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DBRAND reveals Half-Life 3 (OnePlus 3) with slick burn

DBRAND reveals Half-Life 3 (OnePlus 3) with slick burn

This morning the folks at dbrand have revealed their collaboration with OnePlus smartphones with a Half-Life 3 teaser. That's strange, you might be saying - why would they tease something that couldn't possibly exist? I'll tell you why: because it's silly. Because it generates hype. Because they're almost certainly going to be releasing skins and/or cases for the OnePlus 3, and they thought - hey, what's the most internet-centric universally understood sign for hype? Half-Life 3, of course.

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Android Open Source Project adds recovery-based brick function

Android Open Source Project adds recovery-based brick function

For the most part Android smartphones and tablet users never want their devices to get bricked because of a failed update or a hack they are trying to install themselves. However, there are times when rendering your own device into a useless brick is very appealing. Specifically when your phone is lost or stolen and you don't want the thief able to use your device or access data you have stored there. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) has integrated a new feature to allow users to brick devices when needed.

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Don’t update your Galaxy phone (yet)

Don’t update your Galaxy phone (yet)

Before you jump in on the next update for your Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Note 5, or Note 4, pay heed: there's an issue. Users with a variety of Samsung smartphone updating to the first release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow have been experiencing a unique issue. Passwords on the device - be they text based or fingerprint based - seem to be lost or distorted as the newest update is installed. But what about you? Will you see the same issue? Should you be fully freaking out at the moment, or is there something you might do to avoid this mess?

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What Google says about keeping your Android phone secure

What Google says about keeping your Android phone secure

You probably do all sorts of sensitive things on your phone or tablet: logging into your bank account, having private conversations with friends, taking pictures, maybe accessing work email or accounts. You, like any reasonable person, want to make sure your Android phone and/or tablet is reasonably secure, but researching how to do so leads to a sprawling mess of affiliate links, sketchy security products, and questionable advice. Fortunately, you can ignore all that: here's what Google says about keeping your Android device secure.

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T-Mobile is trading stock for new customers – with these rules

T-Mobile is trading stock for new customers – with these rules

Today T-Mobile USA has revealed a plan to give users single stocks in exchange for bringing new customers into the fold. In the prospectus for this plan, T-Mobile suggests that these stocks can be given to T-Mobile customers "who are individuals" (not businesses) for one of three different reasons. Stocks can be given for being customers, becoming customers, or referring new customers. It seems relatively simple. T-Mobile USA also suggests that redemptions of "Stock Up Rewards" will be "fulfulfilled through open market purchases of Shares by LOYAL3 Securities, Inc. ("LOYAL3 Securities")."

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The Galaxy S7 Active’s one key feature (it’s not just rugged)

The Galaxy S7 Active’s one key feature (it’s not just rugged)

Today we're having a peek at the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. Spoiler alert - there aren't many of them. The big differences lie in the look of the casing for the devices, the ruggedness therein, and the battery. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Active model has a battery that's so extremely large, it'd be difficult to use it all up in a single day. Really difficult. Tablet battery-sized difficult.

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Galaxy S7 Active released and detailed in full

Galaxy S7 Active released and detailed in full

This week the folks at Samsung and AT&T have revealed the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, a slightly more rugged edition of the smartphone line. This version of the device comes in three colors: Sandy Gold, Titanium Gray, and Camo Green. You'll be able to find this device in the United States at AT&T exclusively, starting on the 10th of this June, 2016 - that's just a few days from now.

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Google AI team crafts off-switch in case AI becomes maniacal

Google AI team crafts off-switch in case AI becomes maniacal

The thought of a true artificial intelligence scares many people out there because an AI able to think might not have the same goals and desire to protect life that most humans have. We can look to movies like the "The Terminator" for a worst-case scenario of what could happen with an AI run amuck. While a Terminator scenario might not happen, something along the lines of what happens in the TV show "Person of Interest" could be a more likely result of an out of control AI. Google's AI team thinks they have a solution to prevent an AI from going rogue.

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Google video details running Android apps on Chromebook

Google video details running Android apps on Chromebook

Chromebooks are one of the most cost effective ways to get into the computer realm and as such, many parents on a budget have resorted to Chromebooks for a first computing device for kids. Many schools are also relying on Chromebooks in classrooms and libraries rather than thin clients or Windows machines. One thing that has been missing from the Chromebook is access to a glut of apps and software supporting the Chromebook ecosystem. That changed at Google I/O.

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Acer Chromebook 11 (2016), Chromebook 14 now up on Google Store

Acer Chromebook 11 (2016), Chromebook 14 now up on Google Store

Chromebooks have suddenly become an interesting topic these days, somewhat ironically not because of themselves but becaue of Android. At Google I/O 2016 last month, Google revealed how Android apps would soon be coming in full capacity on Chrome OS via Google Play Store. That has just made Chromebooks nearly worth twice their value in terms of the things you can do on the laptop. It is quite timely, then, that Google makes available two of Acer's latest models, the Chromebook 14 and the 2016 refresh of the Chromebook 11.

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Google installation features 6,000 light-up buttons powered by open-source software

Google installation features 6,000 light-up buttons powered by open-source software

Google has unveiled another unique creation: an installation of roughly 6,000 arcade buttons on a wall that respond to presses by lighting-up with various patterns and designs. But this is more than just a piece of art for the lobby of Google's New York City office, it's part the announcement for the their newest piece of open-source software, AnyPixel.js.

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Nest CEO switch: Fadell steps out, Moto exec steps in

Nest CEO switch: Fadell steps out, Moto exec steps in

This afternoon Alphabet and Nest announced that they'd be switching up CEOs - Fadell is out and Fawaz is in. That's Tony Fadell who, after six years working on Nest, will be moving into an advisor role with Alphabet, working directly with Larry Page. In his place will be Marwan Fawaz, former executive vice president of Motorola Mobility. There, Fawaz served as CEO of Motorola Home, "overseeing vision, strategy, and operations.

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