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    Here's a quick one to quench your rumor thirst for the weekend. Evan Blass just confirmed that the official name of the upcoming Samsung (fall) smartphone will be Galaxy Note7. We already heard rumors of the company skipping a number (we're currently at Note5), among other chatter, but this time around it looks to be the real deal. There will be no Galaxy Note6. There could be a lot of reasons behind such a move from Samsung: lining the Note family up with the Galaxy S family (currently at number 7), in addition to counter Apple's upcoming phablet, expected to the iPhone 7 Plus (and/or ...

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    Apple has spent the last few years remaining loyal to IPS LCD display technology, regardless if you look to a Mac or an iPhone. It wasn't until the launch of the Apple Watch that the company took a step away, and it makes sense given the added power consumption benefits of OLED technology, in addition to the deep blacks. Today we learn, however, that Cupertino might be ready for a jump soon. DigiTimes is reporting that Apple might make a jump from traditional OLED technology to Micro-LED somewhere around the second half of 2017. According to supply chain sources, Micro-LED technology is ...

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    BlackBerry might not be on everyone's radar as it was around a decade ago, but that doesn't mean the company hasn't tried to change that. It took two dramatic shake-overs to have the company finally adopt Android with the BlackBerry Priv. We do know that the company's quarter results didn't say anything positive about that move, but that isn't everything the company has up its sleeve. Following the recent rumors of mid-range BlackBerry devices following the Priv, about the only missing piece of the puzzle is when. Lucky for us, the company's CEO John Chen did us the favor of spilling ...

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    But we're obliged to talk about it, if only for the market dynamics. And boy, is Chinese manufacturer vivo expecting the market to move. The X7 and X7 Plus are expected to be in the "mid-rangers-plus" category. The phablet of the two — can you guess — will have a 5.7-inch full HD screen and it's tied to a Snapdragon 652 with 4GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel main camera. There could be more RAM and more storage in another variant that may cost way more. How much more? Well, the base model is rumored to be somewhere above ¥2,500 (approx. $400+) and the 6GB RAM/128GB storage variant could ...

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    As Verizon has upgraded its exclusive Lumia Icon, AT&T has also upgraded its giant of a Windows Phone. The Nokia Lumia 1520, to be complete about it, can now be moved off of Windows Phone 8.1 and up to Windows 10 Mobile (.107) through the Upgrade Advisor app. AT&T's support listing for the device says that you'll need to be on Wi-Fi to load the 750MB package. If you own a 1520, your patience is being rewarded. If you own a more recent Lumia 830, well, we'll talk later. Source: AT&T Via: Windows Central

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    What if instead of going straight to the forums whenever something cracks up in your phone you went to the manufacturer's customer support line? Well, it's a half-hour on hold, 10 minutes of telling someone at a call center all your information and then complaining about the problem and then they'll ask you to go to this settings menu and press buttons and ... Yeah. Not cool. Well, a source to Android Police is saying that with a Google Support app, new Nexus smartphone owners can share their screens and point out where the problem spots are. It's likely that we'd be dealing with ...

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    Google pulled an interesting stunt with the early launch of Android N to developers. At the moment the company still doesn't have a pastry name for the OS, and some of us believe that this early teaser is still missing a ton of things that Google is not prepared to show. Some recent leaks show a totally new design to the Android navigation buttons, which in a way are more aligned with the company's Now On Tap services. Instead of hollow drawings, the new buttons are now of a solid white, and the home button has four colors on the borders to mimic Google's colors. The source claims that ...

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    Another deal for the 32GB Nexus 5X to tell you about. Yes, another. How much are you going to save this time? More than last time. $10 more than last time as Dailysteals is offering the LG-made device for some $269.99. Wait, that's the same price as that other eBay deal! Well, hold on — add the promo code "NEXUSEMAIL10" at checkout (yep, this deal went out to that site's newsletter peeps first, apparently) and that price drops to $259.99 — a cool $139 and a penny. What would be your move if you had the liberty of making it? Pounce? Wait and watch? Or just wait and wait for the new ...

