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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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Android dark mode isn’t happening: Google blames miscommunication

Android dark mode isn’t happening: Google blames miscommunication

Google briefly made waves in the Android community today after a post in its forums said that a dark mode would be added to a future Android release. Users have been requesting this feature for years and now, finally, it seemed official. Otherwise cautious Android users got their hopes up, and now Google has come around to drag them back down. Dark mode isn't happening after all, folks.

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Android dark mode is official and will arrive in future update [UPDATE]

Android dark mode is official and will arrive in future update [UPDATE]

Night mode is popular enough that many apps, including Twitter, offer it as an optional feature. The aesthetic aside, a dark mode could help save battery life, making it a popular request from Android users. Anyone with an Android device can enable a dark mode on their tablet or smartphone, but doing so requires a third-party app. Not interested in using one of those apps? Android itself may soon have an alternative.

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iPhone SOS feature blamed for hundreds of false 911 calls

iPhone SOS feature blamed for hundreds of false 911 calls

A single facility seems to be at fault for hundreds of false alarm 911 calls from Apple devices over the past few months. A report from Elk Grove, California suggests that 911 dispatch in the area took approximately 20 accidental 911 calls a day from Apple since October of 2017. Police reportedly said that calls are all coming from a single Apple repair and refurbishing center off Laguna Boulevard.

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Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update returns starting in Germany

Galaxy S8 Android Oreo update returns starting in Germany

Samsung has just relaunched the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. The company had previously launched the latest software for Galaxy owners, but pulled it soon after due to an issue. Users have expressed frustration at the lack of an update, but Samsung has apparently been working hard and now it is pushing out the corrected version of its firmware.

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Google View Image: how to get it back

Google View Image: how to get it back

Google just recently stripped away its View Image button, as well as the Search by Image functionality, and none were too happy about it. While no one will probably deny that it may have been abused, users felt that the search giant bent the knee to a company who may be more concerned about generating page hits than user convenience. Google, however, isn’t exactly innocent on that matter either. Don’t worry, there are ways to bring those features back, though how long they will last is probably a bigger question.

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Flight Sim Labs’ DRM tool could collect Google Chrome passwords

Flight Sim Labs’ DRM tool could collect Google Chrome passwords

Piracy is a problem that has hounded the entertainment and software industry for decades and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel yet. Different people have different opinions on how to cut or at least curb it and tools have come and gone with mixed effectiveness. One software maker, however, may have gone a bit too far in its quest stop a pirate. Popular slight sim maker Flight Sim Labs admitted to shipping an installer that included a tool that, under very specific circumstances, would collect a specific user’s passwords stored on Google Chrome and send them back to the company.

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Apple iOS 11.2.6 fixes iPhone Telugu message crash bug

Apple iOS 11.2.6 fixes iPhone Telugu message crash bug

Apple has pushed out an iPhone update, iOS 11.2.6, fixing the Telugu character bug that left iOS messaging apps crashing. The new patch comes less than a week after Apple confirmed the problem, which affected not only the company's own Messages app but third-party messaging software like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, and WhatsApp.

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Adobe Creative Cloud: 2 years later, I begrudgingly submit

Adobe Creative Cloud: 2 years later, I begrudgingly submit

I use Photoshop almost every day of my life, and for the past two years, I've used Adobe Creative Cloud. When the cloud services for the whole Adobe app suite were first announced, I had reservations. Partially because I'd been using my very very old copy of Photoshop from a half-decade ago and it hadn't caused me any major trouble until then. Partially because I didn't realize how much I'd use Adobe apps if they were available in the way the company made them available with Adobe Creative Cloud.

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Google exposes an Edge bug Microsoft still hasn’t patched

Google exposes an Edge bug Microsoft still hasn’t patched

Google security researchers have revealed a security flaw in Microsoft Edge, making the issue public before a fix for the browser has been released. The problem in the Windows 10 browser was identified by Google's Project Zero team, a group of researchers and analysts that, since mid-2014, has been tasked with digging out flaws and zero-day vulnerabilities in code both inside and outside of the company.

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Twitter for Mac officially discontinued: here are alternatives

Twitter for Mac officially discontinued: here are alternatives

Twitter's Mac software has never been great; it's 1.5-star rating in the App Store underscores that fact. Rather than putting in the effort to improve it, Twitter has decided to discontinue the software entirely. The company announced its plans in a tweet, saying that the app is no longer available to new users, but existing users have a grace period.

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Pixel 2 owners report warm temps, low battery life after update

Pixel 2 owners report warm temps, low battery life after update

Following a recent software update, some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners are reporting issues with warm phones and decreased battery life. Reports are appearing at various online destinations, including Google's own Pixel forums, Twitter, and Reddit. For most users, a higher temperature appears to be the primary complaint.

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