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Android market share continues increasing in all regions (except the US)

Two all new Android smartphones - Nokia 3 and Nokia 5, plus the expanded global release of the Nokia 6 - could do well in Western Europe due to loyalty to the Nokia brand name, the report noted. Windows' share plummeted from 7.8% to 2.8% over the course of the year, while BlackBerry crumbled from 0.5% to just 0.1%. Numerous devices sold there were higher-end too, with sizeable sales for the Lumia 920 and 930 handsets.

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Google Has a New Algorithm That Shrinks JPEGs by 35%

Speed is everything on the internet, and as a general rule of thumb: the smaller the file, the faster it'll load. You can see an example of that in the image above, with the original uncompressed image on the left, the same one with the libjpeg encoder in the center, and one that used Guetzli on the right.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3: Is The Specs Worth The Price?

The Galaxy A smartphones that will be receiving an update are the Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A8. Today we have a nice selection of S8 leaks, including new images of the glossy black version of the device, some clarification on the RAM amount, and details on how the phone will use facial recognition to facilitate mobile payments.

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Less than one tenth of reefs unbleached

Past year the Great Barrier Reef - the largest coral structure on Earth - saw unprecedented bleaching due to extremely warm ocean temperatures. Even this year the reefs are expected to experience the bleaching phenomenon even though it won't be as severe as last year.

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Bishop Cunningham grants St. Patrick's Day dispensation

It's called a dispensation and not all dioceses grant them. St. Patrick's Day falls on a Lenten Friday this year, a day when Catholics would normally be required to abstain from meat. But after the Second Vatican Council, during which many issues surrounding the faith's traditions were addressed, individual bishops were given authority to determine how their parishes would address the meat ban.

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Spiders Eat 400-800 Million Tons of Insects and Other Prey Annually

According to further calculations, spiders in forests and grasslands account for more than 95 percent of the annual prey kill of the global spider community. Spiders are considered to be one of the world's most species-rich and widespread groups of predators. Spiders in these locations catch enormous numbers of forest and grassland pests, while spiders living in deserts, Arctic tundra and agricultural areas kill fewer insects.


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