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Apple and Google team up with FCC to fight robocalls

Apple and Google team up with FCC to fight robocalls

Remember back in July when we told you that the FCC had called on carriers and device makers to help in the fight against robocalls? You'd be forgiven if you thought nothing would come of the FCC's urging, but the very next day, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he was ready to lead a "strike force" to help the FCC put an end to the robocall problem. It turns out that strike force is real and it had meeting with the FCC today, kicking off its efforts to make robocalls a thing of the past.

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Chrome apps for Mac, Windows and Linux are being phased out

Chrome apps for Mac, Windows and Linux are being phased out

If you’re a Windows, Mac or Linux user, the odds are really, really low that you’re also a Chrome apps user. According Google, only about one percent of the users on those platforms are ‘actively’ utilizing packaged Chrome apps, and so as you probably guessed, there’s not much sense in continuing support for them. For this reason, Google has decided that all new Chrome apps published starting later this year will only be available on Chrome OS; support for existing apps for Mac, Windows and Linux will be phased out over the next couple of years.

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HTC 10 arrives in Camellia Red and Topaz Gold in USA

HTC 10 arrives in Camellia Red and Topaz Gold in USA

This week the folks at HTC have released two new colors for their headliner device in the USA, the HTC 10. This release has the same innards as before, the same specifications as are delivered in the Carbon Gray and Glacial Silver - the Silver being the color users are able to get from stores everywhere today. The new colors are Red and Gold, or what HTC describes as Camellia Red and Topaz Gold.

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Google Duo now available worldwide on Play Store

Google Duo now available worldwide on Play Store

Google's plan to spin-off the two main functions of its Hangouts app — messaging and video calls — into separates apps officially became a reality this week as Duo, the company's take on FaceTime, was released on both Android and iOS. While Duo has both advantages and disadvantages compared to other video calling apps, Android users around the globe can now give it a try as it's available on the Play Store worldwide, not just in the US.

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Pokemon GO update: great news for non-cheaters and hack haters

Pokemon GO update: great news for non-cheaters and hack haters

This week the as the ban-hammer falls for masses of Pokemon GO hackers, cheaters, and GPS spoofers, legit players around the world are reporting a very happy side-effect. It would appear that loads of Pokemon Gyms are being left unoccupied. Imagine that! Gyms throughout the United States seem to be getting knocked down to level 1 and unoccupied or down several levels at least as the biggest and baddest Pokemon caught by illegitimate Pokemon trainers are kicked from the game.

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Pokemon GO IV calculators that wont get you banned

Pokemon GO IV calculators that wont get you banned

As Niantic continues to roll out their biggest ban-waves since the start of Pokemon GO, users begin to become more wary of using 3rd-party tools. Today we're going to run down a list of IV Calculators and Evolution Calculators for the masses - ones you'll be able to use without worrying about breaking the Pokemon GO terms of service, thereby getting you banned for life - or maybe just a very painful afternoon.

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Google Duo will support audio-only calls ‘soon’

Google Duo will support audio-only calls ‘soon’

Earlier this week, Google introduced Duo, its latest app for both Android and iOS that features simple to use video calling. The comparisons to Apple's own FaceTime are obvious, with both offering high quality video and audio, however Duo's big advantage is that it is cross-platform. Unfortunately, the one major feature that Duo doesn't have yet is support for audio-only calls. But at least Google has confirmed that it's on the way.

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Suicide Squad join Marvel Comics in accessory skins aplenty

Suicide Squad join Marvel Comics in accessory skins aplenty

The devices we've got in our pockets right this minute have a choice that needs to be made - be they Marvel Comics fans, or be they DC Comics fans? At a time when we're essentially in a Golden Age for comic book movies, how does one choose which side to take? We've been sent a few SkinIt skins and cases and whatnot to have a peek at their newest collections from both sides of the arena - Suicide Squad to Spider-Man.

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AT&T wireless plan “Mobile Share Advantage” will throttle your data

AT&T wireless plan “Mobile Share Advantage” will throttle your data

This week the folks at AT&T have introduced another data plan for the masses, one we're about to run down and tear apart for you right now. This new data plan's name is very similar to the other plans AT&T has available. While this new plan offers data without overage charges, users will find their data speeds throttled to a much slower rate once they've run through their allotted data for the month. Pricing is also extremely similar to previous plans.

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Galaxy S7 dual-SIM accessory hacks your hardware (in a good way)

Galaxy S7 dual-SIM accessory hacks your hardware (in a good way)

This week the folks at Simore have created an interesting accessory for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. This device uses a thin strip of wiring (basically the same as you'd find inside a phone normally) to connect both a SIM-card-sized faux-card to a dual-SIM card tray. One rests inside the SIM card tray of the Galaxy S7, the other rests outside the device entirely. NOTE: This device doesn't "HACK" hardware in any malicious sense - it just gives the device additional functionality that wouldn't otherwise be possible.

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Google Duo (somewhat) launches to make video calls a breeze

Google Duo (somewhat) launches to make video calls a breeze

Despite being called smartphones majority of users hardly use their mobile devices for voice calls anymore these days. Of course, some still do, but even those usually course it through VoIP services rather than regular cellular lines. With phone calls practically a dead venue, Google is turning its attention to what it bills as the next best thing to communicating with someone with a personal touch: video calls. But as nice as the thought may be, video chat is also the most unreliable medium. That is why Google is finally launching its Duo app and service to make video calls a piece of cake.

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Google Fuchsia dev team: Android, Palm, WebOS, Native Client, iOS

Google Fuchsia dev team: Android, Palm, WebOS, Native Client, iOS

Today we're having a look at the software team responsible for Google Fuchsia, a new operating system from Google. The initial commit file for this set of codes was made "6 weeks ago" by developer Petr Hosek. That first commit reads as follows: "Pink + Purple == Fuchsia (a new Operating System)". That's it! This operating system's code and its developers have a wide variety of connections to operating systems you may have had some experience with in the past - everything from iOS to the software run by the original Sidekick phone.

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