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How to tell a good Galaxy Note 7 from a recalled one

How to tell a good Galaxy Note 7 from a recalled one

Samsung is still fighting to get people to return bad Galaxy Note 7 smartphones around the world under its recall program. While the bad devices are still being returned, Samsung is getting set to launch a new version of the smartphone that doesn't suffer from the battery defect that led to fire in many instances. As we said before, the problem is that many people around the world simply aren't returning their device and they all need to be returned.

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Nexus 5 gets a taste of Nougat via unofficial Android 7 ROM

Nexus 5 gets a taste of Nougat via unofficial Android 7 ROM

The Nexus 5 isn’t going to receive an official Android 7.0 Nougat update. Whether that’s because the smartphone has reached its end of life or because Qualcomm won’t release updated drivers for its chipset hardly matters for owners of what is perhaps the most loved Nexus smartphone. Hope springs eternal, however, at least for those who are willing to take the plunge and take the necessary steps towards Nougat. An AOSP-based Android 7.0 ROM is now available for the device and it seems that almost everything is working perfectly.

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AutoMagisk makes it easier to use Pokemon GO on rooted phones

AutoMagisk makes it easier to use Pokemon GO on rooted phones

Rooting on Android (and jailbreaking on iOS) is like playing a game of cat and mouse with platform and app developers. As soon as Google or app developers block rooting methods or rooted devices, rooting developers find a way to work around those sometimes arbitrary limitations. So it’s no surprise that when Pokemon GO was updated to kick out rooted devices from the fun party, methods like Magisk rose to prominence. But using Magisk wasn’t exactly convenient, which required users to enable and disable root every now and then. Hence, AutoMagisk was born.

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Google Pixel phones might be able to dual boot Android ROMs

Google Pixel phones might be able to dual boot Android ROMs

The Android OS is known for being very open and flexible to the point that dozens of third-party Android versions, called ROMs, have been developed. That said, Android is setup in such a way that one device can really only boot into one Android system at a time, making it difficult, though not impossible, to juggle different ROMs on a single device. That, however, might be thing of the past as there is a chance that the upcoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones can actually dual boot two Android systems with less risk than before.

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Xperia X Compact now on pre-order in the US

Xperia X Compact now on pre-order in the US

Those who have been hoping for a real miniature flagship Sony smartphone worth its salt won’t have to wait much longer. The Xperia X Compact, the company’s smaller sibling to the Xperia XZ flagship, is finally available for pre-order in the US via Amazon. But while the smartphone has quite a number of good things going for it, the fine print revealed in recent days might give even some fans some pause on whether the little flagship is actually worth its relatively higher price tag.

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Galaxy Note 7 lawsuits begin: man blames Samsung for burns

Galaxy Note 7 lawsuits begin: man blames Samsung for burns

If you haven't heard yet, there's a global recall for Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. It seems the batteries have a high probability of exploding. If have heard about this issue, along with the ensuing news about the Note 7 being prohibited from use on an airplane, or an explosion causing a car fire, then you know it's just a matter of time before a lawsuit is filed against Samsung. Well, that time has arrived.

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LG X power phone arrives at Boost Mobile next Friday

LG X power phone arrives at Boost Mobile next Friday

Following its launch at Cricket Wireless, LG's new budget-friendly LG X power smartphone will soon arrive at Boost Mobile, another prepaid mobile carrier. As with most smartphones that launch through these carriers, the LG X power is relatively inexpensive at $129.99 USD, and it brings with it modest -- but in no way insubstantial -- specs. One of the phone’s more notable features is long battery life, which tops out at about two days depending on how heavily you use the phone.

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Samsung apologizes for Galaxy Note 7 recall

Samsung apologizes for Galaxy Note 7 recall

This week Samsung issued an apology to the public for the first wave of Galaxy Note 7 devices sold with a battery defect. Samsung was represented by Tim Baxter, president and chief operating officer for Samsung Electronics America, who suggested that the company has already exchanged some 130,000 Galaxy Note 7 units which, if we're reading this Consumer Product Safety Commission report correctly, means there are "about" 870,000 Galaxy Note 7 units still in consumer hands with potential to overheat and catch fire.

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Outlook.com adds integration with Google Drive and Facebook

Outlook.com adds integration with Google Drive and Facebook

Outlook.com has announced a couple new integrations that people who use the website a lot will be glad to see. Outlook.com now integrates with Google Drive and Facebook photos. Microsoft has long integrated its own OneDrive cloud storage option into Outlook.com and for users who prefer Google Drive this new integration is a big deal.

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Return your Galaxy Note 7 NOW, immediately, post-haste

Return your Galaxy Note 7 NOW, immediately, post-haste

Over the past couple of weeks, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 has been the subject of some controversy regarding its potential to burst into flames. The defect responsible for this blunder seems to be rare - sort of. Not rare enough that all Galaxy Note 7 units have been banned from public use, but rare enough. Rare enough that we were shocked when we found, just this week, that not every Samsung Galaxy Note 7 user had taken the time to turn their first-run device in for a new one.

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PokeVision for Pokemon GO returns : New Alternatives

PokeVision for Pokemon GO returns : New Alternatives

Today we've got a collection of Pokemon GO forks and alternatives to PokeVision, the first big name in 3rd-party mapping in the game. This set of items includes a few online maps with Pokemon spotting as well as an app or two. While Pokemon GO 3rd-party development continues to be mitigated by Niantic, developers continue to rally to create apps that both interact with and influence the flow of the game. Until bug bounties are offered up, this will very likely continue.

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SwiftKey update introduces neural network for improved typing prediction and autocorrect

SwiftKey update introduces neural network for improved typing prediction and autocorrect

Popular third-party keyboard app SwiftKey has announced a big update that overhauls its typing prediction tech with an artificial neural network that provides more accurate and human-like text predictions. The new version of the Android app is available to download from the Play Store today, and SwiftKey calls it the "most significant update to its core technology" since they first launched six years ago.

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