Nintendo’s next mobile game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, arrives in November

As expected, Nintendo’s next mobile game will be a new entry in its popular Animal Crossing life simulation franchise, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp—and it’s coming out in about a month. Nintendo’s strategy thus far with mobile games has been to streamline and adapt its enduring franchises instead of awkwardly porting …

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Google offers 2-year warranty, but no fixes, for Pixel 2 XL display woes

Google has responded to widespread complaints about image retention and color issues with the Pixel 2 XL’s OLED display, and it’s standing by the screen, warts and all. Nonetheless, Google is giving all Pixel 2 users an extra year of protection. In a post to the Pixel User Community, Mario …

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Essential Phone’s $200 price cut leaves original buyers with worthless credit

In a surprise announcement that’s not really all that surprising, Andy Rubin’s Essential startup has cut the price of its debut phone from $699 to $499, a permanent 30-percent discount clearly designed to drum up sales of the flagging handset.  In a short blog post titled, “Free Yourself: An awesome …

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Google’s Instant Apps hit the Play Store as a big step toward a future of cloud-based apps

At its annual Playtime event today Google showcased how it plans to make Play Store apps safer, speedier, and easier to find. The bottom line: You’re about to see a whole lot more Instant Apps. Android’s Instant Apps were officially launched at I/O in May, but we’re just now starting …

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Why Pixel Visual Core, Google’s secret image processor, is the reason to buy a Pixel 2

The Pixel 2 is an incredible phone in large part because it has such a great camera. And it’s about to get even better. Google has revealed in a blog post that a hidden hardware image processor called Pixel Visual Core wasn’t even turned on in our review units. And …

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Hands-on: The ZTE Axon M is the first smartphone with a foldable screen

ZTE isn’t a smartphone brand you’d associate with “firsts.”  The Chinese company is known more for its affordable, mid-tier Android devices, its Axon series being the marquee product in the U.S. But ZTE’s new Axon M has a very different story to tell this time around. Rather than announce a …

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Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro bring larger screens, better cameras, and bigger brains

Huawei already surpassed Apple earlier this year to become the second-largest overall smartphone maker (behind Samsung), but it hasn’t yet had a hit handset to rival the iPhone 7 or the Galaxy S8. With the launch of the Mate 10, Huawei is hoping to change that. While the new phones …

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Movies Anywhere will merge your iTunes, Google, Vudu, and Amazon libraries: Here’s how

For years, Disney Movies Anywhere has been the unsung hero of the digital world. With a simple sign-in, your Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and, of course Disney, flicks could be accessed on any device, regardless of where they were purchased. And now Disney is bringing that magical streaming convenience to …

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BlackBerry Motion dumps physical keyboard for a huge battery, water resistance

BlackBerry is back with another smartphone, but this won’t be as instantly recognizable as the KeyOne. Why? It doesn’t have a tiny keyboard below the screen. The new Motion handset sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 12MP, f/2.0 rear camera. Without BlackBerry’s distinctive hardware …

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How Google is using the Pixel 2 and Oreo to take Android back from its partners

With the Pixel 2, Google’s message is clear: For the best Android experience, come to us.  Call it the Google stamp of approval. Where the Nexus phones were born of partnerships with the likes of HTC, Huawei, and LG, Google’s name was purposefully absent. They were “pure” Android phones. Even though …

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