Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

The release of the Google Pixel 2 (and Pixel XL 2) will refine an already-shining example of how good, and simply good, an Android device can be. Google seems to have reached a point at which they're ready to handle consumers directly, instead of relying on big brands to do all the heavy lifting. As the HTC-manufactured, Google-designed Pixel and Pixel XL had sparkling reviews upon release in 2016, the next generation won't likely change in any drastic way.

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Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat update begins official roll out

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat update begins official roll out

It looks like the wait is nearly over for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners: Android Nougat has started rolling out at last. Of course, we heard back in December that Samsung had finished beta testing the release and would be launch it this month, so this isn't much of a surprise. Previous rumors placed the start date for updates on January 17, but here we're seeing Samsung get underway a little earlier.

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LG G6 features teased by LG itself

LG G6 features teased by LG itself

What would be your ideal smartphone? If you were to ask a hundred people, you're bound to get half as much different answers. And yet LG seems to have whittled that down to just five. Well, at least that implies that the G6, or whatever LG will call the smartphone it will announced at MWC next month, will have these five "most desired" features. At least that's the promise. The delivery, on the other hand, might be a different story.

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Alphabet’s Titan solar-powered drone permanently grounded

Alphabet’s Titan solar-powered drone permanently grounded

Being a Google X, now just X, project may mean you get some media attention by virtue of association with Google, but that's no guarantee you'll actually survive. Some, like self-driving cars, do become companies of their own. Others, like Barge and Glass, however, might never see the light of day ever again. Joining the latter's ranks is Project Titan, Google's former solar-powered, Internet bearing drone, which has just been declared redundant in lieu of the already in-flight Project Loon balloons.

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Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

Android Wear 2.0 is coming next month

It seems that Google is making up for lost time when it comes to its wearable platform. Android Wear is not only not yet dead, Android Wear 2.0 is actually coming really soon. And by really soon, we mean some time in February. At least that's according to the notices that app developers are receiving straight from Google. The notice is basically a heads up for those with "legacy" Android Wear 1.0 apps to update their apps so they will be visible in Android Wear's new on-watch Play Store.

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Tech Privacy 101 – Ways to keep private things private

Tech Privacy 101 – Ways to keep private things private

Privacy is no longer a concern of a few well-informed, conscious, or even paranoid individuals. Given how much of our lives we have stored on computers, phones, or the cloud, digital privacy should already gain the same level of attention that we give our physical spaces. Sadly, that just isn't the case and many, sometimes even the best of us, take such things for granted. And with governments seemingly more invested in actually invading citizens' privacy, the responsibility of securing our digital lives falls on us. Fortunately, you don't need to be a computer scientist nor a lawyer to implement these simple steps to protect your privacy, whether online or offline.

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Nokia 8 Supreme could be company’s MWC 2017 star [UPDATE: Qualcomm instead]

Nokia 8 Supreme could be company’s MWC 2017 star [UPDATE: Qualcomm instead]

If you thought Nokia was done for a while after having unveiled the Nokia 6, you definitely don't know Nokia. The company was popular/notorious for putting out a dozen or more models a year, all with confusing model numbers. It might be going back to old habits, but starting with single digits (thankfully). After the Nokia 6 comes the Nokia 8, and not just any Nokia 8 either. According to a leak, we might be gazing upon a Nokia 8 Supreme as early as MWC next month.*

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Nintendo Switch limited pre-order at NYC event

Nintendo Switch limited pre-order at NYC event

The Nintendo Switch is undoubtedly the hottest topic in the gaming world of late, whether you're a fan of this next gen console or not. Given the fire that will surely consume those who are fans, Nintendo is going to limit access to the Switch to better control supply and demand. Of course, it could backfire and cause some tension and controversy instead. Be that as it may, Nintendo has revealed that, come Friday, a very limited number of pre-order slots will be available at Nintendo NYC. Be ready for a stampede.

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HTC U Ultra and U Play hands-on: 2017’s Android wildcards

HTC U Ultra and U Play hands-on: 2017’s Android wildcards

HTC has not one but two new Android smartphones, the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play, part of its new "U" family that promises to be more personable - and hopefully memorable - than previous handsets from the company. Intended to claw back some of the attention HTC has lost over the past couple of years at the hands of the iPhone and Samsung's relentless Galaxy launches, the concept behind "U" is to buck the status quo, seemingly based on the principle that you might not be able to convince everybody so you might as well really, really cater to a subset of HTC fans. We spent some time with both devices to see if they could sway us.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Portable 2 spotted at FCC

NVIDIA SHIELD Portable 2 spotted at FCC

While NVIDIA did make a big splash at CES 2017 by completely embracing Google Assistant in its SHIELD Android TV box, there was one resounding thread that begged to be heard: give us a new SHIELD Portable. The gamepad cum tablet form factor, the original bearer of the "SHIELD" brand, has not seen a refresh since, well, since it launched. Those prayers may be close to being answered as what is allegedly the SHIELD Portable 2 was just seen at the FCC, hinting at its imminent announcement.

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Resident Evil 7 preorders will include free digital copy of ‘Retribution’

Resident Evil 7 preorders will include free digital copy of ‘Retribution’

Those who preorder a video game usually get some perks for doing so — special downloadable gaming content, exclusive vehicles or weapons, or early access to the game, for example. The same is true for those who preorder Resident Evil 7, only with a bit of a twist: gamers will receive a code to download a free copy of one of the Resident Evil movies. The perk varies a bit, though, depending on where you preorder the game.

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Fifth Third Bank now supports Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet

Fifth Third Bank now supports Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet

U.S. company Fifth Third Bank (53rd) has announced support for Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet, bringing the total number of mobile payment platforms it supports up to five. Customers with a Fifth Third Bank account can use, in addition to the two above, Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, and MasterPass to make payments using the app and their phone instead of their debit or credit card at supported stores.

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