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    Verizon has painted the town a deeper shade of red. 461 cities and towns across the United States, to be precise. It has initiated LTE Advanced service at your nearest major metropolis and many roads that connect them to one another. All of this, Verizon says, without additional cost to the 288 million potential customers affected. Verizon says it has 39 LTE-A capable devices in its population and is actively selling 26 of them right now, dating back to the iPhone 6. If you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, a BlackBerry Priv or LG V10, you're all set. Several tablets also have LTE-A. Source: ...

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    Bokeh balls hint at the cap of Apple's iconographic motif on Apple's events page. When's the freshly scheduled event happening? September 7. Next Wednesday will be the day that Apple will likely debut the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as we've been calling them. The event, which will be livestreamed, will happen at 10am Pacific or 1pm Eastern. We also expect iOS 10 and various other Apple software platforms get finalized and announced for release and maybe even an Apple Watch 2 to be talked about. There are supposedly new MacBook Pro devices in the works, but they will be passed up for a ...

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    We heard some disappointing, but minor-impact news last week as Taiwanese manufacturer HTC had finally put a timeframe to when it would update its latest flagships with Android Nougat. Unfortunately, that target window for the One A9 completely misses the 15-day period promised when the phone had launched back last October. Perhaps the delay's been played out to favor a successor. VentureBeat's Evan Blass is reporting from a source that HTC will bring the One A9s to its product showcase before IFA 2016 on September 1. Yes, the phone that already looks like an iPhone 6 will look more like ...

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    A well-known and fairly reliable Weibo tech leaker has posted a list of potential specs for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. With the dogpile of previous rumors factored into account, we now have a more complete look at what will change and what will not from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. To the iPhone 7 first: it will be keeping the 4.7-inch screen size that's been inherited since the iPhone 6 while also keeping the 1334 x 750 resolution. The battery crops up to 1,960mAh, the most potential it has ever had. That should power the TSMC-made A10 processor, made on a 16nm FinFET process, ...

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    It seems T-Mobile’s newly implemented one-plan-fits-all “Un-carrier 12” strategy may have already backfired, but in an unusually prompt answer to customer criticism feedback, even for the always serviceable John Legere, Magenta decided to tweak the terms and conditions before the initial changes were enforced in the first place. As such, you can now look forward to unlimited 3G mobile hotspot data speeds, i.e. 512kbps, up a whopping 400 percent from what T-Mo originally had in mind. Granted, there’s still room for improvement, but at least “quick and decisive action” was indeed ...

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    Update: A tipster to us has been able to confirm that the below benchmark result is of an Elite variant of the Nubia Z11. We have updated our source link. Our original story is below. If you've been waiting for a compact car you'd want to buy, maybe keep on waiting until the hoverbike finally comes around. But man, if there's something you want to not be disappointed about, it's this yet-to-be filed spec dump for what we assume to be the Sony Xperia X Compact. Telefoonabonnement.nl, which has been picking up some great GFXBench logs early in the game, has caught this one as well. The ...

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    Instead of simply sending over-the-air Android 6.0 updates to their late 2015-released Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL phones running 5.1 out the box, MetroPCS and T-Mobile appear to have decided to pick up brand new Fierce 4 models. Available at the nation’s leading “Un-carrier” starting “this fall”, and up for grabs already at participating stores of T-Mo’s prepaid daughter operator, the Alcatel Fierce 4 however doesn’t feel very new. In fact, besides pre-loaded Marshmallow goodies, which should still make their way OTA to the Fierce XL ASAP, the fourth-gen phablet merely bumps ...

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    While Fitbit certainly knocked one out of the park when taking the wraps off its first “smart fitness watch”, the Blaze, which helped the global wearable king retain its crown and beat analyst estimates for both sales numbers and profits, the older, more basic Flex and Charge continued to contribute to the company’s stellar financials. Released way back in May 2013 and October 2014, the two entry-level activity trackers get their long overdue sequels today, though as suspected, the list of major changes is quite small. The Fitbit Flex 2 and Fitbit Charge 2 fortunately take a page ...

