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Samsung Galaxy phone bug takes over phone with an image via MMS – get the fix update now

Samsung Galaxy phone bug takes over phone with an image via MMS – get the fix update now

A vulnerability discovered by Google security researchers was disclosed to Samsung and patched in a software update many modern devices should see OTA this month. This is a required update - as most security-oriented updates are - and it should be loaded by all users of Samsung phones as soon as possible. This update is applicable to all virtually all smartphones sold since the year 2014.

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Google finally combined all messaging teams into one under Soltero

Google finally combined all messaging teams into one under Soltero

Today Google announced a bit of a leadership change in messaging, texting, and communication apps. Google's latest change puts the Message, Duo, and Android phone app teams together with the combined team of Google Meet and Google Chat, under a single all-encompassing bit of leadership. This should, ideally, make for a system with which Android users can finally trust that Google will stick with, and develop, and not abandon in any way, shape, or form. UPDATE: Not so fast, it might not be that simple or easy.

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LG Velvet phone revealed in full: Suddenly, a star

LG Velvet phone revealed in full: Suddenly, a star

The LG Velvet reminds us of the LG Chocolate, a release that signified the brand's willingness to focus on the COOL factor. LG Velvet is an Android smartphone with an industrial design that's intentional. Instead of attempting to hide any single element in the device's less-than-AAA feature set, this device celebrates all the hardware with which it's been assigned.

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Coronavirus means iPhone 12’s perceived weakness is its most important strength

Coronavirus means iPhone 12’s perceived weakness is its most important strength

The latest in iPhone 12 leaks suggest that Apple's design language remains largely the same as previous years, suggesting prospective users will be of two minds once again. In past years, basically every generation in which the iPhone's display shape stayed the same as seasons before, the vocal minority's proclaimed a lack of industrial design innovation. But now, as we're meant to remain largely isolated, at home, quarantined while we live through an unprecedented global pandemic, Apple's pragmatism will prove more important than ever.

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The best Zoom alternative is now Google Meet

The best Zoom alternative is now Google Meet

Google Meet is now free, and exceedingly simple to use. Google Meet's been around for a while, in one form or another, but starting here in May of 2020, global pandemic and the rise of the at-home worker's made for a unique set of circumstances. Now Google Meet is simpler than it's ever been, and it's free for basically everyone to use, in a snap.

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Android 11 public beta release date revealed as virtual event nears

Android 11 public beta release date revealed as virtual event nears

Today Google revealed the release date for the first public release (in beta format) of the next major version of Android. That'll be Android 11, the Android 11 public beta, and it'll be revealed during a live stream that'll take place on June 3rd, 2020, at 11AM ET. That's 10AM Central Time, 9AM Mountain Time, and 8AM Pacific Time.

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Pokemon GO “Promo Codes” game system updated for May 2020

Pokemon GO “Promo Codes” game system updated for May 2020

Niantic's Pokemon GO game is bringing back the Promo Code heat in the month of May with in-game items aplenty. New codes could be released through the rest of the month, but here on Cinco de Mayo we've dug up three for your next adventure. Each of these codes appeared in Facebook advertisements, believe it or not, and all appear to work for most of the users who've reported back earlier today.

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How you’ll turn on Coronavirus Contact Tracing with your iPhone

How you’ll turn on Coronavirus Contact Tracing with your iPhone

Apple and Google revealed plans to implement Contact Tracing on the iPhone and Android devices of all sorts this week. The plan starts with Google and Apple creating the code that'll allow smartphones to anonymously "ping" one-another and keep a record of said pings. If one person tests positive for COVID-19, notifications will be sent to all devices that've been near the infected person in the recent past.

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Coronavirus Contact Tracing settings for Android, and how they’ll switch on [UPDATE]

Coronavirus Contact Tracing settings for Android, and how they’ll switch on [UPDATE]

Today Google and Apple revealed bits and pieces of their plans for COVID-19 contract tracing in Android and iOS settings. For Android, the process of getting to contact tracing settings will be relatively straightforward. Users will to go to Settings - Google - Services - COVID-19 Exposure Notifications. This set of features was not yet active in Android at the time this article was scheduled to be released.

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Samsung Galaxy A51 arrives unlocked in the US with an extra reason to buy

Samsung Galaxy A51 arrives unlocked in the US with an extra reason to buy

Samsung's Galaxy A51 affordable midranger has arrived in the US, with the unlocked version of the Android smartphone promising carrier liberty. Launched earlier this month on Xfinity Mobile and AT&T, this unlocked version can be used with a much longer list of American carriers.

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Motorola Razr BOGO deal is tempting us to ignore our better judgment

Motorola Razr BOGO deal is tempting us to ignore our better judgment

The foldable Motorola Razr prompted a few winces with its bleeding-edge price tag when it launched, but now the company will sell you one for $750 - you just have to buy two at the same time. A new buy-one-get-one promotion promises two Razr for the price of one, though there are still some caveats to bear in mind.

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Samsung Galaxy A51 mid-range phone arrives at AT&T and Xfinity Mobile

Samsung Galaxy A51 mid-range phone arrives at AT&T and Xfinity Mobile

The Galaxy A51, a mid-range phone offering many features similar to the ones found on Samsung's higher-end models, is now available to purchase from Xfinity Mobile and AT&T. The version of the A51 available at this time features LTE connectivity -- if you're in the US, you'll have to wait until later this summer to get the 5G version. Though it's not at the same level as Samsung's latest flagships, there's a lot to like about the Galaxy A51.

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