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LazyLoad: No more wasted data on the web (for Android, first)

LazyLoad: No more wasted data on the web (for Android, first)

In the near future on the Chrome web browser on Android there'll be a feature called Blink LazyLoad. This feature stops webpages from loading until the parts of the webpage the user needs are requested. Questions remain about how this will affect users looking to read webpages offline, but for everybody else, this might well be the next big step in saving on unwanted and unnecessary mobile data use. Until you scroll down, everything below the cut will be FROZEN.

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Android Nougat is now the most used Android version

Android Nougat is now the most used Android version

Android’s distribution charts have never been pretty. Unless you love seeing Ten Shades of Green every month. While there is indeed beauty in diversity, from a technical and consumer standpoint, it’s an ugly mess. So when the whole distribution takes a step closer to defragmentation, there’s definitely reason to be happy in Android land. Android Nougat, both 7.0 and 7.1 releases, have now surpassed Marshmallow as the most used version in the market, complemented by Oreo’s slow but sure rise to 1%.

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Galaxy S9 and S9+ leak in a brand new color

Galaxy S9 and S9+ leak in a brand new color

Late last week, a video was published showing off official Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ cases from Samsung. The cases were about what we expected, but one oddity was tossed into the mix: a new color. The case has a strong purple shade just a bit lighter than eggplant, seemingly revealing that Samsung will introduce a new color option in its upcoming flagship model.

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Honor 7X red special edition here for Valentine’s Day too

Honor 7X red special edition here for Valentine’s Day too

This morning two devices, the second of which is this Honor 7X, were revealed in a lovely new shade of red. The Honor 7X comes with the same software inside as well as the same color as its standard edition. This is a limited edition of the device, which means there'll be less of them in the world than the standard model, but we do not know to which degree this difference truly is.

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HTC U12 spied in Taiwan with 5G data speeds

HTC U12 spied in Taiwan with 5G data speeds

The next big HTC smartphone release seems to have been spied in Taiwan wearing a bit of a protective cover. This next device will likely follow up on the relative success of the HTC U11 with the name HTC U12, coming with a body that's not all that unlike its predecessor. This next-generation device was seen at a 5G data speed industry event which also showed the HTC VIVE PRO, Vive Focus, and other smartphones.

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OnePlus 5T red Valentine’s Day edition is a deep LAVA

OnePlus 5T red Valentine’s Day edition is a deep LAVA

A Lava Red OnePlus 5T special edition smartphone was introduced by OnePlus this morning in celebration of Valentine's Day. The oncoming love-centric holiday will summon more than one red colored smartphone this year, of that you can be sure. For now, we've got a few that were made well in advance and a single OnePlus that'll MAYBE come in time for the holiday itself, if you're super lucky.

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Gold Razer Phone special edition revealed

Gold Razer Phone special edition revealed

A special edition version of the Razer Phone is out for the Year of the Dog. The company announced that they'd release a limited run of this 2018 Gold Edition Razer Phone, and it'll be ready to roll for "the New Year tradition" in a special edition box, too. This version of the Razer Phone looks largely the same as its predecessor, but this one has a golden triple-headed snake logo. So very gold, but only in one place - on the snakes.

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Bitcoin price at Dow’s worst week in 2 years

Bitcoin price at Dow’s worst week in 2 years

The drop in Bitcoin price this morning has more than a little bit to do with the drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index. This the drop today puts the United States stock market on track for the worst week it's had in two years. If you look at the last several years, this is the first time a drop in the stock market really looks like a bubble popping - but we shall see.

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iPhone sales revenue Q1 2018: iPhone X premium pricing in effect

iPhone sales revenue Q1 2018: iPhone X premium pricing in effect

Apple released Q1 2018 earnings this afternoon with iPhone revenue up, but unit sales down, year over year. Because units went down but revenue went up, we can assume only one thing: People are spending more cash on their iPhone. That very likely means that the iPhone X took a big chunk of sales this quarter, and also likely means that iPhone sales tended to trend higher - the larger of the two standard iPhone 8 models, and iPhone X.

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Google Assistant GO app released for (nearly) all Android phones

Google Assistant GO app released for (nearly) all Android phones

The smallest app version of the Google Assistant was just released to the Google Play app store. This version of the app takes the full Google Assistant and rounds off the corners, making it as simple and as mindless as possible to gain access to Google's machine. Users will be able to roll with this version of Google Assistant on almost any Android device, anywhere, no matter the age - for the most part.

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It’s cool to quit Facebook now: Check these numbers

It’s cool to quit Facebook now: Check these numbers

Facebook "active users" in North America dropped this past quarter for the first time in the history of the social network. Facebook peaked, and it's time to short your usage. That's not financial advice, it's an "all clear" signal from me to you. Download all your old Facebook posts and photos if you must, but please feel free to set your Facebook page for self-destruct, any time!

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Galaxy S9 spec war gets serious for Apple

Galaxy S9 spec war gets serious for Apple

The sales war between Samsung and Apple rages on here in 2018, what with the Galaxy S9 and S9+ almost revealed and word of "lower than expected" sales on the iPhone X in the rumor mill. Over the past half-decade, Samsung's gotten into a groove with their 3-phone release year, including two Galaxy S devices and a single Note. This year won't be all that different - in fact it's a sort of "tock" year in the company's tick-tock pattern. And Apple's on deck for a new setup yet again, having just released three phones that skip a so-called iPhone 9 and go straight from 8 to X.

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