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OnePlus 5/5T Android 9.0 Pie beta has finally arrived

OnePlus 5/5T Android 9.0 Pie beta has finally arrived

All the attention lavished on the OnePlus 6T and, to some extent, the OnePlus 6 might naturally cause a few owners of OnePlus’ 2017 flagships to feel a bit hurt. Neither side can be blamed but OnePlus did promise that the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T would still get their delicious pie. The good news is that the company hasn’t forgotten that promise. The bad news is that owners will have to settle, at least for now, for a beta of Android 9 Pie. That is if they’re willing to take the risk.

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Apple is making its own cellular modem, job hiring reveals

Apple is making its own cellular modem, job hiring reveals

Next year, there will be a lot of talk about 5G coming from all players in the mobile market. Carriers and smartphone makers will race to be the first to offer 5G features while chip makers will flaunt their 5G-capable silicon. Amidst that frenzy, one key player will be relatively silent. Apple doesn’t seem to be hyping 5G plans for next but it isn’t because it doesn’t believe in the premise and promise of 5G. It’s just that it will be too busy making its own phone modem, 5G or otherwise.

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NVIDIA SHIELD keeps the features coming in Experience 7.2 upgrade

NVIDIA SHIELD keeps the features coming in Experience 7.2 upgrade

One could argue that given how few NVIDIA SHIELD units there are, it’s relatively easy for NVIDIA to update it. That said, one can also argue that given how few NVIDIA SHIELD units there are, NVIDIA could have also just as easily abandoned them in obsolescence. Fortunately, that isn’t the case and the latest SHIELD Experience 7.2 upgrade not only fixes or updates existing apps, it even brings new experiences, including Amazon Music.

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Galaxy S10’s innovations might cost buyers this much

Galaxy S10’s innovations might cost buyers this much

While Samsung’s foldable phone, which may be called the Galaxy Fold or Galaxy Flex, might be 2019 much-anticipated device, it won’t be something majority of consumers will actually buy. As far as Samsung flagships are concerned, that role still falls on the Galaxy S series and, if it still exists, the Galaxy Note phone. Samsung does seem to be piling up “innovative” features on the Galaxy S10 but with all the new hardware, it raises the question of how much those will sell for.

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OnePlus isn’t betting big on 5G yet, dreams off smaller phone

OnePlus isn’t betting big on 5G yet, dreams off smaller phone

Almost any and all companies involved with phones and the Internet are rallying behind a single, two-letter word: “5G”. From chipmakers like Qualcomm to service providers like T-Mobile to phone manufacturers like Samsung, the big players are lining up their big guns on the 5G wall. One company, however, sounds almost unconvinced. Despite portraying itself as a rebel who never settles for anything less, OnePlus isn’t in a rush to put out a 5G-capable phone. Oh it’s coming alright, in about five months or so. It won’t, however, making it much money.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate played and partly won using bananas

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate played and partly won using bananas

ATwerkingYoshi is going bananas. And quite literally too. When Super Smash Bros. U finally launched, it went big immediately, despite the earlier high-profile premature leak. And, as expected, anyone and everyone who could streamed or recorded their experiences and reactions playing what some already call the best-selling Switch game of all time, or at least this year. None, however, would have probably guessed that someone would take seven bananas and use those as a controller, not to mention win some matches, too!.

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Windows 10 Privacy dashboard confuses more than it informs

Windows 10 Privacy dashboard confuses more than it informs

Almost all software these days, from small apps to hulking operating systems, scrap some pieces of data from users. Some simply take stats needed to improve the app or service. Others use that same excuse to gather even more information, personal or otherwise. To make sure users don’t misinterpret their activities or sue them for such, companies like Google and Microsoft provide dashboards for users to see and control what data they collect from you. Unfortunately, Microsoft’s version of that for Windows 10 isn’t exactly doing what it says it’s doing.

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Huawei Mate 20 trio topped AnTuTu November 2018 chart

Huawei Mate 20 trio topped AnTuTu November 2018 chart

Ever since the initial scandal a few years back, a scandal that has apparently persisted to today, mobile performance benchmarks have lost their luster and flair. People still use them, of course, mostly as a reference and starting point. And companies just love citing those, especially to boost their prestige and, eventually, sales. One company that might revel in those numbers is Huawei, whose three, yes all three, Huawei Mate 20 phones grabbed AnTuTu’s November ranking. But things might not be what they seem.

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iPhone XS, XR actually doing well, suggest major Apple suppliers

iPhone XS, XR actually doing well, suggest major Apple suppliers

If this all sounds like deja vu, you might have been closely monitoring reports on iPhone X sales last year. Apple’s most daring iPhone, it has been reported as both failing and succeeding as far as sales go. This year’s iPhone XS, XS Max, and especially the XR are similarly getting conflicting reports, most of on the disappointing side of the scale. But while reports of Apple cutting back on production due to weaker than expected demand for the phones, two of its biggest suppliers seem to be proving otherwise.

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Moment case for OnePlus 6 brings lenses that expand its world

Moment case for OnePlus 6 brings lenses that expand its world

Smartphone cameras have become quite capable and formidable but even those with the most innovative features, like Samsung’s dual aperture lens or Google’s AI-backed single camera, are pretty much limited by the lenses manufacturers bolt on to them permanently. There’s really no way around that unless phones become like interchangeable lens cameras. Fortunately, there are companies like Moment that do offer something equivalent and fortunately for OnePlus 6 owners, the company has finally taken notice of them.

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LG gram 17, gram 2-in-1 take lightweight brand to new places

LG gram 17, gram 2-in-1 take lightweight brand to new places

Just as an earlier leak indicated, LG is expanding its once famous “LG gram” line of laptops and taking it places no gram has gone before. Meaning, just like what that same leak suggested, they are taking on not just new forms but new weights as well. Whether that actually breaks the deal, only consumers will be able to decide. Suffice it to say, the LG gram 17 and 14-inch LG gram 2-in-1 are not your average grams.

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The Best of 2018: Smart Devices Edition

The Best of 2018: Smart Devices Edition

It’s that time of the year again when we not only take stock of the past nearly twelve months, we also go through our list of things we’d love to buy if we got the chance or the need. Whether it’s buying a gift for a tech-savvy friend or family member or even for yourself, there’s no shortage of options that could send you down a spiral of paralysis analysis. To save you from drowning, here are some of the best of the best this year when it comes to smart and mobile devices.

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