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Nokia 8 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage officially confirmed to be coming next month

The Nokia 8 variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage was recently spotted in documents of the US FCC. And now, according to a new report, the model has been officially confirmed by HMD.

The report notes the company has confirmed the variant will be made available in Europe (Germany, specifically) next month on October 20. It’ll only be available in Polished Blue color option though. As for pricing, the device will carry a tag of €669, which is €90 more than what the regular 4GB/64GB version carries.

There’s currently no information on exactly when the variant will arrive in other key…

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Video shows how Apple prepares for the launch of its new iPhone models

A video put together by Buzzfeed shows how Apple prepared for the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus launch starting all the way back with the September 12th unveiling of the new handsets. When pre-orders for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K started on September 15th, several Apple engineers were sitting in Apple’s “War Room” to track the incoming orders and to make sure things were running smoothly.

Making sure that all of the finished iPhone units arrive at Apple Stores on time, and on the doorsteps of those who ordered one, is Apple’s Senior … – Source

Sony Xperia XZ Premium camera scores 83 on DxOMark

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have dominated the camera game according to DxO’s latest camera testing procedures with scored of 94 and 92, respectively.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium was also reviewed by the camera reviewers and scored 83 points. Considering that smartphones have been competing for DxO’s top spot including the Google Pixel and HTC U11, Sony doesn’t seem to be trying on the camera front. Either that, or DxO’s testing protocols aren’t in Sony’s favor, we’ll let you be the judge.

DxO says that Sony does a well enough job with still photography and video, but doesn’t break any…

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GO Keyboard apps could be spying on over 200 million Android users

According to a new report, a pair of third party keyboard apps that are listed in the Google Play Store under GO Keyboard could actually be spying on you. The developer, listed as the GOMO Dev Team, says that “We will never collect your personal info including credit card information. In fact, we cares for privacy of what you type and who you type!” That hardly seems to be the case as the apps allegedly have access to data showing your identity, phone call records, and can listen in to the microphones on your handset.

Thee apps have over 200 million users and allegedly communicate with “dozens” … – Source

Here’s what’s going on with Verizon customers who live outside its coverage area

Last week, Verizon sent notifications to about 8,500 customers which comprised of about 19,000 cellular lines in 13 states, that they would be disconnected as of October 17. The reason for this is that these subscribers were using too much data while roaming off of Verizon’s network grid. Roaming data is expensive for carriers and Verizon doesn’t seem to want these stragglers to burn a hole in its operating costs.

This would give those who received the notifications just about a month’s time to find a new carrier or be disconnected. Not only is this inconvenient to the customers, but it…

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YouTube’s ‘Creators for Change’ premiere at Tribeca’s TV Festival

You can find almost anything on YouTube these days, but with the “Creators for Change” program, the site had a specific goal in mind: Show how its platform could be used for social good. Tonight at the first ever Tribeca TV Festival, YouTube premiere… – Source

Essential PH-1 now available from Best Buy

You can now get the Essential PH-1 (hands-on here) from Best Buy retails stores in the United States. The blue and yellow retail store’s preorder period is over and you can now place an order for the Black Moon version of the Essential Phone and you can even pick one up in the store. It might be a good idea to check if your local store has one before making the trip.

The Pure White model, on the other hand, isn’t available just yet, though it is listed as “coming soon”. On Best Buy’s website.

The Essential PH-1 has a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display that it calls “Full Display”. Aside…

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PSA: Oreo is causing Google Alarm Clock app to fail for some

Oreo is Android’s latest version release, and as with every release, there are always going to be kinks and issues that need to be ironed out in the following maintenance update.

A considerable amount of users have been reporting that the Google Clock App is crashing. As a result of this, the moment a pre-set alarm goes off, the App Crashes and goes silent, causing many of these unsuspecting users to run late to work. You can find these over at Reddit.

Google Clock App

If you are running Android Oreo, you might want to check to make sure that your Alarm app is working as…

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Professional photographer’s take on the iPhone 8 Plus camera

As the iPhone 8 reviews come out, we will see a lot of different viewpoints discussing the various aspects of the phone. But there’s something to be said about hearing the opinion of a professional photographer talking specifically about the new camera on the iPhone 8.

