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Snapchat, the photo-sharing app the olds can't seem to figure out, is getting a facelift this week in a do-or-die attempt to win over new users. Snap, the social app's parent company, said this redesign was coming earlier this month. And today we get see their vision of an "easier to use" Snapchat.

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With all the data that's constantly sent and received by our phones, there's been an ever-increasing focus on combating viruses, malware and other online attacks, to the point that we sometimes forget what's going on in the real world. But good physical security is still one of the most important things when it comes to protecting your devices, and thanks to a couple of members of Google's research team, your phone might soon be able to tell when others are peeping at your screen from over your shoulder.

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A new study by France's Exodus Privacy and the Yale University Privacy lab has concluded that over three out of four of apps available on the Google Play Store contain third-party tracking plugins, the Guardian reported today. Apps sucking up personal information included some of the most popular ones on the platform, "including Tinder, Spotify, Uber and OKCupid", as well as innumerable others.

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When the first iOS devices were released, savvy hackers got to work on breaking down Apple's walled garden so users could install their own apps. That process, jailbreaking, relied on finding vulnerabilities in iOS that could be exploited to side-load apps and UI customisation. But, over the last few years, Apple has shutdown the number of vulnerabilities that are exploitable in this way. Over the last week, the ModMyi and ZodTTD/MacCiti repositories closed down, leaving just one default repository for Cydia.

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For those of us that prefer our handsets on the smaller size, the iPhone 6's change in form factor was disappointing. Fortunately, Apple didn't abandon fans entirely, providing upgraded guts inside an iPhone 5s chassis with the SE. It appears the SE was popular enough for Apple to consider a refresh, which should be with us before mid-2018 if reports are true.

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Your iPhone can charge a lot faster than you thought. When Apple announced the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the company glossed over the fact that all three of its new handsets were capable of fast charging - similar to what Android phones have been doing for years. Even now, if you go the spec page for Apple's latest phones, all you get is a single line saying fast charging can add up to a 50 per cent charge in 30 minutes, but without getting a magnifying glass out and reading item nine of the fine print, you would have no idea how you're actually supposed to accomplish that.

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Tech companies such as Google and Facebook provide services in exchange for your data. We've known this. But they have always stood by the reasoning that it's nothing to worry about because you're given a choice. Sometimes the choice is agreeing to a terms of service. With location tracking, Google has always made it possible to opt out, but according to a new report, Android has been forcing location tracking on you whether you like it or not.

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As the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X push phone prices higher than they have ever been before, the line between flagship and midrange phones have become so blurry that those terms don't mean much anymore. But now, OnePlus is back with an upgraded version of the OnePlus 5, and it might help us rebalance this equation.

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OK, look. I'm not the first person to say this, and I certainly won't be the last. But iOS 11 is bad. The new operating system has turned my phone into a bug-infested carcass of its former self, and the frustration of trying to use it sometimes makes me want to die, too.

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Last weekend Kotaku went around Supanova Brisbane with a Huawei Mate 10, which one reader won! This weekend, they're doing Supanova Adelaide and have another phone to give away - and you don't have to be at Supanova Adelaide to win.

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Globetrotters know the pain of having to lug around multiple charging cables just to make their devices are charged when gallivanting across the world. And with the holidays right around the corner, that frequent flyer might be you. Thankfully, you won’t have to put up with this hassle much longer now that the OMNIA TA502 Travel Adapter is here and ready to power up your devices in more than 150 countries.

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The $1579 iPhone X has the best tech Apple could put in a phone. It let the company remove Touch ID and replace it with a 3D sensor that shoots out thousands of little infrared dots so you can unlock your phone with your face. It's also the tech behind Apple's Animoji, the iMessage app that lets you make and share cute animated faces - or so we thought.