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XBOOK ONE X laptop mod offers keyboard option, bigger screen

XBOOK ONE X laptop mod offers keyboard option, bigger screen

EdsJunk has been making and offering mods of nearly every Xbox and PlayStation generation, turning them into portable versions of themselves. Depending on your definition of "portable". But while the modder calls them "laptops", they're really only laptops in their clamshell form. With the new XBOOK ONE X, however, the mod comes close to actually being a laptop. Now the hulking briefcase turned semi-portable Xbox One X includes a laptop-sized keyboard, but only if you ask for it.

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OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, 5T get Android Oreo treats

OnePlus 3, 3T, 5, 5T get Android Oreo treats

It seems that one of OnePlus' new year's resolutions is to really keep the promises it makes. At least the ones it makes public. And it is doing so by ending the old year exactly that way. With just a few days and hours to spare, OnePlus has finally released the promised Android Oreo beta for the OnePlus 5T while also giving the OnePlus 5 its promised Face Unlock feature. And lest you complain, it has also rolled out an update for the OnePlus 3/3T stable builds as well.

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Lumia Hapanero Windows Phone prototype worked with Surface Pen

Lumia Hapanero Windows Phone prototype worked with Surface Pen

There's no use crying over spilled milk, as the saying goes. There are, however, some milk you really can't help but cry over. Such is the case for Surface Phone hopefuls who are constantly reminded of what could have been. The latest wound to be inflicted on them is a video of an alleged Lumia prototype, codenamed the Lumia Hapanero. Like the elusive Surface Phone, the device showed some crude Surface Pen support, further reinforcing the theory, and the tragedy, of how Microsoft came so close to fulfilling that geek dream.

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Otto smart lock maker stops operations just after 4 months

Otto smart lock maker stops operations just after 4 months

The smart home, a.k.a. connected home, market is fast-growing one that is luring big companies and ambitious startups with the promise of the next big thing after smartphones. Unfortunately, just like many promises, that doesn't always stand up to reality and some companies crash hard. One such big dreamer is Otto, who unveiled its rather pretty smart lock not too long ago. In August 2017, to be precise. But now the company's doors have practically closed, and CEO and Founder Sam Jadallah offers what he hopes will be a cautionary tale for other Silicon Valley hopefuls.

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Pixel 2 Portrait Mode unofficially on OG Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

Pixel 2 Portrait Mode unofficially on OG Pixel, Nexus 6P, 5X

The Google Pixel 2, and the OG Pixel before it, has been hailed as having one of if not the best smartphone cameras in the market. But its real accomplishment is not exactly in the camera hardware but in the software Google has developed to actually make up for the lack in hardware. But because it's mostly software-based, it's also a bit easier to extract that magic and make it available for other compatible smartphones. And thus, Google Camera mod Camera NX was born, which now includes the much sought-after bokeh effect to older Google phones.

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Samsung C-Lab to show off audio, visual innovation at CES 2018

Samsung C-Lab to show off audio, visual innovation at CES 2018

Who says Samsung isn't a proponent of innovation? Well, maybe not that much inside its main, stable, and sometimes slow-moving business divisions. But if you take a peek inside its C-Lab, a.k.a. Creative Lab, program, you might actually find some of the strangest and sometimes impressive things innovation can produce. And Samsung isn't shy about showing them off to a crowd at CES 2018, in the hopes of finding potential partners and investors to turn ideas into actual commercial products.

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Samsung responds somewhat on Galaxy Note 8 battery issue

Samsung responds somewhat on Galaxy Note 8 battery issue

While 2017 has generally been kind to Samsung, it ended on a not so good note for owners of the latest Galaxy Note 8. And while reports of practically useless devices have started growing, so did Samsung's silence. And when the company finally did speak out, it leaves much to be desired and wondered, almost echoing the response Samsung gave in 2016's Galaxy Note 7 exploding battery fiasco.

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LG 88-inch 8K OLED TV is ready for CES 2018

LG 88-inch 8K OLED TV is ready for CES 2018

The TV-making industry is just as aggressive as smartphones these days. Especially after a long lull where there was barely any major innovation, trend, or hype pushing the market forward. Now we have curved screens, 4K resolutions, multiple HDR standards, and quantum or nano particles. If LG is to be asked, however, there is one more new territory to conquer: 8K. The Korean consumer electronics giant has just unveiled its newest and biggest TV yet, with an 88-inch panel sporting the world's largest TV resolution.

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Android in 2018: Trends and predictions

Android in 2018: Trends and predictions

It's the start of the new year so, naturally, it's time to dust off those crystal balls and magic 8-balls. And while we're no Nostradamus, we can still do a bit of intelligent guessing on what will happen next based on what has come to pass. And if 2017 is any indication, it looks like we're going to be in for a rather fun and, at the same time, rough 2018 in Android land. Here are some of the new things that could come our way this year, in no particular order.

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Android in 2017: the highs and the lows

Android in 2017: the highs and the lows

Another 365 (and one-fourth) days have passed. Naysayers have again been proven wrong. Android is still going strong and the open source operating system is going places no other OS has or can. But it hasn't been smooth sailing for Android in general or for Google and its OEM partners. But then again, every year has always had its ups and downs. Here are some of the highs and lows in Android land in 2017 that could hopefully serve as both inspiration and hard lessons learned for 2018 and beyond.

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Samsung 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook to have stylus and silo

Samsung 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook to have stylus and silo

Things seem to be getting interesting for Chromebooks again. On the heels of Google removing the last remaining Android tablet from its store, clues of improvement of Android apps on Chrome OS have surfaced. And while Google is now pointing buyers to its own Google PixelBook for their Android tablet fix, Samsung might have a better solution coming. Last month saw signs in Chrome OS code of what could the first 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook coming from Samsung, and it might even come with a nifty stylus and a home for it.

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Destiny 2 Gods of Mars will be the next big expansion

Destiny 2 Gods of Mars will be the next big expansion

Big MMOs have had a rough last quarter this year. Star Wars: Battlefront II has just made life a lot harder for many games thanks to their loot boxes. And while less dramatic, Destiny 2’s reputation was also tarnished by its first expansion, the Curse of Osiris. Bungie has promised to fix things, or at least some things, but fans may already have something new to wait for. The PlayStation Network mistakenly published details about the next DLC, titled “Gods of Mars” and the expansion will finally add a new enemy faction to the game.

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