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Google Play Family Library arrives with app and media sharing

Google Play Family Library arrives with app and media sharing

After hearing about Google's plan to launch a family sharing feature for Google Play earlier in the month, the company announced today that it has finally gone live. Google Play has officially rolled out Family Library, which allows families of up to six people to share purchases across their devices. Families can share any eligible purchase with one another, be it an app, game, book, TV show, or movie.

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This iPhone 7 feature detail releases from Galaxy Note bonds

This iPhone 7 feature detail releases from Galaxy Note bonds

A new sort of home button for the iPhone 7 could be just the feature boost the company needs to bridge the gap between 2016 and the 10-year anniversary of the device. We've thus far been told by tipsters that very little would change between the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7 - a slightly better camera, perhaps another color metal made available, a different arrangement of antenna lines. What's the big deal, users might wonder, isn't this supposed to be a "tic" year in Apple's trend of "tic tock tic tock?" Perhaps it still is, but next year could be a tic too.

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Pokemon GO server status is down, but also up

Pokemon GO server status is down, but also up

How can Pokemon GO be down, but also up at the same time? Pokemon GO is a multi-tiered system, one in which more than one level of log-on and play is included. Today users have found several problems occurring at different times. Earlier today is was a bit of down time on the main server - high latency and inability to see Pokemon and/or Gyms and PokeStops. That down time seems to be fading, while a different down situation seems to be rising up.

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Pokemon Go Plus wearable delayed until September

Pokemon Go Plus wearable delayed until September

Bad news for Pokemon Go players looking forward to an enhanced way of playing the mobile game: the wearable accessory that pairs with players' phones and notifies them of nearby creatures, called Pokemon Go Plus, has been pushed back to a September release. The optional device was originally due to be available towards the end of July — around now, basically — but Nintendo revealed the delay on Twitter today.

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Xiaomi Redmi Pro packs up to Helios X25 10-core CPU

Xiaomi Redmi Pro packs up to Helios X25 10-core CPU

Xiaomi has rolled out a new flagship smartphone called the Redmi Pro that is available in three different versions. The difference between the trio is price, RAM, and processor type. The entry-level version of the Redmi Pro uses a Helio X20 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a price of RMB 1499.

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ZTE Axon 7 Mini gets a very early leak

ZTE Axon 7 Mini gets a very early leak

It wasn't too long ago, two weeks in fact, that ZTE unveiled the Axon 7, which brought a tempting offer to US consumers. It flaunted specs nearly equal specs with those of, say, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge but at nearly half the price. It hasn't exactly settled in yet but it seems ZTE is already preparing a "spinoff". Details of a certain Axon 7 Mini have begun leaking out, revealing a smartphone that, while not exactly small, is at least really smaller than its flagship counterpart but still has enough muscle to be a viable option for those with not much budget to spare.

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Moto won’t commit to monthly security patches

Moto won’t commit to monthly security patches

Last year's Stagefright fiasco really shook the Android world to the point that it had Google and manufacturers scrambling to set things right. It has led to Google releasing monthly security updates, which some OEMs, like BlackBerry and Samsung, wear like a badge of pride. Not all companies, however, are able to follow suit and some apparently intentionally do so. The latter happens to include Motorola, a.k.a. the new Moto, who has somewhat made it official that it isn't hastily pursuing a monthly cycle for pushing out security updates, particularly for the new Moto Z and Moto G4.

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Twitter for Android adds a night mode option

Twitter for Android adds a night mode option

Do you like browsing Twitter before bed? If so, the Android app was just updated with a feature that makes doing so a bit more friendly: night mode. When activated, the bright Android app for Twitter is toggled over to a theme that's much easier on the eyes in a dark room. Turning the night mode on is as simple as flipping a switch; you can turn it off whenever you want, as well, to get the light theme back.

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Pokemon GO estimated to hit 75 million downloads

Pokemon GO estimated to hit 75 million downloads

The launch of Pokemon GO continues to impress. Niantic and Nintendo's little mobile game has proven to be a major hit in every region it has launched, surpassing 50 million downloads on the Google Play Store over the weekend. That's pretty incredible all on its own, but now app analytics firm Sensor Tower is predicting that Pokemon GO has passed 75 million downloads across iOS and Android.

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Galaxy S8 details tip most HD display ever made

Galaxy S8 details tip most HD display ever made

Samsung's next step after the Galaxy Note 7 has been tipped to be a Galaxy S8 with a 4K display. Resolution so dense, that is, that you'll be unable to distinguish between individual pixels with your bare eyeball. Not that you were really able to with the 2K displays prominent in smartphones today, but - why not ramp it up some more? Battery life is one concern, certainly, but assuming Samsung has compensated for such madness, the next generation looks like it might be super-slick.

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Moto G4 Review 2016

Moto G4 Review 2016

It's time again to review Motorola's budget king devices, starting with the base device Moto G. Two devices come this year - for some odd reason - both the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus (or Moto G4+ if you prefer). These devices have very similar specifications to one another and could easily be mistaken for one another, as it often is with a two-phone family approach. Here we're not dealing with two screen sizes as we do with Samsung and Apple's two-phone release pattern, here we've got upgrades in camera quality and fingerprint recognition.

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BlackBerry’s newest phone shows lack of care for Android innovation

BlackBerry’s newest phone shows lack of care for Android innovation

We're living in an age in which we don't just have companies copying smartphone design language, they're releasing old phones with new names. A BlackBerry smartphone has leaked today that's very clearly using the same body as a device that's previously been released by a different company. Alcatel designed this device - we can't ask Alcatel yet whether or not they'll actually confirm it, but its either that or they've got some lawsuit business they need to attend to.

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