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    Rumors surrounding an iPhone with an OLED display continue to grow strong. We've seen how Cupertino and Samsung have been slow dancing lately to the rhythm of a partnership that has stirred strong rumors surrounding this particular endeavor. We also know that Apple is not famous for placing all its eggs in one basket, and this is not the exception. Sources claim that Apple and Sharp will partner in order to bring a second supplier for the company's OLED plans in the future. If you've been following the facts though, you know that Sharp is one of Apple's existing display partners, but the ...

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    Ringing Bells, the Indian company behind the questionably affordable phone called the Freedom 251, is ready for primetime. With real phones. So CEO Mohit Goel said to IANS as it prepares to ship out 200,000 units of its Rs. 251 ($3.66) handset starting June 30 and go on with 200,000 additional units every month. Goel promised that deliveries would be finished by June 30. It's a far cry from the 2.5 million the executive thought he'd have ready and the seventy million registrations that got recorded. Worse yet, Ringing Bells faces a loss of up to Rs. 150 each unit — at $2.20, that's ...

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    Last year's Alcatel OneTouch did an amazing job at selling a solid product with the Idol 3. Great specs, great design and a great price tag were enough to land a solid place as one of our favorite devices to recommend for 2015. Fast Forward to 2016, switch the company name to just Alcatel, and along came the Idol 4 that made a ton of headlines at MWC, but yes, we've been waiting since MWC. Clove has just announced that it has received stock of the Alcatel Idol 4, along with the VR headset that it was announced with, and yes, shipping begins right away. £229 including VAT will land you a ...

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    At the end of March we have heard that Samsung might prepare a special Galaxy S7 Olympic Edition this year, which, if previous years are of any indication, should not take anyone by surprise. Past devices are also a great indication of what the phone will actually be: pretty much a standard Galaxy S7 with permanently-affixed Olympic-themed graphics. According to Evan Blass, the Galaxy S7 Olympic Edition will look like the render above, which is pretty much standard, give or take the gold (medal) accents for the earpiece and home button, in addition to the blue (Olympic) accents on the ...

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    Update: DigiTimes is reporting that Acer, too, is expecting its operations to be affected by Brexit. The company's CEO, Jason Chen, said that the recent UK vote in favor of leaving the EU will result in weaker demand in the European market, mostly due to "weakened consumer confidence and exchange rate fluctuations. However, how serious the impact may be remains to be seen", he said. UK decided to exit the European Union after 51.9% of voters were in favor of Brexit. However, at least two years will pass until the UK will exit the EU de facto and de jure, a period which will be governed ...

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    Biting your nails for the Nexus launch this quarter? We're creeping up on it ever so slowly and yet, leaks have been all about who's making it, who else's making it and how many they're going to make. HTC is said to be in charge of two projects — "Marlin" and "Sailfish" — and it seems that Android Police is 80 percent confident that what it's hearing about the Sailfish device (not to be confused with Jolla's Sailfish OS) is accurate. So what's the payload here? A yet-to-be-known quad-core 64-bit processor clocked at 2GHz paired with 4GB of RAM to power on a five-inch, full HD ...

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    Huawei's been chomping up the food chain as the world's third largest smartphone manufacturer by annual shipments. It was originally looking forward to a 40 percent jump in shipments this year to further its ambitions to be the world's largest OEM. Nope. Not the case it seems, as told from Taiwanese industry. Huawei may cut back from a forecast 140 million smartphones to 120 million smartphones. That's still a 20 percent improvement from last year, but with the higher-end phones — like the P9 and its cohorts — not garnering enough demand as hoped for. The Honor V8, though, has topped ...

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    Verizon's blast from the Windows Phone past now gets a blast of current software. After months and months of Insider previews, the 'ol Checkmark has finally pressed its arthritic thumb to the publication trigger. Windows 10 Mobile is now on the way for the Lumia Icon (Lumia 929). You will need the Upgrade Advisor app to grab the update. It's also advised that you have a full battery before you go on with it. Better you got a Lumia than the HTC One M8 for Windows. Source: Verizon Via: MSPoweruser

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    BlackBerry may be doing worse financially than it did last quarter or even last year, but it's better than what the Street expected and that's all that matters, right? The Waterloo-based tech company lost $670 million this past quarter, most of that coming from $599 million in write-downs and impairments. Revenues totaled $424 milion. Software sales were up 21 percent annually to $166 million while the new "mobility solutions" unit made up about $152 million of the total. The company claimed 500,000 unit sales versus 600,000 last quarter. While revenue was short of expectations, the ...

