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Nexus smartphones to get Project Fi Wi-Fi Assistant feature

Nexus smartphones to get Project Fi Wi-Fi Assistant feature

Not all Nexus devices have been privileged enough to officially get the newest Android 7.0 Nougat release, but it seems that Google will be throwing them a bone. Somewhat. The Android maker has just revealed that it is bringing a feature previously exclusive only to its Project Fi customers to all Nexus owners in select countries. Wi-Fi Assistant, which helps users save on data by connecting to “verified” Wi-Fi hotspots, will soon be available to all Nexus users running Android 5.1 or higher.

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Superbook wraps up Kickstarter campaign with nearly $3m record

Superbook wraps up Kickstarter campaign with nearly $3m record

Superbook, the system that turns your smartphone into a laptop, has wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign with runaway success - it raised nearly $3 million in funds, making it one of the most successful tech crowdfunding campaigns in Kickstarter history. As we're previously reported, Superbook is a shell of sorts with the hardware needed to turn your smartphone to a laptop once plugged in. The idea behind this device — and others like is — is that modern smartphones are pretty powerful, and owning a full-fledged laptop on top of them is redundant for many people.

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New iPhone 7 release date tips massive cancellation

New iPhone 7 release date tips massive cancellation

This week the folks behind one of the strangest annual leaks have tipped the public off to an interesting turn of events at Apple. Of course we won't know the full details of how Apple's final release will take place until that fateful day arrives, but we've now got the best idea thus far of when this device will launch in the United States. The latest comes from celebrity voice Jimmy Lin - a dude who seems to have had accurate leaks for the past several generations (barring the most recent).

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Pokemon GO Appraisal feature guide and meanings

Pokemon GO Appraisal feature guide and meanings

This week's most recent Pokemon GO update includes an Appraisal feature with a set of vague values that we'll be explaining today. Exact values of each Appraisal can only be found through a teardown of the APK of the newest version of the app. We don't expect every user to do this - as such, we've got these values torn out and listed in easy-to-read boxes below. These values will remain valid until the next update - and likely beyond. If they do end up changing, we'll be sure to make a note of it!

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Steve Wozniak wants Apple to fix Bluetooth sound issues or keep headphone jack

Steve Wozniak wants Apple to fix Bluetooth sound issues or keep headphone jack

Rumors have been flying about the iPhone 7 and one of the rumors that has some folks a bit concerned is the one suggesting Apple is ditching the headphone port on the smartphone. These rumors suggest that Apple is going to ship the next iPhone with EarPods that have Bluetooth connectivity with the iPhone for steaming music wirelessly. Rumors also continue to suggest that there will be a Lightning adapter that will allow you to connect headphones via the Lightning port.

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iPhone 6, 6 Plus suddenly plagued by touch screen issues

iPhone 6, 6 Plus suddenly plagued by touch screen issues

When the iPhone 7 comes around, some iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners might find themselves upgrading to that, or to an iPhone 6s/6s Plus equivalent, albeit very begrudgingly. That’s because it will be a forced upgrade brought about by an affliction that is suddenly hinting iPhone 6, especially iPhone 6 Plus, owners really hard recently. Called the “Touch Disease”, the issue includes a flickering strip of grey at the top of the display, eventually ending up with a totally unresponsive touch screen, and, therefore, a useless iPhone.

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Sony Android Nougat update list leaves out the Xperia Z3

Sony Android Nougat update list leaves out the Xperia Z3

Now that Android 7.0 Nougat has been formally launched, the wait is on for manufacturers to bring the update to their latest smartphones, and even some not so latest smartphones. OEMs usually start scrambling to shout their support from the rooftops, and it seems like Sony is one of if not the first to do so after the announcement (HTC made their public commitment last month. Surprisingly, it’s a rather long list of devices, but sadly leaves out the Xperia Z3 from 2014

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LG V20 teased to come with Bang & Olufsen audio system

LG V20 teased to come with Bang & Olufsen audio system

It seems that LG is pulling out all the stops when it comes to audio technology for its upcoming LG V20, perhaps trying to shift the focus away from the now overly competitive smartphone display and camera technologies. After boasting about how the V20 will be the first smartphone to come with a 32-bit Quad Digital-to-Analog Converter or DAC, it is now flaunting the fact that its audio system, including even its in-box headphones, has been made in partnership with Bang & Olufsen, one of the biggest names in high-end audio equipment.

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Android Nougat MR1 to bring Google Assistant, new Launcher

Android Nougat MR1 to bring Google Assistant, new Launcher

Android 7.0 Nougat is barely out the door, and here we are already talking about its first Maintenance Release, a.k.a. MR1. That, however, is to be expected, as the fresh new Android dessert apparently didn’t come with all the new features we’ve seen in leaks, like a redesigned Nexus Launcher, Google Assistant, and slightly different navigation bar. Worry, as those are still coming, but a bit later, around the time both the MR1 and the new Nexus smartphones come out of the woodwork.

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LG V20 will really have Nougat first, high end features teased

LG V20 will really have Nougat first, high end features teased

It seems that there is some truth to LG’s boast after all. Now that Android 7.0 Nougat has been formally launched, the list of devices getting first dibs have also been revealed. Naturally, existing Nexus devices, as well as the Pixel C and General Mobile 4G Android One, are getting the preferential treatment. But as far as new devices rocking the new Android version, it seems that the honor will actually belong to the LG V20 after all. That’s based on Google’s own website for Android Nougat, calling the V20 the "first new smartphone that comes with Android Nougat, right out of the box."

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Pokemon GO Update: egg chart, iv calculator, Reddit cheats

Pokemon GO Update: egg chart, iv calculator, Reddit cheats

Over the past couple of weeks a variety of big changes have weeded out some of the most prevalent Pokemon GO cheats, hacks, and exploits. Today we've got a list of working exploits of the game, as well as an updated Egg Chart and some IV Calculators that thus far seem to have avoided Niantic's ban gaze. This list has been compiled for two reasons. One, to keep gamers on top of what the cheaters are using to attempt to beat them. Two, to keep these developers on their toes - just as they, in turn, are keeping Niantic's developers on their toes.

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Pokemon GO down? No, I’m just banned

Pokemon GO down? No, I’m just banned

Soft bans and hard bans are popping up early today from Niantic as the company attempts to cut down a new wave of Pokemon GO cheaters. Of course not ALL of the users that the company has deemed less than on-the-level are actual cheaters - but quite a few (or most) of them are. I knew that my account was banned because I'd been keeping up on Pokemon IV levels with an IV checker - whoops!

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