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NordVPN launches Android TV app for streaming out-of-country content

• The popular VPN service NordVPN has launched its own Android TV app.<br>• It will allow Android TV-powered smart TVs and set-top boxes to stream video content from nearly any country.<br>• It will also offer more secure streaming with NordVPN’s services.<p>With the 2018 World Cup now in full swing, there are lots …

Android TV

Oppo Find X review: finding space

When we’ve talked about full-screen phones in 2018, that’s meant around an 80 percent screen-to-body ratio with a small bottom bezel and a notch housing the front camera. The front-facing camera is an integral part of the phone so this design was necessary — until now.<p>With the Oppo Find X, the …

Phones

Beta version of Microsoft Edge natively blocks those annoying ads

• The latest beta for Microsoft Edge for Android features native ad blocking through Adblock Plus.<br>• You can enable or disable Adblock Plus within Edge’s settings.<p>Microsoft Edge is far from the most popular browser on Android. That being said, its beta version received a new update that brings support …

Software

PUBG Mobile inches closer to Fortnite with Royale Pass in update 0.6.0

• Update 0.6.0 for PUBG Mobile adds a Royale Pass, which is eerily similar to Fortnite’s Battle Pass.<br>• With the purchase of the Elite Upgrade or Elite Upgrade Plus, players gain access to additional rewards as they progress.<br>• The popular FPP mode was also adapted for PUBG Mobile, as well as a number of …

Gaming Industry

Pre-orders for LG G7 ThinQ and V35 ThinQ on Project Fi go live

• The LG G7 ThinQ and the LG V35 ThinQ on Project Fi are now up for pre-order.<br>• The LG G7 is priced at $749, while the LG V35 costs $899.<br>• Buyers will get a $100 Project Fi service credit with the purchase of either phone.<p>If you’ve wanted to get your hands on either the LG G7 ThinQ or the newer LG V35 …

LG G7 ThinQ

Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition revealed with super-fast battery charging

• Oppo has announced the 1,699-euro Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition.<br>• The special version of the Find X includes SuperVOOC, which will charge the phone’s battery to 100 percent in just 35 minutes.<br>• The phone also comes with 512GB of storage, as well as Lamborghini’s logo on the back.<p>The official …

Mobile Technology

AT&T and Verizon to stop selling real-time location info to data brokers

• AT&T and Verizon have released statements saying the carriers will end the practice of selling its real-time location info to data brokers.<br>• One of those companies did not confirm if the users of its service had the legal permission to track mobile phone users.<br>• T-Mobile has not yet completely …

Mobile

Evie Launcher update adds Google Feed-like news feed and customizable gestures

• The popular Evie Launcher has released a new update that includes the new Evie Feed.<br>• This is an Google Feed-like news feed that’s based on the owner’s previous actions.<br>• The update also adds customizable gestures and a way to get rid of its search bar.<p>Evie Launcher released a major 2.0 update over a …

Android News

Facebook thinks it’s a great idea to put video ads next to your private messages

• Facebook announced it will place autoplay video ads in Messenger.<br>• Facebook did not divulge additional details, though the company will monitor user feedback.<br>• Almost all of Facebook’s revenue comes from advertising.<p>“How do you sustain a business model which users don’t pay for your service?”<p>“Senator, …

Social Media

Oppo Find X specs: Is this the most stacked phone of 2018?

The Oppo Find X is finally official and the Chinese company’s latest doesn’t disappoint — at least in terms of power and design. In fact, it might be Oppo’s most interesting phone in a long time, offering a beefy platform in an alluring package.<p><i>Read: Oppo Find X makes smartphones sexy again with</i> …

Phones

Unlocked and Amazon Prime exclusive Moto X4 receiving Android 8.1 Oreo update

If you own either the unlocked version of the Moto X4 or the one that’s sold by Amazon as an exclusive for its Prime members, you should expect to see an over-the-air update this week that will bring Android 8.1 Oreo to those handsets.<p><i>Read more: Best Moto X4 Cases</i><p>The update, as reported by <i>Droid …

Android News

Become a Salesforce wizard with this certification bundle 96% off

Salesforce might sound like a terrible misstep in the Marvel franchise, but it’s actually the <b>world’s leading customer relationship management tool</b>, and a lucrative train to jump on.<p>Reason enough for us to highlight a great offer on The Essential Salesforce Certification Training Bundle. Not only …

Salesforce

Join us for the big Oppo Find X launch: Watch the live stream right here

Oppo is about to officially announce one of the company’s biggest smartphone releases in some time, the Oppo Find X. In just a few minutes, you can watch the Find X live stream, which is being held at the famous Louvre Museum in Paris.<p>The event will begin at 2:45 p.m. Eastern time/11:45 a.m. …

Louvre

Project Rush is Adobe’s upcoming editing tool made for YouTube video creators

• Adobe has announced Project Rush, an upcoming all-in-one video editing tool.<br>• The app is designed for people who create content for YouTube video channels and other social media outlets.<br>• The app is currently in beta testing but will launch later in 2018.<p>The rise of YouTube and Twitch as sources for …

Social Media

Alto’s Odyssey will finally launch on Android in July, pre-register now

• Alto’s Odyssey, the sequel to the popular indie game Alto’s Adventure, is finally coming to Android in July.<br>• You can pre-register for the game right now.<br>• The endless sandboarding game was first launched for iOS in February.<p>It’s been a long wait, but Android gamers who have been patient for developer …

