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Essential Phone Oreo update Android 8.1 just released

Essential Phone Oreo update Android 8.1 just released

Today Essential released Android 8.1 Oreo to the Essential Phone PH-1 for all users. Users will find this update available for them in the device's settings under System - System Update. This version of the operating system includes a wide variety of interesting if not helpful little features that weren't available to the Essential Phone PH-1 before. It's just a little bit more tasty than it was just before this update.

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Apple buys Texture, the Netflix of magazine subscriptions

Apple buys Texture, the Netflix of magazine subscriptions

Apple has acquired Texture, a digital magazine subscription service that promises to do for periodicals what Apple Music has done for all-you-can-eat music. Currently offering more than 200 different magazine titles, Texture launched back in 2010 and now includes GQ, Car and Driver, Vanity Fair, and National Geographic, among others.

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Download Android P update aesthetics without the headache

Download Android P update aesthetics without the headache

There's a theme out there in the wild that allows Android devices to look like they're running Android P without the headache of the Dev build. Instead of running Google's newest software in its developer preview (read: pre-beta) form, users are downloading a theme for Android called "Flux White." This theme was made before Android P, but just so happens to look extremely similar.

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Android P looks great! Here’s why you shouldn’t get it yet

Android P looks great! Here’s why you shouldn’t get it yet

Yesterday Google released their first public software builds for Android P, for developers. The software looks pretty great - if users can appreciate the tiny detail changes as such. But there's something that's not entirely obvious up front, as its presented by Android blogs aplenty. Non-developer users shouldn't download Android P at all - not yet, at least. Developers of Android apps, by all means download and utilize - everyone else: now's the time to let bloggers do all the hard work for you.

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Windows 10 S Mode details confirmed and explained

Windows 10 S Mode details confirmed and explained

When Microsoft announced Windows 10 S, along with a small army laptops aimed at education and business markets, it wasn’t exactly surprising. Microsoft was on a quest to reclaim lost market share from Google’s Chrome OS. Microsoft’s messaging, however, had customers scratching their heads in confusion. To end that confusion, and complaints about fees for “upgrading” from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro, Microsoft is simplifying its strategy and is simply calling it an “S mode” available to all Windows 10 editions soon.

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Android P preview download: Wild new features incoming

Android P preview download: Wild new features incoming

Today Google released the first Android P developer preview, and with it a whole new collection of next-gen features. In this preview for the next major operating system from Google, Android prepared itself for the next generation in mobile hardware. As such, it includes oddities like support for two OR MORE physical cameras, HDR VP9 Video, HEIF image compression, and display cutout support - that's support for a notch, a split, or even a set of extra-curved corners (like in Pixel 2.)

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Linux on Windows: here are the distros in Windows Store

Linux on Windows: here are the distros in Windows Store

Technically speaking, it has always been possible to run different flavors of Linux on top of Windows. None of those methods have been easy, much less official. Especially considering how the old guard at Redmond was almost viciously antagonistic towards the open source operating system. So when Microsoft announced its efforts to bring a slice of Linux to Windows 10 via the Windows Subsystem for Linux, it was almost like hell froze over yet again and something that probably wouldn’t last. Now it seems that WSL is serious and seriously here to stay, with heavyweights like Debian and Kali Linux joining other Linux distros available on the Windows Store.

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Cortana Outlook support tipped in testing for Android and iOS

Cortana Outlook support tipped in testing for Android and iOS

Microsoft offers Android and iOS apps for its Outlook email product, and soon those apps will support the company's digital assistant Cortana, at least according to sources speaking about the matter. Once the integration goes live, Outlook users on Android and iOS will be able to ask Cortana to read their emails, get email from specific individuals, get email updates, and more.

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Spotify Premium hackers just got this stern warning

Spotify Premium hackers just got this stern warning

This week Spotify made clear that they are not fans of the apparently quite relevant number of users hacking their way into free services. Users downloaded hacked apps and ran services which allowed Spotify Premium to be used without paying the Spotify Premium fee. As such, Spotify was rather displeased, and released a message to all those would-be thieves.

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Android may soon end telemarketing forever

Android may soon end telemarketing forever

Google may soon stop forever the incessant cold calls for profit that've plagued mankind for decades. The end of this madness may be ending at an Android level. In the newest build of Android P, the next version of Android, users have discovered mentions of "Enhanced Call Blocking" - three words that'll send telemarketing czars into head spins the likes of which their heads have never before experienced.

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Chrome Music Lab Song Maker puts a synthesizer in your browser

Chrome Music Lab Song Maker puts a synthesizer in your browser

Browsers are no longer just about display web pages and cat GIFs. Browser makers are extending both their software and the Web itself to accommodate all sorts of content and interaction, some of them more sensible than others. Google has tons of Chrome Experiments aimed to both show off and push the Chrome browser to its limits. It’s latest, however, is probably the most fun and addictive. Chrome Music Lab’s Song Maker is exactly what it sounds but it sounds even better when you actually use it.

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Google IO 2018 events schedule released: Device Future Teasing

Google IO 2018 events schedule released: Device Future Teasing

This morning Google posted their event schedule for Google I/O 2018, showing the many ways in which they'll invigorate their developer masses. The schedule is set for Monday the 7th of May until the 10th of May, 2018. The first day - the 7th - will be exclusively all about pickup of badges. There won't be any keynotes about how to pick up one's badge, as developers are expected to know how to pick up their badge as a basic everyday user skill - it's easy.

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