Google’s Android updates policy needs a big makeover

Google’s Android updates policy needs a big makeover

No device lives forever, particularly not smartphones where what's on the cutting edge seems to dull within months, but Google's end-of-life announcement for the Pixel still surprises. The handset - still so popular months after its release, indeed, that Google's online store struggles to keep it in stock - may be facing replacement at the hand of the Pixel 2 later this year, but for the moment it's still the company's flagship Android device. So it's not too surprising that owners have been dumbfounded this week by Google's scant commitment to software updates in the years ahead.

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Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 passes through Korean ratings board

Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 passes through Korean ratings board

If you were a fan of the original Mega Man Legacy Collection, then good news: it looks like a follow-up anthology has made a stop at the Korean Game Rating Board. Of course, since these are just re-releases of classic Mega Man games, it was a safe assumption that a second one would pop up sooner rather than later. Still, this pass through the Korean Game Rating Board suggests that the game is close to becoming a reality.

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Neanderthal DNA found in cave dirt even though the bones are long gone

Neanderthal DNA found in cave dirt even though the bones are long gone

Researchers have detailed a method by which it is possible to detect the presence of long-gone hominin groups in locations where actual skeletal remains aren't present. The method -- which involves looking for traces of DNA in sediment layers -- has been successfully used to detect the presence of Neanderthal DNA in more than half a dozen sediment layers, as well as an instance of Denisovan DNA detection in what is described as a Middle Pleistocene layer.

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US Navy creates zinc-based batteries less prone to exploding

US Navy creates zinc-based batteries less prone to exploding

Lithium-based batteries are great, except when they're not -- these batteries are prone to catching on fire and exploding, hence many product recalls over the years. A safer alternative comes in the form of zinc-based batteries, but these aren't popular due to the difficulty of recharging them. The U.S. Navy's Research Laboratory is changing that with a newly developed 3D 'sponge' battery electrode made with zinc.

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Pokemon is the key to Nintendo Switch success

Pokemon is the key to Nintendo Switch success

As a lifelong Nintendo fan (and recent Switch owner), I was happy to see the news that the Switch had an excellent launch, with nearly 3 million units sold worldwide. Home to the one of the best games of at least the past decade - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - there was little surprise that the Switch was going to sell well at launch, but what can Nintendo do to keep it up? The answer is as simple as it is certain: Nintendo must launch a proper Pokemon game on the Switch if it wants to see the console become a smash hit.

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Watch Elon Musk’s incredible vision of “Boring” car tunnels

Watch Elon Musk’s incredible vision of “Boring” car tunnels

Elon Musk's The Boring Company may have a drab name, but details on the billionaire's project to dig tunnels under LA and send cars shuttling through at high speed are anything but dull. Musk outlined some of what he has in mind today, speaking at the TED conference. As you might expect, these are no simple tunnels you drive in and out of.

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LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V unveiled ahead of June 1 launch

LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V unveiled ahead of June 1 launch

NASA has taken the wraps off its new LEGO Ideas 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V kit, a model that was designed by Felix Stiessen and Valeri Roche for LEGO Ideas. The kit features a 1:110-scale replica of the NASA Apollo Saturn V rocket, which measures in at about a meter tall. This was the notable rocket that first put humans on the moon, and in LEGO form it contains three stages that can be assembled together for a complete model. The company will also be launching new astronaut minifigs and more.

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It’s getting easier to #DeleteUber

It’s getting easier to #DeleteUber

It's going to get easier to delete your Uber account and all the data associated with it, as the ride-sharing firm finally updates one of its more controversial aspects. The service repeatedly made headlines over the past few months, in no small part down to the behavior - and political side-projects - of Uber founder Travis Kalanick. It even spawned a campaign of account deletions, at which point users realized that, while it was easy to get started with Uber, extricating yourself from their databases was a whole lot trickier.

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Apple’s Siri speaker might say hello at WWDC 2017

Apple’s Siri speaker might say hello at WWDC 2017

With both Amazon and Google tapping their smart assistants for smart speakers, it seems like only a matter of time until Apple enters the fray with Siri. Indeed, previous rumors have suggested we may see a Siri speaker launch before long, and now reports are saying that Apple might reveal it before the end of the year. Specifically, Apple could be ready to introduce this speaker by the time its Worldwide Developer's Conference rolls around in June.

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Could a Google Pixel 2 XXL make you forget the Galaxy S8+?

Could a Google Pixel 2 XXL make you forget the Galaxy S8+?

A Pixel 2 XXL with a Snapdragon 835 chipset and pure Android could take on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ later this year, if tidbits turned up in the code are to be believed. The smartphone is believed to be the third in a three-strong range of Pixel 2 handsets for 2017, and internally codenamed "taimen" in keeping with Google's fondness for fish. While it won't be the first device to reach the market with Qualcomm's latest chipset, there may well be a few reasons why Android fans opt to catch the Pixel 2 XXL and throw back the rest.

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Amazon’s Echo with a screen tipped for May reveal

Amazon’s Echo with a screen tipped for May reveal

Amazon may have split opinion this week with Echo Look, which encourages Alexa to watch you getting dressed, but it seems it's not letting that slow the roll-out of new smart assistants. Echo Look is the fourth product on Amazon's virtual shelves to use Alexa, following the original Echo smart speaker, the Tap portable Bluetooth version, and the compact and more affordable Echo Dot. As soon as next month, though, we could see a fifth addition to the line-up.

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There’s good news about the unlocked Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM

There’s good news about the unlocked Galaxy S8+ with 6GB RAM

Samsung may have been blown away by Galaxy S8 demand, but the company is already preparing an even more potent version which will be sold unlocked. Although outwardly identical to the regular Galaxy S8+, the new version has 6GB of RAM, compared to the standard S8+'s 4GB. Meanwhile, there's also 128GB of internal storage, versus the 64GB of the regular phone.

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