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Your phone can send you breaking news alerts

This story has been updated. It was originally published on July 25, 2017. The news cycle doesn’t sleep. And with stories constantly developing, one of the best ways to keep up is with your smartphone. Here’s how to follow the latest happenings with the apps already installed on your device, plus some third-party extras. By…

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Best camera phone 2022: Smartphones with stargazing capabilities

Home References Tech (Image credit: Samsung) With multiple lenses, advanced software and gargantuan amounts of megapixels, the cameras built into the very latest smartphones are beginning to seem even more advanced than some ‘proper’ cameras. While it’s certainly true that camera phones are getting a lot of innovation it’s important to remember that engineers trying to…

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This is the Osom OV1, a new phone from Essential’s former engineers and designers

Osom, the company formed by Essential’s employees after the startup went under, has released new details about its upcoming OV1 phone, including a very familiar list of build materials. Meant to compete with flagships from Apple, Google, and Samsung, the OV1 will have a stainless steel and titanium housing, a ceramic back, Corning Victus cover…

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Essential Phone Fans Rejoice: OSOM Made A Ceramic Sequel

Essential may no longer exist, but the company that rose from its ashes — OSOM Products — is keeping the spirit of that phone alive with an upcoming handset called the OSOM OV1. This model will sport a customized version of Android that aims to combine privacy-centric features and a stock experience, potentially satisfying a…

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How to Find Your Lost Android Phone, Even if You Never Set Up a Tracking App

iChzigo/Shutterstock.comWith so much personal stuff on our phones, losing one feels disastrous. What can you do after it’s been lost? Android has its own version of “Find My Phone” and it can track your phone without any previous setup. Note: In the past, this guide recommended apps that could be installed on your lost device…

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Poco X4 Pro 5G Is A Budget Phone With Brag-Worthy Specs

POCO Poco, the company that started as a Xiaomi brand, has unveiled its new Poco X4 Pro 5 and M4 Pro smartphones, both introduced as part of the company’s Mobile World Congress 2022 lineup. Poco says the X4 Pro 5G has the distinction of being its latest flagship model, offering consumers everything from 67W fast…

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Oppo’s New Phone Batteries Can Actually Heal Over Time

sdx15/Shutterstock.comOppo announced some mind-blowing charging technology at MCW 2022. The new 150W SuperVOOC fast-charging standard comes with absurd wired charging speeds and a feature that heals your battery over time. In a press release, Oppo said, “150W SuperVOOC flash charge features the Battery Health Engine, which is powered by OPPO’s customized battery management chip and includes…

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Chinese phone brands are carrying the torch for Europe’s biggest mobile show

Next week sees Mobile World Congress return to Barcelona, two years after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the world’s biggest mobile phone trade show, and one year after the show took place without many of its largest exhibitors in attendance. Not everyone is making a return to this year’s in-person event (Sony, Lenovo,…

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Best phone plans in 2022: T-Mobile, Verizon, Google Fi, and more

Getting the best phone plan for your needs can be tricky. All three of the major carriers in the U.S. market their plans so heavily, that it can be tricky to know which plan is actually the best. That’s not to mention the fact that there are dozens of MVNO carriers in the country that use…

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Stop charging your phone to 100% once a day and other battery-saving tips

Jennifer Jolly  |  Special to USA TODAYI paid more for my latest smartphone than I did for my first car. That is to say, the little everything-devices we’re all glued to these days could very well be among the most valuable of our every-day possessions – give or take a wedding ring or Rolex. Maybe…