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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Review (Gen2, 2017)

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Review (Gen2, 2017)

Over the past two years just one device has been in near-constant use at my home - that's the original NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV. This piece of hardware sits quietly to the side of my television and serves content to my family almost every day of the year. Unlike any other device I've used over the past half-decade, the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV has never failed to feel like a natural part of my everyday routine - without the need for an over-abundant amount of software updates, and completely functional in every way I'd needed it to be. That's why I was skeptical when NVIDIA announced they'd be releasing another newer NVIDIA SHIELD device this year.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mystery to finally end next week

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mystery to finally end next week

This has honestly gone far too long. Although things seem to be winding down for the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, there is still some amount of closure needed. To be specific, Samsung still has to officially explain, once and for all, why the phablet that was supposed to be the crowning glory of Android smartphones in 2016 was, instead, cursed with fiery deaths. And, perhaps just as important, it needs to sufficiently explain why it made a premature call when it restarted sales of the phablet instead of pulling them all out at once.

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LG G6 promised not to explode

LG G6 promised not to explode

The incident involving the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has had everybody reeling, from consumers all the way up to other smartphone makers. 2017 will most likely be marked by OEMs boasting about how safe their smartphone will be, particularly when it comes to batteries and heat management. LG is kicking off that trend by explaining the steps it has taken to ensure the utmost safety of their smartphones. And while it specifically names the LG V20 in its piece, given the timing, there is very little doubt those same points will apply to the upcoming LG G6 as well.

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Andy Rubin created Android: now he’s making the “Essential” smartphone

Andy Rubin created Android: now he’s making the “Essential” smartphone

Android inventor Andy Rubin has started another company which may well deliver the next big thing in smartphones and artificial intelligence. According to Bloomberg, the Rubin's company "Essential" is producing a "suite" of devices that'll likely work together in concert. The first legal filing to appear with the word "Essential" on it tied to Rubin was a USPTO filing for the Essential logo - and the filing has Rubin's name on it.

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The Nokia 8 didn’t get leaked by Qualcomm at CES

The Nokia 8 didn’t get leaked by Qualcomm at CES

A report on a supposed "Nokia 8 Supreme" made the rounds this week appearing to be on display by Qualcomm at CES 2017. In reality, the device was not a Nokia device - not branded Nokia, nor manufactured by Nokia. Instead, the Qualcomm Supreme reference phone appeared on the show floor at CES specifically to show off features of the new Snapdragon 835. We've seen similar devices displayed by Qualcomm every single year for the past 5+ years - and this one isn't made by Nokia.

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Galaxy S8 leaks: we rate all the image rumors so you don’t have to

Galaxy S8 leaks: we rate all the image rumors so you don’t have to

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was the subject of a substantial amount of leaked, crafted, or otherwise falsified photos and renderings in the weeks leading up to its release. Much like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy S6 before it, we're going to go ahead and analyze these images, attempting to separate fact from rumor, imagination from reality.

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Panasonic’s Toughpad A2 tablet is a rugged beast

Panasonic’s Toughpad A2 tablet is a rugged beast

At a time when many manufacturers seem to be moving away from tablets, Panasonic is having none of it and introducing its Toughpad FZ-A2. Designed to survive in a universe that seems to love shattered screens, the Toughpad A2 tablet is fully rugged slate that offers protection against drops, dust, and water. With Panasonic making its enterprise features a major talking point in the Toughpad A2, it's easy to see which segment the company is targeting here.

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Samsung foldable phone release rumored for Q3 2017

Samsung foldable phone release rumored for Q3 2017

A Samsung Foldable Phone (or flexible phone, if you prefer) has been tipped to be revealed and released inside the year 2017, before the Galaxy S8. Word of this release comes alongside a tip that LG will also be releasing at least one foldable display-toting smart device, the smartphone making company teased this week to be producing more than 100,000 "foldable devices" in the last three months of this year. Samsung is teased to come out fighting with two different models in the third quarter of 2017, edging out LG by a few weeks.

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The next Pokemon GO event update could be Magikarp heavy

The next Pokemon GO event update could be Magikarp heavy

The Pokemon called Magikarp might very well be the subject of the first Pokemon GO event of April, 2017. A Silph Road user and Pokemon GO analyst by the name of S.Dangles decided earlier this week that the possibility of a Magikarp-infused event set for April Fool's Day was real. While we don't have our normal verification of consideration from our source familiar with the information, the possibilities for this next Pokemon GO event are just too intriguing to ignore.

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HTC U Ultra price, specs, and unique features

HTC U Ultra price, specs, and unique features

The folks at HTC have released a new set of devices, the most powerful of which is the HTC U Ultra. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the HTC U Ultra and its closest relative, the new HTC U Play, getting up close and personal to see all the details. These devices have been created in a vein similar to the LG V10 and V20 devices, made to cater to users with a very specific set of features on their "must have" list for a smartphone.

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Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

The release of the Google Pixel 2 (and Pixel XL 2) will refine an already-shining example of how good, and simply good, an Android device can be. Google seems to have reached a point at which they're ready to handle consumers directly, instead of relying on big brands to do all the heavy lifting. As the HTC-manufactured, Google-designed Pixel and Pixel XL had sparkling reviews upon release in 2016, the next generation won't likely change in any drastic way.

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Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat update begins official roll out

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat update begins official roll out

It looks like the wait is nearly over for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners: Android Nougat has started rolling out at last. Of course, we heard back in December that Samsung had finished beta testing the release and would be launch it this month, so this isn't much of a surprise. Previous rumors placed the start date for updates on January 17, but here we're seeing Samsung get underway a little earlier.

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