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    It’s odd, but despite there being superior Pro 3 and Pro 4 configurations around, we haven’t seen a lot of solid deals offered on the non-Pro Surface 3 convertible Windows 10 tablet lately. Or maybe we haven’t paid close enough attention, since the 2-in-1 device is rather old and lackluster by 2016 computing standards. Whatever the case, the Microsoft Surface 3 returns in the spotlight today, thanks to Amazon, which fulfils orders placed with third-party seller USA Supply Source starting at $385. That hooks you up with 64GB internal storage space and 2GB RAM in addition to the ...

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    While owners of low-cost Fire tablets aren’t routinely characterized as extremely tech-savvy, and Amazon’s argument for ditching full disk encryption probably held up, the timing of the security-shrinking move wasn’t the wisest. Even if no one actually uses the feature, it feels weird to just give it up voluntarily, without so much as a heads up, when other companies’ execs are literally risking their freedom to protect it on every single iDevice around. But ultimately, Amazon appears to have listened to the voice of reason (and public scrutiny), yielding to the numerous security ...

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    Google may have taken the early bird to get Nest, but it seems that one of it's first major flights will connect to a hub of Amazon's. In a few weeks, the Nest Learning Thermostat will make its first connection with the Amazon's Alexa voice assistance service, featured on the Amazon Echo, Fire TV and, likely, the company's latest Echo products. This will allow users to prompt Alexa to "set my bedroom thermostat to 68 degrees." One of Re/code's sources has said that Nest was previous considering an Echo-like voice assistance hub, but that forward product plans — which the company itself ...

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    Encryption has a certain forward momentum to it: methods for protecting files and devices tend to keep getting better and better over time, not worse. Just look at how tying encryption to things like fingerprint security has made it easier to use (and trickier to crack) or how Android full-disk encryption started out as an optional feature, only to emerge as standard on Marshmallow-powered hardware. That's why we're so surprised to see what's going on with Amazon and its Fire OS Android fork, as the company dials-back the clock on encryption, removing the option for the latest Fire OS 5 ...

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    Amazon's got a hit-and-miss record when it comes to hardware, and for every Kindle, there also seems to be a Fire Phone. Lately, though, the company's been finding some solid success, with winners like it super-affordable $50 Fire tablet and the surprise hit that the Echo smart appliance has become. Could Amazon take what it learned from that new Fire tablet and apply it to the Echo to make it even more successful – that is, give us something that's smaller and cheaper? Back in January we heard rumors that the company was working on some sort of Echo Mini, and today we're getting just ...

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    It should be so straightforward: power comes from one place, and then a cable helps move it somewhere else. Heck, designing and building cables has been the backbone of the electronics industry going back over a century. So why does it seem so darn hard to get it right? Over the past few months, we've seen a surprising number of product recalls related to power cabling, as Apple, Microsoft, and Apple again found themselves sounding the warning call over cables and adapters that in some cases would just stop working, or at the worst could present the opportunity for a fire hazard. Now ...

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    You often hear the world’s most valuable company justifying its success on the unmatched loyalty of its customers, but exactly how do you scientifically assess such a vague and deeply abstract concept? Leave it to New York-based consultancy firm Brand Keys to interview close to 43,000 consumers aged 18 to 65 in the nine US Census Regions, in order to determine the most beloved brand names in no less than 72 categories, ranging from airlines to breakfast bars to deodorants to smartphones, tablets, and social networking sites. The logo that prevailed in the most sections of the ...

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    Apple’s best quarter in history in terms of both overall profits and iPhone unit sales will likely be followed by its all-time worst, at least as far the latter is concerned. We’ve known that for a while, and Cupertino no doubt expects it, looking towards the lower-cost 5se and, possibly, a precocious 7 launch to turn things around. What’s unlikely to put the company’s financial records on the right track are iPads, projected to fall short of 10 million shipments between January and March 2016 for their own historically lowest quarterly level. Apparently, the iPad Pro is indeed off ...

