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Facebook shutters its teen-focused social app Lifestage

Last year, Facebook released a new social media app called Lifestage. It was aimed at high schoolers (you couldn't even access the app's features if you were older than 21) and allowed users to connect with other students in their school or schools nearby. Show More Summary

LG's middling tablet comes with a weird accessory dock

Since Android tablet sales have fallen off a cliff (to the benefit of Windows and Chromebook convertibles), companies have to do something, anything to make them more enticing. Case in point is LG, which has launched the GPad X2 8.0 Plus, according to a T-Mobile leak spotted by Android Police. Show More Summary

Swarm redesign shows just how much it knows about you

Foursquare's Swarm check-in app has catered to lifeloggers before, but never quite like this. The location-centric company is launching Swarm 5.0 for Android and iOS with your trip history as its focus. The check-in map is now at the very heart of the app, making it easy to see where you've been. Show More Summary

Engadget giveaway: Win a OnePlus 5 smartphone and backpack!

OnePlus has been making its mark on the mobile scene for a while now and its latest phone doesn't disappoint. The OnePlus 5 is a combination of features, style and price that hits the sweet spot, with the top-of-the-line version packing 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage for just $539. Show More Summary

Sharp's edge-to-edge AQUOS S2 is a glimpse at your next phone

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone may have wowed us with its edge-to-edge display recently, but let's not forget that Sharp has been driving this design with many of its previous Android phones -- 28 of them, to be precise. Today, the Japanese brand unveiled its 29th release dubbed AQUOS S2 which, funnily enough, looks rather familiar. Show More Summary

Leak shows the iPhone 8 is all screen and no home button

Much of the recent talk surrounding the iPhone 8 has focussed on its hardware. Now, courtesy of a new leak, we can go back to speculating its design. The latest image -- via the web's resident handset leaker Evan Blass -- indicates Apple's next flagship will be mostly screen, and very little bezel. Source: Evan Blass (Twitter)

LG's V30 flagship leaks in hands-on footage

Last month, LG teased a reveal for its V30 smartphone, a followup to its audiophile-friendly V20. While renders immediately appeared supposedly showing the upcoming phone's design, we might have just gotten a real leak. A user on Joseph...Show More Summary

Venmo adds QR codes to make finding friends easier

Venmo wants to make it easier for you to find your friends. Instead of searching for their exact quirky handle, the payment service just added QR codes to user profiles. Just click the "Scan Code" option in the app's menu, which lets you capture others' codes with your mobile device's camera or display your own for others to scan. Via: TechCrunch Source: Venmo

T-Mobile's platest plan gives seniors a discount on unlimited data

You can't really sugarcoat it: senior citizens get a raw deal when it comes to cellphones. Carriers tend to either assume that you don't use data (and want a basic cellphone) or else give you a modest discount at best. T-Mobile thinks...Show More Summary

Google no longer forces its search on Android users in Russia

Back in April the Russian government ruled that Android phones in the region would have to allow Yandex -- essentially Russia's version of Google -- as a default search provider. Now that's playing out in real time. With the latest version...Show More Summary

Samsung's rugged Galaxy S8 Active launches this week

Samsung is officially releasing the Galaxy S8 Active on Friday, August 11. The rugged sibling to the company's all-conquering flagship will come in two colors (meteor gray and titanium gold). For a limited time, the phone will be exclusively available through AT&T -- that includes pre-orders, which start tomorrow.

Google cuts up to $200 off its Pixel phones

Google's Pixel phone has been on the market for a while now, but it's still one of the best handsets money can buy. If it's something you'd like to own, but are put off by the price-tag, today is your lucky day. As 9to5Google reports, the search giant has given the phone a heavy discount in the Google Store. Show More Summary

Amazon relists Blu smartphones after 'false alarm'

Blu's unlocked Android phones are back on Amazon after a "false alarm," the company told Engadget. The online retail titan pulled down all Blu models from its website a couple of days ago. It cited "security concerns" after security firm Kryptowire reported that the manufacturer is still collecting user data and sending it to a server in China. Show More Summary

YouTube Music adds song and album downloads almost two years later

It's pretty surprising that Google is updating the YouTube Music app instead of scrapping it wholesale. Before the most recent update it mainly served as a way to cast tunes that don't exist on the Google Play Music app to a Chromecast Audio. Show More Summary

AT&T might be the first US carrier to sell a Huawei phone

Next year, Huawei may finally get a foothold in the US market when AT&T reportedly begins selling its next leading phone. Getting its support would be huge for the company: It's the third-largest smartphone maker in the world behind Apple and Samsung but hasn't been able to reach US customers without a carrier's support. Source: The Information

Proposed emojis include the drunk face and sad poo we've all been missing

It's only been a month since the Unicode Emoji Consortium released version 10 of the colorful little communication icons, including more diverse images along with zombies, a T-rex and (yes) a sandwich icon. Now, though, the group has yet another set of proposed emojis for next year. Show More Summary

Google is reportedly building a Snapchat-style news system

Snapchat's Discover mode is a way for brands to create visual stories for consumption by its 158 million reported daily users. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Google is developing a very similar branded-media content...Show More Summary

Google’s next Pixel phone looks pretty basic

The recent leaks showing features of Google's upcoming Pixel phone indicated that it would look a lot like the previous versions, with a 6-inch AMOLED display and an HTC U11-like squeezable frame. It has also been rumored that the rear...Show More Summary

Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium will play Netflix in HDR

In May, Netflix began opening up its HDR streaming feature to smartphones with HDR-capable screens. At the time, only LG G6 users could make use of it, but now those with a Sony Xperia XZ Premium can too. Netflix supports two different...Show More Summary

Messaging app Kik reportedly has a child abuse problem

Kik is the "de-facto" app for grooming children online, alleges a new video report. What's more, the messaging platform (which is primarily home to teens) is apparently allowing child exploitation to continue unchecked. It's allegedly...Show More Summary

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