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Big Sur Diary: First impressions are mostly good, despite iOS-sification concerns

Don’t worry, I haven’t taken leave of my senses: I’m not writing a Big Sur Diary because I’m running it on my primary Mac. But since a recent piece reminded me that I had a spare Mac sitting in a cupboard, it seemed a relatively small risk to install it on that. One concern many have expressed over the years is the possible “iOS-sification” of macOS. In other words, with iOS (and now…
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: an extravagant success

It’s a weird sort of relief to be reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. Depending on how you count, it’s either the second, third, or even fourth iteration of Samsung’s folding phone design. The first was pulled from the market days before release because it was too…
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How Microsoft built its folding Android phone

Microsoft is returning to making phones this week, as part of an ambitious project to usher in a new era of dual-screen and folding devices. The company has spent around six years developing Surface Duo, its Android-powered device that folds out to be a phone or a miniature…
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LineageOS 17.1 now available for OnePlus 7T Pro

For those with the OnePlus 7T Pro, we have good news, you can enjoy LineageOS 17.1 as support is now officially available for the 2019 flagship. While the latest Android 11 update is already rolling out in beta for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, those with 2019’s finest OnePlus hardware should be pleased that LineageOS is ready to be sideloaded. Support for third-party ROMs is always good for…
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One UI 3.0 developer beta program now open for Galaxy S20 series

The Samsung One UI 3.0 developer beta program has now opened with registration available for developers looking to prepare for the full OTA — which is set to arrive sometime this fall. We’re just seeing the rollout of One UI 2.5 for existing Samsung smartphone hardware, so the fact that One UI 3.0 is just heading into a developer beta phase one day after the full release isn’t necessarily…
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Xiaomi Mi TV Stick Review: Android TV’s most affordable device is a great, basic streamer

For the past few years, Xiaomi has been one of the few sellers of Android TV set-top boxes in the United States and, this year, the company is finally delivering something that so many asked for — a streaming stick. One of the first Android TV-based streaming sticks has arrived with the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, but is it any good? Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is about as basic as it gets If there’s one thing…
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