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PS4 5.50 system update beta announced: Here’s how to sign up

PS4 5.50 system update beta announced: Here’s how to sign up

It wasn't all that long ago that Sony delivered PS4 system update 5.0, which was touted as a pretty big update at the time. Today Sony is back with news of another "major" update in the form of firmware 5.50. The final update itself is on the way, but if you want to get a look at it early, you should know that Sony is opening beta sign ups today.

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Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta ending soon, hopefully final build coming

Galaxy S8 Oreo Beta ending soon, hopefully final build coming

It’s 2018 already but it’s not yet a happy time for Samsung fans. Although it’s not exactly unexpected, the Galaxy S8, much less the Galaxy Note 8, are still not on Android 8.0 Oreo. Of course, some Galaxy S8 owners have been enjoying the very exclusive club of beta testers, but that club will soon be shutting down in two weeks’ time. Hopefully that means that the final Android Oreo build for all Galaxy S8 and S8+ models is just around the corner.

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iOS 11.2.5 beta lets Siri play podcasts when you ask for news

iOS 11.2.5 beta lets Siri play podcasts when you ask for news

One of the very first use cases, and probably the first practical use case, of voice-activated virtual personal assistants was speaking the news out loud. Perfect for times when you couldn’t even spare a glance at your phone’s screen but still want to keep updated with current events. But while almost all AI assistants are capable of that, Siri is getting one new ability in the latest iOS beta: the ability to stream news podcasts instead of just blurting out headlines and summaries.

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Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo beta has been leaked if you want to risk it

Galaxy Note 8 Android Oreo beta has been leaked if you want to risk it

Samsung’s awful Android update track record has sometimes forced its users to look towards unofficial ways to get their fix. And it isn’t just about getting the latest features either. Being protected from well-known security exploits has recently become more than just optional. Despite being its newest flagship, however, the Galaxy Note 8 isn’t getting any special Oreo treatment. But thanks to some sleuthing by power users, you can get a taste of some pre-baked cookies. Unfortunately, it might not yet be worth the risk.

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Galaxy S8 Oreo fourth beta arrives with bad news for DeX

Galaxy S8 Oreo fourth beta arrives with bad news for DeX

As unofficially hinted by a Samsung customer representative, a fourth beta for Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ has officially arrived. While it still doesn’t clue us in on when the final, non-beta version will roll out to all users, it at least gives hope that things aren’t stalled on Samsung’s end. Indeed, the list of fixes hints that the OEM has been rather busy plugging up holes in its ship. Sadly, the beta also has its share of bad news, particularly for those using third-party DeX docks that suddenly find themselves blocked off from using Samsung’s Android desktop UI.

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Monster Hunter: World PS4 beta kicks off this week

Monster Hunter: World PS4 beta kicks off this week

Among long time Monster Hunter fans, Monster Hunter: World is kind of a big deal. In recent years, the mainline Monster Hunter series has been limited to handhelds, and when it hasn't been, the games have been exclusive to Nintendo consoles, such as Monster Hunter Tri on the Wii. While the handheld Monster Hunter releases have been fine - great, even - they don't always capture the "wow" factor that a larger screen would give these massive monsters.

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OnePlus 3/3T get Android Oreo beta, OnePlus 5/5T end of the year

OnePlus 3/3T get Android Oreo beta, OnePlus 5/5T end of the year

With the launch of the OnePlus 5T, you might think that OnePlus could call it a day and declare 2017 over, right? Absolutely not. While the hardware story for 2017 is definitely finished, the software story is far from done. Especially considering the OnePlus 5T didn’t even launch with Android 8.0 Oreo. But even before the latest and greatest could get its cookie treats, last year’s OnePlus 3 and 3T are first in line. Fortunately, the Oreo beta train is still running at full speed.

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iOS 11.2 beta now tells what Wi-Fi, Bluetooth toggles really do

iOS 11.2 beta now tells what Wi-Fi, Bluetooth toggles really do

iOS 11 introduced some of the biggest changes in the mobile platform we've seen in years. Those include very big and very visible changes, like the new dock, the Files app, and the new Control Center. There were, however, also hidden ones, at least one of which as made iOS users unamused. Apple didn't exactly make it known that the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles in Control Center no longer worked the way the used to. But that may be changing in iOS 11.2, where users will be greeted with a large block of text informing them what's really going on.

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Galaxy S8, S8+ Oreo beta launches with Experience 9.0 program

Galaxy S8, S8+ Oreo beta launches with Experience 9.0 program

The news that Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners have been waiting for has finally arrived, even if not everyone will get to enjoy it first. Samsung has just kicked off the beta program for its Samsung Experience 9.0 update, which, among other things, updates the phones to Android 8.0 Oreo. But while Samsung’s official release is naturally vague, beta testers have been far more generous in sharing details of what all owners can look forward to when the final update rolls out.

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Galaxy S8 Oreo beta is just around the corner

Galaxy S8 Oreo beta is just around the corner

Samsung is arguably still one of the slowest OEMs to push out major Android updates (perhaps rivaled only by Lenovo). So when news of a beta program for the latest major Android version surfaces, there is no small amount of hubbub among Samsung users. Especially when that program could kick off this week. Such seems to be the case for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which might soon begin its open beta program for Android Oreo. The one unsurprising caveat: it depends on where you are.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta extended: two more days to play

Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta extended: two more days to play

If you missed the chance to play the public Star Wars Battlefront 2 public beta this weekend, EA has you covered. The company has announced an extension for the beta that leaves it available for a couple more days, giving everyone a chance to try it for the first time or keep grinding away at getting those coveted crates.

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iOS 11.1 beta 2 update just brought back 3D Touch multitasking

iOS 11.1 beta 2 update just brought back 3D Touch multitasking

This morning Apple released their latest iOS Beta software to those in the dev program. This was the second beta build of iOS 11.1, one coming with one massive amount of new emojis for use in messaging apps of all sorts. Users that are registered developers can download the update right this minute, just so long as they're registered for the correct form of Beta update user.

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