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Galaxy S10 will have different fingerprint scanners

Galaxy S10 will have different fingerprint scanners

Next year will be the Galaxy S line’s nth anniversary and it seems that Samsung is going to throw everything into it. Whether it makes complete sense or not. At least the Korean OEM will give buyers their choice of crazy with not one, not even two, but three models to choose from. And the three won’t just differ in their number of cameras or price either. According to the latest media report, they will also differ in the type of fingerprint scanner experience you will get.

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Chromebook “Nocturne” detachable to fix HP Chromebook x2’s flaw

Chromebook “Nocturne” detachable to fix HP Chromebook x2’s flaw

Chromebooks are starting to expand into more than just the “book” factor. But before Acer’s first Chrome OS tablet, there was the HP Chromebook x2, the first detachable Chromebook. For its price and specs, it was a near-perfect portable Chromebook save for one critical flaw: its keyboard had no backlight. Fortunately, it seems that an upcoming detachable Chromebook will correct that mistake and push the Chrome OS envelope again.

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LG G7 ThinQ Review: sounds better than it looks

LG G7 ThinQ Review: sounds better than it looks

Although it is not exactly in dire straits like, say, HTC, LG has had a rough few quarters. For 2018, it supposedly went back to the drawing board and would be focusing on a few but key premium models. The latter resulted in at least four V series variants in the past 7 or so months while the former gave birth to the LG G7 ThinQ. Billed as the first in the G series to bear its ThinQ brand, LG’s 2018 flagship puts AI front and center. That, however, is hardly its only selling factor and may not even be its biggest strength. We take a deep dive into the LG G7 ThinQ to see if it has enough power to lift LG out of its slump.

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Google vs PlayStation, Xbox: what it needs to win in gaming

Google vs PlayStation, Xbox: what it needs to win in gaming

Google has a presence in almost every aspect of our digital lives, from Internet services to smartphones to digital content distribution to connected homes. But one thing it has not yet fully sunk its teeth into is gaming. Yes, Android has mobile games but, so far, Google has been rather detached from them. Rumors, however, are now starting to flow about a Google gaming platform that will boldly take on the likes of Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. But whether it’s game streaming or not, Google will probably need to take these factors into account to avoid producing another Ouya.

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OnePlus makes good on some promises, still working on others

OnePlus makes good on some promises, still working on others

One of the benefits of being a small phone maker, with a comparatively smaller customers base, is that you can move more quickly than giant companies. OnePlus is taking advantage of that agility by holding “Open Ear Forums”, face-to-face meetups with its fans and customers, where it hears their complaints and wishes. Proving that it isn’t just listening to them, the company has just published a list of the promises that it already fulfilled as well as those that they promise are still being worked on.

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Galaxy X, Galaxy S10: here’s when they’re coming

Galaxy X, Galaxy S10: here’s when they’re coming

The Galaxy Note 9’s sudden popularity might be short-lived. Samsung is scheduled to launch its phablet early to offset the Galaxy S9’s weak sales. However, it seems it may have yet another reason to do so: to give it enough time in the market before it gets shoved out of the spotlight. A new rumor has appeared that reveals Samsung’s early 2019 schedule and it looks like even the Galaxy S10 is in danger of being overshadowed by the Galaxy X.

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RPG Maker MV coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One

RPG Maker MV coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One

Gaming is such a big thing these days that almost every kid or grownup dreams of making their own best-selling game. Not every one of those, however, may have the knowledge or time to dig deep into game development. Fortunately, there are tools like the RPG Maker series that simplify that process and, by next year, console gamers will be able to experience that game-making process when RPG Maker MV lands on the Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One.

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iOS 12 Shortcuts available in beta for developers

iOS 12 Shortcuts available in beta for developers

One of the most exciting things to come in iOS 12 is admittedly the new and improved Siri. There is, of course, Siri Shortcuts which lets you not only jump directly into a specific app function or feature but also lets you use your own command phrase for it. That, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of it comes in the new but familiar Shortcuts app that is now available in beta form, at least for developers.

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Pokemon GO is two years old: have some Pikachu and Pichu

Pokemon GO is two years old: have some Pikachu and Pichu

Niantic Labs has been doing AR games (some might debate the use of “AR” there) for quite some time. But while its Ingress had a cult following, its name never really took off until it partnered with The Pokemon Company to bring out Pokemon GO. And the rest, as they say, is history. It’s almost hard to believe that it has been two years since that fateful turn of events and Pokemon GO is now celebrating its birthday with an abundance of the Pokemon that really started it all: Pikachu.

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LG foldable phone patent has some interesting twists

LG foldable phone patent has some interesting twists

Bezel-less screens, notches, and elevating cameras have practically stolen the market spotlight from the foldable phone. If things happen according to leaks, however, the tables could be turned before the year ends. Almost anyone and everyone has a foldable phone concept from Samsung to Apple to Huawei. Unsurprisingly, LG isn’t far behind. But while the patent for this LG foldable phone bears some resemblance to, say, Samsung’s, it definitely has a few differences that make it both interesting and odd.

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Google Duo now on Android tablets, Chromebooks, multiple devices

Google Duo now on Android tablets, Chromebooks, multiple devices

Google may have a confusing assortment of communication services but one thing it’s good at is making those services and apps available on almost all platforms and devices. On the heels of making Android Messages available on web browsers, Google is now very silently rolling out wider support for its Duo video-calling service. Now whether you’re on a tablet, a Chromebook, or a different Android smartphone, you can easily make a video call, no sweat at all.

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SNK 40th Anniversary Collection comes to the Nintendo Switch

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection comes to the Nintendo Switch

SNK is celebrating its 40th birthday and it’s definitely doing overtime to make everyone remember their childhood. It has recently unveiled the NEOGEO mini, it’s own take on the miniaturized gaming console of your childhood. That one comes with 40 classic SNK games to enjoy again or for the first time. But for those who want that piece of nostalgia with having to shell out for another piece of seldom-used hardware, the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection for the Nintendo Switch might be more to your liking.

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