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If a new Motorola RAZR is released this summer, I’m gonna need one

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A foldable smartphone version of the Motorola RAZR was tipped to be released this summer. As we've seen in patent filings over the last couple of years, the next RAZR phone likely takes advantage of the foldable display tech in a way that's different from other solutions that've been revealed in recent weeks. The Motorola RAZR, if what we're seeing … Continue reading
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Google Maps selecting Local Guides for AR navigation ‘early access’ on both Android and iOS

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Earlier this month, Google provided the first demo of AR navigation in Maps for Android and announced that Local Guides will be the first users to gain access. Google this week is now reaching out to Local Guides on both Android and iOS.AR navigation in Google Maps overlays walking directions and business listings over a live camera view. It is aimed at addressing how GPS is notoriously inaccurate in urban environments by making the camera another sensor as part of a Visual Positioning Service (VPS).While the first demos and technical details were provided this month, Google is heavily emphasizing that more testing is required, and did not commit to wider availability. The company is previewing with Local Guides that are prolific reviewers in Google Maps and frequently add photos, answer questions, or fix listings.This week, Google began reaching out to some Local Guides for "early access." The program has a tiered system of 10 levels and only higher-up members appear to be …

Huawei Mate X too expensive? Then it's waiting for honor.

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At MWC 2019, Huawei presented the Mate X, the company's first foldable smartphone. But this is also supposed to cost a whopping 2,299 euros (about $2,620). But luckily Honor is also working on a folding smartphone, which will probably be much cheaper. As Honor CEO George Zhao reveals in an interview with Cnet, Honor is already working on its own folding smartphone. However, there are concerns at present, as production costs are still very high and the brand has a very young target group. Therefore, unlike other manufacturers, one cannot simply pass on the price to the customer and drive it up and wait until such a telephone can be sold cheaply.However, with more and more foldable smartphones on the market the production costs are also likely to decrease and then so can the price. And it's not supposed to take that long. According to Zhao, the manufacturer plans to launch the first Honor smartphone with a foldable display as early as 2020. Of course, we don't know anything a…

Motorola's Moto G7 Is An Insane Value & Now Available For $299

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The Motorola Moto G7 is now available for purchase, after a relatively short pre-order period. The Moto G7 is priced at $299 for 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.Motorola announced the Moto G7 earlier this month, as the seventh-generation of its popular mid-range smartphone lineup. It is a nice upgrade over last year's Moto G6, with a pretty modest bump in price. The Moto G7 has a 6.2-inch full HD+ display, however, it does have a tear-drop notch included.Other specs for the Moto G7 include the Snapdragon 632 chipset, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There is still a micro SD card slot available, and Adoptable Storage is also included. This is all powered by a 3,000mAh capacity battery. Motorola has outfitted the Moto G7 with a 12-megapixel main sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor on the backside. The front houses the 8-megapixel selfie camera.The Moto G7 is running Android 9 Pie, and as has been the case in the past with Motorola, it is a stock version of Android with a few a…

Download Open Beta 13 & 5 for OnePlus 6 / 6T – General Improvements

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Here is how to directly download OxygenOS Open Beta 13 official firmware for OnePlus 6 as well as Open Beta 5 for OnePlus 6T. Loyal OnePlus fans would know that the brand takes its software experience quite seriously. Listening to feedback and always finding new ways to improve, OnePlus releases at least one set of […]The post Download Open Beta 13 & 5 for OnePlus 6 / 6T – General Improvements appeared first on Team Android.
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[TA Deals] Save 97% on the Ultimate Microsoft SQL Certification bundle

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[TA Deals] Save 97% on the Ultimate Microsoft SQL Certification bundleReady to master Microsoft SQL Server to pad out your resume? We're running a killer offer on a certification bundle that will teach you everything you need to know about creating and administering Microsoft's database software and managing a server with it.This bundle includes 7 courses that will help you become officially certified with the software, and it covers everything from basic database management to creating business solutions and servers around those databases.Normally this bundle would run thousands of dollars, but you can knock 97% off its list price and pick up everything for just $44.Buy it now: Talk Android Deals
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Android Security Improvement update: Helping developers harden their apps, one thwarted vulnerability at a time

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Posted by Patrick Mutchler and Meghan Kelly, Android Security & Privacy TeamHelping Android app developers build secure apps, free of known vulnerabilities, means helping the overall ecosystem thrive. This is why we launched the Application Security Improvement Program five years ago, and why we're still so invested in its success today.What the Android Security Improvement Program doesWhen an app is submitted to the Google Play store, we scan it to determine if a variety of vulnerabilities are present. If we find something concerning, we flag it to the developer and then help them to remedy the situation.Think of it like a routine physical. If there are no problems, the app runs through our normal tests and continues on the process to being published in the Play Store. If there is a problem, however, we provide a diagnosis and next steps to get back to healthy form.Over its lifetime, the program has helped more than 300,000 developers to fix more than 1,000,000 apps on Google…

Top 10 iOS Apps of February 2019!

