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OnePlus 3, 3T get Android Nougat in time for the new year

OnePlus 3, 3T get Android Nougat in time for the new year

Just in the nick of time. OnePlus gave itself an end of the year deadline and it has just beat the deadliest of deadlines. With just a few hours to spare, at least from OnePlus HQ, the high-profile Chinese OEM announced the incremental rollout of Oxygen OS 4.0, which brings Android 7.0 Nougat not only to the OnePlus 3T as promised but also to the OnePlus 3 as well. A fitting way to start the new year and end the old one, provided the update actually gets to users quickly.

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Galaxy Note 7 problem unlikely due to battery only, say sources

Galaxy Note 7 problem unlikely due to battery only, say sources

Samsung has already concluded its investigations and already knows what made its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 explosive. It has already shared its findings with independent labs and is expected to share those results with the rest of the world soon, probably this month even. And yet, in an industry notorious for leakS, there how been very little info about that data and Samsung is exercising extreme caution with leaks. That may be because, according to industry sources, the root cause of the Galaxy Note 7's problem isn't simply a battery issue, contrary to what Samsung kept on insisting months ago.

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Next Dell XPS 13 to be a 2-in-1 convertible

Next Dell XPS 13 to be a 2-in-1 convertible

The PC isn't dead. It has just changed its face. Laptops today have started looking more like their tablet cousins, bearing touch screen displays and flat slate modes. That trend has seemingly trickled down even to Dell's orthodox laptop line, the XPS. "Accidentally" leaked by Dell's own website, a new Dell XPS 13, model 9365, is shown boasting of a very flexible spine, not unlike to Lenovo YOGA. This makes the still to be formally announced XPS 13 the first of its kind to finally cross over to the convertible side.

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LG “All Day Gram” boasts 24-hour life in lightweight size

LG “All Day Gram” boasts 24-hour life in lightweight size

Compared to today's powerful laptops (excluding gaming ones), the laptops of yesteryear look like hulking giants. And they weigh like one two. Especially if you compare them with these new notebooks from the LG Gram line. Introduced in late 2015, the LG Gram aimed to outdo the Apple MacBook Air in the weight department. At CES 2017, LG wants to do one better. It will be showing off its LG "All Day Gram" that not only boasts of one of smallest three-digit gram figures but also lasts you a full day of battery.

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First ever Steam Awards ends, here are the winners

First ever Steam Awards ends, here are the winners

Awards in the gaming industry, whether big-time, Triple-A stuff or indie, are nothing new. There are even halls of fame, like in history, sports, or entertainment. But awards from a single distribution platform? Virtually unheard of! That is, until Valve decided it was time to set the course of history straight with its first ever Steam Awards which just concluded at the turning of the year. Now the votes are in and the trophy winners have been revealed. But if you were expecting anything like the Emmy's, you're definitely in the wrong industry.

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Original Zelda design docs reveals the craft behind the game

Original Zelda design docs reveals the craft behind the game

The Legend of Zelda is perhaps one of the most iconic franchises in the gaming industry, but the very first game, released just a little over thirty years ago, definitely looks dated by today’s graphics standards. That said, the creation process of the game itself, from the levels to the super memory efficient programming is still a treasury of knowledge and insight even for today’s game developers and designers. Which is why Nintendo generously giving both game makers and players a peak at some of the design documents of the immortal classic.

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Apple sued, FaceTime blamed for fatal car accident

Apple sued, FaceTime blamed for fatal car accident

Driving and using a smartphone at the same time is usually made illegal in some states, with some caveats, for a reason. Drivers have time and again proven themselves incapable of exercising good judgment in those cases. Sometimes, however, companies that implement the technologies, or rather fail to implement them, should be held accountable as well. That seems to be the reasoning behind a lawsuit filed in Texas against Apple, accusing it of not implementing a FaceTime patent it held which could have prevented the death of a five-year old girl in a tragic 2014 vehicular accident.

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Amazon Alexa now gets your follow-up questions

Amazon Alexa now gets your follow-up questions

As smart as smart assistants like Siri, Cortana, and Alexa try to be, they seem to have problems with their short term memory. Ask them a question and they'll answer promptly. But ask them immediately about something related to that answer and they seem to have forgotten about it entirely. Unless they asked you first, that is. Google, however, has had the ability to take into account the context of these follow-up queries, and now Amazon has silently given Alexa that skill in the latest update to its Echo devices.

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Galaxy S7 Android Nougat beta ends, final launch next month

Galaxy S7 Android Nougat beta ends, final launch next month

Samsung has just shutdown its beta program for Android 7.0 Nougat on the Galaxy S7 but don’t let that alarm you. Presuming you’re using a Galaxy S7, of course. While the company might be ending the year with an only slightly sad note, it will star the new one with a bang (no note puns intended). According to the brave souls testing that beta, they have been notified that the official rollout of Nougat will take place in January. As soon as possible in January, that is.

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Cortana in Creators Update: clipboard, notification sync

Cortana in Creators Update: clipboard, notification sync

Siri might be the oldest player in the personal assistant game and Alexa might be the new darling, but Microsoft's Cortana has one thing the others, even the new Google Assistant, don't. It's available on multiple platforms and devices, including Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Android, and iOS. In the upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10 next year, Microsoft will take advantage Cortana's cross-platform abilities to bring at least three new features to the platform, including a universal and improved notifications across devices.

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HTC “Ocean Note” to ditch the 3.5mm jack for USB-C

HTC “Ocean Note” to ditch the 3.5mm jack for USB-C

HTC seems to be genuinely unfazed by how its smartphones have been doing lately, which is to say not that good at all. HTC's devices, particularly its flagships are a paradox, warmly received but never selling well. That, however, hasn't stopped the Taiwanese OEM from putting out model after model of smartphones, whether the market likes it or not. Case in point is the "Ocean Note" believed to be unveiled in two weeks, just one of three new "Ocean" smartphones and one that won't have a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

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Mega Man Mobile pre-registration is up, no rewards offered

Mega Man Mobile pre-registration is up, no rewards offered

Nintendo may be taking its sweet time to bring its sweet time to bring even just its characters to mobile, other Japanese gaming giants aren't so slow-paced. Square Enix, for example, has practically ported its entire Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series to smartphones and now Capcom is following suit with Mega Man Mobile. The company has just opened up its pre-registration page for the game but, if you were hoping to get something in return for being an early bird, no such luck.

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