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Google Pixel now reported to randomly freeze for minutes

Google Pixel now reported to randomly freeze for minutes

Google may have broken out the champagne a wee bit too early for its Pixel smartphones. After a brief but pleasant honeymoon, owners are slowly discovering the warts hiding under the pretty facade. The latest string of user complaints involve the Pixel smartphones randomly freezing and becoming unusable under still unreproducible circumstances. It is, however, just the latest in what looks like a growing list of complaints and issues plaguing the first "made by Google" smartphone.

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LG G6 might be launched a month early

LG G6 might be launched a month early

LG might not have gotten the memo. While Samsung's haste to put out the Galaxy Note 7 was largely blamed for laying waste to its empire, LG might actually be trying a similar tactic, but with hopefully better results. According to industry sources, LG plans on selling the LG G6 near the end of February or early March, a good month earlier than usual. The purpose is supposedly to help boost the company's earnings for the earlier part of the year, though it's probably no coincidence that this would happen at a time when rival Samsung is reported to be launching the Galaxy S8 late.

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Cyanogen takes CyanogenMod down with it, Lineage is born

Cyanogen takes CyanogenMod down with it, Lineage is born

It was a bittersweet Christmas for users and fans of the most popular custom Android ROM, CyanogenMod, and for the custom ROM scene in general. Cyanogen, Inc. announced that services and servers related Cyanogen's nightly builds will cease at the end of this year. Unfortunately that move has affected the open source CyanogenMod project, who later confirmed what many feared the most. CyanogenMod was also shutting down, due to technical as well as potential legal problems that might follow. Its spirit, however, will live on in a new "grass roots" effort called "Lineage".

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Galaxy S8 Plus tipped with 6-inch display as Samsung plots Note revival

Galaxy S8 Plus tipped with 6-inch display as Samsung plots Note revival

We've already heard plenty of rumors about the Galaxy S8's display, but today a new one is giving us some interesting details. According to Naver, Samsung will again offer two versions of its flagship, but one Galaxy S8 model will come with a 6-inch display. That's a fair bit larger than Galaxy S phones of the past, and even larger than the displays we see on the Galaxy Note.

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Pokemon GO Christmas Event update (plus Apple Watch bonus)

Pokemon GO Christmas Event update (plus Apple Watch bonus)

The latest Pokemon GO update includes code which indicates the Christmas Event we've been waiting for isn't lost just yet. Details for the next event appeared in the same update for the game that showed Apple Watch integration just before final release this week. These details indicate that an entirely new element will be added to the game in the Store - and that this element won't just be limited to this Christmas weekend.

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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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