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[Update: LineageOS version also live] Android x86 7.1 R1 now available, brings Nougat to your PC

It has been a very long time since we last covered Android x86, but the project is still alive and kicking. If you're not familiar with it, Android x86 is a port of Android to x86-based PCs and Macs, with almost no changes to the interface (for better or for worse). The first stable port of Android 7.1 has just been released, so you can enjoy Nougat on your PC or virtual machine of choice.

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Samsung releases four new Galaxy S9 teaser videos focusing on its 'reimagined' camera

As we approach the February 25th launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9, it's become apparent that the USP for the Korean company's latest flagship will be its "reimagined" camera(s). Perhaps that's because there's little else to focus on in an iterative update with few outward-facing improvements that the marketing department can really do anything with. There is a chance, however, that there will be some truly exciting enhancements that could see the camera on new devices compete with the Pixels and iPhones of this world.

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Xiaomi announces the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro for India

Chinese OEM Xiaomi today announced two new mid-range devices for the Indian market. The Redmi Note 5 is essentially a rebranded Redmi 5 Plus, launched at the end of last year, and the Pro variant has the same 5.99" display but adds a dual camera module, a slightly more powerful processor, and a 6GB RAM option. Let's take a look at what each phone has to offer.

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Google Family Link is rolling out to Canada this week

It baffles me that something as important as parental controls isn't built into Android and that Google's solution for the problem, Family Link, was only officially released last year and is still limited to countries you can count on one hand: US, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and now Canada is joining the fold. There must be a legal or technical limitation why this isn't enabled worldwide, but I can't for the life of me guess what it is.

But I digress. If you're a parent in Canada with children under the age of 13, you can now manage their Android device, account, and usage through Family Link.

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Qualcomm's insane new LTE modem is twice as fast as typical fiber - meet Snapdragon X24

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon X24 LTE modem is the fastest, most advanced 4G chip on the planet. Or, at least, Qualcomm hopes it will be by the time it's in your next smartphone.

Based on a 7nm fabrication process (yes, seven nanometers), the X24 LTE modem is the world's first Category 20 LTE modem and supports an absolutely bonkers 2Gbps max download speed by aggregating up to seven carrier bands. It also uses advanced massive MIMO and Licensed Assisted Access tech to help achieve these figures. Aside from being the first commercial product announced to use a 7nm fab, the small process size should also make it Qualcomm's - and thus, quite likely the world's - most efficient LTE modem ever.

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Chrome's ad blocker will go live February 15, here's how it works

In June of last year, Google revealed it was working on a built-in ad blocker for Chrome. But instead of outright blocking all ads, it would only block intrusive advertising, as defined by the Coalition for Better Ads. Pop-ups, animated or auto-playing ads, scroll-overs, and large banners are disallowed. Put simply, websites would have to play by the Coalition's rules, or risk losing ad revenue from Chrome users.

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HTC's president of smartphones Chialin Chang has resigned

This morning brings us news that HTC's Chia-Lin Chang, who was occupying the position of President of Smartphones and Connected Devices, has resigned. Chang previously worked at Motorola and Goldman Sachs before joining HTC as CFO in 2012. Over the past couple of years, he's been at the helm of HTC's switch in design language with the U Ultra and the U 11 variants. According to Apple Daily and UDN, he plans to set up his own AI company in Taiwan later in the year.

There's no word yet on who will replace Chang at HTC, so his position's duties will likely fall on CEO Cher Wang's shoulders - not an easy feat.

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LineageOS 13, based on Android Marshmallow, is now discontinued

CyanogenMod 13, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, first arrived in November 2015. It was soon switched to Android 6.0.1, and continued to be the main branch of CyanogenMod until version 14.1 was released one year later. After the CyanogenMod community re-organized into LineageOS, the distribution was renamed to LineageOS 13.

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T-Mobile is offering 4 ONE lines for $35 each for Valentine's Day

T-Mobile is sweetening its ONE plan this Valentine's by offering a free line of service when you add a new one to an existing family plan or start a new one. That may sound slightly confusing, but what it really boils down to is that you can get a T-Mobile ONE plan with 4 lines for $35 per line (that's $140 total), instead of the usual $40. T-Mobile's ONE plan already comes with unlimited 4G data (deprioritized at >50 GB), tethering, data roaming in 140+ countries, and a standard Netflix subscription.

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Essential's stunning 'Ocean Depths' color for the PH-1 is coming on February 15th

The Essential PH-1 is easily one of the most beautiful smartphones on the market, with its almost-nonexistent bezels and ceramic back. Back in October, the company released a 'Pure White' version of the PH-1 that looked fantastic, but white isn't really a very special color. If you want special, you'll have to look to the Ocean Depths color, which Essential is now teasing a launch date of February 15th for.

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