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Galaxy S8 leaked to get Continuum-like experience

Galaxy S8 leaked to get Continuum-like experience

Our smartphones are very capable computers in their own right and some have even taken that to its logical extension. Features like Microsoft's Continuum and Ubuntu's Convergence give the promise of turning our smartphones into our desktops, give or take. It seems that Samsung might be joining the fray in just a few months if this leaked slide means what we think it means. Supposedly taken from a presentation for the Galaxy S8, it shows what Samsung is calling its Desktop Experience, which looks pretty much like Windows 10 Mobile's Continuum feature.

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OnePlus 3, 3T get Android Nougat in time for the new year

OnePlus 3, 3T get Android Nougat in time for the new year

Just in the nick of time. OnePlus gave itself an end of the year deadline and it has just beat the deadliest of deadlines. With just a few hours to spare, at least from OnePlus HQ, the high-profile Chinese OEM announced the incremental rollout of Oxygen OS 4.0, which brings Android 7.0 Nougat not only to the OnePlus 3T as promised but also to the OnePlus 3 as well. A fitting way to start the new year and end the old one, provided the update actually gets to users quickly.

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Galaxy Note 7 problem unlikely due to battery only, say sources

Galaxy Note 7 problem unlikely due to battery only, say sources

Samsung has already concluded its investigations and already knows what made its ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 explosive. It has already shared its findings with independent labs and is expected to share those results with the rest of the world soon, probably this month even. And yet, in an industry notorious for leakS, there how been very little info about that data and Samsung is exercising extreme caution with leaks. That may be because, according to industry sources, the root cause of the Galaxy Note 7's problem isn't simply a battery issue, contrary to what Samsung kept on insisting months ago.

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The Google Pixel shipping nightmare (and Verizon’s XL role)

The Google Pixel shipping nightmare (and Verizon’s XL role)

Google and Verizon are not doing a very good job handling supply and demand with the Pixel. In a Reddit thread 2,888 messages long (at publication time), potential Google Pixel smartphone users discuss delays in shipment and inconsistencies in stories from Google and Verizon. This situation is unique in that Verizon is selling the same phone as Google is supplying AND selling. What we're asking here is why there's an issue with shipping at all with what should be a well-oiled machine.

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iPhone 7 cuts MAY be slowing

iPhone 7 cuts MAY be slowing

Sources report that Apple's production of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be cut by 10% in the first quarter of 2017. Let me be up front about this report right away - we're working with parts production numbers, which could indicate several things. That in mind, pay heed to the sign of the times: this could be another indicator that the public already has a smartphone in their pocket, and they're not quite ready to buy another.

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Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google Play year-end deals cuts prices on movies, apps, albums

Google is preparing to run a "Year-End" sort of celebration and cutting prices on a bunch of media. This includes apps as well as TV shows and movies. It also includes Google Books of many sorts - and comic books, which, if you haven't tried on a mobile device, I personally recommend you do. Google's method of display of comic books on mobile devices - tablets especially - is really top notch.

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Aurora lights turn triangle patterns into rainbows

Aurora lights turn triangle patterns into rainbows

The folks at Nanoleaf have an interesting set of lights prepared for living rooms wishing for colorful accents with "Aurora." The Aurora system is a modular smart lighting solution that allows the user to control each panel from a smartphone. The user configures the lighting grid however they like, then turn the lights on, off, dim, and color-change all from a smartphone screen.

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How to opt out of Facebook ads that track you

How to opt out of Facebook ads that track you

Facebook has an opt-out page which shows how they track users for Facebook ads across the entire planet. This page lists the ways in which Facebook works with data providers that "help businesses connect with people who might be interested in their products or services." These are the the groups that show an advertisement of a movie ticket sales site to people that've been searching for information about which movies are out in their area. For the Ron Swanson in you, this is your page, this is how you get out.

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Galaxy S7 Android Nougat beta ends, final launch next month

Galaxy S7 Android Nougat beta ends, final launch next month

Samsung has just shutdown its beta program for Android 7.0 Nougat on the Galaxy S7 but don’t let that alarm you. Presuming you’re using a Galaxy S7, of course. While the company might be ending the year with an only slightly sad note, it will star the new one with a bang (no note puns intended). According to the brave souls testing that beta, they have been notified that the official rollout of Nougat will take place in January. As soon as possible in January, that is.

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HTC “Ocean Note” to ditch the 3.5mm jack for USB-C

HTC “Ocean Note” to ditch the 3.5mm jack for USB-C

HTC seems to be genuinely unfazed by how its smartphones have been doing lately, which is to say not that good at all. HTC's devices, particularly its flagships are a paradox, warmly received but never selling well. That, however, hasn't stopped the Taiwanese OEM from putting out model after model of smartphones, whether the market likes it or not. Case in point is the "Ocean Note" believed to be unveiled in two weeks, just one of three new "Ocean" smartphones and one that won't have a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

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Galaxy S8’s secret audio weapon : tipped to be wireless

Galaxy S8’s secret audio weapon : tipped to be wireless

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will launch at the same time as a wireless audio solution that'll take on Apple's AirPods. Information on this set of wireless earbuds is thin, but given Samsung's recent acquisition of Harman audio technology, things could sound mighty nice. This is just the latest in a long line of rumors surrounding the next release from Samsung - the device that'll almost certainly be called Galaxy S8.

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This iPhone feature may re-start the Android hardware wars

This iPhone feature may re-start the Android hardware wars

Apple has long been rumored to bring a set of hardcore components to the iPhone lineup - next year they just might do it. A set of patents this week shows how Apple is preparing for - or at least protecting itself in case of the eventuality of - next-level hardness in outer components. This isn't only for the iPhone, but the Apple Watch too.

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