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Google Maps iOS update adds iPhone X support

Google Maps iOS update adds iPhone X support

Google Maps has received an update on iOS that adds support for the iPhone X's display. With the support comes a better experience for iPhone X users, though all iOS users benefit thanks to some bug fixes tossed into the mix. Google hasn't gone into detail about what those bug fixes pertain to, saying only that they improve the user's ability to find new places and travel to them.

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BLU bricks phones, ignores complaints [UPDATE]

BLU bricks phones, ignores complaints [UPDATE]

An implosion of the midrange Android smartphone company BLU is occurring before our eyes. BLU released a software update this week for its BLU Life One X2 smartphone. That software encrypted said phones and locked out their users, rendering devices useless. That wouldn't be the worst situation in the world of software flubs, but days without comment might well be.

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Android Cheeseburger Emoji fixed: Our long national nightmare is over

Android Cheeseburger Emoji fixed: Our long national nightmare is over

Thank goodness, some good news is finally here - Google's taken the time to correct an egregious error. Before today, the Google-designed emoji for the *burger* had its ingredients out of order. It went bun, lettuce, tomato, burger, cheese, bun. That's complete madness of course - the correct order has the cheese ABOVE the burger, to ensure maximum taste and minimum soggy bun.

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Android 8.1 released to the select, elite few

Android 8.1 released to the select, elite few

Today the final preview version of Android 8.1 Oreo was released to those users that've opted in to the program. This version of Android brings features to Android Go, Neural Networks API features for a number of devices, and enhancements based on user feedback. This version of Android brings power to Google Pixel and Google Nexus devices right off the bat.

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Pixel Launcher update brings new features to old phones

Pixel Launcher update brings new features to old phones

This week the standard Pixel Launcher for Android devices was released with a whole bunch of new features. These features were previously only available on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, two devices released by Google late this year. Most of the feature updates come in the redesign of the home screen, and go first to the Pixel and Pixel XL from 2016.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 release day in-game purchase updates

Star Wars Battlefront 2 release day in-game purchase updates

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 had some changes announced this week just before release day. As such, we're going to run down what you're going to need to expect from the game when release day arrives. Instead of the mess of a set of in-game micro-transactions originally available in the early release of the game, all in-game purchases have been turned off, for now.

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Google Docs is down: Here’s when it’ll be back [Update: It’s back!]

Google Docs is down: Here’s when it’ll be back [Update: It’s back!]

Google Docs was knocked out earlier today for some users in multiple regions around the world. This down time was classified by Google as a mid-level issue - a Service Disruption - rather than a full Service Outage. At the time this article is set to be published, most users will be well on their way back to full service, all around the world.

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Firefox just released their most speedy update ever

Firefox just released their most speedy update ever

This week the folks at Firefox released Firefox Quantum, an update to their web browser that makes the internet seem faster. It actually is a little bit faster for the end user, as it were, and Mozilla's efforts make for the biggest update since the first version of the Firefox web browser. It's actually pretty impressive.

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iOS 11.1.1 release fixes iPhone’s weird “i” autocorrect

iOS 11.1.1 release fixes iPhone’s weird “i” autocorrect

Today Apple fixed one of the strangest errors in code the company's likely ever had to deal with. The newest version of iOS corrects the software's autocorrection of the letter "i." Autocorrect of the letter I in its lower-cased form became quite a significant sort of nonsense for users over the past week, as you can imagine, since most users aren't too keen on making certain every I is capitalized.

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Pokemon GO Halloween has one more surprise today

Pokemon GO Halloween has one more surprise today

Pokemon GO has one more Halloween event surprise coming to users around the globe this morning. That is the release of the third and final Shiny Pokemon in the new Gen 3 Ghost and Dark type collection. The third Shiny monster in this set is Shuppet, a Pokemon that basically looks like a butterscotch candy covered with a wrapper and a spike in its head.

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Google Lens app download out for Pixel and rooted Android

Google Lens app download out for Pixel and rooted Android

Google Lens was made available to Android devices this week through Google Photos. This app within an app, as it might appear, isn't available to just anyone - only those savvy enough to root their device and install the files through the back door. As always with this sort of thing, I must warn the average user that this process can result in the bricking of one's phone - in other words, if one does not know what this process is all about in the first place, one should be exceedingly cautious.

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New Kindle App aims for more rewarding reading

New Kindle App aims for more rewarding reading

Amazon released what amounts to a full reboot of their Kindle app this week, for both Android and iOS. This new version of said app includes a fully redesigned inside and out, making a bunch of relatively small adjustments all add up to one major change. This version of the app taps into the Goodreads community, too, allowing users to learn from friends' reading habits and rate their own books on an already-established platform.

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