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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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GoPro Fusion Android support arrives for 10 compatible phone models

GoPro Fusion Android support arrives for 10 compatible phone models

Last year, action camera maker GoPro introduced a 360-degree 5.2K camera called Fusion, a model that resembles the company's HERO models but with notably different functionality. The GoPro Fusion has launched in the months since its introduction, enjoying fairly solid user ratings and reviews while helping GoPro edge away from its business troubles. Thanks to a new app update, Fusion just got a little more appealing.

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Twitter Bookmarks feature appears in beta on Android

Twitter Bookmarks feature appears in beta on Android

Back in October, Twitter announced plans to add a feature that allows its users to save tweets for later. The feature was referred to as "Save For Later," but its in-app name will actually be "Bookmarks." With Bookmarks, a user can privately save specific tweets, a feature the company says has been a frequent request from users.

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Alexa app finally has a voice

Alexa app finally has a voice

An update for the Alexa app for Android was given an update this morning with support for Alexa voice interaction. This update brings Alexa voice interaction on all Androids, not just a few - all just as long as they have at least Android 4.4 or newer. That's the basic requirement for the app itself - and was before this update, too.

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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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