the franchise’s 20th anniversary, we got our first proper glimpse at the next Kingdom Hearts game. Kingdom Hearts IV marks the return of Sora after 2019’s Kingdom Hearts III seemingly concluded the story arc that began with the original game in 2002. The trailer showed Sora waking up in a city called Quadratum, a Tokyo-inspired city rendered in a semi-realistic way, marking a major artistic shift for the series. The city is soon attacked by a towering monster and the story-centric opening scenes seamlessly transition to gameplay… and fighting.

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The best web browsers for Android phones [2022]

Modern smartphones have taken a lot of the pressure off of web browsers, especially with the incredible variety of apps we have that will let services run natively. But that doesn’t mean the web browser is useless. In fact, it’s still probably the most important and most used app on your phone, even if you’re […]

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Phones could one day identify you by your grip

Researchers at Louisiana State University have found a way to use A.I. to help phones analyze how users are holding them.
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Leaked roadmap suggests Motorola has 19 more phones in the pipeline for 2022

Having managed to snag 3rd place in the US smartphone market, Motorola would appear to be pulling out all the stops during 2022 with up to 19 new handsets scheduled for release this year. With up to 4 more models in the Motorola Edge series, plus another 15 handsets in the pipeline according to a […]

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Redmi launches trio of new 5G-capable phones

Redmi has introduced three new phones globally, all of which are 5G capable.
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Google is rolling out a rapid Air Raid Alerts System for all Android phones in Ukraine

By now you are probably aware of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which is resulting in a huge humanitarian crisis in the country and widespread devastation caused by Russia’s indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas. It’s shocking, shameful, and has resulted in millions of Ukrainians trying to cross the border into friendly nations such as Poland and […]

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The best camera phones for 2022

In this photography showdown, we take a look at the best camera phones currently available and recommend our top picks across a number of different categories.
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The best Samsung phones for 2022

Need some help choosing the right Samsung smartphone? Our list has something to suit everyone, from the latest flagship Samsung Galaxy to midrange handsets.
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Google sold a boatload of Pixel phones in Q4 2021

The Pixel 6 series may have its share of software issues but there’s no denying that it’s captured the interest of smartphone buyers with its new modern hardware and intriguing design. We know that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have sold well since going on general sale, but it turns out that they’ve actually […]

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Here are all the confirmed Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones, but where’s Samsung?

Phone makers are rushing to announce plans to use Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 platform in future devices, and we’ve got all the details right here.
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The 5 best phones announced during CES 2022

CES 2022 was not a festival of pricey flagship debuts. But surprisingly, it was the value-centric phones appearing at the show that really made a mark.
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Why the Oppo Find N is one of the most important phones of 2021

The Find N is Oppo’s first folding smartphone and it’s a really big deal, finally showing Samsung it’s not the only game in town.
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The best 5G phones to buy in 2021

5G coverage is constantly growing. If you’re near a major city, maybe it’s time to start shopping for a new 5G phone. Here are the top phones that support 5G.
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The best Android phones for 2021

If you’re an Android fan in search of a new smartphone, then allow us to find you the perfect partner. Here are the best Android phones at different prices.
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How bikes and vacuums inspired the tech that makes Samsung’s folding phones tough

Three key members of the team at Samsung that’s responsible for the increased durability of its latest Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 smartphones talk about the project.
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Motorola confirms phones getting upgraded to Android 11 – kicks 2018 handsets to the curb

We’ve seen Samsung promise up to three years of OS upgrades to phones ranging as far back as the Galaxy S10, which is a huge improvement over its previous reputation as a brand that didn’t seem to care much about its customer’s needs. Seemingly ready to take up that particular mantle is Motorola whose list […]

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Future Snapdragon phones can get up to four years of security updates

Back in 2017, Google announced Project Treble, a modular redesign of Android’s low-level system architecture that was supposed to reduce the time it took for phone manufacturers to update their devices with the latest version of its mobile operating…
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Samsung’s newest phones are dropping support for their oldest smartwatches

This may come as a surprise to some people, but… you can’t use your original Samsung Galaxy Gear forever. I know, I know, it seems like just yesterday Samsung was releasing their goofy smartwatch-with-a-camera in 2013, but all good things must come to an end. According to the Samsung Members app, some of Samsung’s older […]

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Is Samsung teasing what its next folding phones will look like?

