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Google Reportedly Working on a Built-in Ad Blocker For Chrome Browser

According to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, Google is working on a built-in ad blocker solution for desktop and mobile versions of its Chrome web browser. The ad blocker will be turned on by default and will block out those specific types of ads which are responsible for ruining the browsing experience,...

Google Updates the Cloud Speech API, Now Available to Developers

In July of last year, Google announced two new APIs for their Google Cloud Platform customers that had to do with speech recognition. These were made available in beta form to a limited number of developers and the Cloud Natural Language API and the Cloud Speech API. Along with being limited to a certain number of...

Samsung Completes Qualification of 10LPP, its 2nd Gen 10nm Process Technology

Samsung Electronics announced that it has completed the qualification procedure for its 10-nanometer FinFET process technology and is now ready to move ahead for production. The second generation of Samsung's 10nm FinFET process technology is referred to as 10LPP (Low Power Plus). 10LPP builds up on the first generation 10LPE (Low Power Early) process. With further...

LineageOS Week in Review: AOSP 7.1.2 Merge, April’s Security Patches and More

The LineageOS team has been graciously providing the community a weekly summary of all the notable changes that have occurred with the successor of the most popular custom ROM in the Android community. The highlight of this week's update is that LineageOS has been merged up to Android Nougat's 7.1.2 branch as well as including April's Security...

Xiaomi Launches the Mi 6 with Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, Under-glass Fingerprint Sensor and No 3.5mm Headphone Jack

Sticking to its yearly schedule, Xiaomi has launched the Mi 6 in China. The Mi 6 is the latest flagship from Xiaomi, and is their first device with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.The Xiaomi Mi 6 features a design that incorporates both glass and metal. The stainless steel mid frame of the device is sandwiched...

Report: LG to Start Producing Small and Medium-sized OLED Panels This Year

LG Display's OLED panels are quite popular within the TV industry. The company has been manufacturing their big panels and selling their OLED TVs for quite some time and many people really enjoy what they've been able to achieve for the price. In the smartphone space though, LG is known for their LCD panels and...

Malicious JavaScript Code Can Steal PIN Codes via Motion Sensors

The amount of data stored and accessible from our smartphones and tablets is generally ignored by most people. However, this becomes a treasure trove for hackers and security researchers and this can end up producing some eye-opening discoveries. This latest attack point was actually reported to the Chromium team back in 2015 and focused on...

Apex Launcher Devs Announce a New Update Coming Next Month

There are a number of custom launchers available in the Play Store and each one generally has some features that make it stand out among the others. Apex Launcher was an incredibly popular custom launcher for Android for a long time, but it has had less attention lately with the rising competition from the likes...

Report: Samsung Galaxy S5 Remains Most Popular Samsung Device in USA as of February 2017

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are finally reaching the hands of consumers, and thanks to a lot of positive press, the device will likely be a popular choice for mainstream consumers. Samsung's flagships have had great success over the years, staying competitive despite mounting pressure from the likes of Huawei and Apple, and their...

Google Announces Collaboration with PayPal for Android Pay Support

Android Pay as a means of quick, cardless, and cashless payment faces heavy competition from the likes of Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. So it comes as no surprise that all of the competitors in the mobile payments space continue looking for more ways to one up their competitors. Google is doing just that with its...

Facebook and Qualcomm Announce Collaboration to Support Optimization of Caffe2 and Snapdragon NPE

At the ongoing Facebook F8 conference, Facebook and Qualcomm have announced a collaboration to support the optimization of Caffe2 and the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine (NPE) software framework. Caffe is a deep learning framework developed by Berkeley AI Research and community contributors. It was released under the FreeBSD license, which allows for commercial use, modifications, and...

Halium is an Open Source Project Working Towards a Common Base for Non-Android Mobile Operating Systems

If you are an Android enthusiast who has also explored beyond the world of purely Android-based custom ROMs, you have probably heard of projects such as Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish OS, and the like. These have been ambitious, often long-running non-Android, GNU/Linux-based mobile operating systems. However, fragmentation is making development and user adoption quite difficult for these...