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Huawei Mate 9 Lite gives buyers a budget-friendly option

Huawei Mate 9 Lite gives buyers a budget-friendly option

Yes, there’s a fourth Huawei Mate 9. After the Huawei Mate 9 and the Porsche Design Mate 9 that were announced at a global event, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro was unveiled in China. Now, without any formal announcement whatsoever, the Huawei Mate 9 Lite joins the fray. More models, more choices, more confusion. Especially as they look almost so alike. The Mate 9 Lite, however, will undoubtedly appeal with its presumably lower price to match its obviously lower specs.

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Samsung reiterates: Galaxy S7, S7 edge are safe, for now

Samsung reiterates: Galaxy S7, S7 edge are safe, for now

To the shock of no one, perhaps except Samsung, consumers have started to doubt almost every Samsung consumer electronics, especially smartphones. Even washing machines are no exception. There have been reports of some other smartphone models also exhibiting overheating problems and even catching fire. Given how Samsung is banking on the Galaxy S7 family to carry it through until the Galaxy S8 breaks cover, it is vigilant in dousing any flames that would otherwise mar its reputation. In the midst of a growing number of reports, Samsung advises consumers to keep calm while it looks into matters.

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The Best Google Pixel phone cases: Live, Silicone, 3rd-party

The Best Google Pixel phone cases: Live, Silicone, 3rd-party

Today we're running down the best Google Pixel cases that've been released thus far for the larger of the two devices, the Pixel XL. As Google is in the process of making a very big deal about these devices, both the Pixel and the Pixel XL are enjoying attention with cases from many brands. We've done some syphoning of the best of these cases and bring you the best of the best, as follows.

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Samsung Gear S3 supports Samsung Pay on any Android phone

Samsung Gear S3 supports Samsung Pay on any Android phone

The Samsung Gear S3, Samsung's latest smartwatch device, is now available in the US and UK, and, as you'd expect, it features support for Samsung Pay, the company's own mobile payments service, along with features including LTE connectivity, GPS, and a heart-rate sensor. But it seems Samsung has been saving a little surprise for the Gear S3's launch: the watch will support Samsung Pay even if it's paired with a non-Samsung Android smartphone.

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Pokemon GO update plus secret events beyond Thanksgiving

Pokemon GO update plus secret events beyond Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is closing in for Pokemon GO and Niantic has a few tricks up their sleeve for the next big event. But first, some less obvious changes made to Pokemon GO over the last week that'll be taking effect this weekend. For starters, there's the switching of the nests - or nest migration, if you prefer. This is the term used for Niantic's switching of places where certain Pokemon spawn in big groups.

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Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update released (sort of)

Galaxy S7 Android Nougat update released (sort of)

This week the folks at Samsung have released the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in several countries. It's important to note that this update is not the final release, just a Beta. It's also important to note that this Beta release is available to the public - it's not just closed off to certain users with VIP status.

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Smaller Xiaomi Mi Mix packing 5.5-inch screen could be called Nano tips leak

Smaller Xiaomi Mi Mix packing 5.5-inch screen could be called Nano tips leak

If you really liked the idea of that Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone that is available in China rocking that 6.4-inch bezel-less screen packed into the body of a 6-inch device, you will dig this new leaked Xiaomi device as well. That Mi Mix would still be a pocketful and anyone wearing skinny jeans would be hard pressed to fit the thing into their pocket. If a new leak is accurate, it looks as if Xiaomi might be getting ready to out a smaller yet similar device with a 5.5-inch screen in the body of a 5-inch phone.

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YouTube Kids lets parents block annoying sing-a-longs

YouTube Kids lets parents block annoying sing-a-longs

The Internet is deceptive in some ways. “Enterprising” people always find ways around restrictions to put up content that would otherwise be illicit in some contexts. Take, for example, videos on YouTube that are supposedly kid-friendly. Well, some of them might indeed be great for kids, but not for parents. Ultimately, it will be parental units who decide what their offspring can or cannot watch. And now the YouTube Kids app makes it much easier for moms and dads to filter out those that might not suit their idea of child-friendly fun.

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Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app can now scan docs, receipts

Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app can now scan docs, receipts

When you mention the name Adobe to most computer users, they will most likely thing of Photoshop and its kin of creative and graphics software. The company, however, has also made a mark in the productivity and office market with products like Acrobat and its more recent Document Cloud suite. Today it is taking another shot at it, threatening the likes of Microsoft and Evernote in the process. Its Acrobat Reader app on iOS and Android has just gotten a new Scan feature that lets users scan anything and convert them into PDFs, all for free.

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Google Pixel encryption promised to be stronger, faster

Google Pixel encryption promised to be stronger, faster

One of the biggest criticisms of Google’s open mobile platform is security. For some, especially those looking from the iOS camp, Android’s security framework is a joke. That’s not to say that Google hasn’t been working on improving the situation significantly. Especially in its first ever “by Google” smartphone, the Pixel. Now Google briefly explains some of the added security measures implemented for the device, specifically on the rather contentious topic of encryption.

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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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