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    It looks like activity tracker pioneer and wearable market leader Fitbit has much more important things to worry about than declining profits and prospectively stagnating sales, as a class action lawsuit filed a few months ago may end up greatly harming the company’s reputation. We’re probably way past the silently settling phase too, with a lot of fingers pointed at the Charge HR, Surge and Blaze for erratically and imprecisely monitoring heart rate information which can “pose a danger to not only the clinical population, but those population of individuals who may not know that ...

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    How badly do you want to see a truly compact Android powerhouse take on and perhaps tower above Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE? Badly enough that you’re willing to settle for a diminutive flagship from a tier 2 manufacturer like Alcatel, since there’s no reported movement on the Samsung Galaxy S7 mini or HTC 10 mini fronts? If yes, then you should be happy to check out the high-end (-ish) specifications of an upcoming Alcatel Flash 3, revealed through GFX Bench just the other day. Unfortunately, this bad boy isn’t quite as small as some of you would desire, directly targeting the Sony ...

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    The LG G5, by itself, is one of the top smartphones to look for this year. But it's not just the speedy internals, great camera, and all around performance that make this phone interesting; when the company first introduced the G5 at the 2016 MWC, LG also went the extra mile in doing what many have called the first modular smartphone. You can agree or disagree at will, but the LG G5 Friends further enhance the user experience by adding more functionality to the phone. These LG G5 Friends companion devices are finally available in the US. They're the LG CAM Plus (adding functionality to ...

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    The same lawmaker that had the state of Utah recognize that pornography is a public health crisis is back at it. This time, Senator Todd Weiler is working on three bills that would force Utahns to opt-in to access X-rated materials online. Some of them would require filters be installed onto smartphones and tablets. // 0&&(d-=1)}),s.on("internal-error",function(t){i("ierr",[t,(new Date).getTime(),!0])})},{}],3:[function(t,e,n){t("loader").features.ins=!0},{}],4:[function(t,e,n){function r(t){}if(window.performance&&window.performance.timing&&window.performance.getEntriesByType){var ...

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    Talking about making Windows 10 mobile — with a lower-case "m". Instead of NUCs or stick computers, why not have a fully operable interface open up right from your thoroughly stuffed pocket? That's what the GOLE1 looks to provide. The Indiegogo project — put up by ARMdevices.net from Shenzhen — touts the device as the "smallest All-in-One Intel PC in the world". With X and Y measurements comparable to a phablet and a thickness of 2cm, we'd say that if it weren't "the smallest," it'd have to come within a hare's breath. Both Windows 10 Home and Android 5.1 are said to be on the device ...

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    The Nexus Player is done. It's been done at many retailers for the past few months, but it's especially done now as the Google Store has stopped selling it. In fact, the product page doesn't exist anymore — the link that would take you there redirects to the Google Store's TV & Audio section. Ironically, the Nexus Player remains on the header image for the page as of this post. The Nexus Player was Google's first start into its Android TV system that allowed content to be played on a larger screen without relying heavily on an Android phone's resources. A few TV and set-top box ...

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    Update: Samsung released a follow-up statement which we picked up from Engadget: "We disagree with Fast Company's interpretation. Samsung has not made any announcement concerning Android Wear and we have not changed our commitment to any of our platforms." The company did not confirm anything about a new Android Wear device currently in the works. We should point out that Fast Company did not name the "executives" it got this information from. Our original story is below. Samsung was a launch partner with Google in bringing out one of a few Android Wear smartwatches back in 2014. But ...

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    With Amazon's runaway pace found in Alexa and the products based on that service, the voice assistant has gotten very popular with other tech companies. Google Assistant (and Google Home) and Microsoft's army of bots are on their way for the future. If Apple announces its own measure, it will be the last to do so at this year's WWDC. The Information reports that Apple will indeed be opening up Siri with an SDK and announcing an Echo competitor at the conference. Siri will likely hook onto Apple's existing services such as iCloud, HomeKit, HealthKit (we think the company will find a way ...

