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Samsung DeX Station: 5 steps to release Galaxy S8’s desktop experience

Samsung DeX Station: 5 steps to release Galaxy S8’s desktop experience

The Samsung DeX Station is a dock for the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus which allows the "Samsung DeX" desktop software to work. This software is active within the Samsung Galaxy S8 family of devices and allows the owner of a Galaxy S8 smartphone to plug their phone in and compute on a larger scale. This system runs a desktop-like version of Android through the DeX Station - and the DeX Station itself must be purchased separate from the smartphone (unless packaged with the phone in later offerings).

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Windows 10 Creators Update release date finally announced

Windows 10 Creators Update release date finally announced

It's been a long time coming, but we finally have a release date for the Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft has been talking up this update for months now, unleashing the first significant details about the Creators Update way back in October. Now, after six solid months of hearing all about it, it's almost time for it to launch.

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Microsoft Excel gets co-authoring, OneNote improves ink math assistant

Microsoft Excel gets co-authoring, OneNote improves ink math assistant

Microsoft has announced some new changes arriving in Office 360, including a co-authoring feature inbound for Excel. The feature has gone live for Office Insiders Fast; it is likewise already available for Excel users on the Web, Windows Mobile, Android, and iOS. Mac users still have to wait for the feature, but Microsoft says it'll have that function available eventually. This new feature is joined by updates to OneNote and more.

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Pokemon GO Water Event update, plus how to get Red Gyarados

Pokemon GO Water Event update, plus how to get Red Gyarados

Shiny Pokemon have invaded Pokemon GO and the Pokeuniverse will never be the same - at least as far as shiny Magikarp is concerned. The one Pokemon that has the masses attention during the Pokemon GO Water Festival event going on now is Red Gyarados - also known as Ruby Gyarados or Shiny Gyarados. This alternate-color Gyarados comes from just one place: a Shiny Magikarp - and finding him or her is not particularly easy.

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Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

Android O Pixel Launcher released (unofficially) [APK Download]

The Pixel launcher has been torn from the heart of the Android O developer preview update released last week, APK’ed today. The one thing better than getting a whole new version of Android for those with little time on their hands is a launcher. In this case, it means getting the look and the feel of the newest and most updated smartphones in the world without going through the effort - or dishing out the cash - to get that experience in its original form. Today all you’ve got to do is download a file - sort of.

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Netflix now supports Firefox on Linux

Netflix now supports Firefox on Linux

Netflix does not officially support Linux, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used on the platform. Linux users have been able to play Netflix streaming content using Chrome on Linux for the last couple of years, and now there’s a new browser with the same ability: Firefox. Netflix itself announced the new support, saying that those using Linux should be able to play content using Firefox as of yesterday.

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A new way to get Special Items in Pokemon GO, guaranteed

A new way to get Special Items in Pokemon GO, guaranteed

This morning the folks at Niantic responsible for developing Pokemon GO have made one big change to Evolution Items. Also known as "Special Items" in the game, Evolution Items are a series of special items that only drop very rarely in the game from Pokestops. Or at least they were very rare in the past. Now they’ll be dropping one whole heck of a lot more commonly - at least for the time being.

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How to download Android O update features for your phone

How to download Android O update features for your phone

Today Google released Android O Developer Preview for smartphones of several types. Users that wish to partake in this download will want to pay attention to the warnings from Google made this afternoon. This release is different from those in the past in that it's specifically NOT part of the Android Beta program - instead, it's meant for developers extra-specifically.

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Apple Clips taps face recognition and AI to make social movies

Apple Clips taps face recognition and AI to make social movies

Apple has a new app for iPhone and iPad video editing, with Clips promising a simple way to create perfect content for Instagram, Facebook, and more. Set to hit the App Store in April, Clips won't replace iMovie for iOS, Apple's existing video editing app for its mobile devices. Instead, it'll offer a different - and in many ways much easier - way to put short videos together.

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Microsoft ‘Mac to Surface Assistant’ makes it easy to abandon Apple

Microsoft ‘Mac to Surface Assistant’ makes it easy to abandon Apple

Microsoft has quietly announced a new tool that makes it easy to abandon Mac in favor of its own Surface products. Aptly called ‘Mac to Surface Assistant,’ this tool allows macOS users to quickly back up folders of their own choosing to a USB flash drive or hard drive, which can then be used to transfer the content to a Surface laptop as a single ZIP file.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will push updates to users with limited connections

Windows 10 Creators Update will push updates to users with limited connections

Windows 10 has had its fair share of controversy over the way it downloads and forces system updates, and while it's gotten better over time, the upcoming Creators Update looks to make the issue a hot topic once again. While these changes won't be an issue for those with a stable internet connection, it will be of concern for users with limited service. To put it simply, Windows will force downloads of essential updates even when using a metered connection.

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This Google algorithm shrinks JPEGs without ruining their quality

This Google algorithm shrinks JPEGs without ruining their quality

JPEG files are, by their nature, lossy and of lesser quality than things like TIFF. However, even JPEGs can have excellent quality…if you’re not picky about file size. Problems start when you require both a certain level of quality, a certain resolution, and a certain maximum file size. Compressing a photo to reduce its file size is simple, but maintaining its high quality at the same time is tricky. Thusly enters Google’s new Guetzli tool.

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