And that’s exactly what Austin Mann did after going around the state of Rajasthan in India and taking hundreds of pictures with his pre-production iPhone 8 Plus and describing it all in his blog post.

The entire blog post in all its glory is linked below, but here are some of the key takeaways from it.


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Russia targeted election systems in 21 states, successfully hacking some

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security notified nearly half of the U.S. states that their election systems were targeted by Russia-affiliated hackers in an attempt to influence the 2016 election. In most of the states targeted, the hackers were engaged in preliminary activities like scanning. In other states hackers attempted to infiltrate systems and failed, but in a small selection… Read More

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The reviews are in for the iPhone 8/8Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 102) – CNET

Is the Apple Watch that bad? Did Apple do enough with the Apple TV 4K? Are the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus boring? We take a deep dive into Apple’s latest product line with the man who reviewed them for CNET, Scott Stein. – Source

The reviews are in for the iPhone 8/8Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K (ABEC, Ep. 102) video – CNET

Is the Apple Watch that bad? Did Apple do enough with the Apple TV 4K? Are the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus boring? We take a deep dive into Apple’s latest product line with the man who reviewed them for CNET, Scott Stein. – Source

Facebook Drops Stock Reclassification That Would Have Solidified Zuckerberg’s Control

The social network’s board withdrew a stock reclassification proposal after a shareholder suit that would have put Mr. Zuckerberg in a courtroom. – Source

Editorial: Facebook’s Belated Awakening

As social media companies wield greater power in the political system, more safeguards are needed. – Source

NFL players slam Donald Trump for rant against protests

Football players are lashing out at Donald Trump after the president went on an extended rant about athlete activism at a rally Friday night.

Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who kneel or otherwise protest during the national anthem and encouraged fans to boycott the league.

SEE ALSO: Why Russia hasn’t successfully screwed with Germany’s election — yet

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!” Trump said.

Read the transcript from Trump’s racist rant on Black players in the NFL

It’s WAY worse than I

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Intel’s Project Alloy VR headset is dead

Intel won’t be releasing its Project Alloy VR headset platform anytime this year — in fact, it won’t be releasing the technology at all. The tech giant has officially killed the initiative, which aimed to provide partner companies an open reference… – Source

[Update: No longer works for YT] Tutorial: How to force Picture-in-Picture mode on Oreo for YouTube, Google Maps, Duo, and others

Update 1: 2017/09/22 8:01pm PDT

It looks like a recent YouTube app update (likely either 12.36 or 12.37) has blocked this method. Now that PiP in Google Maps and Duo is widely rolled out, there’s not

One of Android Oreo’s best features is Picture-in-Picture mode for phones and tablets. When you press the home button while playing media (on an app that supports PiP), the video collapses to a floating window that you can move around the screen.

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[Update: No longer works for YT] Tutorial: How to force Picture-in-Picture mode on Oreo for YouTube, Google Maps, Duo, and others was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Moto E4 Plus now goes for $148.89, $31.10 cheaper than usual

The Moto E4 Plus landed in the US last month, and now it’s finally time for it to get its first promotional price reduction. Normally going for $179.99 unlocked, the entry-level model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage can now be snagged from Amazon for just $148.89. This is the standard version, mind you, not the one that has lock screen offers and ads that is exclusive to Amazon Prime members.

So if you act soon (because there’s really no telling how long this deal will last), you’re able to save a neat $31.10 compared to the phone’s normal pricing. The non-Plus E4 model was discounted…

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Esports events are taking over huge stadiums—and for good reason

At the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, fans have gathered to enjoy a weekend of friends, fun, and video games at ‘ESL One’ New York, a professional ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’ tournament featuring eight of the best teams in the world.

Esports events are definitely a recent phenomenon, pulling diehard fans away from their PCs and into the seats of major sports venues around the world. …

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Here’s how to make your very own DIY Link costume

Tali is back and this time she puts her own feminine spin on “Link” from classic Legend of Zelda series.

