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Tech & Science

[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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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on Bloomberg to retract its Chinese spy story

reader comments 41 Share this story Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on Bloomberg Business to retract a story that said his company was the victim of a hardware-based attack carried out by the Chinese government. It’s the first time Apple has ever publicly demanded a retraction, according to BuzzFeed. Since Bloomberg published the exclusive […]

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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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Comcast gigabit cable ($105 with 1TB data cap) now available in 39 states

Enlarge / A Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 modem. reader comments 84 Share this story Comcast’s gigabit cable service is now available to nearly all of the 58 million homes and businesses in the company’s US territory, Comcast announced yesterday. Comcast, the nation’s largest ISP with more than 26 million subscribers, began rolling out gigabit cable in […]

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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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14 lucky readers will be getting a Scosche MagicMount Pro Charge wireless charger with 10W fast charging (a $69 value) [US]

When it comes to wireless chargers, the biggest drawback of most of them is they make it hard to see or use your phone while it charges. Chargers that mount your phone in a way that faces you tend to have various mechanisms that add extra steps to putting the phone on or taking the […]

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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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JerryRigEverything’s Pixel 3 XL test reveals back glass durability

The Pixel 3 XL is landing on doorsteps as we speak, but how careful do you need to be with your shiny new smartphone? YouTube channel JerryRigEverything is here to absolutely wreck another phone in order to assess its durability. The Pixel comes out of it alright—it won’t bend, but you might pick up some scratches. […]

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Google’s Pixel 3 latest phone to suffer from photos not being saved

Google’s Pixels have some of the best cameras around in our opinion, but there’s one avenue in which that pixel-peeping photo performance can still fall short: Once in a while, that snapshot you remember taking won’t be saved. And, so far as we can tell, it’s still an issue on Google’s new Pixel 3 and […]

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