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Rowkin Surge Charge True Wireless Earbuds Review – The best sport buds?

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If you've done some searching for a pair of truly wireless earbuds, chances are you've come across Rowkin. The up-and-coming company has a few solutions under its belt now, with no signs of stopping. We particularly like how competitive it is with cost. A good pair of true wireless earbuds doesn't come cheap, and Rowkin makes a valiant attempt to get there with affordable pricing.But usually, this practice results in considerable compromise. Well, Rowkin has passed us its latest device, the sporty Surge Charge, to examine where they're at today. Let's find out if this is the best pair of true wireless earbud for active lifestyles.DesignAs we've suggested, the Surge Charge isn't your typical true wireless earbud. They are completely wire-free, but the design is tuned for use with exercise than just sitting. This is immediately apparent when you get them in your hands.They make no effort whatsoever in being small-as-possible earbuds like most of the competiti…

Huawei reportedly working on its own phone OS, just in case this 'Android' fad doesn't pan out

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...We're the Android Police, but even explicitly non-Android news is sometimes relevant, as in the case of the recent rumors surrounding Huawei. According to the South China Morning Post, Huawei might be working on its own OS. These plans were allegedly initiated in response to investigations by the US against the company in 2012 as a "worst-case scenario" plan for the future. The sources behind this reveal claim that Huawei is working on both a smartphone OS and a tablet/PC operating system—which may all be one in the same, the information isn't specific in that regard. But allegedly preparations for this new operating system began shortly after the US investigations in 2012 against Huawei and ZTE.According to a comment sought by South China Morning Post, Huawei currently has "no plans to release its own OS in the foreseeable future." It's reportedly "not as good as Android," and pretty much devoid of third-party apps. Given that any in-house…

LG V30 ThinQ long-term review

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IntroductionAI is the definitive buzzword of 2018, don't you ThinQ? LG certainly does, so it's jumped on the hype train and created its own AI-focused brand, then slapped it onto what is basically last year's V30 with more RAM and storage - and some brand new AI features of course.This is the LG V30S ThinQ, which we'll call V30S from now on for our (and your) sanity's sake. Our specific model is actually the V30S+ ThinQ, as it has 256GB of storage. We've already compared the camera output of this model to that of the vanilla, non-AI infused V30, so if you're interested in how much pizazz the AI adds, don't miss that feature.That said, we admit we're intrigued by LG's latest. The company chose to announce this updated model at MWC instead of a brand new G7, in effect trying to milk the V30 even more. Whereas some manufacturers release new color versions after a few months to boost dwindling sales, LG goes further with more RAM, more storage, and …

Best Vivo V9 Tips and Tricks

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The Vivo V9 is the Chinese company's latest flagship smartphone in India. Priced at around Rs 25,000, it does not carry a flagship pricing but tries to offer every possible feature that you usually get in a flagship phone.Thanks to its wide offline availability and the good looks of the handset, the Vivo V9 is going to be an extremely popular handset in India. Sure, you will find plenty of other devices in the same or lower price range with better specs and features than the Vivo V9, but none of them will be able to beat the handset in terms of looks. If you have already purchased the Vivo V9, and this is your first time using Vivo's FuntouchOS, you will likely be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of features it offers. Worry not though as in this article, we will provide you with the best tips and tricks for the Vivo V9 to help you get the most out of the handset.Best Vivo V9 Tips and TricksSmart motionThe Vivo V9 comes with plenty of gestures which are not enabled by default. …

Huawei P20 Pro durability test reveals more flexing and cracking than expected

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There's a new smartphone hitting the market, and that means YouTube channel JerryRigEverything is going to get a unit to mess up. The Huawei P20 Pro isn't available officially in the US, but you're looking at the equivalent of at least $1,000 to get your hands on one. Is it going to break after you spend all that dough? Well, that's a big maybe.If you're at all familiar with JerryRigEverything durability tests, the P20 Pro video will be very by the numbers. The screen scratches at a hardness level of 6-7, which is what you get on all other phones with tempered glass. The P20 Pro also has glass on the back, and the rim and buttons are metal. That should make it a sturdy phone. The bend test offers a surprise, though.VIDEOInterestingly, the P20 Pro seems to flex more than most phones when bent. The glass panel usually provides a lot of structural integrity, but the phone flexes so much that the glass on top of the screen cracks. However, it doesn't affect the act…

Samsung bringing 128GB and 256GB Galaxy S9 and S9+ to the US in May

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...Samsung announced today that customers in the US will soon be able to purchase its Galaxy S9 or S9+ phones with more storage. Variants of the phones with both 128 and 256 gigabytes of internal storage will be available to pre-order beginning tomorrow, May 1, and will be on sale May 18.The roomier devices will come in all the regular colors—black, blue, and purple—and they'll only be available directly from Samsung. The new regular-size S9 models will retail for $769.99 and $819.99 for 128GB and 256GB, respectively; for the S9+, $889.99 and $939.99. Pre-orders will come with either a free set of Gear IconX wireless earbuds, which Samsung is currently charging $159.99 for, or the opportunity to buy a Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch for $99 as opposed to its normal starting price of $279.99. Both pretty nice freebies.Some markets already have access to S9 devices with more storage space—in India, for instance, the S9 and S9+ launched in 64 and 256GB variants. The extra storage could b…