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We've compiled a top 10 list of our favorite iOS apps to hit the App Store in February 2019. The apps include Vellum Wallpapers, Class Timetable, Snake 97, History of Everything, Planny 2, TeasEar, GetFact, Backflipper, Ding Dong XL, and Sunrise Sunset Timer. Which app is your favorite? Apple Apple iPhone X
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T-Mobile customers get free MLB.TV for the 2019 season

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T-Mobile has a great deal coming for its customers next month.T-Mobile will offer a free MLB.TV subscription for the 2019 season. Customers can redeem this deal through the T-Mobile Tuesdays app between March 26th and April 1st. After they do, they'll have access to MLB.TV for the entire 2019 regular season for no charge.With MLB.TV, you can watch every 2019 out-of-market regular season game live, complete with your choice of home or away feeds in HD. You can watch nearly 300 Spring Training games live, too. And because MLB At Bat Premium is included as well, you can watch games on the go using your iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire device.One thing to keep in mind is that this offer is only available to new MLB.TV subscribers for 2019. If you're a current subscriber, you'll need to cancel by 8:00 pm ET on March 22nd to redeem T-Mobile's deal. T-Mobile has offered a free MLB.TV subscription to its customers for a few years now, and it's awesome to see it making a return…

Thursday's top deals: portable chargers, Xbox Live Gold, and more!

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On a daily basis there is no shortage of great deals to be had, but sometimes hunting them down can be a bit time consuming. Don't let that drag you down, though. We've rounded up some of our absolute favorites from today that you simply can't miss out on.Charge it upAnker PowerCore+ 19000mAh Power Delivery USB-C portable chargerUse code HYBRID13 during checkout to get this deal price. The charger sells for $130 normally and has never dropped from that price directly.$103.99 $130 $26 offSee at AmazonWith its large capacity, you'll be able to charge phones like the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy S9 several times before recharging. With Power Delivery you'll get full 27W speeds for all USB-C devices, including phones and laptops. Charge three devices simultaneously with two USB-A ports in addition to the USB-C port.X-CellentXbox Live Gold 6-month subscriptionThis is a deal that's limited to three days only, plus there's always the chance it will sell out beforeh…

Blizzard announces Hearthstone's next expansion will begin the Year of the Dragon

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...Blizzard has announced the new yearly rotation for Hearthstone, and it's called the Year of the Dragon. The next expansion to release in 2019 will signal the beginning of this newly-announced year. Over the next twelve months, three new 130-card expansions will be coming our way, and each one will be tied to the last thanks to a continuous story that will span across all three.VIDEOThe above video goes in depth about what you can expect from the Year of the Dragon. The big reveal is that there will now be an overarching story that ties together all three of this year's upcoming expansions. Another interesting tidbit is that the first card set released this year will bring a free single player experience along with it, though if you want more single-player content past that free taste, you'll have to pay for it. It also seems clear that a few Classic and Basic cards will be rebalanced.Whenever the first expansion lands this year (most likely in April), the Journey to Un&…

Energizer P18K Pop with 18,000mAh Battery Showcased at MWC 2019

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Avenir Telecom launched an Energizer branded smartphone with a massive 18,000 man battery.
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Poll: Screen Protector or Nah?

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Big news this morning, folks – Samsung is going to include a factory pre-installed screen protector on all variants of the Galaxy S10. OnePlus did the same thing with the OnePlus 6T and likely for the same reason as Samsung. Since these new phones have in-display fingerprint readers, these companies only trust their own in-house protectors to work properly with them. They also want you to buy them at $29.99 a piece because 💵.Anyways, this news got me digging in our older polls to see if we've ever asked the DL community if screen protectors are in or not. As it turns out, we've never done a poll on this subject. I don't how that is possible, but we are changing that today!More on Samsung's Galaxy S10 screen protectorsReaders of this fine website, are you down with screen protectors? Do you use them on your phones? Do you leave the pre-installed, super icky plastic ones on devices? Do you buy fancy glass protectors for that extra, extra protection? Or do you fly naked?…

Google Play has flagged 1 million Android apps for pre-release security issues in 5 years

