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Cloak & Dagger exploits Android accessibility, overlay features

Cloak & Dagger exploits Android accessibility, overlay features

The phrase "cloak and dagger" is often used to refer to acts of subterfuge and espionage, almost always naughty things. That term is indeed apt for this latest set of exploits on Android that use those tactics to ensnare unwitting users. A set of vulnerabilities rather than a single one, these exploits abuse otherwise useful, even critical, features of the Android platform to do their nefarious deeds, successfully hiding themselves even from more vigilant users.

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OnePlus 3T dicontinued, most likely because of OnePlus 5

OnePlus 3T dicontinued, most likely because of OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 3T is probably the most short-lived non-explosive flagship and probably OnePlus' most controversial yet. It launched barely half a year after the OnePlus 3 was launched, bearing slightly upgraded hardware and royally pissing of its fans. Now it is making yet another controversial move. While not explicitly saying so, OnePlus has practically revealed that stocks of the OnePlus 3T are running out. And by putting out a last call to buy one, it is practically saying that the 6-month old smartphone is being discontinued.

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Andy Rubin’s Essential jumps on Twitter, teases something big

Andy Rubin’s Essential jumps on Twitter, teases something big

Andy Rubin, father of Android, left Google more than two years ago to start his own adventures. Not long afterwards, it was believed that he would be making his own smartphone under a new "Essential" company. He did make a big announcement earlier this month, but it was for a different product for a different startup. It seems that the Essential phone, or something related to it, is still on track and, based on a Twitter post, will finally be revealed at the end of the month.

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Watch: What’s new in Android O and beyond, with Google

Watch: What’s new in Android O and beyond, with Google

This week the folks at Google release the full collection of Google I/O 2017 talks in video form. That includes a selection of videos which identify the newest features in Android. That's Android, the operating system quite likely on the device you're reading this with right this minute - dive in and make the most of it!

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See the HTC Link, a semi-secret Japanese VR headset with LIGHTS

See the HTC Link, a semi-secret Japanese VR headset with LIGHTS

The headset that's appeared today, made by HTC, won't necessarily be available to everyone in the world. In fact it's slated - for now - to be available only inside Japan. This headset was designed to fit one smartphone in the world - the HTC U11 - and will be able to roll with 6DOF (6 degrees of freedom) which is intense for a phone-based VR headset, if not entirely unique to this one.

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Magikarp Jump app is super quick fun [iPhone / APK download]

Magikarp Jump app is super quick fun [iPhone / APK download]

Google Play as well as Apple's App Store now have the next Pokemon game Magikarp Jump. This game is very likely the most inane Pokemon game in the history of Pokemon games - and not only on the mobile platform. This is the latest effort by The Pokemon Company to cash in on the Pokmon craze created in part by Niantic's release of Pokemon GO. This game is not the same as Pokemon GO, but it has just about as many Magikarp inside.

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LG V10 gets Android Nougat in Korea, global rollout coming

LG V10 gets Android Nougat in Korea, global rollout coming

LG has recently been rather proud of how quick it is to bring the latest Android updates to its phones. But, truth be told, just like any other OEM, that's really only true for for its latest model or two. Case in point is the late 2015 LG V10, still well within the customary 2-year support period. It is only now that LG's first "second screen" phone is getting its Nougat update, and even then only up to Android 7.0.

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This app replaces the Galaxy S8 navigation buttons with Pixel ones

This app replaces the Galaxy S8 navigation buttons with Pixel ones

After years of stubbornness, Samsung has finally moved away from hardware or capacitive navigation buttons to on-screen ones. Not that it had a choice anyway, with its new Infinity Display design. There are, however, two catches. The order and design of the buttons don't adhere to Android guidelines. The order is easily changed via Samsung's own settings. Changing how the buttons, look, however, is almost impossible. Not unless you use this third-party overlay app which lets you make those buttons look like a regular Pixel or Android phone.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 tries to say bigger is still better

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 tries to say bigger is still better

Smartphone are slimming down. They're not getting smaller as far as screen size goes, but with a push for smaller bezels, they're not expanding in girth either. Of course, there will always be devices and companies that will say otherwise. Xiaomi just launched the Mi Max 2 which, like its predecessor, is big on everything, from size to screen to battery. Fortunately, the only thing it's not big on is the price.

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Acer announces Nitro 5 notebook, Spin 1 convertible, Iconia tablets

Acer announces Nitro 5 notebook, Spin 1 convertible, Iconia tablets

Computex won't be taking place until the end of May but Acer wants to get a head start from the flood of announcements that might come. The manufacturer has just announced four new devices that caters to different types of users and different needs. The Acer Nitro 5 is designed for "casual gamers" while the Acer Spin 1 offers a lightweight convertible for workers on the go. The Acer Iconia Tab 10 bills itself as the entertainment tablet with its Quantum Dot screen while the Iconia One 10 is made for serious business with its two micro USB ports.

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OnePlus 5 confirmed with Snapdragon 835, front fingerprint sensor

OnePlus 5 confirmed with Snapdragon 835, front fingerprint sensor

OnePlus has traditional been non-traditional when it came to marketing. Months before a new smartphone, it usually piles teaser after teaser, drumming up hype for the next big thing. We might be just weeks away from the OnePlus 5, yet the startup has been surprisingly mellow. It is, however, dropping breadcrumbs along the way, like these latest confirmations from OnePlus' top brass themselves, including, to no one's surprise, the OnePlus 5 name and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

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Sony axes “premium standard” line, including Xperia X, X Compact

Sony axes “premium standard” line, including Xperia X,  X Compact

When Sony launched its new Xperia X line, some of the models lacked the punch to make them appealing as flagship devices. It turns out that the Sony received the numbers proving so as well. At its investor conference in Tokyo, it revealed how its "Premium Standard Models", which included the Xperia X and the Xperia X Compact, didn't live up to their retail goals and, as such, will no longer see new models this year.

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