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Galaxy S8 Plus photos leak, new details on S8 accessories

Galaxy S8 Plus photos leak, new details on S8 accessories

As the tech world holds its breath in anticipation of the official debut of Samsung's Galaxy S8 smartphone, more details and images continue to make their way to the public. While we've known things like the phone's specs and international release dates for a while now, we've now got our first look at the larger Galaxy S8 Plus model, along with details and pricing on a range of accessories from Samsung.

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Nova Launcher Beta Update [APK Download] changes how you use Android

Nova Launcher Beta Update [APK Download] changes how you use Android

This week the folks behind Nova Launcher, the home-screen replacement app, have released an update that will change the way you use Android. It adds a dynamic icon to the corner of every one of the apps it’s compatible with. Each of these icons appear only when a notification appears for each app. Each app’s icon content is based on the sort of notification they’re presenting.

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Shiny Pokemon GO Update: How to catch a Gold Magikarp

Shiny Pokemon GO Update: How to catch a Gold Magikarp

An update to news of the Pokemon GO Water Event this week suggests that this may be the one and only time a Shiny Magikarp appears. That's according to our anonymous source with information on the subject - who also mentions that this decision has yet to be finalized. It could just as easily be that this Pokemon GO Water Event is just the beginning of something very awesome - Shiny Pokemon GO monsters across the whole planet - we'll see soon enough! But for now, how do we go about finding a Shiny Magikarp?

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Samsung releasing Note 7 update in Korea to disable charging

Samsung releasing Note 7 update in Korea to disable charging

Samsung has been mostly successful in getting those with a defective Galaxy Note 7 to turn their phones in, but as always, there are a certain amount of stragglers who are still using theirs. Samsung has tried a few things to get these consumers to hand in their phones, from offering trade-in credits to limiting the amount the phone's battery can charge through a software update. With a few people out there still using a potentially dangerous phone, it seems that Samsung now has to get a little more serious.

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Android O on Nexus 5X, 6P gets a preliminary root

Android O on Nexus 5X, 6P gets a preliminary root

New Android releases are almost always welcomed by Android users, but power users, especially those who routinely root their devices, have mixed feelings. While it brings new features to play with, a new Android version usually also patches up exploits that are used to gain root access. Defying expectation, however, Chainfire, developer extraordinaire known for his SuperSU utility, has announced a preliminary root for Android O on the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, just days after the first Android O developer preview was announced.

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Android Experiments Magic Calendar blends paper and digital

Android Experiments Magic Calendar blends paper and digital

There is a never-ending tug of war between analog and digital, especially between paper and computers. The favorite debates usually revolve round paper notebooks and organizers versus mobile phones. One has the advantage of being "always on" while the other has the advantage of ease of management and editing. Japanese design startup Kosho Tsuboi has come up with an idea, one that some might have seen before. That is, an always-on Magic Calendar dashboard that display's your calendar on a wall. And it's powered by Android, of course.

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Here’s when the Galaxy S8 will go on pre-order in Europe

Here’s when the Galaxy S8 will go on pre-order in Europe

In about a week's time, Samsung will finally unveil the Galaxy S8. Much of what it will have to offer is pretty much known, leaving little to the imagination. The only real remaining question, other than actual performance, is when it will actually go on sale. While there are still differing dates for that in the US, Europe, or at least the Netherlands might get theirs early. If leak of the pre-order date is right on the mark.

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MyKronoz ZeTime puts mechanical watch hands on a touchscreen

MyKronoz ZeTime puts mechanical watch hands on a touchscreen

One of the biggest complaints about smartwatches, next to the dismal battery life, is how they don't really look like traditional watches. At least the classical analog ones with mechanical hands. Some watch makers tried to address that by putting out what they termed "hybrid" smartwatches, that is, analog watches with some built-in sensors and wireless connectivity. MyKronoz, however, has a different idea for a hybrid smartwatch. At MWC 2017 last month, it showed off a smartwatch with a full touch screen and mechanical hands. Weird as it might sound, it apparently sells, based on the ZeTime's Kickstarter.

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Google Hangouts is dropping SMS support

Google Hangouts is dropping SMS support

And so the Google messaging circus continues. Google has quite a few messaging apps, and some of them overlap with each other and the biggest offender is probably Hangouts. What would have been Google's main, or only, messaging platform supports chat, voice, video, and SMS, but soon it will have one less feature. According to a post on Reddit, Google will be removing carrier SMS support in May, forcing users, at least on Android, to migrate to another app, maybe Google's newly renamed "Android Messages" app.

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Tweetdeck tipped to get advanced features for a price

Tweetdeck tipped to get advanced features for a price

Given its rather unpopular attitude towards third-party apps, there was some well-founded apprehension when Twitter acquired Tweetdeck. Indeed, the multi-column Twitter client has lagged behind the official Twitter client though it still remained the tool of choice for many professional Twitter users. It seems, however, that Twitter will be making up for lost time soon, by introducing advanced features soon. However, those features will apparently come at a monthly cost, though advanced users will probably be willing to pay whatever price Twitter demands.

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Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones adds Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 Plus

Amazon Prime Exclusive Phones adds Alcatel A30 and Moto G5 Plus

Last summer, Amazon launched what it calls ‘Prime Exclusive Phones,’ which are subsidized Android handsets offered to Prime members at a discount…and with advertisements on the lock screen. If you don’t mind having to glance at ads whenever you turn your phone on, the deal is a decent way to get a decent handset for less than the typical sticker price. We’ve seen some budget-tier handsets join the lineup over the past several months, and newest among them is both the Moto G5 Plus and the Alcatel A30.

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Samsung Pay has fully launched in India

Samsung Pay has fully launched in India

Following a test in the region, Samsung Pay has fully launched for everyone in India, marking a new milestone for the payment platform. As in other regions, those in India will be able to use their Samsung mobile device and compatible bank cards to make payments at retailers that accept the service, eliminating the need to swipe cards. Samsung says it has integrated both the Indian government’s Unified Payments Interface and Paytm into the app.

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