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This phone malware only works while you walk

This phone malware only works while you walk

A new sort of smartphone malware was discovered that only activates while the host phone is in motion. This malware utilizes the phone's motion sensors to trick malware-detecting software into thinking it is something like a fitness app, tracking steps, activity, etc. Most malware-detecting software only looks for malware that's sending signals when the user isn't normally active on the phone - as such, it ignores an app that's only working while the phone is in motion.

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Google Maps speed trap warnings have arrived for some users

Google Maps speed trap warnings have arrived for some users

Google is finally bringing some of Waze's most convenient features to Google Maps, the most notable being speed trap warnings. Signs of the upcoming feature first appeared in November, later showing up again in December. Now some users are reporting the ability to see speed trap warnings in the app; the alerts are based on reports made by other drivers in the area.

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Nokia N9 reboot tipped, teased by Google

Nokia N9 reboot tipped, teased by Google

Google had a Nokia N9 up in the middle of their booth at CES 2019, and we only noticed it just now. What on earth was it doing there, and why did Google make no mention of its return in any press materials or announcements? As it turns out, we can make a few assumptions about the future of the device based on the phones around it. To the left and to the right are smartphones that run an operating system called KaiOS.

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Google buys Fossil smartwatch tech: New devices inbound

Google buys Fossil smartwatch tech: New devices inbound

Google and Fossil Group just announced that there'll be a $40 million deal to buy IP-related wearable info from the watch-maker. Smartwatches and such from Google's Android Wear - or Wear OS, if you're nasty - might well be changing quite a bit in the near future. This deal includes not only data, but some members of Fossil's R&D team, too.

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Google is raising some G Suite prices by 20-percent

Google is raising some G Suite prices by 20-percent

Google is hiking the price of two of its G Suite subscriptions, its collection of apps that replace Microsoft Office, support video conferencing, and live chat. It's the first price increase for the services in a decade, the search giant says. Depending on which plan you're on, you could see the cost rise by 20-percent.

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Galaxy S10 units appear in real-world photos, testing

Galaxy S10 units appear in real-world photos, testing

Samsung's sent out test units of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus this week (and in recent weeks), as tipped by multiple leaks. The possibility that these units are out in the wild seems to have been proven by not only photos of the devices out in the wild, but of tests (of multiple sorts) done and reported on by multiple sources. This information comes approximately a month before the big event at which Samsung will reveal the Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10E.

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Pixel 3 Lite leaks again, this time in hands-on video

Pixel 3 Lite leaks again, this time in hands-on video

In the months since the Pixel 3 and 3 XL launched, a third phone in the line called the Pixel 3 Lite has leaked a considerable number of times. At this point, most of us are convinced that the Pixel 3 Lite is a phone that Google plans to release in the near future, but if you still need more evidence, here it is: The phone has leaked yet again, this time in video form.

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CTL Tx1 tablet with Chrome OS is designed for education

CTL Tx1 tablet with Chrome OS is designed for education

Oregon-based CTL has revealed the Chromebook Tablet Tx1, a rugged 9.7-inch tablet that runs Chrome OS and features an integrated Wacom EMR stylus. The tablet is designed for education, providing access to Google's various products, as well as other apps supported by Chrome OS. Among other things, the tablet boasts a 10-hour battery life intended to get students through a school day.

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YouTube explicitly bans videos of dangerous pranks and challenges

YouTube explicitly bans videos of dangerous pranks and challenges

Some people are willing to engage in extreme -- sometimes dangerous -- challenges and other activities in hope of going viral on YouTube, something the platform has explicitly banned. In a recent update, YouTube called attention to "dangerous challenges and pranks," stating that content encouraging these activities is in violation of its policies and will be removed.

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Galaxy S10’s secret weapon just leaked: Life Pattern

Galaxy S10’s secret weapon just leaked: Life Pattern

Tipped this morning in a report from South Korea is a new element in the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup called Life Pattern. This Life Pattern feature will appear in the most expensive Samsung Galaxy S10 model, the Samsung Galaxy S10 X. That model will also feature 5G connectivity - where available, and more importantly, WHEN available. We've begun narrowing down the Galaxy S10 X release date range as well.

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64-bit time: Old Android apps about to pull the plug

64-bit time: Old Android apps about to pull the plug

It's that time in the world of Android - time to pull the plug on Android apps not prepared properly for the coming of 64-bit CPUs. It's not as if these newer, faster computing processors aren't already here in Android devices. They've been here before - and they're not going away any time soon. As such, Google's announced their "TIME'S UP" marker for apps that haven't made way for 64-bit hardware - the future of smartphones in general, that is to say.

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Galaxy S8 Android Pie update appears with One UI Beta

Galaxy S8 Android Pie update appears with One UI Beta

An update for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus appeared this week just after the Galaxy Note 8. This update comes in the form of a Beta Program enrollment for a wide variety of Galaxy S8 models. Not ALL models are in the Beta program realm just yet, but chances are you haven't got long to wait, regardless of what model you've got in your pocket or in your hand right this minute.

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