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iFixit Surface Duo teardown finds some unsurprising bad news

iFixit Surface Duo teardown finds some unsurprising bad news

The Surface Duo is here and that can only mean one thing: iFixit has completed a teardown of it. Foldable devices like the Surface Duo have generally received pretty lousy repairability scores from the folks at iFixit, so can the Surface Duo be the device that finally turns it around? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is "no, it cannot."

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Pokemon Sword & Shield on Android shown in curious emulator demo

Pokemon Sword & Shield on Android shown in curious emulator demo

Today there's a bit of a "shady" project in the mix that runs Nintendo Switch games on Android phones. This project is not something you can get your hands on easily, and we certainly would not recommend that you attempt to do so. It would appear that the project utilizes Nintendo coding that was obtained with means that weren't entirely on-the-level, if you know what I mean.

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Motorola G9 Plus shows us what Moto’s missing in the USA

Motorola G9 Plus shows us what Moto’s missing in the USA

The Motorola Moto G9 Plus (XT2087-1) was revealed today with a 6.8-inch FHD+ display. This device isn't quite as major a deal to us as was the release of the Moto G9, largely because of the price. Where the Moto G9 was an extremely reasonable price at (approximately) $154 (converted from Indian rupee), the Moto G9 Plus will be released in Brazil for R$2.499,10 - converted to USD right this minute, that's approximately $468.

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Pixel 3 battery breaking backs, portent fire

Pixel 3 battery breaking backs, portent fire

This week it's become apparent that the first few reports of a broken back panel on Google Pixel 3 devices weren't isolated incidents. If you believe your Google Pixel 3 or Google Pixel 3 XL is thicker today than it was when you first obtained it - now's the time to take action. An expanding battery is NOT a small matter, and NOT something you'll be able to ignore for long.

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Android 11 Go edition released for “more devices”

Android 11 Go edition released for “more devices”

Today Google's Android 11 software roll-out was expanded to devices that run Android Go. This means that devices that run Android Go, while not running the "full" Android experience, can now (potentially) get a slightly newer experience with new features. This Android 11 (Go edition) system is available for smartphones as of this morning.

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Huawei Watch Fit looks like a stretched out Apple Watch with 10-day battery

Huawei Watch Fit looks like a stretched out Apple Watch with 10-day battery

The most interesting smartwatch revealed this year has to be the Huawei Watch Fit. This device comes in several different colors, has a rectangular face, and works with its own unique operating system. This is easily the most sleek looking smartwatch we've yet seen with this sort of... stretched look to it - with 1.64-inches of AMOLED goodness therein.

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Huawei FreeBuds Pro price takes swipe at AirPods Pro

Huawei FreeBuds Pro price takes swipe at AirPods Pro

The release date and the price of the newly revealed Huawei FreeBuds Pro take direct aim at Apple's AirPods Pro here in late summer 2020. Huawei FreeBuds Pro were announced today as the "world's first true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones to support intelligent dynamic noise cancellation." That means they're ready to roll with both a hardware and a software-integrated solution for dynamic noise cancellation for their user.

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Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 beta release dates revealed to battle Android and iOS

Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 beta release dates revealed to battle Android and iOS

Huawei appears to be in a position now to bring heat to their biggest competitors in Google and Apple. Whether or not by necessity, Huawei's moving forward with their alternative to Android, HarmonyOS, with a version of the operating system coming to smartphones this December. That means that before the end of 2020, Huawei's releasing their biggest stand-alone effort in the smartphone market yet.

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New Motorola Razr is 2020’s 5G foldable do-over

New Motorola Razr is 2020’s 5G foldable do-over

This afternoon Motorola revealed the new Motorola RAZR 5G, a second-generation foldable display smartphone. This device is very similar to its immediate predecessor, with a few feature upgrades to make the case for a new model, including 5G connectivity. Motorola's decided to continue on with their strategy of recalling the hype of the original RAZR flip phone with some marketing materials that effectively say that July of 2004 was a very, very long time ago.

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The Android 11 statue is here, there, and everywhere

The Android 11 statue is here, there, and everywhere

Google revealed a statue for the release of Android 11 this week, complete with an augmented reality experience for your phone. Google used to make a slightly bigger deal of revealing a special statue at the launch of each new version of Android, each with their own unique desert. The donut, the Oreo, the Nougat, and so forth. The latest statue is... the number 11.

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Apple event on September 15th: What to expect

Apple event on September 15th: What to expect

Apple may toss a wrench into expectations for their next big event. Where before this week it was expected that Apple would soon reveal the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, rumors today suggest that we'll see an iPad and an Apple Watch instead. Could this be a major upset for iPhone fans looking to upgrade to a new model this Fall, or is this just a sign that Apple's switching up their game just a little bit?

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The most killer Android 11 feature is Quick Access Device Controls

The most killer Android 11 feature is Quick Access Device Controls

With Android 11, Google created a halfway point between the user and a variety of "control apps." The first major control app that'll utilize this most powerful Android 11 feature is Google Home. The feature's formal name is "Quick Access Device Controls" and it may change the way you use your smartphone, in a big way, from this point forward.

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