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Why did CyanogenMod die? What is LineageOS? All the important details

Why did CyanogenMod die? What is LineageOS? All the important details

The Cyanogen company did not shut down, nor did the operating system CyanogenMod - it'll just change names. CyanogenMod OS will rebrand as LineageOS and will be separate from Cyanogen Inc., the company, which will operate separate from the open source OS. Those with CyanogenMod installed on phones or tablets right now should consider installing a more basic version of Android now, as no new support for the operating system will be offered.

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HTC x10 coming next month bearing mid-range specs yet again

HTC x10 coming next month bearing mid-range specs yet again

If giants like Samsung and even Apple are experiencing a slowdown of sales, one can only imagine how bad this year has been for the smaller players. Industry sources claim exactly that as far as the shipping figures of Taiwanese OEMs like ASUS, HTC, and Acer are concerned. While it might already be too late to salvage 2016, HTC might try to start 2017 right by putting out a new but mid-range model, the HTC x10, as early as January.

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Sony Xperia XZ DxOMark verdict: great but not prefect

Sony Xperia XZ DxOMark verdict: great but not prefect

Many high-end smartphones are moving towards using dual cameras to achieve details and performance previously unattainable on mobile devices. Even Apple has jumped on that train. But just because you have two cameras doesn't mean you'll do better. That is something Sony tried to prove with the Xperia XZ and DxOMark seemingly agrees. With a score of 87, it has bested the likes of the Huawei Mate 9 and the LG V20 with their dual sensors. It still, however, falls short of beating the Google Pixel or even the Galaxy S7 edge.

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Google Pixel now reported to randomly freeze for minutes

Google Pixel now reported to randomly freeze for minutes

Google may have broken out the champagne a wee bit too early for its Pixel smartphones. After a brief but pleasant honeymoon, owners are slowly discovering the warts hiding under the pretty facade. The latest string of user complaints involve the Pixel smartphones randomly freezing and becoming unusable under still unreproducible circumstances. It is, however, just the latest in what looks like a growing list of complaints and issues plaguing the first "made by Google" smartphone.

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LG G6 might be launched a month early

LG G6 might be launched a month early

LG might not have gotten the memo. While Samsung's haste to put out the Galaxy Note 7 was largely blamed for laying waste to its empire, LG might actually be trying a similar tactic, but with hopefully better results. According to industry sources, LG plans on selling the LG G6 near the end of February or early March, a good month earlier than usual. The purpose is supposedly to help boost the company's earnings for the earlier part of the year, though it's probably no coincidence that this would happen at a time when rival Samsung is reported to be launching the Galaxy S8 late.

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Tech’s 8 biggest winners of 2016

Tech’s 8 biggest winners of 2016

The biggest winners of the year this year really shine a light on where our priorities are as a collective unconscious. This list is not based on the "most popular stories" or "most searched topics" or anything scientific like that - instead it's based on my perception of the tech world as a reporter and a participant. It's also important to note that I consider "tech" to include technology, science, and science fiction entertainment, as well - so those that have any items to add, please, by all means speak up.

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Pokemon GO Christmas Event update (plus Apple Watch bonus)

Pokemon GO Christmas Event update (plus Apple Watch bonus)

The latest Pokemon GO update includes code which indicates the Christmas Event we've been waiting for isn't lost just yet. Details for the next event appeared in the same update for the game that showed Apple Watch integration just before final release this week. These details indicate that an entirely new element will be added to the game in the Store - and that this element won't just be limited to this Christmas weekend.

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LG V20 tips and tricks to become an Android master

LG V20 tips and tricks to become an Android master

As far as this year’s Android smartphones are concerned, the LG V20 is right up there as one of the top contenders for the crown. It might not have the Pixel’s Assistant, the Moto Z’s multi-talented rear, or even the Galaxy Note 7’s explosive character, but the V20 definitely offers the right mix of power and features in a no nonsense package directed not just at creatives, like photographers and videographers, but at today’s mobile workforce as well. And to help you become a master of this powerful tool, here are 20 tips to harness everything that the LG V20 has to offer.

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Meet Wild Joker, “The Dude” of Pokemon GO

Meet Wild Joker, “The Dude” of Pokemon GO

Let me share with you a story of positivity in the global monster game Pokemon GO. Thanks to the Pokemon GO player known to Imgur as Acentrella, we've been introduced to the epic and unforgettable Wild Joker. If Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski lived in Arizona in the year 2016, there's little doubt in my mind that he'd be in a situation much like the Wild Joker.

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How the Galaxy S8 “Beast Mode” will work (and already has)

How the Galaxy S8 “Beast Mode” will work (and already has)

But what good is an extra boost of smartphone processor power when a Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone from the year 2017 is already more powerful than necessary? A number of things are already obvious about the not-yet-revealed next device in Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones. We can safely assume it'll be more powerful than the Galaxy S7, for example - a device that already has more power than any mobile app on the market today can make use of.

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LG V20, Huawei Mate 9 tied in DxOMark ranking

LG V20, Huawei Mate 9 tied in DxOMark ranking

Don't worry, Google. The Pixel remains the top dog in DxOMark's list. The LG V20 and Huawei Mate 9, despite their impressive specs and improved performance, don't even come close. Under DxOMark's usual battery of tests, the two scored the exact same 85, differing only in the details. While both sported dual lens cameras, they each interpreted the feature differently. Sadly, neither was able to achieve the pinnacle of mobile photography that itS peers are trying just as hard to grab.

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iPhone 8’s OLED display may be best ever

iPhone 8’s OLED display may be best ever

It seems that all the ducks are lining up for an iPhone 8 next year (or in 2018) that will definitely sport an OLED screen rather than an LCD one. At least that seems to be the atmosphere among component suppliers that are girding up their loins for a drought in the coming months until Apple starts the engines for the 2017 iPhone model. Apple’s Flexible Printed Circuit Board (FPCB) suppliers are preparing products that can be used on Apple’s OLED iPhone screens, further fanning the flames of speculation.

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