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Galaxy S8’s first detailed secrets spilled in Korea

Galaxy S8’s first detailed secrets spilled in Korea

The Samsung Galaxy S8 appears to have started its trickle of leaks this week with details dripping in from South Korea. The first big change seems to be in the device's next-gen display. It would seem that the company is eager to distance themselves from the design and feel of the Galaxy Note 7, thereby pushing the Galaxy S8 into a different school of industrial design thought. This version of the Galaxy smartphone may be a bit more fragile than previous generations.

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Pokemon GO update for 2016 event: Gen 2 APK, 101+ monsters

Pokemon GO update for 2016 event: Gen 2 APK, 101+ monsters

The next Pokemon GO update will feature code for Generation 2, Pokemon Gold and Silver, and 101 new Pokemon. While Pokemon Gold and Silver, the Johto region, only generally have 100 extra Pokemon added to the Pokedex, this version of Pokemon GO also adds one of the monsters missing from the first build of the game. That new Pokemon is Ditto, the transforming Pokemon. This version of the game also adds one new move, specifically for Ditto: Transform.

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Now you can use Android Auto without upgrading your car

Now you can use Android Auto without upgrading your car

Android Auto looks set to show up on a lot more dashboards, albeit as a phone clipped to a mount rather than built into the native infotainment system. The interface, which pares back Android into a chunkier, more finger-friendly layout for use while driving, while hiding the more complex features that could prove a distraction, is being released as a standalone system, Google announced today. It's the closest we've got so far to an admission by the Android team that Android Auto adoption among automakers may not have been as swift as they would've preferred.

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TeamViewer update enables cross-platform mobile to mobile remote support

TeamViewer update enables cross-platform mobile to mobile remote support

TeamViewer has been around for a long time and is an app that allows you to mirror screens between devices and other things. An update for the app has been announced at it brings with it some new cool tricks that users of the app will really like. The main update is the ability to allow you to access other mobile devices from a mobile device, regardless of iOS, Android or Windows Mobile.

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LeapDroid creators join Google, abandons Android PC emulator

LeapDroid creators join Google, abandons Android PC emulator

In most company acquisitions, there’s always fears of the new owners mercilessly axing the newly acquired company’s product. That might look like the case with LeapDroid, but it’s different in two significant ways. First, it is only the developers, not LeapDroid itself that has been “acquired” by Google. And second, it is the developers themselves that have decided to ditch LeapDroid. This has the effect of practically killing an Android emulator for PCs that, just a few months ago, boasted to be the fastest in the market.

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General Mobile GM 5 brings 7.0 Nougat to Android One

General Mobile GM 5 brings 7.0 Nougat to Android One

Now that both the LG V20, which was the first commercial Android 7.0 smartphone, and the Google Pixel, the first Android 7.1 smartphone, are now out, it’s time for the rest of the world to enjoy the nutty goodness of Nougat. Surprisingly, one of the first to do so isn’t a new high-end smartphone but a more budget friendly one. General Mobile has announced the existence of the GM 5, which is the first Android One device to come with Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box.

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Xperia XZ torture test reveals a lot of plastic

Xperia XZ torture test reveals a lot of plastic

Sony is a rather odd smartphone maker. After its “golden age” dating back to the Xperia Z3 and earlier, it seems that every new flagship it puts out is beset by one controversy or another. While the Xperia XZ, its most high-end for this year, isn’t as contentious (except in the US), it might still end up disappointing fans, and not just because of the design. Torture Stress test expert JerryRigEverything has put the Xperia XZ to his usually battery of experiments, and the smartphone, sadly, doesn’t not survived unscathed. Or unscratched.

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Here is the Xiaomi Redmi 4, 4A and you still can’t get them

Here is the Xiaomi Redmi 4, 4A and you still can’t get them

Time and again, Xiaomi and VP for international Hugo Barra constantly express their intent to eventually march into the US smartphone market, but that day hasn’t dawned yet. In the meantime, however, Xiaomi will continue to tease that market with affordable models available only in China and nearby regions. Like the new Redmi 4 series that leads its budget line. But like many of its compatriots, Xiaomi is redefining what “budget” means, which is to say “almost premium”.

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Galaxy Note 7 US recall at 85%, battery to be capped at 60%

Galaxy Note 7 US recall at 85%, battery to be capped at 60%

You may no longer hear much about the Galaxy Note 7 in the news recently, except for a few postmortem analyses here and there. Especially now that the spotlight may have just been stolen by Samsung’s own smart washing machines. That’s not to say, however, that Samsung isn’t busy working behind the scenes. Or so it seems to imply. It has just proudly reported that in the US alone, 85% of Galaxy Note 7 devices have already been exchanged or refunded. And for the remaining 15%, it has an unpleasant surprise waiting for them.

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Pokemon Go’s ‘Nearby’ tracking feature begins working outside San Francisco

Pokemon Go’s ‘Nearby’ tracking feature begins working outside San Francisco

Pokemon Go players, those that are still playing, that is, might recall back in the heyday of the app's success, developer Niantic released an update with a new "Nearby" tool for identifying which creatures were near their location. This was meant to be a replacement for the previous version, which relied on footprints, and was essentially broken upon the game's launch. Well, until now, that new Nearby tracking tool has been limited to just San Francisco, but that's finally changing.

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Galaxy Note 7 will soon be blacklisted by New Zealand carriers

Galaxy Note 7 will soon be blacklisted by New Zealand carriers

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will soon be blacklisted by carriers in New Zealand, it has been announced. The blacklisting will take place in two weeks, and will render any Galaxy Note 7 phones remaining in service unusable. The move is necessary to ensure that customers replace the phone with an alternative that isn’t prone to catching on fire…something viewed as important for public, as well as personal, safety. It is estimated a ‘few hundred’ Galaxy Note 7 devices are still being used in New Zealand.

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WhatsApp ‘Status’ feature tipped as a Snapchat clone

WhatsApp ‘Status’ feature tipped as a Snapchat clone

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature called 'Status' that works in much the same way as Snapchat. The feature was discovered in the most recent public beta version of WhatsApp for both iOS and Android. With it, users can post status updates in the form of photos and videos and share them with friends. The status updates expire and disappear after 24 hours, and can include things like text and doodles.

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