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Opera mobile cryptocurrency mining protection now available

Opera mobile cryptocurrency mining protection now available

The surge of fame, or infamy, that cryptocurrency, specifically Bitcoin, is now enjoying has made some a tad too desperate to cash in on the hype. Desperate but enough to risk investing in such a fickle business. And so they will let others take the risk for them whether those others like it or not. That is practically the line of thinking behind a new class of intrusion called cryptocurrency mining that threatens to render devices, including smartphones, inoperable or even dead. Opera is coming to the rescue with a new version of its mobile browser to protect your phone from such drive-by attacks.

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Running Windows apps on Android is slowly getting there

Running Windows apps on Android is slowly getting there

Our smartphones are getting so powerful that they’re being used for sometimes crazy things, like bitcoin mining or running as a desktop. How about running a desktop? Been there, done that, at least as far as Linux is concerned. But running Windows programs on Android, without tricks like remote desktops or virtual machines, is a different thing entirely. It could, however, be close to becoming reality thanks to the latest WINE 3.0 release, which paves the way for running Windows win32 programs on Android almost natively.

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Foldable phones: a necessary first step that’s doomed to fail

Foldable phones: a necessary first step that’s doomed to fail

Much like the mythical Microsoft Surface Phone, the Samsung foldable phone is believed to finally appear, year after year. It might finally happen in 2018, with a commercial launch in 2019. But before then, we will most likely be treated to a parade of other foldable phones from other companies, both in concept and in the market. But are foldable phones really that necessary? For everyday consumers? Hardly. But for the future of computing? It’s that crucial step we can’t actually skip.

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LG Aristo 2 on MetroPCS brings Android Nougat to the masses

LG Aristo 2 on MetroPCS brings Android Nougat to the masses

How much would it cost you to have an Android phone with a more or less recent version of the mobile OS? If you’re willing to cut corners, apparently not that much. Of course, you will not be getting top of the line specs or features, but if you’re more concerned about the longevity of your phone in terms of software updates, then the LG Aristo 2 might be more to your taste. Arriving almost exactly a year before the first one, the Aristo 2 is probably the cheapest Android Nougat phone you’ll be able to buy from a big brand and a carrier.

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Windows Mixed Reality headsets are now more affordable

Windows Mixed Reality headsets are now more affordable

If you expected virtual, augmented, and mixed reality to be the centerpiece of CES 2018 a few weeks ago, you might have been sorely disappointed. Is the honeymoon finally over? Perhaps not. But there is a growing trend of making the technology more accessible to more people, in terms of design and, more importantly, price. As if to counter the arrival of cheaper and standalone headsets, Microsoft and its OEM partners have seemingly all decided to cut the prices of their virtual mixed reality gear by nearly half. Well, at least almost all of them.

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OnePlus Camera M mod improves OnePlus 5/5T photography

OnePlus Camera M mod improves OnePlus 5/5T photography

There seems to be a new pattern among some of the newer and smaller players in the smartphone market. Launch a phone with “decent”, sometimes even dismal camera performance and then promise a firmware update that fixes it later. That fix does come, eventually, but sometimes the results are less than satisfying. Fortunately there are some rather devoted app developers, like XDA Senior Member txx1219, who develop some mods, like this OnePlus Camera M, that takes the disappointing stock OEM camera app and magically transforms it into something good.

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512GB microSD card exists: here’s when it’s coming

512GB microSD card exists: here’s when it’s coming

What is the largest capacity microSD (technically microSDXC) card in the market today? If you answered SanDisk’s tiny 400 GB card launched last August, then you’re woefully out of date. Well, just half out of date. UK-based Integral Memory just announced its a microSDHC/XC Class 10 UHS-I card with a whopping 512 GB of storage inside. Only problem for now is that it isn’t available for you to buy just yet. And when it does, be prepared to pay a pretty penny for it.

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Gboard Go for low-power Android 8.1 phones out now [APK Download]

Gboard Go for low-power Android 8.1 phones out now [APK Download]

It was less than two months ago that Google rolled out Android 8.1 and, with it, Android Go, the super lightweight configuration-not-version of Android for extremely constrained phones. Along with Android Go came a set of “Go” apps designed specifically to consume less data and less RAM. One app, however, was late to the party and is sneaking in quietly. Gboard Go is now available for compatible smartphones, bringing the same keyboard goodness Android users love but without the whimsical cruft.

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Android 8.1 Wi-Fi Speed Labels rolling out now

Android 8.1 Wi-Fi Speed Labels rolling out now

Free public Wi-Fi is becoming ubiquitous (and sometimes dangerous) that there might be more than a handful to choose from at any given time. Not all Wi-Fi hotspots, however, are created equal. Some are good, some are bad, and some are just plain horrible. To help you decide which Wi-Fi access point to connect to, at least based on speed, Google is providing a new “Speed Label” in the Wi-Fi list for Android. At least, if you’re running Android 8.1.

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Android soft launches starts

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Android soft launches starts

Dust off those robes and start exercising your flinging arm. The newest mobile game out of the magical world of Harry Potter is now out. At least on Android and at least in some markets. Or if you know where to get a copy in Diagon Alley. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has soft launched on Android in some markets, giving fans of the franchise a chance to live out their fantasies as a witch or wizard in training. But like anything related to magic, looks can be deceiving.

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Vivo X20 Plus with in-display fingerprint sensor launch details

Vivo X20 Plus with in-display fingerprint sensor launch details

Vivo may not be one of the most well-known Chinese smartphone brands across the globe, but it is definitely one of the most adventurous. It was one of the first to make the world’s thinnest smartphone (back then only 0.7 cm thick) and was one of the first to jump on 6 GB of RAM and deca-core processors. And this week it will be making history again by becoming the first to use the in-display fingerprint sensor technology that should have been in the Galaxy S8 and iPhone X first.

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BlueStacks Android N beta brings faster, newer Android games to PC

BlueStacks Android N beta brings faster, newer Android games to PC

It’s 2018 and you still can’t easily run Android apps on your PC. Yes, you can, but the keyword here is easily. Platforms like BlueStacks exist to ease that pain but there are still some hurdles to overcome, like Android’s dreaded fragmentation. With a new Android N beta release, BlueStacks has taken one step closer to bridging that divide, bringing the promise of the latest Android games for you to ply play on your Windows or Mac computers.

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