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Essential Never Lived Up to Its Name, and Now It’s Reportedly for Sale

Just over one year into its endeavour to “inject passion back into smartphones,” Essential appears to be on its last legs. Bloomberg reported the smartphone manufacturer founded by Android creator Andy Rubin is exploring a sale and has scrapped plans to develop a second smartphone. Read More >>

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How to Message All Your Friends Without Resorting to a Bad Group Chat

You know the scenario. You need to get a message out to a lot of people—the baby’s here, bring your own beer, that sort of thing—but you don’t want to drag dozens of contacts into a spammy, reply-all messaging nightmare at the same time. No matter what your preferred communication app of choice, here’s how it’s done. Read More >>

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A New Reason to Not Buy These Cheap Android Devices: Complimentary Malware

Researchers at Avast Threat Labs say that more than 100 different low-cost Android devices from manufacturers like ZTE, Archos, and myPhone come with malware pre-installed. Users in more than 90 countries, including the UK, are said to be infected. The good news is there’s a fix. Read More >>

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HTC’s U12+ Continues to Set Itself Apart With a Squeeze

While other phone makers are busy trying to incorporate notches onto their latest devices, HTC is doubling down on some smartphone innovation that you can actually feel. Read More >>

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9 App Hacks to Help Declutter and Save Time in Your Day

Plenty of the apps you use every day include handy timesavers that you might not have noticed yet, but fear not—we’re here to point them out for you. Use these tricks to claw back some minutes or even some hours out of every day, time you can use for something more productive or enjoyable. Read More >>

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North Korea-Linked Hackers Targeting Defectors With Android Malware

Escaping the isolated and oppressive regime of Kim Jong Un’s North Korea requires a harrowing effort, but even getting out of the country may not be enough to escape its reach. New research from McAfee suggests hackers in North Korea are targeting defectors with malware-infected Android apps. Read More >>

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Honor 10 Hands On: The Phone With a Photo Mode Specifically for Pandas

Huawei's youth brand Honor has cut the ribbon on its 2018 flagship smartphone, and it's a beauty. The Honor 10 was launched at a glossy event in London's Billingsgate, with the strapline 'Beauty in AI'. That refers to the dedicated neural processing unit (NPU) which powers the artificial intelligence in the dual rear camera. Read More >>

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Google Photos’ Slick Object-Removal Feature Never Arrived Because Other Stuff Got in the Way

Remember when Google showed off a cool trick that would automatically remove things like fences or window panes from the foreground of your photos? Originally demoed at Google I/O 2017, the object-removal feature was supposed to be incorporated into Google Photos. But after waiting a year for the feature to go live, Google’s annual dev conference swung ‘round again and object removal was still a no show. So what happened? Read More >>

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How to Charge Any Phone Wirelessly

More and more phones are adding wireless charging capabilities, but if you’re using an older handset or one that still needs a cable to juice up — hello, Google Pixel 2 — you don’t have to be left out of the party. Here’s a straightforward guide to the kit you need to charge up any phone by just placing it down on a surface. Read More >>

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The Best New Features We’ve Found in the Android P Beta

Android P is here, for those who want it, with a compatible device and the patience to put up with a few extra bugs and crashes. We’ve been playing around with the beta OS on a Pixel 2, and these are the most promising features we’ve come across so far—including a few hidden goodies Google hasn’t mentioned yet. Read More >>

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How to Bring Back Any Device From The Dead

Computer, tablet, or phone not starting, or seemingly frozen in time? Before you take it down to the local repair shop, or send it off to the professionals, here are the cheat codes to use to try and get your device back on its feet—it might be you can save yourself a hefty repair bill by fixing the issue yourself. Read More >>

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Find and Remove the Most Troublesome Apps on Any Device

Bad apps are draining your battery life, sucking up your local storage, and causing your devices to crash more often than they should—and the worst part is, you might not realise who the worst offenders are. Here’s how to track down badly behaving apps on the major desktop and mobile platforms, and kick them to the kerb. Read More >>

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LG’s G7 ThinQ Is Too Clever For Its Own Good

In Fight Club, there’s a scene when after meeting Tyler Durden for the first time, the narrator cracks a joke about how the people you meet on planes are single-serving friends. And then, before even giving his seatmate a chance to respond, he launches into an explanation of his witty turn-of-phrase. But before he can finish, Durden dryly retorts “Oh no, I get it. It’s very clever. How’s that working out for you?” Read More >>

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How to Try the Android P Public Beta Right Now

The next big release of Android is available today in the form of a public beta release, and you can try it now—if you happen to own one of the eleven devices that are supporting the OS update right out of the box. Read More >>

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All the New Features Coming to Google Lens

Lens is Google’s experimental, camera-powered search engine, but up until today, the service was buried inside Google’s Assistant and the Google Photos app. Lens still isn’t getting its own standalone app, but now Google is merging the feature into the default camera apps on a handful of Android devices, including the Pixel. With new prominence, Google is updating Lens with a handful of features that should land on your phone sometime “over the next few weeks.” Read More >>