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Damien Wilde

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Damien is 9to5Google’s resident Video Producer and proud Yorkshireman.

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Samsung China duped into collab with fake Supreme, looks to drop partnership after backlash

Just yesterday, Samsung China made a strange announcement that would have shocked and maybe excited anyone interested in streetwear by partnering with NY-based uber-cool skate brand Supreme. The problem was that this actually wasn’t Supreme at all. It was, in fact, a group called Supreme Italia that found a copyright loophole to register the brand name in Italy.

Google Photos now blocks unsupported video formats from unlimited storage

A change to Google Photos now means that any unsupported photo or video file types will now take up space on your Google account from December 6, 2018.

The annual Google Year in Search gives us an indication of our search habits over the course of 12 months, with 2018 being the year of the World Cup in our search bars.

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The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T are finally getting an Android Pie beta build thanks to the open beta program. This news comes from a post on the official OnePlus forums and includes all the juicy details of what is coming the way of OnePlus 5 and 5T owners.

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

Yesterday

Wired audio still matters. We’re just in a transition phase from 3.5mm headphone port to a singular digital Type-C listening future. There are very few affordable USB Type-C headphone options available but the OnePlus Type-C Bullets genuinely offer quality audio in a cheaper package.

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Second Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Android Pie beta update rolling out

The second update to the Android Pie beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now rolling out across the globe. This update includes a series of bug fixes and stability improvements to the One UI beta on the device which has only been made available in recent weeks.

Moto Camera for Moto Z3 and Z3 Play update includes new selfie portrait mode, AR stickers and more

I wasn’t massively impressed with the Moto Z3 Play, it wasn’t exactly a fully realized device in my opinion. That said, it had some great camera controls and a nice clean camera experience. The most recent Motorola camera updates have added a slew of new features including a brand new selfie portrait mode — which is available for all Moto devices — AR Stickers for the Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play alongside new image watermarking features.

At a launch event live from the home of Formula One and supercar manufacturer McLaren, OnePlus has officially unveiled the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition with all of our previous leaks being confirmed including the 30W Warp Charge brick.

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December 10

After Huawei announced the Mate 20, it was soon overshadowed by the more appealing Mate 20 Pro. It’s literally that fact that makes you wonder why this smartphone exists in a world inhabited by the Pro version. In boxing terms: the standard Mate 20 feels like a preliminary fight before the main event. expand full story

Samsung and Honor have both officially unveiled two of the world’s first smartphones with display holes in the form of the Samsung Galaxy A8s and the Honor View 20. The hole-punch style camera is almost identical on both devices, as they become the first devices of this type to be unveiled.

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Google’s Jacquard smart jacket can now remind you not to leave your phone behind

It has been a long time since our very own Stephen Hall went hands-on with Google’s Project Jacquard smart denim jacket. Now, it has added the ability to alert you if you get too far away from your phone.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ December 2018 security patch begins rolling out

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is getting the latest December 2018 security patch, which is rolling out currently to Nordic Galaxy users according to SamMobile. Of course, this update is for Android Oreo, so don’t get your hopes up for an Android 9.0 Pie update for non-beta users.

December 8

Accessories for the Pixel 3 XL don’t come much pricier than the Whitestone Dome glass. We have spoken at length on the quality that they offer over traditional cheap tempered glass screen protectors, and their latest version is no different. expand full story

December 7

When you consider that many smartphone manufacturers are trying to do what Apple and Google are capable of with single and double camera setups, it stands to reason that we would compare two of the best single lens setups on the market. expand full story

While we’re eagerly awaiting the announcement of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, we now have our first look at the device, scheduled to be unveiled on 11 December. expand full story

OnePlus Product Awards nominations announced, in-display fingerprint reader absent

The OnePlus Product Awards give fans and community members the chance to vote for their favorite features — both software and hardware — with the final results presented via livestream on December 20th. Despite the full list being pretty well padded out, there was no room for the in-display fingerprint reader on any list.

December 6

It’s taken me a couple of years to achieve what I would call a complete Everyday Carry set up that includes just a little bit of everything to allow me to — potentially — be 100% mobile at a moment’s notice with these best Everyday Carry gifts.

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Byte from Vine creators opens creator program, clearly targeting YouTube creators

Vine may have shut down in 2016, but the popularity of the platform still lives on through many a YouTube Vine compilation. The new Vine 2.0 known as Byte is set to launch in spring 2019 and now the platform is opening up for future creators who can register today.

Huawei has made some superb smartphones this year, with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro being one of the standout devices on the market. Smartwatches are another area the company has doubled down in, but not with our preferred Wear OS. Instead, the Huawei Watch GT has gone down the Samsung route, favoring its own LiteOS smartwatch operating system. expand full story

YouTube Kids now available in six more countries in Europe

YouTube Kids — the stripped down, child-friendly version of the world’s most popular video service — is now available in a further six European nations as of today. As YouTube Kids expands in Europe even further, it means that the service is now available in 49 countries globally.

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