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Did you see those photos BGR shared the other day of what happens to Apple's Jet Black iPhone 7 finish after just a short amount of usage? They were horrifying, but guess what: it's not just the Jet Black iPhone 7 that needs protection. Regardless of which iPhone finish you choose, you need to protect your handset from scratches even if you don't want a big bulky case that ruins the look of the phone. Lucky for you, there are paper-thin options out there that will keep your iPhone pristine without adding any bulk at all. It should be noted that these cases provide no protection whatsoever from drops, so they're not for clumsy iPhone owners. But if you want an ultra-thin case that will protect your iPhone's finish without ruining its gorgeous design, these five cases are just what the doctor ordered.

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MADRID (AP) — Spanish officials say a Russian computer programmer wanted by the United States on hacking allegations has been jailed while a decision is made on whether to extradite him.

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A source tells The Associated Press that U.S. safety regulators are ending an investigation into a fatal crash involving electric car maker Tesla Motors' Autopilot system without a recall. The National ...

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 continues to take shape, and now, a leak confirms some of the things we've heard over the last few months. A tempered glass screen protector has been leaked online that reportedly fits to the Galaxy S8. While the screen protector doesn't come from Samsung, it hints at some features that could be coming to the handset.

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WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) - Telecommunications company Avaya Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday to reduce its debt, but said it will not sell its call center business at this time. The privately held Santa Clara, California-based company said it obtained a $725 million loan to fund its operations during the filing, which will be provided by an affiliate of Citigroup Inc. (Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it has suspended 360,000 user accounts in the past 18 months for threatening or promoting acts of terrorism.

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Fujifilm announced two new cameras today, the fixed-lens X100F and the interchangeable lens X-T20. Both cameras are updates to prior models in Fujifilm’s lineup, and introduce the 24.3-megapixel sensor and new processor from the company’s higher-end cameras. While the biggest update in both cameras is indeed the new image sensor, there are some tweaks to the features and design of both, so I spent some time with them this morning to see what’s new.

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The iPhone 8 will be unlike any iPhone Apple has made to date, assuming all the rumors that keep surfacing turn out to be true. The phone is expected to feature a never-before-seen all-screen design, the wraparound display is supposed to embed the fingerprint sensor and maybe even other front-facing components, and wireless charging support is finally coming. In fact, a new report from Asia seems to indicate that a component maker has entered Apple’s supply chain to provide key iPhone 8 parts that will support “fast wireless charging.” The report comes from Digitimes , which quotes China’s Commercial Times . Lite-On Semiconductor is the Taiwan-based company who’s reportedly going to provide GPP bridge rectifiers that will support fast wireless charging. The company has apparently received half of the orders for these components, though it's not clear which companies got the rest. The report doesn’t say anything about the actual wireless charging technology that the iPhone 8 is supposed to support. Indirect evidence suggests that Apple and Energous have partnered on a new type of long-range wireless charging technology that would let you recharge the phone from across the room. The iPhone 8 is rumored to have a "glass sandwich" design that would support wireless charging. Reports said Apple will use glass for both the front and rear sides, with a stainless steel chassis sandwiched between them. That way, the phone would be able to recharge wirelessly. Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S7 series have similar glass designs for the same purpose. However, it’s unclear whether Lite-On’s components have anything to do with Energous tech. MacRumors notes that the Lite-On chips are required to maintain efficiency in wireless power transmission and reduce thermal issues. It's entirely possible that this year's iPhone 8 will feature standard wireless charging tech, perhaps opening the door for long-range wireless charging to be the headline feature for next year's "S" update.

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Six years after the release of The Fall and seven after Plastic Beach , the Gorillaz have returned with a brand new song, just in time for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. On Thursday, the Gorillaz began conversing with recording artist Benjamin Clementine over Twitter about being stuck in an elevator. Moments later, the music video for "Hallelujah Money" was published on YouTube. According to Uproxx , which has partnered with the band for the release of the new track, "Hallelujah Money" is "a musical statement to capture a moment in time, to question the impact of Trump’s inauguration and to mourn the prioritization of power and greed in our current world." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDUrpPvU1_4 It's unclear if the song will appear on the upcoming album scheduled to arrive later in the year, as  Uproxx refers to the song as "a timely precursor to that record." And in case you're curious about exactly what's going on in the video, Uproxx has a fairly detailed synopsis as well: "In the clip, Clementine stands in the gold-plated elevator of Trump Tower, delivering his pronouncement of disappointment in front of a flickering screen that flashes through other landmark moments. The images behind him cut from native dancers in Africa, to the La Candelaria brotherhood in Spain, drawing throughlines from various cultures and tribes, until an appearance from the familiar silhouette of 2D crops up at the end. Clementine delivers each line with precision and grace, conveying the severity of his words even as the final scenes dissolve into an explosion of silly cartoon footage. How else could a Gorillaz video this serious conclude, except with a little levity?" Be on the lookout for more Gorillaz tunes later in the year.

