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    If you want "The World's Most Secure Android™ Smartphone" and do not live in the US, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, you now have your chance through a couple of UK-based resellers. Both Unlocked Mobiles and Clove Technology have BlackBerry's DTEK50 for £275, the same price as what BlackBerry is offering the phone direct to UK buyers. They're even offering the free 12.6Ah Mobile Charger that Waterloo is. Here's the good news for the rest of the world: the resellers will put in for delivery to your country with a surcharge. Clove is expecting first boxes to come ...

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    One Japanese outlet is now adding on (or recirculating) rumors about the iPhone 7's home button. Simply put, it's not going to be a button. Instead, according to Macotakara, it will be a capacitive touchpad. A "vibration motor" — perhaps the Apple Watch's Taptic Engine — would simulate the sensation of a click, just like on a late MacBook. This move would add to the theoretical water resistance of said device. On a side note, Space Black is expected to show up as at least one SKU for the iPhone this year. Source: Macotakara (Google Translate) Via: PhoneArena

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    Sources in China reported that ZTE was planning on launching the Axon 7 at the same price it did so for the Axon Pro last year — $450. Well, it's been a day over two months since we learned of this quite impressive phone. The pre-order period is over and done with in the US and sales have officially begun at the price of $399.98. Yep, the phone is keeping its pre-order pricing which means that it's only 98 cents more expensive than a OnePlus 3 and the Alcatel Idol 4S. It's still available at the places you'll find below. Newegg is attaching free headphones with a pre-order through ...

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    One day after Apple reported better-than-expected earnings, CEO Tim Cook held up a symbolic iPhone. The reference was huge. It was the billionth iPhone sold. The billionth iPhone was actually checked out sometime last week, the company gathers. But Cook played up the moment at an employee meeting today. "We never set out to make the most, but we've always set out to make the best products that make a difference," the executive said. "Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day." Infinite Loop made hundreds of billions of dollars over nearly a decade of the iPhone. ...

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    To be cheap is to prosper as a smartphone consumer. And it's also to live. And if you've caught wind of the ZTE ZMAX PRO last week, you might've thought to switch over to MetroPCS to get that exclusive $99 phone with a fingerprint sensor. Well, if you want a little more freedom in which carrier you want to hitch up with, check out BLU's new Studio Touch. Like the ZMAX PRO, it has a fingerprint reader (though on the front). But as the phone comes direct from BLU and the price is not subsidized, there are some compromises. The MediaTek MT6725 processor is a quad-core unit running at 1GHz. ...

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    Google officially announced that content purchased on Google Play accounts can be shared with up to six people through its new Family Library feature. All possible devices that the content can be used on will be usable for each person sharing the account — from large screens to mobile ones, from iOS to PC to Android, from games to books to movies. Some content may be ineligible for sharing. The account holder can also partition some content for themselves. When members of the account want to get apps, they can do so with the main credit card for the account or supply their own payment ...

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    If you want optically-stabilized selfies and a huge phone to help you steady your outstretched arms all at once, why not consider the Xperia XA Ultra from Sony? Why not? Well, it wasn't available in the US. Until today. Best Buy, B&H and Reagan Wireless have the phone for $369.99. Amazon has it at $354.40. The phone is available in White, Graphite Black and Lime Green and, like its Xperia X cohorts, will come with a 64GB microSD card. At Reagan Wireless, you'll also get a SOL Republic Relays headset with a leather carrying pouch. As of this post, the "Add to Cart" buttons for Best Buy ...

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    Samsung might be turning On another set of phones for its budget lineup. There have been hints on Indian import-export database Zauba of new Samsung model numbers within this range that may end up being the names of 2016's Galaxy On5 and On7. About a month ago, what was deemed the "SM-G6100" came to light on GFXBench. And now, we have another incremental step towards revelation with fresh tests of the SM-G5700 on Geekbench. What we know so far is that the rumored Galaxy On5 (2016) may have an Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 and 3GB of RAM. The On7 (2016) will also have 3GB of RAM, but will likely ...

