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It might soon be safe to buy a BlackBerry KEYone again

It might soon be safe to buy a BlackBerry KEYone again

What was supposed to be a dream come true for BlackBerry fans turned out to be a nightmare for some. The BlackBerry KEYone, which is probably the best QWERTY BlackBerry Android phone money can buy was near perfect for those obsessed with QWERTY keyboards. It had, however, one very fatal flaw. The screen would drop or be dislodged, sometimes with very little force. Although it denies any manufacturing error, BlackBerry promised it would strengthen the adhesive used under its screens. And that promises has started rolling out to retailers and carriers for users to buy or exchange.

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Samsung really wants you to use the Bixby button only for Bixby

Samsung really wants you to use the Bixby button only for Bixby

The Galaxy S8 promised a lot of things but, like many promises, not all of them lived up to their hype. At least not yet. DeX was still a bit buggy and inconsistent and Bixby still lacks its most important feature. It’s only natural that users would want to repurpose the Bixby Button until that promised day arrives, but Samsung seems quite intent in making that nearly impossible to do so, as can be seen in this latest update to the T-Mobile models of its flagships.

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LG Q6 “G6 mini” coming this week, spotted in Geekbench

LG Q6 “G6 mini” coming this week, spotted in Geekbench

LG has just announced the G6+ and G6 32 GB in South Korea, but it has no signs of stopping with the “spinoffs”. Another model that’s coming is the “G6 mini” but it might have a different name. Now believed to be called the LG Q6, this mini flagship will mostly have mid-range specs but will surprisingly retain the flagship’s Full Vision nearly bezel-less design. Albeit with an understandably lower resolution, of course.

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Essential phone misses essential launch date

Essential phone misses essential launch date

The Essential phone, via Android godfather Andy Rubin, made a lot of promises. An unbloated Android experience, fast updates, and, perhaps most important, a bezel-less screen that rivals both the Galaxy S8 and the still coming iPhone 8. Rubin also made a promise that the device would start shipping a mere 30 days after pre-orders have started. We’re now on day 33 without an Essential in any buyer’s hands, which doesn’t bode well for a very ambitious first try.

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Pokemon GO codes and the future Legendary Event

Pokemon GO codes and the future Legendary Event

This week we've gone through the latest code for Pokemon GO to find out what's next in the game. Now that we're in the midst of the 1-year anniversary of the game's initial release, it's time to check the codes that've changed and the codes that've not yet come to the live bit of the game. This includes Legendary Raids, Evolution Stones, Pokemon Classes, Pokemon Natures, Unown, and Shiny codes.

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Moto G5S Plus to feature improved camera, premium design

Moto G5S Plus to feature improved camera, premium design

Motorola has a press event scheduled towards the end of this month, and what we're seeing here is sure to be one of the announcements: the new Moto G5S Plus. The device not just a special edition of the original G5 Plus, but an overall improvement with a number of key feature upgrades, including the camera, build quality, and display.

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CopyCat Android malware enters here: how to avoid its coils

CopyCat Android malware enters here: how to avoid its coils

Over the past couple of years, the Android-based malware known as CopyCat infected 14-million devices. This monster of a smartphone infection is based in rooting the smartphone, thereby giving it access to the entirety of the device's innards. There's only one known way for CopyCat to make its way into an Android device - installation through a non-Google Play app market.

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Chrome OS touch controls now available [in this Beta update]

Chrome OS touch controls now available [in this Beta update]

Touch controls and a new UI have been introduced in the most recent release of Canary, the Beta-like state of Google Chrome OS. Google Chrome OS is in a constant state of flux, partially because of the manufacturers that've pushed for functionality that's not been a major part of the software in the past. Google, too, released their first higher-end Chromebook with a touchscreen on it - the first Google Chromebook Pixel.

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Adults are afraid of these new emojis

Adults are afraid of these new emojis

"I sense this is bad," said Tucker Carlson, "I can't articulate why." Carlson and Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame discussed the release of a new batch of emojis set to release soon. The devastating effect of new pictures-as-text seemed to call forth some base emotion in Rowe, something he said he couldn't quite summon a lot of "righteous indignation" over, but that he found entirely troubling nonetheless. "There are hundreds of these things."

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Google Maps makes accessibility everyone’s responsibility

Google Maps makes accessibility everyone’s responsibility

Although sometimes required by law in certain jurisdictions, not all establishments have facilities that cater to or at least assist people with disabilities. And that's not even counting areas that may not be cut out for some disabilities, like long-winding stairs or uneven terrain. Nothing can be more frustrating, not to mention disheartening, than arriving at a place only to discover how inaccessible it s. It is nearly impossible for one organization or company, even for Google, to keep track of all that information, which is why the search giant is now tapping all Google Maps users to at least help people prepare better.

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Sony might still have an Xperia “Compact” in the works after all

Sony might still have an Xperia “Compact” in the works after all

When Sony announced its new Xperia X flagship line last year, it seemed as if the company was finally bringing order to its chaos. Then earlier this year, it was reported to be trimming down its portfolio even further, focusing instead on its flagship and mid-range lines. Based on this latest AnTuTu sighting, however, Sony might be up to something and might actually have an Xperia XZ Compact still planned.

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This is how much better an 8GB OnePlus 5 is

This is how much better an 8GB  OnePlus 5 is

The OnePlus 5 has a lot going for it, if you do manage to escape or forgive some of its flaws. In terms of specs, save for the screen, it pretty much trumps most flagships this year. But then OnePlus went above and beyond the call of duty and offered one of the very few and first smartphones with a whopping 8 GB of RAM. But what does this $60 addition to your bill really give you? Someone finally made an unscientific test to find out.

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