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    LG is one eccentric chaebol. In addition to making plenty of components for its end-user products, like smartphones, and then, in some cases, providing the infrastructure for paid services for those products, as it does operating as a cellular service provider, LG U+, in Korea, there's just a ton of synergy possible. Concerning LG U+ in particular, it seems that its CEO is interested in expanding its presence to Japan, China and the US, investing in artificial intelligence and IoT as well as conventional wireless service. LG U+ CEO Kwon Young-soo said that he has developed relationships ...

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    Don't. Just don't. If you're unfamiliar with TechRax videos on YouTube, you don't want to even look at this latest video where he proclaims a "secret hack to get headphone jack on the iPhone 7". It's a drillbit and a power drill and ha ha, very funny, you aren't fooling anyone, right? Let's hope some of the commenters didn't actually do this and are just typing sad, troll-ey comments and... actually, chances are one of them really did drill their iPhone 7, huh? Alright, we give up. You've topped shaving off the camera bump of the iPhone 6. Now go away. Source: YouTube Via: PhoneArena

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    Seeing how its Helio P10 chipset has become a recent favorite with smartphone OEMs looking to equip a proper mid-ranger with the right engine, MediaTek is back at it with a second generation of Helio P products, this time numbered as P20 and P25. It also took time to update its X series with the introduction of a high-end Helio X30 SoC. Let's start off with the P20 and P25. The main advantages to these octa-core powerhouses over their predecessor are mainly in a slightly faster clock rate for the CPU and GPU, a 16nm process from TSMC and support for LPDDR4x RAM, providing for a much faster ...

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    The Chromening of Android? Or the Droidening of Chrome OS? We still haven't had much to make of word last year from the Wall Street Journal that Google's two primary software platforms would merge together. Google denied any notion of it, but lo and behold what came this year: Android apps working on Chromebooks. As Android turns eight years old and all we get out of it is a stupid cake, we have to wonder what Senior VP of Android, Google Play and Chrome Hiroshi Lockheimer might have to say about it. We announced the 1st version of Android 8 years ago today. I have a feeling 8 years from ...

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    Politics and technology should not mix. Yet, Palmer Luckey did. And developers don't like it so much, they've decided to vote with their feet. The Oculus founder is known for more than just his awfully-off "ballpark" estimate for a PC-powered virtual reality headset. He's also known as NimbleRichMan on Reddit, using his vast wealth accumulated from when Facebook bought his company in 2014 to support a pro-Donald Trump social campaign focused on memes and "shitposting." The Daily Beast reported that not only did Luckey fund a non-profit group called Nimble America that disparaged ...

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    Update: Spectacles.com is live and details some of the features of the product, including that Android phones will be connected via Wi-Fi while iPhones will be connected through Bluetooth. Clips as long as 30 seconds can be recorded. The Wall Street Journal combined a feature on Snapchat's sharp millennial CEO, Evan Spiegel, and the empire he has built with a new product peg. A hardware peg, to be precise. Despite what many consider a horribly cluttered user interface that belies the private video sharing app, the Journal's Seth Stevenson calls upon Spiegel's "aptitude for product ...

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    Google isn't much of a company that reminisces. In fact, it took the good folk over at Mountain View up until last year before they realized, "hey, maybe we should celebrate a little bit more often, huh?" Android is turning eight tomorrow, Google says (or tweets), and the company wants to do something special especially for all of us. We got special dessert-themed wallpapers last year to celebrate Android's seventh birthday, so why not whip the whisks out? We’re whipping up something sweet for a big day tomorrow. 🎂 #Android pic.twitter.com/I4idH0F4am — Android (@Android) September ...

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    Google may be giving its OnHub Wi-Fi router a few friends to boost users' coverage and still have the network all under one umbrella. Sources to Android Police and Droid Life say that in addition to the several products Google will launch on October 4, we're also looking at Google Wifi, Google-made routers that will work like what Luma or Eero would with router modules that would expand Wi-Fi signal from the router attached to the modem. Each module would be verified by Google's signing process and then get added as part of a single network. Each Google WiFi would put out 2.4 and 5GHz, ...

