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These adaptable screens will prompt to curvier, harder cell phone shows

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Cracked smartphone screens could become a thing of the past
The curved OLED displays on the Galaxy Edge phones are one of the features that help make the handsets popular, but a Japanese manufacturer has developed a bendable screen that could be even better than what Samsung’s devices offer, and could end up in future iPhones. Japan Display, Inc (JDI) says that its Full Active Flex LCD screenuses a plastic substrate for both sides of the liquid crystal layer, meaning it has the kind of flexibility that can "help to expand the degrees of freedom in smartphone design," while being tough enough to withstand falls. The Galaxy S7 Edge has a screen that’s particularly susceptible to cracking. And once the screen breaks, it can lead to a long and occasionally nightmarish repair process. Thanks to those plastic substrates, it should take a lot more than a fall to damage the Full Active Flex. Additionally, JDI’s screen incorporates low-frequency driving technology, which means it sup…

Vertu's new Constellation smartphone is loaded with lavish amenities

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Vertu, the British smartphone maker derived from Nokia in the late ‘90s, has unveiled its latest masterpiece. As is the case with previous Vertu devices, there’s more to “Constellation” than meets the eye. Before diving into what makes Constellation special, let’s have a quick look at the hardware specifications. Vertu’s latest packs a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (538 PPI) that’s tucked behind a 140 carat scratchproof “6th generation” sapphire crystal screen. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of local storage, NFC, a USB Type-C port, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround sound, HD Voice support and a 3,220mAh battery that supports wireless charging. It’ll ship running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, features two SIM card slots with support for 34 international bands / protocols and offers “secure communications” courtesy of Silent Circle. Buyers also get complementary global Wi-Fi …

Microsoft is killing Xbox One’s Snap Mode with the Windows 10 Creators Update

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Microsoft recently released some of the upcoming features for the Xbox One that’s coming with the Windows 10 Creators Update. The update included an improved dashboard, along with a revamped Guide feature which focuses on improving the overall performance of the Xbox One dashboard. The Windows 10 Creators Update, however, will kill Xbox One’s Snap Mode feature which allowed users to multitask on their Xbox One. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra recently announced on Twitter that the company is killing Snap Mode to reduce memory usage, improve multitasking and improve the overall speed of the Xbox dashboard: Mike Ybarra ✔@XboxQwik We replaced Snap to improve multitasking, reduce memory use, improve overall speed, and free up resources going forward for bigger things.

Microsoft is killing Xbox One’s Snap Mode with the Windows 10 Creators Update

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Microsoft recently released some of the upcoming features for the Xbox One that’s coming with the Windows 10 Creators Update. The update included an improved dashboard, along with a revamped Guide feature which focuses on improving the overall performance of the Xbox One dashboard. The Windows 10 Creators Update, however, will kill Xbox One’s Snap Mode feature which allowed users to multitask on their Xbox One. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra recently announced on Twitter that the company is killing Snap Mode to reduce memory usage, improve multitasking and improve the overall speed of the Xbox dashboard: Mike Ybarra ✔@XboxQwik We replaced Snap to improve multitasking, reduce memory use, improve overall speed, and free up resources going forward for bigger things.

Microsoft discharges new battle APIs for the Windows Store

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Microsoft yesterday announced the release of campaign APIs for the Windows Store. These APIs will help media agencies in promoting apps and manage their ad campaigns easily on behalf of their advertisers – developers, game studios, anyone with apps on the Windows Store. Not only media agencies, even individual developers and organizations can use these APIs to create and manage their ad campaigns. These APIs are a powerful way of accessing your ad campaigns – they allow for bulk operations and features such as sharing creatives and/or targeting templates across campaigns. For media agencies handling large volumes of advertising, the APIs allow for flexibility while creating campaigns as well as viewing reporting data. If are interested in getting access to the promotion APIs, send a mail to storepromotionsapi@microsoft.com. Learn more about these APIs here.

Google brought down 1.7 billion awful advertisements in 2016, prohibited almost 200 distributers over deluding content

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Fighting bad ads, sites and scammers
Google has published a new report detailing how it’s dealing with spam, bots and other problematic “ads” on its network. According to the company, it took down more than 1.7 billion ads that violated its policies in 2016, more than double the 780 million bad ads it eliminated one year ago. Google took down 524 million in 2014, 350 million in 2013, and 220 million in 2012. The search giant credited a couple of things for the big increase in removed ads. For starters, it expanded its policies for ads that don’t meet its approval criteria — it banned payday loan ads, for instance, disabling more than 5 million of them by year's end. The company also targeted ads for illegal products as well as misleading ads for things like miracle weight-loss supplements. Second, it improved its technology to more effectively discover and disable unwanted ads or ads that try to game the system. Among these bad actors are “trick to click” ads that look like syste…

5 Google Play tips and traps each Android client has to know

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The Google Play Store is a big benefit for owning an Android device. It gives you a wide variety of apps to choose from. To get the most out of your shopping experience, we've gathered some Google Play Store tips and tricks to help you test drive apps, save money and more. Check them out below.
Best Android appsHow to install the Play Store Get the most out of the Google Play Store. / © ANDROIDPIT 1. Install an app that isn't available in your country If you're really keen to get an app that's not available in your country then you can still get your hands on it by using a VPN. 'VPN' means 'virtual private network'. It gives you a secure internet connection via private networks in locations outside of your current one.
Basically, a VPN service can make it look like you're accessing the internet from a different location. It's important that you choose a credible VPN. We regularly feature VPN deals in our AndroidPIT Store if you&#…

Next Windows 10 Makers Redesign Insider Fabricate coming in the not so distant future

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1 by Surur Jan 25, 2017 at 23:38 GMT We’ve been excitedly awaiting the arrival of the next Windows 10 Insider Build, which is expected to bring Game Mode and mode to Insider testers. Microsoft’s earlier announcements have suggested we can expect the update tomorrow, but Major Nelson has now confirmed that it will in fact arrive later this week, tweeting:

xbox Insiders get another bug-settling redesign on the Xbox One

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Earlier this week, Microsoft released the first set of features coming to the Xbox One with the Windows 10 Creators Update. The company introduced a bunch of new features for the Xbox One to those part of the Xbox Insider Program. The improvements include a slightly revamped dashboard, a new design for the Guide, an improved Cortana features, removal of Snap Mode for better performance, and much more. Today, Microsoft released a new update for the Xbox One to those on the Xbox Insider program’s Alpha ring. If you were one of the Insiders in the Alpha ring, you will be able to grab the new update on your Xbox One. However, do keep in mind that the latest update is only a bug-fixing update meaning that it doesn’t include any new features. The update does fix some issues related to audio and the Windows Store, so you want to install the update on your Xbox One as soon as you can. Here’s the changelog: OS version released: rs2_xbox_rel_1703.170122-1900 Available: 6:00PM PST 1/25 (1:00AM…

Beat other options to the Facebook application for Android

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Facebook Lite: the official alternative Previously, your only options for a slimmer, less data intensive version of Facebook were the mobile site and wrapper apps. But now we have an official Facebook app that does the trick.
Facebook Lite is a standalone app that can replace the regular Facebook app. It uses less data and works on 2G networks or when you don't have a stable connection to the internet, meaning it won't cost you so much data if you want to keep your monthly bill low. It's also a small app, so it doesn't take long to download and install.
It's the fastest version of Facebook you'll find. See your friends' posts and upload photos quickly and efficiently. The app is compatible with most Android phones, even older ones. You don't lose too many features since you can still message and have group conversations, get notifications and share updates with multimedia attached.
Facebook Lite Go on: press it. It's time. / © Androi…