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[Hands-on] OnePlus announces limited edition Sandstone White OnePlus 5T

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 5T in November, just a few months after the OnePlus 5. While the price was slightly higher, the 5T added a few notable features like an 18:9 display and rear-facing fingerprint reader. Since then, OnePlus has dropped the limited edition Star Wars 5T in India, and now a similar device is coming to the rest of us. The new Sandstone White OnePlus 5T doesn't have Star Wars branding, but it seems otherwise identical right down to the bright red alert slider.

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Samsung announces Exynos 9810 chip destined for the Galaxy S9

The Exynos 9 Series processors were introduced by Samsung almost a year ago, and we've seen them used in the company's flagship phones of 2017. With the announcement of the Galaxy S9 nearing, it's time we learned a little about the chip that will be running the show (outside of the US and China, which will get Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 845 processor), so Samsung has lifted the covers off the Exynos 9810 SoC.

It's built on Samsung's second-generation 10-nanometer process, which boasts improvements such as a faster LTE modem and support for deep learning-based image processing software. As with any new chip, faster performance is promised, and it will apparently handle multitasking better than its predecessor – which is no surprise again.

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The Roomba robot vacuum will soon begin mapping your house's WiFi coverage

iRobot's Roombas are already quite smart to begin with. They map out your house, figure out as best they can which areas they can reach and which areas are problematic, and the WiFi-connected models can be controlled remotely with an app or via Google Home or Alexa or IFTTT. A new capability is on their horizon: a WiFi coverage map of your house. So instead of you holding your phone with a WiFi signal detection app and walking around several times to the different nooks and crannies to figure out the weak or dead spots, Roomba will do it for you.

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WhatsApp users sent an impressive 75 billion messages on New Year's Eve

I enjoyed a calm New Year's Eve dinner with my family this year, but as expected, my phone didn't experience it as such. Messages were streaming in every few minutes from friends, groups, acquaintances, and even random people I had once briefly talked to who seemed to still have my number in their contacts and were now mass-messaging their entire contacts list. The messages, as always, were coming through WhatsApp, our go-to communication platform in Lebanon.

Turns out we/they weren't the only ones. Obviously. WhatsApp has recorded over 75 billion messages sent using its service on New Year's Eve (12 AM – 11:59 PM PST on December 31).

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'Spectre' and 'Meltdown' CPU vulnerabilities become public, most Google products already protected

A report from The Register yesterday claimed that Windows and Linux developers were scrambling to fix a "fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips." The flaw theoretically allows any program to view the layout or contents of protected kernel memory areas, which often contain passwords, login keys, cached files, and other sensitive data. Even a web app could potentially read kernel-protected data.

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[Deal Alert] Buy the Nokia 6 for $199.99 ($30 off) with coupon code, plus get a free 5,800mAh battery pack

The Nokia 6 is a pretty solid deal under normal circumstances, but today it can be better still. This phone usually retails for $230 unlocked, but Daily Steals has this phone for $30 less with our coupon code. In addition, you get an external battery for more juice on the go.

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Netgear announces outdoor satellite for its Orbi mesh router system

Having a single router in your home is so 2015. Everyone is doing this mesh router thing now, which means you have two or more access points in order to provide better coverage. Netgear is looking to take its mesh router beyond the confines of your indoor space with the new Orbi outdoor satellite. While it's not supposed to be "official" until CES next week, Netgear has made all the details available.

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Report: Google working on major G Suite improvements, including 'Wolverine' VoIP service

Over a year ago, Google rebranded Google Apps for Work as 'G Suite.' Since then, the company has been working to make G Suite more competitive with Microsoft's Office 365 and other cloud-based work products. The 'Jamboard' digital whiteboard, Hangouts Meet and Chat appsGoogle Drive for teams, and Gmail Add-ons are just a few examples of Google's new focus on the enterprise market.

According to a new report from The Information, Google is planning significant improvements to G Suite.

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Android's Security Director moves to Nest, replaced by Dave Kleidermacher

It's no easy task to keep an operating system secure, especially one as widespread as Android. Adrian Ludwig has served as the Director of Android Security since 2011, but now he's jumping to another part of the Google mothership - Nest.

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[Hands-on] Tekken Mobile, a shallow RNG-fest disguised as a fighting game

Tekken Mobile soft-launched in Canada back in August of 2017. Sadly, those of us who do not live in Canada have only been able to pre-register for the mobile fighting game adaptation in eager anticipation of its worldwide launch. Suffice it to say, I got tired of waiting. So here is a hands-on with Tekken Mobile, so you will know exactly what to expect when it finally launches for the rest of the world.

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