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    The "Nexus" brand, and products from this Google line-up, have come a long way, become consumer devices from initial developer gadgets. Past and current iterations have become more and more popular, being made by LG and Huawei, but rumor has it that we'll be seeing one or two HTC Nexus devices this year. Codenames have been discovered in Chromium code (Marlin and Sailfish), and word on the street is that the Taiwanese company's collaboration with Google will not be limited to only 2016 HTC Nexus devices. A three-year deal has been allegedly inked, but we're still waiting for some sort of ...

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    Two months after Honor's US account even hinted at Android Marshmallow coming to the Honor 5X, it is finally coming. But as far as we know, it's not coming to the US. Instead, the update will go to international models, or at least models in India with model number KIW-L22. The OTA is rolling out right now, but there is a .zip file you can load in if you have the proper 5X. It's the download link below. Android 6.0 will be below EMUI 4.0. Download: Update Source: Mobipicker Via: GSMArena

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    If Best Buy can pull of an iPhone-Apple Watch bundle like it has, then maybe Motorola can work its magic with one of its periodic savings blast. In fact, this deal is essentially the same deal as this one, right there, from earlier this very month — but without the need for promo codes and all that jazz. The Moto 360 Sport can be yours for free with the purchase of a Moto X Pure Edition. Well, you'll need to bump up the storage to 64GB, but even then, we're talking about what the Moto X was originally priced at when it was released — $399.99. You have up through June 28 at noon Eastern ...

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    Google may be too big for its own good. It has an easy time of making friends, but a hard time keeping them. Samsung has its own operating system almost ready to go if and when Android seems too heavy an option to keep pursuing. According to three sources tipping off The Information, it seems that Huawei has its plans, too. Besides developing EMUI 5.0 on top of Android with the talents of designer Abigail Brody, formerly of Apple, it has been working on its own organic software with a team from Scandinavia that includes former Nokia employees. This is all just in case Google decided to ...

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    T-Mobile's zero-rated video streaming scheme, Binge On, has been a controversial one. It recently hasn't been, but the debate over its conformity to net neutrality may get renewed with research from Northeastern University. Scholars reverse-engineered how the program worked and published their findings in a report called "BingeOn Under the Microscope: Understanding T-Mobile's Zero-Rating Implementation". The paper splayed the program's nuanced policies out, many of which were not publicized through the study period. "They are available now, but much remains largely hidden to the average ...

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    Apple is clearly in the spotlight after the whole iPhone 5c San Bernardino case, and as much as the company fought back and won, the fact that the FBI was able to find purchase a walk around says a lot about the money-driven iOS exploit market. It's clear that it exists, and it does work, so why on earth would Apple make things any easier? Well, here's the thing, iOS 10 beta is confirmed to have launched with an unencrypted kernel, something which is so un like Apple. Not all is lost though as security experts claim that the release does include a security measure that protects Apple's ...

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    Sure, there's nothing wrong with reading on a tablet, unless you're like some of us that prefer the feel of a real book. For that in particular, I'm always inclined to recommend a Kindle, mainly because it nails a ton of the peace of mind you look for in a book, like a glare-free experience, enough power to read for weeks, etc. If you want to give a Kindle a try, Amazon just made some changes. The company has just announced a revamp to its entry level Kindle. It doesn't really change much when it comes to design, with the exception of offering a white model along with the typical black ...

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    Close to nine months after its release, Android Marshmallow has finally come to a pair of major autumn-side Samsung phones on America's number two carrier. The Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ on AT&T are getting over-the-air updates for Android 6.0.1. The packages include AT&T's Video Call feature plus all the typical add-ons and up the build version to  MMB29K.G928AUCU2BPE6.  There are different OTAs for those on firmware from March 3 and those on the May 26 build, but they size up to about 1.36GB either way. Source: AT&T (1, 2)

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    US retailers are stocking up on the Samsung Gear 360, but it's not due for a release until sometime in the fall. At least, that's what B&H Photo says on its site. So, what's taking so long? How much is it going to be? And why the special treatment? Samsung won't tell us much, but it did confirm to Phandroid that we'll see the virtual reality camera sell for $350 and that there will be some stock going on at the online video festival VidCon this week in Anaheim, California. It's there that the company will take the opportunity to sell creators on its cameras and get its software lined ...

