Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review: Fitness still needs work

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Update: May 25, 2020: We have updated our Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review with details on ECG monitoring. Read on for more details!


It may not have looked like it, but the original Samsung Galaxy Watch Active was in need of a refresh. There was nothing wrong with the design, but we found plenty of problems under the hood — particularly with fitness and activity tracking. That’s why I was so excited to see the company release the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 so soon after the original.

We’re happy to report that Samsung fixed some of the gripes

Pixel Buds 2 review: These earbuds are “much better than OK,” Google

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Enlarge / OK Google, try again with Pixel Buds 2.

Sam Machkovech

The 2017 Pixel Buds were one of Google’s worst hardware launches in the company’s history. Really, these things were an utter nightmare. Their sound quality, feature set, awkward fit, and finicky case might have been tolerable as a free pair of buds included with a Google-branded phone—but not a standalone $160 purchase.

Any hardware refresh had enough work to do to catch up to 2017’s standard of quality and convenience, but Google put itself into a deeper hole by launching this month’s Pixel Buds 2 nearly three

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus renders show a much bigger camera bump

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Last year’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus was truly a thing of beauty, with an amazing screen and superlative industrial design. And, judging by some high-quality (and completely unofficial) renders of the Galaxy Note 20 Plus, it looks like Samsung won’t be changing too much in 2020. The only major difference is a new, bulkier camera module on the rear of the device.

These renders come from noted leaker @OnLeaks in collaboration with phone-case maker Pigtou. As with all renders based on leaked CAD drawings, they should be taken with a pinch of salt, but the design they

Apple iOS app updates are being re-issued for unknown reasons

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If your iPhone or iPad has dozens of apps needing unexpected updates, don’t worry: you’re not alone. For some reason, Apple appears to be reissuing recently-published app updates, resulting in users having to reinstall the latest version of some apps.

Among the Verge team, the number of unexpected updates ranged from less than twenty to nearly 100, with updates dating back to the beginning of the month resurfacing from the depths of the App Store. Your experience will vary, of course, depending on how many apps you have and have frequently you update them.

Exactly why these updates are being

Four cameras where one would do

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Update: The Redmi Note 9 Pro is now available, priced at Rs. 12,999 (~$175) for 4GB/64GB and Rs. 16,999 (~$229) for 6GB/128GB. For more info on what’s new, what’s good and what’s not, check out our full Redmi Note 9 Pro review. For reference, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is currently available starting at Rs. 13,999 on Amazon India for 6GB/64GB.


The Redmi Note 8 Pro adopts the new premium-looking 8 series styling and comes with four cameras and a new chipset. On paper it all sounds pretty great for the price, but how does it stack up in

Java tutorial for beginners: Write a simple app with no previous experience

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Java tutorial

Java is one of the most in-demand programming languages in the world and one of the two official programming languages used in Android development (the other being Kotlin). Developers familiar with Java are highly employable and capable of building a wide range of different apps, games, and tools. In this Java tutorial for beginners, you will take your first steps to become one such developer! We’ll go through everything you need to know to get started, and help you build your first basic app.

What is Java?

Java is an object-oriented programming language developed by Sun Microsystems in the

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