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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on Monday afternoon.

Allen's Vulcan Inc. announced that he died in Seattle at 65 years old.

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Following dozens of rumors, the Palm brand is officially back from the dead — sort of.

It has been eight years since Palm — the company behind popular Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) — became defunct. HP bought Palm in 2010, and decided to leave the brand behind but move forward with growing WebOS, the operating system used on Palm devices. HP then sold the brand off to TCL, which makes BlackBerry phones through a licensing partnership, and TCL now has a licensing partnership with a new group of people who have no historical attachment to the Palm brand.
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The way smartphone cameras have been developing over the last few years, it may not come as a surprise that we now have a phone with four cameras. Trying to stand out in the fierce competition between the manufacturers is tough, but Samsung thinks they might just be able to make enough of a statement with their latest announcement, the Samsung Galaxy A9.
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For the third year in a row, Google has implemented a single rear camera on its Pixel 3 and its Pixel 3 XL. In an industry that just recently spawned a smartphone with a quadruple camera system, is Google being pummeled by the competition? The tech giant does not think so, and in a way, we have to agree with them. Even with the year-old Pixel 2 XL, it is still able to snap some of the best images and is still a great overall smartphone. However, Google and its executive reveal why it was unnecessary to add more cameras at the back of the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL.

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Samsung really wants us to be prepared for a foldable phone. Whether we'll see one in November or three years from now is anyone's guess, but the frequency of it being hyped by the company's mobile leader is only increasing these days. This week, during the unveiling of their 18-camera phone, the Galaxy A9,000-mid-ranger, Samsung’s DJ Koh talked about foldable things again.

He said that it won’t be a “gimmick product,” that it will be around longer than six months, it’ll ship globally, and is definitely not another taco phone.
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Google hardly had any surprises left for its Pixel 3 event earlier this week, especially when it comes to the stars of the show, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Both phones were thoroughly reviewed before Google took the stage on Tuesday, so we already knew what to expect from Google’s 2018 phones well in advance. But, as it turns out, Google left out a key element while introducing its latest toys, one that seems to support the idea that Android’s death is imminent.

Android is the most popular mobile operating system out there, but Google didn’t utter the word “Android” on stage even once. Tha
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t’s something you’d expect from Samsung’s keynotes, not Google’s. The company didn’t talk about Android Pie while presenting the Pixel, and it didn’t use the word while telling the world that its newest Chrome OS tablet will support millions of apps. Some may say that, after so many years of Android, it doesn’t really matter if Google mentions it. But I’d disagree. This isn’t a mistake, it’s an intentional move from a company with a huge marketing department.

Google did make plenty of references to its software during the event but used keywords like “AI,” “software,” and “Chrome OS” when describing new Pixel 3 and Pixel Slate features. “Android” didn’t come up. Even Rick Osterloh’s blog post about Google’s new products doesn’t contain any Android reference, but you’ll find Chrome OS in there.

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Apple customers looking to buy the iPhone XR will have a protection option that won't hide the brightly-colored shell, as there will be a clear case among the selection of official accessories offered by Apple from the time of launch.

While there have been new cases released for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max that offer a touch of color to the devices, the leather, silicone, and folio-style accessories not only cover up the majority of the iPhone, but also do so with opaque materials. So far, the case situation is relatively unknown for Apple's other smartphone release, the iPhone XR, but
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it seems Apple may offer something different for that model.

Spotted by Twitter user "Ivan," Apple's press release for the iPhone XR in Canada includes a brief sentence on accessories for the smartphone. Similar press releases for the iPhone XR in the United States and the United Kingdom do not include the section, but versions for France and Germany do.
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Two years of Google selling "Pixel" branded versions of HTC and LG handsets have done nothing to arrest the slide that both Android licensees are seeing in their mobile sales. Will more exclusive machine learning and artificial intelligence features on Pixel 3 models do anything to change that?
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Things are moving fast in the Android world this month. Just a few days ago, Google unveiled the Pixel 3 phones, practically confirming every rumor that we heard in the past few months.