Samsung launching 128GB and 256GB versions of Galaxy S9 family

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Photos and videos are getting bigger every year. The Samsung Galaxy S9 can shoot in 4K resolution at 60 FPS, and that's a lot of data. It can also do super slow motion at 960 FPS at 720p. That will eat up your storage quick, so be thankful Samsung has kept the microSD slot!But if that's not enough for you, Samsung has announced that it is launching two new storage variants of the Galaxy S9 and S9+. You'll be able to pre-order 128GB and 256GB models starting May 1 in the US.The Galaxy S9 will cost you $769.99 for the 128GB and $819.99 for the 256GB, while the Galaxy S9+ will cost $889.99 for the 128GB and $939.99 for the 256GB. Each model comes in Coral Blue, Lilac Purple, and Midnight Bkack and will retain the microSD slot, so you can have massive amounts of storage if you really need it.The devices will be available on May 18 exclusively on Samsung.com, which makes sense as they're sure to be niche options. We can't imagine most people needing such large amounts o…

Fitbit switching to Google Cloud’s backend infrastructure, partnering on Healthcare API

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Google Cloud and Fitbit this morning announced a new collaboration that sees the wearable maker use the former's servers to store data. Beyond moving infrastructure backends, Fitbit is taking advantage of another Google Cloud for Healthcare service to better allow for data collaboration.Nintendo Switch For Google, this move is a win for its Cloud division and efforts to boost adoption of its services in fields beyond just the enterprise space. Moving to the Google Cloud Platform to store data from user's fitness trackers will allow Fitbit to "scale faster," according to a press release.The move will allow Fitbit to leverage Google Cloud's infrastructure and advanced security capabilities to help accelerate the Fitbit Health Solutions business and expand deeper into population health analysis, while maintaining Fitbit's commitment to protecting consumer data.Machine learning is often touted as one advantage for Google Cloud versus competing offerings, with Fitb…

128GB & 256GB Samsung Galaxy S9 Models Coming To The US

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128GB and 256GB models of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are coming to the United States next month and will become available for pre-orders tomorrow before officially releasing on May 18, Samsung said Monday. The South Korean tech giant will be accepting advanced orders on the new devices directly from its online storefront which will be selling the phablets exclusively. The 128GB variants of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will be priced at $769.99 and $889.99, respectively, whereas the models with twice as much storage space will retail for an extra $50, Samsung confirmed. For added context, the 64GB versions of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are sold for $719.99 and $839.99 unlocked, i.e. are $50 cheaper than their 128GB counterparts. The new storage options of both Android flagships will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple, i.e. the same colors Samsung already commercialized in the country with the base variants of its latest high-end offerings.Consu…

Samsung Releases Galaxy S9 and S9+ With 128GB and 256GB of Storage

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Samsung announced today that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ (our review) will be available this week with 128GB and 256GB of storage.That's a substantial increase in storage from the 64GB model that first arrived back in early March. 128GB is double and 256GB is quadruple, which means you should be able to store all the photos and videos your little fingers can snap. Or, you could just buy a microSD card like this one.Samsung is putting both the S9 and S9+ with these new storage amounts up for pre-order tomorrow, May 1, in Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, and Midnight Black. The phones will ship around May 18. They are going to be sold exclusively through Samsung.com right here.How much do they cost? You are looking at $50 or $100 increase depending on the storage amount.Galaxy S9 128GB: $769.99Galaxy S9: 256GB: $819.99Galaxy S9+ 128GB: $889.99Galaxy S9+ 256GB: $939.99Should you buy one of these new S9 models from May 1 through May 17, you'll get to choose a free pair of Gear IconX (20…

Magisk v16.4 adds app shortcuts and bug fixes, breaks root for a few apps including Tasker

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Magisk developer topjohnwu might be off serving compulsory military service, but he's still maintained a rapid release schedule for his popular root solution. Magisk v16.4 (and Magisk Manager v5.7.0) were released over the weekend, and they add a handful of technical fixes, app shortcuts, and Android P improvements, but it isn't all smooth sailing. The latest version also removes Magisk's 64-bit binaries, which may break root support for some apps, including the very popular Tasker. The full changelog for Magisk v16.4 and the corresponding Magisk Manager update (v5.7.0), are just below:Magisk
v16.4
- [Daemon] Directly check logcat command instead of detecting logd, should fix logging and MagiskHide on several Samsung devices
- [Daemon] Fix startup Magisk Manager APK installation on Android P
- [MagiskPolicy] Switch from AOSP u:r:su:s0 to u:r:magisk:s0 to prevent conflicts
- [MagiskPolicy] Remove unnecessary sepolicy rules to reduce security penalty
- [Daemon] Massive…

