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Huawei nova 2 and nova 2 plus unveiled: dual main camera, 20MP selfie camera

Huawei’s premium mid-range line went into its second generation – meet the Huawei nova 2 and Huawei nova 2 plus. They leave the Honor-like design behind and look closer to the flagship P-series – down to the dual camera.

The dual camera is on the back, consisting of a 12MP sensor (1.25µm pixels) behind an f/1.8 lens and an 8MP sensor to help with optical zoom and portrait mode. On the front is a surprisingly serious 20MP selfie camera (the P10 has an 8MP cam!).

The nova 2 and nova 2 plus both feature metal unibodies and differ mainly in screen – 5″ for the smaller model, 5.5″ for the…

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How to leave Windows XP behind: 5 alternatives for under $500 – CNET

Older systems running Windows XP and 7 are vulnerable to WannaCry and other malware. Protect yourself by modernizing with one of these inexpensive upgrades. – Source

Disney’s Bob Iger says the film hack threat was a hoax

Chief executive Bob Iger said the company doesn’t believe a ransom demand was genuine as “nothing has happened”. – Source

LG Nexus 5X bootloop lawsuit dropped by one law firm

LG has gotten itself into some legal trouble because of the bootloop issues Nexus 5X users have been experiencing. Fortunately for the company, one of the lawsuits has now been dropped. Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, the law firm that took LG to court, has filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of the case at the beginning of the month.

The law firm claims that it dropped the case because LG has decided to extend the warranty for some customers, is willing to repair affected devices and offer refunds in certain cases.

See also:Android 7.1.2 adds pull-down notification fingerprint gesture to Nexus 5XFebruary 2, 2017

However, it is worth pointing out that Chimicles & Tikellis LLP isn’t the only law firm that took LG to court. Girard Gibbs LLP is also suing the company over the Nexus 5X bootloop issue and, at least for now, the case is still open. LG just might ink the same deal with the law firm as it did with Chimicles & Tikellis LLP, although this hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Read: What’s going on with LG and those bootloops?

Do you own a Nexus 5X? Have you experienced any problems with the smartphone? Let us know by posting a comment down below.

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Samsung confirms existence of 2017 Galaxy J3, J5, and J7 models in the most unexpected of places

The Samsung Galaxy J series are some of the most popular budget-friendly phones available on the market, so it’s hardly shocking that the company is refreshing its entire J line in 2017.
So far, this year’s Galaxy J3, J5, and J7 models received FCC certifications, while numerous leaks also allegedly revealed details about their specs and design. All of these things indicate that the trio’s announcement is imminent, and now, Samsung has even officially confirmed their existence, albeit in a surprising place.
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Gillian Anderson perfectly channels David Bowie for ‘American Gods’

Gillian Anderson is one of the most charismatic, magnetic, talented actresses around so it feels just right that she would impersonate David Bowie.

SEE ALSO: ‘American Gods’ is blessed with a Season 2 renewal after two episodes

Anderson stars as the New Media God on American Gods, a powerful entity which “assumes whatever form will deliver her message most effectively and is often personified by iconic celebrities,” according to Starz.

In the 28 May episode, the X-Files actress plays the late rock legend in the Ziggy Stardust-era persona. And the results are astonishing:

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Compare it with this Bowie pic: …

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Subtitling systems contain ‘widespread’ security threat

Four popular media players are vulnerable to attack because of flaws, a security firm warns. – Source

Check out the evolution of mobile apps from IBM Simon to Snapchat

Did you know that the first mobile apps arrived in the distant 1994 on the IBM Simon? Although users of this one couldn’t download apps on this smartphone predecessor by any means, they had access to stock apps like a built-in calculator, contact book, clock, news, stocks, and even an early precursor to Google Maps!
Since then, apps have skyrocketed in terms of quality and quantity, as well as availability – getting an app these days is as easy as launching the app store and immediately getting bombarded with tons of software that’s vying for the … – Source

Samsung Galaxy Feel announced with 4.7-inch display, Android Nougat

A new Samsung phone has been announced. Dubbed Galaxy Feel, the device is powered by an SoC with octa-core 1.6GHz processor, and sports a 4.7-inch, HD screen. RAM is 3GB, while internal memory is 32GB.

