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Vivo X20 Plus with in-display fingerprint sensor launch details

Vivo X20 Plus with in-display fingerprint sensor launch details

Vivo may not be one of the most well-known Chinese smartphone brands across the globe, but it is definitely one of the most adventurous. It was one of the first to make the world’s thinnest smartphone (back then only 0.7 mm thick) and was one of the first to jump on 6 GB of RAM and deca-core processors. And this week it will be making history again by becoming the first to use the in-display fingerprint sensor technology that should have been in the Galaxy S8 and iPhone X first.

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Nokia Body Cardio’s Pulse Wave Velocity feature removed

Nokia Body Cardio’s Pulse Wave Velocity feature removed

This week the folks at Nokia decided to remove one of the most unique features from its latest high-tech bathroom scale. The feature went by the name Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV), and it was pretty cool while it lasted. Unfortunately, Nokia discovered that PWV "may require a different level of regulatory approval." Until Nokia gets said approval, they're removing the feature from all scales, even those already in consumer hands.

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Essential Phone Review: The Impossible Challenge

Essential Phone Review: The Impossible Challenge

The first Essential Phone was a good device, and everything that the first wave of Android phone enthusiasts could have wanted. But by the time the Essential company and the PH-1 existed, the general public had moved beyond their initial any-new-Android frenzy. Now we're in an era where the most fad-friendly phone is king, and only king for a half-cycle. Essential's first phone release is an attempt to check all the boxes for innovation but remain bare-bones at the same time. Therein lies the Essential struggle.

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Galaxy S9 camera tech may have just been outed by Samsung

Galaxy S9 camera tech may have just been outed by Samsung

There has been no lack of Galaxy S9 leaks, and by now we could very well know almost everything there is to know about the phone's specifications. These leaks have come from all corners of the internet, but sometimes, it's best to go straight to the source. In this case, that would be Samsung, and it's possible that it may have just revealed some of the technology behind the Galaxy S9's camera.

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BlueStacks Android N beta brings faster, newer Android games to PC

BlueStacks Android N beta brings faster, newer Android games to PC

It’s 2018 and you still can’t easily run Android apps on your PC. Yes, you can, but the keyword here is easily. Platforms like BlueStacks exist to ease that pain but there are still some hurdles to overcome, like Android’s dreaded fragmentation. With a new Android N beta release, BlueStacks has taken one step closer to bridging that divide, bringing the promise of the latest Android games for you to ply play on your Windows or Mac computers.

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Unnotification returns the Android notifications you sent away

Unnotification returns the Android notifications you sent away

Android users have it easy compared to iOS when it comes to notifications. It is worlds easier to get rid of notifications, including all notifications. Unfortunately, it’s also too easy to get rid of a notification accidentally with a misplaced swipe. If you find yourself doing that a lot, then this simple and free Unnotification app for Android might be for you. The only catch is that it requires you to be on Android Oreo. Sorry, still no luck for iOS users.

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Galaxy S9 details leak: it’s the inside that counts

Galaxy S9 details leak: it’s the inside that counts

In just a few weeks, we’ll finally hear Samsung’s excuse for not changing that much in the Galaxy S9. Or did it? Early leaks about the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ hinted at a rather mediocre next-gen flagship. And while that may be true on the outside, Samsung may actually be changing some of its parts inside. And while those changes won’t necessarily be seen by anyone other than those who dig into the innards of mobile devices, they can, at least in theory, significantly improve the user experience across the board.

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Kids should spend more time with screens, say new studies

Kids should spend more time with screens, say new studies

It has been common advice given to parents to limit the time their very young ones spend using a smartphone or a tablet. It is so common that no parental control service or app worth its salt doesn’t come without some way to limit screen time. But new studies are surfacing challenging those long-held prescriptions. Some are even encouraging parents to let kids spend even more time fiddling with devices. It’s not a blanket recommendation though and it’s based more on how kids spend their time rather than simply how long they spend it.

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Nexus 5X on Project Fi now being replaces by Moto X4 Android One

Nexus 5X on Project Fi now being replaces by Moto X4 Android One

The Nexus line might be dead but its problems live on. Specifically, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X continue to be plagued by bootloops and consumers rightfully continue asking for replacements. Unfortunately, there is no official fix for this illness, which means that customers keep coming back for a replacement after every few months. Worse, Google is now running out of refurbished units to replace these devices, forcing them to offer users a measly payout or credit. Fortunately, now it seems Google has a solution for Nexus 5X owners, offering to give a Moto X4 Android One edition instead.

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LG V30+ alpha with AI chops to debut MWC instead of LG G7

LG V30+ alpha with AI chops to debut MWC instead of LG G7

2018 will be a confusing year for LG, both for the company itself but most especially for its customers. To address its floundering mobile phone business, the company has decided to adopt a devil may care attitude and throw all caution to the wind. It will release phones only when they think they need to and not when everyone else does. Heck, it won’t even release an LG G7, if that’s still its name, in early 2018. What it might show at MWC next month will simply be an enhanced LG V30+ instead.

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Nokia flagship 2018 smartphone tipped to feature 5 camera setup

Nokia flagship 2018 smartphone tipped to feature 5 camera setup

The new HMD Global-owned Nokia has been hard at work over the last year to become a producer of affordable quality Android handsets. The latest Nokia 6 has already been announced, and the upcoming Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 are expected to be high-end devices. However, there's a new rumor developing that the Finnish company has a new flagship in the works for reveal sometime later this year, one that will feature a whopping five lens camera setup.

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Google Play store will soon sell audiobooks

Google Play store will soon sell audiobooks

In this age of podcasts and other forms of streaming media, the audiobook format has been growing in popularity over the last few years. Amazon currently dominates the market, however, with its ownership of Audible, but it appears Google is about to make a big push back. The Google Play store has revealed that it will soon start selling audiobooks alongside its existing media like movies, TV shows, music, digital books, and more.

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