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Google Datally Android app gives fine-grained mobile data control

Google Datally Android app gives fine-grained mobile data control

If there’s anyone who’d know how much mobile data smartphone users consume, it’d be Google. From the myriad Google services to the millions of Android phones, Google has got the the means to calculate your mobile data consumption. Now the tech giant is giving users the ability to see that information for themselves with its new Datally app for Android. But, even better, it’s also giving users the ability to have more control over which apps use that data.

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Razer Phone is going to be tough to repair

Razer Phone is going to be tough to repair

The Razer Phone isn’t exactly the most beautiful phone in the market this year, but they do say that beauty is only skin deep. In this case, however, what’s true on the outside might be true on the inside as well. After mostly survive JerryRigEverything’s trinity of durability tests, the Razer Phone is now subjected to a teardown. And while it does survive it as well, it wasn’t the smoothest ride either.

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Browser-based drive-by cryptomining keeps running even when closed

Browser-based drive-by cryptomining keeps running even when closed

The fact that people mostly live their computing lives inside their browsers hasn’t escaped attention. Browser makers are adding more power and giving browsers more access to hardware. Google has even made an entire OS based on a web browser. And now, malware authors are scrambling to take advantage of all those. This latest development is a bit more cunning though because, instead of outright demanding payment or use misleading and harmful ads, it generates money by exploiting your computer’s hardware to mine for cryptocurrency.

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Sony’s next Xperia flagship might disappoint

Sony’s next Xperia flagship might disappoint

In just a few weeks time, we will be changing our calendars and trying hard to remember to right the correct dates. Which means yet another round of “what will smartphone makers come up with next?”. The Galaxy S9 is almost pretty much a done deal, but it seems Sony will have something early as well. A snapshot of the specs of what is allegedly the next Xperia flagship is making rounds over the Internet and it might not turn out to be a great way for Sony to start 2018.

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Xiaomi Redmi 5, 5 Plus pop up at TENAA, announcement next week

Xiaomi Redmi 5, 5 Plus pop up at TENAA, announcement next week

Just because the year is almost over doesn’t mean the smartphone train has to stop. Indeed, it’s a year-round journey and while some have pre-determined stops, others, don’t. Take for example Xiaomi, who is set to announce its latest Redmi models next week. And just in time, we’re seeing both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus hit China’s TENAA, revealing almost everything there is to know about the two.

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Verizon wants 5G to replace home Wi-Fi in 5 cities next year

Verizon wants 5G to replace home Wi-Fi in 5 cities next year

By now, even if not everyone and not all areas have it, 4G is more or less old news. 5G is the thing that service providers and chipset makers are going for or even fighting against. Some from the Wi-Fi market might not be so keen on the spread of this technology, and Verizon’s latest announcement might be one reason why. The carrier has just announced its plans to offer 5G services in residential areas in three to five cities before 2018 is over, possibly changing the way some households connect to the Internet.

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ZTE Axon 7 axed, no successor in sight yet

ZTE Axon 7 axed, no successor in sight yet

ZTE isn’t exactly one of the most popular smartphone makers in the US, especially considering how it got dragged into a national security inquiry, along with Huawei. It has had, however, a few highlights, like the dual-screen foldable Axon M or last year’s Axon 7. It is a bit surprising to hear that the ZTE has stopped production and sales of its Axon 7 flagship just a year after it launched in the US, with no Axon 8 even rumored yet.

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HTC Vive X invests in 26 more startups, opens shop Tel Aviv

HTC Vive X invests in 26 more startups, opens shop Tel Aviv

HTC is dead serious about pushing its Vive VR, and AR, platform. Need proof? Just look at the dozens of ambitious startups that it has already invested in to create new experiences. Still not enough? Good thing HTC is adding even more. It has just announced the third batch of lucky innovators chosen to have access to HTC Vive’s wealth of resources, both human and data. Over two dozen startups will be provided the opportunity and the materials they need to push the boundaries of what virtual and augmented realities can offer.

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Sony G Series memory card claims fastest CFast 2.0 title

Sony G Series memory card claims fastest CFast 2.0 title

With smartphones gnawing at their bottom line, camera makers are pushing the upper limits of DSLRs and professional camera equipment. But the increased capabilities and performance of latest gen cameras hasn’t given memory makers enough time to catch up. Sony, however, is now saying it has. The consumer electronics giant has just announced its new G Series of CFast 2.0 memory cards that it boasts is faster than the fastest CFast card around.

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Photoshop will use AI to instantly pick out subjects from backgrounds

Photoshop will use AI to instantly pick out subjects from backgrounds

Bokeh effect, a.k.a. portrait mode, is one of the quickly rising fads in smartphone photography. Making a subject pop might be easier with dual cameras or some Google algorithm magic in the case of the Pixel 2 phones. but selecting that subject manually in an image is actually a chore. Even Photoshop’s automatic smart selection tool is no match for complicated scenes. So what could Adobe do to make life easier for its users? Why, use machine learning and artificial intelligence, of course!

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Apple now has YouTube videos for basic support tips

Apple now has YouTube videos for basic support tips

Apple has always prided itself on having personable customer support staff that add a human touch to their service. As nice as that might sound, it doesn’t scale well with the growing number of Apple users. It took to Twitter last year as a sort of compromise that can fit in 140, now 280 characters. Now it is hopping on YouTube to provide moving pictures instructions on some of the most burning support questions users have, like how to take screenshots on an iPhone or how to print from an iPad.

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ASUS ZenFone Max Plus is an odd 18:9 mid-range phone

ASUS ZenFone Max Plus is an odd 18:9 mid-range phone

Not enough ZenFones for you this year? Here’s one more and it’s a strange one at that. The 18:9 screen ratio is often used by smartphone makers to mark their high-end devices. ASUS, however, missed that boat when it put out the ZenFone 4 series a few months back. But instead of pushing out an even higher model, it has curiously slapped on 18:9 screens on mid-range models, like this mouthful of an ASUS ZenFone Max Plus.

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