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Research discovers Android’s open nature leads to devices shipping with vulnerabilities

Research discovers Android’s open nature leads to devices shipping with vulnerabilities

The Android platform has a reputation for being less than secure, and, despite the system's advantages and improvements, the situation isn't getting any better at the rate it should be. New research from security firm Kryptowire has found that a number of Android devices include vulnerabilities right out of the box, including those shipped directly from wireless carriers. Unfortunately the cause of the problem stems from one of Android's biggest and oldest strong points: its open nature and ability to be modified.

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Galaxy Note 9 tops YouTube’s recommended devices list

Galaxy Note 9 tops YouTube’s recommended devices list

YouTube has released a list of smartphones its recommends for the best streaming experience. These "Signature Devices," the term used by the company, are said to offer best-in-class YouTube experiences across multiple aspects, including reliability and performance, and when viewing 360-degree content in addition to regular videos. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes in at the top of the list, and there's one surprising absence.

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Google Assistant getting Smart Display smart home UI

Google Assistant getting Smart Display smart home UI

Smart speakers are all the rage when it comes to smart home products and its pioneers are trying their best to build up on that new cash cow. Back at CES early this year, Google revealed its roster of Smart Displays to take on Amazon’s Echo Show. All of those, of course, revolve around Google Assistant. But to make sure that those without such big screens don’t feel too left behind, Google seems to be pushing a small update to Google Assistant on smartphones to bring it on par with Smart Displays, at least as far the same user interfaces go.

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Snapdragon 670 is Qualcomm’s mid-range middle child

Snapdragon 670 is Qualcomm’s mid-range middle child

Mid-range, or as Qualcomm would call them “high-end”, smartphones are killing it. While majority of media coverage is lavished on premium smartphones with premium prices and eccentric designs, devices on the middle tiers continue to offer better bang for buck value when it comes to balancing performance, battery life, and price. That’s why it’s no surprise that Qualcomm continues to saturate the market with chips on this range, like the newly announced Snapdragon 670, that is going to give OEMs a headache in trying picking out a chip for their next-gen phones.

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2018 iPhone dummy units hands-on video reveals every detail

2018 iPhone dummy units hands-on video reveals every detail

A new video shows off high-quality iPhone dummies said to showcase the designs Apple will launch with its 2018 models. Though unconfirmed, these dummies are said to accurately replicate the look of each of the three iPhone models Apple is expected to unveil in September, including a 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X update, a 6.5-inch OLED model, and a 6.1-inch model with an LCD.

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Galaxy Note 9 live event times and last details

Galaxy Note 9 live event times and last details

It's nearly the day and the time of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9's big reveal. The 9th of August, 2018 is the day, and the time is 11AM EST. That's also 10AM Central Time, 9 AM Mountain Time, and 8AM Pacific Time. Don't be late, and head down below this paragraph to learn everything that'll be revealed, but leaked now, extra early, if you do so wish.

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T-Mobile turned a semi-truck into a futuristic 5G showroom

T-Mobile turned a semi-truck into a futuristic 5G showroom

T-Mobile is getting people hyped for a future where everything is connected by 5G networks. The carrier has installed a showroom demonstrating the technology in a semi-truck trailer, announcing a plan to drive the truck to various US destinations. Once it arrives in their city, residents can check out the showroom to experience the future of wireless tech.

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Blizzard’s Diablo projects in the works: 10 possibilities

Blizzard’s Diablo projects in the works: 10 possibilities

This week the folks at Blizzard teased "multiple Diablo projects in the works" coming to users in the near future. For those still playing Diablo 3, this could be good news, it could be bad. For everyone else who played Diablo II or the first Diablo dungeon-running masterpiece from times untold, this announcement is only golden. Today we're running down a few different possibilities for what these new Diablo projects might be.

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Snapchat leaked on Github: What’s that mean for you?

Snapchat leaked on Github: What’s that mean for you?

This week some Snapchat source code - not ALL the code, but some - leaked and appeared on Github. That means more than a couple people had access to said source code - or fragment of source code - for a little while. Certainly long enough to download and keep for one's very own. Mercifully it does not appear that the source code leaked was too particularly important for the privacy of end users.

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Gmail Android, iOS apps can now disable conversation view

Gmail Android, iOS apps can now disable conversation view

Gmail has changed the face of email for better or worse. It has offered a free service that is putting even paid premium services out of business. It has pushed for a minimalist interface that made Yahoo! Mail look and feel like the Titanic. But perhaps one of its most controversial “innovations” is one that is both hated and loved: the conversation view. Google has conceded back in 2010 that not everyone is a fan but it only offered a toggle for Gmail on the web. Mobile users won’t feel so left out anymore now that they too will have that power.

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Instapaper brings back Premium subscriptions as it returns to Europe

Instapaper brings back Premium subscriptions as it returns to Europe

It was just a couple of weeks ago that Instapaper announced its break from Pinterest, and it seems that the company's new owners are getting to work quickly. Though Instapaper was part of Pinterest's portfolio since 2016, the company went independent once more in the middle of July. One of the first things it's doing as an independent company is bringing back Premium subscriptions, which may not sit very well with its users.

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New iPads tipped smaller and smarter

New iPads tipped smaller and smarter

Along with the dream that an ideal smartphone is just a screen, the iPad seems to be inching toward an all-display design in 2018. A set of codes appeared in the iOS 12 Beta this week which point toward smaller bezels on a new iPad alongside a few more rounded corners. With a new iPad Pro, it's been suggested, there is no home button, and developers will need to get used to some of the same design details here that they've been accounting for on the iPhone X.

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