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    Today’s crowded global smartphone landscape continues to see many great rivalries unfold, the most captivating of which opposes Apple and Samsung. But a host of smaller OEMs, the vast majority based in China, are having their own interesting battles for fame, often prompting them to copy one another so as not to risk getting left behind. Case in point, Xiaomi recently went big (literally) with the relatively affordable 6.44-inch Mi Max, while Meizu apparently intends to follow suit exactly one week from today. September 5 is likely when an aptly (and unimaginatively) titled M3 Max will ...

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    Our expectations for Huawei’s pre-IFA product announcement event on Thursday probably need to be taken down a notch or two for them to still be “defied”, with the Nova series likely to fly solo to the capital city of Germany after all. Granted, it was a bit of a stretch to anticipate a (very) early September Mate 9 launch, considering the Mate 8, which continues to sell like hotcakes in the OEM’s homeland of China, barely saw daylight last November. A Huawei Mate S2, meanwhile, was always a safe IFA 2016 bet, seeing as how its prequel got unveiled at the same trade fair the year ...

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    It’s hard to get excited about the Android-powered Galaxy Tab S3 expected out at IFA later this week, considering the recent fall of traditional slates, and Samsung’s physical incapacity to substantially upgrade the Tab S2’s specs without greatly impacting retail prices. But a second-generation Galaxy TabPro S with Windows 10 sounds like an entirely different story, the largely praised original still leaving plenty of room for improvement. The routinely trustworthy folks over at SamMobile can already “confirm” a Galaxy TabPro S2 is scheduled for a commercial debut in the ...

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    If India doesn’t want them, America will probably take every last one of them, and ask for more. We’re talking of course about refurbished, aka pre-owned, iPhones, on sale today at Best Buy, no doubt in (extremely) limited quantities. Even more specifically, you’re looking at mint-condition, like-new iPhone SE units here, available for as little as $270 in a full range of snazzy paint jobs, with Verizon, AT&T and Sprint compatibility, as well as one-year warranties fulfilled by the retailer whose “Geek Squad” restored the devices to their original, out-the-box state. 270 ...

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    “Your key to success.” That cryptic, seemingly innocuous tagline accompanied the most recent Instagram upload of the official Microsoft Surface channel. The actual image posted on the social networking website appeared to show a dark-complexioned section of one of Redmond’s celebrated detachable keyboards, but surprise, surprise, no existing product fits the render 100 percent. Innocent Photoshop goof? We think not, and extremely credible sources confirm the illustration hails from an internal Microsoft “sizzler reel” purportedly containing various Surface Book 2 concepts. It’s ...

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    Apple’s surprising “computer like no other” iPad Pro advert from a few weeks ago seemed ill-advised off the bat on so many levels, sparking an immediate return of snarky Microsoft publicity stunts. But Redmond wasn’t content just knocking down the convertible iOS tablet’s half-baked PC functionality, now arguing its Surface line even “does more” than the most recent MacBook Air installments. And no, we’re not talking about the “ultimate” Surface Book laptop here, but the 2-in-1 Surface Pro 4 hybrid tab, which holds a clear versatility advantage over its 11 and 13-inch ...

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    Just seven days in, and we already know quite a lot about which phones should be getting upgraded to Android 7.0 in the relatively near future. It’s not all good news, we’re afraid, as the Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and other Snapdragon 800 and 801-powered devices may not be able to fully support Nougat treats. Meanwhile, a bunch of Nexuses have said their farewells to Marshmallow, and the LG V20 is still expected to see daylight as the first third-party product running build N out the box. On the US carrier front, T-Mobile is trying out a new approach, listing the three update phases ...

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    It seems that Intel has quickly become a darling with analysts seeking its involvement with Apple. This as there's an expected date of reckoning between it and one of Infiinite Loop's silicon goliaths. The chipset producer, one that recently began work on designs from ARM after proving unsuccessful with its own, is said to be pursuing Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's job providing Apple with its A-series mobile applications processors inside its iPhones and iPads. According to experts to the Nikkei Asian Review, this challenge could happen in the next two or three years. Prior ...

