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    The sorry financial state of tech conglomerate Sharp has left few options for its creditors and potential acquirers in Japan. But Taiwan-based Foxconn sees a chance to gain a brand name and a crack at making products for its own profit. Chairman Terry Gou told press that the company had signed for prioritized negotiating rights with Sharp as part of a bid to take over the company. Sharp released a statement contrary to Gou's assertion, but indicated it would be negotiating with Foxconn through the end of the month. Inside sources say that Sharp currently favors a Foxconn proposal worth ...

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    Mixpanel's latest tracking survey shows that a healthy contingent of iPhone users don't want to make an upgrade that will strain their hands. After publicized cases of "texting thumb" making the news and in a stark face-off against the growing trend of the growing phone, data says more than 37 percent of iPhone toters have a device dating back to at least 2013. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were the last four-inch mobile devices we got from Cupertino before the stretch to a 4.7 inch minimum. The former had the most share at 18 percent of all iPhones while the latter registered nearly 5.5 ...

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    HTC has kept its word. Specifically, last week, it was Sprint's HTC One M8 that got the upgrade. We were told that it would be within this week that the manufacturer's latest phone on the Now network would do the same ditty. Funnily enough, it did, after T-Mobile launched its Marshmallow upgrade for the LG G4. HTC One M9 units on Sprint have begun to receive over-the-air updates to Android 6.0. That's pretty much the story right there. As with the One M8 and LG G4, Sprint is the first US carrier to update its variant of the One M9 to Marshmallow. AT&T, T-Mobile Verizon users will have ...

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    For as much thought as we put into PINs, passwords, and biometric authentication on our phones, security often feels like an afterthought – or not thought about at all – when it comes to wearables like smartwatches. To an extent, that makes sense; after all, we're a lot less likely to accidentally lose track of a gadget that's securely strapped to our wrist. But as we start using wearables for more and more functions, maybe especially in terms of mobile payments, is it worth thinking a little more about how to properly secure them? Samsung seems to be doing just that, and a recently ...

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    Doing even the simplest-seeming thing on our smartphones can involve a lot of little moving parts. Information needs to be gathered from input sources, interpreted, passed to the right processes, ferried off to remote cell towers, routed to the right servers – and that's just getting started. Every step along the way is another opportunity for things to go wrong, messages to get dropped, and lag to slow the whole process down. In the spirit of believing that simpler might just be better, Google's rolling out a change to Hangouts on Android that aims to increase call quality by setting up ...

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    How many objectively different smartphone can one company release under the same name? And how long can it keep that routine going? When we see a manufacturer like Samsung release a flagship Galaxy phone running different SoCs in different markets, it's one thing, but as more and more of those specs change, and more and more time passes between launches, are we really looking at multiple variants of the same smartphone, or what might be more properly talked about as fully distinct models? That's the question we're asking about HTC today, as we learn about yet another handset making its ...

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    Net neutrality may be the law of the land, but carriers aren't about to sit idly by and treat all content as equal while there's money to be made by doing the opposite. So while paid prioritization may be out the window so long as the FCC is getting its way, carriers have been quick to come at things from another direction, championing the rise of “zero-rated” data schemes that allow content providers to get their media to users without those viewers having to use their expensive mobile data allotment in the process. Last year we heard that Verizon was looking into doing just that with ...

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    After a quiet couple months, HTC One M10 (aka Perfume) rumors started picking back up a few weeks back, talking about everything from launch plans, to handset design, to the phone's internal hardware. And while all that added up to giving us a better understanding of the next flagship in HTC's pipeline, we still hasn't seen the phone that was to become the manufacturer's big early-2016 hero device. That's in stark contrast to the LG G5, which has been leaking like a rusty sieve, and even the Samsung Galaxy S7, which recently found itself the subject of a few convincing enough renders. But ...