There were very few surprises in store for the Pixel 3, which is now Google’s most expensive phone ever, starting at $799. For the same price, you could buy the Razer Phone 2 instead, Razer’s brand new gaming phone.
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Amazon Web Services today announced the launch of hands-free room booking capabilities with Alexa for Business. Working with Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus speakers, users can simply ask “Alexa, is this room free?” They can also ask Alexa if a room is booked, if a room is free, or reserve a conference room with their voice.

A Room Booking API will soon be made available for developers, according to an AWS blog post. A beta version is already being used by meeting scheduling software providers Joan and Robin.
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Microsoft has figured out why the Windows 10 October 2018 Update deleted data from some systems and produced a fixed version. The severity of the bug caused the company to cease distribution of the update last week; the fixed version is now being distributed to Windows Insiders for testing, ahead of a resumption of the wider rollout.

Microsoft is advising anyone affected by the bug to contact support. The bug caused files to be deleted, meaning that the only guaranteed way of restoring them is to retrieve them from a backup (if you have one). However, undeleted software can often recover re
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cently deleted files, and Microsoft's support can apparently assist with this process at no cost for those bitten by the problem. In the meantime, the advice is to use affected PCs as little as possible; minimizing disk activity helps maximize the chance of a successful undeletion.

The software giant claims that only a small number of users were affected and lost data and has published an explanation of the problem.
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Google+'s small, tight-knit community of loyal users are devastated that their favorite site will disappear next year.

When John Lewis heard that Google+ was shutting down after the discovery of a security bug that left private profile data exposed, it felt like a crushing blow — even though he could see it coming.

Lewis, a freelance writer who's spent nearly eight years living an isolated life in the Costa Rican rainforest, starts almost every morning sipping coffee while chatting with friends on Google+ and reading his feeds on the social network.

"Plus has long been Google's orpha
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n child," Lewis told CNBC by phone on Monday after Google announced that it's shuttering the seven-year-old service in the coming months. "I had hoped that it would stay that way forever."
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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have finally arrived, and there’s not much to be surprised about in terms of specs on paper. All the leaks were spot-on. There’s no Pixel Ultra. So while we would — in a normal year — be barely processing where these phones sit in the market, analyzing how they compare to the competition, and talking about their looks (or lack thereof), we’ve had the luxury of already having done more of that than average. That said, what’s new as of today?

There are some new details to peruse, but mostly what’s new is we’ve finally been able to see them for ourselves — in pers
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on. We’ve been able to get an idea of how they feel, and we can see them not just as phones with spec sheets going head-to-head with Samsung or OnePlus, but as Google’s centerpiece for its newly-expanded ecosystem. We already knew everything about Niagara Falls, but we’ve now been there ourselves to feel the mist hitting our face.

My first and most significant impression of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is that any opinion you have without playing with it yourself is an ill-informed one. I’m the person that jokingly threatened to boycott Google if they launched a phone with a notch and a chin, and I openly pleaded for something this year that was visually distinct from the generic notched designs that have invaded the Android space over the last year or two. And I also talked openly about just how dated the Google Pixel 2 looked last year, even compared to its already dated-looking predecessor.
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Google is pulling the plug on their social network, Google+. Users still have the better part of a year to say their goodbyes, but if the fledgling social network was a ghost town before, news of its imminent shutdown isn’t likely to liven the place up. A quick check of the site as of this writing reveals many users are already posting their farewell messages, and while there’s some rallying behind petitions to keep the lights on, the majority realize that once Google has fallen out of love with a project there’s little chance of a reprieve.

To say that this is a surprise would be disingenu
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ous. We’d wager a lot of you already thought it was gone, honestly. It’s no secret that Google’s attempt at a “Facebook Killer” was anything but, and while there was a group of dedicated users to be sure, it never attained anywhere near the success of its competition.
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Google is about to have its Cambridge Analytica moment. A security bug allowed third-party developers to access Google+ user profile data since 2015 until Google discovered and patched it in March, but decided not to inform the world. When a user gave permission to an app to access their public profile data, the bug also let those developers pull their and their friends’ non-public profile fields. Indeed, 496,951 users’ full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status were potentially exposed, though Google says it has no eviden
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ce the data was misused by the 438 apps that could have had access.
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Among many of Intel’s announcements today, a key one for a lot of users will be the launch of Intel’s 9th Generation Core desktop processors, offering up to 8-cores on Intel's mainstream consumer platform. These processors are drop-in compatible with current Coffee Lake and Z370 platforms, but are accompanied by a new Z390 chipset and associated motherboards as well. The highlights from this launch is the 8-core Core i9 parts, which include a 5.0 GHz turbo Core i9-9900K, rated at a 95W TDP.
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A bug with the complications on the new Infograph faces in Apple Watch Series 4 is causing some very unhappy Watch owners today. Users in Australia have just experienced the daylight saving time change and are finding their Watches are now stuck in reboot loops.

