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The OnePlus 5 is poised to receive the Oreo beta by the end of the month. (Source: Techradar)

The OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo by the end of the year

OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 5 and 5T will receive Oreo beta updates by the end of the year, with the full, stable update to come in early 2018. The Oreo beta program for the OnePlus 3 and 3T has been opened for months.
Android Pay in a grocery store (Source: Google - The Keyword)

Android Pay hits Brazil and the Czech Republic

A few weeks after its debut in Ukraine, Google's Android Pay arrives in the Czech Republic and Brazil. This mobile payment service will go live in Slovakia soon as well.
Lineage 2: Revolution now available via Google Play and Apple's App Store

Lineage 2: Revolution hits Europe and North America

Lineage 2: Revolution has been available in South Korea, Japan, and China since early 2017, and today it finally hits North America and Europe. The game is available for both iOS and Android.
The Essential PH-1. (Source: Digital Trends)

Essential PH-1 now equipped with Treble

A user on Essential's Reddit community has discovered the presence of Google's new Treble API on their PH-1 after updating to the Oreo beta that was released yesterday.
Android Oreo has new APIs which help remove developers reliance on accessibility permissions. (Source: knd61/Pixabay)

Google's new security policy on accessibility features will limit or remove 'hundreds of good, useful apps'

The next stage of Google's push to improve Android security is putting a spotlight on applications which misuse accessibility features to add functionality that wasn't expressely designed to improve use for people with disabilities. Some popular apps affected include LastPass, Cerberus, and Tasker.
HP Care lists the SD835 powered laptop. (Source: HP)

The HP 2US29AV could be one of the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops

Details of HP's first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptop could have just leaked, courtesy of HP Care. The site lists availability of Care Pack services for an yet to be announced HP laptop powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.
Essential Phone up close and personal

Essential Phone gets unofficial LineageOS support

Although the Essential Phone's design makes it difficult to build custom ROMs for it, an XDA Developers user has been able to bring LineageOS 14.1 to Andy Rubin's flagship.
Still kings. (Source: Shapeways)

Marshmallow still most popular version of Android with 31% market distribution

Google has released Google Play install statistics which show that Marshmallow is still the most widely used version of Android with a 30.9% market distribution. Oreo comes in dead last—yes, even worse than Gingerbread—with just 0.3%.
Google Files Go file manager (Source: Google Play)

Google Files Go file manager for Android enters public beta

Although it was scheduled to go public in December, Google's Files Go file manager for Android leaked online earlier this week, so the tech giant decided to speed things up and made the app available via the Google Play store.
Apple's iPhone 8 flagship family gets a new minor iOS update

Apple fixes the autocorrect bug on iPhones and iPads

The bug that came with iOS 11.1 and simply did not allow some users to type "i" by replacing it with "A" and a Unicode symbol has just been fixed by iOS 11.1.1. This update also takes care of an issue with Siri ("Hey Siri" sometimes not working).
SwiftKey gets Photo Themes (Source: SwiftKey)

SwiftKey announces Photo Themes, teams up with a National Geographic contributing photographer

The SwiftKey virtual keyboard app for both Android and iOS has just received Photo Themes, as well as a gallery of nature images to use with this new feature.These shots were taken and curated by Keith Ladzinski, a top photographer who worked for ABC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.
The U11.

Another HTC phone looks to be on the way

HTC is set to launch another device year runs out, with the phone, the "Ocean Harmony" looking to be another mid-ranger. There's been talk of a Snapdragon 652, though, so we're not exactly sure what HTC has planned for this one.
Various Google Android statues

Google Android is now 10 years old

Although the first stable release of Google's operating system came out in 2008, the first public beta build of this open source project arrived back in the first days of November 2017, thus making Android as old as a decade.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 phablet gets MIUI 9 software update

MIUI 9 global stable ROM rolls out

After spending a long time in the public beta testing stage, the Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 ROM by Xiaomi is finally rolling out to Redmi Note 4/Note 4X and Mi Max 2 handsets. The second batch consists of six more devices and is expected to get updated this month as well.
Watch Dogs for PC giveaway notification (Source: personal email)

Ubisoft kicks off the Holiday Season by offering Watch Dogs for free to PC users

This giveaway that offers the PC edition of the popular action-adventure video game Watch Dogs to all Uplay users starts tomorrow and ends on November 13. However, those in a hurry can already preload the game, but they will have to wait until tomorrow to play it.
Movement in Bitcoin value over the last seven days. (Source: Coindesk)

Bitcoin reached a massive US$7583 value by late last week, but dropped dramatically on Monday

Bitcoin completed a record breaking week by hitting almost US$7600 in value over the weekend, before sinking even more sharply back below US$7000 during Monday trading.
The Pixel 2 XL. (Source: Techradar)

Google Pixel 2 XL's charging measured at 10.5W

Nathan Park, a freelance hardware engineer, has carried out tests on the Google Pixel 2 XL, discovering an intentional bottleneck on the device that limits the power received by the phone from the 18W supplied by its stock charger to just 10.5W.
Nintendo's new 2DS XL. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo 2DS/3DS sales continue strongly, will hit 70 million combined sales soon

