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LightsOut adware infects utility apps, bypasses Google Play Store checks

LightsOut adware infects utility apps, bypasses Google Play Store checks

Utility apps are a dime a dozen in Google Play Store, but if you’re not careful, you might install one that has some unwanted payload inside. That is the unfortunate situation that a few million Android users may have found themselves in after downloading and installing some random flashlight or utility app, which left them exposed to ads in inappropriate places. And their only fault is to have presumed that since the apps are from Google Play Store, they must be safe to install and use.

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Pokemon GO failed us all

Pokemon GO failed us all

Today I'm going to tell you why Pokemon GO is a game of diminishing returns. At the beginning, Pokemon GO was a great idea. Google creatives made a video showing how augmented reality might make the perfect ecosystem for a worldwide Pokemon game in which monsters could be found wandering a real world. Real battles could be fought, real encounters would happen, and capturing new Pokemon would be super fun. That only sort of happened.

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Google reveals CPU security flaw Meltdown and Spectre details

Google reveals CPU security flaw Meltdown and Spectre details

Google has revealed its Project Zero findings on the "speculative execution" security flaws that have sent processor-makers into a tailspin today. The issue - which had initially been circulating as an Intel processor flaw, but which it now appears affects chips from multiple manufacturers - is, in fact, a number of vulnerabilities that exploit critical aspects of many processors since 1995. They're generally being known as Meltdown and Spectre.

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2018 LG OLED and Super UHD TVs will have Google Assistant

2018 LG OLED and Super UHD TVs will have Google Assistant

LG has announced some news that it'll be fleshing out during CES 2018: its upcoming OLED and Super UHD TVs will have Google Assistant support via the maker's ThinQ AI platform. Though LG doesn't point toward Google Assistant specifically, instead saying that ThinQ will allow for "third-party AI services," it includes an image of one of its flat screen TVs with Google Assistant visible on the screen.

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Fuchsia spotted: Google’s unreleased software now on new hardware

Fuchsia spotted: Google’s unreleased software now on new hardware

It's time to talk about Google's software called Fuchsia again. Today it's become apparent that Fuchsia is running on the Google Pixelbook. Fuchsia is a new(ish) operating system Google's been working on for many months. The Google Pixelbook is the notebook equivalent of a Google Pixel smartphone, instead running Chrome OS right out the box.

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iPhone X and Pixel 2 camera features hit your Android phone today

iPhone X and Pixel 2 camera features hit your Android phone today

The latest version of the Google camera app remixed for non-Pixel smartphones includes the Pixel 2 Portrait Mode. This mode taps into the smarts of your phone's processor and your phone's image processing unit to capture the subject matter and blur all else. This portrait mode works very similar to the newest version of the iOS portrait mode for iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

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Galaxy S9 January production has some huge changes

Galaxy S9 January production has some huge changes

The parts that'll make the Samsung Galaxy S9 were named by a number of South Korean sources this afternoon. It would appear that January production of both the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are both on schedule, even as several pieces of this smartphone puzzle have relatively major changes VS the Galaxy S8. One of these is a brand new circuit board manufacturing process, combining high performance capacity and a smaller substrate than before.

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Google’s top 10 tech searches of 2017 will surprise you

Google’s top 10 tech searches of 2017 will surprise you

Being just a few days away from the beginning of 2018, it's time to look back on 2017 and reflect on what's happened throughout the year. Google is doing just that today, sharing the top 10 searches for a bunch of different categories in 2017. While each list has some interesting entries, the consumer tech top 10 is particularly surprising.

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Google Maps bans business reviews left by former employees

Google Maps bans business reviews left by former employees

Disgruntled former employees, those feeling wronged in one way or another, have a tendency to take out their frustration online. One may seek a sense of justice or revenge by lambasting their former place of employment online, and chief among those online review destinations is Google. The Internet giant has updated its Google Maps policy to ban that specific kind of review: the kind left for a business by a former worker.

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Androids don’t slow like iPhone, but maybe they should

Androids don’t slow like iPhone, but maybe they should

Approximately one year ago, Apple made a bad decision in not properly announcing their iPhone slowdown measure with old devices with bad batteries. This week, Apple's bad-battery-iPhone-slowdown became public. Now several Android smartphone manufacturers are taking advantage of the negative feedback Apple's received as a result of said revelation. Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG have each announced that they do not slow down older smartphones. But they certainly could - and maybe they should?

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New Google camera may bring the headphone jack back

New Google camera may bring the headphone jack back

It would appear that Google's not done innovating in the hardware universe. They've got a new sort of camera in the mix, one made for multiple kinds of devices. This camera doesn't just move in and out to adjust focus or zoom, it has a moving mirror, too. This is a camera unlike any we've seen in a smartphone or tablet ever before

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Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Best music app this week: Tidal (it’s free)

Your brand new Christmas iPhone or Galaxy S8 or Android of any sort is about to get a bit happier. While I don't recommend any music service above any other, normally, due to my inability to tell the lot apart, today I'm reporting on a rare sort of situation with the service called Tidal. The Tidal crew have decided to make their service entirely free for all users from Christmas day (earlier this week) until the 5th of January.

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