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    It's unusual to see a Chinese firm sue other companies for stealing their unique designs — partly because those other companies copy each other at rapid pace that you can't really tell who came up with what in the first place. It's mostly due to loose regulations in the country guiding intellectual property. But it's Huawei suing Korean manufacturer Samsung in both the US and China with claims that the chaebol hasn't been paying up for patents covering 4G technology, operating systems and user interfaces. Shenzhen is still willing to negotiate licensing terms if the chaebol comes to the ...

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    The last thing you think of when you hear about a "modular smartphone" would be Apple. It's not Project Ara, it's not PuzzlePhone, it's not even a Fairphone. An iPhone is all about what's on the phone and the accessories you can get for it. Well, case maker OtterBox has an idea of what accessories you'll want to get for your iPhone and it starts with its uniVERSE case. The uniVERSE case supports the current and last generations of iPhones and can plug into a whole bunch of third-party attachments made by SanDisk, olloclip, Square and many others. You can pop an extended battery in through ...

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    Twitter is not increasing its character limit to 10,000 — that got people complaining. But the company's still going to make it easier to fit more into the 140 limit we all have. Senior Product Manager Todd Sherman has posted onto Twitter's blog the main changes that we should see "over the coming months". The biggest change is that media attachments, polls and links will not count towards the character limit — they currently count for 24 characters each. @name callouts will also be off the limit. Replies as part of closed conversations you're involved in — they lead off with @name ...

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    Apple isn't a startup, but CEO Tim Cook took the time to share his thoughts with blooming entrepreneurs at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today. Part of the talk was dedicated to shutting down rumors that pointed to the electronics titan would head into the wireless business once and for all. At a talk hosted by former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes, Cook furthered a previous denial about an Apple MVNO effort: Our expertise doesn’t extend to the network. We’ve worked with AT&T in the US, O2 in the UK, as well as T-Mobile and Orange, and we expanded as we learned more. But ...

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    We know that the OnePlus 3 will get an out-of-this-world purchase experience and a decent 8-megapixel selfie camera. We think we know that it has a 20W charging solution that may get branded as "Dash Charge". And we just haven't been sure about some other rumors, predicated on the phone's model name — a combination of the word "RAIN" and the alphanumeric combo "A3000". Well, Evan Blass was able to source some information about the phone as well as a screenshot of what this thing runs. OnePlus 3 basics: 5.5-inch 1080p, Snapdragon 820, 64GB storage, 16MP rear camera, NFC. SS from an N ...

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    Is it already too late for the first ever Windows 10 Mobile flagships to break the flagging OS into the mainstream scene? It sure seems like it, and it certainly doesn’t help that Microsoft’s software focus is directed elsewhere, and the high-end Lumia device family might as well be dead, with a business-centric Surface Phone the only Lumia 950/950 XL “sequel” you can probably root for. That being said, the next few months will likely see 950-series pricing absolutely collapse, starting today with a $150 XL discount offered stateside and up north. Don’t pay any attention to the ...

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    While we’re certainly a little disappointed to see Pebble once again ask its fans for financial support before commercially launching a new product (or three), the advancements of the Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches guarantee them a spot in the same league as most Android Wear heavyweights, making everything else feel irrelevant. Both the Pebble Time 2 and Pebble 2 feature 24/7 heart rate monitors, built-in microphones, activity and sleep tracking, water resistance up to 30 meters, and multi-day battery life. Oddly enough, although the Pebble 2 seems to sport the smaller, more frugal ...

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    The online teasing games for the next “flagship killer” from equal parts popular and controversial smartphone manufacturer OnePlus are far from over, with CEO Pete Lau joining co-founder Carl Pei in dropping vague hints about very important things or much more specific details on less paramount features. What we know for sure about the upcoming OnePlus 3 is a select group of early Loop VR headset adopters will be able to buy the handheld before anyone else in virtual space, and that it supposedly feels great in the hand. The 5 or 5.5-incher could launch like any other phone in the ...

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    It’s been roughly a month and a half since Sprint surprised its older, more devoted customers with an unusually early OS promotion to Android 6.0 for the ancient Galaxy S5 and S5 Sport, and at long last, T-Mobile follows the Now Network’s suit today. Of course, Magenta can’t update the GS5 Sport, seeing as how it never carried such a model of Samsung’s spring 2014 flagship, instead “only” sending Marshmallow goodies over-the-air to the standard Galaxy S5 version. The one made entirely of plastic, not metal or glass, with no rubber around its edges, but protected against water ...

