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Samsung acquires Corephotonics as Apple court case continues

Samsung acquires Corephotonics as Apple court case continues

Usable features in a smartphone component are important - and nowhere more universally important to consumers than in the device's camera. The camera hardware and software must work together to bring the magic - at all points, in all conditions. As such, Samsung's acquired the company called Corephotonics, a company that suggests it's able to create in-focus and sharp photos no matter the amount of zoom.

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AirBuddy is the AirPods app Apple should’ve made

AirBuddy is the AirPods app Apple should’ve made

Apple's super-streamlined pairing and management of AirPods on iOS devices only has one real annoyance: it highlights how less elegant the process is on macOS. New app AirBuddy aims to fix that, though, replicating the simple way that iOS shows AirPods battery status and connectivity for your Mac.

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Google IO 2019 conference details revealed in coded messages

Google IO 2019 conference details revealed in coded messages

Today we're taking a peek at the coded messages Google's sent with regard to its 2019 Google I/O developers conference. The conference will be taking place on May 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2019, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Those are the basic details - from there it gets interesting.

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iOS 12.2 beta 1 brings ‘Hey Siri’ feature for anticipated AirPods 2

iOS 12.2 beta 1 brings ‘Hey Siri’ feature for anticipated AirPods 2

Today brought the release of iOS 12.2 beta 1 for developers, and with it came a new feature: a 'Hey Siri' interface believed to be for the upcoming (and unofficial) AirPods 2. The setup screen is said to appear when setting up the device, enabling users to summon Siri using AirPods in addition to an iPhone and the 'Hey Siri' phrase. The feature's appearance indicates the next AirPods iteration is near.

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Microsoft Office 365 apps finally arrive on Mac App Store

Microsoft Office 365 apps finally arrive on Mac App Store

Microsoft Office apps have finally arrived in the Mac App Store, the company announced today. Microsoft had originally vowed to bring its Office software to the Mac App Store by the end of last year, but missed that original deadline by a few weeks. As of now, Mac owners can directly download Microsoft Office through Apple's software portal, but they'll need an Office 365 subscription for certain products.

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Adobe just bought in big on gaming

Adobe just bought in big on gaming

This morning Adobe acquired Allegorithmic, the makers of the application family called Substance. With this buy, Adobe just became a big name in 3D textures and material creation in both video game and major motion picture video post-production. This is in essence the most major power move of the year (so far) with respect to gaming from the tools end of the industry.

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Windows 10 Mobile gets its end-of-life date

Windows 10 Mobile gets its end-of-life date

Microsoft is preparing to say goodbye to Windows 10 Mobile, warning hold-outs that their smartphones will no longer get support by the end of the year. The ill-fated phone platform failed to make a significant dent in iPhone and Android sales, and indeed now Microsoft is recommending that owners migrate to Apple or Google's platforms.

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Google is raising some G Suite prices by 20-percent

Google is raising some G Suite prices by 20-percent

Google is hiking the price of two of its G Suite subscriptions, its collection of apps that replace Microsoft Office, support video conferencing, and live chat. It's the first price increase for the services in a decade, the search giant says. Depending on which plan you're on, you could see the cost rise by 20-percent.

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GoPro Fusion camera beta firmware adds 5.8K/24fps capture support

GoPro Fusion camera beta firmware adds 5.8K/24fps capture support

GoPro has released a new public beta firmware update for its Fusion camera, enabling a 5.8K capture resolution resulting in 5.6K spherical footage. According to GoPro, the new support results in the most "cinematic quality" produced by the Fusion camera to date, something made even better by support for recording at 24fps.

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First Android Q features revealed, including Dark Mode

First Android Q features revealed, including Dark Mode

Today Android Q begins to spill, and all of its lovely insides - Android smartphone and tablet features - begin to leak all over the place. The next version of Android comes after Android Pie, and will likely be called something like Quiche or Queijadinha, or might just be the end of desserts as names altogether. Inside the first leaks of Android Q, one of the most key features appeared - finally, after long last. It's time - or might be time - for Android's Dark Mode.

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PostmarketOS brings old Androids back to life with Linux

PostmarketOS brings old Androids back to life with Linux

This week the creators of postmarketOS came out of the shadows to show what they've been making for the past year. The software system they've created takes old Android devices - and some new - and boots an alternate operating system. This is a Linux distro that boots working software to Android devices that would otherwise be long outside their final official software update.

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64-bit time: Old Android apps about to pull the plug

64-bit time: Old Android apps about to pull the plug

It's that time in the world of Android - time to pull the plug on Android apps not prepared properly for the coming of 64-bit CPUs. It's not as if these newer, faster computing processors aren't already here in Android devices. They've been here before - and they're not going away any time soon. As such, Google's announced their "TIME'S UP" marker for apps that haven't made way for 64-bit hardware - the future of smartphones in general, that is to say.

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