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New Google Doodle celebrates the discovery of seven exoplanets

Yesterday, NASA announced that it (along with international partners) had discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single star. Even more importantly, three of them are located in the star's habitable zone, the range around a star where liquid water is possible. The solar system (named TRAPPIST-1) is unfortunately located 40 light-years away from Earth, so sending a probe or a person there isn't really possible for now.

Still, it's a very important discovery, and Google is commemorating the event with a Google Doodle.

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Google introduces Perspective, a machine learning initiative to help police comments

I've said before that comments on internet posts are a double-edged sword; on the one hand, you can have fantastic conversations with them or you get a toxic cesspit with people spitting whatever drivel comes to mind. Google is hoping to combat the latter with its newest machine learning initiative called Perspective.

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LG's G6 and Samsung's Galaxy S8 will reportedly be released on March 10th and April 21st, respectively

As the release dates for arguably the two most prominent Android flagships approach, more and more details about them are spilling out as well. For our latest leak, South Korea-based ETNews has revealed that the G6 will be making its consumer debut on March 10th, and the Galaxy S8 a few weeks later on April 21st.

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Synology VPN Plus lets you access your Synology router's VPN server from your phone

I'm a fan of Synology. I've had their DS416Play DiskStation for a while (review coming) and I never fathomed the idea of having my own "server" but they made the process as simple and fast as possible so that even someone like me, with no background whatsoever in server management, could be up and running in a matter of minutes.

Beside their DiskStation lineup, Synology also makes a couple of routers and tries to simplify many a router setup process and hurdle with smart add-on packages. One example is the VPN Plus Server, which when installed on your router transforms it into a VPN server so users can connect to it as if they're on the same local network, and thus benefit from access privileges remotely and securely the same way they would if they were physically there.

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Samsung announces Exynos 9 lineup with support for 1Gbps LTE speeds and 4K video recording at 120fps


Another year, another Exynos SoC. After teasing the Exynos 9 last week, Samsung has officially unveiled its new line of mobile chips. Samsung's Exynos chipsets are arguably the last remaining major competitor to Qualcomm's Snapdragon series, after both TI and Intel ceased manufacturing mobile processors and the loss of popularity of Nvidia's Tegra lineup among smartphones, and showcase the company's best efforts in developing an in-house SoC.

The new Exynos 9 Series 8895 is Samsung's first to be manufactured using a 10nm process, improving its performance by 27% while consuming 40% less power when compared to the 14nm structure used on last year's Exynos 8 chips.

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[Deal Alert] Tiny Planet FX Pro is 10 cents in several countries (not in US)

This week was slightly different for the one game + one app 10-cent deals on the Play Store. The game, Guns'n'Glory Premium, dropped its price first and unlike the majority of previous deals, it happened worldwide. The app, however, was nowhere to be seen until now, and ta-da, it's Tiny Planet FX Pro. Womp Womp.

That's not the most enticing discount, especially considering that it has dropped to 10 cents before. But a deal is a deal and in case you never grabbed Tiny Planet before and you really like shooting panoramic photos and making them look like a small globular planet with a perspective shifting yet oddly nice effect, then this is the perfect app and discount for you.

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Android 7.0 Nougat OTA rolling out to the HTC 10, 10 Lifestyle, and One M9 in Europe [Updated]

About a week ago, we learned that the Android 7.0 Nougat would be released for the HTC 10 in Europe within 2 weeks. And right in the middle of that timeframe, the roll out has started.

Graham Wheeler, Product and Service Director for HTC EMEA, tweeted that the 1.17GB OTA has started with Unlocked HTC 10 units, but only in the UK for now. Other European regions should follow.

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Google Maps v9.47 makes Timeline entries more accessible, redesigns the blue dot menu, and puts a share button where it belongs [APK Download]

Google opted to set loose a small deluge of updates late into Wednesday afternoon. The first we're checking out is the Maps app, which was just promoted to version 9.47. This update doesn't appear to bring any major new features, but it takes a couple of steps to weave the Timeline feature into other parts of the interface and completely redesigns the blue dot menu. We're still looking for changes, so let us know in the comments if you stumble onto anything else.

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[Deal Alert] Best Buy offers the Motorola DROID Turbo 2 for just $312, plus a $200 gift card

So here's a pretty crazy deal. Best Buy is selling the Verizon-branded DROID Turbo 2, the Motorola flagship from late 2015, for $312. That's a pretty good deal on its own, even if it comes with a bit of a bummer that it's only available on an installment plan ($12.99 for 24 months). But what's particularly nutty is that Best Buy is throwing in a $200 gift card to the store with each one. That brings the effective price for the phone down to just $112. For a brand new version of a model that's coming up on a year and a half from release, that's hard to beat.

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