Android app updates will get drastically smaller, again

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Updating apps on your mobile device isn’t just a matter of a few seconds anymore; with apps (games, especially) steadily rising in size, a larger set of updates can easily grow into gigabytes of data and many minutes of downloading. 

Google addressed the issue earlier this year by switching to a new compression algorithm, which the company says reduced the size of app updates by 47 percent on average. 

Now, the company has made even bigger progress by using an app updating technique called File-by-File patching which makes app updates 65 percent smaller on average compared with the full app.

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Viva Los Angeles: 30 hours in the City of Angels with the Huawei Honor 8

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Starry-eyed singer, actor and musician hopefuls flock to both Los Angeles, California and Nashville, Tennessee seeking opportunities to brush shoulders with industry greats. However, the cities’ respective associations with the entertainment world are where their similarities begin and end.

Nashville, with a population of just under 660,000, is bite-sized compared to L.A.’s whopping 9.6 million residents. The two cities exude decidedly different vibes, too. Nashville is country cool, rooted in Southern Americana; only recently has the town experienced an injection of aloof, hipster flair. L.A., in contrast, has ’50s charm and a signature, flippant attitude that’s inextricably tied to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Read more…

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A new app will grow the White House on your dollar bill

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With today’s advanced technology, learning about the White House is as easy as pointing your phone camera at a dollar bill. 

With the latest White House augmented reality app, 1600, you can transform your plain old dollar bills into a nifty and insightful learning experience.

Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary, announced that the app, made available Thursday, will let users experience a digital year at The White House and get insight into the traditions, events and the life of the president.

The app was created after the White House teamed up with the White House Historical Association and Nexus Studios “to educate and inspire Americans to learn all about what the People’s House stands for.” Read more…

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Nokia Android phones are coming early next year

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Fallen mobile phone giant Nokia is about to (attempt to) rise again next year with new phones — this time based on Android. 

The plan has been known for a while, but it’s now official, as the company itself confirmed it in a press release Thursday. 

The new Nokias will be manufactured by Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile and sold by a Finnish company called HMD Global, which will have an exclusive global license for the Nokia brand for the next ten years.

The story of the new, new Nokia is somewhat complex, so here’s a little background: Microsoft bought Nokia’s struggling mobile phone division in 2013 for $7.2 billion but it ditched the Nokia brand the following year, instead calling its mobile phones Microsoft Lumia.  Read more…

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Meizu Pro 6 Plus’s specs closely match a certain Samsung phone

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We’re aware that calling every phablet a Samsung Note7 replacement is getting a bit stale at this point. But Meizu’s new flagship device, the Pro 6 Plus, has certain traits that make it seem the Chinese company is really trying to fix the post-Note7 blues

First, the Meizu Pro 6 Plus has the same AMOLED screen and resolution and the Note7 (5.7-inches and 2,560×1,440 pixels), the same processor (Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 8890) and the same amount of storage (64GB, but a 128GB variant is also available) and RAM memory (4GB). 

But the Pro 6 Plus’s similarities go further: it actually has a reduced megapixel count for the rear camera compared to its predecessor, the Meizu Pro 6 — 12 instead 21 megapixels. This, again, matches the 12-megapixel camera of the Note7, as does the front 5-megapixel shooter.  Read more…

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OnePlus and O2 celebrate the OnePlus 3T launch in London

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One of the best mobile phones on the market just got even better.

The OnePlus 3T is an upgraded addition to the company’s premium flagship OnePlus 3 smartphone lineup.

And OnePlus, one of a select few technology companies with such a strong community-focused mission, teamed up with O2 to celebrate its launch with a one-day pop-up event on 24 November at 123 Oxford Street in London.

More than 100 people braved cold weather to join the queue to get into the event, and the O2 angels were on hand to give out snacks and drinks. 

T-shirts and backpacks were given out as well, but the giveaways of the day were two OnePlus 3Ts. The first went to the first person in queue at the till, and the second went to a man who got the highest score on the event’s Dash Charge game. Read more…

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Instagram isn’t alerting people when you screenshot, you creep

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Taking screenshots of Instagram posts is a right of social media passage. We all do it, but a recent update to the app has avid Instagram users on edge.

After news broke that Instagram would be alerting users when friends take a screenshot of their “disappearing messages,” many people became extremely paranoid that Instagram is also sending notifications when they take a screenshot of a photograph. 

Before you have a social media-induced panic attack, let us assure you, Instagram is not sending notifications every time you take a screenshot. Notifications only occur when you take a screenshot in the app’s new disappearing message feature. Read more…

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