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Android’s WannaCry “SLocker” source leaks online: Here’s how to avoid it

Android’s WannaCry “SLocker” source leaks online: Here’s how to avoid it

A piece of mobile ransomware that mimics the methods of WannaCry malware has leaked online. The source code for the malicious software has been spilled to the web, allowing this "SLocker" to be downloaded and spread ad infinitum. The source code might also give security experts an easy way to ramp up protection against the malicious code - but the potential costs far outweigh the potential benefits.

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How to beat Lugia in a Pokemon GO Raid Battle

How to beat Lugia in a Pokemon GO Raid Battle

Pokemon GO's newest biggest baddest Pokemon in the bunch is Lugia, and today we're running down the ways to beat it. Straight from the codes in the game we've got the mathematically perfect set of monsters that'll beat down Lugia with the right set of circumstances. Of course, as it is with all Legendary Pokemon, it'll really depend on having the right number of people to help out in the Raid Battle itself.

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Samsung won’t rest until it’s inside every phone (iPhone included)

Samsung won’t rest until it’s inside every phone (iPhone included)

It looks like Samsung is about to be inside your favorite smartphone once again. While the company's chip-making devision lost their contract deal with Apple several years ago, they plan on picking up the pace once again the very near future. They began their series of big moves toward the future they envision earlier this year by splitting off their chip-making business arm within their semiconductor division as "Samsung Foundry" - and it would appear that their next goal is the iPhone.

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Google snaps every search your phone makes – yes, even that one

Google snaps every search your phone makes – yes, even that one

While there are certain ways to block the internet from seeing what you're viewing, Google's latest update keeps a screenshot for later. Much like how Google Maps remembers everywhere you've ever been so you can find your car, Google (the search engine app) keeps a snapshot history of what you've searched for in Google Search. This search history does not make a significant impact on your smartphone's data storage space as it's all stored with Google on Google's servers.

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Pokemon GO Fest event had Niantic kick down the door for mobile’s future

Pokemon GO Fest event had Niantic kick down the door for mobile’s future

Smartphone users around the world know what Pokemon GO is and what it's capable of doing to their free time. With the release of Pokemon GO Fest and the events that surround it, Niantic's proven that a full year of active gameplay is not just a fluke. This game is not just popular because it's part of the Pokemon brand. Instead, it's a headliner in the new age of the mobile smart device experience.

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Apple takes iPhone OLED into its own hands

Apple takes iPhone OLED into its own hands

If there's one thing you can almost guarantee gets Apple execs frustrated, it's seeing Samsung's name high on the list of suppliers for iPhone components. Now, according to new reports, the Cupertino company is looking to change that in a significant way. While the iPhone 8 may be dependent on Samsung Display for the OLED screen it's expected to debut in Apple's smartphone range, the groundwork is in place to wean future iPhones off their Samsung dependence.

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OnePlus 5 8GB RAM version gets some good news

OnePlus 5 8GB RAM version gets some good news

OnePlus is a company that has historically had issues with shipping. With its earlier phones, quickly shipping out orders with consistency was a major roadblock for OnePlus, but with the OnePlus 3T, the company tried committing to immediate dispatch with its phones. OnePlus announced today that the OnePlus 5 with 8GB of RAM is now available for immediate dispatch as well, which means that it should ship out just a few hours after you order one.

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Nexus 6P bootloop fix is finally here, unofficially

Nexus 6P bootloop fix is finally here, unofficially

The Nexus line of devices were supposed to showcase Google’s vision for the Android smartphone. If that’s the case, then the Nexus 6P and 5X, coincidentally the last Nexus smartphones so far, doesn’t exactly give off a reassuring image of Android. These two devices have been notorious for turning into paperweights because of bootloop bugs. In fact, both are the subject of class action lawsuits against Google, Huawei, and LG. Fortunately for Nexus 6P owners, there is a way out for them, even while Google and Huawei remain mostly silent on the matter. It will make the Nexus 6P run slower, however, which is probably better than not running at all.

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Moto Z2 Force leaks now shows off actual device

Moto Z2 Force leaks now shows off actual device

Renders are nice and shiny, but they don’t always reflect what the real-world product will look like in, well, the real world. Fortunately for us, we now have more than just renders of the Moto Z2 Force to look at now. While the device might actually just be a prototype or a dummy model, it at least gives some hope that the final product will match the things we’ve heard so far, even though not all of them are actually good.

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Galaxy S8 Active leak shows a lot of compromises

Galaxy S8 Active leak shows a lot of compromises

Finally we get to see the Galaxy S8 Active from its front and if you were worried about thick bezels, now you can breathe in relief. There are still bezels, mind you, but they’re still considerably less than your standard rugged smartphone. It is going to look like the Galaxy S8 in some aspects and even behave like it. That, however, also means it inherits some of the biggest complaints about Samsung’s flagship, specifically its stubborn Bixby button.

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Lenovo foldable Android tablet shown off again

Lenovo foldable Android tablet shown off again

Lenovo might not be the biggest name in the mobile scene, smartphones or tablets, but you can’t say it isn’t willing to make some ambitious leaps. From the first commercial AR Tango phone to the Yoga Book tablet and, indirectly, to the modular Moto Z, it has been willing to play around with trends and hype, whether or not it actually continues to produce and support those products. For now, we can at least appreciate how Lenovo is this close to bringing the foldable device dream to life, showing off a working prototype at the Lenovo Tech World and making our mouths drool.

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Facebook patent reveals modular smartphone plans

Facebook patent reveals modular smartphone plans

The idea of a modular smartphone — where a number of components can be swapped out for replacements or allow users to focus on a key feature, such as a larger battery — has been widely pursued by the tech industry over the last few years, with Google going as far as developing a prototype for its Project Ara concept (seen above). But while most companies have given up on the idea, like Google did last year, it appears Facebook is still pursuing it.

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