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HomePod hands-on review: a smart speaker that sounds better

HomePod hands-on review: a smart speaker that sounds better

Shots have been fired at Apple just hours before its HomePod smart speaker is due to open for pre-order, as rival Sonos cuts the price of its own speaker , offering two for the price of Apple's . So now the battle begins as the market decides what it wants more in a smart speaker device. This is when Apple showed us that it moves more like a huge ship turning in the ocean instead of an agile one turning on a dime. Read More

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Audiobooks now available on Google Play Store

Audiobooks now available on Google Play Store

The company said Tuesday it is releasing audiobooks on Google Play in nine languages across 45 countries. On Google Play , you can buy a single audiobook at an affordable price, with no commitments. Rowling, Fire & Fury by Michaelk Wolff and "1984" by George Orwell. People can buy a single audiobook at a time and without any commitment to buy more, said Greg Hartrell, head of product management at Google Play Books in a blog January 23. Read More

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Tim Cook Says iPhone Users Can Turn Off Throttling -- Soon

Tim Cook Says iPhone Users Can Turn Off Throttling -- Soon

After Apple was forced to apologize for intentionally slowing down the performance of older iPhones, the company's CEO is now saying customers will soon have the choice to stop battery throttling for good. Currently, iOS will warn users if their battery is substantially decayed, but will not notify them of partial aging - even if that aging is severe enough to warrant the slowdown. Read More

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IOS Messaging Bug Can Freeze Your iPhone

IOS Messaging Bug Can Freeze Your iPhone

According to reports , the bug came into public knowledge through software developer Abraham Masri , who apparently found the bug while tinkering around the operating system and trying to input random characters into its internal code. It appears the bug works the same way similar problems have in the past; when you text a link, Apple's message program attempts to open the link in the background for easy access, overwhelming the app. Read More

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"Acer announces their latest 11" Chromebook ahead of CES 2018

Acer has gone with a passively cooled Intel Celeron CPU , which is completely silent and fine for loading a handful of browser tabs, but push it much harder and things will inevitably slow to a crawl. It has a fanless design that makes it quieter. The HP Chromebook laptops can also be charged through their USB Type-C ports. Out of the box you'll have support for Android apps, along with the regular Chrome apps and extensions. Read More

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Nvidia is launching a line of massive 65-inch gaming displays

Nvidia is launching a line of massive 65-inch gaming displays

Typically you want the largest, most immersive screen to game on, but before now, when you increase the size, you go down in tech specs, having to make compromises on the feature list. It looks as though several monitor manufacturers will build and sell the BFGD models, including Acer and HP. The display is also ready for HDR content, as it has a full direct-array backlight that's capable of delivering 1,000 cd/m² peak brightness, with local dimming functionality. Read More

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Apple faces lawsuit after admitting it slows down old iPhones

Bogdanovich and Speas are trying to get the case certified to cover all USA owners of iPhones older than the iPhone 8, according to CNBC . James Vlahakis, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in the Chicago lawsuit , said he has been contacted by more iPhone users who say they suffered the same problem and is considering amending the lawsuit to include a request for Apple to provide battery replacements or offer refunds to consumers who purchased devices unnecessarily. Read More

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Xiaomi Mi Fan sale: Best gadget deals for you

Xiaomi Mi Fan sale: Best gadget deals for you

He claims the 5.7-inch Redmi 5 and 5.99-inch Redmi 5 Plus are in fact the true successors to the Redmi Note 4 , with the Plus variant as a direct sequel. 1 ,499 and Rs. 799 , respectively. The Redmi Y1 Lite is Rs 6999, as its launch price. Another popular phone Mi A1gets a new Christmas-y avatar in Red which is also selling at a discount of Rs 2,000. Read More

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Google Nexus 6P receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update OTA in India

Google Nexus 6P receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update OTA in India

Under-the-hood, Android 8.1 enables the Pixel Visual Core for third-party apps, while there is support for the new Neural networks API for hardware accelerating on-device machine learning. As reported by Mashable , the Android Oreo 8.1 version is now available after several weeks of beta testing. In case you do not know, this is what described for nearly every Security patch update. Read More

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Facebook unveils messaging App for kids

Facebook unveils messaging App for kids

To use Messenger Kids, parents can download the app from the App Store and authenticate it with their own Facebook credentials, thereafter contacts can be added via the "Explore" section. Critics have claimed Messenger Kids is an attempt for the social network to shore up its next generation of users. Update: While Facebook is now working properly for most of the users, its messenger and chat services are still facing down time. Read More

