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    May 4, aka May the Fourth, aka unofficial Star Wars Day, is probably a happier celebration today than it’s been for over three decades, following the historic commercial success and overwhelmingly positive critical reception of the 2015 “Force Awakens” reboot. Granted, it’s also a more somber commemoration than ...

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    If Apple wants to prove Wall Street wrong, overturn tumbling profits, raise iPhone sales numbers again, and recover major lost investors, it definitely needs big wins in the world’s two largest handheld markets. Especially in India, where the industry’s growth potential far exceeds that of saturated China and the ...

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    Ask any platform, you know, if it could talk, and it would tell you that ecosystem is key to survival. Having the apps that people need in order to function is vital to the ability of a platform to sustain itself. After all, if a phone, tablet, or even a computer can’t do what people need it to do, people will go ...

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    This is a little odd, but while Samsung was recently reported to have trouble shipping free Gear VR headsets to the many, many folks who pre-ordered the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge stateside, a top-rated eBay seller can somehow afford to charge just $80 for the immersive albeit highly smartphone-dependent accessory. It’s not ...

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    While Google could never break the very principles Android was founded on and mandate third-party OEMs to load “vanilla” software on their devices, more and more of these companies are starting to pay attention to so-called purists, offering them the choice between a stripped-down OS and one adorned with all sorts ...

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    A few years probably still need to pass for the immature wearable market to reach a point of stability, where someone other than Apple can make real money too, and Fitbit and Xiaomi’s budget-focused rivals can realistically target similar shipment numbers. For the time being, you got a host of smartwatch manufacturers ...

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    After pretty much covering all its bases in the smartphone market with new Galaxy S, A and J releases, plus vital software makeovers for practically every flagship model launched in the past two years, Samsung appears to have instantly turned its attention to tablets, with both major Marshmallow updates and small ...

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    Trademark regulators often work in mysterious ways, especially in countries like China, where shameless copies of everything from popular gadgets to luxury cars are allowed in stores and on the streets, despite constant opposition by Western and even Eastern companies with their copyright infringed upon. But while most ...

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    Even though the “Lite” version of Huawei’s latest flagship phone was rumored to discard the key dual rear camera selling point, its other specifications made it pretty weird that a formal announcement was put on hold all this time. But as it turns out, the P9 Lite will not ultimately be branded that way, at least ...

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    In the grand scheme of the tech industry, conventional Android-running tablets have stopped being relevant a while ago. But Samsung isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet, as it continues to diversify its jumbo-sized gadget portfolio instead of streamlining or rescinding it altogether. Unfortunately, the Galaxy ...

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    After listing Steve Jobs among the 100 most influential people in the American world five times, and then Tim Cook thrice, including this year, news magazine Time just bestowed the ultimate honor upon the trend-setting, history-changing and money-making juggernaut that is Apple. Credited for ushering in a “new era of ...

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    If you're the odd Droid out in one of those iMessage circles, you're probably carrying one more reason to switch over to an iPhone or are desperately looking for an app to fix this issue. Well, developer Eric Chee may have you covered here. At least, part of the way there. You'll need a Mac to route messages from your ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the some of the new Nexbit Robin deals. Then we talk about the OnePlus 3 specs and its possible price tag. Then we discuss the possible HTC smartwatch, and a rumored launched date. Tim Cook follows with some of his thoughts on the recent quarter, even if other rumors claim ...

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    Okay, so do you have an iPad Pro? With an Apple Pencil? You might want to be on the lookout for a new Apple Pencil that can act as a flashlight, a camera, an eyedropper or paintbrush tool or even an actual pencil — but all of it smarter. It's only a possibility, but Cupertino may be up to the challenge of making such ...

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    In a bit of hubris, one Weibo user has decided to put out either conjecture or inside dirt about the Galaxy Note 6. It's been framed as a leak since the user has been putting out some convincing material — including what are supposedly press renders of the Honor 5C — but don't be taken back if any of this comes up ...

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    Finnish start-up Jolla announced that it was able to secure $12 million in its third funding round. It was dispersed an undisclosed portion of the money when the round closed in December, but received the rest only now. It could've used the money in November. But the company wasn't able to close the funding round in ...

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    Android distribution numbers are out for the previous month and it seems like platform stratification has started to unwind just a bit. Out of the 11 APIs recognized, seven lost share while Marshmallow was the only version of the OS to grow in share. Lollipop is still the largest contingent in the space with 35.6 ...

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    Overland Park eked out operating income for the quarter and is back in the black for the first fiscal year in nine. Operating income at Sprint for fiscal Q4 was at $8 million, far short of the $318 million it made the same time a year ago. But the four quarters combined have produced a positive result for the company, ...

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    Backers to the Nextbit Robin Kickstarter project were able to get an early bird unit for $299. Now, after just making its first splash on Amazon, the device will be on discount once again. While Nextbit itself will continue selling its device direct to you for $399, Amazon buyers will be able to get it for $299 starting ...

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    Of course the CEO of Apple would hype up a market-leading product that it makes. That's part of his job. But Fitbit's CEO isn't having any of it. Let's rewind back to yesterday when Tim Cook appeared on CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer. In the face of investors calling it a day for Apple's dominance, Cook insisted that ...

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    The transition from Z to X is complete as Sony's new series of smartphones are heading to market in Europe today. Sony Mobile has opened pre-orders for the Xperia X, the lower-end Xperia XA and, in some markets, the top-tier Xperia X Performance. And it's doing so with some hullabaloo. For one, it's offering its ...

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    Chinese manufacturers have trended away from Apple and more towards Samsung in terms of smartphone design. With the Xiaomi Mi 5's fit and finish taking more inspiration from the Galaxy S7 and the Vivo Xplay 5 flat-out going S7 edge, the rumor machine has been giving hints to more of these double-curved display devices ...

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    2016 is turning out to be a year for interesting camera experiments. Huawei is the second company this year to use dual rear cameras on a flagship phone. Unlike the LG G5, which has a standard camera and an extreme wide angle shooter, the P9 has two cameras with the same view, but with different tasks for color and ...

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    You don’t need to be a financial analyst or pundit to tell, based on common sense and elementary math, that a company posting quarterly revenue of over $50 billion and $10.5 billion net profits in today’s economic climate is doing pretty darn well by any standards. That’s the main, straightforward point Apple CEO ...

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    If you’ve started to find Samsung’s alphabet soup of entry-level and mid-range phones pretty much as confusing as the company’s old product lineup and its respective branding, it seems as though the market-leading OEM has similar issues keeping track of A or J-series releases. Case in point, the upcoming Galaxy J2 ...

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