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Ever want to build your own AI? Here’s where to start!

<i>The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.</i><p>When we think about Artificial Intelligence, we tend to imagine this technology being locked away in expensive research facilities as government labs.<p>However, …

Computer Science

More phones on Sprint add RCS support for Google Messenger

In November, Google confirmed that Sprint would be the company’s first wireless carrier partner to offer Android customers its universal Rich Communications Services (RCS) support. This week, Sprint has quietly added more phones that support RCS with the latest version of Google Messenger.<p>According …

Google

ASUS ZenWatch 3 review

Not long after Android Wear’s inception, ASUS entered the smartwatch market with the original ASUS ZenWatch. Although it didn’t quite offer the same level of appeal as the circular Moto 360, it marked the beginning of one of the best Android Wear lines to-date.<p>Two years and one iteration after its …

ASUS

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will jump straight to Android 7.1.1 Nougat

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will forgo Android 7.0 and be upgraded straight to Android 7.1.1, Samsung has revealed. Samsung made the announcement in a response to a member of the Galaxy beta program who suggested that it upgrades the phones to the latest Android software, and provides a …

Android News

Verizon won’t be rolling out Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shutdown update

Earlier today, Samsung confirmed that it will issue an update on Dec. 19 to all remaining Galaxy Note 7 phones in the US. The update will prevent the device’s battery from charging, which will of course make the phone useless. As it turns out, one major US carrier won’t be rolling out that update:</i> …

Phones

CM 14.1 rolling out for the 2014 Moto X, Galaxy S3, HTC One Max and more

The incessant CM 14.1 rollout continues unabated, with a big bunch of new supported devices added to its warm Nougat embrace. CM 14.1 is based on Android 7.1 Nougat, delivering the latest and greatest Android has to offer with some CyanogenMod specialties on top to devices that would otherwise …

HTC

ZTE offers Nougat preview program for Axon 7 owners in the US

Got a ZTE Axon 7? Live in the US? Fancy a bit of Nougat preview action? If your Axon 7 model number is A2017U then you’re eligible to apply for ZTE’s Nougat preview program for U.S. residents.<p>You’ll have to be a member of the Z-Community to apply, but signing up for that is a simple enough affair. …

Central Nervous System

Building a simple RSS reader – full tutorial with code

For this Android developer tutorial, we are going to create a simple RSS reader app. This app would fetch RSS feeds from a single, user specified internet address, and display the contents using a RecyclerView. If you aren’t familiar with the RecyclerView widget, check out our previous tutorial on …

RSS Readers

Best MetroPCS Android phones (December 2016)

MetroPCS tends to be ignored, but we have listed it as one of the carriers with the best unlimited data plans, as well as the best prepaid plans. There are plenty of smart reasons to stick with this T-Mobile-owned carrier, but choosing the right phone might be a more complicated task.<p>Looking for …

Android News

Department of Transportation proposes new rules for phone calls during flights

On Thursday, The Department of Transportation proposed a few new rules that would allow airlines to decide whether they will let passengers make voice calls during flights using the aircraft’s onboard Wi-Fi system.<p>However, the rules state that airlines and ticket agents would have to let the …

Phones

Xiaomi starts rolling out Marshmallow update for Redmi Note 3 in India

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 started selling in India in March this year with a starting price of Rs 9,999. It’s currently the company’s best-selling smartphone in India and features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, the Snapdragon 650 processor, 2/3 GB of RAM, and a primary 16 MP camera.<p>The device was …

India

South Korean President impeached, Samsung accused of bribery

In case you weren’t aware, a dramatic soap opera has been playing out in recent months at the highest levels of South Korean politics. Involving corruption, bribery, shamans, show horses, secret societies and all manner of other peculiarity, the situation has finally resulted in the impeachment of …

Samsung

AT&T to refund more than $88 million to customers for unauthorized charges

Back in 2014, the FTC cracked down on AT&T for placing unauthorized third-party charges on its customers’ phone bills, a practice known as “mobile cramming”. On average, the company charged its users $9.99 per month for ringtones and text message subscriptions containing love tips, horoscopes and …

Mobile

TSMC wants to build a new factory for 5nm and 3nm chips

Samsung may be the first to mass produce the industry’s first 10nm SoC, but that doesn’t mean TSMC can’t prepare for what’s to come in the future – the Taiwanese chipmaker is apparently planning to build a new factory for future processors built on a 5nm and a 3nm design.<p>TSMC wants to make chipsets …

Sony wants to be the first manufacturer (besides Google) to release Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Sony aims to be the first manufacturer outside of Google to release Android 7.1.1 Nougat. According to <i>Xperia Blog</i>, Sony’s developer team has stated that issuing Android 7.1.1 is its “number one priority” and that “if you spot any other vendor (excluding Google) releasing this faster than us, …

