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Snapchat reaches a billion downloads on Android

Snapchat's fortunes may be turning around. Okay, so the glasses idea was a bust, and the company's stock has spent the last year below even the IPO price, but we millenials are really into making ourselves look like terrifying dog-human chimeras, for some reason, and we've driven the app to over a billion installs on the Play Store. (Though the platform's ubiquitous use among adult models is more likely to explain these numbers: sex sells.)

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Europe fines Qualcomm €242 million for predatory pricing

The European Commission has just issued a fine of €242 million to Qualcomm for allegedly anti-competitive actions made by the company circa 2009-2011. The commission claims that Qualcomm abused its market position by using predatory pricing to push out competitors, selling some of its chipsets at a loss to Huawei and ZTE.

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Skype is killing SMS Connect, prompting users to switch to Your Phone app

Even though our phones are very capable, many of us spend the day staring at a computer screen. Whether you're working or in a meeting, it's usually more convenient to text from your desktop, rather than taking your phone out of your pocket. Skype made this quite convenient, as the app's SMS Connect feature allowed you to chat with other users, as well as send and sync your phone's SMS messages with your computer. Unfortunately, Microsoft has just announced the functionality is going away, prompting users to switch to another solution.

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[Update: Rolling out] OneNote is getting a dark mode that will reportedly sync across platforms

Dark modes are becoming increasingly popular these days. Not only do they look cool, they can also save battery on AMOLED screens, as they limit the number of pixels that need to be lit. A lot of apps have started boasting darker schemes, and following popular demand, Microsoft is working on one for OneNote, which will be available across all platforms.

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Microsoft is reportedly working on a dark mode for Outlook

Dark modes are quite popular these days, both thanks to their eye-pleasing appearance but mostly because they help reduce battery usage on AMOLED displays. Therefore, to delight users and remain competitive on the market, many companies are working on developing a darker theme for their apps. Microsoft is one of them, as it announced it was designing one for OneNote back in April and is now doing the very same with its mobile email client.

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Qualcomm is building an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 855

A common complaint about the new trend of gaming phones is that they use the same system-on-a-chip (and largely the same other internals) as non-gaming phones, so they usually don't have much of a performance boost over other devices. That could finally change, as Qualcomm announced today that its developing an overclocked Snapdragon 855 the aptly-named Snapdragon 855 Plus.

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Microsoft Word passes 1 billion installs on Play Store

Even though cloud-based productivity suites like Google Docs are incredibly popular, many people (and large corporations) still operate on good ol' Microsoft Office. The Word text processor was Microsoft's first Android app to pass 500 million installs on the Play Store, and a little over a year later, it has now passed the 1 billion mark.

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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Summer 2019)

Worldwide sales of voice assistant smart speakers from Google, Amazon, and others continue to grow, and the same can be said of the smart home sector as a whole. The technology underpinning these products is always improving and it’s becoming increasingly affordable to bring smart gadgets into your house.

There's already such a vast number of different products from various companies out there that it's hard to know which ones are the best, so we've put together this list with some of our favorites.

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[Update: Back up] Twitter is down so you'll have to go to Facebook to complain about it

If you noticed that "Something is technically wrong" when you went to tweet just now, it's not just you. At the time of writing, Twitter seems to be down. Neither desktop app, nor mobile site, or even the Twitter Android app can connect to the service. You'll have to get your next dose of narcissism via Facebook.

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Anker Nebula Prizm projector is down to an all-time-low of $65 ($45 off)

If you're looking for an affordable device to watch movies and videos, Anker's Nebula Prizm projector might be an interesting option. Indeed, the product is currently selling for $85 on Amazon, with an additional $20 on-page coupon, bringing it down to just $65, instead of the original $110 MSRP.

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