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Afghanistan election: Voters cast ballots amid heavy security

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAfghan “war on terror” generation votes Voters in Afghanistan are casting their ballots in the long delayed parliamentary elections, amid heavy security and threats from the Taliban. More than 2,500 candidates – including many women – are vying for 250 seats. But more than 30% of polling […]

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Khashoggi ‘died after fight’ – Saudis

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after a fight in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the country’s state TV reported quoting an initial probe. It said deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, were dismissed over the affair. The news bulletin said 18 Saudi nationals have now been […]

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Twitter is testing a UI change for retweet and ‘more’ menus on tweets

… Total Shares3 Twitter’s pretty well known for silently testing major and minor tweaks to its app on a small audience, and one of our tipsters spotted such a change. It’s small, but Twitter is experimenting with changing the floating window popup for additional actions into a bottom-up “sheet” menu.   Left: Old/current UI. Right: UI in […]

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Chrome may get a new way to share tabs between mobile and desktop, plus incognito media notification changes

In the dark, dank, early days of Android, sending content from your phone to your desktop required either a third-party tool like Pushbullet or Google’s Chrome to Phone and companion Chrome to Mobile extension. Thankfully Chrome switched to a convenient “tab sync” multi-device history that allows you to share sites across devices easily. Even so, […]

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Online sellers ‘pay for positive reviews’

Image copyright Getty Images Some online sellers are offering people free goods in return for positive product reviews, an investigation by consumer group Which? has found. Its investigator joined several “rewards for reviews” groups and was hired to write high-rated reviews in return for free items. Paid-for, or fake, reviews flout rules set by platforms […]

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Russian woman charged with attempted US election meddling

Image copyright Getty Images The US government has charged a Russian woman for her role in a Kremlin-backed campaign to influence the US mid-term congressional elections next month. The criminal complaint against Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, was revealed by the US Department of Justice on Friday. It marks the first foreign meddling case in the […]

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[Update x2: Statement] The Pixel 3 is the first Verizon LTE Android phone to be SIM locked in a decade, and that’ll be a problem for some

Back in 2008, Verizon agreed to the FCC that it wouldn’t lock its LTE phones in exchange for winning the 700MHz Upper Block C spectrum. Earlier this year, however, Verizon decided that it didn’t have to follow the rules anymore, announcing that its phones would no longer be SIM unlocked out of the box. Google’s […]

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[Update: Statement from Google] Déjà vu: Pixel 3 and 3 XL video recordings have poor audio

Google’s Pixels are known for their software quality, but they’re also known for launching with random issues, like last year’s Pixel 2 audio quality problems when recording video. The theme continues with this year’s Pixel 3 phones, and the first problem reviewers have noticed with Google’s latest flagships is — you guessed it — another […]

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The Pixel 3’s Now Playing History is coming to Pixel 2 ‘soon’

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 both have a feature called Now Playing that automatically identifies music playing from nearby sources. It’s a neat trick that’s currently significantly better on the Pixel 3, which provides a history of identified songs. That functionality gap will be closing in the near future, though, when Now Playing History […]

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Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi murder suspect had spy training

Image copyright EPA Image caption Turkish media released CCTV pictures allegedly showing the Saudi ‘hit squad’ suspected of Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance The BBC has uncovered new details about one of the men accused of murdering Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who was critical of his country’s government. Turkish media identified Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb as […]

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Pixel 3 drops support for Voice Match unlocking

For a while now, you’ve been able to set up what Google calls Voice Match with the Google Assistant. It recognizes your voice and gives you personalized results, both on smart speakers and smartphones. It would also let you unlock phones to perform actions like making phone calls and sending text messages just by saying […]

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[Deal Alert] Get a Nest Hello doorbell and Google Home Mini for $199 ($79 off)

Google’s Nest family or products have particularly tight integration with Assistant. For instance, the Nest Hello doorbell can announce visitors if you’ve got a Google Home on the same network. Now, you can get both components of that setup (at a discount) in a single purchase from B&H. The Nest Hello usually costs $230, and […]

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Cardi B hands out free winter coats in Brooklyn

Cardi B handed out free winter coats and trainers in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday. The singer and rapper, who is from the Bronx, was faced with crowds of fans who had queued for hours for the clothing, as well as selfies with the star. New York has had particularly cold temperatures this week. “You […]

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Google apps may cost EU phone makers as much as $40 per phone

Two days ago, Google unveiled new licensing terms for Android phones and tablets in the European Union, following the EU’s record $5 billion fine. Device manufacturers can now sell phones with heavily-modified builds of Android while also producing normal Android devices with the Play Store, and some apps (like Chrome and Google Search) are now […]

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