Google

Samsung working on two foldable smartphones, dual-screen version arriving early 2017

Strap yourselves in kids, we’re about to take a trip to the future. After years of teaser videos, leaked roadmaps, concept designs and flexible display panel demonstrations, Samsung is finally nearing a foldable product release. According to South Korea’s <i>ET News</i>, Samsung is working on two different …

Samsung

Super Mario Run gameplay video shows off new modes and content

Nintendo has unveiled further details about its upcoming mobile Mario game, Super Mario Run. Launching December 15 on iOS, and coming to Android later, the new title plays on the classic side-scrolling platform action found in numerous Mario games but merges it with the auto-runner formula …

Gaming

Vodafone India offers double the data for its 4G pre-paid customers

Customers who are signed up for Vodafone‘s 4G pre-paid data plans in India are now getting double the amount of that fast download amount. The carrier announced the new “Double Data” benefits this week, most likely as a way to better compete with rival carrier Reliance Jio and others.<p>Under the …

Customers

Huawei Watch is gone from the Play Store, Michael Kors replaces it

Arguably the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch, the Huawei Watch is officially gone from the Play Store, only to be replaced by a gaudy Michael Kors smartwatch.<p>The Huawei Watch is now over a year old but is still considered the best that Android Wear can offer: which says something about …

Michael Kors

Pokémon Go code leak may reveal what will be in the game’s Dec. 12 update

Developer Niantic Labs has already confirmed it will reveal some major updates for its augmented reality game <i>Pokémon Go</i> on Monday, Dec. 12. Now, some people have code dived into the latest version of the game and discovered what may be included in that update.<p>Many previous rumors claim that the …

Pokémon

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might be made useless in the US on December 15

A new report claims that all remaining Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US will basically become useless on Thursday, December 15. The company may potentially release an update to the phone that could disable the battery from charging.<p>The report comes from <i>The Verge</i>, which states that a Note …

Samsung

Bethesda Pinball launches with Doom, Fallout and Skyrim tables

Developer Zen Studios continues to add to its many virtual pinball games with its newest release, Bethesda Pinball. The game features three tables based on the Doom, Fallout and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim game franchises from Bethesda Softworks.<p>Each table is currently available from within the …

Gaming

YouTube and Facebook reveal their top trending videos of 2016

There are still a few more days left in 2016, but that is not stopping YouTube unit from revealing its top 10 trending global videos of the past year. This time, YouTube’s list is being joined by Facebook, who is offering its list of the top global Live videos of 2016. This is the first time …

You Tube

LeEco planning major business changes as financial woes continue

Things seem to be going from “bad” to “worse” for China-based smartphone and smart TV company LeEco. The company decided to halt trading of its shares this week, after rumors that its falling stock price had triggered margin calls on funds borrowed by the LeEco’s billionaire founder Jia Yueting.<p>In …

Business

New Daydream View headset colors begin shipping, new apps officially launch

Google officially confirmed that its Daydream View VR headsets are now shipping in two new colors, Crimson and Snow. The new color choices were available for pre-order on the Google Store last week, but both are now officially available in the US, UK and Australia for the price of $79 each. Both …

Virtual Reality

Deal: lifetime ZenVPN subscription 95% off

<i>The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.</i><p>Last week, we found a deal for Getflix, a service that lets you access different regions’ video streaming services. Some readers responded that a better …

Hulu

Developers can now write apps for the Assistant on Google Home

Google Assistant will be getting a lot more useful starting today. The digital voice assistant that’s available in the new Google Home connected speaker is now open to third-party app developers.<p>Google Home review<br>• What voice commands can I use with Google Home?<p>Specifically, the developer platform …

Google

Cortana for Android gets a refreshed look as it makes its UK debut

It’s been nearly a year since Microsoft officially launched the Android version of its Cortana digital assistant. Today, the company revealed that the app is finally available in the UK. At the same time, it will roll out an update this week that will give Cortana a fresh new look.<p>The revamped UI …

Android News

PS2 classic ‘Bully’, from the makers of Grand Theft Auto, gets a mobile release

Throw equal parts Grand Theft Auto, nostalgia and a legendary console into a time warp and what do you get? Bully: Anniversary Edition on mobile devices. Rockstar Games has today released its classic Playstation 2 title Bully on Android and iOS in celebration of its 10th birthday.<p>The game will set …

PlayStation

The Pokemon Go Starbucks collaboration is official

When you’re out hunting Pokemon this holiday season, you can now officially rest your weary feet at one of your numerous local Starbucks for a Pokemon Go Frappuccino and a little monster battling action. Starbucks has made official what has been frequently rumored lately: 7,800 Starbucks locations …

Starbucks