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Super Mario Run isn't leaping its way across your Android device at the moment, but that's set to change soon. Mario's big $10 mobile debut is headed to the Google Play Store in March. While Nintendo confirmed the game's March launch window in a tweet, it hasn't given a specific release date.

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This week, I watched the Minnesota Timberwolves take on the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio and their ridiculously strong fundamentals went on to win the game 122 to 114. Needless to say, it wasn't the most exciting basketball games I'd ever watched, but it might have been the most important.

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It looks like Samsung's new virtual personal assistant, believed to be named Bixby, will do a lot more than just respond to your voice. Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 could come with a Bixby button in its built-in camera. Upon tapping that button, users will be able to activate Bixby and process what's in the viewfinder in that moment, according to SamMobile, which spoke to sources who say they know Samsung's future plans.

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Now that Super Mario Run is out in the wild, Nintendo is ready to turn even more of its hit franchises into addictive, bite-sized mobile experiences. The company's next smartphone outing is Fire Emblem Heroes, a smartphone-friendly take on the popular strategy role-playing series that lets you mix and match characters from throughout the franchise's history. Launching on Android on Feb. 2 with an iOS release to follow, the free-to-play Fire Emblem Heroes will look familiar to anyone who's played the series' core installments on consoles and handhelds.

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The federal investigation into the fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S in Autopilot mode has ended, with no vehicle recalls being ordered, according to Reuters. Further details about the conclusions of the investigation are still unclear. A spokesperson for the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which had been investigating the crash for over six months, did not immediately respond to questions.

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Google recently announced that it was acquiring a host of developer tools from Twitter, including its Fabric platform and its Crashlytics crash reporting system.

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Facebook temporarily limited the ability of media outlet RT to post to the site this week, as RT said the block would curb its ability to cover Donald Trump’s inauguration. Formerly known as Russia Today, RT has been accused of acting as an English-language propaganda arm for the Russian government. The story behind the ban, which Facebook has since halted, is tangled, but seems to stem from a copyright dispute.

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Apple and Amazon have agreed to end an exclusivity agreement that made Audible the only seller of audiobooks inside of iTunes. The agreement had been in place for over a decade, since 2003, but came to an end earlier this month following complaints from German publishers and investigations by European antitrust regulators, who were concerned that the agreement was stifling competition and raising prices. It appears all investigations are being suspended in light of the companies’ decisions to end the exclusivity agreement.

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Thursday is expected to close a six-month-old investigation into the death of a Tesla Motors Inc car driver using its semi-autonomous driving system Autopilot without seeking a recall, according to a source briefed on the matter. The auto safety agency did not find evidence of a defect that would have required a safety recall of the cars, the source said. Tesla in September unveiled improvements to its Autopilot software, adding new limits on hands-off driving and other improvements that chief executive Elon Musk has said likely would have prevented a fatality in May. Tesla's Autopilot, introduced in October 2015, has been the focus of intense scrutiny since it was revealed in July that a Tesla Model S driver, Joshua Brown, was killed while using the technology in a May 7 collision with a truck in Florida.

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It pays to be original. Netflix Corp's surprisingly strong subscriber growth in the fourth quarter allayed concerns about the company's multi-billion dollar investment in original content. The success of new original shows such as Golden Globe winner "The Crown", based on the early years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, helped Netflix attract 7.1 million new subscribers globally, far more than the 5.2 million analysts had expected.