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    The times are a-changing up in Waterloo, and BlackBerry faces a future that looks very different from what the company might have been expecting just a few years back. BlackBerry 10 as a platform is on the way out, and while support's supposed to continue for time being, everything we've heard suggests that BlackBerry's fate lies in its ability to fully transition over to an Android device maker. And while the company may be in this for the long haul, it might not be bringing all of its employees along with it, as reports roll in of some pretty substantial layoffs. BlackBerry has yet to ...

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    Someday, our favorite smartphones will be left behind by the tide of progress, no long tapped to receive the latest platform updates and doomed to live out the rest of their days on increasingly feature-poor, insecure software: it's just the way of the world, as planned obsolescence pushes us towards newer and fancier hardware. But for the time being, there's still plenty of life left in our favorite flagships, and Android users are experiencing a surge in availability of (admittedly overdue) Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates. We just told you about the LG G4 bringing Marshmallow to T-Mobile ...

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    Dealing with a broken smartphone can be an abject nightmare, not to mention a pretty expensive proposition, so it's little surprise that users often turn to their most accessible, most affordable options for repair – even if that may not mean dealing with an authorized service agent. After all, your phone's already broken, so what's the harm, right? Well, for a growing number of iPhone users that harm is only becoming apparent after the fact, as they get locked out of their phones when attempting to install their latest system updates. The culprit is the Touch ID sensor embedded in the ...

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    February is finally upon us, and that means that we're only a few weeks away from when we've heard that HTC will finally start accepting pre-orders for its Vive VR headset. When that day comes we'll finally have the answer to maybe the biggest question hanging over the Vive to date – just what will this extravagance end up costing – and while we don't have that info quite yet, today we find ourselves picking up a little new insight into Vive ownership, as HTC makes available the headset's owner's manual. With much of the Pocketnow staff having slapped on the Vive for some VR fun by ...

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    Well, that was fast. The second best but rapidly improving web mapping service for iOS devices picked up a small update only a couple of weeks back, growing the list of places where Flyover support is offered, plus real-time Traffic and Transit information, and already, Apple Maps goes through another makeover. This one isn’t major either, and doesn’t change anything about the way the app looks, or even how it behaves for users in roughly 99 percent of worldwide markets targeted by Cupertino. The remaining one percent however should rejoice upon hearing they can now “fly over” ...

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    Exactly what makes Verizon the number one wireless service provider stateside nowadays? 4G LTE speeds? Not according to OpenSignal’s recent, comprehensive and independent market report. Coverage? Perhaps, but even in that department, T-Mobile is progressing at a remarkable pace. Low device prices are generally out of the question at Big Red, not to mention network support for phones sold unlocked directly by their manufacturers. Meanwhile, unlimited data remains a utopian dream for the over 137 million subscribers of the US-leading operator. Once again therefore, why would anyone choose ...

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    While there have been numerous so-called modular smartphones announced in the past six to nine months, the vast majority of which sought crowdfunding for R&D or production, the initiative that started this trend remains our most anticipated one. By a landslide. Now, obviously, Google has all the money needed to turn Project Ara into reality, but it takes time and many, many resources to develop the perfect device that will allow you to easily replace its components as you go along. The good news is at least one Ara prototype, model number A8A01, seems to be in testing, with both GFX ...

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    It may seem like Microsoft is fighting a losing battle in web search, but sometimes, even ranking second can be good enough for a tech giant of Redmond’s caliber, as long as that means servicing more than 20 percent of US e-queries. On Android devices, you have to figure it’s much harder for Bing to steal a couple of percentage points away from Google, though the app’s latest major update should definitely help. The key is to keep an open mind, and at least give the perennial underdog a chance, as the potential is clearly there for Bing to surprise you. Previously rolled out to iOS ...

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    Global iPhone sales set a new all-time record during the holiday season (ahead of a radical projected decline), while Samsung reported an unprecedented quarterly dip, so you’d probably expect the US mobile market to have gone with the worldwide flow. But surprise, surprise, the Galaxy actually increased its share of American smartphone subscribers, from 27.6 percent between July and September to 28.4 in the year’s final 90-day window. Meanwhile, Cupertino somehow lost almost a percentage point, though its local manufacturer domination is in no danger, the gap to second place sitting at ...