Nintendo has revealed sales figures for their 2DS/3DS line of portable games consoles showing strong sales figures of both hardware and software. Sales improved with the release of the new 2DS XL, and despite the success of the Switch, it had minimal impact on the 2DS/3DS shipment rates.
Pixel 2 XL, ask more of your phone. (Source: Google)

Google replacing Pixel 2 XLs sent to customers without Android installed

Continuing the trend of the Pixel 2 XL, a small number of users have complained on Reddit and the Ars Technica forums about receiving devices which are completely missing the operating system. Google reports that they have fixed this going forwards, and they are sending replacement devices for those affected.
ThrottleStop in action. (Source: TechPowerup)

First new version of ThrottleStop since April is now available

The first new version of ThrottleStop in nearly seven months is now available for download. In addition to the usual assortment of powerful configuration features it brings support for Apollo Lake, a new way to toggle mini mode, and the ability to hide the task area icon.
Google introduces Fast Pair for quick pairing with Bluetooth headphones. (Source: Google)

Android "Fast Pair" takes on Apple's AirPods

Google has introduced Fast Pair for Android devices. It brings a far easier way of pairing Bluetooth headphones that is very similar to what Apple is doing with its AirPods for iPhone.
Samsung Internet Browser 6.2 Night Mode and High Contrast Mode (Source: Samsung Internet Developers)

Samsung Internet Browser 6.2 now available for download

The latest version of Samsung's Internet Browser app for Android brings a few useful features out of beta, including a new Night Mode and a new High Contrast Mode or the ability to download and install third-party ad blockers.
The Nintendo Switch console now has over 300 developers working on new games.  (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo Switch now has over 300 developers working on games

The Nintendo is having trouble keeping up with demand for the Nintendo Switch with over 7 million consoles now sold since it launched in March. Developers are jumping on board in big numbers too, with over 300 now developing titles for the console.
Windows 10 was released over two years ago. (Source: Microsoft)

Windows 10 free upgrade via assisted technologies will end on 31st December 2017

One of the two remaining pathways to obtaining a free and legal upgrade to Windows 10 from an earlier version of Windows will be closed at the end of this year.
Assassin's Creed Origins has DRM software protecting the DRM software that's protecting the game. (Source: Ubisoft)

Assassin's Creed Origins is another example of DRM gone wrong

Publishers need to protect their game from piracy, and gamers should pay for the games we play. But there is a problem when the method of DRM implementation degrades the experience of those who obtained the game legitimately.
The S8+ is one of two devices confirmed to be eligible for the beta program.

Samsung to open Oreo beta program soon, Note 8 snubbed

Samsung is set to announce the reopening of its beta-testing program, Galaxy Beta, in the coming days, with users getting the chance to have a taste of Oreo prior to the final release scheduled for Q1 2018. The Galaxy Note 8 is snubbed for some reason, however.
LG G6. (Source: Digital Trends)

LG G6 spotted with Oreo on Geekbench

An LG G6 has been spotted on popular benchmark platform Geekbench, Android Oreo in tow. There are no specifics about when the device will receive the Oreo update but G6 users can now be confident that they'll get it.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. (Source: BlueHole)

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will switch to Microsoft Azure for server hosting

Microsoft's relationship with the developers of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds deepens as they transfer server hosting from Amazon Web Services over to Microsoft Azure.
The new Microsoft Store app could soon start offering hardware devices such as the Surface. (Source: Windows Central)

The Microsoft Store app will soon start offering Surface and other hardware

The Microsoft Store app will soon offer users to buy Surface and other partner hardware directly from within the app. Although hidden for now, this could be part of Microsoft's efforts to consolidate all marketplaces into one cohesive Store interface.
Huawei App Store in China. (Source:

Huawei AppStore and video service to be expanded beyond China in early 2018

During the Huawei Eco Connect 2017 conference in Berlin, the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer, announced that they would be bringing their App Store to Europe, but there are questions around what benefit it will bring.
Skype 7.0 for Android (Source: Skype blog)

Skype for Android hits one billion downloads

Earlier this week, Skype for Android reached an impressive milestone. Its Google Play store page shows that this app has been downloaded over a billion times so far, also holding a 4.1/5 rating after more than 10 million user reviews.
It's hakuna matata now. (Sources: Betches)

Whatsapp's new message recall feature puts drunk-texting back on the menu

Whatsapp has finally activated the recall function on its app, a function which allows users to recall—or effectively delete—messages that have already been sent. You'd do well to take screenshots of messages you wish to use as legal proof or anything of the sort, lest they be recalled, leaving you in the lurch.
The Settings apps in Windows 10 'Redstone 4' will receive a Fluent Design makeover. (Source: Windows Central)

Windows 10 Settings app to get some Fluent Design makeover in 'Redstone 4'

