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Flying a drone is my personal cure for the lockdown blues

Flying a drone is my personal cure for the lockdown blues

When we're all glued to the ground in the midst of a pandemic that's almost certain to last for many months to come, we all need to find pathways to escapism. Sure, books, videogames, and exercise are fine and dandy, but for the people who are seeking new perspectives when travel is prohibitively restricted, why not fly a drone? In the past year, things have come a long way to make it easier for people in urban areas to take off safely and easily.

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Coronavirus continues to change the Play Store charts

Coronavirus continues to change the Play Store charts

Last month we analyzed how the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we work, study, and communicate and the impact it had on apps people download. Interestingly, as people have been on lockdown for more than a month, the trends are continuing to evolve. We've compared the top charts from the end of February, March, and April and compiled the results below.

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Coronavirus has upended the Play Store top app charts — here are the winners and losers

Coronavirus has upended the Play Store top app charts — here are the winners and losers

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world in many ways, including how we work, study, or even communicate. This is even visible when you look at the apps people download on their phones, as some have become indispensable these days. We've analyzed top app charts from last month and compared them to today's to see how they've evolved, and some of the results are interesting.

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We'll probably see phone launch delays and shortages this year because of coronavirus

We'll probably see phone launch delays and shortages this year because of coronavirus

Thanks to COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, we've already seen major events in the mobile tech news space canceled. Factories across China have also been closing, seriously affecting supply chains, and manufacturers outside of the country are being affected. As fears of the virus and its impact continue to wreak havoc on the world economy, I think there's a good chance we'll see phone delays and shortages later this year.

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Opinion: The Apple Watch Series 5 embarrasses Wear OS yet again — it's time for changes

Opinion: The Apple Watch Series 5 embarrasses Wear OS yet again — it's time for changes

Apple just announced its fifth-generation Apple Watch, and no surprise, it puts Google's Wear OS ecosystem to shame. Even with a headstart on wearables, Google has made such slow progress that Apple easily dominates the market. With the Series 5, Apple has adopted one of the last features that set Wear OS apart. We've waited years for Wear OS to click, and it's simply not happening. It's time for Google to rethink its approach to Wear OS before it slides completely into irrelevance.

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Moto Mods: How a modular hardware platform locked Motorola into a cycle of failure

Moto Mods: How a modular hardware platform locked Motorola into a cycle of failure

We all wish our phones could do more from time to time, but you can't just add new features without buying a new device, right? Oh, you're forgetting about Moto Mods. You can add new hardware capabilities to your phone like a speaker, a zoom camera, or projector. It changed everything... actually, that's wrong. Smartphones are largely the same as they were in 2016, but Motorola is still at least going through the motions to pretend Mods are a good idea. The evidence is unavoidable at this point: they're not.

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The Pixel 2 XL's oleophobic coating is so bad I almost don't want to use the phone anymore

The Pixel 2 XL's oleophobic coating is so bad I almost don't want to use the phone anymore

When the Pixel 2 XL came out, there was a great deal of consternation about the LG-made OLED panel. I was firmly in the "it's fine" camp, but my opinion has changed over time. No, I didn't suddenly decide the blue shift was a deal breaker. The oleophobic coating on the glass is just so bad that my phone is constantly a smeared, gross mess. It's so annoying that I almost don't want to use this phone, which I otherwise adore.

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Six Months With The Pebble Smartwatch: Greatly Improved, But Still A Tough Sell

Six Months With The Pebble Smartwatch: Greatly Improved, But Still A Tough Sell

It's been a bit less than six months since I got my Kickstarter-edition Pebble, and starting today you can waltz down to your local Best Buy and pick one up yourself. In that time I've gone from impressed, to slightly less so, then considerably more so, and now somewhat ambivalent. The Pebble has been much improved since its debut, thanks to consistent updates from the manufacturer and no small amount of third-party support. But the simple fact remains that this is an add-on device, a luxury even at its reasonable price. While it adds considerable functionality to any Android device, it would be hard to say that these functions are worth $150, or indeed, worth wearing and keeping track of another gadget on your person.

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We've Had It All Wrong, TheTechBlock Reveals The True Power Of The Galaxy Note

We've Had It All Wrong, TheTechBlock Reveals The True Power Of The Galaxy Note

In case a CES announcement and a superfluously long Superbowl ad weren't quite enough to grab your attention, allow us to re-re-introduce you to the Galaxy Note. You might think you already know this device. You might think you know it as a gigantic phone or a tiny, tiny tablet. Either too big to be pocketable, or too small to be tablet-y. You're wrong. TheTechBlock is here to illuminate how.

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The folks over at TheTechBlock do a far better and more eloquent job than we ever could at explaining just all the ways that the Galaxy Note can and will rock your world if you'll just give the phone with a little extra to love a chance.

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