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LG V30 finally launches in Europe via carriers

LG V30 finally launches in Europe via carriers

Manufacturers sometimes make the weirdest decisions in the name of business, citing market analysis and such. Samsung, for example, didn’t make the Galaxy Note 5 available in Europe because it believed the productivity-focused phablet would have no audience there. LG has made it V series similarly unavailable in the market for various other excuses. Fortunately, that was promised to change with the LG V30 and that promise has finally happened, months after the smartphone launched elsewhere.

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Happy 25th birthday, text messaging!

Happy 25th birthday, text messaging!

There are just some inventions that are so disruptive and so pioneering that it changed history forever. Inventions like the wheel, electricity, the Internet, and, of course, text messaging. Nowadays, most markets take for granted this almost ancient way of communicating with text using mobile phones, but the first text message, which was sent 25 years ago to date, started the ball rolling that would influence many of the trends we also take for granted today.

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2018 MacBook, Apple Watch to free up more space inside, says Kuo

2018 MacBook, Apple Watch to free up more space inside, says Kuo

There is only so much you can cram inside an electronics device. Aside from concerns about heat management, manufacturers are often limited by the size of the components they use. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle where you try to fit as many components as you can in the most efficient arrangement possible. There are two ways around this problem. The most common is to shrink, or even remove, components to make room for more. The other is to use more or less flexible components, which is what Apple will be doing for next year’s line of MacBooks and Apple Watches, or so says the famed Ming-chi Kuo.

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Google Home Mini reportedly crashes when used at high volume

Google Home Mini reportedly crashes when used at high volume

The Google Home Max, launching in less than two weeks, is supposed to be Google’s audiophile contender. The old Google Home was more or less decent but the Google Home Mini was probably never meant to be used to jam. Still, you wouldn’t expect it to crash and burn, not literally thankfully, when you do use it for rocking out to your favorite music. Unfortunately, some owners are discovering exactly that and Google is still in the dark as to its cause.

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Google Assistant will soon connect you to nearby home services

Google Assistant will soon connect you to nearby home services

Today’s (and yesterday’s) generation are often chided for being a generation of instant gratification. Many probably don’t even know what “yellow pages” are. They can just google for a nearby plumber or cleaner and get their answer in an instant. Our predecessors might roll their eyes (or in their graves) if they knew what Google has coming next. Soon, you won’t even have to type in Google search. Just ask Google Assistant for the a local home service and make a call.

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Samsung patent uses palm recognition for passsword hints

Samsung patent uses palm recognition for passsword hints

Fingerprint scanning is secure and reliable. 3D face recognition is fast but still in development. Samsung has the former and is reportedly working on the latter for the Galaxy S9. But why stop there? Indeed, a recently surfaced patent reveals that Samsung is toying with the idea of using palm recognition for a related purpose. No, it won’t unlock your phone using your unique palm lines. It will just help you remember your password or PIN code.

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Google AIY Vision Kit brings computer vision in a cardboard box

Google AIY Vision Kit brings computer vision in a cardboard box

Google Cardboard, the previous VR platform, might be dead, but Google is finding other ways to put cardboard in people’s hands. Last May, it introduced its AIY DIY AI Voice kit that leveraged the power of the Raspberry Pi to help you make your own Google Assistant in a cardboard box. Now it is making another RPi-based DIY kit, this time focusing on computer vision and on-device machine learning instead. Introducing the AIY Vision Kit, your Google Lens in a box.

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Google bans apps with lockscreen ads, Amazon phones in question

Google bans apps with lockscreen ads, Amazon phones in question

Like it or not, and many definitely don’t, ads have become part and parcel of the modern digital life. It’s not that ads themselves are bad. In fact, for some, it’s the only way to generate revenue for something they offer for free. What makes ads the villains, however, are the way people have unscrupulously used every trick they can come up with to inconvenience or, worse, mislead users. Google has been cracking down on inappropriate uses of ads on Android, and the latest to get the banhammer are apps that put those ads on phones’ lockscreens.

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Microsoft Edge on Android and iOS is now available for all

Microsoft Edge on Android and iOS is now available for all

One of the advantages of using the same browser across all your devices is that you mostly have a consistent experience, not to mention possibly syncing bookmarks, browsing history, and the like. If, however, you’ve fallen head over heels for Microsoft’s latest web browser, you’re out of luck on mobile. Until now, that is. Microsoft has just taken off the “Preview” label on the mobile version of Microsoft Edge, giving iOS and Android the ability to sync browsing data with their Windows 10 PCs.

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Google Home Max launch isn’t going to miss the holidays

Google Home Max launch isn’t going to miss the holidays

Apple has received an amusingly large amount of backlash over its decision to delay its HomePod launch past the holiday and shopping season. It seems that Google won’t make the same mistake with its equivalent Home Max speakers. According to Best Buy’s very early listing, the speakers will become available for purchase mid-December, just as Google promised. It remains to be seen, however, if Google will be able to avoid the problems that Apple might have been trying to steer clear from with an early launch.

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You can now buy a Nokia 2 in the US

You can now buy a Nokia 2 in the US

Looking for an extremely wallet-friendly smartphone with a design that calls back to yesteryears? Then you might want to get yet another Nokia. No, now the new old Nokia 3310 but the really new Nokia 2. At $99, it’s one of the cheapest Android phones in the market, though you probably know what you’re getting. Or rather what you’re not getting. Either way, you can now get Nokia’s cheapest new smartphone from Amazon, with a US warranty to boot.

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Eve V Review: dreams can come true

Eve V Review: dreams can come true

Microsoft has never had good luck with its own hardware outside of the Xbox. And when it did strike gold, the company may have suddenly decided to take things in a different direction. Rumors of the Surface Pro’s imminent demise and the OEM fallout that might follow has some 2-in-1 fans worried. Fortunately, a rather daring startup based in Finland, once considered the leader in innovation, not only picked up the torch but even did what no OEM would dare do: ask users directly what they wanted. And thus the Eve V was born. And now we get to take a deep look to see if they were able to deliver.

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