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Google Maps redesign focuses on points of interest

Google has announced a slight redesign for its Maps service today. It's not the 'chrome' around the actual maps that has a new look this time around, but the maps themselves. The driving, navigation, transit and explore maps now better highlight the most relevant information for each experience: things such as gas stations when you're in navigation mode, or train stations for transit. Points of interest are now color-coded, which means it will be much easier to spot them on the map. Each specific type of place has a designated color and icon, so that it's possible to find with just a...



Quiz: Name the phones

Every since the touchscreen revolution swept the mobile world, phone design has been converging and over the past few years we often hear all smartphones these days look the same. This trend was further boosted by the adoption of the wider screens, which eat into the bezels more and more and leave less for the designers to work with. At this point your average Joe can hardly tell a Samsung from an HTC handset, or even a flagship from a mid-range device. But what about more tech savvy people? You know, those that know flagships' specifications by heart, read tech news...



Pre-orders for Nokia 3310 3G are now live in Europe

The Nokia 3310 3G, which debuted late last month, is now available to pre-order in Europe. Germany is the first country to kick-off pre-orders. Retailer Digitalo lists the handset at €69.90, which currently translates to $82. Shipments are set to begin November 30 onwards. The device will also be officially available in the United States and Australia, something which the company confirmed on the day the phone was unveiled. Source | Via



Sunday Debate – Are sliders cool or just a hassle?

Oppo and vivo found an innovative way to avoid having a notch on their flagships. But is that the most amazing piece of innovation lately or are these sliders just an unnecessary complication of the smartphone design? Ivan: "A Slider creates more issues than it solves." Sliders - as in sliding mechanisms to hide the selfie or main camera, as seen in the vivo NEX S and Oppo Find X - are cool. Of course they are. They're innovative and they're out of the box. They've allowed Oppo and vivo to avoid using a notch on their flagship phones and as popular opinion dictates, notches are...



Android Oreo Open Beta for OnePlus 5T imminent

An Android Oreo Open Beta program for OnePlus' latest smartphone 5T looks imminent. The company's German arm sent out a tweet yesterday, suggesting this. Weihnachten ist zwar vorbei, aber wir haben trotzdem ein Geschenk für euch! ;) Wie wär's mit der Open Beta für Android Oreo auf dem #OnePlus5T! pic.twitter.com/LvKR3A6duC— OnePlus Deutschland (@OnePlus_DE) December 27, 2017 When translated, the tweet reads: Christmas is over, but we still have a present for you! ;) How about the Open Beta for Android Oreo on the # OnePlus5T! So the tweet clearly indicates that an Open...