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Chromebook devices powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 may be coming

Earlier this month, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 was made official at an event in Hawaii. Featuring 8 semi-custom Kryo 835 cores, the new Adreno 630, Qualcomm's second generation Spectra 280 ISP, and the Hexagon 685 DSP all fabricated on Samsung Foundry’s LPP 10nm FinFET process, the Snapdragon 845 is a force to be reckoned with....

Xiaomi Now Accepts Payments via Google Tez on Mi.com and its Mi Store App

Google Tez is Google's mobile payments platform for India, and it's integrated with the Unified Payments Interface (UPI). It was released in September, and Google announced recently that it's gained 12 million users in the country and 7.5 million in the past five weeks alone. Earlier this month, Tez gained the ability to keep track of utility...

How to Install TWRP and Root the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle

The HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle may not be the most popular smartphone on the market, and not even the most popular HTC device, but it has a dedicated following within the community. Recently, an official build of the TWRP custom recovery was released for the device, and XDA Senior Member sabpprook also created a guide showing how to root...

Huawei is Preparing a Portable Bluetooth Speaker with a Pebble Shaped Design

Huawei is the third largest smartphone manufacturer worldwide after Samsung and Apple. The company is also the world's largest telecommunications equipment vendor, ahead of Ericsson and Cisco. The Chinese OEM, therefore, is one of the top manufacturers in both industries, but the company has an even broader portfolio. In addition to smartphones and network equipment,...

Mozilla Announces Firefox for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

There are a lot of advantages to having a web browser on your big-screen television set, especially in social settings where there are multiple people around. Being able to pull up a website, video, or photo on your TV is much more entertaining than passing around a smartphone or tablet, but the user experience of...

Google Assistant SDK gets New Languages, API Updates, and Device Actions

Google received a lot of attention when the company launched its Google Assistant last year as it was a sign of where the company was headed in the future. Since then, they have introduced the Google Assistant SDK so that 3rd-party developers could leverage the platform. The company has been making changes to the software...

Magic Leap’s Creator Edition AR Headset Announced for 2018

Magic Leap leaves a lot to the imagination. The Florida-based company was founded by Rony Abovitz in 2010, and operated in stealth mode until late 2014, when it raised over $540 million in venture capital from companies including Google, Qualcomm, Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, and others. Despite the media attention and notable list of backers, though, the...

Samsung Starts Mass-Producing 2nd-Generation 10nm-Class DRAM

Samsung released its first-generation 10nm-class DRAM in February 2016. Then, in October of that same year, it released the industry's first 8GB LPDDR4 RAM. We've started to see smartphones with up to 8GB of RAM, most recently the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. And Samsung's answering that demand with new products. On Wednesday, it announced...

Essential Phone Receives Android 8.0 Oreo Beta 2 OTA Update

The team at Essential has been very engaged with the community since the launched of its first smartphone, the Essential Phone. Along the way, the company's stumbled a bit, but that hasn't stopped it from moving forward. The Essential Phone received a beta version of Android 8.0 Oreo last month, and on Wednesday, Essential announced an...

Recent Trademark Filings Hint at a YouTube Competitor from Amazon

Google and Amazon haven't had the best relationship over the years. The two companies found their own paths to success, but as each one grew their spheres of influence began to overlap. The two companies have been going back and forth lately due to Amazon wanting YouTube on their newly-launched Echo Show device, and Google...

Safeguard Your Data and Privacy Online Without Sacrificing Browsing Speed

Hackers are becoming increasingly adept at infiltrating networks and computers, and it's not just the big corporations or government agencies they're after. Hackers are just as interested in accessing your browsing history, credit card information, and other sensitive data, which they can do with just a few lines of code if you're not using a...

Android Oreo Beta for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Adds App Permission Monitor

Older versions of Android used to grant carte blanche permissions to every new app installed on a user's device. This wasn't great for privacy, as some apps had a habit of requesting permissions that they didn't need. Google added a permissions management framework called App Ops in Android Jelly Bean to address the issue, and custom ROMs...