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Apple faces lawsuit over purposely slowing down older iPhones

Apple faces lawsuit over purposely slowing down older iPhones

Apple might now be regretting its decision to formally admit a course of action that has earned it not just criticisms but now a lawsuit as well. Geekbench and Reddit earlier speculated that Apple was intentionally throttling down the performance of older iPhone models with older batteries. The company then admitted to the act but defended it as a safeguard and a feature to keep iPhones safe for use. Users are not having any of it and at least two want to take Apple to court for doing such without even informing users.

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Pokemon GO Christmas Event Spin Bonus Secrets LIVE

Pokemon GO Christmas Event Spin Bonus Secrets LIVE

Pokemon GO updates today with the second-to-last event change of the year. As we discussed yesterday, there'll be at least one more "wave" of changes before New Years Eve! Today we're discussing what we'll be seeing in the officially announced "Holiday" event this week.

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Nokia 9 front 5 MP camera might not be too bad after all

Nokia 9 front 5 MP camera might not be too bad after all

The Nokia 9 started out “OK”, at least while it was still expected to arrive in late 2017. When the days turned into weeks and weeks into months, Nokia’s and HMD’s next “flagship” started looking less and less appealing. When the specs dropped from FCC, there was much disappointment, especially with the measly 5 megapixel front shooter. It turns out, however, that there might be more to that story than meets the eye and the Nokia 9’s selfie shooter might not turn out to be that bad after all.

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Android Oreo Beta 2 update aims for Essential PH-1

Android Oreo Beta 2 update aims for Essential PH-1

This afternoon the folks at Essential revealed they were sending an Android Oreo Beta 2 software build to their PH-1 phone. This device will get a collection of new features as a result, and all users will have access to said update. Just so long as an Essential Phone user is part of the Oreo Beta 1 club, they're in for the next update.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S8 and Note 8 deal includes one free to give away

T-Mobile Galaxy S8 and Note 8 deal includes one free to give away

Many "buy one, get one" smartphone deals require buyers to activate both phones on an expensive service plan, pay for both upfront, and then get a refund for one device via a small monthly credit spread out over 18 or more months. That's not necessarily a bad deal, but it is restrictive. T-Mobile is bucking the trend, though, by offering new customers an entirely free Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 to give away to someone else as a gift.

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Nokia 6 finally gets into Android Oreo beta program

Nokia 6 finally gets into Android Oreo beta program

HMD Global has promised that it would be unlike other manufacturers out there and make timely Android updates a top priority. While it naturally can't beat Google's Nexus and Pixel phones, it's still making good on its word. With less than two weeks before the year ends, HMD Global announced the enrollment of the Nokia 6 into its Android Oreo Beta program. Unfortunately, however, not all Nokia 6 phones are invited just yet.

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Loapi Android Trojan could make your smartphone go up in smoke

Loapi Android Trojan could make your smartphone go up in smoke

Last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would have been grand had it not turned into a deadly weapon. This year, however, you don’t need to buy such an expensive (not to mention no longer available) product to have an incendiary device in your bag or pocket. You simply need to get your Android phone infected by this new Loapi Trojan, formally Trojan.AndroidOS.Loapi and, before long, your phone could become smoking hot, literally. In all seriousness, however, this malware represents a new and downright worrying trend that could threaten not just smartphones but users’ safety as well.

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Galaxy S9+ at Geekbench finally offers a tiny piece of hope

Galaxy S9+ at Geekbench finally offers a tiny piece of hope

From the Galaxy S9 to the Nokia 9 to Sony Xperias, next year’s first batch of smartphones might not welcome the new year in a big way. After 2017’s rather exciting if not tumultuous story, 2018 might be off to a somewhat somber start instead. That’s not always a bad thing, but it can be a boring thing. Samsung fans, however, might at least have the Galaxy S9+ to look forward to, if this Geekbench entry is any indication.

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Nokia 9 pops up at FCC with discouraging specs

Nokia 9 pops up at FCC with discouraging specs

The Galaxy S9 might turn out to be a somewhat of a mellow device next year but another “9” might outdo it in disappointing fans. The Nokia 9 has just landed at the FCC, hinting at its impending launch and, unlike most FCC sightings, has some details to show. Unfortunately, they are details that Nokia fans might not be looking forward to seeing, painting the picture of a smartphone that might not start off the new year well.

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FCC Blue Alert warns mobile users of threats to law enforcement

FCC Blue Alert warns mobile users of threats to law enforcement

The Federal Communications Commission has expanded the US's emergency alert systems by adding a new alert option dubbed Blue Alert. With Blue Alert, both local and state-level authorities can push out notifications that warn the public to "threats to law enforcement." In explaining this, the FCC says the authorities are able to push out Blue Alerts across a variety of devices, including cell phones/smartphones, satellite, cable, and through broadcast providers.

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OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition hides this adorable R2-D2 Easter egg

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition hides this adorable R2-D2 Easter egg

The OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition phone is hiding a fun R2-D2 Easter egg, and it includes an animated hologram. It's not an ordinary Easter egg, though -- OnePlus put a lot of work into this one, including a secret message and a hidden compartment, the combination of which bring R2-D2 to light. The secret lies with the greeting card in the box: put the first letter of each line together and you get your first hint.

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Galaxy S9 leak suggests Samsung learned its fingerprint lesson

Galaxy S9 leak suggests Samsung learned its fingerprint lesson

As we close in on the reveal of the Galaxy S9 and its big brother, the Galaxy S9+, one feature in particular is becoming quite the hot topic. There's been a lot of chatter recently about the placement of the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S9. With Samsung said to be holding off on pursuing facial recognition, that scanner's placement becomes all the more important, as it might be the go-to biometric security option for a lot of people (the other, of course, being iris scanning).

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