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Why Did Google Stop Using Android Dessert Names?

Jon Chica / Shutterstock.com For many years, Android was known for its quirky dessert nicknames. Froyo, Ice Cream Sandwich, Lollipop, Oreo, and more. It was a yearly tradition to find out the new name, but then that came to an end. What happened? A Brief History of Android Desserts The first version of Android—Android 1.0—was released in October 2008 on the T-Mobile G1 (a pretty ugly phone). Internally, it was codenamed “Astro Boy,” but there was no public nickname attached to…

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T-Mobile Kicks Off 2023 With Another Data Breach

In a press release, T-Mobile confirms that it detected a data breach in its systems on January 5th. A “bad actor” managed to steal personal information (but not financial data) from around 37 million customers. This is the eighth T-Mobile data breach since 2018. The hacker (or group of hackers) obtained customer names, billing addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, T-Mobile account numbers, and the details related to customer phone plans (such as the number of active lines).…

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Samsung Galaxy S23: Here’s What We’re Hoping to See

Justin Duino / How-To Geek Samsung will reveal the Galaxy S23 series on February 1. You can already reserve them today, and they will almost certainly be some of the best smartphones once they are available. This year, we’re hoping the regular and Plus models won’t be yet another iterative improvement. We’re long past the days when smartphones were rapidly evolving — except for foldable devices, a phone from two or three years ago isn’t that different than anything you…

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CHERRY MW 9100 Mouse Review: A Must for Frequent Travelers

Rating: 9/10 ? 1 - Absolute Hot Garbage 2 - Sorta Lukewarm Garbage 3 - Strongly Flawed Design 4 - Some Pros, Lots Of Cons 5 - Acceptably Imperfect 6 - Good Enough to Buy On Sale 7 - Great, But Not Best-In-Class 8 - Fantastic, with Some Footnotes 9 - Shut Up And Take My Money 10 - Absolute Design Nirvana Price: $41 Amazon Many consumers are conditioned to think bigger is better, and that may be true in…

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Samsung’s New SSDs Are Too Fast for You

Do you need an SSD with 6GBps sequential read speeds? Yeah, probably not, but that’s what Samsung is offering with its line of PM9C1a SSDs. These are the first M.2 SSDs to use Samsung’s 5nm controllers, hence the leap in performance over the previous PM9B1 drives. Samsung’s PM9C1a SSDs are primarily intended for laptops. They offer sequential read and write speeds of 6,000 MBps and 5,600 MBps, respectively. That’s 1.8x the read speed of the company’s PM9B1 drives—a significant improvement that may only…

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Apple Music and TV Apps Finally Arrive for Windows 11

Last year Microsoft announced that its latest Windows 11 release would soon get official Apple Music and Apple TV apps, and now the betas are finally available. Apple killed iTunes for Mac in 2019, but it’s still the only option for Windows, but not for long. It only took them four years, but it looks like Apple is finally ready to debut official Apple Music and Apple TV apps for those on Windows 11. And remember, this is only for…

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Can’t Find an App When You Need It? Here’s the Fix

Framesira/Shutterstock.com You can make finding apps easier by grouping your apps in various app folders. You can create alphabetical as well as similar-functions app folders for easy access to your apps. Both iPhone and Android allow you to make application folders.Do you have so many apps installed on your phone it’s a struggle to find the one you really need when you need it? Here are a few things you can do to make finding and launching apps a faster and…

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Google Home App Hints at Refreshed Chromecast

It seems that a third Chromecast with Google TV is in the works. As reported by 9to5Google, the latest Google Home app preview contains references to a new Google TV streaming stick. Presumably, this is a refresh of the Chromecast with Google TV 4K, which originally launched in 2020. This story might give you a sense of déjà vu. And that’s because we went through the same rigamarole last year—9to5Google found information on a device called “YTB” in the Google Home app, and…

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Is the Google Pixel 5 Still Worth Buying?

The Pixel 5 is a serious bargain in 2023, but it will receive its final OS and security updates by the end of the year. For that reason, you may want to choose a newer phone instead.The Google Pixel 5 was our favorite smartphone of 2020, largely thanks to its awesome camera quality, ultra-comfortable design, and reasonable price tag. Today, you can buy the Pixel 5 for less than $200—it’s an incredible value, but unfortunately, it may not be the…

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This AI Matches Ryan Reynolds’ Humor in New Mint Mobile Ad

Artificial intelligence is everywhere lately. We’ve seen OpenAI’s generative AI chatbot ChatGPT gain tons of attention for handling all types of human tasks, and now Ryan Reynolds has turned to AI to help write Mint Mobile TV ads. The results are impressive, if not terrifying. Seriously, this is Ryan Reynolds doing what he does best, being a bit quirky. The actor and businessman decided to use AI to help promote his wireless carrier Mint Mobile’s latest holiday promotions. The idea is…

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The Galaxy S23 Series Will Be Revealed in February

Justin Duino / How-To Geek The Galaxy S series is the most popular lineup of Android smartphones worldwide, and new models are usually released in the first few months of each year. Sure enough, Samsung has confirmed when we’ll see the Galaxy S23 series. Samsung has confirmed it will hold the next Galaxy Unpacked event in San Francisco on Wednesday, February 1, at 10 AM Pacific Time (1 PM Eastern Time). The company didn’t outright say the event will feature…

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The Samsung Galaxy A54 Is Almost Here

Mykolastock / Shutterstock.com Samsung’s Galaxy A lineup is perfect for people who don’t want to pay a thousand dollars (or more) on a smartphone, and the next mid-range entry could arrive as soon as next week. Samsung’s India branch just announced an event when it will unveil a brand-new Galaxy A smartphone. While it doesn’t confirm whether it’s the Galaxy A54 or not, the page does mention a handful of specifications, such as a 120Hz screen, a “no-shake” camera, and…