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OnePlus 9T not to be: Tradition changes now

OnePlus 9T not to be: Tradition changes now

OnePlus announced this week that they're changing the way they do business when it comes to regularly scheduled smartphone model release. Over the past couple of years, OnePlus has been moving away from the single-phone release setup, where one device would appear early on in the year, then another with a "T" in its name would appear later. It might've been a long time coming - especially given the origin of the letter "T".

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Pixel 6 Pro might finally support faster charging speeds

Pixel 6 Pro might finally support faster charging speeds

Despite all the fuss over fast-charging technologies sprouting left and right in the mobile world, the biggest names in that market seem to be laid back, almost unconcerned about how slow their flagships phones are in that arena. Samsung has been flip-flopping between 45W and 25W, the new iPhone 13 still maxes out at 20W, and Google's Pixel phones haven't gotten past 18W since their incarnation. It seems, however, that the tides of change have finally caught up with the Pixel 6 Pro, but probably still not in a gigantic wave.

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Android 11 permission auto-reset is rolling out to older versions

Android 11 permission auto-reset is rolling out to older versions

Mobile platforms, actually almost all software these days, hinge their privacy and security features around the permissions systems. Apps that don't require access to certain features or hardware shouldn't be able to access them, and when they do, they need to get the user's consent first. Android has refined that system over time and has allowed users to grant or revoke apps' permissions at any time. Not all realize that, however, and some might have even forgotten that they have some apps installed. That's what the permission auto-reset feature was made for, and it's coming to phones running something as old as Android 6 Marshmallow.

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Pokemon GO September Community Day: Shiny Oshawott and why

Pokemon GO September Community Day: Shiny Oshawott and why

It's nearly time for the September 2021 Community Day in Pokemon GO for the Pokemon called Oshawott. This event will feature one massive number of Oshawott for the 6 hours it'll take place, and it'll have increased likelihood of a SHINY Oshawott. This is good news, as this hasn't always been the case in recent events. During the event (plus 2 hours afterward) all Oshawott-family Pokemon that evolve into Samurott will learn an Exclusive Move Hydro Cannon.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2021 leaked with flatness

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2021 leaked with flatness

Today the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2021 leaked in imagery that indicate the party isn't over. The most recent several rounds of Samsung Galaxy Tab devices have been top-quality Android tablets when the rest of the industry has lagged behind. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8, likely ready for release in 2021, we have another 10.4-inch low-cost, high value monster from the smart device maker.

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Pokemon GO could be the best game in the metaverse

Pokemon GO could be the best game in the metaverse

I've played Pokemon GO since before public launch. Since Google's original Google Maps April Fool's Joke that eventually turned into Pokemon GO, I've felt the draw of an augmented reality in which Pokemon exist. Now, courtesy of a couple of long-time Pokemon GO gamers on The Silph Road on Reddit, I've come to realize that the Pokemon aren't the most important part of the equation. The most important bit here is the potential Niantic has in taking this franchise into the metaverse.

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Google TV might have ad-supported free channels soon

Google TV might have ad-supported free channels soon

Google TV, pretty much the "Pixel" experience on top of Android TV on select hardware, already has access to tons of video content from a variety of streaming sources. The majority of those sources like Netflix, Disney+, and HBO Max require upfront subscriptions, though they do offer free trials for a month or so. There is a growing trend, however, where smart TV platforms have started offering a free selection of "live" TV content, and it seems that Google is close to doing the same for its Chromecast and other Google TV devices as early as Fall this year.

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Pokemon GO Fashion Week delivers multiple Furfrou, costumes, and new Shiny debut

Pokemon GO Fashion Week delivers multiple Furfrou, costumes, and new Shiny debut

Furfrou will appear in Pokemon GO starting on September 21 along with a new "Form Change" mechanic. This new mechanic in the game will allow certian Pokemon to change their form with a requisite number of candy pieces and stardust. Furfrou will cost 25 candy and a whopping 10k dust to change its form - in this case, changing its Trim to one of 8 different iterations!

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Google Lens on desktops might come as part of Google Search

Google Lens on desktops might come as part of Google Search

Announced almost four years ago, Lens is one of Google's silent workers that power many of the features mobile users might be taking for granted these days. It powers both Google Photos' and Google Assistant's image recognition functionality, but Lens also has its own separate app on mobile. It doesn't have much of an existence outside smartphones, however, but that might soon change as Google works to integrate Lens functionality right inside Search results, at least in Chrome for the desktop.

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Pixel 6 Pro Tensor CPU leak paints a confusing picture

Pixel 6 Pro Tensor CPU leak paints a confusing picture

Major smartphone makers seem to have shifted their strategies a bit to market self-designed silicon, either for imaging or for running the entire device. Perhaps inspired by the attention that Apple has gotten with its new M1 Silicon, more and more manufacturers are getting into that same arena, from Vivo's V1 imaging chip to the AMD-powered Samsung Exynos 2200 to, of course, Google Tensor. The latter has so far avoided being leaked to death, but this latest information might finally settle one debate while leaving pundits and experts scratching their heads.

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Google Pixel 6 inspires official bags of chips

Google Pixel 6 inspires official bags of chips

Google is pumping up the message in Japan with official bags of chips in a variety of colors. The chips in each bag are (quite likely) the same flavor, regardless of the color you get, just like the Google Pixel 6. Regardless of the casing you get, the Google Pixel 6 will be the same experience. The differences will be between the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro - but the chips come first.

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Xiaomi 11T Review : Snappy for the price

Xiaomi 11T Review : Snappy for the price

The Xiaomi 11T is a high-powered smartphone that is effectively a tiny movie screen. Xiaomi positions this device as a "Cinemagic" device, aiming to be a boss in the smartphone camera department. The cameras at the back of this device are very similar to those equipped with the Xiaomi 11T Pro - the big differences appear to come (at least in part) due to the processor inside either smartphone.

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