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Froyo finally drops from Android charts, Nougat still not 1%

Froyo finally drops from Android charts, Nougat still not 1%

It's a long time coming but it finally happened. Android 2.2, the dessert known as Froyo (Frozen Yogurt) has finally left the monthly Android Distribution chart. What this means is that there is now less than 0.1% devices in the market running it. You might think that's unsurprising given how old it is, but you'd be surprised how long it stayed there. What's another thing that's taking so long? Android 7.0 and 7.1, a.k.a. Nougat, reaching even 1%.

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LG G6 to beat Galaxy S8 to market

LG G6 to beat Galaxy S8 to market

It seems that the rivalry between Samsung and LG will be coming back in full swing this year, especially after Samsung revealed its vulnerability. Ironically, LG might actually be taking a page out of Samsung's book in doing so. According to Korean media, the LG G6, name still unconfirmed, is scheduled to launch early in South Korea, right in the first week of March. This mirrors Samsung's rather successful tactic that launched the Galaxy S7 earlier than usual in order to boost its first and second quarter financials.

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Nintendo Switch accessories leak is a treasury of teasers

Nintendo Switch accessories leak is a treasury of teasers

Leaks about accessories usually aren't that exciting, except when they give juicy hints about the product they're associated with. Especially if said product is the Nintendo Switch, the gaming giant's Hail Mary to remain in the running in today's market. The numerous photos come from Twitter user "DroidXAce" and depict the product line up of gaming accessory maker Hori. While some of the accessories are curious in themselves, even more interesting are hints about the Nintendo Switch itself.

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Verizon puts a 200GB limit on unlimited data

Verizon puts a 200GB limit on unlimited data

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. To that, we add there’s no such thing as unlimited data. A point of contention with regulators, carriers have redefined what the word “unlimited” means, which now means, “limited to a certain amount somewhat arbitrarily set by us”. That certain amount, in Verizon’s case, has never been officially publicized but is now being “confirmed” to be 200 GB a month on average. Such users are being given an ultimatum to change to a new, not-unlimited plan or take a hike.

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Final Fantasy XV bug let player into blocked off open world

Final Fantasy XV bug let player into blocked off open world

Given how long it has been delayed, rebooted, and, of course, renamed, the boy band road trip known as Final Fantasy XV is naturally the subject of much appraisal, criticism, and, of course, bug exploits. No game ever shipped without bugs, so it isn’t exactly surprising to see one like this. Fortunately, this out-of-bounds (OOB) glitch in FF XV is harmless and, to be honest, practically useless. Unless you happen to like spending nearly an hour enjoying the sights and dust of the game world. On foot, no less.

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Famicom Pocket puts the Famicom Mini inside a Game Boy

Famicom Pocket puts the Famicom Mini inside a Game Boy

There has never been a lack of hacks and DIY projects surrounding Nintendo’s most beloved classic gaming systems, but Nintendo itself kicked off renewed interest when it launched the Famicom Mini in Japan and the NES Classic to the rest of the world. There have been some interesting work trying to replicate those mini consoles using a Raspberry Pi or, more recently, hacking into the box to make it support more than the fixed 30 games inside. This latest one to come straight from Japan is, perhaps, the craziest and best one yet, which practically puts a NES inside a GameBoy. Behold, the “Famicom Pocket”!

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Windows 10 Creators Update will bring these nifty features

Windows 10 Creators Update will bring these nifty features

If the speculation is correct, Microsoft will be rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update by April. But even before that date, Windows Insiders are already being given an early treat with a large Build 15002 that was just dropped on them. Even Microsoft calls it “BIG”, and it isn’t exaggerating either. Microsoft is generously giving non-Insiders a glimpse of what’s to come, giving Windows something to whet their appetites while they wait for the real BIG update to land in three or so months.

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Apple, Carl Zeiss tipped to be working on AR glasses

Apple, Carl Zeiss tipped to be working on AR glasses

Cars, AI assistants, and mixed reality. Those seem to be the major thrusts of tech companies of late, and Apple is no exception. But, as typical of the Cupertino-based company, it keeps its major projects under wraps, dropping hints here and there for fans to chew on. Thanks to renowned blogger Robert Scoble, we have confirmation about Apple’s next major endeavor. Well, third-party confirmation, of course. After grilling an unsuspecting Carl Zeiss AG employee, Scoble says that the two companies are indeed working on a pair of smartglasses that will become Apple’s first and formal entry into the augmented reality market.

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LG G6 will have an odd 18:9 5.7-inch screen

LG G6 will have an odd 18:9 5.7-inch screen

Gone are the days when screen aspect ratios were simple. Though there’s really no one ratio to rule them all, you could expect screens to fall under either 16:10, 16:9, or the square-ish 4:3. Nowadays, you have resolutions like 3:2 or the ridiculously wide 21:9, which can be found on some new monitors. LG, who makes some of those monitors, is once again pushing the envelope with a new 18:9 screen for smartphones from LG Display. And in case you missed it, that might very well be the LG G6’s screen.

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Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Pro 9.7 vs Lenovo Yoga Book Android showdown

Surface Pro 3 vs iPad Pro 9.7 vs Lenovo Yoga Book Android showdown

If there were a few takeaways at CES 2017 last week, it would be that cars are the new darlings of the tech industry, that Amazon Alexa is taking over the world, and that laptops are becoming tablets or tablets are becoming laptops - laptops and tablets are becoming one. Whichever angle you look at it, the lines separating these two forms of portable computing have become even more muddled, with detachables and convertibles sporting pens and tablets sporting keyboards.

As it seems to be a growing trend, we take a look at three of the most popular laptop/tablet hybrids, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, the 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro, and the new Lenovo Yoga Book, to see how they fare against each other in the "tablet that can replace your laptop" category.

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Samsung granted patent for fold-out smartphone design

Samsung granted patent for fold-out smartphone design

While some patents do eventually make it into a final product in one for or another, most never see the light of day. They usually just become legal safeguards, “just in case”. In the case of this particular Samsung patent, however, both might be true. The Korean manufacturer has been known to throw oodles of patents regarding foldable and flexible smartphones, but its patents for specific “fold-out” designs have been scant, if not non-existent. Until now, that is. The US Patent and Trademark Office just granted Samsung the patent for a design of such a fold-out smartphone which would curiously put Lenovo in a rather dangerous position.

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3D graphene is lighter than steel but ten times stronger

3D graphene is lighter than steel but ten times stronger

Yes, that is almost an oxymoron but almost a material scientists’ dream come true. A material that has 10 times the strength of steel, one of the hardest man-made materials, and yet also just 5% of its density. But that is precisely what researchers at MIT might have just accomplished by taking graphene, believed to be the strongest materials in existence, and forming it into a structure that resembles a coral more than a bar of steel.

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