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    Whether its leaked schematics, photography, or even official renders of a device, we always have to clarify the look and feel of a device when doing reviews, mainly because photos don't always do a product justice. Devices like the Galaxy S7 Active may look like a beast in photos, but that's a different story once held or seen live. 3D render videos also help this to a certain degree, and if you're curious about the Galaxy Note 7, here's one. Techconfigurations just put together a very useful 3D render video that it claims to be based on live images of the Galaxy Note 7. It's hard to ...

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    Surely getting a Google Nexus device is a sure guarantee to getting the latest and greatest version of Android, but ever since the launch of the old Galaxy Nexus back in the day, we know that won't last for ever. Google doesn't really guarantee that all its legacy Nexus devices will receive the latest version for ever, and today we learn just how close you are to being pushed out. Google's support website has now begun listing the dates for end-of-life of its Nexus devices, and the picture is not really pretty. Yes, you'll be entitled to at least three years of security patches, curtesy of ...

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    One of the factors of most iPhone releases that we take for granted is the pricing. The new 16GB model comes in at $649 and basically every other variant tacks on some multiple of $100 to the price. But with rumors of an iPhone 7 Pro getting into the product mix this year and improved storage options to boot, there's some question as to how SRP's going to work out this year. A Weibo leaker is claiming to have the answers from a mile out of launch time with a complication in each model's storage situation. Apparently, the iPhone 7 will have models with 32GB, 64GB or 256GB of storage. Both ...

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    The Galaxy Note lineup went through some dramatic and polarizing changes in 2015, up to the point where many even debated if it was a worthy successor to the tradition of "large and in charge." As a result, we do know that Samsung is planning ways to differentiate this new Note from its predecessor, even by jumping numbers from 5 to 7. Today we learn that it might also push improvements on its roots. Sources claim that the new Note 7 will offer a larger 5.8-inch QHD dual-edged curved Super AMOLED display. It falls in line with the rumors we heard yesterday, but size wasn't mentioned then. ...

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    Another week, another major tech acquisition — this time spanning across the globe. Japanese telco Softbank is selling its 84 percent stake in Finnish mobile games maker Supercell. Chinese multimedia company Tencent will acquire the stake for up to $8.57 billion. The deal is expected to close next quarter. Softbank is going through a period of transition after years of losses and its CEO, Nikesh Arora, resigned this week. Softbank founder and replacement CEO Masayoshi Son has a $55 billion stake of Tencent. That company is looking to expand its lucrative gaming portfolio after picking ...

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    Batteries are fussy. They can charge fast. Real fast. And for too long, too. That's what makes them go "sizzle." Or, worse yet, "boom." They can charge slowly. Real slowly. Like, when you absolutely, absolutely need power before you hop on the bus in three minutes and your phone still says two percent. One thing for sure is that they can only last for so long. And batteries deteriorate faster the hotter they get. Sony's thinking of doing something about it with an additional feature to its Marshmallow AOSP beta firmware for the Xperia Z2 and Z3 called "Soft Charging." It's a simple ...

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    Back in March 2015, HTC shuffled around some executives, or at least that's what we've been told. Peter Chou, HTC's CEO at the time took a step back and his position was filled by Cher Wang, at the time, Chairman and co-founder. HTC said that Peter Chou “will transition to a strategic new role leading future product innovation”. However, in reality, looks like Peter Chou left HTC. He has joined Digital Domain as an executive director at the end of August 2015, and is now chairman of the Hong Kong-based company. HTC has confirmed its departure, says DigiTimes, however, mentioning ...

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    In the nebulous of smartphone manufacturers that is China, there's always one brand trying to be the same as Apple, another trying to be different and one more trying to be the same as everyone else. Take BBK, for instance. It owns the OPPO and vivo brands and is strongly connected to the OnePlus brand. The company has a massive presence in the consumer market. What it might want to do next is tailor its craft for the education industry. Enter this teaser poster that connects the BBK name and its 20 years of expertise in the education business to a new name: imoo. And apparently, what we ...

