Amazon will take on iMessage with new ‘Anytime’ messaging app

Amazon is working on a new “Anytime” service that plans to take on the likes of Apple iMessage. The retail giant has begun asking customers what they would like to see from a new messaging app, which promises to incorporate texts, video chat, and “a whole lot more.”

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OnePlus 5 has a frustrating bug when recording video

It appears that the OnePlus 5 has a hidden talent, though we’re not sure it’s one you’re going to appreciate. According to a number of Reddit users, videos recorded in landscape mode on the handset are being rendered with inverted audio, which essentially means that sound captured using the microphone on the right of the device is being played through the left speaker and vice versa.

There’s some good news, though: OnePlus should be able to fix the glitch using a software update as the bug is apparently caused by a faulty line of code. When exactly the upgrade will arrive remains a mystery, but we’ve contacted the firm to find out and will update this post if we hear back. In the meantime, here’s a video of the bug in action.

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Samsung rolls out ‘urgent update’ to fix DQA error on the Galaxy S8

Samsung is in the midst of rolling out an “urgent software update” through its Galaxy Apps Store for the Galaxy S8 in Canada and the U.S. The upgrade patches a bug that resulted in some units displaying an alert as often as every 30-seconds, informing owners that “DQA keeps stopping.”


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You can finally use your PayPal account to pay for goods through Android Pay

In addition to introducing compatibility for 18 more banks and credit unions in the United States, Google has announced that it has partnered with PayPal to provide customers with the facility to spend their PayPal Balance using Android Pay.

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AT&T’s Unlimited Plus wireless plan will now include free HBO

Starting Wednesday, AT&T will be including a free subscription to HBO to any customer with its Unlimited Plus wireless plan.

This is the latest move on AT&T’s part to lure in customers as the carrier wars have been heating up. Nearly every other carrier offers a comparable unlimited plan. Now it’s about throwing in more incentives beyond unlimited data, and a free subscription to HBO, which alone runs $15, is a pretty sweet perk.

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Android O: Top 5 features

It must be spring, because Google on Tuesday rolled out the first Developer Preview for Android O, and it includes plenty of new features.

Of course, Google hasn’t revealed all the new goodies in Android O—the name, for example, is still unknown. But we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the update, which is primarily focused on improving battery life and notifications, and making Android a little friendlier to use with keyboards. The latter feature will be great for using Android apps on a Chromebook.

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Google Assistant coming to Android 6.0 and Android 7.0 phones this week!

Google Assistant was once a feature limited to folks who owned the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. Then, this week, LG announced that it will be coming to the LG G6. Motorola announced it will come to the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, too. But that’s not all. Google just said it’ll hit other devices running Android 7.0 and even Android 6.0. And you won’t have to wait long, the rollout will start this week.


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Samsung’s latest ads tout its commitment to product quality

Last year was not a good year for Samsung. Its Note 7 battery issues. Now, it wants to apologize with a new wave of TV ads that highlight its recommitment to quality control.

Samsung debuted two new 30-second ads during the Oscars that give audiences a look at how the company tests phones and to what degree it goes to make sure future phones don’t explode. The ads in particular highlight the level of importance that is being put into the checking and rechecking of the batteries to come in Samsung phones.

“Innovation is our legacy, quality is our priority,” is the tag line of the videos. That pretty much encapsulates the message Samsung is trying to push across. Among the tests shown were drop tests, water tests and bend tests.

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Samsung aims to change perception

Samsung’s brand took a big hit with the Note 7 disaster and these new ads are a continuation of the company trying to make amends. This is a big sticking point for Samsung as it preps for the launch of the Galaxy S8 next month. It will sell tons of phones, but will customers continue to trust the Korean juggernaut? These new ads are a step toward regaining back that trust.