In each episode of DIY Costume Squad one of our expert hosts shows you how to make your own DIY costume based on popular movie/TV/video game characters. Watch as they transform everyday materials and store-bought items into fantastic costumes!

See more episodes of Costume Squad!

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5 things we just learned from the iPhone 8 teardown – CNET

Would you believe the iPhone 8 has a smaller battery? Here’s what else iFixit discovered. – Source

Nintendo rolls out two-step authentication for online accounts

Nintendo now supports two-factor verification to its Nintendo Accounts. This adds another layer of security by requiring codes generated from the Google Authenticator app, though it comes years later than most other gaming platforms. – Source

Tata Motors, India’s largest auto manufacturer, launches its first Android Auto-equipped vehicle

Android Auto continues to arrive in more vehicles, this time in India via Tata Motors. According to Google, the 2017 Tata Nexon is now part of the growing repertoire of Auto-compatible… autos.

Being India’s largest car manufacturer, Tata is an interesting case study from a business standpoint (I actually had to do one on this company) — and it makes some nice-looking vehicles to boot. Seeing such a large player in that part of the world with Android Auto is good news for the platform, even though it seems to have stagnated recently.

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Tata Motors, India’s largest auto manufacturer, launches its first Android Auto-equipped vehicle was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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iPhone 8 teardown reveals few surprises, but more camera details

The always hotly anticipated iFixit teardown of the iPhone 8 has arrived, and while it doesn’t harbor much in the way of surprises, there are a few tidbits you may want to know about hiding in there. Especially if you like hearing about things like “pixel pitch.” Read More

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Get to know the CNET family: Q&A with Claire Reilly – CNET

Meet Claire from Down Under. She has a face of an angel and the voice of Meat Loaf. – Source

Unlocked Essential Phone now available at Best Buy

The unlocked Essential Phone is now available inside Best Buy stores, and online. Andy Rubin ‘s Android powered handset will work with all four major stateside carriers and features a tough titanium build. And while the 5.71-inch LCD screen may not have a notch like the Apple iPhone X, it does have a little cut out area at the top of the 1312 x 2560 resolution screen. That is for the phone’s front-facing 8MP camera and certain sensors.

Over at Best Buy, you can pick up the unlocked Essential Phone for $699.99. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset which includes an octa-core … – Source

I have an SNES Classic Edition, and it rules

Just in time for a weekend during which I had already planned to do nothing productive, a small package from Nintendo containing what will likely be its hottest item since the NES Classic Edition… which is to say, of course, the SNES Classic Edition. Read More

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Lady Gaga shows just how important it is to talk about pain in her new Netflix documentary

If you watched just the first few minutes of Lady Gaga’s new Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” you’d be forgiven for thinking she’s only a pampered pop star who has her every need met with a snap of her fingers.

SEE ALSO: Why Lady Gaga and her mom want you to take this ‘mental health first aid’ class

In the opening scene, Gaga strolls through her luxurious Malibu estate in a revealing body suit and sweats. She feeds pieces of chicken to her adorable dogs. She eats food someone else appears to have prepared for her. When she climbs a staircase lined with star-shaped balloons, she explains they’re to celebrate starring in a new Bradley Cooper movie. She puts her plate down so she can get a massage. …

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Apple presents 8 things to love about iPhone 8

While launching the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in the US and around
the world, today, Apple also released a short promo video presenting “8
things to love” about the two devices. Unsurprisingly, most of these
things can be found among the new features that the iPhone 8 series is bringing,
including: Portrait Lighting, a durable glass back, wireless charging, the
brand new A11 Bionic chipset, enhanced Retina HD display, and augmented reality

Needles to say, thanks to these features, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are superior
to last year’s iPhone 7 family. And yet they’re … – Source

Forget what you’ve been told about edtech

Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. The investment de jour? Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, “Edtech is the next fintech.” While most of us can appreciate the wordplay, comparing edtech to fintech, or other “hot” industries, is a dangerous game — one that that can severely damage… Read More

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