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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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The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

Apple isn't going to make car innovation faster when it's already slowed mobile device market disruption to a crawl. The newest round of rumors on Apple's dealings with the auto industry got me thinking. Apple hasn't become one of the world's most successful companies over the past 10 years by entering saturated markets. Barring any sort of device we've seen before, I'm crossing my fingers that Apple has the next big market disruptor in the pipeline and coming soon.

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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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Apple Pay debuts in Spain with support for Mastercard and American Express

Apple Pay debuts in Spain with support for Mastercard and American Express

Apple Pay officially launched in Spain this week, making it the latest European nation to accept Apple's contactless mobile payments service. It also comes shortly after similar debuts in Japan, New Zealand, and Russia. Using compatible iPhone models or an Apple Watch, Apple Pay will allow users to make fast and easy payments at 27 Spanish retailers simply by holding their device over an NFC terminal.

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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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Minecraft Pocket Edition greets 5 years with Ender teaser

Minecraft Pocket Edition greets 5 years with Ender teaser

Minecraft was perhaps not intended to be many things when it was first conceived and created. It wasn't intended to be an educational tool, much less a tool for education artificial intelligence. It was certainly not intended, at least at first, to be used on smartphones. And yet, Minecraft now does all that and, in fact, the Pocket Edition just celebrated its fifth year of existence last month. As both a congratulations and a gift to faithful mobile crafters, Mojang, now under the auspices of Microsoft, is teasing what is soon to come: the big version one-point-oh. Also known as, "get your butt kicked by the Ender Dragon".

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Pokemon Go Nearby crosses the pond to the UK

Pokemon Go Nearby crosses the pond to the UK

Pokemon Go is about to get interesting once more. At least for the residents of the UK. As hinted earlier, developer Niantic Labs is starting to rollout its "Nearby" tracking feature outside its initial test area of San Francisco. And one of the first beneficiaries are our friends from across the Atlantic. Now they have a more reliable way of associating which Pokemon to which Pokestops, making it easier to catch just the type that you want. But as with anything, it does come at a cost.

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iPhone battery replacement: not quite DrainGate

iPhone battery replacement: not quite DrainGate

Two iPhone battery issues have popped up over the past several weeks prompting some users to seek assistance from Apple. As Apple explains it, there has been a real (limited) problem with a small number of iPhone 6s units out in the wild that may need replacement. Other users insist that it's not just a hardware issue with their phone - especially since they have an iPhone from a completely different generation.

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Pokemon GO Secrets of the new Nearby Tracking System

Pokemon GO Secrets of the new Nearby Tracking System

The new Pokemon GO nearby update (with its new tracking system) is server-side, so users may not realize what's been changed this week. As such, today we're dishing what's happened this week for tracking Pokemon in PGO from top to bottom. Pokemon GO's latest update for tracking "Nearby" monsters is a system similar to what was introduced in Beta form earlier this year. It's just a TINY bit different than what it was when it was released in California in its test iteration.

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DirecTV NOW mobile apps land in time for service launch

DirecTV NOW mobile apps land in time for service launch

Earlier this week, AT&T unveiled its most ambitious expansion yet, going beyond your conventional ideas of wireless service providers. DirecTV NOW is its not so subtle attempt to corner the live TV streaming arena were the likes of Sling and PlayStation Vue dish it out. But while almost everything was in place, there are still a few bits missing, noticeably the apps that would enable DirecTV NOW’s mobile presence. Well, wonder no more as both iOS and Android apps have appeared, and just in the nick of time as well.

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Apple acknowledges iOS calendar spam: here’s what you can do

Apple acknowledges iOS calendar spam: here’s what you can do

If you haven’t yet experienced receiving unwanted even invitations, a.k.a. spam, on your iPhone or iPad’s Calendar app, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. iOS users have reported suddenly being plagued by numerous such invites on their devices, and declining them seems to make it actually worse. After days of silence, Apple has finally but unofficially acknowledge the situation and is promising to take action. But as spam filtering only happens on Apple’s end (for now), all that users can do is wait and use these workarounds to get rid of those notifications (for now).

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How to download Netflix movies and TV shows for offline viewing

How to download Netflix movies and TV shows for offline viewing

Netflix has finally introduced its long-rumored offline viewing option, and it is available to more users than pessimistic rumors had initially suggested. There are some limitations to the feature -- you have to use an iOS or Android mobile device, for example -- but it's still a pretty great option, and one that's straight-forward to use. Assuming you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device, here's how to download Netflix movies for offline viewing.

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