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    As hard as Samsung’s many US retailer and carrier partners might be trying to make the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge feel affordable with frequent BOGO deals, various freebies and outright discounts, these remain fairly prohibitive buys for some Android enthusiasts on tighter budgets. Outdoorsy folks probably feared things would get even worse as far as the Galaxy S7 Active was concerned, seeing as how AT&T is once again rumored to win exclusive rights to sell the rugged flagship, and a massive battery will almost certainly be squeezed into the 185-gram 5.1-inch package. But Ma Bell inserted ...

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    While it was fairly easy to overlook some of Google’s lower-key I/O 2016 announcements and demos of experimental technologies not yet ready for primetime during the actual jam-packed conference, now that the event is in the past we almost have to talk about things like Project Soli and Abacus. Abacus, as some of you might recall, is the provisional name given to an Android security-modifying initiative that’s both captivating and controversial, getting its first public showing at last year’s I/O, and evolving greatly in the past 12 months. In fact, this “project” is so close to ...

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    Another day, another irresistible Samsung Galaxy S7 deal… or two. Best Buy isn’t content just catering to bargain hunters willing to sign up to a Verizon, AT&T or Sprint contract, lease or device installment plan, also upping the discount ante today for folks looking to get payment out of the way right off the bat. Why commit to a single carrier for a couple of years, and torment yourself with monthly fees when you can cough up as little as $450 upfront, and be free to switch networks at will, or resell your phone sans worrying about upgrade eligibility? The catch here is 450 bucks ...

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    While Sony appears to be seriously considering the retirement of its mid-range Xperia C and M smartphone families after the high-end Z lineup “reached its culmination”, the entry-level E roster isn’t going anywhere. We suspected as much roughly a month ago, when a mysterious low to mid-end F3311 model was benchmarked, and Russian customs basically attached a name tag to the cryptic letter-and-digit combination just 24 hours ago. Now Sony is ready to drop the act, and officially preview the Xperia E5, described as “eager, effortless, and easy on the eye” on Facebook, as well as ...

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    Going from zero to 13 million in less than a year is certainly remarkable, even by Apple’s standards, but the hottest, hippest audio streaming service out there still lags massively behind market veteran and undisputed heavyweight champ Spotify in terms of paid subscribers. Of course, in order to continue to resist the mounting Apple Music challenge, the 2008-launched freemium app for your phones, tablets and desktops can’t afford any missteps as far as pricing goes. Thankfully, Spotify realized just that, and taking a page from both Cupertino and Google’s playbooks, it finally ...

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    It’s not only China that should make Apple investors nervous on the heels of a steep Q1 decline in global iPhone sales, as the world’s most profitable corporation seems to have little room for growth in many Western markets as well, while a few emerging ones aren’t warming up to costly iDevices yet. India in particular feels like a major concern for CEO Tim Cook, who visited the country for the first time last week to chiefly try to persuade Prime Minister Narendra Modi into giving refurbished iPhones his blessing. That reportedly didn’t work out so well, as the Indian government ...

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    iPad Pro owners must be really suffering from the iOS 9.3.2 bug right now as they'd really appreciate a little development like this one. The first beta for iOS 9.3.3 came out today, but developer Luca Tedesco claims on Twitter that he was able to slap on Cydia in a snap. Well, that was a breakneck jailbreak. plz send moar hate pic.twitter.com/A0FgrlSiqK — qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) May 23, 2016 Tedesco had previously cracked open iOS 9.3, but did not make his beta version public. Just like he did for iOS 9.2.1. We expect that his request for "moar hate" will keep this jailbreak ...

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    Sony's going through with its Europe distribution plan of its new Xperia X smartphones. It recently added the Xperia XA Ultra, a camera-ful little phone, into that plan. We're now seeing that the Japanese manufacturer is setting that device into pre-order motion as well as UK site Unlocked Mobiles has the phone available for £298.98 with shipments starting June 27. Britons can get the Xperia XA direct from Sony for £239 with boxes out the door beginning June 20. Where's the £60 difference? An extra gig of RAM, a larger screen with better resolution and double the selfie cam ...

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