Upcoming builds of the 'Redstone 4' early development branch of Windows 10 will feature Fluent Design System elements being incorporated to the Settings app. As development of 'Redstone 4' progresses, we can expect to see more Fluid Design elements being incorporated in key areas of the user interface and inbox apps.
Assassin's Creed Origins (Source: Steam)

Assassin's Creed Origins is now available for purchase

A decade after the release of the first game in the series, Assassin's Creed Origins takes the player all the way back to Egypt's Ptolemaic period. This new game runs on Windows PCs, as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
The Microsoft foldable Courier Booklet PC concept from 2008. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Andromeda is a foldable ARM-based Booklet PC rumored for 2018

Microsoft could launch a foldable Surface device in 2018, if rumors prove accurate. The device would be a spiritual successor to the cancelled Courier device first revealed in 2008.
The S8+ will receive Oreo.

Samsung to release Oreo updates in Q1 2018

Samsung is set to release updates to Android Oreo by the start of 2018. Particular details of the company's plans are unknown at the moment but we expect the Galaxy Beta program to be re-opened soon.
Amazon Appstore app October 2017 update (Source: Amazon)

Amazon's new Appstore app focuses on Amazon Coins

The new version of the Appstore app works on Fire tablets, Fire TV digital media players, and Android-driven devices. It features a visual overhaul and an increased focus on Amazon Coins.
Amazon Key relies on a compatible smart lock, smart camera, and Amazon Cloud. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon Key lets couriers unlock your door when you're not home

Amazon has released their Amazon Key service which uses an Amazon produced smart camera, a smart lock from Yale or Kwikset, and the Amazon Cloud to allow delivery drivers to unlock your front door and leave your parcel inside.
Oreo for the Nokia 8 was teased weeks ago by company executive Juho Sarvikas. (Source: Twitter)

Oreo beta program for Nokia 8 opened

HMD has introduced its beta program, beta labs, for the testing of the beta version of Android Oreo on the Nokia 8. The company previously promised users of the Nokia 8 that they would get Oreo before the end of the year, so this comes as no surprise.
Gmail has over one billion active users.

Gmail finally gets native add-on support

Google has announced the implementation of its add-on feature on the Gmail client, with both the desktop web client and Android app benefiting from the move.
An example of three Android Instant Apps. (Source: Google)

Android Instant Apps gives the Play Store a 'Try Now' button to test and use apps without installing

The Android Instant Apps Platform has now had a full public release allowing users to try applications without needing to install them. The platform also allows continued use and access to application features.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is coming to Xbox One. (Source: Microsoft)

Original Xbox titles now available on Xbox One, 360 titles getting One X enhanced

Microsoft has made 13 original Xbox titles available on the Xbox One, which are available now. These will be followed on November 7 by four revamped Xbox 360 titles that will be specially enhanced for the Xbox One X.
The Xperia XZ Premium.

Android Oreo released for the Xperia XZ Premium

Sony has released the Oreo update to users of the XZ Premium. This is about par for the company, as it becomes the first OEM to send out working Oreo updates.
Facebook Messenger. (Source: Facebook)

Give money to people you know using Paypal's new Facebook Messenger integration

Paypal continues to integrate with the platforms we use to communicate with each other and is now integrated in Facebook Messenger.
Ubuntu Linux 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" (Source: Canonical)

Ubuntu Linux 17.10 now available with GNOME 3 as default desktop interface

The new Ubuntu Linux 17.10 release is nicknamed "Artful Aardvark" and comes with the latest version of GNOME as the default desktop, thus dropping Canonical's Unity graphical shell.
Cover art for Sid Meier's Civilization III. (Source: Mobygames)

Deal | For a limited time you can claim Civilization III for free and play just one more turn

The Humble Store has Steam keys for the Complete Edition of Civilization III available for free, but get in quick because this deal ends on Saturday.
Windows Mixed Reality support comes with the Fall Creators Update for Win 10. (Source: Microsoft)

Windows 10 Fall Creators update now rolling out

Microsoft has commenced the global rollout of its Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. Users can either wait for the update to reach them, or do a manual clean install of the latest Windows 10 ISO to get it immediately.
NVIDIA Shield Tablet K1 Android tablet for gamers will not receive Android Oreo

The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 will not get Oreo

The Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 has been around long enough to move from Lollipop to Marshmallow and then to Nougat. Sadly, it has just been confirmed that this slate for gamers will not get an official Oreo update.
Oreo will be the last major update the OnePLus 3T receives. (Source: Techradar)

Last-gen OnePlus devices get first taste of Oreo

OnePlus 3 and 3T users in the Open Beta Program have received an update that finally gives them a taste of Android 8.0.0 Oreo. It's but a beta update, of course, so it comes with a slew of bugs and worries.
Samsung Bixby in native context mode (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Bixby 2.0 might arrive this week

Although the current version still has to add support for a few widely used languages, Samsung Bixby 2.0 is apparently on its way and the updated virtual assistant is expected to come with improved third-party integration and support for other devices than smartphones.

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