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OnePlus 6T clear mod will make you want this Purple edition instead

OnePlus 6T clear mod will make you want this Purple edition instead

Another glass back phone, another opportunity for JerryRigEverything’s Zack Nelson to turn it into a transparent back. Not all phones with glass backs are created equal though and some end up prettier than others. So far, the Pixel 3 is the titleholder for this year, with insides that immediately make it interesting when viewed inside. Will the OnePlus 6T fare just as well? It could, but not without some work.

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Pixel 3, 3 XL have memory problems but a fix is on the way

Pixel 3, 3 XL have memory problems but a fix is on the way

It seems that no Pixel phone after the first one is free from some major issue right after it launches. Last year’s storm revolved the bluish tint of the Pixel 2 XL’s (LG-made) OLED screen which Google sort of fixed by letting users adjust their color profiles on their own. This year’s Pixels, both of them, seem to be plagued with memory management issues. One of them, related to the camera, already has a fix. An equally problematic issue, however, will be lingering around a bit longer until Google finally rolls out a patch.

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Samsung foldable display UX confirmed for SDC

Samsung foldable display UX confirmed for SDC

Samsung is no longer keeping it a secret and might be riding the wave generated by all the hype around its upcoming foldable phone. While there’s still no telling when these eccentric phones of the future will hit the market, there is now little doubt that Samsung will be talking about it a lot in its upcoming Samsung Developer Conference this week. And if there were still any doubt left, Samsung’s own SDC app practically says it will be talking at least about how a foldable display will offer a totally new user experience.

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Chrome 71 to remove persistent abusive ads

Chrome 71 to remove persistent abusive ads

Ads have almost become a dirty word on the Internet. What should have been, and actually is for some, a legitimate source of revenue, bad behaviors by not a small number of players have tainted that market. Both users and browser makers play a game of cat and mouse against misbehaving and even downright malicious ads and we're in for yet another round. Google has just issued a warning, that starting next month, it will be more aggressively removing all ads on a few sites that still refuse to clean up their act.

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AirPods 2 are almost here, trademark suggests wellness features

AirPods 2 are almost here, trademark suggests wellness features

It seems that Apple has learned the art of teasing its fans and prolonging their waiting. It waited a month after its iPhone XS event to reveal its new iPad Pros. And now it might be waiting for yet another month to bring out another expected product, the next-gen AirPods. It might be close to launch, though, if certification and trademark filings are any indication. And if those sightings are correct, fans might be looking at a rather sophisticated piece of fitness equipment they can put in their ears.

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Ingress Prime now available to welcome new Agents to the fight

Ingress Prime now available to welcome new Agents to the fight

Pokemon GO might be the game that finally made it money, but Niantic Labs’s real groundbreaking work was on Ingress, perhaps the first worldwide “augmented reality” mobile game. It was a hit for a small niche market when it launched in 2012, a market that may have felt a bit abandoned when Niantic turned its eyes on Pokemon GO. The company is now going back to its roots to take the lessons from both of its games to breathe new life into the game. Welcome to Ingress Prime.

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Vivo NEX S Review – A valiant first attempt

Vivo NEX S Review – A valiant first attempt

This year has seen a number of unconventional smartphones but few can probably outdo the bezel-less, notch-less smartphones with elevating cameras. Vivo blazed the trail with its Apex prototype that it said wouldn’t be commercialized. A few months later, the Vivo NEX S launched with almost exactly the same features as the prototype. But is the NEX S all flair and no substance? Is it just a smartphone with a pretty face and a gimmick but nothing more? We take a hard good luck at the Vivo NEX S to bring you the answers.

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Surface Go Costco exclusive model now available for all

Surface Go Costco exclusive model now available for all

All the news about Apple’s somewhat controversial new iPad Pros and Google’s premium 2-in-1 Chrome OS Pixel Slate may have made consumers forget that there was also a Microsoft tablet that could be all that to some extent. No, it’s not the mildly disappointing Surface Pro 6 but the somewhat divisive Surface Go. Microsoft has just made an almost unnoticed change that could bring the 10-inch tablet back into people’s radars. Previously available only from Costco, Microsoft is now selling a version of the Surface Go that sits cozily between its two existing configurations in both specs and price.

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Samsung Infinity-Flex trademark could hide Galaxy F name

Samsung Infinity-Flex trademark could hide Galaxy F name

It seems that things are ramping up for Samsung’s foldable phone. If all the tips and leaks are correct, it could make its first debut this week, at least in prototype form. There’s still some mystery surrounding the device, including what name it will have. There is still an ongoing debate about whether the Galaxy F moniker will be used for this foldable phone or for something else. A new trademark filing by Samsung, however, might settle that debate, though it could also give Samsung some legal headaches later down the road.

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Destiny 2 is free to keep on PC until next week

Destiny 2 is free to keep on PC until next week

Blizzcon just happened last week and, unsurprisingly, much of the focus was on the company’s biggest money-maker, Overwatch. And there was also that mobile Diablo game announcement that isn’t sitting too well with some Diablo fans. One unexpected news that came out of the weekend was about Destiny 2 on the PC. No, Bungie is still the game’s developers and owners but it has teamed up with Blizzard parent company Activision to offer the base game for free if you grab it before next Sunday.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro screen has strong green bleeding, complain owners

Huawei Mate 20 Pro screen has strong green bleeding, complain owners

Halloween is long over but something might continue to haunt Huawei Mate 20 Pro owners like an eerie green ghost. And no, we’re not talking about Ghostbusters’ Slimer. Just days after new, proud owners got their hands on Huawei’s latest and greatest, the flood of complaints regarding screen problems come crashing into forums and social media. The complaints are clear: users are seeing a greenish light bleed around the edges. Unfortunately, Huawei’s official response isn’t as certain.

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Google Pixel Slate FCC sighting hints at earlier launch

Google Pixel Slate FCC sighting hints at earlier launch

The Pixel Slate is arguably one of the most exciting Chromebooks to land in the market. Or rather, that would be landing in the market. Although Google has basically revealed all at its Pixel event last month, the Chrome OS 2-in-1 remains out of reach of everyone. Unlike the Pixel 3 smartphones, Google’s replacement for Android tablets has yet to actually hit store shelves, both virtual and physical, with nothing but a “later this year” promise to hold on to. Fortunately, Google might not be waiting for the 11th hour to bring the Pixel Slate to the public, as it was just listed by the FCC, suggesting that we might just be a week or two away from actual launch.

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