Samsung is no stranger to staying at the forefront of technology, and they’ve long been a leader in display manufacturing. That paid off with the recent launch of foldable phones, which has seen Samsung take the crown from, well, pretty much everyone. They’re really one of the only manufacturers consistently making good foldable phones early […]

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The Essential team is back (without Andy Rubin) to make your phones more secure as OSOM

The team behind the Essential Phone is back at work, sort of. Essential is still gone, so don’t get your hopes up for a PH-2, but they might still have a hand in your next smartphone anyway. This time they’re focused on hardware and software security as a startup called OSOM, and they’re doing it […]

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Samsung unveils the next chip for mid-range Galaxy phones on November 12th

Samsung’s next big wave of Galaxy phones is still a ways off, but that isn’t stopping the company from drumming up hype — even for the chips that will power those phones. SamMobile reports that Samsung’s Chinese branch has teased a launch event for i…
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OnePlus expands its Nord line with two even cheaper phones

The OnePlus Nord debuted to fairly solid acclaim over the summer, but it came with one notable caveat: It’s only available in India and parts of Europe. Mid-range phone fans in North America had to make do without, but won’t be true of the company’s…
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LG Velvet review: This phone’s just okay

The LG Velvet was a strange move from LG. Instead of getting the LG G9 this year, we’ve seen an earlier-than-usual V series phone, and a midrange but premium phone to fill out LG’s lineup. While it’s clear that the Velvet wasn’t designed to replace the LG G9, it tries to tackle an emerging segment […]

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Vivo phones are coming to Europe

Vivo has expanded its reach and announced its entry into the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain. The Chinese tech manufacturer has also presented its first European line-up at an online media briefing broadcast from Dusseldorf, Germany, rev…
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Huawei says that phones running EMUI 11 will be able to ‘upgrade’ to HarmonyOS

Huawei held its annual Developer Conference yesterday and besides announcing some very interesting laptops, smartwatches, and earphones, also revealed that its HarmonyOS will debut on smartphones during 2021, which is big news in itself. Today brought another intriguing factoid with Huawei saying that devices running on EMUI 11, which is only just beginning to roll […]

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[Updated 26/08/20] These Android phones and tablets can stream HDR content on Netflix

With more and more flagship smartphones and tablets supporting HDR 10 and higher, the list of smart devices that can stream Netflix in HDR isn’t as vast as you might think. Your device may have a display with QHD or even 4K resolution, but if Netflix hasn’t certified it as compatible with HDR streaming, you […]

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Redmi announced the K30 Ultra, one of the first phones available with dual 5G SIM standby

Redmi announced the K30 Ultra flagship today, highlighting that this is one of the first phones supporting dual 5G standby. The K30 Ultra goes on sale on August 14, 2020, offering a lot for the money in true Redmi style. Redmi, Xiaomi’s Xiaomi’s more value-based sub-brand, seems to have polished the existing Redmi K30 Pro […]

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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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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 690 chipset aims to bring 5G to budget phones

After MediaTek announced its intention to make 5G more accessible with its new Dimensity 820 chipset, it was only a matter of time before Qualcomm unveiled its own take on an affordable 5G chip. The Snapdragon 690 5G, as it is called, features an integrated Snapdragon X51 5G modem and is the first 6-series chip […]

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Be careful: this wallpaper can cause your Android phones to lock up

It’s pretty rare for anyone’s phone to become completely bricked outside of hardware failures. Tinkering around with ROMs and third-party hacks can certainly do the trick, but besides those things it’s just not something that you’d have to worry about. But apparently something’s happened with a particular wallpaper floating around the internet that can cause […]

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Nokia announces a slate of Android 10 phones for Cricket Wireless

Nokia is rounding out its portfolio of affordable US devices with three new phones slated for Cricket Wireless over the next couple months. Best of all, these are running Android 10 out of the box. We’ll talk about the Nokia C5 Endi, Nokia C2 Tava, and Nokia C2 Tennen. The C5 is the highest-end of […]

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The McLaren edition OnePlus phones might be at the end of the road

For the last few years we’ve seen a McLaren branded version of OnePlus’s flagship phones. There’s typically not anything too different from these models, but they do get a unique design and will pack in the highest amount of RAM and storage that OnePlus offers. That might be coming to an end, though. No more […]

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Samsung no longer syncs keyboard data between phones

If you’re about to hop from your current Samsung phone to a Galaxy S20, don’t expect your keyboard info to come along for the ride. Samsung has stopped syncing keyboard data through its Cloud service as of April 13th, according to a notice seen by Sa…
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The OnePlus 8 Pro might be one of the most durable phones out there

Looking for a phone that holds up to the abuse of life. According to JerryRigEverything’s durability test, the OnePlus 8 Pro could be your guy. Zack, operate of YouTube Channel JerryRigEverything, puts flagship smartphones to a hefty durability test whenever they launch. Today’s subject? The OnePlus 8 Pro. You can watch Zack put the smartphone […]

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Always-On Display coming to OnePlus phones sometime this year

OnePlus is reportedly testing bringing an Always-On Display feature to its phones. We don’t know exactly when that’ll happen, but it’s confirmed to be in the works directly from the company. The confirmation comes OnePlus’s IDEAS program, where users can submit their most wanted features on OnePlus phones. OnePlus Always-On Display If you’ve wanted an […]

