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Google fulfilled their Android update promise to me, at last!

Google fulfilled their Android update promise to me, at last!

Back in January of the year 2012, I wrote an article calling out Google for its promise for Android updates on smartphones of all sorts. Back then, Android was an ever-so-slightly different monster. Back then, Google was mad to make the bold and broad Android Update statement that was the "Android Update Alliance." Even just a few months after the Update Alliance was revealed, it was being shot down for its not-so-great results. But NOW, here in 2016, a new program could be the key to timely Android updates for everyone that wants them.

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Nintendo should adopt The Pokemon Company’s attitude toward mobile devices

Nintendo should adopt The Pokemon Company’s attitude toward mobile devices

Did you know that there's going to be an augmented reality Pokemon game launched this summer? It's going to be huge. Nintendo doesn't want to let their most lucrative characters and games to be released as-is on mobile devices - not unless they're being manufactured by Nintendo. Nintendo doesn't own Pokemon. The Pokemon Company owns Pokemon. The Pokemon Company has the opportunity to show Nintendo what they've got waiting for them if they open their doors to 3rd-party device game and app releases.

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iPhone 7 rumors may make you replace your Android

iPhone 7 rumors may make you replace your Android

Could the iPhone 7 be the model that makes the Android-loyal masses make a switch to Apple's iOS platform? Details leaked this week may point in that direction. Based on what we're seeing here and now, the iPhone 7 could jump the shark, so to speak, bringing in a collection of features that appeared on Android-based devices first, starting with a pair of cameras at the back of the device. If the leaked images we're seeing this week end up being accurate, this could also be a real turning point for Apple's industrial design - and maybe not in the right direction.

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Xiaomi Mi 5 tops AnTuTu’s Q1 2016 performance chart

Xiaomi Mi 5 tops AnTuTu’s Q1 2016 performance chart

The first quarter of the year has come and gone and we've already seen a handful of smartphones make their way to the market. In addition to last year's latecomers, that makes up enough data for a smartphone muscle showdown. And who better to give the results than one of the most used benchmarking tools in the market, AnTuTu. Sure, there's still some debate on the value or even accuracy of such benchmarks. But, at least when used with the exact same tool under the exact same conditions. those scores could give some interesting results, like how the Xiaomi Mi 5 just barely surpasses the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

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Pokemon GO Beta testing is expanding this week

Pokemon GO Beta testing is expanding this week

While the first wave of Field Testing for the augmented reality game Pokemon GO started in Japan, two new countries have been added to the fold. This is the first time the Pokemon GO universe has expanded beyond the East, now headed into Europe and - we hope - into the United States sooner than later. This Pokemon GO field test will "give users the opportunity to share early feedback and help improve the Pokémon GO experience," so says the Pokemon GO Development Team.

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The new iPhone SE is nearly sold out everywhere

The new iPhone SE is nearly sold out everywhere

It would seem as though Apple did not foresee the early success of the iPhone SE, their new 4-inch display-toting iPhone with the body of a tried-and-true past model. The iPhone SE's shipping time continues to slip, as Apple Insider notes, with shipping set to begin on April 22nd - two weeks from today. In-store pickup availability, on the other hand, seems to depend solely on the popularity of the story you're headed to.

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Facebook Messenger has ANOTHER hidden inbox you’ve likely never seen

Facebook Messenger has ANOTHER hidden inbox you’ve likely never seen

The messenger system built in to the world's most used social network, Facebook, has a couple of "hidden" inboxes. You may have messages that you've never seen - believe it or not. Hidden relatively deep within your Messenger inbox system, you'll find two boxes, one marked "Requests", the other marked "Filtered". There's also a THIRD sort-of-secret inbox, depending on how you've used Facebook Messenger in the past, one called "Archived." You'll want to see the whole lot if you've noticed friends disappearing over the past several years.

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Unlocking tool that FBI bought won’t work on iPhone 5s or newer

Unlocking tool that FBI bought won’t work on iPhone 5s or newer

The FBI and other government agencies might have been too quick to celebrate their victory in getting access to encrypted iPhones. The FBI has formally ended its legal squabble with Apple after it managed to purchase a tool that would unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c without Apple's involvement. The agency perhaps also too quickly offered the fruits of that acquisition to authorities similarly hindered by encrypted iPhones. But even FBI directory James Comey himself admits that the tool isn't a skeleton key and won't work on newer models.

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Let’s Try Facebook Live Video

Let’s Try Facebook Live Video

This morning Facebook expanded "Facebook Live" to include the whole world and to include a litany of new features for all users. Originally launching the service for select brands and celebrities first, the social network has made the ability to share one's experience with the world on-the-spot available to the masses this morning. What we're going to do here is to make using or viewing Facebook Live very easy.

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Whoops! WhatsApp isn’t all encrypted

Whoops! WhatsApp isn’t all encrypted

Wait just a second here - just yesterday WhatsApp announced they were completely encrypted, end-to-end, right? Apparently not. While messages and phone call content are, indeed, encrypted, some of the details surrounding these bits of communication are not. As it turns out, a deeper look at the terms and conditions included in this latest update for WhatsApp includes mention of what's not going to be hidden - and might indeed never be hidden should WhatsApp be called upon to share them with a legally-bound 3rd-party group.

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Apple may soon let you hide stock apps on your iPhone and iPad

Apple may soon let you hide stock apps on your iPhone and iPad

I've got an iPhone, and if you swipe all the way to the right on my home screen, you'll find an assortment of icons that I never touch. These are apps like Stocks, Watch, and Wallet. I don't have any desire to use any of these, and yet they remain. If I could get rid of them, I would. And soon, I just may be able to do that.

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Let’s Try WhatsApp with end-to-end encryption

Let’s Try WhatsApp with end-to-end encryption

So you'd like to enable the brand new Encryption security WhatsApp has brought to the world today, do you? Lucky you, there's not a whole lot you're going to have to be doing. Thanks to WhatsApp's newest software update, the app and ecosystem now has end-to-end encryption automatically. According to the developers behind this app, "When end-to-end encrypted, your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands."

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