The handset features a 16MP main camera and a 5MP front shooter. Measuring 138x67x8.3mm and weighing in at 149g, the phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat OS, and packs in a 3,000mAh battery.

Color options include white, black, and pink. The device is also water and dust proof.

Pre-bookings for the Galaxy Feel are now live in Japan (through NTT DoCoMo), with sales scheduled to…

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Relive Carrie Keagan’s awkward first orgasm

You’d hope that your first orgasm would be the best experience of your life, but for TV personality Carrie Keagan, it was one of the most embarrassing. Suffer through the moment with her and our crack team of animators.

First Fails is a new mini-series from Mashable and Bravo. Join celebrities as they recount their first worst moments — coming to you in full animated color. …

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Everyone has fallen in love with this dad’s letter to Ariana Grande

A father of three Ariana Grande fans has penned an open letter to the pop star, offering some “redneck love from a daddy of daughters” following the heartbreaking events at Manchester arena.

SEE ALSO: Why Ariana Grande’s music is so important

The letter by Patrick Millsaps from Georgia, U.S. has since gone viral, gaining almost 20K retweets and over 40K likes.

“I am the father of three daughters — ages 13, 12 and 12. So, you have been a part of our family for years,” wrote Millsaps whose girls are named Morgan, Alison and Kendall.

An open letter to @ArianaGrande #ManchesterBombing #ManchesterStrong #arianastaystrong #ArianaGrandeConcert #love #hope #peace #song

— Patrick Millsaps (@PatrickMillsaps) …

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The Morning After: Friday, May 26th 2017

Welcome to Friday morning. In the last 24 hours, we gazed at SpaceX’s latest rocket tests and heard about major financial companies involving themselves in bitcoin. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Twitch competitor has (sort of) relaunched with a new name and… – Source

Nintendo shares hit 8-year high as cult title Monster Hunter is announced for Switch

Nintendo is unleasing a monster title on the Switch — quite literally — after Capcom revealed plans to bring its Monster Hunter franchise to the console with the upcoming Monster Hunter XX title. (That’s “double cross” not “XX,” by the way.)
While it might not be mainstream in the West, Monster Hunter is a huge franchise in Japan.
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Best Android game deals of the week: Top free and discounted games

The universe of apps and games that is the Google Play Store is expanding by the minute. With some estimates pointing to close to a thousand new entries being added to the vast market place every single day, and with developers discounting their products on a regular basis, there is no shortage of either content or sweet deals on the Play Store. However, at a certain point, finding the quality stuff in this seemingly infinite hodgepodge of software, becomes a rather tedious exercise in trial and error.

That’s the reason we decided to go hunting for quality … – Source

What’s on MrMobile’s phone?

As we approach the one-year anniversary of MrMobile’s launch, it seems only right to fulfill one of the most common viewer requests. You see a variation of the question in the comment section of nearly every video: “what’s on your phone, MrMobile?” And while I personally find my app selection really predictable, I figure there’s probably a gem or two in here that some of y’all haven’t heard of yet. So dive on in to the How MrMobile Works catalog to take in my Top 40 Apps video – and if you agree with me that this collection could use some spicing up, drop a comment down below with your top app alternatives!

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Florida GOP consultant admits he worked with Guccifer 2.0, analyzing hacked data

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A Florida GOP campaign consultant who runs a blog under a pseudonym directly contacted the hackers behind the breach of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and he solicited material from them. The Wall Street Journal reports that Aaron Nevins set up a Dropbox account specifically for “Guccifer 2.0” to drop files into, and he received 2.5 GB of data from the Democratic Party breaches—including the “get out the vote” strategy for congressional candidates in Florida.

