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Sony developing new Android launcher to replace Xperia Home

Sony developing new Android launcher to replace Xperia Home

Sony's Xperia line of smartphones may not be the hottest sellers on the Android market, but that doesn't stop the company from releasing new devices. While one could argue over the amount of effort they put in to improve their phones, Sony is finally making some changes to their software UI. Sony's existing Xperia Home launcher is being retired, it's been revealed, soon to be replaced by a new Home application.

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Apple brings 5G and national security into Qualcomm patent battle

Apple brings 5G and national security into Qualcomm patent battle

As Apple and Qualcomm's ongoing legal battle over patent licensing fees continues, the two companies now find themselves before the US International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., with the chipmaker arguing that iPhones with rival Intel modems should be banned from the country. Apple's counter position, however, includes arguing that such a move would be a threat to US national security and the development of 5G.

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iPhone 3GS to be sold once again in South Korea

iPhone 3GS to be sold once again in South Korea

Now that we've using smartphones for over a decade, we're at a point where early models can officially be touted as "retro" devices. An example of this is currently playing out in South Korea, where the carrier SK Telink is going to sell Apple's iPhone 3GS — first released in 2009 — in limited numbers. A collection of new, unopened units were discovered in a warehouse recently, and the carrier will be offering them to customers starting at the end of this month.

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Apple pulls CallKit apps from Chinese App Store following new law

Apple pulls CallKit apps from Chinese App Store following new law

Apple has taken new action against app developers in order to comply with new cybersecurity laws in China. The company has begun warning iOS developers that any apps using Apple's CallKit will be pulled from the Chinese App Store unless they remove the framework's integration. This comes after China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has started to enforce regulations that see CallKit as a way to help bypass censorship and surveillance.

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All the new Overwatch anniversary event skins have leaked

All the new Overwatch anniversary event skins have leaked

Blizzard's hit game Overwatch is celebrating its second birthday at the end of this month, and that means a new anniversary event begins next week. The event runs from May 22nd through June 11th on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and like the game's other event held throughout the year will feature special loot boxes with time limited cosmetics like skins, emotes, and sprays. The character skins, of course, are what most players get excited about, and you can see all of them here.

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Google Duo brings screen sharing to Android

Google Duo brings screen sharing to Android

Google's Duo app has become one of the most popular video calling app on Android since its debut in 2016, and now it's introducing a rare feature for mobile platforms: screen sharing. The latest version of Duo is rolling out with the ability to share what's displayed on a phone's screen while on a call, allowing the other person to follow along in real-time.

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Acer Predator X27 4K, HDR, and G-Sync gaming monitor up for pre-order

Acer Predator X27 4K, HDR, and G-Sync gaming monitor up for pre-order

There's long been a market for gaming-focused PC monitors, with 4K models being the standard for some time now. But Acer's Predator line is here with a new flagship display that raises the bar: the X27 is the first gaming monitor to feature 4K, HDR, and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. The Predator X27 was first unveiled almost a year and a half ago, and now it's finally available for pre-order, albeit at a wallet-busting price.

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YouTube Music, YouTube Premium will be included in Google Play Music subscription

YouTube Music, YouTube Premium will be included in Google Play Music subscription

This week saw the announcement of two new services from Google: YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, with the latter replacing YouTube Red. YouTube Music is the company's latest attempt at a full-fledged streaming music service, while YouTube Premium will continue offering the library of original series and movies that were previously on Red. Where this gets confusing, however, is for Google Play Music subscribers, which will exist alongside these two new services.

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Snapdragon PC owners get free LTE from Sprint

Snapdragon PC owners get free LTE from Sprint

One of the most promising features of recent PCs running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors is Microsoft's "Always Connected" Windows experience. That is, as long as a data connection is available. That's about to become much easier, and cheaper, thanks to a new Sprint promotion that offers free unlimited 4G LTE through the rest of 2018.

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Xiaomi Mi 8 tipped to feature fingerprint sensor under the display

Xiaomi Mi 8 tipped to feature fingerprint sensor under the display

With edge-to-edge displays quickly becoming the standard among flagship smartphones, meaning the loss of a "chin" for physical home buttons, the race is on to see who can include a reliable fingerprint sensor imbedded in the screen. Both Apple and Samsung have been rumored in the past to be working on this technology, but are said to have experienced difficulties slowing progress on the feature. If the latest development is accurate, it may be China's Xiaomi that's next with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

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Google’s latest AI experiment is an emoji scavenger hunt game

Google’s latest AI experiment is an emoji scavenger hunt game

After bringing Where’s Waldo to Google Maps last month, Google is back with another fun time waster, this time based on AI and emoji. It's a scavenger hunt that can be played on any phone, and it uses machine learning to identify real world objects and match them with an emoji. To play, just head over to emojiscavengerhunt.withgoogle.com using a phone's browser to play.

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Avengers: Infinity War sets new $1B box office record

Avengers: Infinity War sets new $1B box office record

As everyone on the planet already knows, Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War has been a huge success, both in pleasing fans and making money. But it's in the latter category that the movie continues to break records. The latest for the superhero ensemble is that it's now reached the $1 billion worldwide mark in the fastest period of time.

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