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Xperia XA1 Plus available in the US, no fingerprint scanner of course

Sony is giving 2017 one last hurrah before calling it done, at least as far as smartphones go. It didn’t exactly lavish much attention on a relatively less known but totally new Xperia XA1 Plus, but no one’s going to blame them. This is pretty much yet another mid-range addition to Sony’s stable that bears all the design hallmarks of … Continue reading

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Android Pay Visa Checkout available now, one year later

“Good thing comes to those who wait” or “better late than never”. Those are probably the two overused aphorisms that come to mind when thinking of promised features that seemingly fell off the radar before suddenly and finally landing in users’ hands. That is definitely the case with the Visa Checkout support on Android Pay, which is reported to now … Continue reading

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Google Play lets you test drive Android apps before installing them

Google's Instant Apps are available in a few places for curious Android users, but they've been conspicuously absent in one place: the Play Store. Wouldn't you want to check out an app before committing to it

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Photoshop finally gets support for Microsoft’s Surface Dial

Adobe’s venerable photo-editing application, Photoshop, now supports Microsoft’s Surface Dial, a literal, physical dial designed for artists. The support has arrived as part of Adobe’s major Creative Cloud 2018 overhaul, though users should expect to encounter some bugs here and there as the feature isn’t yet production ready.

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Pixel 2 XL may get a color-improving update

There is very difference between the Pixel 2 and the larger Pixel 2 XL, but where they do differ, the difference is nearly staggering. Size is one and battery is another. But the most telling difference is really their screens.

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Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM puts Alexa into 16hr cordless speaker

For many, Ultimate Ears has been the go-to for portable Bluetooth speakers; now, the company is making Amazon Alexa its go-to assistant. Announced today, the Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST and BLAST give UE’s speakers a smart upgrade, adding WiFi to the Bluetooth

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Samsung DeX Linux on Galaxy really wants you to ditch your PC

There is no shortage of phones, platforms, and tools that promise the ability to use only your smartphone as your day to day computing device. Almost all of them, however, fall short when it comes to a few use cases, especially those related to multimedia work and software development.

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Nintendo Switch finally gets video capture, data transfer

The hype around the Nintendo Switch seems to have been dialed down to more more stable but still high levels. Nintendo, however, fortunately keeps on churning updates that bring much requested features to users

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This faux skin gives robots a sense of touch

Researchers with UCLA and the University of Washington have created a faux skin that gives robots a sense of touch, enabling them to better grasp objects and more. This fake skin, which is described as a flexible sensor, can be stretched over robotic parts or a prosthetic limb, giving the device a sense of vibration and shear force. A sense … Continue reading

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CNN just got special FAA permission to fly drones over crowds

CNN has announced that it is the first of its kind to get FAA approval for operating a drone over crowds. This is made possible via the FAA’s issuance of a Part 107 waiver that authorizes the use of small unmanned aircraft systems in places where ordinary regulations prohibit them, including over groups of people who could be injured in … Continue reading

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