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Yesterday's list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was one of our most popular lists of the month so far, and there are still a few apps from Wednesday that are on sale for free . But guess what: today's list is even better! We've got 11 fresh premium iOS apps on sale for you to check out today, and you'll find them all listed below. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Battery Doc Normally $1.99. Providing useful and relevant data revolving around battery health and general device information on a neat screen with unrivaled accuracy. As stated by apps400.com: ▶ apps400.com: "... accurate and precise unlike most other apps." ◀ Each button has a clearly labeled function and all screens are designed to be easily understood, granting access to basic information and for more detailed specs when needed. Different users need different information, ranging from very basic like battery health and state to advanced numbers about network traffic and detailed hardware information. Top Features: ▸ Unrivaled accuracy ▸ Direct access to information and data ▸ Proprietary algorithms for detailed uptime prognostics ▸ Limit warnings ▸ In-depth system information ▸ Per-service runtime analysis ▸ Available runtime per task calculation ▸ Extended runtime calculation on per app basis ▸ Save Device Information and collect it in iTunes While delivering important and useful information, Battery Doc proves its use when you need to know how much time is left for a specific task. Battery Doc precisely calculates how long the battery is able to play music, to watch video, to play games in 2D or 3D before it needs the next charging. Charging statistics not only counts how often the device is plugged and unplugged, the statistics only contain relevant charging cycles, and warn you when you should avoid charging your battery. A battery too hot or too cold when charging can damage both the battery and the iPhone, Battery Doc warns you when you try to charge your iPhone under critical circumstances. Optimizing Battery Life to make it last longer depends on of how your iPhone is used. Battery Doc tells you exactly which service is using how much of your remaining power, and can therefore tell you exactly how much longer your battery will last by disabling specific services. Furthermore, it tells you how long your battery will last if you use your iPhone just for one single, specific task like gaming or video watching. Extending battery life is a myth. Every app or tool with such a promise is fraud! Reducing Battery wear on the other side is real, and exactly the purpose of Battery Doc. When do you start taking care of your iPhones battery? Download Battery Doc Psiphon Pro VPN Normally $5.99. Psiphon Pro Once paid,Lifetime free use. No ads Psiphon VPN is the a Free for security, privacy and access vpn. - Access all websites and apps securely and privately from anywhere in the World. - Stay private and anonymous online, preventing anyone from tracking your online activities. - Get protected from hackers and snoopers on public WiFi connections. Look out for exciting new options in the near future. Millions of people in over 200 countries around the planet are already connecting to the Internet using Psiphon. Whether you can’t access your favourite news broadcast today, or want to provide an extra layer of protection when using public Wi-Fi services, Psiphon is the best tool for accessing the open Internet. Features: • Automatic selection of protocols to provide effective, reliable connect every time. • View how much traffic you have used with in-­app stats tracking. • Fast enough to watch 4k video smoothly • Unlimited bandwidth and no throttling • Stable and reliable service Any question you feedback in app Download Psiphon Pro VPN Sidefari Normally $0.99. Sidefari is a simple web browser that is designed to act as a companion to Safari. Sidefari uses what's called a Safari View Controller from Apple to display a "mini" version of Safari that shares many features with the full Safari app, like content blockers. How can this help you? In iOS 10: Sidefari features an extension called "Open Modally in Safari" that will enable you to bring a Safari-based window inside of other apps that enable ways to share website URLs. Why would you want to do this? Perhaps you prefer the convenience of having some Safari features inside the same app, or if you're conscious about your privacy perhaps you don't want to use the custom web browser many apps have. ** Please note that in order for Sidefari to work in iOS 10, you need version 10.2 or greater. In iOS 9: When on an iPad, besides the "Open Modally in Safari" extension mentioned above, Sidefari shows as an extra Safari-based browser on the side of your screen thanks to multi-tasking. Now you'll be able to have two websites simultaneously on the same screen. ** Please note that compatible iPads include the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro. Please refer to the "How to set up the extension" and "FAQ" sections inside the app to learn more about how to use Sidefari. Enjoy! Download Sidefari FLYN Normally $1.99. FLYN IS THE BEST OPTION TO KILL THE TIME AND GET RID OF THOSE BORED MOMENTS!! JUST TAP THE SCREEN TO JUMP AND TRY TO GET THROUGH AS MANY COLUMNS AS POSSIBLE GETTING COINS!! CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS AND SEE HOW FAR THEY CAN GET WITHOUT BUMPING AGAINST THE COLUMNS!! HOW FAR ARE YOU ABLE TO MAKE IT? Download FLYN Angry Birds Space Normally $0.99. The #1 mobile game of all time blasts off into space! Play over 300 interstellar levels across 10 planets – including our very own Solar System! Whether it’s the icy orbs of Cold Cuts, the volcanic explosiveness of Red Planet, Utopia – a planet made entirely of junk food, or even our own Solar System, each episode offers intergalactic fun at every turn! And the low-gravity environment of space results in spectacular gameplay ranging from slow-motion puzzles to lightspeed destruction. With brand new birds, special abilities, and a whole galaxy to explore, the sky is no longer the limit! ----- “Intergalactic phenomenon worth every penny” – AppCraver “Takes the fundamental physics-based flinging of the original and turns it on its head... It's satisfying, yet completely familiar, and is heaps of pig-smashing fun.” – Gamespot “Anyone burnt out on vanilla bird flinging will enjoy the game's out-of-this-world adventure.” -- IGN ----- - Over 300 interstellar levels! - New playable characters! - Unique special abilities for each bird! - Zero-gravity space adventures! - Trick shots using planets’ gravity! - Hidden bonus levels! - Beautifully detailed backgrounds! - Daily Missions! ----- Join the global phenomenon as it goes galactic! Become a fan of Angry Birds on Facebook: http://facebook.angrybirds.