smartphones

Google reverses Android ad-blocker decision

Google reverses Android ad-blocker decision

Just last week, Google seemed to declare war on mobile ad-blockers on the Google Play app store. It all started when they blocked Adblock Fast from the store. The most bizarre part of the story was Google's vague reasoning behind their decision, which was that it violated Section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement. Well, now they appear to have reversed course.

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Facebook’s app might be killing your battery

Facebook’s app might be killing your battery

It's 2016, and my phone can't last more than a day or so on a full charge. For whatever reason, phone manufacturers still seem to care more about the size of the phone than how long the battery will last. And as it turns out, app developers aren't helping matters, either.

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OnePlus 2 gets a $40 price drop

OnePlus 2 gets a $40 price drop

Last month, OnePlus quietly pulled the 16GB version of their OnePlus 2 phone from their online store here in the US. While I was happy to see the small size go, it did mean that the entry price for a OnePlus 2 went up considerably. Well, just a few short weeks later, that's changing.

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Sony’s dual-camera system being used by ‘major smartphone players’

Sony’s dual-camera system being used by ‘major smartphone players’

Amidst all the rumors about upcoming smartphones packing dual camera systems, Sony itself has added fuel to the fire. During its third quarter earnings call in the recent past, the company’s chief financial officer Kenichiro Yoshida answered an analyst’s question about dual camera adoption in the future, saying in part that “major smartphone players” will be using Sony’s dual camera platform.

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Samsung Galaxy S II gets the Marshmallow treatment

Samsung Galaxy S II gets the Marshmallow treatment

People love to have the latest and greatest gadgets. If your phone is more than a year or two old, you might as well just throw it out, right? Actually, many phones still keep working long after the manufacturer stops supporting them. In fact, if you have an old Samsung Galaxy S II that you're still using, you can get a surprising new update for it.

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Xiaomi phones pulled from US Mobile, as they’re “not authorized” to sell them

Xiaomi phones pulled from US Mobile, as they’re “not authorized” to sell them

Yesterday, we heard that Xiaomi phones would be making their way to the US market for the first time, albeit in a somewhat shady way. The devices quickly disappeared from the US Mobile site, but the question about how they came to be there in the first place still lingered. And was Xiaomi actually okay with them doing this?

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Some Android phones can be hijacked via WiFi, Google releases fix

Some Android phones can be hijacked via WiFi, Google releases fix

Generally, if you stay away from malicious sites, and don't click any strange links that are sent to you, you're going to keep your computer or phone pretty safe. After all, for an attacker to actually accomplish anything on your device, they need a way in. Well, on some Android phones, just being on the same WiFi network as your attacker can give them everything they need.

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T-Mobile adds Amazon, Fox News, and WWE network to their Binge On service

T-Mobile adds Amazon, Fox News, and WWE network to their Binge On service

T-Mobile made waves last year when they announced their Binge On service. If you're not familiar, with Binge On, you can stream all of the content you want, without it eating into your data plan. The only caveat is that it only applies to specific streaming content providers. While the service rubs a lot of people the wrong way, the company continues to add new compatible streaming services to its list.

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OnePlus X goes invite-free

OnePlus X goes invite-free

If you've been wanting to get your hands on a OnePlus X, you've either needed to get an invite from someone, or do it on a Tuesday. It's not often that you need an invitation to be able to purchase a phone, but it seems to have worked well enough for the company so far. However, you won't have to do that any longer.

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iPhone 7 may have a dual-lens camera option

iPhone 7 may have a dual-lens camera option

It would seem that Apple doesn't have enough different models of their flagship phone. Currently, their latest model comes in two different flavors, with one having a 4.7-inch screen, and another with a 5.5-inch screen. If rumors are to be believed, there may be two different 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone 7.

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Chrome iOS update cuts crashes by 70%

Chrome iOS update cuts crashes by 70%

It's not often that a company will come forth and let you know that their product has a tendency to fail on a regular basis. When they do, it's usually followed by an announcement about how they've fixed the problem. And that's pretty much exactly how things went down today, when Google announced a new version of Chrome for iOS.

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Safari crashes when you tap the address bar, here’s how to fix it

Safari crashes when you tap the address bar, here’s how to fix it

We know that it can take just one malicious link to crash Safari. But someone has to trick you into actually clicking on it, in order for your browser to stop working. Unfortunately, it seems that now you don't even need to go anywhere for Safari to experience a crash.

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