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OnePlus confirms security breach with a staggering number of affected users

OnePlus confirms security breach with a staggering number of affected users

Last week, we started hearing word of a potential security breach over at OnePlus. Users were reporting that their credit cards had been compromised shortly after making a purchase on the OnePlus website, which prompted the company to launch an investigation. Today we're getting the first results from that investigation, and things aren't looking good for OnePlus or its users.

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Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Remember how Apple just got in trouble for deliberately slowing down old iPhones? Samsung was just called out for the same thing. Antitrust authorities are now investigating both Samsung and Apple for their part in "unfair commercial practices." More specifically, Samsung and Apple now part of two separate proceedings for "exploiting the shortcomings of some components to reduce the performance of their products over time and induce consumers to purchase new versions of the same."

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Galaxy S9 release date may hinder tech to truly battle iPhone X

Galaxy S9 release date may hinder tech to truly battle iPhone X

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is just one of three big-name smartphones the company will reveal this year. The company is set to reveal the Samsung Galaxy S9, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (or Galaxy S9 Plus), and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. These three devices will be very similar to one another, and the first two will inform the details of the third. This morning we're going over the latest batch of details from South Korea and China on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, both of which are expected to be revealed in late February of 2018.

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Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

Best Smart Speakers of 2018: the Pros and the Cons

At CES 2018, the usual circus of new products, experimental devices, and moonshot projects seem to have a common undertone: AI assistants. At almost every turn, you’ll find something, be it a “smart display”, a TV, a car head unit, or a door lock that integrates with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or even Microsoft Cortana. The age of the personal AI assistants have come, and it all started with the somewhat unassuming and still really bewildering smart speakers. We take a brief look at some of the best ones in the market, and some still to come, and why, despite their appeal, they might not exactly be worth your money just yet.

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Samsung patents phone with in-display camera

Samsung patents phone with in-display camera

The bezel-less phone display battle has already started but the fighters remain ill-equipped to handle it. OEMs have scrambled to redesign their phones, some more or less ending up in failure. Samsung somewhat missed its chance when the in-display fingerprint sensor didn’t make it in time. But, at least based on a patent, it seems to be planning to make up for lost opportunity and will be putting not just a fingerprint scanner under the display, but every other scanner you can find on the face of a phone.

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Android Wear 2.8 app update improves readability, battery life

Android Wear 2.8 app update improves readability, battery life

One of the most basic uses of a smartwatch, which sets it apart from a fitness tracker, is that it can show you notifications and messages. That purpose, however, is defeated when you can barely make out what’s on the screen, especially in brighter lighting conditions. To help improve that situation, and perhaps marginally extend battery life, Google is rolling out a small update to the Android Wear app, now at version 2.8, to increase readability by using a darker background.

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Razer Phone 2 launch details include Project Linda

Razer Phone 2 launch details include Project Linda

The computing power that we hold in our hands, pockets, and bags are nothing short of impressive. This has led not a few, including Samsung and Huawei, to try and turn our smartphones into “regular” computers, be it desktops or laptops. And almost all of them fall short of being perfect. That hasn’t stopped Razer, the newest kid on the smartphone block, from trying anyway. The result was Project Linda, and this phone-powered laptop might be appearing around IFA later this year, together with the next Razer Phone.

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The app Apple just un-blocked

The app Apple just un-blocked

Apple just un-blocked an app by the name of Wehe this afternoon after a second round of screening. Earlier in the day, several sources reported that the app had been blocked and that Apple hadn't made clear the reasons why. Since then, the Wehe app was returned to the app store for all iOS devices. Meanwhile the Android version of the app had no such trouble in its listing on Google Play.

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Congress may not like Huawei, but Google sure does

Congress may not like Huawei, but Google sure does

Today Google made known, again, their support for Huawei in the worldwide Android smart devices ecosystem. To the point, Google Head of RCS Amir Sarhangi published an article in the main Google blog portal today all about Huawei's new big effort with Android Messaging. This was just as much of a win for Google as it was for Huawei, and Sarhangi made clear that Huawei's efforts were not forgotten. All this despite Huawei's recent falling out with the US government.

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WhatsApp Business begins worldwide roll out on Android

WhatsApp Business begins worldwide roll out on Android

Though WhatsApp was first envisioned as a communication app for regular people, its impressive growth over the years has driven businesses to sign up for it too. Having a social media presence is important for a lot of businesses these days, so WhatsApp has decided to facilitate them better by launching an app made specifically for them. Today a new app called WhatsApp Business has launched on Android, and while it's mostly the same WhatsApp we're already familiar with, it comes with a handful of enhancements for business users.

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Google Photos update adds free storage codes

Google Photos update adds free storage codes

This week the folks at Google released a new version of their photos app, Google Photos. Android users will likely be first in the update line for a number of new features, including the most important one: free stuff support. Everyone loves free stuff, and Google knows how everyone loves free stuff, so they've added more free stuff to Google Photos.

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Nomad Wireless Hub charges five at the same time

Nomad Wireless Hub charges five at the same time

Our homes have become a jungle of cables, and not just because of the ones that sprout off your desktop computer. It isn’t uncommon for one household to have a small army of mobile devices and other contraptions that need to be recharged as well. Wireless charging can only do so much and not all devices support it. Nomad’s solution? Its new Wireless Charging Hub that can charge up to five devices simultaneously, one of them wirelessly even.

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