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    You know what never made sense? The Nextbit Robin color scheme. All these shades of "mint" and black and white, they're all cool for sure. But come on. Have you ever seen a robin? In the wild? Like, in nature? It's red. Well, in the spirit of nothing else but summer, Nextbit has come along with an "Ember" scheme for the Robin — "a neutral deep-black back with bright red end caps that really pop." It's $299 like any other Robin, but you can only get an Ember Robin at Nextbit's site, right now. If you're in India, you'll get your chance next week on Flipkart. Either way, you'll have the ...

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    A product as old as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, released more than two years ago, refreshed last October, and likely due for another marginal hardware upgrade this fall, can only be still making headlines for one of three reasons. We could be looking at massive markdowns returning the 2-in-1 tablet to its glory days of solid quality for pricing, an unavoidable end to manufacturing and distribution, or some mysterious hardware or software bug requiring immediate attention from the OEM’s engineers. Alas, the Surface Pro 3 continues to cost around $700 and up at most authorized retailers, ...

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    Let’s be honest, no one could have predicted the rampant, record-breaking success of Pokémon Go, a “freemium” augmented reality mobile game that’s ambitious in concept but ultimately simplistic in its execution. Not Niantic, not Apple or Google, and certainly not Nintendo, which isn’t making as much money here as investors originally assumed. While various analytics firms claim the “catch’ em all” global phenomenon is about to wind down, the companies involved in its development and promotion can probably expect to milk the 1995-created media franchise for a few more ...

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    In addition to widening the subscriber count gap between the nation’s third and fourth largest wireless communications service providers, T-Mobile continues to close in on “Dumb and Dumber”, which is how its CEO likes to refer to the market’s overall leader and silver medalist. Of course, even 13 consecutive quarters of over 1 million customer gains aren’t enough for the “Uncarrier” to actually breathe down Verizon and AT&T’s necks. Big Red still dominates the charts, with 113.2 mil “retail connections” as of yesterday, while T-Mo managed to surge sequentially by ...

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    The Huawei Watch isn’t just one of the prettiest, most powerful Android Wear devices around, but also one of the most discounted lately, several deals up for grabs at Google, Amazon and a host of other third-party retailers likely foreshadowing the IFA 2016 introduction of a sequel. After all, this perfectly circular, sharp, speaker-packing beaut was announced way back at the Mobile World Congress in early 2015, finally becoming commercially available last fall. It remains to be seen exactly how Huawei can improve an already spectacular smartwatch, but even if its standalone utility or ...

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    For the past few months, we’ve seen the world’s three leading mobile payment services routinely add to their support list new countries and banks around the globe, though Apple, Samsung and Google all remained quiet regarding how this constant expansion converted into actual usage growth. Well, Tim Cook finally has some official info to share about Apple Pay adoption numbers, and unlike the Cupertino-based giant’s overall financial outlook, it’s all solid and encouraging. There’s literally nothing that sounds the least bit troublesome, probably because the CEO cherry-picked the ...

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    While waiting for Samsung’s full Q2 2016 financial report to go public, which will probably not include explicit smartphone sales figures or official forecasts anyway, it’s time to take a look at another analyst cume and short-term projection. According to unnamed inside sources quoted by hit-and-miss Taiwanese publication Digitimes, Galaxy shipments could exceed a colossal 350 million copies for the whole of 2016. How big of a number is that? Well, it would be more than 25 mil up from Samsung’s already remarkable 2015 total. Meanwhile, Apple merely managed to push around 230M ...

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    Is the wearable fad already a thing of the past? Probably not, but Apple, Samsung, Motorola, LG and Huawei have to step on the smartwatch hardware improvement gas to stop the immature market from shrinking any further. There’s only so much super-affordable fitness bands can accomplish, and while the first-gen Apple Watch has sold better than some analysts expected, a sequel is now badly needed to revitalize demand. Ideally, the Apple Watch 2 or Apple Watch S would revise its predecessor’s love-or-hate design, slimming down its profile, reducing bulk and perhaps adding curves to the ...

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    Samsung, Huawei, Acer, and now Sony. This fall’s consumer electronics-centric IFA trade show is shaping up to be as jam-packed and memorable for us mobile hardware junkies as CES back in January and February’s MWC. In keeping with tradition, all major product announcements will likely take place ahead of the Berlin-set expo’s actual start on September 2, presumably including the oft-rumored Sony F8331 debut a day earlier. The company that’s looking to further contract its US smartphone business while maximizing European sales has just confirmed the pre-IFA press conference shall ...