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.angrybirds.com Terms of Use: http://www.rovio.com/eula Privacy Policy: http://www.rovio.com/privacy This application may require internet connectivity and subsequent data transfer charges may apply. Important Message for Parents This game may include: - Direct links to social networking websites that are intended for an audience over the age of 13. - Direct links to the internet that can take players away from the game with the potential to browse any web page. - Advertising of Rovio products and also products from select partners. - The option to make in-app purchases. The bill payer should always be consulted beforehand. Download Angry Birds Space Tasks+ Normally $0.99. Tasks+ is an awesome task manager to track your daily activities, specifically designed to seamlessly work in your phone and watch. Seamless Integration between Phone and Watch The seamless integration between the app on the phone and watch helps you track your tasks at your convenience. If you bought some eggs then mark it as complete without even taking your phone out by tapping on the task in your watch. Focused Features and Increased Productivity Create a task, assign a category, mark as favorite or complete a task, all in a few seconds with intuitive and simple to use features which helps you to spend more time on doing things rather than tracking them. Awesome Gesture Support Access the options available for each task like mark as complete or favourite, update category or delete using swipes. Also the default option for right and left swipes enables you to take actions without even tapping any button. Quick Add Button A simple but a super user friendly feature is the provision of a quick add button on the bottom right of the screen so that you can access the task add feature in a second. Consciously made simple The simple, clean and easy to use interface gets you started in seconds and the flow is purposely made simple and intuitive to help you focus on the tasks at hand rather on the app. Download Tasks+ Venus Calendar Normally $4.99. If you are tired of the same old boring way of keeping schedules and tedious data entry, then Venus Calendar is for you! The app allows you to plan out your day by writing it in sketches and doodles - much like you would do to an old wall calendar. Venus Calendar is designed for simplicity and sanity. Let go of all the alerts, notifications, and oppressive schedules eschewed by traditional calendar apps, and find a new a fresh way to get things done. Be creative. Express yourself. Make each day unique and different and fun. Try Venus Calendar. Because life isn't supposed to be a time clock you punch in and out of. It is a canvas where you paint your experiences, and leave your mark. Download Venus Calendar Live 2 Video Normally $1.99. Live 2 Video - Convert Live Photo to Video and Edit with Powerful Tools Having trouble editing and sharing Live Photo? With [Live 2 Video], you can convert Live Photo to video and edit it with powerful tools like split, crop, zoom, duplicate, mix, reverse, slo mo, effect, song, sound effect and text. - Convert Live Photo to video - Split Live Photo as you want - Duplicate each cut - Split each cut - Enable/disable each cut - Reposition each cut - Reverse each cut - Slo mo each cut - Apply effect to each cut - Add texts to each cut with powerful text editor - Add sound to each cut - volume, song, sound effect, narration - Zoom and crop each cut - Add background music - Save the edited Live Photo as video and gif - Integrated support for video, live photo and GIF Download Live 2 Video Hamado Music Normally $0.99. App Features: √ Full iOS9, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Support! Music player: √ Full featured media player √ Sleep timer √ Lock screen playback controls √ Background music playback √ Fine scrubbing √ Album cover art – auto search or upload your own Playlists: √ Smart iPod-like music playlists √ Create your own playlists Media Library √ Import music from your iPod library √ Tabs for Songs, Albums, Artists, Genres √ Tag editor Manager: √ Move, rename or delete tracks & songs √ Search by artist, title, album, genre √ Create and manage folders √ Sort by artist, track name, date, duration √ History of Recently listened tracks Enjoy this app!!! Download Hamado Music SlyTipper Normally $0.99. The waiter brings the check. Now comes the hard part: figuring out the tip. What’s that trick again? Move the decimal? Double the tax? Meanwhile your date is looking at you like you’re a moron. If you hate math, you’ll love SlyTipper®! Designed to look like a regular text message, you can calculate the tip without exposing your less than stellar math skills. Just shoot a quick text and calculate the exact percentage you want to give in seconds. Tipping your waiter shouldn’t be a math test. Forget the tricks and focus on the tips with SlyTipper®! Features: Simulated text message user interface Easy to read display Customizable percentages Allows for exclusion of tax Download SlyTipper The Detail Normally $2.99. ****The whole three-episode season is now available for free on iOS! No in-app purchases necessary. We'll just ask you to indulge us and enjoy some quick commercial breaks instead. **** ======= "The quality and love that’s clearly been invested in this game is there for all to see, and one that's worth the asking price." 4.5/5 - 148Apps "The Detail: Episode One - Where The Dead Lie sets things up nicely for the rest of the series. It's sharp, very well written, and you're never quite sure what the cast of characters are going to do next." 8/10 - Pocket Gamer "From experiencing heinous crimes daily to having to constantly stay on guard to budget issues that directly impede your ability to properly do your job, my time with The Detail was an experience I won’t soon forget." Great: 4 out of 5 stars - Gamezebo "No matter how you slice The Detail, it’s just a well crafted experience that will leave a lasting impression." 4.0 / 5.0 - AppleNApps ======= The Detail, a crime noir adventure in a modern American city. Controlling the actions of a bitter veteran detective investigating a brutal gangland murder and a reformed criminal trying to protect his family, the player is forced to make tough choices and deal with the resulting consequences of those moral dilemmas. The gameplay focuses on branching narrative mixed with interactive comics, and is completed by a professional audio track. The Detail combines the emotional impact of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead with the themes of a realistic crime drama like HBO's The Wire, delivered with our own unique visual style inspired heavily by graphic novels. This is city where cases matter, clearance rates matter, and on a good day even justice matters. Features - Character-driven experience with multiple playable characters - Branching storyline influenced by the player's choices - Mature themes for mature players - Ethical and moral challenges Awards & Recognitions "Game Connection America Selected Project Finalist 2014" San Francisco, 2014 "Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival Official Selection" Strasbourg, 2014 Download The Detail