Samsung launches Galaxy S9 128 GB and 256 GB in the US

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Samsung just announced that it's ready to officially release upgraded variants of its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ phones in the US. More exactly, we're talking about S9 and S9+ versions with 128 GB and 256 GB of storage space, which will be available to pre-order starting tomorrow, May 1.  
The new Galaxy S9 and S9+ models will properly go on sale on May 18, exclusively at Samsung, so it doesn't look like any carrier has plans to sell them. The smartphones will be offered unlocked, with three color options available: Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, and Coral Blue. ...
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Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge could get Android Oreo update in May

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New reports out indicate Samsung may be on the verge of rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for their Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones possibly as soon as mid-May. If Samsung and carriers are able to stick to this timeline, then the S7 devices will be getting the update one to […]
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Google Touts Its AI Assistant As The Ultimate Storyteller

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April 27 was National Tell a Story Day and Google took the opportunity to highlight some of the ways its Google Assistant fits the bill as a good storyteller. For example, the digital assistant can be asked to read a story such as "Little Red Riding Hood" or similar classics. All that requires is for users to instruct the Google Assistant to "read me a story." It also goes a bit further than that thanks to the recent addition of audiobooks to the Google Play Store. Subsequently, any audiobook that happens to be in a user's library or in their family library can be played via intuitive voice actions. So, if there's a new best-seller a user wants to listen to, whatever the genre, getting there is as easy as asking Assistant to play the book or continue the chapter.There are also interactive stories that children – and adults – can play around with thanks to partnerships between Google and others. "Talk to Mickey Mouse Story Time" or "talk to Ca…

Google Duo 33 preps possible tablet support w/ landscape UI & ‘Bokeh’ effects [Gallery]

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Google Duo has been updated with a number of major features in recent weeks, including Google Account linking and a fun way to send quick video/voicemails. With version 33, the video service continues work on adding expressive features and a possible landscape interface for tablets.Nintendo Switch About APK Insight: In this 'APK Insight' post, we've decompiled the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we're able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We'll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they'll look in the case that they do ship. With that in mind, read on.Possible tablet support and landscape UICompared to Hangouts Meet or Hangouts before it, Google…

Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ with 128GB and 256GB storage launched in the US

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Customers in the United States can rejoice because Samsung just announced that it has launched the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ with 128GB and 256GB of internal storage in the country. It's going to start taking pre-orders for these variants from tomorrow, May 1, and the units will be shipped out to customers later this month.These variants will be exclusively sold by SamsungSamsung has confirmed that both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will now be available in 128/256GB storage variants to customers in the United States. They will be able to use all of this additional internal storage to store more multimedia content, including those gorgeous Super Slow-mo videos.Just because these variants have more internal storage doesn't mean they've lost support for external expansion. Just like the other variants, they too support external expansion up to 400GB via microSD cards. While we're on the subject of microSD cards, here are some of the best microSD cards for the Galaxy S9…

Samsung Will Sell a 128GB and 256GB Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+

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The standard model of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ comes with 64GB of built-in storage ready to go, but, for some customers, that might not be enough.Samsung made some of those potential buyers happy in international markets, including India, where Galaxy S9 units with more built-in storage were readily available. And now the company has seen fit to bring those same devices to the wireless market in the United States. Samsung will be selling a 128GB and 256GB Galaxy S9 and 256GB Galaxy S9+ in the U.S. beginning in May, with both handsets only available to buy directly from the company's online storefront.Pre-orders go live on Tuesday, May 1. You'll have to fork over $769.99 for the 128GB Galaxy S9, or $889.99 for the Galaxy S9+ with the same amount of storage. Meanwhile, the 256GB Galaxy S9 will retail for $819.99, while the Galaxy S9+ variant will go for $939.99. So, still missing that $1,000 mark.Both handsets will go on sale, again, directly from Samsung.com, beginn…

Vivo V9: How to Lock Apps Using Face Unlock and Fingerprint Scanner

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Ever since Apple debuted Face ID with the iPhone X last year, Android OEMs have been in a race to copy face unlock on their devices. The feature has already made it to plenty of mid-range Android devices that cost 1/3rd of the iPhone X. Vivo also jumped onboard with the Vivo V9, its latest flagship handset.Apart from featuring a notch display design and face unlock, Vivo has also included an option to lock and unlock apps using face unlock in its Funtouch OS. And just as a backup, there's also the option to lock and unlock apps using fingerprint sensor and/or passcode.Given the number of options and features that Funtouch OS 4.0 packs, it is possible that many Vivo V9 users will never find the option of locking/unlocking apps using face unlock. Worry not though as we have you covered. Check out the steps below to know how you can lock apps on your Vivo V9 using face unlock.How to Lock/Unlock Apps Using Face Unlock and/or Fingerprint Scanner in Vivo V9Before you jump to the steps b…