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Should I worry if my phone’s brand is failing?

Should I worry if my phone’s brand is failing?

Today we're taking a quick look at all the major smartphone brands to divine their future health. If you're the sort of person that keeps a smartphone longer than a year, you'll do well to have a basic knowledge of the current state of the device's software updates. If your phone brand falls behind on software updates, chances increase that your phone will be targeted by malicious entities. Like, hackers and stuff.

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I love the Galaxy Note but not the curved edge trend it helped create

I love the Galaxy Note but not the curved edge trend it helped create

Ever since my first actual Android smartphone (no, the first Galaxy Tab doesn't count), my main driver has always been a Galaxy Note, only skipping the Galaxy Note 4 (not much of a differentiator) and the Galaxy Note 7 (fire hazard). Far from being a Samsung fanboy, I have and continue to swear by the S Pen, unrivaled in any smartphone, Android or otherwise. But despite that loyalty to the mighty stick, there is one Galaxy Note hallmark I wish never came to be. In fact, I wish the entire curved edge screen design never caught on.

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Why IKEA’s $99 Sonos speakers get me excited

Why IKEA’s $99 Sonos speakers get me excited

I confess, I was skeptical about the IKEA SYMFONISK speakers, the Swedish retail behemoth's first collaboration with multi-room audio specialists Sonos. IKEA has always been about affordability, building products to a strict price tag. In contrast, Sonos represented a more polished - and more expensive - experience.

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Do you really need a gaming phone? The pros and cons

Do you really need a gaming phone? The pros and cons

Gamers have always wanted the best of tech that gives them a competitive edge. The best specs, peripherals and zero distractions to ensure they fire first. The smartphone market has responded to passionate gamers, releasing gamer-oriented phones that are picking up steam.

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The fixed Galaxy Fold faces an unenviable challenge

The fixed Galaxy Fold faces an unenviable challenge

Samsung thinks the Galaxy Fold is - finally - ready for primetime, but if it thought pitching a foldable smartphone was tough the first time around, it has even bigger issues for its second-attempt. According to the South Korean company the flaws which left its folding phone breaking in reviewers' hands have been addressed, but there's nothing to say that the market is any more ready.

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So what can FaceApp do with your 150 million faces?

So what can FaceApp do with your 150 million faces?

FaceApp isn’t that funny anymore. In a span of weeks, the face-altering app has found itself at the top of the app store, with frightening amount of freedom and power over users' data and information utilization. Developed by Russian company Wireless Lab, FaceApp has seen over 150 million downloads and its hilarious edits seen all over social media.

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How EA can rebuild its reputation

How EA can rebuild its reputation

They might not want to admit it, but it’s no secret EA desperately have a reputation to rebuild. The video game publisher has been repeatedly caught in controversies that have infuriated gamers and employees alike. From complaints about its excessive pay-to-play mechanics, mass layoffs and rushed deadlines that have led to poorly developed games, there is plenty to fix at EA.

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How Microsoft can fix its Windows 10 Updates mess

How Microsoft can fix its Windows 10 Updates mess

Microsoft was mighty proud of its shift to a "Windows as a Service" strategy almost four years ago. It definitely has reason to boast, considering its history of painfully slow updates that came via the rare Service Pack. Redmond, however, seems to have swung to the other extreme in its desire to portray a company that can quickly respond to problems and feedback. Now it has to slow down and take stock of its obviously broken update process to ensure that what's left of Windows 10 credibility won't go down the drain.

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EA doesn’t know why they’re the “bad guy”: Well, here’s why

EA doesn’t know why they’re the “bad guy”: Well, here’s why

Many gamers consider Electronic Arts the bane of the gaming industry. With its cash-grab titles, endless in-game purchases and corporate controversies, it’s hard to imagine how one of gaming’s largest publishers is still standing on its feet.

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Jony Ive’s legacy and life after Apple

Jony Ive’s legacy and life after Apple

If we had to name a designer, the name at the top of most of our heads would be Apple’s design chief, Jony Ive. The British designer has helmed the Apple design team since 1996, developing iconic products from the iMac to the iPhone that were nothing short of revolutionary. Ive has given us all a new appreciation of design, with a taste for minimalistic designs that only keeps what’s absolutely necessary – for better or worse. Love it or hate it, these designs have changed the way we use tech and everyone’s dying to see what’s next from Apple. And after 25 years of service to Apple, Steve Jobs’ right-hand man will finally be stepping down to start his own design studio, LoveFrom. In light of this news, let’s take a look at his gallery of game-changing designs and what’s to come for tech’s greatest designer.

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The best games aren’t being made by big studios anymore

The best games aren’t being made by big studios anymore

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the AAA games industry is in a pretty sorry state at the moment. Big publishers spend months hyping their games up only to launch titles that feel designed to squeeze as much money as possible out of players. Then, when forced to defend these practices, they have the audacity to suggest that their "surprise mechanics" are ethical and fun for everyone involved.

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Become a data hoarder or become a dependent

Become a data hoarder or become a dependent

Your grandpa and grandma were right about keeping all those buffalo nickels in a big glass jar - they were just a few decades too early. Today I'd like to direct your attention to your photo collection. You've taken hundreds or thousands of photos in the last few years, right? Do you know where all those photos ended up? If you wanted to see the first photos you ever captured using a smartphone, could you do it right now?

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