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Galaxy S7 recall: not a Note thing to worry about

Galaxy S7 recall: not a Note thing to worry about

It's come to our attention that thousands of Samsung Galaxy S7 users have begun searching for details on their own device's recall. In reality, Samsung has issued no such recall for the Galaxy S7. It's the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that's been recalled, while the Galaxy S7 (a completely different device) has had no issues as such. The trending of this topic is just the latest in a series of unfortunate events that've created what's essentially a perfect storm of negative publicity for the brand.

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Google Allo released with iMessage’s biggest mistake

Google Allo released with iMessage’s biggest mistake

Apple was sued in May of 2014 for an iMessage texting snafu that was the bane of mobile carrier help desk assistants' existence. "Why am I not getting my text messages," they'd say, "I was getting them just fine on my iPhone, now on this Android phone I can't see them." Google is making a mistake at the launch of Google Allo - routing messages - including SMS messages - through their own servers, capturing one's phone number in the process.

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Instagram posts can now be saved as drafts

Instagram posts can now be saved as drafts

If you've ever found yourself trying to come up with the perfect post for Instagram but just knew the creative juices weren't quite there at that moment, then chances are you'll be overjoyed to hear of the platform's newest feature. Instagram is currently rolling out a "save as draft" option across its apps, allowing users to come back to posts later.

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Galaxy Note 7 is back on Verizon, T-Mobile following soon

Galaxy Note 7 is back on Verizon, T-Mobile following soon

While we expect a bit more reports, maybe even more lawsuits, in the coming days, Samsung seems to be quite confident it has weathered the storm, enough to actually restart sales of the Galaxy Note 7 in the US. Or at least that seems to be the implication now that Verizon has put the controversial phablet back on stock on its website. And according to a third-party report, T-Mobile would be doing the same really soon as well, just in time for the promised September 21 date.

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Google quietly removes “Google Now” references in Search app

Google quietly removes “Google Now” references in Search app

Let the conspiracy theories roll. In an investigation done on the still rolling update to the Google Search Android app, Android Police discovered that almost all but one publicly visible reference to Google Now has been removed, replaced instead by descriptions of their corresponding functionality. Given how heated the personal digital assistant competition has been, it is probably not the case that Google is bowing out. Instead, it could simply be paving the way for a “re-launch” under the upcoming Google Assistant heading.

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Google Maps dot now uses a beam to show your direction

Google Maps dot now uses a beam to show your direction

Maps apps, especially Google’s, has become a household name in modern day traveling, be it within cities or between countries. But sometimes, you need more than just a clear indication of where you are or where you’re heading. You also need to know what direction you’re facing to make heads or tails of the map directions in the first place. While Google Maps already had that feature before, using an inconspicuous arrow, it is refining that using a shining blue beam instead.

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Hello Google Allo smart messenger! Download the APK here

Hello Google Allo smart messenger! Download the APK here

Back in late May, Google revealed two new messaging platforms, each with its own distinct appeal. Duo, the tech giant’s latest take on simplified video chats, already launched a while ago. Now it’s Google Allo’s turn, and it has a lot to say. Calling it a smart messaging app, Allo promises to not only make it easier to reply to messages by barely typing anything, it also tries to bring some AI-powered smartness via a preview version of Google Assistant through, what else but a chatbot.

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Galaxy Note 7 update adds green battery icon for “safe” models

Galaxy Note 7 update adds green battery icon for “safe” models

Samsung has announced a software update that, while doesn’t directly address the problem of overheating and exploding Galaxy Note 7’s, does take a step towards informing consumers of the situation and assuring them of future Galaxy Note 7 models. That is, if they still opt to buy one. A firmware update that’s being pushed to both the old problematic models and the newer “fixed” ones will include a new battery icon to indicate whether the model is a part of the new batches. And for the older models, owners will be faced with warnings and advice to power down their smartphone and have it replaced as soon as possible.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall update: Do I have an exploding phone?

Galaxy Note 7 recall update: Do I have an exploding phone?

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users that purchased their phone earlier than last week and haven't exchanged them for a new unit: yes, this is an "exploding phone." One of the top search terms at Google over the past week related to the Galaxy Note 7 has been "exploding" edged out just a bit by the word "recall". Today Samsung made it clear where Galaxy Note 7 owners should go to participate in a recall, and how they'll know if their device is, indeed, a new model.

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Pokemon GO Plus store tracker update : Walmart, Gamestop, Target, Amazon

Pokemon GO Plus store tracker update : Walmart, Gamestop, Target, Amazon

The Pokemon GO Plus is released and quickly goes out of stock in online stores and retail outlets across the United States. Today we're having a look at how trainers might see when the Pokemon GO Plus is in stock at each of the major retailers and at any 3rd-party sales locations at base price. What we WONT be doing is preying on trainers hoping to get one of these devices, charging them absurd prices for a device that's effectively a distance tracker and Bluetooth button.

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ZTE Axon 7 update brings improved battery, signal performance

ZTE Axon 7 update brings improved battery, signal performance

ZTE’s Axon brand continues to do miracles for the company in the US. After a surprising first launch last year, the Chinese manufacturer aimed to bring high-end specs down to an affordable level with the Axon 7 last July. To follow up on that success, ZTE is pushing an update that tries to address some of the biggest pain points of the smartphone, or any smartphone for that matter, particularly in signal strength as well as battery life.

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BlackBerry “Argon” DTEK60’s existence leaked by BlackBerry

BlackBerry “Argon” DTEK60’s existence leaked by BlackBerry

BlackBerry apparently isn’t done with Android smartphones yet. Or at least isn’t half done. If you remember the days preceding the announcement of the oddly named DTEK50, there were rumors about “Neon” and “Argon”, even a “Mercury” smartphones coming up. Well, “Neon” eventually became the DTEK50 we know today and, apparently, Argon is going to be the DTEK60 after all. That is according to a product page that was, funnily enough, “accidentally” published by BlackBerry itself. And even if BB takes the page down, the Internet now knows and will remember.

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