Nevins analyzed the data and posted his analysis on his blog, Guccifer 2.0 sent a link to the blog to Trump backer Roger Stone, who told the paper he was also in communication with the hackers. Nevins told the Journal that the hackers didn’t understand what they had until he explained the data’s value.

Some of the most valuable data, Nevins said, was the Democratic Party’s voter turnout models. “Basically, if this was a war, this is the map to where all the troops are deployed,” Nevins told the person or persons behind the Guccifer 2.0 account via Twitter. He also told them, “This is probably worth millions of dollars.”

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Wearables suck at tracking calories burned, study shows

New data out of Stanford is lending credence to common wisdom that fitness trackers suck at counting calories. Heart-rate monitoring, on the other hand, fared surprisingly well in the school’s Medical Center studies. Read More

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Uber uses a dinosaur to show how you’d control a self-driving car with a smartphone

Why just hail a self-driving car with your smartphone when you can control one, too?

That may soon be an option if Uber has its way.

SEE ALSO: Uber is losing a ton — and we mean a ton — of money

As detailed by a patent application published May 25, the company envisions a system that allows a rider to “instruct the autonomous vehicle to perform one or more non-driving operations” via a “mobile computing device.”

That’s right, only non-driving maneuvers are on the table here. So no, you won’t be able to steer the self-driving car with your smartphone. But why would you want to, anyway? If your goal was to drive a car, you wouldn’t be in an autonomous Uber. …

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‘Minecraft’ players on the autism spectrum find a safe space on the Autcraft server

One dad wanted to give people on the autism spectrum a safe space to play Minecraft, so he made a troll-free server called Autcraft that has ballooned in popularity.

Stuart Duncan, also known as AutismFather, created Autcraft in 2013. Today it has more than 8,200 members, The Mighty reported, and people outside the community are taking notice.

In a video, Duncan explains what exactly Autcraft is and why it’s important for people — kids especially — to have a safe place to Minecraft and be themselves.

Minecraft, like almost every game with an online element, suffers from bullies and trolls who come in and create toxic environments. …

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Recently revealed “Cloak & Dagger” Android attack uses overlays and accessibility services to deceive users

A new series of vulnerabilities in Android have been discovered by researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Titled “Cloak & Dagger” this new class of vulnerabilities and attack vectors makes use of overlays and accessibility service permissions in Android. These services can potentially allow for a malicious application to perform unwanted actions, including collecting data input on the device and so-called “clickjacking.” The latter term being when a user might believe they are performing one action, but another is occurring beneath a deceptive overlay.

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Recently revealed “Cloak & Dagger” Android attack uses overlays and accessibility services to deceive users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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These flat-pack turtlebots will crawl across minefields for safety’s sake

The threat of minefields is an ongoing and horrifying one, and the duty of clearing them is as difficult as it is dangerous. All the more reason, then, that it should be done by robots! A new type of inexpensive, versatile bot modeled after turtles could be a great tool for this and other jobs. Read More

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These Australian versions of Pokémon are truly magnificent

Yes, Australians freaking love Pokémon too.

It’s no wonder they’ve gone mad for an Australian Pokédex, after pixel art animator Paul Robertson posted his creations on Twitter.

SEE ALSO: New ‘Pokémon’ mobile game is all about the most useless Pokémon ever: Magikarp

The monsters are local icons given the Pokémon makeover: Take “Pavlover,” a monster version of the pavlova dessert; “Uuluruu,” obviously named after the country’s most famous natural icon, Uluru; “Errwinn,” after Steve Irwin; or “Bludioath,” which just means, well, “bloody oath.”

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Apple News hired its first ever Editor-in-Chief

Apple News is the default news aggregation app on iOS since the launch of iOS 9 in the summer of 2015. And currently, that’s all it is. It doesn’t generate its own original content, but relies on its partners, such as the CNN, Huffington Post, The New York Times and BuzzFeed, to provide stories for its users.

