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Pixel Feature Drop revealed with Snapchat, digital key and other treats

Pixel Feature Drop revealed with Snapchat, digital key and other treats

The latest Pixel Feature Drop has been confirmed, with Google promising fresh safety, convenience, and other features for phones as far back as the Pixel 3a. Previewed, in part, at Google's big Pixel event in October, there's the new Snapchat integrations with the Android camera, along with the activation of ultra-wideband on the newest Pixel 6 Pro.

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iPhone 14 – Things we know so far

iPhone 14 – Things we know so far

Rumors about the iPhone 14 started popping up online before the iPhone 13 was announced -- and though we don't yet know what Apple has planned, there's enough info floating around to speculate. The company is rumored to be working on a foldable iPhone, at least based on certain patents, but there's no guarantee a folding model is in the pipeline at this time. In all likeliness, the next iteration of the iPhone will be called the iPhone 14 and it'll stick to the trusted form factor from previous years.

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Galaxy A series could get a much-needed durability upgrade in 2022

Galaxy A series could get a much-needed durability upgrade in 2022

Though Samsung wants people to buy its pricey Galaxy S and foldable Galaxy Z flagship smartphones, not everyone can afford to do so. The popularity of its Galaxy A series handsets over the past year or so has proven there's a large market for its mid-range line, especially for models with 5G capabilities (via Canalys). With that in mind, it's no surprise Samsung will give its Galaxy A phones some big upgrades in 2022, at least according to a new report citing industry insiders.

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Samsung Galaxy A13 5G gives AT&T a $250 5G option worth considering

Samsung Galaxy A13 5G gives AT&T a $250 5G option worth considering

Samsung has revealed its most affordable 5G phone in the US, with the Galaxy A13 5G carrying a mere $249.99 price tag. Headed to AT&T at the end of the week, the A13 pairs a trio of rear cameras with a sizable display, and despite the low price still uses a 90 Hz adaptive refresh rate panel.

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The 5 Best and 5 Worst Things Xiaomi Smartphones

The 5 Best and 5 Worst Things  Xiaomi Smartphones

LG exit from the smartphone market and Huawei taking a backseat has seen a shift in power in various markets around the world. In the US, Motorola made a surprising comeback while brands like OPPO and Vivo have been able to rise through the ranks in global markets. All throughout those changes, Xiaomi remained firmly among the world's top 5 smartphone brands. No longer simply equated as an Apple wannabe, Xiaomi's brand and even sub-brands have established a presence in almost every part of the globe, including the US. As with anything, there are plenty of reasons to pine for a Xiaomi phone or to avoid one. With the upcoming holidays, you might just be in the market for a new smartphone, and these are some of the things you might want to keep in mind before putting a Xiaomi phone on your list.

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Apple turns to TSMC for in-house 5G iPhone modem

Apple turns to TSMC for in-house 5G iPhone modem

For years now, we've seen Apple attempt to move away from Qualcomm by producing its own computing components in-house. However, one component that still ties Apple to Qualcomm is a big one in the mobile world: modems. While Apple's iPhones use the company's own System-on-chip (SoC) (or as Apple calls them, "Chips"), Apple is still using Qualcomm-made modems in its phones, but that's something that could change in 2023 thanks to a new 000-up with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon flagship has a change we didn’t expect

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon flagship has a change we didn’t expect

Goodbye Snapdragon 898, we didn't even have time to get to know you. Qualcomm is upending branding for its smartphone chipsets, ditching the now-familiar three digit nomenclature on the eve of its latest Snapdragon flagship being announced at the upcoming Snapdragon Summit 2021.

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Pokemon GO December Community Day is a real monster

Pokemon GO December Community Day is a real monster

This week we're taking a peek at the December Community Day for Pokemon GO well in advance of said day. As it's been in the past, so too shall it be with this year's year-end event, featuring Pokemon released throughout the year on Community Day events from the entirety of the year 2021. This Community Day mega-event will include a total of 11 individual Community Day special Pokemon.

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Verizon rolls out Alexa hands-free calls with Number Share – Home

Verizon rolls out Alexa hands-free calls with Number Share – Home

Consumers who own an Alexa device and use Verizon as their wireless provider now have the option of paying an additional fee to utilize a convenient feature called Number Share - Home. With this feature, Verizon users can make and receive audio calls via their mobile number through an Echo smart speaker or other Alexa-powered audio devices.

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Android problems? Uninstall Pikmin Bloom

Android problems? Uninstall Pikmin Bloom

This week a series of Android issues have been connected to the new Niantic app Pikmin Bloom. Users have reported issues appearing on their Android phone after installing Pikmin Bloom, and disappearing once Pikmin Bloom was uninstalled once more. We do not currently know for certain what the root issue is, but uninstalling Pikmin Bloom seems to fix a variety of problems, from massive battery drain to the apparent blocking of notifications from other apps.

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Pixel 6 update claims fingerprint sensor fix

Pixel 6 update claims fingerprint sensor fix

An update to the Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro delivered on November 17, 2021 aimed to fix the apparent fingerprint sensor issue that's bugged some users over the past few weeks. Per a Verizon release about this software update, "The current software update improves the performance of your device's fingerprint sensor." This release includes an Android Security Patch for October 2021, and includes software version SD1A.210817.037.A1.

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Apple Self Service Repair opens DIY door with new parts store

Apple Self Service Repair opens DIY door with new parts store

This week Apple revealed they'd be releasing parts, tools, and manuals for future Apple devices for repairs. They'll call this their Apple Self Service Repair program, and it'll start with iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. This move appears to change the way Apple approaches device hardware handling and repair, away from restricting repairs to those "authorized" to do so, allowing consumers to take their destiny into their own hands.

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