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    Normally, we probably wouldn’t bother reporting on 6.0 upgrades for all carrier-specific US versions of all semi-popular 2015 Android devices. But there are still so few of them brought up to date, even after four months of Marshmallow “optimization”, that the T-Mobile LG G4’s software makeover feels like huge news. It’s been a long month and a half since Sprint started dishing out sweet over-the-air M goodies to its own G4 model, and Magenta can’t exactly follow suit, distributing the update merely via the LG Bridge tool. That entails physically hooking up your phone to a ...

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    There’s no question about it anymore, Huawei is the new Samsung. The world’s rapidly rising third largest smartphone manufacturer insists on trumpeting record-breaking sales numbers literally every week, which is something we were used to back in the day in relation to the now stagnating Galaxy. Forget quarterly reports, as monthly box-office updates are apparently in, with Huawei claiming its January 2016 shipment figures increased by a monumental 93 percent year-on-year. Mind you, we’re talking the traditionally slowest month of any given year in terms of electronic device demand ...

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    FCC visits are formalities by nature, very rarely uncovering information device manufacturers don’t want to go public, but when it comes to products as thoroughly leaked as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the US regulation agency couldn’t possibly disclose relevant, fresh intel even if it wanted to. Model numbers? They were fairly easy to predict months ago, and nowadays, they’re as rooted in our brains as the market names themselves. There’s SM-G930 for the flat, 5.1-inch version, and SM-G935 for the dual-curved, 5.5-inch big guy. Add A, V, P, T and R4 suffixes to those designations ...

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    In its frenzied race to 120 million smartphone unit sales this year and consolidation of the number three spot on the global manufacturer ranks, Huawei doles out respectable mid-range Androids left and right, including in the US, a market that the OEM had trouble penetrating until not long ago. But the company’s release strategy is a little too all over the place these days, especially if you add the Honor sub-brand to the equation. This literally just debuted on the North American continent, and already, it’s making life awfully difficult for one of its non-Honor cousins. At first ...

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    OpenSignal has another report out today that places US networks firmly in the "needs improvement" category. It announced in its global State of LTE report for the last quarter of 2015 that the US was ranked seventh in coverage and 55th in speeds. Average speeds across the five major networks (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon) come to 10Mbps while coverage stands at 81 percent of the country. This puts the country in line with Kuwaiti and Qatari carriers in terms of the composite picture. In the prime quadrant is Singapore, sixth in overall coverage (83 percent) and the ...

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    Apple thinks it has won. It won't let Samsung believe otherwise nor will it see to the Supreme Court considering so. In a brief in opposition against Samsung's lawyers' request for a hearing in Washington, Apple believes that the district court ruling on design patent infringement and the resulting damages aren't worthy of a SCOTUS review. Florian Mueller of FOSS Patents says in his analysis that Cupertino is backing its opposition with a lot of merit-based arguments, — arguments such as Samsung using its appeal to get away with what the district court ruled as patent infringement or ...

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook took a couple of hours to deliver the state of the company to his employees. Along with celebrating another fantastic holiday sales season, teasing the second office campus for a January 2017 ribbon-cutting, expanding employee benefits and more, Cook had some interesting outlooks for its mobile hardware and services. The executive said that the iPhone is the "greatest business of the future," perhaps for decades. Apple has made India its number one emerging market target with plans to bring official retail presence there. It will extend its presence in China as well. ...

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    The struggle to keep alive an underdog operating system in the mobile space is ever-present. Jolla is under immense financial stress partly because of that struggle.  It's one that's preventing Microsoft from going anywhere. Some companies, like HP, dare not to give it the time of day. However, Mozilla has actually succumbed to external forces and a change direction as it has gone ahead to tell developers that it will release one last update for Firefox OS for smartphones — version 2.6 expected around May. From that point, all staff involvement will be diverted to its renewed focus to ...

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