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One of the most telling details about The Founder, John Lee Hancock’s lively, bleak drama about the origins of the McDonald’s fast-food empire, is that the movie never actually makes McDonald’s food look tempting. The Founder is a compelling story about American inspiration, ambition, and greed, but it’s fairly agnostic about the actual product being sold. The Founder is based on a true story — with all the caveats “based on” implies — but ultimately, it’s about the commentary on American innovation and capitalism, not about product placement.

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The European Union is currently considering the need to redefine the legal status of robots, with a draft report last week suggesting that autonomous bots might, in the future, be granted the status of “electronic persons” — a legal definition that confers certain “rights and obligations.” It sounds like science fiction and that’s because it is: any engineer will tell you we’re a long way from seeing robot marches for civil rights. It’s not actual legislation, and is only a series of recommendations for the EU’s law-making body — they could always ignore it completely. The question it’s asking is this: if something goes wrong with an autonomous system, who do we blame?

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This week, Walt’s column highlights the problem with online ads, which may be degrading the online experience for users. Walt and Nilay discuss how there isn’t yet a balance of what makes users, publishers, and advertisers happy. You might also want to check out Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, and Too Embarrassed to Ask featuring The Verge's Lauren Goode.

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It’s just mid-January, but we already seem to have two clear trends for high-end smartphones this year. Whether it’s the iPhone 8, the Galaxy S8, or any other flagship, they’re likely to come with bigger screens than ever before and powerful built-in artificial intelligence. The latter isn’t new, but Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana and Alexa are only getting smarter. Moreover, Samsung is about to launch its Bixby assistant, the half-sibling of Siri . And the Galaxy S8 might have a few AI tricks up its sleeve that your iPhone’s assistant can only dream about. According to SamMobile’s sources, Bixby will have access to the Galaxy S8’s camera for visual search and will offer text recognition features. The camera app will have an integrated Bixby button, giving users access to a search tool that can process what the user sees through the camera. Bixby will analyze the image, and it’ll be able to identify objects and text. Furthermore, Bixby will be able to assist you with finding that object online so that you can buy it. It’ll also use optical character recognition to process any text you point the camera at, and then digitize it. The report goes on to say that Bixby will probably also be found on the Galaxy Note 8 later this year, as well as on older Samsung hardware following future software updates. Finally, Sam Mobile says that a button on the side of the phone might give you direct access to Bixby and its many functions. The new button is supposed to replace the physical home button that would normally be found on the front side of a Galaxy S handset, as that button is going away to make room for the Galaxy S8’s bigger screen.

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Starz will be releasing its long-awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods in April, but it might soon have some competition. Amazon Studios announced this morning that it has greenlit a limited series based on Gaiman’s novel Good Omens. The novel was originally published in 1990, and was written by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, also known for the Discworld series.

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