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Lexar JumpDrive F35 USB protects your data with your finger

Lexar JumpDrive F35 USB protects your data with your finger

Almost all smartphones these days, even some budget-friendly ones, have a fingerprint scanner, though some are even moving beyond it now. Laptops are just getting started on that trend but those could only protect what's stored in the computer. Your data in external hard drives and USB flash drives? Ripe for the picking (unless they've been heavily encrypted). Enter Lexar's newest USB flash drive designed to protect your files in the same way that smartphones do: with your fingerprint.

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Mighty Vibe returns to bring Spotify offline with you anywhere

Mighty Vibe returns to bring Spotify offline with you anywhere

Streaming is pretty much the de facto delivery and consumption method for digital content these days. So much so that getting access to offline content is ironically now a paid subscription feature rather than the default. But there will always be times when an Internet connection isn't available or isn't good enough for quality audio, let alone video streaming. And there are also times when you'd rather not bring your phone with you to increase its chances of survival. For both those cases, the Mighty Vibe, a.k.a. the Spotify iPod Shuffle, might be your cup of tea.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 wants to steal the spotlight again

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 wants to steal the spotlight again

Xiaomi's smartphones always makes headlines, even in markets where it doesn't sell those phones. But two years ago, one of its more expensive new models sent ripples through the smartphone market that can be felt even today. That was the Mi Mix, the precursor to today's breed of bezel-less smartphones. Since then, the Mi Mix and even its successor, the Mi Mix 2, have been overshadowed by such all-screen smartphones. Xiaomi is aiming to regain that former glory by outfitting the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 with some rather "interesting" features.

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Pixel 3 AI mostly happens on the device only

Pixel 3 AI mostly happens on the device only

Our smartphones have become a lot smarter, mostly thanks to the inclusion of artificial intelligence or AI in their software features. This AI trend, however, started back when even our powerful handhelds didn't have enough juice to perform all the processing and learning required to make these AI work. To some extent, they still aren't, at least on the learning part. Google, however, thinks the time and hardware is right to make most of the AI happen right on the Pixel 3, keeping data private and prevent it from leaking to the cloud and elsewhere.

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PS4 messaging bug fixed, consoles are saved

PS4 messaging bug fixed, consoles are saved

Almost everything is connected to the Internet these days. One benefit of that is the availability of data and services almost everywhere. One disadvantage is that it can take little to bring connected devices down. That was the hard truth that PlayStation 4 owners learned over the weekend when a simple message sent through Sony's PlayStation Network or PSN would cause the console to crash repeatedly. That exploit has reportedly now been fixed but, for some PS4 owners, the damage has already been done.

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Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 now available for purchase

Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2 now available for purchase

Not everyone is dying to have a new phone. Some, however, might be in dire need of a PC upgrade. A mobile PC, that is, even before Google and, now, Huawei had its time on stage, Microsoft took the spotlight to reveal its latest Surface products. Many of those have been leaked beforehand though at least one accessory came as a complete surprise. Of course, that was just the announcemnt. Fortunately for Surface fans and would be Surface fans, the wait is over now that at least two of these devices are finally on Microsoft Stores shelves.

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YouTube is down and the Internet goes crazy [UPDATE: It’s back]

YouTube is down and the Internet goes crazy [UPDATE: It’s back]

It wasn't just the PlayStation Network that abruptly went offline for a short while. Now an even bigger network outage is affecting users all over the world, not just a few thousand who own specific devices. Yes, YouTube is down. I repeat, YouTube is down. And as with any Internet service that the entire world has come to rely on, the Web is on fire with reports and complaints about how people now have to pry their eyes away from their screens. Or at least start using other social media apps.

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Nokia X7 debuts, Nokia 7.1 Plus probably around the corner

Nokia X7 debuts, Nokia 7.1 Plus probably around the corner

Huawei has just unloaded its not two but three Mate 20 flagship phones but not everyone might be interested in such a high-end device. Not to mention able to afford its equally high-end price tag. For those with simpler needs and simpler budgets, HMD Global has finally announced the Nokia X7 plus, its newest and so far greatest mid-range offering. And while that model might be limited to China, it does hint that an Android One version might not be that far behind.

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Phonak Audéo Marvel hearing aid: binaural audio for Android, iOS

Phonak Audéo Marvel hearing aid: binaural audio for Android, iOS

A lot of the advancements in smartphone technology, from multiple cameras to high-end audio output, have been made with the physically capable masses in mind. Accessibility is present but sometimes more like something tacked on. Worse, some even lock users into a specific platform or device, either by intention or by accident, leaving those with handicaps even more, well, handicapped. Hearing aid maker has had enough, waiting for platform and device makers to get their acts together. With the new Marvel line of hearing aids and its first member, the Audéo M, it is taking matters into its own hands to deliver "love at first sound", no matter what smartphone you're using.

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T-Mobile three-year installment plan is coming soon

T-Mobile three-year installment plan is coming soon

24 months is almost like a sacred number in the mobile industry. It's how long a standard carrier line contract lasts and, consequently, how long you have to pay for the device in installment chunks. It has also become the standard period for warranties and software updates and support. T-Mobile, which always prides itself as the "Un-carrier" might be working to change that game soon. Based on its website, it might start to offer installment plans that will take you three years to pay off instead of just two.

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Samsung Exynos, ISOCELL tech expands to smart cars

Samsung Exynos, ISOCELL tech expands to smart cars

Cars are becoming more and more like smartphones these days. Not just "connected to smartphones" but also using pretty much the same technologies are the computers in our pockets. That's especially true for the silicon that allows for these vehicles to become partially or even fully autonomous. So it's not a big surprise that Samsung is announcing that two of its now popular chips are coming to the automotive industry, bringing its Exynos processors and ISOCELL sensors to the smart vehicles of the future.

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Galaxy Note 10 will be the biggest Note yet

Galaxy Note 10 will be the biggest Note yet

Once upon a time, Samsung's Galaxy Note was ridiculed and doubted for the size of its screen. Just last month, Apple announced the iPhone XS Max, not only the biggest iPhone over bit also 0.1 inches larger than the Galaxy Note 9. Clearly, phablets have won and size is no longer Samsung's exclusive domain. Now it needs to step up its game and, according to reports, the next Galaxy Note will outdo the iPhone XS Max by around 0.1 inches as well.

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