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Android 11 release date leaked, here’s how

Android 11 release date leaked, here’s how

Today Google essentially revealed the release date for Android 11, a version of Android that does not (yet) have a dessert name. While Google maintains that they will no longer be giving fancy food names to their new Android iterations, we're now about to let that stop us from naming it ourselves. How about Red Velvet Cake, or ...roscón de reyes (ring of the kings)?

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iPhone 12 supply clues show major OLED change, a first for Apple

iPhone 12 supply clues show major OLED change, a first for Apple

An iPhone 12 leak today says Apple decided to move to an entirely OLED display range for all four models of its next smartphone. The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max will all have not only OLED display panels, but 5G connectivity as well. The lesser two devices are rumored to come with limited 5G connectivity - with sub-6 range - while the two "Pro" models will come packed with sub-6 and mmWave 5G connectivity, if reports prove entirely accurate.

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Pokemon GO Rocket Balloons: New codes, how to access

Pokemon GO Rocket Balloons: New codes, how to access

A Pokemon GO update today activated Team Rocket Balloons, aka Team GO Rocket hot air balloons - the sort with the big red R on the side. These balloons allow Team Rocket to move around the map in Pokemon GO and allow access to you and your Pokemon. Don't worry, though, they won't attack you outright - they're not that cruel yet! Instead, you've got to spot the shadow!

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Your chances of finding authorized iPhone third-party repairs just improved

Your chances of finding authorized iPhone third-party repairs just improved

If you've cracked your iPhone screen or need a battery replacement, there are now more places to get an official repair, Apple has announced, with its Independent Repair Provider Program expanding both in the US and abroad. Launched back in the fall of 2019, the program promises genuine Apple parts but installation by approved third-party repair shops, handy for those too far away from an actual Apple Store.

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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW brings mmWave to “affordable” tier

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW brings mmWave to “affordable” tier

This week the folks at Samsung and Verizon revealed the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G UW. This device is now the least expensive way to access Verizon's own Ultra Wideband 5G connectivity. With this device, users get a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display, four cameras (and a fifth on the front), 8GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for potential storage expansion.

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Pokemon GO Team Rocket balloon leaks and new codes

Pokemon GO Team Rocket balloon leaks and new codes

Today Pokemon GO Rocket (or Team Rocket, if you prefer) launched a balloon attack on the world! We've been reporting on this for the past week, exploring how Pokemon GO with this "balloon" mechanic could change the way the game is played. If Team Rocket is able to move around the map, like players can move around the map - what's next?!

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New iPhone 12 clues show massive win for fans of retro design

New iPhone 12 clues show massive win for fans of retro design

If you've not purchased an iPhone since the iPhone 4 because you didn't like the look of all subsequent Apple phones, you're in luck. If the latest batch of rumors and image leaks are accurate, the iPhone 12 (in three distinct sizes) might be right up your alley. The iPhone 12 is rumored to roll with four different models in three significantly different sizes - the two middle models are right around the same size in your hand.

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Samsung UV Sterilizer is like a germ-killing coffin of light

Samsung UV Sterilizer is like a germ-killing coffin of light

Today Samsung revealed a wireless charging device called the Samsung UV Sterilizer. This device was manufactured by Samsung C&T, part of the official Samsung Mobile Accessory Partnership Program (SMAPP). This device is both a wireless charger for your phone and a cleaner of sorts... with UV light.

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Moto G 5G Plus gives Motorola affordable midrange speed

Moto G 5G Plus gives Motorola affordable midrange speed

Motorola has released a new 5G phone, with the Moto G 5G Plus promising to be as affordable as the company's other recent smartphones, but with support for high-speed data and a new selfie camera. It taps Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765 to do that, with the X52 Modem. Availability plans for the US haven't been confirmed, but Motorola says it does intend to launch a sub-$500 5G phone in North America come the fall.

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Galaxy Note 9 display color issue persists [UPDATE: Samsung response]

Galaxy Note 9 display color issue persists [UPDATE: Samsung response]

There's an update that was released this year for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 that turned the device's display... sort green. A very similar issue seemed to appear on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra starting in at around the same time - in April of 2020. Samsung suggested that they were hard at work on the issue for the Galaxy S20 Ultra - but the issue seems to persist.

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Google’s 6 new device types list next must-haves for home entertainment

Google’s 6 new device types list next must-haves for home entertainment

Google did some re-arranging and adding to its giant list of Google Assistant device types this week. This list is specifically for connections between devices and to Google Assistant, but the listing itself provides more than just info for aspiring creators. Google's latest subset of types, Smart Home Entertainment Devices, allow us a peek at what Google's analysts have seen for tomorrow's biggest consumers.

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Major battery save coming to your devices via Chrome

Major battery save coming to your devices via Chrome

There's a new feature coming to the Chrome web browser from Google that'll drastically cut down on battery drain on multiple platforms. If you're using a Windows PC, Mac (Apple), Linux (on a PC), Chrome OS, Android, or just Android WebView, you've got the potential to increase your device's battery life by a noticeable amount. It all comes down to throttling Javascript timers.

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