Specifically, it seems the large Activity complication on the Infograph Modular face is not handling the loss of an hour elegantly, and instead causing the entire device to crash and reboot …
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LG phones are rarely the most popular of the bunch, but the company is still a veteran in the Android industry. They’re definitely not afraid to innovate with their G and V device lines. The LG V30, in particular, was an outstanding device with certain flaws, carrying top of the line specs as well as a display with greatly reduced bezels and a nice screen-to-body ratio. Now the company has officially announced two new, highly enticing offerings: LG V40 ThinQ, the latest flagship from LG, as well as the LG Watch W7, their newest Wear OS smartwatch.
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Microsoft is recruiting consumer-facing businesses and brands to join its beta program for a new Business Profile feature that's coming to Outlook.com.
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Place the iPhone XS, XS Max, and last year's X side-by-side and it could be difficult to tel them apart. Both new models weren't made to look much different from their predecessor, under the hood is where this duo shines starting from their monstrous battery life.
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The iOS 12.1 update will bring more than 70 new emoji to iPhone and iPad users. Apple has also tweaked some of the existing set, most notably the iPhone device emoji. Despite the iPhone X being around for almost a year, the emoji demonstrated a silver iPhone 6. That has finally changed in the latest beta …
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When attempting to charge either the iPhone XS or XS Max using the Lightning connector, the end result may may be no charging occurring or an unresponsive phone. Apple needs to investigate and discover if this is a software or hardware problem.

The problem was highlighted on the Apple support forums when iPhone (XS$999.99) at Verizon Wireless owner xMASTIFFSx posted details of their charging experience and asked for help. If the phone is locked and therefore sleeping, plugging in a Lightning cable can result in no response from the handset. What should happen is the display lights up and in
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dicates the battery is being charged.
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Google is rolling out a new commuter-focused update for its Maps service. Via a new commute tab, you’ll be able to see any congestion or disruption on your route before you leave, and you’ll be given specific travel information for each leg of your journey.
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LG is set to reveal the LG V40 ThinQ smartphone on October 3, but a new report claims the company will unveil something else: the W7 smartwatch, which is said to combine the mechanical hands of an analog wristwatch with a digital display powered by Google's Wear OS platform.

Previous rumors suggested that LG’s next watch would launch back in April (which didn’t happen), but we haven’t heard much about its actual release date, aside from FCC filings hinting it's still in the works – until now. Noted leaker Evan Blass clarified that the device will be called the LG Watch W7 and launch alongsi
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de the V40.
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Leaked details of the new iPhone models were quickly relegated to second tier headlines after Apple’s latest product announcement. More people seem to be excited about the fact that the new Apple Watch will come with a built-in heart monitoring electrocardiogram (ECG) function.

An ECG is a simple test that can be used to check your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity, designed to detect any underlying issues.
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By rolling out its new Cloud Connect platform, Talari is seeking to distinguish itself from the crowd of vendors piling into the rapidly growing SD-WAN market and Sweeney is quick to draw bold lines between the players and the hangers-on.
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The Oppo Find X is already a jaw-dropping phone, and according to a new TENNA listing, it's about to be even more impressive with an upgraded model that has 10GB of RAM.

Ice universe on Twitter shared the TENNA page (China's version of the FCC here in the U.S.), and sure enough, this model of the Find X clearly states it as having 10GB of RAM with 256GB of storage.

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It's hard to believe Google is about to turn 20 years old. And while the company has changed drastically in the past two decades, going from being a simple search engine to a global tech titan, there's one thing that's been there from the very first day: the homepage Doodle. Since 1998, Google has kept its site looking fresh by creating different variations of its logo, inspired by cultural icons, events and phenomenons such as Pac-Man, the birth of hip-hop and more.

