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Project Zero Prize turns Android hacking into a contest

Project Zero Prize turns Android hacking into a contest

Bug bounties and hacking contests aren’t exactly new and almost every tech firm is getting into it. In fact, even Apple just recently revealed its own rewards program for that. Not to be outdone at its own game, Google’s Project Zero, the teams tasked with hunting down zero-day exploits, has announced the Project Zero Prize. On the outside, it’s yet another hacking contest focusing on Android vulnerabilities. However, there are a few things that Project Zero will be doing differently during that six-month contest period.

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How to present a Google Pixel phone (to beat the iPhone 7)

How to present a Google Pixel phone (to beat the iPhone 7)

The following is a presentation of the Google Pixel phone and the Google Pixel XL, two devices that will seal Google's destiny in hardware. To be entirely clear up front, this presentation is a suggestion for Google - a mock-up of how I imagine Google might present their first set of true iPhone competitor devices. With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus having already been revealed with some easy-to-pick-on features and Samsung's biggest-fiasco-ever currently fresh in users' minds, Google has a BIG opportunity right here and now.

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Logitech K780 Multi-Device keyboard types on Windows, Mac, or Smart Devices

Logitech K780 Multi-Device keyboard types on Windows, Mac, or Smart Devices

You can work from a tablet or a smartphone if you need or want to, but the catch is that typing on an on-screen keyboard isn't exactly comfortable or fast for most of us. Logitech has a new keyboard that is designed to allow you to type on multiple devices that will make typing as fast for your smartphone or tablet as it is at home on your PC. That new keyboard is called the Logitech K780 multi-Device Wireless Keyboard.

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Android-x86 brings Marshmallow softness to Intel, AMD PCs

Android-x86 brings Marshmallow softness to Intel, AMD PCs

Ever wanted to use Android on your spare desktop or laptop, maybe even tablet, but didn’t really care for all the bells and whistles offered by Jide’s Remix OS for PC? If that’s the case, then this latest Android-x86 release might just be the right fit for you. Now at version 6.0-r1, this is the first stable release of Android-x86 based on Android Marshmallow. And while it may not have yet the multi-tasking features of 7.0 Nougat, it does pave the way for that brighter future for Android on PCs.

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Outlook Calendar update brings new Skype features, icons to iOS and Android

Outlook Calendar update brings new Skype features, icons to iOS and Android

Microsoft has unleashed a new update for Outlook on iOS and Android, bringing a handful of quality-of-life improvements to the app's calendar feature. While some of these are geared more toward your personal life, most of them have some sort of application in the professional world, giving users changes that are centered around making the calendar easier to use and edit on mobile devices.

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Samsung’s Note 7 testing may have an early cause of battery defects

Samsung’s Note 7 testing may have an early cause of battery defects

Unless you've been living in a cave for the past few weeks, you likely know of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 problems. The manufacturer has issued a global recall for the device after reports of overheating batteries catching fire and potentially exploding began to surface, and it has been investigating the cause of the problems ever since. It would appear the preliminary results of these tests have led to an early reason why these batteries could be malfunctioning, according to a Bloomberg report.

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Mophie Power Capsule is a wireless earbuds charger and safe-case

Mophie Power Capsule is a wireless earbuds charger and safe-case

Mophie seems to have seen the oncoming rush of wireless earbuds as an issue with forgetful device-users. As such, they've created a combination case and external battery called the Power Capsule. This device is like many of Mophie's other devices, acting as a basic protector of a device while it charges said device with its own battery. The case itself can be charged with a micro-USB cord, also included with the device.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) with S pen gets official in Korea

Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2016) with S pen gets official in Korea

Earlier this month some images of the Galaxy Tab A (2016) tablet with S Pen leaked giving us a glimpse at what the tablet will look like when it landed. The time is now here with Samsung getting official with the new tablet on its online store. The main display of the tablet is 10-inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall spreads to Canada, over 70 battery overheating cases reported in US

Galaxy Note 7 recall spreads to Canada, over 70 battery overheating cases reported in US

Samsung is embroiled in a massive mess with the popular Galaxy Note 7 phablet launching to high praise and robust sales. The problem for Samsung is that in the US alone there have been 70 cases of the smartphone catching fire as it charged due to a defective battery inside the device. This fire risk has led to massive recalls everywhere the smartphone was sold.

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Sony Xperia XZ, X Compact missing fingerprint scanners in US

Sony Xperia XZ, X Compact missing fingerprint scanners in US

Yet another fluke or a worrying trend? Just when you thought Sony is finally doing good by its stalwart Android fans, it pulls yet another one that makes you wonder just what the Japanese OEM is thinking. The Xperia XZ “true flagship” and the Xperia X Compact “mini flagship” are both headed to the US, but although much-awaited, they might not arrive complete. The particular models intended for the US market will apparently NOT feature a fingerprint scanner that has become a staple of any flagship smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) renders show odd speaker location

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) renders show odd speaker location

Samsung is having one hell of a time dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 mess, but, of course, the show must go on. That means still putting out new models, hopefully ones that don’t have the same “rare” manufacturing flaw. Next in line, it seems, will be the 2016 model of the Galaxy A8. Based on leaked renders of the device, the smartphone will carry on the new glass motif if the Galaxy A series. But curiously enough, it also hints at a rather strange new location for the smartphone’s speaker.

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BLU Vivo 5R adds some teeth to all-metal Vivo 5

BLU Vivo 5R adds some teeth to all-metal Vivo 5

“R” is for “Refresh”. That is BLU Products’ tagline for its new Vivo 5R mid-range smartphone. That’s because the Vivo 5R is, truth be told, an incremental step up from the Vivo 5 that the company launched earlier this year. But to be really blunt about it, the Vivo 5R is what the Vivo 5 should have been in the first place, mixing a premium looking unibody design with actually decent mid-range hardware. And at the same price to boot.

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