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    Nougaty goodness could be what's in store for those who also like their starch. We're talking about the company known to Google Translate as "millet," Xiaomi. It supposedly will be cranking out a smartphone called the Mi Note 2 soon with a big screen and more than enough ambition to call out the Galaxy Note 7's predecessor — because of course, the Mi Note 2 is going to be better than Samsung's Note 5, we're just not sure if we can match them head-to-head. Anyways, we have a Chinese-sourced benchmark that has a bunch of giveaways to take away about the Mi Note 2 — all of it with a grain ...

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    Two iterations of the Galaxy A series has brought some big specification bumps and some major edits as to what we should think of as an "mid-range" phone at a "mid-range" price. At the same time, though, there are several Chinese competitors we should also thank. We also observe that Samsung's entry-level projects have moved down from the C- and J-series to its Tizen phones. All that said, we're now looking at some new Galaxy A phones for next model year. SamMobile reports that the Galaxy A3 (2017), the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) will get their releases soon. They will all ...

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    Miami-based smartphone maker BLU has a new design up for its website. Well, at least the homepage — the rest of the sections still need a brush up from 2014. But their section listing now differs a bit from its still accessible old design. Android phones, feature phones, but no Windows phones. That's despite that BLU currently touts four devices for Microsoft's platform, including the Win Jr LTE which was billed to get a Windows 10 Mobile update, but ended up not getting it. Considering that top-selling Windows mobile devices these days are pretty much all first-party ones and that ...

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    Both the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S5 Active on AT&T have gotten their Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow updates this weekend. The build is MMB29M and has the August 1 security patch level. The OTA weighs in at just a tad over 900MB for the S5 Active and about 945MB — give or take — for the regular Galaxy S5. About a week from today, it'll be 11 months since images of Android Marshmallow were released for the Nexus devices. Source: AT&T (1, 2) Via: Android Police (1, 2)

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    It's time to talk about Frank Ocean. As much as we've been putting it off, the release of "Blonde" (or "Blond" if you take it from the album art) has posed several challenges to the music and streaming industry. For one, Ocean broke off ties with Universal Music Group's Def Jam label after supposedly fulfilling his contract with the "Endless" visual album released exclusively to Apple Music the day before "Blonde" came out. Sources to The New York Times say that UMG is beginning to limit exclusivity deals with digital streaming services — though we aren't sure if Ocean left because of ...

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    As tired as Apple can get this season for keeping its update pace quite high for the public betas of iOS 10 and macOS and the developer betas of the whole kit and kaboodle, it's important to keep in mind that the software engineers in Cupertino are juggling so many balls at once. Recent stories have made that apparent like Barbara Streisand requesting to Tim Cook that Siri pronounce her name correctly. There was also that patch for three major vulnerabilities from a malware creator serving governments called NSO Group. And don't forget about Apple's wannabe Snapchat project and all of its ...

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    Words from Samsung executives teasing the media about a "possible," "potential," "may or may not happen" Galaxy Note 7 in China with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage have fallen through. At least, for now. Samsung opened up pre-orders today for the Galaxy Note 7. Like everyone else's, it has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and no superiority over the rest of our Snapdragon 820 Note 7 units whatsoever. No, even China won't be getting the Exynos 8890. Shipments start heading out late on September 1. There are some pre-sales freebies, too, like a some OTG storage and a rebate on Level Over ...

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    Apple Music might have been the first and brightest service enterprise that Infinite Loop has undertaken in a while, but if what's being said by insiders is true, Apple could be making a competing app to Snapchat and Instagram from scratch. That's the word as told to Bloomberg. iPhones and iPads will get new software features in addition to the debut of the new app. Video messaging app Snapchat has 150 million daily active users who spend half an hour every day on it. Instagram, which recently launched a video timeline feature based on Snapchat's, also takes up a major chunk of time. ...

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    There's another Snapdragon 820 device from HTC just beginning to make the rounds on GFXBench. We already think that the Nexus devices will get Android 7.1 before they launch, though. So, what's this thing with Android 6.0.1? Perhaps the Desire 10 Pro? It seems like it. It  has all the typical trimmings: 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 12-megapixel camera on the back with a 5-megapixel front facer. But is that quad HD screen really at 5.1 inches? The Desire 10 Lifestyle has been rumored to receive a 5.5-inch 720p panel. Maybe the Pro version will be more faithful to the OG 10? One thing ...

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