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Anker’s faster-charging 10,000mAh power bank is $27 right now

With spring’s rain (and snow…) finally clearing up, we can once again start spending time outdoors. There’s no reason to let your tiny cellphone battery hold you back from enjoying the sunshine, either—not when Amazon is offering Anker’s PowerCore Speed 10000 power bank for $27. That’s just two dollars more …

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These 12 Android apps won the 2017 Google Play Awards

The results are in for the second annual Google Play Awards, the company’s new tradition to honor excellence in the world of Android apps. In late April, we took a look at the 60 nominees across the Play Award’s 12 categories. Now, here are the winners. Best Accessibility Experience Name: …

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Here’s how Google is preparing Android for the AI-laden future

The future of Android will be a lot smarter, thanks to new programming tools that Google unveiled on Wednesday. The company announced TensorFlow Lite, a version of its machine learning framework that’s designed to run on smartphones and other mobile devices, during the keynote address at its Google I/O developer …

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Google’s Smart Reply for Gmail may make automated replies sound less canned

Google is making it easier for people to dash off a quick email reply from Gmail on their smartphones. The Smart Reply feature, which offers a handful of contextually-aware, computer-generated responses, is coming to Google’s flagship email app for iOS and Android, the company announced at its I/O developer conference …

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Anker’s wireless Qi charger is on sale for a ridiculous $8

We hope you’re ready for a great deal on a wireless Qi charger: Right now, Amazon is selling Anker’s PowerTouch 5 for $8. This model should work with any Qi-compatible device and transmits a 5W charge. How the PowerTouch 5 works is pretty straightforward. Place your phone on it, and a circular …

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B&H Photo and Video is offering Sony’s Xperia X for just $250

We were not fans of the Sony Xperia X when it came out last June. The phone wasn’t terrible, but it was a mid-range device with a first-class price of $550. Today B&H Photo and Video has changed that dynamic by offering a carrier-unlocked 32GB Sony Xperia X for $250. The next best …

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Qualcomm’s new chips bring handy features to low-cost Android phones

Low-cost smartphones like the Moto G5 introduced a few months ago are shipping with soon-to-be-outdated chips from Qualcomm, which has announced successor chips. Qualcomm on Monday introduced the Snapdragon 630 and 660, which are massive upgrades to chips used in low-cost smartphones introduced over the last six months or so. …

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T-Mobile quietly kills ‘Free Data for Life’ giveaway for new tablets

In the age of high definition video streaming, you can’t get very far with 200MB of mobile data. That appears to be the reason T-Mobile quietly killed its Free Data for Life program on Sunday. Originally introduced in 2013, Free Data for Life gave tablet users 200MB of free data for …

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Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4 tech will give phones a boost midyear

If you hate waiting for your smartphone to charge, relief is coming soon. After some hiccups, Qualcomm’s superfast charging technology, called Quick Charge 4, will be in smartphones around the middle of this year. Qualcomm says Quick Charge 4 is one of the fastest smartphone battery technologies. It can charge …

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Most U.S. households have ditched landlines for mobile phones

In America, landlines aren’t the norm anymore. A recently released survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PDF) estimates that during the second half of 2016 50.8 percent of U.S. households were wireless only. That’s up from 48.3 percent during the same time period in 2015—a rise of …

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