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How to Make Your Mac Play Nice with Your Android Phone

Getting iPhones to play nice with Windows can be a challenge, but so can getting Android to play nice with Macs — and it’s that second setup we’re going to tackle here. Read on to find out how to get all your apps working together and your files seamlessly synced between a Google-powered phone and an Apple-powered computer. Read More >>

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I Really Hope HTC Doesn’t Go Out Like This

After years of declining sales, unloading $1 billion (£753 million) worth of patents and personnel to Google, and just recently slashing 25 per cent of its global workforce, when it comes to HTC, I have one big question: So what’s left? Sure, HTC may have been able to insulate its promising Vive VR business by spinning that department off into a separate company. But as for HTC itself, if all the company has left in the tank is its upcoming crypto phone and this, the new U12+, things aren’t looking good. Read More >>

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OnePlus 5 and 5T Will be Getting Faster Android Updates As Well

Back during the keynote speech at I/O, Google updated people on something called Project Treble, the latest project designed to get third-party manufacturers to roll out Android updates more quickly. Plenty of them signed up, including OnePlus, but it's just been announced that the brand new OnePlus 6 won't be the only phone benefiting from that initiative. Read More >>

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These Academics Spent The Last Year Testing Whether Your Phone Is Secretly Listening To You

It’s the smartphone conspiracy theory that just won’t go away: Many, many people are convinced that their phones are listening to their conversations to target them with ads. Vice recently fuelled the paranoia with an article that declared “Your phone is listening and it’s not paranoia,” a conclusion the author reached based on a 5-day experiment where he talked about “going back to uni” and “needing cheap shirts” in front of his phone and then saw ads for shirts and university classes on Facebook. Read More >>

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What Could Samsung Do to Make the Next Galaxy Tab More Exciting?

After launching last year at MWC 2017, Samsung’s current flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S3, is starting to feel a little outdated. So naturally, rumours have begun leaking out about Samsung’s upcoming refresh, with the most recent leaks even showing off purported renders of the Tab S4's final design. Read More >>

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I Broke Google Duplex, But It’s Still Impressive

Among updates about new features coming to Android P, a new direction for Android Wear, and improved image recognition in Google Lens, the thing that really stole the show at Google I/O 2018 was Duplex, the automated phone service that can make a dinner reservation or an appointment at a hair salon without you ever needing to actually dial a number. Read More >>

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The BlackBerry Key2 Makes Me Wish Physical Keyboards Weren’t All But Dead

Chances are that if you’re reading this, there’s one smartphone feature you care more about than anything else. That’s because even with the Key2’s sleeker, more refined design, an interesting choice of components and its questionable BlackBerry heritage, this handset has one thing you simply don’t get on phones anymore: a good ‘ole physical keyboard. And I’ve got to admit that even though I’m much more accustomed to the touch-based keyboards found on every other device nowadays the Blackberry Key2's keyboard is fantastic. Read More >>

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Motorola’s Making the Cheap Smartphone Even Harder to Resist

Apple and Samsung would have you believe quality smartphones should cost the many hundreds of pounds you must sacrifice to obtain their rarefied devices. But in recent years, the march of time has made that notion obsolete. In 2012, a £200 device was nearly unusable. But now? Sharp screens are cheap, and fast processors are even cheaper. Inexpensive smartphones have been pretty good for years! And so, the £239 Motorola G6 is the latest in the company’s line of devices serving as a harbinger of the inevitable: Pretty good might be good enough for everyone. Sure, it’s missing a few niceties, and looks like a generic slab of plastic, but those faults are easy to ignore for under £300. Did I mention it has a headphone jack? Read More >>

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Looks Like YouTube is Testing Picture-in-Picture Mode, Without a Premium Subscription

One of the most irritating things about YouTube is that you have to stay in the app if you want to keep the audio and video playing. So unless you have a Premium or Music Premium subscription, there's no option of leaving something on in the background while you do other things. Surprisingly that might be about to change, sort of, with users reporting that the app has started supporting Android Oreo's picture-in-picture mode - even for free users. Read More >>

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The Xperia XZ2 Is the Best Phone Sony Has Made in Years

The Sony that many people think of, the electronics giant that made the Walkman, the Discman, the Trinitron, all those Vaios, and even the first water-resistant phone back in 2013, it doesn’t really exist anymore. Sure, the Playstation 4 is doing great and Sony’s mirrorless cameras are some of the best\f on the market, but many of Sony’s other gadgets like Blu-ray players, TVs, and especially phones have been on the decline. And when Sony’s new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida talked to investors in late May, he said the future of Sony rests upon three main categories: services, semiconductors, and robotics/AI. Read More >>

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Google, Unlike Apple, is Making it Easy to Cancel App Subscriptions

Mobile app subscriptions are usually a pain in the arse to cancel, but Google is doing its part to make it slightly easier to get out of the fees with its new Subscription Center. The feature, announced at Google I/O earlier this year, rolled out to most Android users Wednesday. Read More >>

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Google Remembers to Like and Subscribe, Releases Its Own Podcasts App

Lovers of quality audio content you’re probably not paying for, rejoice. Google has finally released its own Google Podcasts app, providing users a dedicated place to enjoy their shows, find personalised recommendations, and soon take advantage of upcoming accessibility features. It’s also one of the few Android-only apps made by the company, which traditionally releases cross-platform apps to satiate users of Google’s services on iOS. Read More >>

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Android Messages Is Getting Some of the Best Features From Google’s Abandoned Chat App

A couple months ago, Google announced that it would be suspending development of yet another messaging app to focus on Android Messages and to help carriers adopt Google Chat, a new messaging protocol based on RCS that should make texting a whole lot better. Read More >>

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Google Could Face Up to £8 Billion Fine From EU for Android Antitrust Violations

Facebook has been on the receiving end of a lot of government scrutiny in recent months, but it looks like Google’s turn is coming soon. According to a report from Politico, the European Commission is preparing to hand down its decision on an antitrust investigation into the search giant’s Android mobile operating system. A fine against the company is expected to be announced in July. Read More >>

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Motorola Won’t Give Up on Modular Smartphones No Matter How Silly They Are

It feels like the window of opportunity for modular smartphones has come and gone. Google’s Project Ara is dead, and LG gave up almost immediately after the release of the G5. But then, off in its own little corner and now three generations deep, Motorola and the new Moto Z3 Play haven’t given up yet. Read More >>