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The Samsung Galaxy Watch is Cute, But Way Too Big

At Samsung’s Unpacked event, the company confirmed what we already knew, and announced its Samsung Galaxy Note 9 phablet. It also announced a new wearable: The Samsung Galaxy Watch, the fourth device in Samsung’s line of wearable gadgets. With LTE connectivity, a slew of new health features, and three different colours, it seems Samsung is stuffing every feature it can find inside the thing. It’s a bit on the large side, however, though it does look like a fine piece of horology (as long as you plan on ditching the band). Read More >>

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If This Leak Is Legit, the Pixel 3 XL Will Be Google’s Ugliest Phone Yet

If you’re worried that Google might change its mind about including the hated notch on its rumoured Pixel 3 smartphone, don’t be: You’re still getting that terrible notch, if this alleged unboxing of a Pixel 3 XL is the real deal. Read More >>

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Snapchat Files All-Caps DMCA Takedown After the Source Code It Leaked Hit Github

A portion of Snapchat’s source code was leaked and hosted on the code repository platform GitHub (recently acquired by Microsoft) before a copyright takedown request from Snap led the company to remove the offending leak. Read More >>

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The Cost of Buying a £100 Phone

No one gets a cheap phone because they want to have a sub-par experience filled with stuttering and lagging apps. People get cheap phones because they’re cheap, and usually work just enough to justify the low price point. Take the Alcatel 1X, for example. It’s neither novel nor intriguing. It’s not trying to impress you. Hell, it runs on an operating system designed explicitly for underpowered devices. But it’s £100, and that sure is cheap. Whether you can stomach how cheap it feels is another thing entirely. Read More >>

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Musical.ly is Dead, Existing Features to be Rolled into TikTok

Musical.ly, the lip-syncing video creation app harnessing the heinous amounts of free time teens possess (with mixed results), has grown considerably since its 2014 launch. But just like the transition from middle to high school, sometimes it’s time for a reboot. Yesterday, Musical.ly was shut down, and its users are being migrated to TikTok, a similar video creation platform owned by Musical.ly’s parent company, Bytedance. Don’t worry, teens, your content is safe, and pretty soon the platform will be even safer. Read More >>

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Facebook Starts Showing You How Much Time You Waste on Facebook

Facebook is finally releasing its time-management feature, which will definitely not make you feel bad about yourself. Read More >>

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Now Every Alexa Device Should Know Which One You’re Yelling At

Keeping multiple voice assistants in your home can lead to the occasional misfire, causing a far-flung device in the bedroom to react while you’re attempting to extract the weather forecast from the one in your living room. Amazon addressed this quirk with its own Echo devices in 2016, and now it’s bringing that improved listening functionality to all third-party devices. Every Alexa-enabled gadget should finally be on the same page when you ask a question in your assistant-laden home of the future. Read More >>

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Here’s Why Google Chrome Is Telling You Your Favourite Sites Aren’t Secure

Google’s throwing its weight around and using its latest edition of its Chrome browser to make the web a little safer by shaming sites that haven’t implemented the more secure data transfer protocol HTTPS--which keeps bad actors from digitally watching over your shoulder as you browser. BBC reported the browser’s URL bar will not show the phrase “Not secure” when visiting sites that have failed to implement HTTPS. It could be the kick in the pants companies need to finally secure those websites. Read More >>

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Japan’s Emperor Is Stepping Down Soon, Which Could Cause Major Headaches for Computer Calendars

For most people, resigning from your job doesn’t necessitate the invention of any new computer characters, just a new Twitter bio. But as The Guardian reports, when Emperor Akihito, Japan’s current ruler, abdicates the Chrysanthemum Throne next year, that’s exactly what the country will need. Currently, there’s no computer character available to represent the next era on the Japanese calendar, which will honour current Crown Prince Naruhito, and it’ll be a tricky feat of scheduling to create one in time. Read More >>

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Samsung’s Giant TV Could Be Coming to Homes Next Year

At CES 2018, Samsung showed off “The Wall,” a 146-inch 4K TV that uses MicroLED display technology to make TVs larger than anything currently available. According to a report from the Korea Herald, Han Jong-hee, president of Samsung’s visual display business, claimed a consumer version of The Wall is on the way, and will be a little cheaper than someone who wants a 12-foot-wide TV might expect. Read More >>

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Alexa, Is My House on Fire?

Many devices are now pulling double-duty these days. Game consoles are entertainment streaming devices. Smartwatches tell you the time while also telling you which of your coworkers is demanding your attention. Lightbulbs are burglar deterrents, at least when they’re not setting the mood. So Onelink’s Safe and Sound, a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm with an integrated speaker and voice assistant, isn’t exactly a far-fetched concept. It is, however, indicative of a future where connected devices aren’t just for nerds. You might not need a voice assistant, smartwatch, or a ceiling-mounted speaker, but everyone needs a smoke alarm. Whether you need a £192 smoke alarm is another. Read More >>

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PC Sales Are Up, But Only a Little, So Play It Cool

After more than five years of declining sales, nerds and APM enthusiasts everywhere can gently rejoice: the PC has made a comeback so far this year, thanks in part to businesses switching operating systems and the insatiable appetites of gamers. Read More >>