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Engadget presents the Best of CES 2017!

The Consumer Electronics Show is just two months away, which means it's time once again for us here at Engadget to kick CES planning into high gear. Not only are we excited to get our hands on the latest gadgets and gear at the country's...Show More Summary

OnePlus already has a new flagship with modest upgrades

It hasn't even been six months since OnePlus took the wraps off its latest flagship, and the company already has an upgraded version. The OnePlus 3T will replace the OnePlus 3, bringing improvements like a newer Snapdragon 821 CPU, a larger battery and sharper front camera. Show More Summary

Blu smartphones secretly harvested your texts and contacts

Blu Products, the leading seller of unlocked smartphones in the US, has revealed a serious security problem with a bunch of its products. It says a third-party app called "Wireless Update" has been "collecting unauthorized personal data in the form of text messages, call logs and contacts from customers" on some devices. Show More Summary

Google wants to share VR with one million UK school kids

As virtual reality becomes more and more popular, companies are looking at new ways to integrate it into people's everyday lives. Google, for instance, is keen to ensure that children grow up enjoying the benefits of VR, so the search giant has committed to bringing the technology to one million UK schoolchildren. Show More Summary

Tinder adds trans-inclusive gender options

Starting today, Tinder users in the US, UK and Canada will have the option to define their own gender. Where previously, users could only choose between male or female, now they can pick transgender, trans man, trans woman, or whatever term they identify with. Show More Summary

Governments routinely blocked messaging apps in 2016

Over the past year, authorities from different parts of the globe have been routinely imposing restrictions on messaging apps, according to Freedom House. Based on the non-government org's internet freedom report for 2016, governments...Show More Summary

WhatsApp finally launches video calling

WhatsApp has introduced a number of new features in recent months but perhaps the most eagerly awaited has been video calling. Some users briefly flirted with video calls back in May but it took until October before a wider set of Android device owners could get involved. Show More Summary

Samsung Pay rewards program encourages you to shop

Most mobile payment systems don't really offer incentives to shop besides convenience, but Samsung wants to dangle a bigger carrot in front of its users. It's launching a rewards program for Samsung Pay (appropriately, Samsung Rewards) that gives you perks whenever you use the service in the US, whether it's at retail or online. Show More Summary

Moto Z Play review: Buy it for the battery life

You should've seen this one coming. Of course Motorola wasn't going to just release two versions of the Moto Z and call it a year. While the first two -- the Moto Z and Moto Z Force -- had to bear the weight of flagship expectations and justify the lack of a headphone jack, the Moto Z Play merely had to be inexpensive and not terrible. Show More Summary

Chinese media: Trump's trade war will hurt Apple and Boeing

If the next president starts imposing trade tariffs on China, then he's going to be harming America's own companies. That's the line from China's Global Times, which has published an editorial theorizing potential responses to any future trade war. Show More Summary

Google Play Music gets prettier and more intelligent

It's long overdue but Google Play Music is getting a makeover. The search giant confirmed today that it is in the process of updating its Android, iOS and Web offerings with bright new UI that relies on machine learning to deliver what's relevant to you. Show More Summary

Secret's anonymous sharing is coming back as a response to Trump

Secret's air-your-dirty-laundry service collapsed about as quickly as it rose to prominence, but it looks like it's poised for a comeback thanks to the new political climate. Co-creator David Byttow has vowed that "Secret V2" is on the way as an explicit answer to Donald Trump winning the US election -- "it's too important not to exist," he says. Show More Summary

Vudu's upgraded mobile app brings offline rental viewing

Unlike some big streaming video services, Vudu isn't sitting on the fence when it comes to offline playback. The Walmart-owned provider has revamped its Android and iOS apps with several big features, most notably an option to download your rentals -- you can watch that movie in mid-flight even when the in-air WiFi is lousy. Show More Summary

Samsung: Please, somebody, make mobile apps for Tizen

Samsung is eager to get developers to build applications for its Tizen smartphones. In an effort to drive up interest, the company has created the Tizen Mobile App Incentive Program, which will offer $9 million in cash prizes from February through October of 2017. Show More Summary

AT&T will downgrade mobile video streams by default next year

We have officially entered a world in which carriers think they're doing us a favor by throttling video streams. AT&T today announced a new "feature" called Stream Saver that'll automatically downgrade whatever video you're streaming...Show More Summary

New emoji will include a woman with a headscarf

Unicode, the controlling group behind the emojis populating our phones and computers, has been working to make emoji more diverse in recent years. A whole host of skin colors have been added, and Google recently proposed adding more options for working women. Show More Summary

Microsoft's iOS app augments hues for color-blind folks

Color Binoculars landed on the App Store today, promising to infuse the real world with color for anyone with the three most common forms of color blindness. This isn't the first app designed to help color-blind folks see a broader spectrum...Show More Summary

Whatsapp starts rolling out two-factor authentication

Whatsapp is one of the biggest messaging services out there, so it's a little surprising that it hasn't supported two-factor authentication. That is, until now -- as noted by Android Police, people using the beta version of Whatsapp are starting to see the option to turn on this extra security measure. Source: Android Police

T-Mobile launches LTE for US forces at Guantanamo Bay

Despite President Obama's first-term pledge to close it, the "Gitmo" Guantanamo Bay Naval Base remains open. It's hard to believe, but the 5,500 military families and staff living there have never had cellular data coverage -- until now. Show More Summary

BT to roll out next-gen YouView TV update and app next year

With Sky Q growing in popularity and Virgin Media soon to unveil its new 4K set-top box, BT knows it needs to keep innovating its own TV offering or be left behind. That's why it's today announced a fresh round of updates for its YouView-powered platform and confirmed plans for a new mobile app, all of which will be available next year. Source: BT

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