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Android distribution in 2016: updates are still a mess

Android distribution in 2016: updates are still a mess

Google has just updated its Android developer dashboard, the last time it will do so before the year ends, and the numbers are in. Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop, not 6.0 Marshmallow, has the largest piece of the pie. Android 7.0 Nougat, which was released to the public back in August, is only installed on 0.4% of the devices in the market, mostly Nexus and some third-party ROMs. While it might seem good, at a glance, that devices and OEMS are converging on just two to three versions nowadays, the numbers show one undeniable fact. Eight years into its existence, Google and its partners still can’t get updates right.

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Amazon Go may kill retail jobs but privacy is the real victim

Amazon Go may kill retail jobs but privacy is the real victim

If Amazon Go has taught anybody anything today, it's shown retail employees exactly what long-distance truckers meant by the sinking feeling in the pit of their stomach when they realized tech could make them obsolete. Just as autonomous semis could cut human drivers out of tomorrow's haulage, so Amazon's surprise announcement of an unstaffed store that replaces the checkout line with artificial intelligence could have a big impact on retail and the jobs involved in it. Even if it's not the person at the register that's made redundant, an unblinking AI could have big implications for today's stores.

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My favorite Netflix secrets: hidden genres, customized subtitles and more

My favorite Netflix secrets: hidden genres, customized subtitles and more

Netflix is the pinnacle of streaming home entertainment, but even veteran subscribers probably aren't using it to its fullest abilities. The video streaming service is full of secrets, some more secret than others, and you're unlikely to stumble upon them unless you go searching for them. Would you like larger, more colorful subtitles? Yes, there's a setting for that. How about filtering genres down to niche categories? Yep, you can do that, too.

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The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

Apple isn't going to make car innovation faster when it's already slowed mobile device market disruption to a crawl. The newest round of rumors on Apple's dealings with the auto industry got me thinking. Apple hasn't become one of the world's most successful companies over the past 10 years by entering saturated markets. Barring any sort of device we've seen before, I'm crossing my fingers that Apple has the next big market disruptor in the pipeline and coming soon.

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Google Pixel camera bug: five workarounds that may solve the issue

Google Pixel camera bug: five workarounds that may solve the issue

Google's newly released Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are, in some cases, suffering from a serious camera issue that overlays magenta-colored streaks over images. This issue has been reported by Pixel owners over the last several weeks, and though Google is looking into the issue, there's no solution at this time. However, some Pixel owners report finding troubleshooting techniques, of which these are the five most successful methods.

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Another Android update betrayal: when will we learn?

Another Android update betrayal: when will we learn?

This week another Android device less than 2-years old has been announced to be at its end-of-life for Android updates. It is my opinion that this happens all too often - that while it isn't necessarily Google's fault this happens, it should be made more clear. Clarity should be the name of the game when it comes to the promise of a smartphone that'll last. Clarity should be at the forefront of the presentation of a brand new smartphone - especially when it costs several hundred dollars.

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Holidays 2016: The art of giving digital gifts

Holidays 2016: The art of giving digital gifts

Modern life is digital, and a lot of gift-giving is, too. Handing someone a small envelope with a gift card in it is, to most people, a very practical and perfectly acceptable thing. There's an art to giving away digital gifts, though; do it too casually and you risk coming across as uncaring. Deliver it in the wrong way to the wrong person, and you may just confuse and frustrate them...or worse, risk having your gift disappear into a spam or trash folder.

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How to download Netflix movies and TV shows for offline viewing

How to download Netflix movies and TV shows for offline viewing

Netflix has finally introduced its long-rumored offline viewing option, and it is available to more users than pessimistic rumors had initially suggested. There are some limitations to the feature -- you have to use an iOS or Android mobile device, for example -- but it's still a pretty great option, and one that's straight-forward to use. Assuming you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device, here's how to download Netflix movies for offline viewing.

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4.5 Thanksgiving movies to watch today

4.5 Thanksgiving movies to watch today

Dinner is in the oven, the requisite Thanksgiving football game is over, and now you're on the hunt for the perfect movie to help the afternoon pass. As with Halloween before it and Christmas after it, Thanksgiving is the subject of dozens of movies, many of which are iconic and a few you'd be remiss to skip. The following list has something for everyone: comedy, animation, drama, and even a bit of horror.

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How I create new PokeStops in Pokemon GO

How I create new PokeStops in Pokemon GO

Creating new PokeStops in Pokemon GO has been a wish of mine since the game was originally launched. As such, I've done everything from submitting queries through Niantic's standard channels to attempting to backwards-engineer PokeStops in the game's code. Only one thing has worked, and the method comes thanks to an intrepid explorer by the name of TheFarix, a fellow living in West Virginia.

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PlayStation Vue lost Viacom channels: 3 other ways to stream those shows

PlayStation Vue lost Viacom channels: 3 other ways to stream those shows

Earlier this week, Sony made a relatively quiet announcement: all of its Viacom channels would be disappearing from PlayStation Vue starting November 11. Subscribers still saw the channels in their guide when that date rolled around, but the show info was blank and you couldn't select them. Starting Saturday, subscribers were greeted with an on-screen message informing them about the channel removals, and many people are less than happy. Fortunately, there are some alternatives for streaming those now-missing shows.

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How I left the Echo Chamber: Part I – Disabling Facebook News

How I left the Echo Chamber: Part I – Disabling Facebook News

Earlier this year I disabled Facebook's News section because of its highly filtered way of doing business. As a writer it's important that I see the internet in as pure a fashion as possible. I don't often visit Facebook for much other than to share photos of my family and friends and to converse with my family and friends. But this news section drew my eye and showed me how terrible the viral nature of "News" sharing was today - so I shut it off completely.

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