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[Ultra Fast Storage] Forget MicroSD cards, Samsung introduces UFS removable cards with up to 530MB/s read speeds

Samsung has been championing Universal Flash Storage (UFS) storage for a couple of years now. Back in February of 2015, it started mass producing embeddable UFS chips at up to 128GB capacity to replace the typical eMMC cards that smartphones had been using previously and provide super fast read, write, and random read and write speeds. The goal, at the time, was to convince users to dump external MicroSD cards and see the benefit of fast embedded storage, which was even later raised to 256GB. That strategy, which was carried out in the Galaxy S6 (and corresponding line-up), didn't pan out all that well with the company's avid power users who loved the flexibility of removable storage, and Samsung resolved to adding back the MicroSD slot the next year in the Galaxy S7.

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Snapchat adds Memories: an easier way for you to find your best snaps and stories

Snapchat is where I personally drew the line on "I'm too old for this shit" and decided not to bother, but I still get the appeal of the ephemeral shares and I applaud the company for capturing such a dedicated userbase in a relatively short amount of time, despite the large competition in the social network space. But let's put my own thoughts about Snapchat aside and talk about the latest update to the app.

Rolling to Android and iOS is a new Memories feature that lets you easily access a history of your previous snaps and stories. It's accessible from a swipe up on the camera screen and can be searched with keywords to narrow down the results to the item you're looking for.

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[Update: US too] Pokémon GO is now live in several countries including Australia, New Zealand, and possibly more [APK download]

There are few games more hotly anticipated than Niantic Labs' Pokémon GO, and now the first non-beta players are getting their hands on it. The Play Store listing is now live for everyone, but only those in select countries will be able to install it right now. Well, unless you head over to APK Mirror where we have the game available for download too.

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Final Fantasy VII is out for Android now

Final Fantasy VII. For Android. Do I need to say anything else? Probably, because this post needs some words, so let's get to it! FFVII was released for iOS last summer. The Android version, like the iOS version, will cost you a dear $15.99 to pick up, as well as your trust that Square Enix has done this properly for a touchscreen experience. The app is not listed as compatible with Android TV devices, sadly.

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NVIDIA updates Shield Portable with bugfix release (Upgrade 110)

NVIDIA has released an update for its Shield Portable console device today, namely update version 110. The OTA doesn't add anything new, but it resolves some long-standing bugs and gives the device some much-needed security patches. You can see what's changed (rather, been fixed) in the official changelog from NVIDIA's forums, below.

  • Updates SHIELD security to the latest Android Security Bulletins
  • Fixes a bug that causes the LED brightness level to reset after a system restart
  • Resolves instances of the audio volume fluctuating during video playback
  • Fixes a bug that could result in SHIELD becoming unresponsive after lid close and reopen
  • Resolves instances of the ‘Optimizing apps’ message appearing in error
  • The Shield Portable is the oldest Shield device, having been announced over three years ago.

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    Android One heads to Japan with the Sharp 507SH

    Android One isn't Google's most-loved product initiative, but it does proposition consumers with a deal they aren't getting anywhere this side of a Nexus: updates direct from Google and minimal bloatware. Android One has predominantly launched in Southeast Asia and a few other locations - such as Turkey - but has remained firmly out of tier-one economies to date. Today's announcement by Google, Sharp, and Y! Mobile, then, is quite interesting.

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    Huawei files a 4G patent complaint against T-Mobile USA

    Huawei isn't just in the smartphone and hard-to-pronounce name businesses, they're also a telecommunications giant that handles an enormous amount of business-to-business infrastructure all over the world. That means a diversified portfolio of hardware, software, and (waaait for it) technology patents. BizJournals reports that the Chinese company is bringing that portfolio to bear against T-Mobile US today, alleging that the budget-friendly cell carrier refuses to license 14 of its 4G patents.

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    Verizon makes new plans and mobile app official—oh, and 'Safety Mode' throttling will cost you $5 per month

    The new Verizon plans leaked recently have been made official, and they are roughly what we expected. Verizon is boosting data caps, but it's also going to be charging you more money. The new mobile app will apparently make it easier to manage your plan and bills as well. Speaking of your bills, you'll have the option of paying Verizon extra money every month to throttle your connection to 128Kbps... seriously.

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    [Deal Alert] Get 6 months of free WiFi hotspot access when you download the Boingo app from Amazon Underground

    High-speed LTE data is more ubiquitous these days, but it's also more often than not capped. To save your data plan, you might want to hop on WiFi when it's available, but WiFi isn't always free. It'll be free for 6 months if you take Amazon and Boingo up on their offer. Download one free app, and you get six months of WiFi access.

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    Exclusive: Google is building two Android Wear smartwatches with Google Assistant integration

    Speaking to Android Police, a reliable source has told us that Google is currently building two Android Wear devices - possibly Nexus-branded - for release some time after the latest Nexus phones are announced. One watch will be larger, sportier, and more fully-featured (LTE, GPS, heart rate), the other will be smaller and lack the aforementioned mobile data and GPS.

    Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced.

    We do not have possession of any APKs we can distribute or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them.

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