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One way Google ensures safety on the Play Store is by scanning apps that developers upload for common security vulnerabilities. Now five years old, Google is providing an update on the progress of the Application Security Improvement Program.When developers upload a new version of an application to the Play Console, Google will automatically scan it for "potential security enhancements" and provide "recommendations for building more secure apps."If the former is detected, devs will occasionally have to address issues before an app can be published or updated. This includes specific vulnerabilities like bugs in popular libraries or unsafe TLS/SSL certificate validation. In 2018, Google added six additional security vulnerability classes, with the full list also available:SQL InjectionFile-based Cross-Site ScriptingCross-App ScriptingLeaked Third-Party CredentialsScheme HijackingJavaScript Interface InjectionSince launching five years ago, Google notes that the progr…

How retention helps make Google more representative

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My mother was the first African American bank teller in my hometown in North Carolina in the 1960s. As you can imagine, this came with a lot of challenges. Team lunches and office holiday parties were sometimes hosted at racially segregated restaurants where they wouldn't serve my mother, and customers refused to work with her because of the color of her skin. Though these experiences were disconcerting for her, she stayed at the bank for more than 20 years where she progressed her career, helped transition the bank to a more inclusive workplace and paved the way for other women to take on similar roles.Her story left an imprint on me. While she persevered through these challenges, she could have just as easily left. How would that have affected her career, the culture of the bank and its community and the experiences of people who worked there after her? How would her experience have been different if she wasn't the only one? These questions fuel my work to address diversity,…

Sling is offering new subscribers 40% off their first three months of service

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...Internet TV services are already a cost-effective alternative to traditional cable, and Sling is making its offering even more so for new customers. For a limited time, new subscribers get a 40 percent discount on their first three months of service.Sling's Orange and Blue packages — Orange has more sports channels, notably ESPN; Blue has a wider variety of other content — are normally $25 per month, but are currently $15 for the first three. You can get all the channels from both in a bundle for $25 for the first three months (then $40 per month afterwards). Add-ons, like additional comedy channels and DVR storage, are still $5 a month.Forty percent off adds up to a savings of $30 over the course of three months for either of the lesser packages, or $45 on the Orange & Blue bundle. Head over to Sling's website to see full channel lists and offer details.
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The Bixby Button Is Now Remappable To Anything Except Google Assistant

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Earlier this week news broke that the first software update planned to hit the Samsung Galaxy S10+ will introduce the option to remap the Bixby physical button to launch other applications, but as it turns out the feature isn't exclusive to the upcoming flagship and has now been introduced to a number of older Samsung phones via a Bixby software update - SamMobile reports.As of today, the latest update to Bixby allows the physical key to be remapped on smartphone models including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 series, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy Note 9.The way it works is that it allows users to reassign one of the actions associated with the Bixby button to launch another third-party application, and users can choose either the single or double-press command to do this. The update doesn't allow remapping both options to launch two different third-party apps, so as a result the key will still serve Samsung's platform and users won't be able to …

Keep an eye on your stuff with a discount on the Zmodo Home Security Camera

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Eyes in the sky.Amazon is offering the Zmodo Wireless Indoor Home Security Camera for $24.99, knocking $10 off the usual price. This is a match of the lowest we usually see, and it hasn't dropped this low since back in November.This camera features 720p monitoring that works during the day and at night. You can adjust the sensitivity of the night vision to get the perfect image as well. Setup is quick and easy, taking only a few minutes. You also have the option of voice control if you have an Alexa device with a screen.The camera can alert you to motion detection, sending a notification and a short video clip if it detects something's up when you're gone. If you need a replay, motion alert clips are saved in the cloud for 36 hours for free. More cloud storage options are available as a paid subscription. Your product includes a two-year warranty.See at Amazon
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9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG G7 ThinQ 64GB $430, Logitech MX 2.0 Speakers $40, Smart Lock Sale from $54, more

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9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don't forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.Listen to the new 9to5Toys Daily Podcast:https://9to5toys.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2019/02/9to5Toys-Daily-2-28-2019.mp39to5Toys Lunch Break delivers the best deals every day of the week at 12:30PM EST. This includes price drops on all sorts of Apple products from iPad to MacBook and everything in between, as well as HomeKit gear, accessories of all kinds and so much more.You'll also find our daily coverage of the coolest new gear and gadgets from across the internet along with our New Toy of the Day, product reviews, giveaways and app sales. Head below for today's top deals and most interesting new products in the world of tech and beyond…TODAY'S CAN'T MISS DEALS:Apple Watch S…