However, it appears that Apple has more ambitious plans for the app, as it just recruited an Editor-in-Chief for Apple News, which is a new position for the Cupertino company. Lauren Kern, one of the star editors of New York Magazine, will be assuming the role of EIC of Apple News, … – Source

VR is now helping teach midwives to deliver babies – CNET

A new project will allow aspiring midwives at the University of Newcastle to deliver babies in a virtual environment. – Source

Motorola Moto Z currently going for £299 in UK

If you are a Motorola fan in the UK, and are planning to purchase a new smartphone, you might want to take a look at the deal retailer John Lewis is offering: 32GB Moto Z for £299.95. Available color options include black/silver and white/gold.

That’s a discount of around £200 given that Motorola UK is officially selling the handset at a starting price of £499. The deal also includes a 2-year guarantee. There’s currently no information on when the offer expires, so those planning to avail it may have to act fast.

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The first iPhone 8 dummy hands-on is FIRE! video – CNET

You’ll either be giddy or unimpressed with the new iPhone 8 dummy video, the future of the Apple Watch is micro-LED and we announce our Injustice 2 giveaway winners! – Source

Listen to the largest planet in our solar system sing its song

Take a moment and just let the universe sing to you.

A new audio file released by NASA on Thursday reveals the “sound” of Jupiter’s plasma as recorded by the space agency’s Juno probe, which is exploring the huge planet.

SEE ALSO: Jupiter is the gigantic, stormy hellscape we always feared

The two minutes of audio sounds pretty eerie, but also oddly familiar, with musical beeps cascading toward the end of the recording.

NASA researchers created the sound file by using data taken by Juno during its close pass with Jupiter in February.

This isn’t exactly what you’d hear if you were floating in the space around Jupiter, however. …

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iPhone 8 to come with no home button, rumors suggest

The circular home button has been a staple of the Apple handset design ever since the original iPhone. However, according to rumors, originating from China, this will no longer be the case.

DigiTimes reports that the Chinese-language news media, Economic Daily News (EDN), claims that the iPhone 8 will actually ditch the home button altogether. EDN cited sources from one of Apple’s key suppliers – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The Taiwanese company manufactures some of Apple’s chips, and it’s rumored that it already began production of the new … – Source

Heroes of Loot 2, Gunslugs 2 and Meganoid among awesome Play Store games on sale

Time for some hot deals on some great games. A handful of the most popular titles from one-man developer OrangePixel have been reduced in the Play Store, including the Heroes of Loot 1 and 2, and action arcade series Gunslugs.

OrangePixel’s games all feature a similar aesthetic, with impressive pixel art that looks like it would have been at home on the SNES. One of the dev’s more recent titles is Meganoid (2017), something that looks like a cross between Mega Man and Spelunky — the physics and level layouts look very similar to Derek Yu’s acclaimed platformer.

Check out the full list of discounted games below:

Heroes of Loot – $0.99 (was $1.99)
Heroes of Loot 2 – $1.99 (was $3.99)
Gunslugs – $0.99 (was $1.99)
Gunslugs 2 – $0.99 (was $2.49)
Meganoid (2017) – $1.99 (was $3.99)
Space Grunts – $1.99 (was $3.99)

Have you played any of these titles? Which are worth picking up? Let us know in the comments.

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9 things that will 100% maybe happen in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7

Back in July 2016, in an attempt to distract myself from the horrible fact that Game of Thrones was over for another year, I made a set of nine predictions about what might happen in Season 7.

Now that the past ten Game of Thrones-free months are finally over, though, it’s time to revisit things. We have a bunch of new promo images, a couple of teasers, and — most importantly — Wednesday’s trailer, all of which means there’s more evidence to sift through.

SEE ALSO: A full breakdown of that battle map in the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 trailer

After watching the trailer a worrying number of times and poring over theories on …

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