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    MasterCard holders in Russia can now link up a selection of Samsung smartphones to Samsung Pay. The mobile payments system, which allows for NFC tap-and-go payments as well as MST cardswipe simulation payments, has expanded into its ninth global market. Alfa-Bank Banking, VTB24, MTS Bank, Raiffeisenbank and Russian ...

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    So, you're travelling to somewhere you don't know. Easy to figure out the point A to point B of things — just set Google Maps to navigation mode, clip your device to the dashboard or vent (really, we do suggest getting a clip device) and have that Google voice tell you where to turn. But if you need to grab a pit stop ...

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    Will Android and Chrome OS finally just merge already? What's going on with Android Wear, and will Huawei jump ship to Tizen? Can Blackberry survive by giving up on in-house hardware? This week we're joined by Trisha Hershberger to discuss these stories and answer your questions, so make sure you're charged and ready ...

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    They teased, and previewed, and teased again until they had no choice and no play left but to confirm a date and venue. China’s rising tech stars over at LeEco (formerly LeTV), under the supervision of several Samsung, Huawei and Qualcomm alums, will introduce their “disruptive vision of a connected ecosystem of ...

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    Not another barely legal so-called ridesharing service to stir the traditional taxi pot. Well, no, because off the bat, Google appears to be enforcing strict rules and regulations for the Waze Carpool program, consisting of a free Android and iOS Waze Rider app, to ensure its drivers aren’t tempted to quit their day ...

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    It’s a little silly to talk about the cancellation of certain internal development plans for next-gen Android flagship phones when said intentions were never officially confirmed. They weren’t even rumored, or at least no such gossip made the headlines on the Western Hemisphere. Over in LG’s homeland, insiders ...

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    The vast majority of today’s popular premium smartphones, iPhones not included, are powered by Snapdragon chips, despite Qualcomm’s highly publicized 810 overheating woes just last year. The San Diego-based semiconductor giant is also making decent headway in the low to mid-end handheld space, where MediaTek remains ...

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  • iOS
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    It almost feels like we’re talking more about the iPhone 8 than the 7 and 7 Plus already, which come to think of it, isn’t as absurd as it sounds, since 2017 is widely believed to be the year of a radical redesign and great number of under-the-hood hardware improvements. While Apple reportedly leans towards a ...

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    Noticed anything missing from Lenovo’s fairly rich IFA 2016 product portfolio? No? Then you must not be familiar with the company’s budget-friendly non-Yoga Android slate lineup. This is in dire need of a couple of upgrades, despite the modest Tab 3 (or Tab3) having seen daylight last spring in 7, 8 and 10.1-inch ...

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  • Android
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    What’s in a name? Probably a lot, if you ask Google, which may end up rebranding, revamping and refocusing its every consumer and business-oriented hardware and software product soon enough. Nexus phones will become Pixels in just a few days, Chromebooks are likely no more, Android and Chrome OS might spawn a spin-off ...

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    Just when it seemed Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 fire woes were approaching a happy ending for a company that was on top of the mobile world only a month ago, renewed controversy in China (of all places) once again stole the spotlight. Why “of all places”? Well, Chinese Note 7s shouldn’t have presented overheating ...

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    We’re only one or two months away from the introduction of the 2017 Galaxy A lineup, but the 2016 A8 edition has literally just rolled out in Samsung’s homeland… with the general specifications of a 2015 flagship phone. Pretty confusing stuff, though certainly not unusual for a company that seems to cope with ...

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    Two streaming music services, both never having reported a profit, may end up together in the hopes of turning in black. According to sources to the Financial Times, Sweden-based Spotify is in "advanced talks" to buy out Soundcloud, headquartered in Germany. The talks supposedly started last spring, but were scuffed ...

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    A few of these Chinese manufacturers know what it's like to have a phone bought off by the lot in a flash. LeEco is one of them and its latest flagship, the Le Pro 3 featuring the rare Snapdragon 821 if you pay enough, is the latest hot button example. The company reports that it got 3.57 million pre-orders the day of ...

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    We've seen a few peeks of what Google's new Pixel phones may look like and we'll be approaching peak expectations come October 4 to see if any of what we've seen gets confirmed. Until then, one of favorite leakers — no, not him, the other one — has pecked up some interesting numbers, though all of them all in ...

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    Here's how to spread a deal around: shine a beam of light at it that's 70 inches in diameter. The Moto Z is going up for pre-orders direct from Motorola unlocked and at carriers other than Verizon worldwide. One way Rogers Wireless up in Canada is differentiating itself is by bundling in a $399.99 Moto Mod for free with ...

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  • iOS
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    Over the last several years, we've become increasingly skeptical over any manufacturer's ability to change enough from year to year to warrant a consumer flipping a phone after only 12 months. Apple makes the most impassioned case for positioning technology products as lifestyle accessories. Each year they deliver a new ...

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    The developer preview program for Android Wear 2.0 has been extended through early next year. Why? We don't know. Android won't tell us. But it did release Developer Preview 3 for users to load up on and there's one big feature that's got everyone excited: the Play Store is now navigable on Android Wear watches. Not ...

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  • iOS
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    Good news for Apple: everyone has gone bananas for the pricier, fancier Jet Black finish on that new iPhone 7. The bad news? It can't make enough of those things to ship to everyone quick enough. So, if rumors of an all-glass iPhone next year come to bear, will Apple step up to meet the demand — if there is any? We've ...

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    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has certified a new "Surface Ergonomic Keyboard" for use with Bluetooth 4.2. Now, why would a presumably large, weirdly shaped keyboard get the Surface branding from Microsoft? Well, it would seem to affirm rumors that a Surface all-in-one computer is coming next month. Now, mind ...

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    Apple has once again expanded its development footprint with a new R&D center in the heart of Beijing, according to Digitimes. The company has invested about $15 million into the venture and it is expected that Apple will add another $30 million of capital. Apple will move in 500 employees into the Zhongguancun ...

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    The LG X power has made its way into the news again in the United States, this time on US Cellular. The mid-ranger with a 4,100mAh battery and an otherwise modest spec sheet is available for $149.99 prepaid or a total of $210 in 20, 24 or 30 monthly installments. As a note to Sprint nabbing a MediaTek-powered device, ...

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    Well, that didn’t take long. Technically, just 21 days since Apple formally took the wraps off the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and less than two weeks from the point of commercial deployment. Of course, we’ve known about Cupertino’s controversial headphone jack-killing move for many months, and so did third-party ...

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  • Android
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    I admit, I’m a bit of a fan of Google’s new messaging platform, Allo. I also admit, that I’m not really sure why. After all, it is the fourth messaging platform introduced by Google, and it has some limitations to it – most notably that it cannot be the default SMS handler for Android. But for a 1.0 product, ...

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    The world’s third most popular smartphone vendor, though China-based, is getting big across Europe and North America too, seemingly taking a particular liking to German press events after unveiling the mid-range Nova and Nova Plus at IFA 2016 in Berlin. Munich, the nation’s third largest city, and the capital of ...

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