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    There are ups and downs to be had in the tablet market. Unfortunately, the long-range outlook is still down. Digitimes tracked several US-based tablet sellers and has recorded over 65.3 million shipments during the holiday quarter with Apple's iPad Air 2 chipping in 16.1 million units alone. The whole pie represents a 24 percent increase from Q3, but a 14 percent drop year-over-year. 29 million non-iPads from major brands were checked out, 6 percent better over last year. Amazon's Fire 7 stole share away from ODMs which turned their focus towards Windows 10 tablets instead. Huawei's sales ...

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    Sony just brought last year's Xperia Z5 to US shoppers, as multiple retailers opened sales one week ago. And while we're always happy to see Sony bringing its far-too-hard-to-come-by phones to more and more consumers, the Z5's US debut felt a little wrong in more ways than one. First, we're looking at a phone that launched all the way back at the end last summer – so even if sales are only starting now, the hardware's not exactly fresh. And for the US market, Sony even downgraded that hardware, killing off the phone's fingerprint scanner. Finally, despite all these compromises, the phone ...

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    We know, we know, there will always be some no-name Chinese device manufacturer ready to undercut the most absurdly low prices of Western phones and tablets for a few headlines and free publicity. But among the brands that count, the Fire 7 can’t possibly be rivaled in terms of extreme affordability. Yes, Amazon’s newest 7-incher, based loosely on Android, launched at $50 last fall, quickly dropped to $35 for Black Friday, smashed sales records over the holidays, then went back up to 50 bucks, and is now again sold for a deep discount. Well, deep is perhaps a bit of a stretch, since ...

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    Start collecting a stable of “smart” gadgets in your life, and you might quickly find yourself sliding down a slippery slope, unable to look at anything you interact with on a daily basis without that thought popping into your head: “wouldn't it be neat if this could run [platform of choice]?” For those of us blessed by inspiration and armed with a little DIY know-how, it doesn't take long for thoughts like that to start manifesting themselves in the form of projects, and one Google engineer's been getting a lot of attention recently for the very impressive-looking hardware he ...

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    After months and months of discounts, with Amazon trying to move any remaining stock of its failed Fire Phone experiment, last year we finally saw the handset run out of steam: the company's inventory looked depleted, and the saga of the Fire Phone appeared to be over. No doubt a costly mistake for Amazon to learn, we wondered if the close of the Fire Phone's story meant the end of the company's smartphone ambitions, and if we'd see its future mobile interests constrained to tablets. But now a new report suggests that Amazon's not done with phones quite yet, and claims the company is ...

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    Here at Pocketnow we don't just love telling you about the hottest mobile devices and accessories out there, but also sharing some of the best deals you'll find on them – the only thing better than a killer new phone is one you pick up at a serious discount. And while we're not talking about any big price cut on a must-have flagship today, we've got something that might just be better, helping you to take advantage of plenty more deals throughout the year, while getting that hardware on your doorstep just a little bit faster, to say nothing of cheaper. That's because starting this Friday ...

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    The original Nexus 6 is not that old, and it’s certainly not obsolete as far as both its software and hardware are concerned, but in order to make room for the new, Huawei-manufactured Nexus 6P, Google decided to halt direct sales more than a month ago. Of course, that doesn’t mean the stock Marshmallow-running phablet is dead and buried already, with a number of third-party retailers still selling it either unlocked or strictly for single carrier use. The question is how much longer will Amazon or Best Buy be able to keep it up when Big G and Motorola have obviously stopped producing ...

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    Take a walk around the CES show floor as we just did, and it's impossible to ignore the growing army of connected-home appliances and gadgets. Whether you're talking about a fridge with a screen or a contextual remote to help you control this gear, everyone who's anyone is scrambling to come out with products for this burgeoning market. Back in 2014, Amazon got a comparatively early start with the introduction of its Echo, an interesting mash-up between a Bluetooth speaker and a virtual personal assistant. The Echo may have been a little slow to catch on, but we've recently heard reports ...

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    Thought the Huawei GX8, aka US-specific derivation of the “international” G8, provided great bang for buck at $350 with a full-metal jacket in tow, Snapdragon 615 power, fingerprint recognition, 5.5-inch Full HD screen, and 3,000 mAh battery? Wait until you hear what the Honor 5X offers in exchange for just two Benjamins. In a nutshell, everything the GX8 hides up its sleeve. Yes, literally everything. Even better, the first Honor-series device to officially launch in the US can already be pre-ordered from Amazon, with shipping underway on January 31 in three snazzy coats of paint: ...