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    OnePlus isn't going to let itself be victim to the OnePlus 3 haterade be it for the PenTile display, the weird color gamut it has or for the RAM management. People have escalated the issues to the point where the company feels compelled to address them and fast. So it shall with its first OTA update that will bring OxygenOS 3.1.4 to the table as well as an sRGB mode that sticks to more accurate color representation. RAM management will be more forgiving, supposedly being able to carry a heavier load. Review units will get the update first. Consumer-bought OnePlus 3 devices will receive a ...

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    The reason to buy a Nextbit Robin is not just in its bold design, but really it's smarter approach to software. Nextbit has pioneered a concept where you no longer have to worry about storage, but just as we learned from our initial meetings with the company, that was just the beginning. Nextbit has just announced that the second challenge the company wants to face is giving users a worry-free experience with battery life. To do this, the company will launch a new version of the Nextbit OS, based on Android, in Q4. What we can expect is a smarter device that learns your usage patterns and ...

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    For the first time in years, it seems that all OEMs have all agreed on using the Snapdragonn 820 as the main course meal for processing power. We've seen just how reliable and power efficient it can be, but we all know the world of mobile technology doesn't stop there. We know the next iteration is the Snapdragon 823, and LeEco has already planned something. The company today has posted a teaser for ann event to happen in Shanghai on June 29. The company doesn't really provide specifics, but given its speed analogy using a bulet being fired, the rumors of a flagship coming in June, and the ...

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    HTC may not have all the popularity that e remember from years ago, but that doesn't mean that the company doesn't launch great products. HTC Sense has long been one of our favorite user experiences for Android to date, but if you wanted a piece of it, you obviously needed an HTC device, and it seems that the company wants to change that. As of today HTC is launching a closed beta of HTC Sense Home 8 to other Android devices. For those of you not aware, this is what you currently see on the HTC 10. It brings pretty much most of the functionality we love about Sense to users, and also some ...

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    By now it's definitely no state secret that the iPhone 7 will be a minor iterative update. From the loss of the headphone jack to some minor improvements in the antenna lines, we've heard that the technology needed for the changes that Apple wants to launch require at least another year. Today we hear of some other changes coming to the iPhone 7, but don't expect to be wowed. Sources claim that the iPhone 7 will bring a slightly larger earpiece, in addition to changes in the location of the ambient light sensor and proximity sensor. Screen protector manufacturers have apparently stopped ...

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    If you've ever thought of giving some of your hardware a little protective love, but with a little twist in style that keeps you thinking about how nice it feels, dbrand is fighting to be your partner in making it happen. After announcing its highly-anticipated Concrete material backing for its entire range of product skins, — we're talking everything from Dell's XPS 13 to the Huawei P9 to the iPhone 4 and the OnePlus 3, here — dbrand's taking the opportunity to give everyone a sale. It's a simple, pre-discounted 30 percent off the regular prices for everything at the store (the ...

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    The OnePlus 3 might've represented a coming of age for the startup behind it, but with its past marketing material — telling consumers to "Never Settle" and buy their "Flagship Killers" — seemingly haunting what could be considered as an overspecced phone by default, OnePlus certainly has a challenge in telling people that it either has either narrowed down or completely shifted its target demographics for its products. There's one thing, though, that Carl Pei cannot forgive. [OnePlus] needed to cut somewhere and since they managed to get Samsung panels on discount it's not that ...

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    Have you got travel plans to Europe this summer? Want to stay connected? Do you fear of the consequences that may take place after the Brexit vote? T-Mobile's helping to allay most of these anxieties by amping up its Simple Global program in Europe. Sure, you have free data in over 140 territories around the world (including Belize now), but 2G speeds can get pretty impractical. The Un-carrier is letting those speeds rise up to 4G standards from July 1 to August 31 in the 58 countries it serves in Europe. That's for free, along with SMS. Calls are still 20¢ a minute. You can tell that ...

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