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    The entire Sony Xperia X line-up is ready for pre-orders in the US, and the timing is right, as we've just recently wrapped up our Xperia X review (we'll also shortly review the flagship X Performance). Foxconn and Arima were the companies building some previous Sony smartphones in São Paulo, but Sony has decided to stop manufacturing smartphones in Brazil. The decision has been confirmed by Sony's marketing director Ana Peretti, and the reasons behind it are purely financial, as Brazil has put an end of tax exemptions concerning smartphones produced locally. The new Xperia X Sony ...

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    Is it still worth even thinking about buying the Lumia 950 or the Lumia 950 XL at this point? Or might you be interested in a Surface Phone? Whatever the case, Microsoft's still re-offering this deal to the US and Canada anyway, so you might as well take heed and think about it. If you decide to get a Microsoft Lumia 950 XL from the Microsoft Store for $649 (or $849 up north), you'll get a black Lumia 950 for free. Both devices are unlocked and set for your local GSM networks. The deal is good until June 27 or next Monday. To maximize the savings, you can get a free year of Office 365 ...

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    The BlackBerry Priv clearly made a ton of headlines since launch for two very specific things. The first was obviously the fact that it was BlackBerry's approach to Android, and a very decent one indeed. The other was because of its crazy $700 price tag. That has actually changed over time, but now it has hit an all-time low. If you're in the market for a BlackBerry Priv, the AT&T unit is currently offered for $299 on eBay. Yes, we know the title says that this is an unlocked unit, but that's because the seller will actually include the unlock code in the box. Getting any flagship ...

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    The amount of rumors surrounding the Galaxy Note 7 is staggering. From new software features with Samsung Focus, to the possibility of new glowing notification tweaks, it seems Samsung is pushing hard for this phone to be different from the Galaxy S7. The rumors include the possibility of an Edge variant, but even that could change dramatically. The Korea Herald reports that we might not get two variants, just one, and that it'll be the Edge variant. The reasons for this are not really mentioned, but given the popularity of every single Edge variant that Samsung has launched since last ...

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    The OnePlus 3 was put on a leash with its six hearty gigabytes memorizing fewer apps than it was capable of in an effort to be power-efficient. As a result, we learned that it wasn't as fast as it could be loading and keeping open apps and games when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. XDA dug in to figure out a tweak that could radically change how the OnePlus 3 handled its RAM. One switch in a string of code later, what else would switch? C4ETech did the initial speedtest comparison and has done another with the tweak turned on. Spoiler alert, the OnePlus 3 has the S7 edge by a ...

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    It's been three Tuesdays and not one of them has passed by for the Un-carrier without some sort of brouhaha. T-Mobile's dealing with an ailment of its own corporate goodwill and it all has to do with perks, perks and more perks And none of them could be given away. T-Mobile Tuesdays is experiencing very high volumes right now. Hang tight and thanks for being patient. — T-Mobile (@TMobile) June 21, 2016 The T-Mobile Tuesdays app suffered another server stress-out as customers tried to connect to promo codes for a free Frosty from Wendy's, some free Major League Baseball merch, a free ...

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    Sony hasn't necessarily re-invented anything with the Xperia X, and that's mainly because instead of following the trend of the Xperia Z lineup, it seems the X was more of a re-boot with a few steps back. It's not a bad phone by any means, on the contrary, and we do know that Sony does have a following in many regions. If you've been waiting for it to reach the US, we've got news. Pre-orders have just begun in the US for the full Sony Xperia X lineup, meaning the Xperia X, X Performance, XA, and XA Ultra. When it comes to the price tags, the Xperia X will retail for $549.99, the Xperia XA ...

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    iOS 10 and macOS Sierra are Cupertino's latest batch of changes to emerge over the next few months. Some of us even believe that these are the best improvements we've seen come from Apple in a very long time. The company's photos app is seeing major changes, but some code information reveals just how major. Reddit user vista980622 recently dissected a few code strings from within the app that reveal that the service is now capable of detecting a whopping 4,432 searchable objects, and up to 7 facial expressions as well. Siri Intelligence was mentioned as being a big deal in terms of how ...

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