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Wileyfox does an Amazon with Add-X ad-subsidized phones

Wileyfox does an Amazon with Add-X ad-subsidized phones

One of the biggest reasons why US consumers still flock to carriers for their phones is because the upfront price is often too heavy to bear. Some OEMs have setup their own device installment plans in response but Amazon but a unique twist to that. With its Prime Exclusive phones, you pay a lower one-time fee in exchange for always seeing targeted ads on your lockscreen. Now UK phone maker Wileyfox is offering something similar in its new Add-X Range but with a unique twist of its own.

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Ford reveals its strategy to put self-driving cars on roads

Ford reveals its strategy to put self-driving cars on roads

With the debate over self-driving cars seemingly less frantic, car makers are more openly laying out their plans for the car of the future. The latest to join that chorus is Ford, whose executive vice president Jim Farley has gone on the Web to reveal how the company is designing its AV, or autonomous vehicle. Unlike its competitors, it won’t simply be retrofitting an existing model but will build an all-new self-driving designed around the lessons it learned from its high-profile customers.

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Oculus Rift Core 2.0 tries to push VR forward

Oculus Rift Core 2.0 tries to push VR forward

While virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality have all, or separately, been hailed as the next wave of computing, the truth is they haven’t taken off outside of a still small minority in the tech industry. One reason is the prohibitive cost of PC-powered VR equipment. The other is that few people find any use of the technologies, especially VR, outside entertainment and a few niche serious applications. Oculus, perhaps the pioneer of this VR renaissance, wants to at least change the latter with the upcoming Rift Core 2.0 release that adds both serious work and a pinch of whimsy to the VR platform.

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Huawei Mate 9 Oreo update begins with EMUI 8.0 rollout

Huawei Mate 9 Oreo update begins with EMUI 8.0 rollout

When you heavily customize the Android experience, chances are you will have a harder time keeping up with Android updates. That’s the situation Samsung is in and it isn’t alone. Xiaomi and Huawei are part of that club, but the latter seems to have picked up some slack. After making it available in beta last October, Huawei is finally rolling out Android Oreo to the Mate 9 and its variants. Of course, it comes with Huawei’s own custom EMUI 8.0 experience and, sadly, isn’t available everywhere yet.

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LG Signature Edition phone is the super V30+ you can’t have

LG Signature Edition phone is the super V30+ you can’t have

LG has a rather odd product strategy with its V30 flagship. Just a month after it launched, it was followed immediately by a V30+, a slightly beefed up version that was available from limited carriers only. Although it now at least waited two months, LG has announced yet another “upgraded” model. The good news is that you might not be able to get your hands on this very limited LG Signature Edition phone just announced in Korea.

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You can now buy a Nokia Steel HR hybrid smartwatch in the US

You can now buy a Nokia Steel HR hybrid smartwatch in the US

As if the wearable market was already crowded with smartwatches and half-smartwatches, here’s one more. Granted, the Nokia Steel HR isn’t exactly new. Although it went on pre-order only recently, it has actually existed as far back as last year but with a different name: the Withings Steel HR. Call it by any other name, it is still the same curious spin on the smartwatch design. And it is now available to buy in the US, if you’re willing to pay $180 for a smartwatch that works with both Android and iOS.

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Microsoft Store 12 Days of Deals kicks off with a Surface Pro

Microsoft Store 12 Days of Deals kicks off with a Surface Pro

Missed Black Friday and Cyber Monday? No big deal because an even longer list of deals is coming your way. If you have a soft spot for Microsoft, that is. Select Microsoft Stores will be conducting the company’s annual 12 Days of Deals to keep you on your toes each day all the way until the 17th. Better not blink because once the 24 hours are over, they’re gone.

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You can also use your Apple Watch with Apple Pay Cash

You can also use your Apple Watch with Apple Pay Cash

After a brief hiccup due to an unplanned early update, Apple has finally flipped the switch for its much-awaited “person to person” mobile payment system. But since Apple Pay Cash transactions happen on Messages, you might presume it’s only limited to iPhones and iPads. Apple has now released the fine details of the new system and in case you missed it in beta, here’s the all-important reminder: you can use the Apple Watch to send payments, too.

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Elon Musk’s Boring map shows how LA may be changed forever

Elon Musk’s Boring map shows how LA may be changed forever

When faced with death-inducing traffic, most people will think of flying cars or at the very least, more highways and flyovers. Not one to settle for common answers, Elon Musk presented a boring solution instead. That is, one that bores underground to create tunnels for high-speed skates to carry cars from point A to point B. Now the controversial genius has released a map of the grand plan for tunnels that will practically transform Los Angeles from below, revealing The Boring Company’s not so boring ambitions.

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Ai.Type keyboard’s lax security leaks millions of user data

Ai.Type keyboard’s lax security leaks millions of user data

Virtual keyboards are perhaps one of the strangest and often underestimated kind of software on mobile devices today. On the one hand, it’s easy to take them for granted because they’re just on-screen keyboards. On the other hand, anything that you type, including sensitive information like passwords and credit card details, passes through them. With that much power, keyboard developers need to exercise great responsibility as well. Unfortunately, a “popular” keyboard by the name of Ai.Type didn’t think so, leaking more than 31 million users’ data simply because it didn’t protect its own database with a password.

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KODAK Mini Shot Instant Print Camera catches up with the times

KODAK Mini Shot Instant Print Camera catches up with the times

While professional digital cameras remain uncontested at the top, at least for now, point-and-shoot cameras are struggling to find their place in this smartphone-centric world. Some, like Fujifilm have found a rather profitable niche in instant print cameras, digital or otherwise, and long-time rival Kodak has jumped in as well. The latter has just announced the latest in its growing roster of Instant Print products, the KODAK Mini Shot, designed to provide instant gratification even for the smartphone generation.

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iPhone X isn’t Consumer Reports’ top pick

iPhone X isn’t Consumer Reports’ top pick

Non-profit organization Consumer Reports prides itself on offering “unbiased product ratings and reviews” and it isn’t averse to ruffling a few feathers to do so. It has given unfavorable, sometimes even scathing reviews on products like the new MacBook Pro, the Microsoft Surface line, and even the Tesla Model S. Although less damning this time, the magazine isn’t awarding the iPhone X a glowing recommendation, especially over its iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus siblings. That’s because it has found it too be a tad too fragile and short-lived for its $1,000 price tag.

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