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Smartphones are finally getting smart, but at whose expense?

Smartphones are finally getting smart, but at whose expense?

The latest Android update made it clear: Smartphones are, at last, getting smart. The intelligence we've craved for the past decade is essentially on our doorstep. This might be the most significant several years in the history of mobile smart devices. But most people won't even notice. It'll be through updates like the one we're talking about today that smartphones finally, truly, start to earn their name.

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Meet Mainline, Google’s most important Android update, ever

Meet Mainline, Google’s most important Android update, ever

The security of the software that runs on your smartphone is the most important element in the device. Without a fully updated and secure smartphone, all could potentially be lost, or worse. This week Google made it clear that they intend to take hold of Android security at the root. This initiative goes by the name of Project Mainline.

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iPhone update bringing back some double-screen magic

iPhone update bringing back some double-screen magic

A report this week suggests a number of new iOS feature updates in the very near future, one of which is radical. Of course anyone could point to any of the features and call them radical if they did so choose, but for me, the double-screen feature could be life-changing. Imagine being able to use any device to display and control any computer - that's within our grasp.

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Samsung’s Galaxy mishaps may halt wild new features: But that’s a good thing

Samsung’s Galaxy mishaps may halt wild new features: But that’s a good thing

We've got some insight on the future of the Galaxy smartphone line, today, and the news is good. If you're a fan of owning devices that last long and are as reliable as possible, you may want to keep your eye on Samsung. Or just keep safe the Samsung smartphone already in your hand. We've reached a plateau, and that's a good thing for users like you and I.

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Your iPhone’s new update is its most important in years

Your iPhone’s new update is its most important in years

If you're using an iPhone right now - and statistically, chances are pretty good you are - you'll be getting iOS 13 soon. Today the fourth iOS 12.3 Beta is out on some lucky users - and developers running this Developer Beta have already begun to explore. What we're most excited about with the iOS 13 release isn't the fixes and the prodding of the tiny details coming with each new Beta, it's the system-wide options it'll make available to users.

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Android Q update may hit Chromebooks before your phone

Android Q update may hit Chromebooks before your phone

If you've got a smartphone that you didn't buy in the last several months, you might not get the Android Q update before your best buddy's chromebook. One reason this is a distinct possibility is the nature of the update process. Because Google takes a big part in creating each new version of Android, but does not own every phone manufacturer, there are steps in place between here and there.

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The Android phone app has pre-call blocking at last

The Android phone app has pre-call blocking at last

The official Google Phone app has an update in the pipeline that'll bring far better call blocking features than Android's ever had before. This is the first sign we've seen of the update coming beyond behind-the-scenes testing, likely hitting public builds quite soon. It's quite likely this update will come to Android P first, then MAYBE back to older versions of Android after that.

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Fortnite gets iOS stability update, but voice chat remains disabled

Fortnite gets iOS stability update, but voice chat remains disabled

Epic Games has released Fortnite update 8.11.1 for iOS, bringing a number of important stability bug fixes. The update is part of an ongoing process to address performance issues that have plagued the iOS version of the game since Season 8's arrival. The update comes only days after Epic restored voice chat functionality on the Android version of Fortnite.

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Android Q beta: 10 significant changes

Android Q beta: 10 significant changes

Today is the Android Q Beta release for those brave enough to jump in head-first with their Pixel smartphone devices. The Android Q Beta release from Google informs on a set of changes that are in this Beta build. Right now we're running down 10 of the most significant changes to Android this software build offers the average user - such as yourself!

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Battle royale game H1Z1 rebranded ‘Z1BR’ with massive Season 3 update

Battle royale game H1Z1 rebranded ‘Z1BR’ with massive Season 3 update

The battle royale game H1Z1 has been rebranded with the name Z1BR alongside the launch of the game's third season. The change follows the transition announced back in September when it was revealed that the game would get a name change and had been transferred by Daybreak Games to a 'newly reformed' team. The game was notably struggling to retain players by early 2018 as Fortnite dominated the battle royale genre.

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Pocket Casts 7 for Android released in full

Pocket Casts 7 for Android released in full

This week Pocket Casts 7 was released for all Android users - past beta, past testing, ready to roll. This is easily the biggest update to the app since launch, allowing podcasts to be discovered, organized, and consumed with greater ease than in any past version. This update is available from the Google Play app store right now.

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Google-found MacOS security issue: How you can stay safe

Google-found MacOS security issue: How you can stay safe

There's a disclosure deadline between the point at which a security flaw is revealed to a company and the revealer's public disclosure. That's how it should be, anyway. This gives time to the company to fix the flaw before the flaw becomes public and inevitably exploited by malicious entities. In today's story, Google Project Zero developers showed Apple a flaw in MacOS, and the standard 90-day disclosure deadline was exceeded.

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