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Galaxy S8 headphone jack death: iPhone wins again

Galaxy S8 headphone jack death: iPhone wins again

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is tipped to remove its headphone jack, and with it, another pin in the bowling alley that is Android's resistance to Apple's dominance. While I personally use an Android device the majority of my time out in the wild, I can't help but give Apple their due props here. Apple said they needed courage to remove their headphone jack with the iPhone 7. It turns out they weren't just pulling our leg.

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Pokemon GO Starbucks Update: Generation 2 release date, Mewtwo, news

Pokemon GO Starbucks Update: Generation 2 release date, Mewtwo, news

This morning Pokemon GO's Starbucks sponsorship deal has been spilled in its entirety - and it's an exciting one. This is more exciting than the newest Pokemon GO song remix, more exciting than finding a Pikachu, and more exciting than a pack full of Pokemon GO Memes. This is a sponsorship deal between Starbucks and Pokemon GO that'll last well into the future, and will start with an event-styled launch on the 8th of December, 2016.

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Google Wifi Review: Meet mesh networking’s new star

Google Wifi Review: Meet mesh networking’s new star

With its focus on the cloud it's in Google's best interest to get you online as fast, and as consistently as possible, and now that's down to Google Wifi. Handiwork of the same team responsible for OnHub, the system you see today is more than three years in the making. Its goal isn't just raw throughput but addressing what the company claims is the number one pain-point users complain about: inconsistent network coverage.

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Android distribution in 2016: updates are still a mess

Android distribution in 2016: updates are still a mess

Google has just updated its Android developer dashboard, the last time it will do so before the year ends, and the numbers are in. Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop, not 6.0 Marshmallow, has the largest piece of the pie. Android 7.0 Nougat, which was released to the public back in August, is only installed on 0.4% of the devices in the market, mostly Nexus and some third-party ROMs. While it might seem good, at a glance, that devices and OEMS are converging on just two to three versions nowadays, the numbers show one undeniable fact. Eight years into its existence, Google and its partners still can’t get updates right.

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Android Nougat update 7.1.1 brings Pixel to the masses

Android Nougat update 7.1.1 brings Pixel to the masses

Inside the newest update to Android is a set of features that'll change the way users interact with their phones. Some of these features were present last month already on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, while others are completely new. This update will be delivered to a number of devices starting today and rolling over the next several weeks.

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Trusted Contacts app from Google tracks friends with GPS

Trusted Contacts app from Google tracks friends with GPS

Google is launching a new app called Trusted Contacts today, and it's aimed toward making sure you're never truly alone - especially in dangerous situations. With the app, you can name a number trusted contacts who can see your location to ensure that your safe. The app also features some degree of offline functionality, so people will be able to see your last known location even if you're venturing into an area will poor wireless service.

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Shiny Pokemon GO update: Rare Colors at last!

Shiny Pokemon GO update: Rare Colors at last!

Today we're going to talk about how Niantic will incorporate Shiny Pokemon into Pokemon GO - and when it'll happen. While Niantic has not officially confirmed the existence of Shiny pokemon in the game, they have discussed the possibilities behind the scenes - so suggests our notoriously accurate anonymous source familiar with the matter. The final method of incorporation for the Shiny Pokemon in the Pokemon GO fame code is not complete - as such, users will have a little while to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the day when the switch if flipped.

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Google Pixel camera bug: five workarounds that may solve the issue

Google Pixel camera bug: five workarounds that may solve the issue

Google's newly released Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are, in some cases, suffering from a serious camera issue that overlays magenta-colored streaks over images. This issue has been reported by Pixel owners over the last several weeks, and though Google is looking into the issue, there's no solution at this time. However, some Pixel owners report finding troubleshooting techniques, of which these are the five most successful methods.

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Another Android update betrayal: when will we learn?

Another Android update betrayal: when will we learn?

This week another Android device less than 2-years old has been announced to be at its end-of-life for Android updates. It is my opinion that this happens all too often - that while it isn't necessarily Google's fault this happens, it should be made more clear. Clarity should be the name of the game when it comes to the promise of a smartphone that'll last. Clarity should be at the forefront of the presentation of a brand new smartphone - especially when it costs several hundred dollars.

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Flash’s slow death continues with Chrome 55

Flash’s slow death continues with Chrome 55

Google is continuing its plan to phase out Flash in favor of HTML5 today by launching Chrome 55. With this new update, many sites around the web will begin defaulting to HTML5 instead of Flash. There are a few exceptions, but Chrome 55 largely implements the measures Google laid out earlier in the year.

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Galaxy S8 switches to new camera: release date remains the same

Galaxy S8 switches to new camera: release date remains the same

This week the folks at Samsung were tipped to drop a plan for an advanced camera system with two lenses for the Galaxy S8. This new lens system would have put Samsung in more direct combat with Apple's iPhone 8 Plus, still expected to wield its own 2x camera setup. This back-facing set of cameras would have utilized two different camera sensors, one made by Samsung, one made by Sony.

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Here are Google’s top apps, content for 2016

Here are Google’s top apps, content for 2016

The year is about to end, and as is the tradition almost every where, it's a time for reminiscing and retrospectives. That's true back in the analog days and still true even in today's digital age. Being one of the biggest sources of digital content, Google Play has some insight into the hottest trends of the year. So naturally, Google is in the position to reveal what's hot and what's not as far as apps, music, and movies go. While some of them are as you would expect, there are others that will have you scratching your head.

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