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    Update: We're not sure why Amazon UK and France have paused sales for the Lumia 950 XL, but the good news (for those who want to grab one) is that the phone is now back on sale. First, Amazon Germany pulled the rookie Windows 10 phablet from the direct sales channel, citing vague product quality issues. Actually, no, first came a number of pretty serious software glitches for both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL that seemed to continue running beta builds of Microsoft’s theoretically finished and polished new OS. While Redmond quickly patched the bugs, the 5.7-inch Snapdragon 810 powerhouse ...

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    From the day Amazon announced that its Fire tablet would sell for a mere $50, we knew this slate would be a big deal. It didn't really matter how meager some of the specs looked on paper, nor how frustrating it was that the tablet's Fire OS lacked the familiarity of traditional Android; at that price, this thing was going to sell, and sell like hotcakes. With the holiday shopping season now drawn to a close, Amazon's sharing a bunch of figures about just what we bought this year – and unsurprisingly, that impossibly affordable tablet is right up there at the top. The Fire tablet wasn't ...

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    It took more than a little doing, but last week we finally got our hands on the big brother to Microsoft’s new Lumia 950 flagship, the Lumia 950 XL. In theory, the 950 XL should have been all the 950 was, and a bag of chips – or, at least, a slightly higher-powered, presumably more capable version of its sibling. Sadly, not only was the 950 XL unable to make up for some of the 950's shortcomings, but in quite a few areas we found the more heavy-duty smartphone coming up worse; what the heck was going on? It looks like we're far from alone in our frustrations, as Amazon Germany takes ...

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    Google’s newest stock Android-running phablet is likely outselling the smaller, lower-end, plastic-made Nexus 5X, but that hasn’t stopped the search giant from taking $50 off both devices for Christmas, also throwing in free overnight shipping until December 22. Even better, the Nexus 6P can now be purchased stateside through Best Buy as well, following a far too lengthy period of Google and Huawei exclusivity. And believe it or not, the Marshmallow-powered 5.7-incher is marked down at Best Buy right off the bat. Unfortunately, we’re only talking the 64GB “aluminum” (read silver) ...

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    Quick, before Amazon reconsiders, go ahead and buy your omniscient Microsoft Band 2 for $200 in small, medium or large models. Or you can take your business to Best Buy. Or, better yet, get your $50 discount directly from the fitness-oriented wearable’s manufacturer. That’s right, the patchy deal that came and went all week is back with a vengeance, and likely destined to last a little longer. Possibly, through Christmas, though you probably shouldn’t count on that, and hurry, especially if you want to actually receive it in time to stuff it inside a celebratory stocking. Much ...

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    The most “giftable” smartphone this holiday season just got even more giftable, thanks to the always benevolent Amazon, which charges only $350 for the 32GB unlocked Motorola Moto X Pure Edition stateside as part of another one day-limited steal. That’s down from the regular list price of $450, and it’s actually a better deal than anything we’ve seen offered by the handheld’s manufacturer and third-party retailers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Ironically, the 16GB model is stuck at $400, and therefore clearly to be avoided for the next 20 hours or so, as is the case with ...

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    Huawei took a big gamble when it chose a “premium” design path for its first ever smartwatch, pricing the super-stylish Android wearable device on-par with the Apple Watch, at $350 and up. But while Black Friday brought some obligatory discounts to the table, there was nothing too drastic to signal the Huawei Watch failed to catch on. Now, rumor has it a couple of variants designed specifically for ladies will land at CES 2016 in January, followed by an all-new, cellular-enabled generation in the summer, which is yet another sign the Huawei Watch is doing well at the box-office… ...

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    What exactly happened with the Galaxy S6? It brought that highly desirable build overhaul to the table, ditching cheap plastic for a premium combination of glass and metal, carried all the right ultra-high-end specifications for an H1 2015 Android flagship, yet power users never warmed up to the non-edgy 5.1-incher, which caused unexpected financial losses in Samsung’s otherwise productive camp. The microSD slot absence could at least in part explain the phone’s failure, along with a tiny, non-removable battery and, perhaps, the lack of water protection too. At the same time, maybe the ...

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