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Nokia 5 proves nearly indestructible in JerryRigEverything’s hands

Nokia 5 proves nearly indestructible in JerryRigEverything’s hands

Mention the name “Nokia” and mos people not born within the decade will probably remember two things about it. First is the dizzying range of phone models and the second is the rugged durability of most of those phones. Today’s Nokia smartphones, made by HMD Global, seems to be on a course to reclaim both titles. JerryRigEverything’s Zack Nelson attempts to test the latter with the Nokia 5, proving that this might be the cheap but sturdy mid-range droid you are looking for.

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Galaxy A8 (2018), A8+ (2018) are now official

Galaxy A8 (2018), A8+ (2018) are now official

It’s still weeks before CES 2018 but it seems Samsung wants to end 2017 with a bang. Initially expected to be announced next month, the Korean OEM has officially unveiled the Galaxy A8 and A8+ 2018 editions, bringing with it the Infinity Display of its flagships and its first ever front-facing dual cameras. Aimed to offer some of Samsung’s latest tech at a more affordable price, the Galaxy A8 (2018) could ironically make next year’s Galaxy S9 a bit of a tougher sell.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro hits US carriers next year: CES 2018 details teased

Huawei Mate 10 Pro hits US carriers next year: CES 2018 details teased

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be available through US carriers starting next year, the company has announced. Confirmation comes from Huawei's president of consumer business Richard Yu, who said in an interview that the Mate 10 Pro will be offered to US customers through carriers in the nation next year. Many details were left out, with Yu saying that the company will have more information about this at CES 2018. However, there were a couple of early revelations.

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Galaxy S9 Release Date Tip, plus specs in full effect

Galaxy S9 Release Date Tip, plus specs in full effect

Today we're having a peek at what Samsung is bringing to the table in early 2018. The Samsung Galaxy S9 will likely come with a body that's not extremely unlike that of its predecessor, but it'll contain technology that blasts its predecessor right in the face.

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Microsoft Andromeda folding tablet would be an Android dream

Microsoft Andromeda folding tablet would be an Android dream

A set of renders of the Microsoft Andromeda tablet appeared this morning, and it looks amazing. The wallpaper the designer used got me thinking: what would it be like to have this device running iOS? And more realistically, what would it be like to have a device like this running Android?

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Facebook declares war on “engagement bait”

Facebook declares war on “engagement bait”

In combating things like fake news, misleading ads, and even revenge porn, Facebook certainly has a lot on its plate at the moment. That isn't stopping it from waging a new war on what it calls "engagement bait." It doesn't matter how long you've used Facebook, you've likely encountered engagement bait before, and now the company is looking to get rid of it.

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Pokemon GO News: Christmas is going to be terrible

Pokemon GO News: Christmas is going to be terrible

If the Pokemon GO event Niantic considered this week goes through to a live game, it's going to be just the worst. That is, if nothing changes, and we get Delibird in an EX Raid battle - oh my goodness that'd be so silly. Delibird is the worst possible Pokemon in the game, but also the perfect Pokemon for Christmas, Hanukah, Festivus, and every gift-giving event in-between. If Delibird is indeed released with gift-giving powers this year, it'll be the biggest punch in the expectations we've had yet.

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Galaxy S9’s early 2018 is under pressure

Galaxy S9’s early 2018 is under pressure

There has been a lot of talk about the Galaxy S9 in recent weeks and months. Much of the speculation has centered around the phone's release date, with some rumors claiming that the Galaxy S9's reveal could come as early as CES 2018. While a CES reveal is looking increasingly unlikely, the Galaxy S9 could still be heading for an earlier reveal than most of Samsung's spring flagships.

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“Hey Google” trigger start to rolling out to phones

“Hey Google” trigger start to rolling out to phones

There might come a day when personal assistants can be, well, personal and respond to whatever name we give it. Until that day comes, however, we’re stuck with some trigger words or phrases that may not come naturally to people who imagine controlling their devices with their voice. One such example is “OK, Google”, which sounds a bit contrived and is one syllable too many. Fortunately, Google seems to finally accept “Hey Google” as a valid trigger for Google Assistant on phones. Unsurprisingly, not everyone’s happy about it.

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Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 slows down screen wake up

Pixel 2 XL Android 8.1 slows down screen wake up

The year is almost over and both Google and Pixel phone owners probably want to quickly leave the year and turn over a new page. Sadly, it seems that the Pixel 2 XL’s streak is far from over just yet. While most of the earlier complaints and issues with the larger Google smartphone have mostly been ironed out by software updates, at least one more has come up thanks to those same updates, like this slow down of the Pixel 2 XL screen wake up time for those on Android 8.1.

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Xperia XZ2 could still save Sony’s 2018 lineup

Xperia XZ2 could still save Sony’s 2018 lineup

Some OEMs cast a wide net and hope they catch as many fish as they can. Or said in another way, they throw as many they can on a wall and hope at least one sticks. That is almost the strategy that Sony is employing for its smartphones, putting out nearly identical yet still distinct models each year, with some feature overlap and confusing features. Just like the H8216, which may be the Xperia XZ2 or XZ1s, which could actually be Sony’s best bet next year.

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Google Pixelbook gets a holiday discount and a free Google Home

Google Pixelbook gets a holiday discount and a free Google Home

Some people hold off on hot new purchases until the end of the year and for good reason. Depending on where you live, that’s the time when prices, even for shiny new products, tend to shave off a few digits. And in some cases, those precious digits are all that’s needed to make something nearly perfect. That might be the case with the Chrome OS Pixelbook, which has just gotten a $100 cut. And, depending on where you buy it, it might come with a free Google Home smart speaker too.

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