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Gmail upgrade brings new web app, confidential mode, nudges, snooze, and more

Few people genuinely like change, especially when it comes to interface overhauls involving their favorite apps and websites. “That used to be there, but now I can’t find it,” is the general standard of complaint when companies play around with their products. “Why do they have to change everything around!?!” Against that backdrop, Google has […]

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Apple fixes iPhone 8 third-party screen replacement issue with iOS 11.3.1

Apple released iOS 11.3.1 today, partially addressing an iOS 11.3 issue with iPhone 8 screens that were replaced by third-party repair shops. According to Apple, iOS 11.3.1 “addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 8 devices because they were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays.” Reports two weeks ago noted that two […]

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YouTube removed 8M videos in 3 months, with machines doing most of the work

[embedded content] YouTube has been having a torrid time of late with a number of high-profile brands pulling their ads from the streaming service after discovering some were being run alongside extreme content. To reassure advertisers and deter the interest of regulators, YouTube recently decided to begin posting a quarterly Community Guidelines Enforcement Report highlighting […]

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The best Android podcast apps for your listening pleasure

Radio is a dying format — err, at least in the traditional manner. These days, many of us prefer to listen to podcasts or other streaming media that allow us to listen at our own leisure. Thankfully, there are thousands upon thousands of amazing podcasts available on-demand. Below are a few of our favorite podcast […]

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ZTE Responds to US Government Ban

ZTE is in hot water. The Chinese phone maker, which is No. 4 in the US with about 10 percent of our market, was recently banned from using US components by the Commerce Department because it didn’t eliminate the bonuses of 35 employees caught selling electronics to Iran. Today, ZTE bit back with an extensive […]

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Where Are the Great Voice Phones?

Three times in as many weeks, people have asked me to recommend really great voice phones. We’re talking non-smartphones here—the kind of flips and bars that people use if they’re trying to break an addiction to Facebook, don’t want to pay for data service, or want to give to kids. I’ve been infuriated that I […]

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The Best Designer and Luxury iPhone 8 Cases

You don’t want just any plastic case on your Apple iPhone 8. These whimsical cases take style—but not themselves—seriously. PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. While Apple says the back of its iPhone 8 sports the “most durable glass ever in a […]

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ProBeat: Google’s Chat is close, and yet so far

Google has a complicated plan for its messaging app disaster. The company has concluded there is no easy solution to its messaging mess, and it’s relying on corralling carriers to help. The company is getting closer and closer to a coherent strategy, which is great, but it’s years away from taking shape and frankly doesn’t […]

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Hearthstone boss Ben Brode leaves Blizzard Entertainment

Ben Brode has spent most of the last decade working on Blizzard Entertainment’scard battler Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, but for him, that work is now coming to an end. Brode announced today that he is leaving the publisher to start a new game studio even though that means leaving behind Blizzard’s on-campus Starbucks. “I am […]

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Lyft hopes to offset its carbon emissions with projects combating climate change

(Reuters) — Lyft is launching a program on Thursday to offset emissions from the 1.4 million cars that drive for the U.S. ride-hailing service by investing in projects to reduce other sources of greenhouse gas, the company said. The move comes as Lyft and Uber, as well as bike-share and scooter-renting startups, face scrutiny for […]

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Apple introduces iPhone-shredding Daisy robot ahead of environmental report

Ahead of Earth Day and the release of its annual environmental report, Apple announced today that it has developed Daisy, a second-generation iPhone recycling robot capable of turning three iPhones per minute into sorted piles of parts. Rather than just leaving old devices intact, the machine enables Apple to reclaim “precious materials” — a process […]

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Strong Debut for iPhone X as Smartphone Market Slows

Apple’s iPhone X had a strong showing during its debut quarter as the overall smartphone market slowed, according to new data from research firm Counterpoint. On Tuesday, Counterpoint said Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone accounted for 21 percent of total industry revenue and 35 percent of profits during the fourth quarter of 2017. That’s quite impressive, given […]

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What Is Fast Charging?

Life in the Fast Lane Being able to quickly charge your phone or tablet can mean the difference between hours of care-free use or scrambling to find the nearest coffee shop for a power outlet. Fast charging is an increasingly popular feature that allows you to power up your phone in just a fraction of […]

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Chrome 66 arrives with autoplaying content blocked by default

Google today launched Chrome 66 for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. The desktop release includes autoplaying content muted by default, security improvements, and new developer features. You can update to the latest version now using the browser’s built-in updater or download it directly from google.com/chrome. With over 1 billion users, Chrome is both a […]