Here’s when Huawei will push out Nougat to models in China

Here’s when Huawei will push out Nougat to models in China

When your smartphone, be it a fresh new release or a one-year old model, will get the latest and greatest Android release has always been a guessing game for the Android faithful. Some, like LG, seem to take pride in how fast at least one of its phones gets the update. Others, like Samsung, have developed a notoriety for taking ages, sometimes never. Huawei, who is arduously climbing up the Android ladder, isn’t yet the fastest, but, if this leaked timetable is to be believed, it is at least trying to finish before the second half of 2017.

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The Division DLC ‘The Last Stand’ brings new game mode

The Division DLC ‘The Last Stand’ brings new game mode

Ubisoft has detailed the third expansion for Tom Clancy’s The Division. With “The Last Stand” DLC, gamers will get access to a new game mode with ‘clear objectives,’ though it’ll also include elements presently existing in the Dark Zone. That’s only a sliver of everything coming to the game with “Last Stand,” however, and there’s more good news beyond the new game mode: the DLC will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 at the same time.

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Tidal ‘Track Edit’ feature lets users change song speed and length

Tidal ‘Track Edit’ feature lets users change song speed and length

Streaming music service Tidal has introduced a pair of new features that enable some users to channel their inner DJs. With the features, users are able to adjust the length and speed of some songs to better suit their tastes (speed up the tempo for your exercising sessions, perhaps), then save those edited tracks to a playlist for enjoyment later on.

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Galaxy Note 7 investigation reveal will be livestreamed

Galaxy Note 7 investigation reveal will be livestreamed

It seems almost too ironic that Samsung is turning what is one of its most embarrassing moments into a high-profile media event. Then again, considering the media circus that formed around the Galaxy Note 7 and its fiery fate, it really had little choice in the matter. In any case, there is no more stopping Samsung’s revelation of what really caused its phablet to catch fire, at least according to its investigation. And it will make that announcement at a large press conference on Sunday evening, US time.

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Crew to spend 8 months living in remote Mars simulation dome

Crew to spend 8 months living in remote Mars simulation dome

The University of Hawaii has announced that half a dozen “astronaut-like crewmembers” have entered into a geodesic dome located on Mauna Loa in Hawaii as part of a study on Mars habitability. In this case, the crew will live in the dome for eight months, providing vital data on both performance and human behavior that’ll help NASA prepare for future missions to the Red Planet. NASA funded the project.

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Twitter exceeded its diversity hiring goals in 2016

Twitter exceeded its diversity hiring goals in 2016

Twitter has previously stated goal related to improving company diversity, and its latest report about the matter indicates it made great strides toward that goal last year, including exceeding its workforce hiring goals in many categories. Though the company didn’t hire as many women into technical roles as it had hoped to, it did increase the overall number of women and underrepresented minorities it employed in 2016, among (many) other things.

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News Republic app gets new ‘Made for Samsung’ version

News Republic app gets new ‘Made for Samsung’ version

If you primarily consume news through your phone, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of News Republic, and perhaps even use it. News Republic is a news aggregating app that sources news of all sorts from publications across the web, making them available alongside certain features and tools. The company behind the product, Cheetah Mobile, has announced an extra special something for Samsung device owners: a ‘Made for Samsung’ version of the news app.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review: The would-be crossover killer

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review: The would-be crossover killer

Crossovers are everywhere, but the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is choosing to see that as a big potential audience rather than an insurmountable problem. Convincing drivers to give up their sleeker SUVs and give a station wagon a chance is no small challenge, though. So, just as if you want a cat to swallow a pill you have to either rub its throat until it acquiesces or bury the medication in a mound of delicious treats, VW has opted for a mixed strategy when it comes to feeding Americans a wagon.

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Neil Gaiman ‘Good Omens’ miniseries in pipeline for Amazon

Neil Gaiman ‘Good Omens’ miniseries in pipeline for Amazon

Amazon has announced that famous author Neil Gaiman is developing a 'Good Omens' apocalyptic comedy miniseries for Prime Video. The miniseries will be split up into half a dozen parts, each based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Gaiman. Pratchett has, unfortunately, passed away since the book's publication, but Gaiman remains to masterfully steer it onto SVOD, where it'll arrive in 2018.

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Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID [UPDATE]

Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID [UPDATE]

It's time to uninstall Meitu, the photo app masses of users downloaded over the past week to make their selfies look wacky. This app was found today to be sending IMEI numbers to several China-based digital locations. That alone isn't enough to do a whole lot, but given the massive amount of permissions the app seeks (and is granted) when it's installed, the app has effectively given someone in China the ability to take control of the phone it's installed on. In other words - uninstall Meitu (and any apps made by the same company) IMMEDIATELY and consider changing all passwords of apps and accounts associated with your smartphone.

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Amazon VR shopping app revealed in new job listing

Amazon VR shopping app revealed in new job listing

A new Amazon job listing on LinkedIn indicates the company may be planning to introduce a virtual reality shopping app. The app seeks a new creative director for its A9 company, where the team is said to be working on building a “VR shopping experience for use by millions of [Amazon] customers on a wide variety of VR devices." It seems the app would allow Amazon customers to browse and purchase items using their VR headset of choice.

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Xbox One backwards compatibility expands with Tekken 6, two others

Xbox One backwards compatibility expands with Tekken 6, two others

Microsoft's ever-growing backwards compatibility list just got a bit longer with the addition of three new titles, the most notable of them being Tekken 6. As with all the other games already on the list, Xbox One owners will be able to play these older Xbox 360 games on the current-gen Microsoft gaming console, breathing new life into one's old-ish video game collection.

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