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BlackBerry gives TCL almost full reign over its smartphones

BlackBerry gives TCL almost full reign over its smartphones

It is perhaps to no one’s surprise. After all the BlackBerry DTEK50, and the DTEK60 as well, were made by Alcatel. Now the two companies are just making things official and public. BlackBerry and Alcatel parent company TCL has announced the signing of a deal that fully brings a chapter in BlackBerry’s history to a close. BlackBerry will simply be licensing its software and brand to TCL, who will the design, make, and sell BlackBerry-branded smartphones, which pretty much makes it the exclusive BlackBerry hardware partner.

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Galaxy S8 release details: Y this display is sweet

Galaxy S8 release details: Y this display is sweet

The Samsung Galaxy S8 may well bring technology from the dead Galaxy Note 7 back to life in a display that's ultra-thin. This new display technology, introduced for Samsung with the Galaxy Note 7, goes by the name Y on-cell touch AMOLED. The letter Y in this case stands for the revision number, while OCTA stands for On-Cell Touch AMOLED. This might not be a shocker for those readers who watch Samsung's releases closely.

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Evernote’s apology changes nothing

Evernote’s apology changes nothing

This morning Evernote CEO Chris O'Neill sent an email to apologize for and clarify this week's Privacy Update blunder. This apology suggests that two factors make what they're doing OK in their eyes. One of these factors is the user's ability to opt-out. The other is the idea that "select" Evernote employees may see "random content" from Evernote users. This is not good enough.

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Pokemon GO Update: Christmas event X2 XP plus forecast

Pokemon GO Update: Christmas event X2 XP plus forecast

News of the latest Pokemon GO update before Christmas paves the way for the final event of the season. This is the hour of our discontent - those of us waiting for double-XP and Stardust, that is. What if there is no event before the end of the year - what if Santa Hat Pikachu is all there is? Lucky you, Pokemon GO fans and trainers alike, there's still room for an event during Holiday Break.

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Google Drive is making it easy to ditch iPhones

Google Drive is making it easy to ditch iPhones

The smartphone divide between the Apple iPhone and Google Android is one of the fiercest and most vicious in the tech industry. Lately, however, we’ve been seeing some exodus from either camp, dissatisfied with developments (or lack thereof) on either side. One thing that keeps people from completely jumping ship is the anxiety about their data, particularly contacts, appointments, and, more importantly, photos. Just as when it unveiled the Pixel phone, Google is making it even easier to jump from an iPhone to an Android. And all you need is a Google Drive account.

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Pokemon GO Christmas event changes

Pokemon GO Christmas event changes

Over the past week, Niantic has made some decisions about how to proceed with Pokemon GO Gen 2. All 2nd gen Pokemon GO pocket monsters will be available - sans Legendaries - within "the next few months." Due to the instant success in limiting the release of Gen 2 to Baby Pokemon in eggs, Niantic's plans for Christmas seem to have changed as well.

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Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

Snapchat Group Chat vs Snapchat Spectacles – will they work?

This week the folks at Snap are bringing Snapchat Groups to the chat platform. This system allows up to 16 people to chat in the same room - almost like a chatroom! It's like we're back in the year 1998 and America Online has allowed us to go online and be in message groups about topics we love and chatrooms that are still in their infancy - only now, we do it with photos and brief video clips instead of text.

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Galaxy S8 to have no flat version, market might not agree

Galaxy S8 to have no flat version, market might not agree

The Galaxy Note 7 seems to have driven Samsung to desperation, with the Korean manufacturer eager to do whatever it takes to restore trust and interest in its brand by the time the Galaxy S8 comes out next year. Its zeal, however, might have the opposite effect and turn consumers off instead. That is the possibility that market watchers are presenting based on speculation that both Galaxy S8 models will sport dual curved edge screens with no flat variant in sight.

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Daydream View with Nexus 5X possible with root, workarounds

Daydream View with Nexus 5X possible with root, workarounds

It’s no secret that Google is biased about its Pixel phone. After all, it is its first, and so far only, “made by Google” phone. Just look at its exclusives: Google Assistant, unlimited Google Photos storage, and Daydream View compatibility. That last one, however, seems to be changing little by little, thanks to some investigation and hard work by the Android community. With just a somewhat simple workaround, a rooted Nexus 5X, possibly even any rooted Android 7.0 smartphone, has the potential to be compatible with Google’s fashion-conscious virtual reality headset as well.

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Pokemon GO Gen 2: getting Baby Togepi, Pichu ASAP

Pokemon GO Gen 2: getting Baby Togepi, Pichu ASAP

Pokemon GO has a set of new eggs to hatch with Gen 2's arrival, and it begins with just 2... or is it 7? As eggs have begun hatching after the update took place (server side), new Pokemon have started to appear. As luck - or a misplacement of assets - would have it, we've got the full (albeit brief) list of new Pokemon appearing in the game as of now. It's more than just Togepi - it's more than just Pichu.

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iPhone 8 Release: What we already know about Apple’s 2017 flagship

iPhone 8 Release: What we already know about Apple’s 2017 flagship

In the Fall of 2017 Apple will reveal its iPhone 8, a device that's already begun its detail leak process months in advance. This device will be the 8th generation in the iPhone line, or the 10th iPhone if we include the iPhone Plus devices as additional models. This combined with the fact that 2017 is 10 years away from the year of the iPhone's inception, 2007, have lead some publishers to hypothesize on a magical "iPhone 10" release. We're attempting to err on the side of a more reasonable smartphone.

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Pokemon GO Gen 2 Update leaked early (with Christmas secrets) [UPDATE]

Pokemon GO Gen 2 Update leaked early (with Christmas secrets) [UPDATE]

We now have a full list of Pokemon GO updates, including Gen 2 and Christmas, that'll be coming in the next several weeks to Android and iOS. Today Niantic's announcement will give a limited amount of information surrounding New Pokemon in Pokemon GO. This announcement of an announcement was first made on December 7th, 5 days before this article is scheduled to be published. This new collection of Pokemon will change the way the game works - not necessarily the mechanics of the game, but the way in which users seek out which Pokemon and use Pokeballs when and where.

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