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Alabama In; Ohio State Out In College Football Playoff

Alabama In; Ohio State Out In College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff Committee said the 31-point loss to the University of the Iowa was one of the factors why Ohio State was not selected for the tournament. This determined who will make the College Football Playoff, along with the other 21 teams that fill out the top 25. Urban Meyer's group made a play become the first two-loss semifinalist after Ohio State fell to No. Read More

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Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9, S9+ at CES in January

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9, S9+ at CES in January

It's likely the phones will use the Snapdragon 845 and the equivalent 10nm Exynos version in selected markets. Following in the footsteps of the iPhone X , the Galaxy S9 will also include a vertically-oriented dual camera system. Look, I'm not saying that that won't happen, it's just that every year we get a rumor around CES and the next Galaxy, yet I don't know that Samsung has ever mentioned a new Galaxy phone at CES. Read More

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Tencent: First Chinese Company to top $500 Billion Valuation

Tencent: First Chinese Company to top $500 Billion Valuation

The Hong Kong-listed internet giant, known for its WeChat messaging app and online games, saw shares rally to 420 Hong Kong dollars ($53.76) on Monday. Over the past year, several Tencent subsidiaries have also made stellar market debuts in Hong Kong and the U.S., most recently its online publishing platform China Literature, which almost doubled in price on its first trading day this month. Read More

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Apple has fixed that annoying 'i' glitch in iOS 11.1

Apple has fixed that annoying 'i' glitch in iOS 11.1

Apple says the issue happens when temperatures drop suddenly, and the firm is working on a fix. At this point, the screen does not work reliably in terms of registering touch-based inputs. Guidance offered by Apple on its website reads: 'Low or high temperature conditions might cause the device to change its behavior to regulate its temperature. Read More

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How to Use Files Go, Google's New AirDrop-Style File Sharing App

How to Use Files Go, Google's New AirDrop-Style File Sharing App

For those of you with 128GB phones, this may not be something you care about, but if you have a phone like the Moto X4 pictured above, this is exactly the type of app that could come in handy. For us, the Storage tab presented a card to free up 1.05GB of app cache, free up 274MB of large image files, free up 36B of downloaded files, and free up 25.53MB of duplicate files. Read More

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Apple Pay Cash Now Available in iOS 11.2 Beta 2

Apple Pay Cash Now Available in iOS 11.2 Beta 2

Apple's upcoming iOS 11 .2 update is now in beta and the current version delivers a nice list of changes including Apple Pay Cash, a fix for an annoying autocorrect bug, a fix for a calculator issue, and several other notable tweaks. There's no fee to use Apple Pay Cash with a debit card. Apple Pay Cash uses the debit or credit card linked to your Apple Pay account. How does Apple Pay Cash compare with competitors? Apple said in its support post the error will be fixed in a future ... Read More

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World Of Warcraft Classic And Battle Of Azeroth Expansion Announced

World Of Warcraft Classic And Battle Of Azeroth Expansion Announced

Sadly, this server will be a huge undertaking and probably won't be ready for a while, but the process can be sped up if anyone who owns one of the original server blades sends it back to Blizzard . The time for compromise has passed, however, and now Azeroth is on the brink of world war. Gamers will explore these islands with up to two other players, but no two experiences will be the same; even when players visit the same island twice, they will find new challenges and missions. Read More

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HTC U11 Life Android One phone launched: Specs, price and more

HTC U11 Life Android One phone launched: Specs, price and more

Aside from the bezel-less display (more on that later) the HTC U11 Plus is hauntingly familiar. The U11 Life - which aims to be the HTC U11's almost identical, cheaper sibling - comes with free headphones in the box called HTC USonic. The storage can be expanded via a micro-SD card in both cases. HTC U11+ is an answer to the Apple iPhone X , Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Read More

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Long queues outside Apple stores ahead of iPhone X launch

Long queues outside Apple stores ahead of iPhone X launch

Wall Street was looking for earnings of $1.87 a share on revenue of $46.9 billion. Longer queues are expected for the iPhone X launch on November 3. "We sold more iPhones than we expected", he said. If Apple falters, investors are likely to dump its stock after driving the shares up by 45 percent so far this year on the expectation that the iPhone X will be the company's biggest hit yet. Read More

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