OnePlus 3, 3T gets new OxygenOS MP Early Access program

OnePlus 3, 3T gets new OxygenOS MP Early Access program

More and more Android users expect fast and timely updates for their phones, especially when it comes to the monthly security fixes. Not all smartphone makers, however, have the capacity to always have an army of testers available all year round. Especially smaller companies like OnePlus. Almost as a tit for tat arrangement, OEMs have started enlisting the help of eager users in testing future releases. As if two testing programs weren't enough, OnePlus is adding one more, just to make sure everything is well-polished before release.

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Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch gets a new serving of apps

Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch gets a new serving of apps

With all the recent coverage surrounding new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches, it might have been to easy to forget that neither Android Wear nor Apple watchOS are the only game in town. To reminds consumers that there is a third strongest smartwatch platform, Samsung is announcing a few new key partnerships for its Gear S3 smartwatch and the apps that come with them. From health to navigation to entertainment, the new Gear S3 apps assure fans that, yes, Samsung is still playing in this court.

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Dolphin Wii emulator now lets you buy games from Nintendo online shop

Dolphin Wii emulator now lets you buy games from Nintendo online shop

Gaming emulators are a tricky subject, wading through murky gray legal waters. It's even trickier when it comes to trying to actually play legally acquired games, most of which are now available digitally and sold through very specific and proprietary channels. Such is the case, for example, of Wii titles available from Nintendo's Wii Shop Channel. Fortunately for emulation gamers, Dolphin, perhaps the most popular, not to mention working, Wii emulators now lets you do just that.

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NASA’s little Rover companion was inspired by origami

NASA’s little Rover companion was inspired by origami

There is only so much you can launch into space, much less land on planets like Mars. Space, weight, and budget all conspire against having more rolling laboratories roving the planet. Not that you'd want to depend solely on a rover either. Big and expensive, they are hardly qualified for cramped spaces and more treacherous terrain. Which is why NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories or JPL has been developing a companion robot for rovers that would serve as research scouts. But to make them compact and lightweight, the engineers and scientists took inspiration from the foldable properties of paper.

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This dartboard moves on its own to always give a bullseye

This dartboard moves on its own to always give a bullseye

Ever fancied yourself becoming a sharpshooter? If not with a gun then maybe with a bow? For most people, that will forever be a fantasy and the closest thing they'll be able to get is playing darts. And even then, majority of the population suck at it. Not unless you have this one of a kind "smart" dartboard that will automatically move itself so that you will always hit the bullseye. No matter how bad or how drunk you are.

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Google Search shortcuts save your fingers from typing

Google Search shortcuts save your fingers from typing

Today's generation has it easy. Almost any piece of information is just a few keystrokes away, thanks to the power of the Internet as well as the overarching, and sometimes terrifying, reach of Google. Keeping up to date with the latest news and trends couldn't be easier, too. But if typing the same queries again and again is too much work, Google is making that easy as well. The latest version of Google Search, both apps and mobile web, will give your fingers a break, making all the searches and news you need available with a single shortcut and a single tap.

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Galaxy S8 DeX Station dock to have active cooling

Galaxy S8 DeX Station dock to have active cooling

Much of the features of the upcoming Galaxy S8 have already been leaked to death. Some, like the Bixby AI-powered assistant, has even been confirmed by Samsung itself. One feature, however, has mostly remained on the sidelines, the Continuum-like DeX desktop. While details are still scarce, the accessory that will make DeX possible has recently come to light. The DeX Station dock is unlike any smartphone dock you've seen. Because in addition to transforming the Galaxy S8 on a desktop, it also has a fan to keep the smartphone cool.

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Nintendo Switch would have run Android, Cyanogen refused

Nintendo Switch would have run Android, Cyanogen refused

There's a rather harsh saying that goes "beggars can't be choosers". Apparently, that doesn't apply to Cyanogen, Inc. The once esteemed startup has practically descended into ignominy, which effectively ended up killing the most popular Android ROM in the market. You would think that company would jump at the prospect of having its CyanogenOS powering what is now the most popular gaming device, Nintendo Switch. But in typical Kirk McMaster fashion, the CyanogenOS CEO supposedly more than just told Nintendo "no". He told them, instead, to "stick it".

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Android O unchained: here’s what’s coming

Android O unchained: here’s what’s coming

Google has just announced the first developer preview of the next Android version, currently still called Android O. But unless you have a very recent Nexus or Pixel device and are brave enough to flash the images yourself, you’ll have to wait for the final release or, at the very least, an OTA update from the Beta program. In the meantime, however, Google has given enough appetizers to have Android fans salivating for the coming Android release, which is going to be a rather big one based on this list.

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iTunes ‘rent once, watch anywhere’ removes device shackle

iTunes ‘rent once, watch anywhere’ removes device shackle

iTunes has long offered digital movie rentals, and those digital movie rentals have historically been more or less shackled to the device from which it was rented or, in some cases, required syncing between devices. That changes with iTunes 12.6, an updated version that is bringing a so-called 'rent once, watch anywhere' functionality that removes the limitations. This functionality assumes the user is running the latest versions of iOS and tvOS, however.

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Reddit gives users new profile pages in social media push

Reddit gives users new profile pages in social media push

Reddit is home to seemingly endless communities spanning all sorts of categories and topics, and so it’s no surprise that many people have become distinguished on the platform for one reason or another. There are novelty accounts that have arose to fame, for example, performing specific actions like writing poems and drawing pictures. Other users are popular in their own niche, and now they can set up their own profile pages.

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Xbox Wireless Controller Tech Series arrives in April with ‘Recon’

Xbox Wireless Controller Tech Series arrives in April with ‘Recon’

Microsoft has taken the wraps off a new lineup of Xbox One controllers, the ‘Tech Series.’ The first controllers launched under this series will arrive next month bearing the name ‘Recon Tech Special Edition,’ and as that name suggests, the controller has a distinct military style. This new product line arrives ahead of the Project Scorpio console slated to launch this upcoming holiday season, giving Xbox fans the ‘most powerful console ever,’ according to Microsoft.

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