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It might soon be safe to buy a BlackBerry KEYone again

It might soon be safe to buy a BlackBerry KEYone again

What was supposed to be a dream come true for BlackBerry fans turned out to be a nightmare for some. The BlackBerry KEYone, which is probably the best QWERTY BlackBerry Android phone money can buy was near perfect for those obsessed with QWERTY keyboards. It had, however, one very fatal flaw. The screen would drop or be dislodged, sometimes with very little force. Although it denies any manufacturing error, BlackBerry promised it would strengthen the adhesive used under its screens. And that promises has started rolling out to retailers and carriers for users to buy or exchange.

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Samsung really wants you to use the Bixby button only for Bixby

Samsung really wants you to use the Bixby button only for Bixby

The Galaxy S8 promised a lot of things but, like many promises, not all of them lived up to their hype. At least not yet. DeX was still a bit buggy and inconsistent and Bixby still lacks its most important feature. It’s only natural that users would want to repurpose the Bixby Button until that promised day arrives, but Samsung seems quite intent in making that nearly impossible to do so, as can be seen in this latest update to the T-Mobile models of its flagships.

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LG Q6 “G6 mini” coming this week, spotted in Geekbench

LG Q6 “G6 mini” coming this week, spotted in Geekbench

LG has just announced the G6+ and G6 32 GB in South Korea, but it has no signs of stopping with the “spinoffs”. Another model that’s coming is the “G6 mini” but it might have a different name. Now believed to be called the LG Q6, this mini flagship will mostly have mid-range specs but will surprisingly retain the flagship’s Full Vision nearly bezel-less design. Albeit with an understandably lower resolution, of course.

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Essential phone misses essential launch date

Essential phone misses essential launch date

The Essential phone, via Android godfather Andy Rubin, made a lot of promises. An unbloated Android experience, fast updates, and, perhaps most important, a bezel-less screen that rivals both the Galaxy S8 and the still coming iPhone 8. Rubin also made a promise that the device would start shipping a mere 30 days after pre-orders have started. We’re now on day 33 without an Essential in any buyer’s hands, which doesn’t bode well for a very ambitious first try.

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iPhone 8 prototype puts screen in perspective

iPhone 8 prototype puts screen in perspective

In the past, people were content with just seeing schematics of still to be announced phones. Then the world advanced to 3D renders and now, 3D printing. So it’s not exactly surprising that we’re not getting overloaded with prototypes of popular models, including the iPhone 8, of course. After OnLeaks’ and TigerMobiles’ prototype, Unbox Therapy also got his hands on one. This time, though, he goes to great lengths to compare it with what’s available in the market right now.

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Here’s how to get OneDrive working again

Here’s how to get OneDrive working again

It seems that Microsoft has painted itself into a corner with a move that doesn't really have practical merit. At least not in the way the company has carried out the matter. Users of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage solution suddenly locked out of their OneDrive shares mirrored on their local computers. All because Microsoft, without prior warning, suddenly decided that no filesystem is good enough for OneDrive other than its own proprietary NTFS.

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Google Maps makes accessibility everyone’s responsibility

Google Maps makes accessibility everyone’s responsibility

Although sometimes required by law in certain jurisdictions, not all establishments have facilities that cater to or at least assist people with disabilities. And that's not even counting areas that may not be cut out for some disabilities, like long-winding stairs or uneven terrain. Nothing can be more frustrating, not to mention disheartening, than arriving at a place only to discover how inaccessible it s. It is nearly impossible for one organization or company, even for Google, to keep track of all that information, which is why the search giant is now tapping all Google Maps users to at least help people prepare better.

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Sony might still have an Xperia “Compact” in the works after all

Sony might still have an Xperia “Compact” in the works after all

When Sony announced its new Xperia X flagship line last year, it seemed as if the company was finally bringing order to its chaos. Then earlier this year, it was reported to be trimming down its portfolio even further, focusing instead on its flagship and mid-range lines. Based on this latest AnTuTu sighting, however, Sony might be up to something and might actually have an Xperia XZ Compact still planned.

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This is how much better an 8GB OnePlus 5 is

This is how much better an 8GB  OnePlus 5 is

The OnePlus 5 has a lot going for it, if you do manage to escape or forgive some of its flaws. In terms of specs, save for the screen, it pretty much trumps most flagships this year. But then OnePlus went above and beyond the call of duty and offered one of the very few and first smartphones with a whopping 8 GB of RAM. But what does this $60 addition to your bill really give you? Someone finally made an unscientific test to find out.

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Nintendo Switch Online app will finally be out in two weeks

Nintendo Switch Online app will finally be out in two weeks

Unlike with its previous console launches, Nintendo took a different strategy for its most unique gaming device yet. There were no bundled games, no massive pile of launch titles even. And the online service that should have come with the console is still a few months away from going completely live. But while Switch owners bid their time for that date, Nintendo will at least be giving them a foretaste by making the Nintendo Switch Online app available in two weeks, right in time for Splatoon 2's launch.

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Google Pixel could soon have an Always On Display mode

Google Pixel could soon have an Always On Display mode

Energy savings isn't the only benefit to come from OLED, specifically AMOLED, displays. Or rather, there are other benefits to the technology that allows AMOLED screens to be more efficient with the batery. One of those is the ability to have the entire display still enabled but displaying very little or almost nothing. This is the so-called Always On Display and it might soon be coming to a Google Pixel phone near you.

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OnePlus 5 DxOMark score is unsurprisingly disappointing

OnePlus 5 DxOMark score is unsurprisingly disappointing

OnePlus started its hype engine quite late in the development stages of the OnePlus 5 but, once it has warmed up, it went into full gear. That started with, and was mostly focused on, the OnePlus 5's dual camera system. In order to give credibility to its promise, OnePlus enlisted DxOMark's help in developing its cameras. That, however, didn't help it that much in the end, though the results aren't exactly surprising.

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