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    The Elite x3's initial rush to market has HP reeling the Windows 10 Mobile phone back just a bit. While the US is seeing some sales action going on, some Microsoft Stores are holding back. In particular, there's one in Virginia that won't sell the high-power, business-focused device until mid-October. Windows Central was notified that a tipster got word "that the Elite x3 cannot be sold until October 11th." Inventory is in stock rooms, but the main roadblock happens to be camera issues that HP is trying to fix. The Microsoft Store websites for the US and Canada have listed the phone for ...

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    More developers and manufacturers can now get their hands working on circuit boards for potential Moto Mods and, less potentially, getting $1 million from Ashton Kutcher. The Mods Developer Kit, available in the US, are now in China, Europe and South America. Canadians will get the MDKs starting October 5. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force have only just recently become available to the public in unlocked form. Source: Motorola

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    Samsung is simply not interested in maintaining a streaming music service. And so, yesterday saw the end of Milk Music. The end of Milk Music was announced more than a month ago and its sibling service, Milk Video, was also shuttered after a year. It seems that Samsung's hopes of garnering a multimedia audience exclusive to its Galaxy device lineup and, thus, deriving revenue from that audience has officially foundered. Milk Music users are being redirected to Slacker Radio, the app that Samsung based Milk on. Source: Samsung Via: PhoneArena

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    Facebook has them. So does Google.  And now Bing can join in on the fast lane. Microsoft announced that Bing would start officially linking to Accelerated Mobile Pages within its applicable search results. Content partners in the open source project will have their AMP articles — optimized HTML pages for easy, no-nonsense reading — load from close-by servers. Non-AMP pages will be called upon when their link is tapped. Marcelo De Barros, Group Engineering Manager for Bing, said that testing for AMPs started last May. "We [...] have noticed that AMP pages load, on average, ...

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    Twitter, which has been not been growing as investors would like for it to, may seek stimulus from a new owner. At least, if it lets itself be bought. CNBC sources are saying that multiple possible acquirers have expressed interest in buying the social media platform, including Google and customer relationship management company Salesforce. Word from TechCrunch says that Microsoft and Verizon are also in the running. The company's board of directors seems very interested in a sale, though no blueprints have been laid out just yet. Twitter's market capitalization stands at more than $13 ...

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    With half of the roughly one million defective Galaxy Note 7 devices sold in the US already exchanged, according to Samsung’s latest head count, several claimed fires and explosions deemed hoaxes, and new, safe-to-use “edgy” phablets expected in global stores in time for Black Friday, it seemed the worst was finally behind the world’s most popular smartphone vendor. But the atmosphere among Galaxy enthusiasts remains tense in the tech giant’s very own backyard, even after the local refund period’s approved extension. While replacement phones are yet to start randomly blowing up ...

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    Talk about perfect timing. Just as we were trying to make heads or tails of one of the FCC’s most enigmatic Apple product filings in recent history, the always knowledgeable Bloomberg was quoting “people familiar with the matter” as suggesting the Cupertino development of an “Echo-like smart-home device” is nearing completion. So, yeah, what we assumed to be the fifth-generation Apple TV with 4K support receiving regulatohry approval may actually materialize as a home automation hub “based on the Siri voice assistant”, and gifted with “more advanced microphone and speaker ...

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    The show must go on for Samsung even after reported corner-cutting in Galaxy Note 7 R&D and pre-release quality control resulting in possibly its most damaging PR scandal ever. Luckily for the Korean tech giant, an opportunity to bury Galaxy Note 7 controversies once and for all could arise as early as January, when the “next big thing” is already expected out by certain tipsters, assuming of course proper production and rigorous tests can be concluded in such a tight time window. That’s quite the stretch, considering the Galaxy S8 isn’t exactly shaping up to be a minor, ...

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    The future of TV is apps, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, as well as high-resolution video content, according to everyone else. Hopefully, the company’s fifth-generation digital media player will manage to finally combine both whenever it launches, ideally at a price tag not substantially higher than the $150 currently charged for the late 2015-unveiled Apple TV with 32GB storage. Alas, the newest hint as to the existence and impending nature of a refreshed Siri-controlled set-top box is an extremely cryptic FCC certification of an Apple product carrying the model number A1844. The ...

