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Apple vs Samsung case reignited: $119.6 million owed (again)

Apple vs Samsung case reignited: $119.6 million owed (again)

An appeals court this week says that Apple is once again in a position to demand $119.6 million USD from Samsung for patent infringement. The original verdict was thrown out earlier this year - back in February - but in an 8-3 ruling the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed that order. They went on to suggest that Samsung could be liable for even more cash, depending on whether the trial judge says that Samsung did any intentional copyright infringement.

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The best Android phone is now Google’s Pixel

The best Android phone is now Google’s Pixel

Google made clear this week that they're ready to center their attention on one smartphone: the Pixel. Android will continue to be updated, they'll continue to have teams dedicated to working with 3rd-party manufacturers of Android devices, but here comes the big break. It's time. Google may not have made a formal declaration of their intentions to take the throne, but they're most certainly gunning for it. The Google Pixel phone is about to be the device that's all the best in Google's services and hardware, all at once.

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macOS Sierra starts automatic downloads, not automatic install

macOS Sierra starts automatic downloads, not automatic install

No, there’s no need to sharpen those pitchforks or light up the torches. While it may sound like Apple is doing a Microsoft, it’s really only doing a half. Apparently, starting this week, Apple will automatically download macOS 10.12, a.k.a. Sierra, on compatible Macs and MacBooks. While it might indeed feel like Apple is aggressively pushing Sierra out to more users, it is steering clear from the PR mess that was Windows 10. In other words, Apple is, at least, not installing the new macOS version automatically.

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Firefox plays around with mini video, screenshot sharing features

Firefox plays around with mini video, screenshot sharing features

Web browsers have practically become operating systems and desktop environments. Just look at Chrome OS. While Firefox OS hasn’t exactly taken on a similar form, and is, in fact, practically dead, Mozilla isn’t stopping in giving its own web browser some extra power so that you won’t have to leave Firefox just for some menial tasks. Expanding its Test Pilot group of experimental features Mozilla is giving Firefox the ability to play videos in a smaller window at a corner of your screen or take and immediately share screenshots, all within Firefox, of course.

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iOS update 10.0.2 released: here’s what’s new

iOS update 10.0.2 released: here’s what’s new

This morning the first update to iOS 10 was released for all major Apple mobile products. This update will be released to iPhones and iPads in an over-the-air update, meaning users will not need to connect to their notebooks or desktop computers with iTunes to update. This update is relatively minor, but does fix up a number of bugs that've been discovered in the first week the operating system has been out in the world officially.

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BlueStacks streams Android apps from desktop to Facebook Live

BlueStacks streams Android apps from desktop to Facebook Live

Last April, BlueStacks, the popular Android platform that lets you run Android apps and games right on your desktop, got into the live streaming gig with Twitch.tv integration. Now it is taking that a step further by offering another venue for sharing those live videos. While it may seem at first brush that Facebook Live integration is simply yet another livestreaming platform, it does offer one critical feature not found on Twitch. Like on Facebook Live itself, BlueStacks TV allows broadcasters to choose who can view their streams, be it the entire Interwebs or just their family and friends.

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How the Yahoo mail hack affects you, and what to do

How the Yahoo mail hack affects you, and what to do

Today is was revealed that Yahoo experienced a breach of account names and passwords of epic proportions. Now we're running down the ways which users - any user of Yahoo products of all sorts, with Yahoo accounts - should move forward. This includes password changing. This includes the potential use of Yahoo's Account Key. It includes not having a heart attack about the situation while, at the same time, understanding that one's account breach could mean some very serious things.

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Google Allo released with iMessage’s biggest mistake

Google Allo released with iMessage’s biggest mistake

Apple was sued in May of 2014 for an iMessage texting snafu that was the bane of mobile carrier help desk assistants' existence. "Why am I not getting my text messages," they'd say, "I was getting them just fine on my iPhone, now on this Android phone I can't see them." Google is making a mistake at the launch of Google Allo - routing messages - including SMS messages - through their own servers, capturing one's phone number in the process.

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Pixel Android UI expands beyond displays in next-gen Google VR

Pixel Android UI expands beyond displays in next-gen Google VR

Google's next move with Android looks beyond the display of the smartphone and expands on in to the virtual realm. Right off the side of the screen goes the user interface, buttons, controllers and all, in a series of images made public by the USPTO after submission from Google earlier this year. These images show the future of Google's VR initiatives - Cardboard, Daydream, and the rest. Inside is not just virtual reality, but augmented reality, and mixed reality as well.

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Pokemon GO Buddy Update released: APK download, chart, dates

Pokemon GO Buddy Update released: APK download, chart, dates

The Pokemon GO Buddy Update is live - but not for everyone all at once. Updates are being blasted out in waves for Android users, while the iOS population - for iPhone and iPad - needs to wait just a bit longer. Today we've had our first look at and play with the Pokemon GO Buddy Update, and we've got a bit of a hands-on and first impressions to share. We've also got directions for those trainers that wish to get their hands on the Pokemon GO Buddy Update as fast as possible. Downloads are indeed available if users know where to look.

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Pokemon GO Update : root fix (and jailbroken fix for Buddy Pokemon)

Pokemon GO Update : root fix (and jailbroken fix for Buddy Pokemon)

Over the weekend a "fix" has been released for the most recent update to Pokemon GO for iOS and Android. A "fix", that is, for the update's new dousing of efforts in playing by devices that are either rooted or jailbroken. While many of these devices have been used with Pokemon GO to location spoof, see Pokemon with a PokeVision-like Pokemon radar, or otherwise cheat, some haven't. Some users root their Android device or jailbreak their iPhone for entirely other purposes, and play Pokemon GO in a completely legit manner.

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TiVo unveils next-gen interface with predictions and fast content access

TiVo unveils next-gen interface with predictions and fast content access

TiVo has introduced its next-generation user interface, an offering that will better meet the wants and needs of modern users and bring with it some new features like Predictions. According to the company, this next-gen interface is designed to bring content from a bunch of different sources together. In addition, the UX will offer predictions about what it thinks you may want to watch based on your content viewing habits, as well as what time of the day it is and what device is being used to watch the shows.

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