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Galaxy S9 pre-release leaks: fixing these S8 mistakes

Galaxy S9 pre-release leaks: fixing these S8 mistakes

The Samsung Galaxy S9 was the subject of a number of tips today and over the past few days, largely with respect to device size. What we've gotten to know about this device is, first and foremost, it'll look different from its predecessor. According to feline-icon'ed South Korea-based tipster Ice Universe, the Galaxy S9's backside in particular "will change a lot."

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OnePlus 5T vs 5: specs, pricing, release dates

OnePlus 5T vs 5: specs, pricing, release dates

This morning we saw the OnePlus 5T for the first time, and now we're comparing the device to its nearest predecessor. The OnePlus 5T is meant to be a half-step between this past generation and the next, with a T to signify the change. As OnePlus suggested onstage today, the letter "T" is in place because Apple uses an "S" for their half-step phones every other year.

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OnePlus 5T release date, price, specs: That screen boost

OnePlus 5T release date, price, specs: That screen boost

Today the OnePlus 5T was revealed in two editions. Both of these editions work with a Midnight Black exterior, and both are available in both the United States and Europe. The OnePlus 5T's two main versions, thus far, as the 64GB Midnight Black OnePlus 5T, and the 128GB Midnight Black OnePlus 5T, and both will roll with dual-lane storage based on UFS 2.1 for super speedy read/write and app loads.

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Google Maps redesign promises to make finding places faster

Google Maps redesign promises to make finding places faster

It’s almost hard to imagine these days how we’ve managed to survive the past decades without Google Maps and related services like Waze. But despite their convenience, finding the right spot when and where you need still isn’t as easy or as fast as we may want it. Pending direct Internet-to-brain interface, Google is initiating some changes in Google Maps to cut down on the time your eyes spend scanning the screen for relevant markers. And it does so by lowering the information density as well as color coding markers.

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Google Assistant will make it easier to discover, use apps

Google Assistant will make it easier to discover, use apps

If you’re still looking for a “Google OS”, you need not look further than Google Assistant. Though not exactly your conventional OS with windows and displays, the voice-controlled AI-powered virtual assistant is the one uniform interface you will find in Google’s products, from Android to Google Home to Google apps. To further improve Google Assistant’s “interface”, the tech giant is providing developers with fresh new set of features that will help users discover, use, and re-engage with their apps.

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Duolingo finally adds Chinese course after much difficulty

Duolingo finally adds Chinese course after much difficulty

Given its popularity and use as the lingua franca in the world, especially over the Internet, you’d think that English is the most used language in the world. Not quite. That distinction belongs to the Chinese language, spoken by nearly two billion people all over the planet. But despite having the numbers, it is considered to be one of the hardest languages to learn. Which is why, despite being the most requested language in its five years of existence, it is only now that language learning service Duolingo is able to add Chinese to its roster.

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OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition leaked

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition leaked

A tip was sent this morning on the appearance of a OnePlus 5T with a special edition on its name. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a month away at this point, and Lucasfilm hasn't been stingy with access to their licensing rights for products of all sorts. OnePlus has been known to release special limited edition versions of their smartphones, too - remember the Colette OnPlus 3T, and the midnight black edition 3T, and the OnePlus 5 JCC+ release earlier this year.

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Moto Mod Polaroid Insta-Share turns your phone into a printer

Moto Mod Polaroid Insta-Share turns your phone into a printer

If ever there was a good idea beyond the obvious for Moto Mods for the Moto Z device collection, it was this one. A Polaroid-brand instant photo printer that attaches to the back of your phone. Unless I'm mistaken, this is the first time a smartphone has been this close to an original Polaroid Instamatic without actually being a custom-made Instamatic itself.

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YouTube now selling you Ticketmaster tickets

YouTube now selling you Ticketmaster tickets

YouTube won't cost any more cash than it does already, but soon you'll see concert tickets offered on music artist videos. This is the way of the future. This is the day YouTube joined forces with Ticketmaster in a partnership that found a super inventive way to jam another thing to buy into your content stream.

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Pokemon GO update: Today’s Thanksgiving pre-celebration event

Pokemon GO update: Today’s Thanksgiving pre-celebration event

This morning the newest in-game event for Pokemon GO began, providing a sort of wink and nod to the rest of the Pokemon universe in the process. Today, users will be able to access a new set of clothing in celebration of the release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon! And don't mistake this for the final event of this month - that'll be coming up soon enough!

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HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset for the US canceled

HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset for the US canceled

HTC just made a big splash in China, announcing its much-anticipated standalone Vive VR headset for the market. The company, however, had a few unexpected surprises. It announced a new "half platform", the Vive Wave, for the new headset, the Vive Focus. That name was expected to be used for the standalone Daydream headset promised at Google I/O a few months back. Apparently, according to TechCrunch, HTC and Google have decided to scrap that plan even before it had a chance to be born.

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Android 8.1 could reduce inactive app sizes to save space

Android 8.1 could reduce inactive app sizes to save space

Just because storage space in mobile devices are getting larger doesn't mean platform makers and app developers can start becoming lazy and careless. In fact, it should even challenge them more to optimize for both space and performance in order to squeeze in as many apps and files in still constrained environments. Fortunately, Google is indeed still on the case of shrinking app sizes. And in Android 8.1, it might shrink less used apps even more, mirroring a step Apple has taken in iOS 11.

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