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These Nokia phones are getting an Android 10 update soon, despite coronavirus delays

Nokia has tried to be as transparent as possible about software updates in their lineup of phones, and for the most part, they’ve succeeded. We’ve been well aware of what Nokia devices are getting which updates, and HMD Global has rolled things out on time almost every time. The latest refresh update from both companies […]

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Google Rules adds Tasker-like automations to Pixel phones, starting to roll out now

Smartphone automation has always been a thing in the enthusiast world of Android, going as far back as Tasker in the early Android days. While it’s still probably the de facto automation app, this kind of thing hasn’t really blown up with your average consumer. That’s starting to change, however, with Apple launching Siri Shortcuts […]

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HTC is apparently​ still making phones, announces the Wildfire R70 for India

HTC hasn’t done much in a very long time, but they’re apparently still making phones somewhere. They’ve announced the HTC Wilfire R70 specifically for Indian markets, and it’s… well, it’s okay. HTC Wildfire R70 This phone is probably (hopefully?) aimed at being a little more budget-friendly, but it’s got some very old design choices. The […]

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Huawei P40 phones set for a March 6th launch, still no Google apps in sight

Huawei is in for a crazy few months. A new rumor pegs the launch of their next P40 series of devices in the next couple weeks, but the phones still won’t have Google apps. However, Google has applied for an exception to the current ban that prevents them from doing business with Huawei, which might […]

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Emoji galore: 117 new Unicode Emoji 13.0 have been confirmed for phones in 2020

A handful of new emoji have been announced with Unicode Emoji 13.0 being finalized. These new additions won’t appear on your phone just yet, but they will likely be slated into any 2020 software updates you might be getting from your phone manufacturer. 117 new emoji This update includes a total of 117 new emoji […]

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Huawei says it may ‘never’ return to using Google apps on its phones, even if the ban is lifted

In a recent post, I asked if Huawei is still relevant in the west considering that the US ban is still in effect but maybe the better question to ask would have been if Huawei would return to using Google’s apps and services if or when the ban is lifted. According to Huawei’s Product Manager […]

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TCL enters the smartphone market with a bang, bringing folding phones and 5G to CES 2020

TCL is definitely best known for their popularity in the smart TV market, but they do dabble in other aspects of consumer electronics. One area that they’ve been mostly absent in, though, has been smartphones. At least up until CES, that is. The company has announced that they’re working on an entire lineup of TCL […]

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Samsung will unveil its latest Galaxy phones on February 11th

In case you've been losing sleep over whether that leaked Samsung invite video was real, fret no more. Samsung itself confirmed this evening that it plans to show off "new, innovative devices that will shape the next decade of mobile experiences" at…
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[Deal] OPPO joins in the Black Friday madness by discounting the Reno 10x Zoom Edition by £190, other phones also reduced

If you read our review of the Reno 10x Zoom Edition, you’ll know that we were mightily impressed with OPPO’s 2019 flagship smartphone. Combining impressive camera chops, flagship hardware, incredible battery life, and a snazzy design, the Reno 10x signifies OPPO’s rise from a niche import in the UK to a mainstream competitor. And, with […]

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Xiaomi will flood the market with 5G phones in 2020

Xiaomi is known for its aggressive pricing strategies, but sometimes that kind of strategy doesn’t mesh well with brand new technology, like 5G. But if anyone is going to combine the two, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’ll be Xiaomi. Their CEO has doubled down on Xiaomi’s commitment to launching at least 10 new […]

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[Deal] Save 20% on phones, gaming consoles, TV’s and more with eBay UK’s Black Friday discount code

If you’ve had an item on your eBay (UK) watchlist that was a little too expensive to justify purchasing but that you really, really wanted, now is the time because the auction site has just kicked off its Black Friday deals (early, I know) by offering a 20% discount on items from its biggest sellers. […]

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You guys don’t actually care about the headphone jack, and you’re keeping your phones for way longer than you used to

If you frequent the blogosphere and read about Android phones and smartphones in general, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea about how mad everyone is about notched screens and the lack of a headphone jack. Most of these things are the butt of the joke in advertising campaign, and readers really hate wireless headphones […]

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Here’s how to get your app drawer back on the LG G8 ThinQ and other LG phones

LG makes some killer flagship hardware, especially if you’re someone looking for a high-end phone that actually doesn’t have any compromises. The LG G8, for example, still has a headphone jack and microSD card, it has a regular fingerprint scanner, and there’s no weird design stuff going on, outside of a notch. It’s a killer […]

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Best Wireless Chargers For Your Android Phones and Tablets [2019]

Tons of new smartphones are supporting wireless charging, especially many of Samsung’s best offerings. If you go with some really high-end stuff, you’ll also get some incredibly fast wireless charging speeds, like what we’ve seen in the Galaxy Note 10. However, you don’t get the wireless charger in the box, so that’s probably one of […]

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