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The best Google Pixel XL cases

The best Google Pixel XL cases

If you’ve ordered your Google Pixel XL, it’s time to order a case, otherwise you risk your handset getting damage the first time you drop it. Pick the wrong case, though, and you may end up with a cheap, ill-fitting product or, worse, something that doesn’t protect your phone at all. Fortunately, there are numerous high-end cases for the Pixel XL already on the market, and they come at different price points with different features to meet specific needs. Here are five of the best ones among them.

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The Lexus RC F needs an attitude adjustment

The Lexus RC F needs an attitude adjustment

First impressions matter, which is why - economy be damned - the Lexus RC F should start up in its feistiest Sport S+ mode. Lexus' hottest model, offering 467 HP and 389 lb-ft of torque from a 5.0-liter V8 that, increasingly rare, succumbs neither to turbocharging nor supercharging, it sits alongside the more practical GS F but - also like its sedan sibling - hides its magic from the start.

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One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

One last (semi-secret) reason Apple bought Beats

Beyond the already-spoken reasons Apple bought Beats, it occurred to me just recently that there might've been a less obvious line of reasoning, one that had to do with the iPhone 7. On July 28th of 2016, NPD Group's Retail Tracking Service reported that, for the first time in the history of headphones, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth. To see this coming many, many moons ahead of time, Apple may only have had to purchase the biggest brand in headphones.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: what should I do?

Galaxy Note 7 recall instructions: what should I do?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been recalled around the world, in all forms, from all generations, immediately and without exception. For those that avoided the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in the first place, this will get a little confusing. Instructions issued for the first recall might seem like they're no longer valid, and shared articles from the first wave might end up being dismissed by consumers with the newer "Green Battery" version of the device. Let SlashGear assure EVERY SINGLE Galaxy Note 7 user in the world: there is no exception to the rule. Every single Samsung Galaxy Note 7 needs to be turned off and returned to Samsung IMMEDIATELY.

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Five Galaxy Note 7 alternatives

Five Galaxy Note 7 alternatives

It would seem that the Galaxy Note 7 just can't put its problems behind it. With Samsung rumored to be halting production on the handset after reports of a fresh round of battery problems and all of the major US carriers now offering to swap the phone out for something different, Galaxy Note 7 owners are in a tough spot when it comes to selecting a new phone. To help make the transition a little smoother, here are five handsets (in no particular order) you can pick to replace your Galaxy Note 7.

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The Apple Tax – A concept of economics

The Apple Tax – A concept of economics

For those who’ve been monitoring consumer technology long enough, the term ‘Apple Tax’ will be familiar. It’s a phrase coined in the late aughts to cleverly describe the high price tag of Apple devices, like the Mac. Prices are still high, but with other manufacturers creating similarly beautiful and expensive machines, ‘Apple Tax’ has slipped out of our vernacular. Without us paying attention, Apple resurfaced it as a real tax levied against how you use your devices.

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BREAKING: Galaxy Note 7 production halted by Samsung

BREAKING: Galaxy Note 7 production halted by Samsung

Amid reports of the second wave of Galaxy Note 7 devices also having fire problems, Samsung has suspended production of the smartphone altogether. At this time it is not clear if this will be a full-scale stop for all devices, or if the Galaxy Note 7 will be shipped in the near future from alternate sources. This report first surfaced at around 8:45 PM (Central Time), or 10:45 AM local time in Korea.

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Volkswagen – the tech giant the world had no idea existed

Volkswagen – the tech giant the world had no idea existed

When I think of cutting-edge technology in the automotive world, Audi comes to mind. Performance, it’s Porsche. Bentley, of course, holds the title for luxury and the hypercar trailblazer, without a doubt, is Bugatti. So where does that leave VW? When I think of Volkswagen, I think of reliable cars that are affordable for mass-market consumers.

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Google Assistant: How Google is making the OS irrelevant

Google Assistant: How Google is making the OS irrelevant

Days before the Google Pixel finally broke cover, there was a lot of talk about the possibility of a certain Andromeda OS being revealed as well. Andromeda was an intriguing though highly debatable idea, a true unification of Google’s two operating systems, Android and Chrome. In the end, of course, it didn’t come to pass. But what Google did was not only not announce any such Android and Chrome OS merger, it actually revealed something that, in the long run, would make both of those irrelevant, or at least invisible, to the user, in a future where everyone has their own, personal, Google Assistant.

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Google Noto font aims for every script and language from all of human history

Google Noto font aims for every script and language from all of human history

At press time, Google's Noto encompasses 800 languages and 100 written scripts, all in a single typeface. The company has been working on this font for the past 5 years - in relative secret - with type company Monotype. The name Noto is short for No Tofu, and it's aim is to effectively rid the world of those little blocks (as shown in our lead image) that appear when a device sees a character it doesn't recognize. With Noto, no device will ever need show these blocks again.

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Google should never have promised Nexus upgrades

Google should never have promised Nexus upgrades

Google Nexus smartphones are still for sale by Google as of the release of this article - or at least they would appear to be, at first. If one searches for Google Nexus devices in Google's own search engine, the page Google dot com slash Nexus still shows Google Nexus smartphones, including both the 5X and the 6P. "BUY NOW" buttons are also still in play, allowing the user to select which color device they'd like, only then to be sent to the Google Store's standard front page, which is currently stocked up full of everything "Made by Google", including Pixel phones but no Nexus.

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What the Google Pixel means for the future of Android

What the Google Pixel means for the future of Android

By all accounts, the new Pixel smartphones “Made by Google” should be the Android smartphone that the Android faithful should be rooting for. Though the design choice might be a bit debatable, the Pixel boasts of features, not to mention a price, on par with this year’s flagship models. It does, in all fairness, put Google’s best Android foot forward. And yet almost ironically, the Google Pixel is inducing ambivalence and uncertainty, sometimes even from the same reviewer. And it’s not because of what the smartphone itself has but because of the narrative behind it that could drive Android’s future in the mobile industry.

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