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Chicago will test Samsung’s DeX in-vehicle solution in cop cars

Sponsored Links Samsung Samsung created an in-vehicle version of its DeX platform in hopes that it can replace the computers cops and first responders have to carry around. Now, the Chicago Police Department has announced that it’s taking the system for a spin to see if it can truly be an effective companion for law …

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Google Play Store redesign makes it easier to find games

Sponsored Links Google The go-to destination for Android apps has undergone some changes. Google announced today that it has rolled out a visual redesign of the Google Play Store. The refreshed interface should make hunting for apps easier for the app store’s two billion monthly active users. Especially if you’re a player of mobile games. …

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Facebook loses Oculus executive who led its mobile VR efforts

Sponsored Links Devindra Hardawar/Engadget Another Oculus executive who played a key role in Facebook’s VR efforts is leaving the company. Just a few days ago, Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell headed for the exit — now, Variety has revealed that Max Cohen, Oculus’ head of mobile, is also peacing out. While Facebook refused to give the …

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Korg Volca Modular synth review: As weird as it is affordable

This review is a little different. Normally when Engadget reviews something, we’re bringing years of experience and expertise to the table. But not here. The Volca Modular is a semimodular, West Coast-style synthesizer. And until I received this review unit, I had zero experience with either modular or West Coast-style synths. I am coming at …

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Nintendo will replace a newly purchased Switch with newer model

Sponsored Links Nintendo Switch owners may be able to replace their consoles with the model that has better battery life if it’s only been a month or less since they’ve purchased their device. According to some posts on Reddit, Nintendo of America has been telling customers that they can send in an older Switch model …

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Google pulls 85 Android apps with particularly obnoxious adware

Sponsored Links Stephen Lam / Reuters Google has removed 85 apps from the Google Play store after security researchers at Trend Micro found a particularly annoying adware scheme hiding inside.The adware, called AndroidOS_Hidenad.HRXH, was embedded in fully functioning photography and gaming apps that were installed over 8 million times. The apps exploited common Android functions …

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Amazon is trying to make Alexa-enabled gadgets more fun

Sponsored Links Engadget A variety of new Alexa-enabled gadgets, games and smart toys could soon flood the market thanks to Amazon’s latest developer tool. On Thursday, the company detailed “Custom Interfaces,” a new API within its Alexa Gadgets Toolkit SDK that allows developers to create interactions between Alexa and their own internet-connected products. Amazon is …

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The Morning After: The mystery of Virginia’s TV Man

Sponsored Links Washington Post This Thursday, we’re trying to unravel the mystery of TV man, fight the robocall fight and see T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger creep closer to a conclusion. The FCC boss likes it — what could possibly go wrong? Questions for TV Man. Why is someone leaving old TVs on porches in Virginia? …

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British Airways is offering VR entertainment on flights

Sponsored Links Nick Morrish/British Airways British Airways is set to trial VR entertainment on select first class flights from London Heathrow to New York JFK. From now until the end of the year, customers on these flights will have their own 3D cinema in the sky, and will be able to watch a variety of …

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FAA issues flight ban on 2015 MacBook Pros with faulty batteries

Sponsored Links Apple If you have a 2015 model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, you may want to take up Apple on its free battery replacement offer before bringing it with you on a flight. The US Federal Aviation Administration has banned the model — particularly those sold between September 2015 and February 2017 — …

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