More than 2,000 Doodles have adorned Google's homepage, each with a unique charm. But there are some that have stood out from
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the rest and will forever be embedded in people's memories. Let's take a look at the best and most important Google Doodles from the past 20 years.

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Chrome 69 earlier this month introduced a Google Material Theme, smarter Omnibox, and a host of other new features for the browser’s 10th anniversary. In recent days, changes related to Account sign-in and clearing cookies were met with criticism. Google has now announced a handful of changes for Chrome 70 that should fix those issues.
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In a court filing, Qualcomm has unveiled explosive charges against Apple for stealing "vast swaths" of its confidential information and trade secrets to improve the performance of chip sets provided by Intel.

Qualcomm hopes the court will amend allegations in its existing lawsuit against Apple accusing it of breaching the so called master software agreement that Apple signed when it became a customer of Qualcomm's earlier this decade.

The two companies have been embroiled in direct and indirect litigation around the globe centered on Apple's unwillingness to have its suppliers pay Qualco
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mm royalties it deems excessive for the iPhone.

The filing, made overnight in Superior Court in San Diego, is the latest salvo in that fight, designed to put pressure on Apple to settle. But Qualcomm's general counsel, Donald Rosenberg, told CNBC the case stands on its own and would have been filed regardless of the on-going dispute.
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Only a week after a woman in New York claimed her new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 went up in flames, a Redditor's S7 Edge has also exploded, and this time the user has substantial proof.

Just a week ago, there were reports of a woman’s new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 exploding in New York. While we have our misgivings about the whole account, it’s a tad telling that yet another Samsung device has spontaneously gone up in flames.

According to /u/rokhana’s first-hand account on Reddit, his S7 Edge froze and shut down while trying to take a picture. Attempts to turn it back on proved futile, and he lef
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t it on his countertop in frustration, upon which the device promptly proceeded to go up in flames without warning.
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Good morning there! Google's Android has reached ten years, setting up a few weeks of milestone anniversaries for the tech company. (Expect to hear more from Mountain View later this week...) We'll also have our final verdict on Apple's Watch Series 4, not to mention reports from camera show Photokina as well as Oculus's own event later in the week. It's going to get busy.
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Hardly anyone thinks of Amazon as an ad business -- but that could be changing. Amazon ads make up a growing share of the online ad industry, and Amazon is doubling down in grabbing market share from Facebook and Alphabet...
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Later this year you'll be able to say "Alexa, call Mom on Skype" and have Amazon's digital assistant do the right thing with Microsoft's messaging network.

Microsoft and Amazon have been working to integrate their technology. Earlier in the year, Cortana and Alexa gained the ability to talk to each other (albeit with some limitations), and the Skype integration is another sign of cooperation between the two companies.
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Eric Schmidt, who has been the CEO of Google and executive chairman of its parent company, Alphabet, predicts that within the next decade there will be two distinct internets: one led by the U.S. and the other by China.

Schmidt shared his thoughts at a private event in San Francisco on Wednesday night convened by investment firm Village Global VC. The firm enlists tech luminaries — including Schmidt, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Diane Green — as limited partners, then invests their money into early-stage tech ventures.
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Bezels seem to be shrinking more and more with each new phone release, and compared to past Note devices, the Galaxy Note 9 has some of the tiniest bezels of its entire family. Then again, so did the Note 8.

The Note 9 and Note 8 are very similar-looking phones, but when it comes to bezels, which device takes the cake?
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A little-known Windows feature will create a file that stores text extracted from all the emails and plaintext-files found on your PC, which sometimes may reveal passwords or private conversations.
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The National Environment Agency’s (NEA) ongoing effort to suppress the urban Aedes aegypti mosquito population and fight dengue - Project Wolbachia - has received a technological boost.

