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Apple’s good reason for slowing old iPhones won’t help

Apple’s good reason for slowing old iPhones won’t help

It's fair to say that Apple's admission this week that no, your old iPhone getting slower isn't just in your imagination, has proved divisive. For years, the idea that an older iPhone would perform more slowly than it once did was dismissed as paranoia. Now, it turns out, Apple actually is adjusting power profiles on handsets like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, arguing that it's doing it for good reasons.

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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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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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Apple: Old iPhone slowdown is a feature not a bug

Apple: Old iPhone slowdown is a feature not a bug

Apple has responded to ongoing controversy about older iPhones seeing their performance throttled, describing the behavior as a fix for an inherent issue affecting all smartphones as they age. Talk of a "planned obsolescence" strategy had re-emerged earlier this week, when benchmarking firm Geekbench waded into discussion about whether older devices - like the iPhone 6s, first released in 2015 - were having their processors artificially limited by iOS.

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Pokemon GO Event News: Christmas Update + New Years

Pokemon GO Event News: Christmas Update + New Years

Pokemon GO had its last big update of the year this week with the introduction of additional Gen 3 Pocket Monsters. In addition, our tipster turned out to be right - Delibird approaches! We're not entirely convinced this is the greatest update ever - actually the opposite, now that we've got the full extent of the details of the update - even the stuff Niantic hasn't announced. Let's have a peek!

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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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iPhone slowdown blamed on controversial fix for aging batteries

iPhone slowdown blamed on controversial fix for aging batteries

Older iPhones getting unexpectedly slower could be down aging batteries rather than iOS inefficiency, with Apple said to be artificially throttling handsets to prolong runtimes. For years, Apple - and other smartphone makers - have been accused of quietly encouraging so-called "planned obsolescence," where the experience of using a device is artificially worsened to encourage upgrades.

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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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ZTE Axon 7 is still getting Android 8.0 Oreo

ZTE Axon 7 is still getting Android 8.0 Oreo

ZTE isn’t exactly one of the most popular smartphone makers in the US market but it has gathered quite a faithful following for some of its rather courageous efforts. Its Axon Mini, followed by the Axon 7, were quite the steal. Its crowdsourced Project CSX, though short-lived, was widely regarded positively. And now it seems that ZTE wants to end 2017 on a high note, even though when that note will be played is still unknown. The company has just promised an Android Oreo update for the Axon 7, despite the phone being discontinued way ahead of its time.

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