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    In case you still had your doubts regarding the seriousness of LeEco’s global expansion plans in general and US intentions in particular, a Huawei veteran’s recruitment to spearhead said overseas growth should make it all clear for good. This Chinese entertainment and technology giant is no longer satisfied just making waves domestically with everything from TV services to music content, electric cars and smartphones, seeking to disrupt “markets around the globe by changing the paradigm as we know it.” That’s certainly vague, although LeEco does specify its desire to bring Smart ...

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    Recalling every potentially faulty Galaxy Note 7 unit around the world certainly took guts, as Samsung yielded to a “heartbreaking” direct financial loss of at least $1 billion, not to mention indirect hits to the company’s market value, brand recognition and, possibly, even its long-term product roadmap. But apparently, the Korean tech giant remains confident it “can start to make up any ground that we have lost and get that momentum back into our business… as we exit 2016 and set ourselves up for a strong 2017.” It’s unclear if the Galaxy S8 might be slated for an extremely ...

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    Even with all the recent Galaxy Note 7 controversy, and impressive efforts from smaller manufacturers like BLU, Honor, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Meizu or LeEco to provide the greatest bang for your buck stateside, in China, India and everywhere else, some Android enthusiasts will always favor Samsung. And we’re not just talking power users, as mid-range Galaxy A, J, C and On-series products appear to be growing in mainstream popularity too, despite the aforementioned companies (and a couple more) arguably offering better specs at lower prices. Instead of playing a numbers game, Samsung continues ...

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    We’re only four days away from Xiaomi’s increasingly thrilling next-gen flagship phone announcement, and thanks to mixed official signals, as well as the typically jumbled gossip on Weibo, nothing’s certain until it’s certain. What we’re pretty sure of is an affordable Xiaomi Mi 5s powerhouse will break cover on Tuesday, despite recent speculation of a last-minute name change to Mi Note S, with Snapdragon 821 inside either way, 6GB RAM, and most likely, one of those trendy dual camera setups slapped on its rear. You can probably count on the Mi 5s borrowing and upgrading the ...

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    Just like last year, Asus confusingly puts its 2016 high-end smartphone eggs in way too many baskets, as the ZenFone 3 family includes roughly a dozen similar but not identical members. Some aren’t even very high-end, like the China-only ZenFone Pegasus 3, the big-battery ZenFone 3 Max, or a ZenFone 3 Laser that’s slated to finally see daylight stateside “within 2 to 5 weeks.” That’s when Amazon expects to be able to ship the 2GB RAM-packing 5.5-incher in “glacier silver”, complete with an official 1-year US warranty covering accidental damage. Pre-orders are $206.95 a pop, ...

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    The task of rooting an Android device has grown tall recently and with Android Nougat, there are now several roadblocks in the way that would prevent developers from getting in to root the upcoming Pixel phones — built on Nougat from the ground up — with ease. The first block is a kernel feature in Nougat called "device-mapper-verity" that checks the /system directory of the device while it is booting to see if all the files that should be there are there and in the way they're supposed to be there. If a single change has been made, your device will not boot. This takes any one-stop ...

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    If you feel like you're missing out on the Galaxy Note 7 software experience (short of the S Pen) and you have an S7 and S7 edge, you're going to have to wait your turn. Just like those waiting for new, non-explosive Galaxy Note 7 units. Weibo rumors are talking about the Grace UX that's on the Note 7 with Android Marshmallow coming to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with the Android Nougat update for each side. The Always On Display that the Note 7 has would also get transferred over, too. That could be just in a few months or so, at least for unlocked units, based on previous update cycles. ...

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    As if Samsung had enough to tamp down with the Galaxy Note 7 recall, we now hear of trade secret subterfuge from within the chaebol's ranks. According to a report from Korean broadcaster SBS, one executive Lee was arrested by police, warranted for accusations of stealing and selling documents about some advanced semiconductor technologies to Chinese firms. Those papers related to details about the 14nm technology being used in the Exynos 8890 and a 10nm die being used for the processor that's to be in the Galaxy S8 — perhaps the Exynos 8895. Samsung is suing Lee while the investigation ...

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