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Catch the last free Shiny Eevee in Pokemon GO

Catch the last free Shiny Eevee in Pokemon GO

It's nearly time that the Pokemon Let's GO Pikachu and Eevee systems lose contact with their little-known Pokemon GO bonus. With each purchase of the Eevee version of the game, users can attain a free Shiny Pikachu. With the Pikachu version of the game, users can attain a free Shiny Eevee. This is a time-restricted situation in the truest sense of the phrase.

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Huawei returns to Microsoft Store [UPDATE]

Huawei returns to Microsoft Store [UPDATE]

Laptops made by Huawei were removed from the online Microsoft Store on May 21st, 2019, and they're back. Now the lot has returned to the online store as if they'd never left, without explanation on the part of Microsoft or Huawei proper. The disappearing and return of these machines is quite likely due to the recent mess Huawei's found itself in here in the United States gadget market.

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Google RCS on Android is coming soon: What you’ll opt-into

Google RCS on Android is coming soon: What you’ll opt-into

Rich communication services (RCS), the replacement for SMS and MMS, has been slow to arrive on Android phones, but that's about to change. In light of the slow carrier response to the technology, Google is taking over RCS deployment on Android devices and will soon give users the option to opt into its own RCS Chat services.

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Why the Genius Google situation is a societal time-bomb

Why the Genius Google situation is a societal time-bomb

This week music track lyrics-centric company Genius showed the press how their data was published to Google without their consent over the past several years. To prove that their site was being scraped for data, Genius used specific formatting in lyric lines - commas, and the like, that wouldn't normally be in a set of lyrics - and there they were, published in Google Search, in "infoboxes" they say were sourced from 3rd-party partners.

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Instagram hijacked accounts are getting easier to reclaim

Instagram hijacked accounts are getting easier to reclaim

With a social network as big as Instagram, users getting their accounts hacked and hijacked is a common problem. Instagram has rolled out some measures to keep accounts secure, but users are saying those aren't enough, especially when it comes to reclaiming a hijacked account. Today, Instagram detailed some more security methods for user accounts - including a way for users to get their usernames back, even after it's been changed by hackers.

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My Android and iPhone had the same problem: Lint!

My Android and iPhone had the same problem: Lint!

So you've got a smartphone with a USB-C power cord that doesn't seem to work as well as it did when it was new. You've tried different cords, you've tried different outlets, you've tried different chargers. You've even gone in to your mobile phone carrier to see what they could do, and they just said "shoot, I don't know, maybe it's broken." Your phone is not broken, and it's quite likely your cord isn't broken. They're just dirty.

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Galaxy Note 9 update brings major camera Night Mode upgrade

Galaxy Note 9 update brings major camera Night Mode upgrade

This week the folks at Samsung released a software update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This update was just over 700MB in size and included Security Patch Level: June 1, 2019. In addition to the standard device stability improvements and bug fixes, Samsung delivered significantly improved camera performance, along with the first implementation of Night Mode.

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Huawei adds up the US ban impact and it isn’t pretty

Huawei adds up the US ban impact and it isn’t pretty

Though it was obvious that Huawei's blacklisting in the US would have a negative impact on it, thus far, the company hasn't given us a clear idea of just how much of a setback it is. Today that all changed, with Huawei cutting revenue projections based on the hit it expects from the ban. In doing so, Huawei indicated that it's taking a pretty big blow by finding itself at the center of this trade war between the US and China.

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Huawei lockscreen ads were a mistake only because it was premature

Huawei lockscreen ads were a mistake only because it was premature

Huawei has been painting itself as a victim of great injustice in the past weeks after it had been slammed by a US trade ban. Last week, however, it became the villain when its phones started serving ads on their lockscreens. At first Huawei's US PR team denied any such activity. While it now owns up to the error, it might only be because its actual plans have been revealed ahead of schedule.

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Cellebrite UEFD Premium boasts it can unlock any iOS or Android device

Cellebrite UEFD Premium boasts it can unlock any iOS or Android device

Most of the rhetoric in tech these days revolve around privacy, especially when it comes to smartphones and data on the cloud. Manufacturers and platform makers are, at least in public, committed to thwarting attempts to break into users' phones but, almost ironically, one of the most persistent threats aren't criminals. Governments are just as interested in breaking their way into mobile devices, often for the stated sake of law enforcement, and Cellebrite is only too happy to have them as buyers of its new UEFD Premium system.

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Motorola One Action looks more premium than company’s flagship

Motorola One Action looks more premium than company’s flagship

The Moto Z series was supposed to be Motorola's flagship series, touting its best technologies and features. And yet not only did the Moto Z4 feel like a rehash of the practically deprecated Moto Mods system, it also sported mod-range specs. Those looking for Motorola's best might have to turn to the upcoming Motorola One Strong that at least looks like a phone from 2019. Even better, it runs a pure Android One OS, too.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is getting a slight but overdue refresh

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is getting a slight but overdue refresh

When you hear "Android TV", you might think smart TVs first and foremost or at least smart set-top boxes. The platform's real hero device, however, is actually a years old gaming console. Despite its age, the NVIDIA SHIELD continues to make wonders in the market. However, it seems that NVIDIA itself has decided it's time for an update but don't get your hopes too high for a generational jump to an NVIDIA SHIELD 2.

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