AT&T boosts LTE capacity by 400% in Washington D.C. ahead of Inauguration Day

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In case you’ve forgotten, tomorrow (Jan 20th), is the day that the 45th President of the United States is sworn into office, with the President-elect, Donald Trump, becoming the President for the next 4 years at least. Because so many people are expected to visit Washington D.C. on the big day to witness the occasion, it’s expected that carrier networks in the area will be under strain. With this in mind, AT&T has announced that it has spent 2-years planning planned for the day, with LTE capacity set to be increased by 400% in the area.

Samsung reveals which phones and tablets will be updated to Nougat in the first half of 2017

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Unless you own a Pixel or one of the last Nexus devices, a question that runs through your head when Google announces a new version of Android is if your device will receive a firmware update, never mind when. Owners of selected Samsung smartphones and tablets can breathe a small sigh of relief thanks to the Korean manufacturer having revealed which of its devices will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat during the first half of 2017.

Samsung’s S Health app will soon allow you to check-in with your Doctor via video

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Keeping track of your health is easier than ever now with most smartwatches and smartphones counting the number of steps you make each day as well as keeping tabs on your heart rate. There’s a veritable host of fitness and health apps to choose from, with Samsung’s S Health app being one of the most installed examples thanks it being pre-installed on the huge number of handsets that the Korean electronics giant ships. S Health is an app that Samsung strives to improve each year, and this year we can expect the app to receive a major update. 

New rumour suggests that Samsung will launch Galaxy S8 on March 29th

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It seems that the beginning of every year consists of leaks and rumours pertaining to the next flagship in Samsung’s Galaxy S series of phones. This year the Korean electronics giant will launch the Galaxy S8 handset, which it hopes will help repair the damage to its image caused by the volatile, and discontinued Galaxy Note 7. Some of the most recent Galaxy S8 leaks have pointed to the handset launching with high screen-to-body ratios, as well as keeping the venerable 3.5mm audio jack. Today’s rumour suggests that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8 at the end of March.

How to enable the app drawer in Huawei’s EMUI 5.0

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So you have a new Huawei phone such as the Mate 9 and you are faced with app icons spread willy-nilly all over the home screen. It’s frustrating, right? Luckily, the Mate 9 is running EMUI 5.0, the latest iteration of Huawei’s custom software overlay, and the first that actually has an app drawer built-in. Naturally, it isn’t the default option so join us after the break to find out how to enable the app drawer on EMUI 5.0. 

Go grab a Christmas-themed sweater for you and your Pixel from Google’s pop-up store in NYC

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We are firmly into the festive period which means that the weather is turning decidedly chillier as winter sets in for the long-haul. If you are in New York City and own or are planning to buy a Pixel, though, you can grab some free goodies for both you and your Pixel at Google’s pop-up store on Mercer Street at Spring in SoHo. Join us after the break to find out how you can ward off the winter chills by grabbing a free Christmas-themed jersey for both you and your Pixel handset.

Google Home gains a whole raft of third-party services

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Just a few days after updating the Google Home with Netflix and Google Photos integration, the search giant has added more than 30 services to the device. These new abilities have come about thanks to Google allowing developers to integrate third-party services with the smart device. Users will now be able to order pizza from Dominos, research health-related questions via WebMD or play music trivia with SongPop. Join us after the break for the full list.

TouchWiz gets rebranded as Samsung Experience in latest Nougat beta firmware for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung opened up its Galaxy Beta Program back in November for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, allowing those who signed up to test its beta Nougat firmware ahead of an official release. The electronics giant is rolling out the third update for those enrolled in the program, and it comes with some interesting changes, including a move away from the TouchWiz branding for its user interface.

Unlocked HTC One M9 receives Nougat update, coming to carrier variants early 2017

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Android 7.0 Nougat may have only managed a 0.4% footprint in the latest Android distribution figures, but it should see an increased rate of adoption as OEM’s update their flagships in the coming months. Some brands are quicker than others at updating their handsets, with HTC being one of the better examples. One such case in point is HTC’s announcement earlier that it has begun rolling out the Nougat update to the unlocked HTC One M9.

Amazon has opened a grocery store in Seattle with no cashiers or queues

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Whether it’s earning extra money as a student or working your way up the ranks, working at a supermarket is a steady form of employment for the most part. It’s a type of job that is going to come under attack by technology in the next few years, though, specifically by Amazon in the corporation’s never-ending search for shopping efficiency. According to an announcement earlier today, Amazon has begun trialing a store in Seattle with Amazon Go branding that has no check-outs and no queues. 

Honor 8 review: A mid-range beauty with substance

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The year might be known for when Google replaced the Nexus program or how Samsung experienced disaster with the Galaxy Note 7, but it should also be remembered as the year Huawei stepped out of the shadows. From the launch of the Honor 5X at the beginning of 2016 to the star-studded launch of the Huawei P9 in April, Huawei has taken giant strides in new markets. No longer is it simply known as one of those interesting but mysterious companies in China.

Huawei’s Honor brand, too, took another step towards household recognition in August with the launch of the Honor 8, a beautiful phone that shares much of its DNA with the Huawei P9. The Honor 8 differs from the P9 in various aspects, though, and is all the better for it.

Hit the break for our review of the Honor 8.

Samsung brings a raft of Gear S3 features to last year’s Gear S2

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When a new device launches, it usually boasts a slew of new features that differentiate it from the outgoing model to drive sales. In a nice surprise for Gear S2 owners, though, Samsung has just announced that the just released Gear S2 Value Pack has a bunch of features borrowed directly from the Gear S3. Join us after the break for more details. 

The best apps, games, and movies of 2016 according to Google

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While it seems that we are hurtling towards the New Year with ever-increasing speed, 2016 isn’t quite done and dusted just yet. There are still a bunch of burning questions to answer, one of which is what were the best apps of 2016? As they did in 2015, Google has helpfully compiled a list of the year’s top apps, games, movies, and more. Join us after the break for more details.

These Huawei phones will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat and EMUI 5.0 in 2017

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It isn’t always plain sailing when you own a modern smartphone. If you purchased the handset on the wrong side of the curve or the manufacturer can’t be bothered, you could be stuck with a phone using an obsolete version of Android for a lengthy period. Owners of recent Huawei flagships though can breathe a sigh of relief because the Chinese handset maker has taken the wraps off its plans to provide an Android 7.0 Nougat (and EMUI 5.0) update for a selection of models. Join us after the break for more info.

Netflix finally adds the ability to download content for offline playback

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It’s a feature that Netflix has been rumored to have both considered and discarded in recent times, but it seems that the video streaming service has finally decided to offer the ability to download content to watch at a later date. Being able to download content means that it’s going to be easier to watch your favorite Netflix shows, especially useful if you don’t have access to high-speed WiFi, or you don’t have network coverage while you are out and about.