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Can my phone be tracked?

Can my phone be tracked?

Absolutely yes, your smartphone can be tracked - the question we should be asking is: what can we do about it? Today we're going to run down several easy ways in which we can see our phone being tracked, first of all. Then we're going to shut down this tracking in a few easy steps. It's really not too big of a hassle, just a trade-off - location tracking lets us map where we're going, but in exchange, our phone has to know where we are.

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Android Nougat for Chrome OS to bring resizable apps

Android Nougat for Chrome OS to bring resizable apps

Android Nougat could probably be nicknamed "The Juggler" because of how it brought the gift of powerful multi-tasking to Android. Apparently, however, it might not just be Android that will benefit from that. According to Chrome Unboxed, even Chrome OS gets a taste of that multi-tasking if and when Nougat comes to Chrome OS. Apparently that might really be soon now, at least for those in the development channel, as screenshot reveal Chrome OS running not just Android 7.0 but Android 7.1.1 even.

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LeEco Le Pro3, Le S3 now available from Target

LeEco Le Pro3, Le S3 now available from Target

LeEco is a company whose ambitions know no bounds. Whether that's a good thing or not remains to be seen in the coming months. Rising from video streaming roots, LeEco, formerly LeTV, has dared to invade the US tech market, and not just smartphones, mind you. It has also dipped its fingers in the smart transportation and smart home cookie jars. To further cement its stake in the smartphone arena, however, it has partnered with US retail giant Target to make its wallet-friendly Le Pro3 and Le S3 available to an even wider audience.

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Walmart Scan & Go finally Android after years on the iPhone

Walmart Scan & Go finally Android after years on the iPhone

Checkout lanes in stores are famous for opportunities to practice patience. They don't have to be, not according to Walmart. Not if you have its futuristic Scan & Go app. Sadly, while that app has actually been in existence since 2013, it only existed for iPhone users. That changes today with Walmart finally rolling it out to Android users to enjoy skipping lines. That is, if you live near the one and only Walmart branch it's currently working in.

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Froyo finally drops from Android charts, Nougat still not 1%

Froyo finally drops from Android charts, Nougat still not 1%

It's a long time coming but it finally happened. Android 2.2, the dessert known as Froyo (Frozen Yogurt) has finally left the monthly Android Distribution chart. What this means is that there is now less than 0.1% devices in the market running it. You might think that's unsurprising given how old it is, but you'd be surprised how long it stayed there. What's another thing that's taking so long? Android 7.0 and 7.1, a.k.a. Nougat, reaching even 1%.

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LG G6 to beat Galaxy S8 to market

LG G6 to beat Galaxy S8 to market

It seems that the rivalry between Samsung and LG will be coming back in full swing this year, especially after Samsung revealed its vulnerability. Ironically, LG might actually be taking a page out of Samsung's book in doing so. According to Korean media, the LG G6, name still unconfirmed, is scheduled to launch early in South Korea, right in the first week of March. This mirrors Samsung's rather successful tactic that launched the Galaxy S7 earlier than usual in order to boost its first and second quarter financials.

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Google planned a Project Ara aquarium module

Google planned a Project Ara aquarium module

Project Ara, the codename for Google's modular smartphone project, has been dead for months. Though originally set for a consumer model release in 2017, Project Ara ran into troubles apparently too great to overcome, and Google ultimately scrapped it. The idea of using modules to customize and upgrade a smartphone one component at a time was tantalizing, though, and many were thinking outside of the box at all the possibilities...including Google itself, which had planned a small aquarium module.

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Galaxy S8 release date leaked and jacked

Galaxy S8 release date leaked and jacked

A report this week suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone is well on its way. After an introduction in part at Mobile World Congress 2017 at the tail end of February, the next Galaxy smartphone would be released soon thereafter. If the device sticks with the schedule laid out by this report, it'd match those of the previous couple of smartphones before the Samsung Galaxy S7.

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HTC U Ultra “note” phone has leaked

HTC U Ultra “note” phone has leaked

A set of photos show the next HTC smartphone - tentatively called the HTC U Ultra - and it's an interesting take. This smartphone appears to be a hybrid between past HTC designs and the LG V10 - or LG V20. Including a second display for icons, this device seems to have taken the idea that a second display was necessary - and ran with it. This device also has a relatively large set of features that make it look a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Note.

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Next Pokemon GO update may summon Legendary New Year Event

Next Pokemon GO update may summon Legendary New Year Event

The next update to Pokemon GO may indeed be the one where Legendary Pokemon appear for the first time. Word from the underground (and our anonymous source with knowledge on the subject) suggests that considerations are being made for China's sake. After being blocked in China just this week, Niantic is seeking a way to come back with a bang (once they've got their issues sorted with China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, or "SAPPRFT".)

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Voxer walkie-talkie latest chat app to be encrypted end-to-end

Voxer walkie-talkie latest chat app to be encrypted end-to-end

This morning the folks at Voxer have released their first walkie-talkie functionality in their own app. This functionality will work with end-to-end encryption, making it the only end-to-end encrypted walkie-talkie-specific messenger on the market right this minute. This release from Voxer will be made available for iOS and Android devices immediately.

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Pokemon GO blocked from China release, missing out on population of 1.3b

Pokemon GO blocked from China release, missing out on population of 1.3b

It looks like Pokemon GO is going to lose a large chunk of potential players, as China has put a hold on the game's release for the time being. That means Pokemon GO won't be able to tap into the country of 1.3 billion people, at least not until it addresses some of China's concerns. Given the sheer number of people in China, Pokemon GO developer Niantic may be moved to do just that.

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