Android News

Gorgeous award-winning puzzler Gorogoa up for pre-registration on Play Store

Fans of fiendish brain teasers will be glad to hear that the insanely gorgeous, multi-award-winning puzzle game Gorogoa is finally on its way to Android. The title crept onto the Google Play Store earlier today (h/t <i>The Android Soul</i>), with pre-registration now open ahead of a full launch in what we …

In-App Purchases

Hands-on: Official Google Podcasts app now available in the Play Store

Hot on the heels of an accidental leak, the official Google Podcasts app has made its way to the Google Play Store.<p>At first glance, the app looks like any other podcast app — you can search for new podcasts if you know what you want to listen to, and all the podcasts you’re subscribed to can be …

Apps

73% price drop on CES-honored Legacy headphones

The A-Audio Legacy noise cancelling headphones may not be the latest release, but they’re still <b>great performers</b> in the market. The good news for deal hunters is that a <b>limited number of pairs</b> can now be snapped up for just $79.99.<p>The Legacy headphones were honored in the <b>2015 CES innovation awards</b>, …

Consumer Tech

Celebrate all the World Cup goals with soccer-themed Galaxy S9 AR Emoji

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is well underway in Russia and to celebrate Samsung is updating its AR Emoji for the Galaxy S9 series with new football/soccer-themed animations.<p>“AR Emoji Football Edition” lets users create personalized animated emojis similar to those introduced with the Galaxy S9 and S9 …

Apps

Yahoo Mail mobile website gets revamped, Android Go app version launched

• Yahoo Mail is relaunching its mobile website, adding in many of the features found in its mobile apps.<br>• That includes swiping to delete emails, color themes, and more.<br>• An Android Go version of the Yahoo Mail app is also launching today.<p>Are you still using Yahoo Mail? If so, you’re apparently not …

Apps

What’s more important to you in a phone CPU: Performance or battery life? (Poll of the Week)

<b>Last week’s poll summary:</b> Out of over 1,500 total votes, 67.3 percent of voters said they prefer to use Bluetooth headphones, while 32.7 precent prefer using wired headphones with a dongle. The results on our social channels were just about the same — 77 percent of YouTube voters, 75 percent of …

Batteries

Huawei P20 Pro update brings Galaxy S9-like automatic slo-mo video

• Huawei P20 Pro’s latest update brings improvements to the camera, including a mode that automatically takes slow-motion video.<br>• The update also brings some device optimizations and the latest Android security patch.<br>• Reports of the update have so far been from users who have manually updated their …

Huawei P20

Samsung set to build its own GPUs for low-cost phones

• Samsung is thought to be working on its own GPUs as it lists a bunch of graphics engineer positions on LinkedIn.<br>• The company is speculated to be developing the chips for use in smartphones and autonomous vehicles.<br>• Samsung would become the only top-tier Android manufacturer to produce its own graphics …

Phones

Google to shut down location revealing Chromecast and Google Home bug… in a month

• A security firm has found a vulnerability in Chromecast and Google Home devices that could let attackers find the location of their users.<br>• The attack can be done remotely as long as the victim is connected to the same network as the device.<br>• Google is expected to release a fix for the bug in …

Google

Huge Xiaomi phone hits TENAA: is it the Mi Max 3?

The Xiaomi Mi Max 2.<p>A new Xiaomi phablet has appeared on the website of China’s telecoms authority.<br>• The new phone is most likely the Mi Max 3, featuring a 6.9-inch screen and massive battery.<br>• The listing doesn’t include pictures, but we managed to glean a few specifications.<p>Xiaomi’s Mi Max family …

Mobile Technology

Amazon removes Mayday customer support service from its devices

• Amazon announced it will discontinue its Mayday service sometime this month.<br>• Customers can still use Mayday’s screen-sharing feature for customer support.<br>• Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled Mayday in September 2013 alongside the Kindle HDX tablets.<p>A staple feature of Amazon tablets since 2013, Mayday …

Jeff Bezos

Deal: Best Buy offers the Pixel 2 XL for $400 off

Even though the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are right around the corner, the Pixel 2 XL is still one of the best Android smartphones currently available. So long as you do not mind Verizon as your provider, Best Buy has a good deal for you.<p>In addition to the $200 instant discount that Best Buy …

Mobile Technology

Nokia X6 Global version listed on Bluetooth sites, along with Nokia 5.1 Plus

• Bluetooth certification sites may have confirmed that the Nokia X6 will launch outside of China after all.<br>• Two global variants of the phone could be made available in Russia and Taiwan.<br>• The rumored Nokia 5.1 Plus may have been spotted on Bluetooth sites as well.<p>A few weeks ago, the Nokia X6 launched …

Mobile Technology

Westworld mobile game will ride into Google Play on June 21

• Warner Bros. Games will release the mobile game based on the Westworld TV series on June 21.<br>• The game will let players build and maintain their own amusement park filled with human-looking android “hosts.”<br>• Remember, these violent delights have violent ends . . .<p>With the second season of HBO’s …

TV Series

Some ex-Googlers think viewing TV on a phone in portrait mode is a good idea

• A startup company called Dreams has launched with a different take on the smartphone video trend.<br>• The Dreams app offers TV shows that can be viewed vertically while the phone is in portrait mode.<br>• The startup, founded by ex-Google and Instagram team members, has raised $5 million so far.<p>Watching video …

TV shows