NEA’s Environment Health Institute (EHI) announced on Tuesday (Sep 18) that it has teamed up with Verily (formerly named Google Life Sciences), the life sciences and healthcare company of US-based Alphabet Inc, to come up with an advanced, more efficient way to sort and release the male Wolbachia mosquitoes for Phase 2 of the field study.
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iOS 12, Apple’s latest mobile software for iPhone and iPad, is finally out. The new software packs in a bunch of new security and privacy features you’ve probably already heard about. Here’s what you need to do to take advantage of the new settings and lock down your device. 1. Tu…
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Breaking down first weekend pre-order sales of Apple's just announced iPhone and Apple Watch products, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes current shipping estimates and launch day supply bode well for iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4. Demand for the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, however, appears to be lower than expected.
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Verizon’s 5G broadband internet service will go live later this fall, with installations starting on October 1st in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, the company announced today. This marks the first 5G commercial service to launch in the US, and it sees Verizon make good on its promise to do so in November 2017.
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Tesla is notifying customers that it will soon restock its wireless phone charger at a discount, after the device quickly sold out when it was...
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"Smartwatches are a highly integrated platform," said Pankaj Kedia, Qualcomm's Senior Director of smart wearables, at the company's Snapdragon Wear 3100 event earlier today. To that end, Qualcomm has been working closely with Google over the past few years or so to perfect their chipset with Wear OS in mind. That's why, thanks to the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, the next version of Wear OS will support three new modes: Rich ambient mode, a dedicated sports mode plus a traditional watch mode. We saw a brief demo of all three modes at Qualcomm's event earlier today, and all three appear to
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have a specific theme in mind: To make the smartwatch feel as close to a real watch as possible.
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"Smartwatches are a highly integrated platform," said Pankaj Kedia, Qualcomm's Senior Director of smart wearables, at the company's Snapdragon Wear 3100 event earlier today. To that end, Qualcomm has been working closely with Google over the past few years or so to perfect their chipset with Wear OS in mind. That's why, thanks to the new Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, the next version of Wear OS will support three new modes: Rich ambient mode, a dedicated sports mode plus a traditional watch mode. We saw a brief demo of all three modes at Qualcomm's event earlier today, and all three appear to
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have a specific theme in mind: To make the smartwatch feel as close to a real watch as possible.

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OnePlus has been working on Android 9 Pie for its current flagship, the OnePlus 6, for quite some time. Last week, the first open beta update became available to all OnePlus 6 owners and now, OnePlus has released a second update with some various improvements. Announced on a recent forum post, OnePlus has started rolling …
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Apple is set to launch three new iPhones simultaneously on September 12 for only the second time in the iconic device's 11 year history.

And for the first time in the iPhone's existence, Apple could have three new handsets land on shop shelves at the same time, after the iPhone X arrived later than than 8 and 8 Plus last year.

That's going to give you, the people who buy iPhones, a tricky to decision as you’re faced with a number of price points and features.

When you login to pre-order (from September 14 according to rumors) or step into store to pick up your new iPhone (which coul
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d be either September 21 or 28) you'll likely have to choose between the iPhone XS, supersized iPhone XS Plus or the 'affordable' iPhone 9.
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On the hunt for an affordable “pure” Android phone with a hefty discount on Google’s Fi MVNO? Your only option to date would be 2017’s Moto X4 (the Pixel 2 doesn’t really count as “affordable”). The only catch was that Project Fi only offered the lower configuration for the Android One phone. More than a year later, Google is now offering the Moto X4 with more “gigs” to keep the smartphone alive on its Project Fi network.
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Researchers have pioneered a new way to harness the sun’s energy. By combining organic and synthetic parts in a process called semi-artificial photosynthesis, they’ve developed a proof of concept that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen using modified photosynthetic mechanisms from plants.
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Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi launched three smartphones that are part of its new Redmi 6 series today in India. That includes the Redmi 6A, the Redmi 6, and the Redmi 6 Pro, with prices ranging from $84 to $154. While the 6 Pro is a new model in Xiaomi’s budget lineup, the other two handsets are merely iterations of their predecessors from last year.

According to data by IDC, Xiaomi sales account for almost 30 percent of phones in India. And it has achieved that number by mostly championing the segment of mid-range ($80-$200) phones. And it’s great, but it is becoming awfully difficult
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to keep up with Xiaomi’s offerings as there are so many to choose from each year – and many of them compete with each other at the same price point.

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The Note 8 proved to be great return to form for one of Samsung’s best-loved productivity-focused lines. Yes, it was let down in a few areas — battery life being the main sore point — but the camera was most definitely not one of those. Is a camera improvement alone enough to justify an upgrade? Probably not, but if it were, is the camera exponentially better on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs the Samsung Galaxy Note 8?