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    “The Apple of China” may have been overshadowed of late by the local Samsung equivalent (i.e. Huawei), as well as LG’s counterpart (OPPO), but it’s still managed to beat the Cupertino-based giant it was once accused of emulating to the dual rear camera punch. Even better, the just-unveiled Xiaomi Redmi Pro looks about three times as cheap as the iPhone 7 Plus, aka 6SE Plus, kicking off sales, at least domestically, as early as August 8. Granted, at RMB 1,500 ($225) and up, this Android-powered 5.5-incher can’t possibly hide 3D Touch tricks up its sleeve, or pack Qualcomm’s ...

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    So, you have your Moto Z or Moto Z Force. You have your $125 Moto Mods Developer Kit. And now you're about to start your solder iron. But if you are not this theoretical person that has all this stuff and are wondering what the heck you'd get into in developing your own Moto Mod, Lenovo has booted up a proper site for you. The site is simply developer.motorola.com and it has resources on what you can do with your kit, what you need to look out for and example materials stored on GitHub for free. The site also opens up the pathway for third parties looking to mass produce to partner with ...

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    Nighttimes call for light measures. In the case of looking at your brightly lit smartphone screen at night, that means easing the work your eyes have to do to balance its vision. Well, if you spend hours digging through your clogged up Twitter feed before bed, make sure you try out the new Night Mode on the Android app. It turns every white UI interface into black (most of the app's backgrounds) and vice versa (text). Though, somewhat unfortunately, the black isn't actually truly black — it has a subtle blue tone to it. Blue light is said to be the most taxing on eyes at night. Of ...

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    Vizio has dabbled in the smartphone industry a bit, but its main business is in televisions and home sound equipment. And a growing Chinese tech power, LeEco, wants in on that. The company, known domestically as Letv, has bought the Irvine, California-based manufacturer for $2 billion. If the deal successfully closes (expected sometime in the fourth quarter), Vizio will operate as a subsidiary of LeEco. With this transaction, Vizio will get global reach while LeEco continues its entrenchment in the United States. The brand will officially launch in September. Source: PRNewswire

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    Verizon is hoping for a brighter earnings picture with its acquisition of Yahoo, but until things actualize, man -- the struggle was real for the Checkmark this quarter. First, the numbers: revenue slid 5 percent from a year ago to $30.5 billion. Operating income fell to $4.55 billion, down 42 percent, while the company's net rake totaled to $702 million, 83 percent worse off than 2015. Verizon blames part of the decline on a seven-week "work stoppage" or a wireline labor strike by the Communications Workers of America. Focusing on the wireless side, the company added on 585,000 ...

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    Lenovo-owned Motorola has dropped its monthly update schedule for its smartphones, favoring a "most efficient" one. When it launched its Moto Z line of handsets last month, a company spokesperson did promise security patches from Android Security Bulletins. Phones "will receive an update shortly after launch with additional patches." The representative did not discuss the frequency of those updates. Fast forward to today and Motorola has responded to Ars Technica's request to address its non-willingness to go monthly as the updates are released. Motorola understands that keeping phones ...

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    Every so often, a device will light up. Spark. Smoke. Explode. Often, it will be on the charger. But this is a rare occasion. A Xiaomi customer has posted CCTV video to the company's Indian Facebook page showing him using a Mi 4i at his office in Noida. At 12 seconds in, Ajay Raj Negi tosses his phone onto his desk and backs away from it as sparks start shooting out from the device. Co-workers clear the area as smoke billows into the room. A person extinguishes the flames with some water — not a recommended suppressant for electrical fires. "I could have lost my life or my arm or maybe ...

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    A Chinese startup called Mobvoi — which has successfully closed three rounds of funding, the latest led by Google — has decided to bring an Android-powered smartwatch out of China. The Ticwatch 2 technically isn't even an Android Wear watch — it's a watch that runs a skinned version of Android with something more like Tizen in mind. The watch, running Ticwear OS, is compatible with smartphones running iOS 8.0 and Android 4.3 and fills the typical bill for notifications, media control, watchfaces, voice interactions, Android Wear apps, gestures etc., but the interface is set up ...

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