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LG V20 tips and tricks to become an Android master

LG V20 tips and tricks to become an Android master

As far as this year’s Android smartphones are concerned, the LG V20 is right up there as one of the top contenders for the crown. It might not have the Pixel’s Assistant, the Moto Z’s multi-talented rear, or even the Galaxy Note 7’s explosive character, but the V20 definitely offers the right mix of power and features in a no nonsense package directed not just at creatives, like photographers and videographers, but at today’s mobile workforce as well. And to help you become a master of this powerful tool, here are 20 tips to harness everything that the LG V20 has to offer.

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Meet Wild Joker, “The Dude” of Pokemon GO

Meet Wild Joker, “The Dude” of Pokemon GO

Let me share with you a story of positivity in the global monster game Pokemon GO. Thanks to the Pokemon GO player known to Imgur as Acentrella, we've been introduced to the epic and unforgettable Wild Joker. If Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski lived in Arizona in the year 2016, there's little doubt in my mind that he'd be in a situation much like the Wild Joker.

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How the Galaxy S8 “Beast Mode” will work (and already has)

How the Galaxy S8 “Beast Mode” will work (and already has)

But what good is an extra boost of smartphone processor power when a Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone from the year 2017 is already more powerful than necessary? A number of things are already obvious about the not-yet-revealed next device in Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones. We can safely assume it'll be more powerful than the Galaxy S7, for example - a device that already has more power than any mobile app on the market today can make use of.

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Mobile apps and games on sale to fill your stockings

Mobile apps and games on sale to fill your stockings

For some overly excited people, they are just counting down the hours to the festivities. But why waste your time looking back and again at your watch when you can spend it shopping for apps and games instead. And maybe play those games while you’re at it. Unsurprisingly, it’s the season for sales and promos and you’re going to find a lot of them around. To help you get started, here are some of our top picks as well as some publisher lists to get you started. While most are for Android, be on the lookout for magical iOS links as well.

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Prankster changes SSID of smartphone to Galaxy Note 7, flight nearly diverted

Prankster changes SSID of smartphone to Galaxy Note 7, flight nearly diverted

There are places for pranks and jokes and there there are places where you don't want to joke. A passenger on Virgin America flight 358 from San Francisco to Boston found this out the hard way after he changed the SSID of his wireless device to Samsung Galaxy Note7_1097 during the flight. The passenger was apparently using his smartphone and a hotspot during the flight.

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LG V20, Huawei Mate 9 tied in DxOMark ranking

LG V20, Huawei Mate 9 tied in DxOMark ranking

Don't worry, Google. The Pixel remains the top dog in DxOMark's list. The LG V20 and Huawei Mate 9, despite their impressive specs and improved performance, don't even come close. Under DxOMark's usual battery of tests, the two scored the exact same 85, differing only in the details. While both sported dual lens cameras, they each interpreted the feature differently. Sadly, neither was able to achieve the pinnacle of mobile photography that itS peers are trying just as hard to grab.

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Signal’s private chat app uses Google to stay uncensored

Signal’s private chat app uses Google to stay uncensored

Signal, the encrypted messaging app endorsed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, just received rather significant update. No, we’re not referring to the new stickers and doodling functionality. Those are just a front for the real meat of the update. In almost a similar fashion, Signal now uses a “front”, specifically a domain front utilizing Google.com, in order to circumvent current and future government censorship that would block an app that is reported to be in popular use among activists, advocates, and even dissidents.

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Huawei Honor 8 to get Android 7.0 Nougat via EMUI 5.0

Huawei Honor 8 to get Android 7.0 Nougat via EMUI 5.0

The Honor 8, from Huawei’s sub-brand, might not be the super premium, not to mention super expensive, Huawei Mate 9, but that doesn’t mean it’s an underdog. In addition to flagship specs packed into a somewhat mid-range price, the Honor 8 has also been promised at least two years’ worth of software updates. Making good on its promise, Honor will be rolling out the smartphone’s first major update in two months. While EMUI 5.0, Huawei’s latest custom Android experience, is big news already for Huawei/Honor fans, even better news is the fact that it comes with Android 7.0 Nougat in tow.

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RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic launches for Android and iOS

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic launches for Android and iOS

Atari has launched RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, a new mobile game for iOS and Android that brings together the best of Rollercoaster Tycoon and RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. The game is available for the most popular mobile devices: Android phones and tablets, the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, for $5.99 USD. This game follows RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile.

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Opera Max ‘VIP Mode’ gives unlimited data saving…and puts an ad on your phone

Opera Max ‘VIP Mode’ gives unlimited data saving…and puts an ad on your phone

Opera offers an Android app designed to reduce the amount of mobile data you use throughout the day, and it’s pretty great at doing so. That has resulted in somewhere around 50 million Android users actively using the app every month, and Opera found itself in a bit of a pickle: while the free app shows an advertisement when you’re within the app, there was little reason to actually open the app and thus no one was looking at these ads with any sort of regularity. The company recently introduced a limitation that addresses that issue, and users weren't happy, so now the company is back with yet another change: VIP Mode.

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Christmas gift warning: Barnes & Noble NOOK has malware

Christmas gift warning: Barnes & Noble NOOK has malware

Malware by the name of ADUPS has been discovered this week that the most recent version of the Barnes & Noble NOOK tablet. This is a device available for sale from Barnes & Noble currently, and the device works with ADUPS inside when first taken out of its box. Whatever you do, gift receiver on the eve or morn of your favorite holiday, do not connect that NOOK to the internet and start signing in to accounts - hold off!

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Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Two Nexus-like smartwatches set to lead Android Wear in 2017

Next year Google will be releasing two new Android Wear smartwatches in the style of their Nexus smartphone line. There's very little to get in Google's way in the market for these devices as the only massive competition out today is the Apple Watch. According to a recent study, nobody wants a smartwatch at the moment - except some Apple fans, apparently, who all want the Apple Watch. So why would Google want to continue rolling in this market?

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