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Pixel phone flipping scheme: Google’s statement on a ban hammer

Pixel phone flipping scheme: Google’s statement on a ban hammer

This week it became apparent that Google was banning a number of accounts because of a Pixel phone flipping scheme. Google's terms of service says to users: "you may only purchase Devices for your personal use," and goes on to say that they "may not commercially resell any Device." Now a number of users are up-in-arms about how Google has reacted to their attempt at gaming the system, so to speak.

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Fallout Shelter 1.9 update celebrates Thanksgiving in the wasteland

Fallout Shelter 1.9 update celebrates Thanksgiving in the wasteland

If you've ever wondered if the vault dwellers in Fallout Shelter continue to celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving underground, wonder no longer. Bethesda delivered the answer to that question today, announcing Fallout Shelter's new 1.9 update. In short: Yes, vault dwellers celebrate Thanksgiving, and they seem to do it in style.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 details tip your next phone’s features

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 details tip your next phone’s features

Qualcomm has made a few major announcements today, including the reveals of its new Snapdragon 835 mobile CPU and Quick Charge 4. These product reveals are accompanied by the announcement of a new bounty program centered around the security of Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors and LTE modems. All three announcements were made at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in New York City this morning.

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Pokemon GO Thanksgiving update: Secret news for the future

Pokemon GO Thanksgiving update: Secret news for the future

The next event in Pokemon GO will likely reveal Niantic's event schedule plans for the foreseeable future. We've seen them bring on a Halloween event - now whether Thanksgiving is covered will tell us how Pokemon GO events will work with holidays from now on. We will soon see Pokemon GO events' secular nature, as well as how regional they'll be for holidays that are semi-global.

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Huawei MediaPad M3, other tablets finally come to the US

Huawei MediaPad M3, other tablets finally come to the US

Slowly but surely, Huawei is bringing its brand to the US, and not just through its honor sub-brand. It has had a few of its phones, including the Nexus 6P, sold in this major market, but its tablets are nowhere to be seen. That changes this month, however, as the Chinese manufacture brings not one, not even two, but three of its Android tablets to the country, with the MediaPad M3, T1 7.0 and T1 10.0 coming this week. And it doesn’t end there, as Huawei is also bringing the MediaPad M2 in December, with a rather perplexing proposition.

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OnePlus 3 sales halted, software updates promised to go on

OnePlus 3 sales halted, software updates promised to go on

By its lonesome self, the newly unveiled OnePlus 3T is a formidable late 2016 flagship, perhaps aside from the still 1080p screen. It’s announcement, however, is marred by the fact that, barely four months ago, the OnePlus 3 was launched, which is near identical to the OnePlus 3T, except the latter is, of course, better. To make matters worse, OnePlus is ceasing the sales of the OnePlus 3. To calm OnePlus 3 owners, OnePlus assures that software development and updates isn’t going to suffer the same fate.

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Twitter’s video app arrives on Android TV with live NFL content

Twitter’s video app arrives on Android TV with live NFL content

Twitter has officially launched its new Twitter for Android TV app, giving Android TV users the ability to access video content streamed on the service. This content includes live NFL games, among other things, and marks yet another video app option for those using Google's television software. The app currently sits at version 1.0 and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store now.

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NOOK Tablet 7″ challenges Amazon’s cheapest Kindle

NOOK Tablet 7″ challenges Amazon’s cheapest Kindle

Barnes & Noble has introduced a new NOOK tablet to take on Amazon's cheapest Kindle offering. The item, much like the most basic Kindle Fire, is priced at $49.99 USD and features a 7-inch display. B&N says the new offering is a full tablet in the grandest sense of the word, including access to the Google Play Store and all the Android apps on it. That may make it more appealing than the Kindle Fire, which provides access to Amazon's Appstore.

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ZTE Grand X 4 brings affordable power to Cricket Wireless

ZTE Grand X 4 brings affordable power to Cricket Wireless

It has been a very busy two months for ZTE in the US. First, it launched the Axon 7 Mini in the country for the first time. Then it wrapped up it’s crowdsourcing campaign for a smartphone. Finally, it brought the ZMax Pro to T-Mobile, after enjoying some alone time with MetroPCS. Now, it is heading for Cricket Wireless and it is bringing along the ZTE Grand X 4, successor to the same line that prepaid carrier got in January, promising you won’t have to compromise on features just to get a low price.

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The best e-mail apps on Android

The best e-mail apps on Android

E-mail is dead. Or some would like to claim. But despite the prevalence of instant messaging, social media, and services like Slack, e-mail remains the backbone of communication, especially within and between organizations and businesses. And so it pays to make the e-mail experience as painless as possible, whether on the desktop or, and most especially, on mobile.

While iOS users might be satisfied (or not) with their Apple-provided Mail app, the Android world is teeming with e-mail apps, some more notable than most. To take the drudgery out of picking out the choicest ones, we present here 8 of the best and most interesting e-mail apps on Android.

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Google Translate uses machine learning for whole sentences

Google Translate uses machine learning for whole sentences

It’s not secret that Google is obsessed with machine learning and artificial intelligence, especially of late. If it were up to it, those technologies would permeate all its products. It already started with Google Assistant in the Google Pixel smartphone and Google Home speaker. Now it’s bringing a dash of that to Google Translate. The company has announced that it is transitioning from using statistical machine translation to a Neural Machine method to deliver more natural sounding translations that won’t embarrass you or crack you up.

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Chinese spyware on BLU smartphones claimed to be a “mistake”

Chinese spyware on BLU smartphones claimed to be a “mistake”

BLU Products is a US-based smartphone maker known for selling low to mid range unlocked smartphones at dirt cheap prices. Almost like Xiaomi, but without the impressive sales numbers. But what buyers, and even BLU itself, didn’t know is that the low price may have come at the cost of privacy. Security firm Kryptowire has just revealed that a small piece of code hidden deep inside some of BLU’s smartphones was actually private user data, not to some US company, but to an undisclosed OEM in China.

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