Opinion: Are ads the bane or saviour of modern tech?

Some adverts can be fun, others slightly questionable, but generally we just accept them as the price to pay for a free something. Google, Facebook, and a huge range of other free-to-use services make their money from advertisements, and we’re largely OK with this state of affairs. Ads are also a part of modern music and video streaming ...

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Google and Amazon need to learn to get along

Google and Amazon have a funny relationship with each other. Amazon’s line of tablets, the Kindle Fire series, are powered by a heavily skinned Android operating system. And yet, Amazon has long maintained its own app ecosystem, and pitted it against the Play Store. Noticeably absent from Amazon’s app store is anything having to do with Google ...

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HTC will still make phones – but should it bother?

I’m not a CEO, nor do I play one on TV. But that didn’t stop me last week from telling TCL what’s what about the Palm brand. Nor, will it stop me from talking about HTC and where its focus should be. If you haven’t been watching the feeds, welcome back. Google has done its best University of Alabama impression and thrown some steak ...

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active: Why?

Why does the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active exist? Don’t get me wrong, there is always something good about having choice in the Android space, but more so than any other year before it, this Active version of the original Galaxy S smartphone seems redundant. The Active line used to bring some different features underneath a dramatically different ...

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Here’s how we’re already living in 1984

In the real 1984, a good time was had by all. Transformers was just airing on TV. The NES was out in Japan. Arnie and Stallone were making some of the best films ever put on celluloid. But when people refer to 1984, they often aren’t talking about the ‘actual’ year at all. Instead, they’re probably talking about the fictional 1984, as it ...

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Android Pay US bank and credit union list expands with 24 new additions

Android Pay officially launched just over two years ago on September 11, 2015, but Google’s mobile payment service continues to add new banks and credit unions in the United States. This week, Google’s support page for Android Pay added 24 new financial institutions in the US that now support the service, bringing the total number up ...

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GO Keyboard is spying on millions of users according to researchers

Security researchers are warning Android owners that your keyboard may be spying on you. Researchers from Adguard say that two variants of Go Keyboard are sending personal information to remote servers and executing unauthorized code on devices. Go Keyboard is developed by the Chinese GOMO Dev Team. The two versions of the keyboard are listed in ...

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What to look for in a good budget phone

Buying a premium flagship phone isn’t easy. You’re basically looking for the best of everything, and manufacturers have different ideas of what that actually means. In the world of budget phones, you face a new set of problems. In some ways, things are easier, because you know for a fact that best of everything is out of reach. Having ...

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Tesla’s Model 3 can now benefit from the wonders of the Tesla Motors app

Tesla’s Model 3 electric vehicle is the least expensive of its current lineup and has been in limited production since July this year. As such, there are likely to be more takers for it in the months to come, and future owners may be keen to explore all of the opportunities it provides. Those people may also be excited to know, then, that ...

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