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Android Nearby Notifications is no more thanks to spam

Android Nearby Notifications is no more thanks to spam

Android features come and go and when it's Google involved, it happens more often than not. In some cases, it causes both developers and users to groan when a favorite feature they've relied on is suddenly announced to be discontinued. This time, however, Android phone owners are probably breathing a sigh of relief. Google has just announce that starting December, the Android Nearby Notifications feature will no longer be sending spam messages to users nearby.

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Android vs iPhone user poll shows two very different groups of people

Android vs iPhone user poll shows two very different groups of people

A survey was conducted on approximately 2,000 Americans, one half Android users, the other half iPhone users. The poll covered a whole bunch of topics, like cash spent on tech products, selfies shot, and overall happiness. While there's no telling whether these averages represent greater numbers of Android and iPhone users around the world, these limited results are pretty interesting in and of themselves.

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MKBHD attention on phone’s pink line makes it a priority issue

MKBHD attention on phone’s pink line makes it a priority issue

Like it or not, Marques Brownlee has one whole heck of a lot of eyes and ears on him, and when he's got an issue with a phone, brands pay attention. This week Brownlee (aka MKBHD) posted a Tweet on Twitter about his Google Pixel 3 XL, showing a distinct pink line of pixels running vertically down the near-center. He reported this situation on the 24th of October, and on the 25th of October, he seems to have an answer on why the line appeared.

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Samsung sues Russian brand ambassador for using iPhone X

Samsung sues Russian brand ambassador for using iPhone X

Samsung has sued one of its brand ambassadors, Ksenia Sobchak, for using an iPhone X on camera, according to a new report. Sobchak is Samsung's public face in Russia, where she was recently seen on camera using an iPhone X instead of one of Samsung's smartphones. Though she tried to hide the phone behind a piece of paper, it wasn't enough to dodge a lawsuit.

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It’s official: US missing out on world’s “best” phones

It’s official: US missing out on world’s “best” phones

If you're living in the United States and you want access to the best smartphones in the world, you're going to have an issue. The "best" smartphone in the world is of course a subjective name for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but the comparisons are already out there. Some of the biggest names in gadget reviews have already called the phone one of if not THE best smartphone on the market today. But the phone won't be released in the United States.

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Netflix HDR arrives for LG G7 One and two other premium phones

Netflix HDR arrives for LG G7 One and two other premium phones

Netflix has once again expanded its HDR video support to additional premium smartphones, enabling those device owners to watch high dynamic range content on their mobile device. Support has been slow to roll out, that largely due to the limited number of HDR-capable handsets on the market. This time around, Netflix has added HDR support for the LG G7 One and a couple Sony mobile devices.

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Snapdragon 675 to bring triple cameras, gaming to 2019 mid-range

Snapdragon 675 to bring triple cameras, gaming to 2019 mid-range

There are a lot of new trends in the smartphone market these days but most if not all of them are, unsurprisingly, happening on the high-end. Samsung, however, has pledged to focus its innovative (alternatively, crazy) new features in its mid-range line, as seen on the new Galaxy A7 and A9 with triple and quadruple cameras, respectively. Now it seems that Qualcomm is laying the groundwork for other OEMs to follow suit with a new mid-range Snapdragon 675 that promises to deliver the processing power necessary to implement those features.

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Samsung folding smartphone may appear at developer conference

Samsung folding smartphone may appear at developer conference

Samsung may soon show off a folding smartphone after years of rumors about such a device. An invite recently sent out for the company's developer conference teases the unveiling of "where now meets next" and "the crossroads between the present and the future," which many believe means a folding phone. Adding fuel to the speculation is an image that some say represents a foldable device.

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Otter patent reveals Samsung-like foldable phones and tablet

Otter patent reveals Samsung-like foldable phones and tablet

The folks at Otter Products patented a number of designs for foldable-screen phone cases. The patents just came to light this week and seem pretty specifically tuned for a couple of different sorts of phones. The existence of these designs does not definitely point toward one brand having a phone like this - but the potential for such is pretty interesting.

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iPhone XR release: How to preorder

iPhone XR release: How to preorder

Today the iPhone XR goes on sale around the world, and we've got the details you'll need to get specific in your region and on your carrier. We're focusing on the United States here, mainly - but most details can be extrapolated to your given country and time. It all begins on October 19th at 12:01 AM Pacific Time - this morning.

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Apple Personal Data download: How to get your stuff

Apple Personal Data download: How to get your stuff

As of this week, users are able to download a copy of their Apple data, including most of the history they've got with the company digitally. That includes the data you store with Apple too, including calendars, photos, documents, and more. This data download is very similar to what Google offers with Google Takeout, and both services are entirely free to use.

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Pocophone F1 Review : International midrange shocker

Pocophone F1 Review : International midrange shocker

Xiaomi's associated company Pocophone made this Pocophone F1 (also known as Poco F1) to tackle emerging markets and companies like OnePlus. What they made was a smartphone with features that defy logic - at least when it comes to a device that costs this little. The Poco F1 is a smartphone that's very, very nice - especially when it comes to its price, in every region in which it's been released. This is a pretty gosh-darned nice phone.

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