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    Even though the “Lite” version of Huawei’s latest flagship phone was rumored to discard the key dual rear camera selling point, its other specifications made it pretty weird that a formal announcement was put on hold all this time. But as it turns out, the P9 Lite will not ultimately be branded that way, at least in China, where it’s just been officially unveiled as the Huawei G9. Similar to how the GX8 strongly resembles the ultra-low-cost Honor 5X, this G9 is almost an exact replica of the Honor 5C, with a much higher price tag for some reason. Namely, 1,700 Yuan, or around $260, ...

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    In the grand scheme of the tech industry, conventional Android-running tablets have stopped being relevant a while ago. But Samsung isn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet, as it continues to diversify its jumbo-sized gadget portfolio instead of streamlining or rescinding it altogether. Unfortunately, the Galaxy View merely made headlines with its weirdness of late, while the Tab E, Tab A (2016) and rehashed Tab S2 went largely unnoticed as they tackled different little portions of the world Samsung easily controls when it comes to smartphones. Now the 8-inch Galaxy Tab E spreads its ...

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    After listing Steve Jobs among the 100 most influential people in the American world five times, and then Tim Cook thrice, including this year, news magazine Time just bestowed the ultimate honor upon the trend-setting, history-changing and money-making juggernaut that is Apple. Credited for ushering in a “new era of flat, touchscreen phones with buttons that appeared on screen as you needed them”, the iPhone has been named the most influential gadget of all time. It wasn’t the world’s first smartphone, but it paved the way for a “family of very successful products” that ...

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    If you're the odd Droid out in one of those iMessage circles, you're probably carrying one more reason to switch over to an iPhone or are desperately looking for an app to fix this issue. Well, developer Eric Chee may have you covered here. At least, part of the way there. You'll need a Mac to route messages from your iCloud account over to your phone and you'll also need to jump through a few more hoops like setting up a couple of projects in the IntelliJ IDE and changing values around. And even after you've successfully executed all the string changes you need, you'll still only have a ...

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    Okay, so do you have an iPad Pro? With an Apple Pencil? You might want to be on the lookout for a new Apple Pencil that can act as a flashlight, a camera, an eyedropper or paintbrush tool or even an actual pencil — but all of it smarter. It's only a possibility, but Cupertino may be up to the challenge of making such a pencil as it has a patent for it, dating back all the way to 2012. Sure, with such tiny tips, fiddly handling could be expected. In fact, the lack of elegance in the whole act doesn't sound like something Apple would promote. But perhaps a beautiful accessory deserves ...

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    In a bit of hubris, one Weibo user has decided to put out either conjecture or inside dirt about the Galaxy Note 6. It's been framed as a leak since the user has been putting out some convincing material — including what are supposedly press renders of the Honor 5C — but don't be taken back if any of this comes up false. To brass tacks: we're talking about the fabled Snapdragon 823 processor working its magic with 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. A 4,200mAh battery should be powering a 5.8-inch screen (the leaker doesn't say, but we can assume it'll be the usual quad HD OLED ...

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    Finnish start-up Jolla announced that it was able to secure $12 million in its third funding round. It was dispersed an undisclosed portion of the money when the round closed in December, but received the rest only now. It could've used the money in November. But the company wasn't able to close the funding round in time and thus, failed to fully mass-produce its crowdfunded tablet. It is in the midst of a massive refund process, the first round of which should go on through this month. Jolla is adamant to sticking with its timeline, one that sees the remaining backers getting their ...

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    Android distribution numbers are out for the previous month and it seems like platform stratification has started to unwind just a bit. Out of the 11 APIs recognized, seven lost share while Marshmallow was the only version of the OS to grow in share. Lollipop is still the largest contingent in the space with 35.6 percent of the pie while KitKat, experiencing the largest loss for the month, is holding onto second place with 32.5 percent share. Marshmallow is still behind the 20.1 percent that Jelly Bean, but it ate up all of the other versions' losses with a near 3 point gain to 7.5 ...

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    Overland Park eked out operating income for the quarter and is back in the black for the first fiscal year in nine. Operating income at Sprint for fiscal Q4 was at $8 million, far short of the $318 million it made the same time a year ago. But the four quarters combined have produced a positive result for the company, up $310 million. It still posted a net loss of $554 million for the year after accounting and taxes go through. Service revenue has been consistently falling for at least the past eight quarters, though equipment revenue has been up sequentially during the year. Part of that ...

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    Backers to the Nextbit Robin Kickstarter project were able to get an early bird unit for $299. Now, after just making its first splash on Amazon, the device will be on discount once again. While Nextbit itself will continue selling its device direct to you for $399, Amazon buyers will be able to get it for $299 starting from tomorrow, May 4, up through May 10. We assume supplies will be limited, but then again, a phone centered heavily on a cloud storage concept may be one of those things where you'll either be in or out right away. But then again again, with frequent software updates and ...

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    Of course the CEO of Apple would hype up a market-leading product that it makes. That's part of his job. But Fitbit's CEO isn't having any of it. Let's rewind back to yesterday when Tim Cook appeared on CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer. In the face of investors calling it a day for Apple's dominance, Cook insisted that they're all missing a point about what the company does with its products. Customers love Apple products. And the relationship doesn't stop with Apple when you buy an iPhone. It continues — you might buy apps across the App Store, you might subscribe to Apple Music, you ...

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    Chinese manufacturers have trended away from Apple and more towards Samsung in terms of smartphone design. With the Xiaomi Mi 5's fit and finish taking more inspiration from the Galaxy S7 and the Vivo Xplay 5 flat-out going S7 edge, the rumor machine has been giving hints to more of these double-curved display devices coming soon. One Weibo user is reporting that Xiaomi and Huawei are working on such phones with the former's possibly taking on the "Mi Edge" name and the latter's likely flowing with "Mate Edge." Original, right? Here's the rub: Xiaomi is apparently turning to LG Display for ...

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    You don’t need to be a financial analyst or pundit to tell, based on common sense and elementary math, that a company posting quarterly revenue of over $50 billion and $10.5 billion net profits in today’s economic climate is doing pretty darn well by any standards. That’s the main, straightforward point Apple CEO Tim Cook tried to get across in an extensive interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer for the finance TV talk show “Mad Money” on Monday following a “huge overreaction” by Wall Street in the wake of Cupertino’s latest earnings call. Cook even took the time to highlight ...

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    If you’ve started to find Samsung’s alphabet soup of entry-level and mid-range phones pretty much as confusing as the company’s old product lineup and its respective branding, it seems as though the market-leading OEM has similar issues keeping track of A or J-series releases. Case in point, the upcoming Galaxy J2 (2016), aka SM-J210, benchmarked through AnTuTu, GFX Bench and Geekbench with specs reminiscent of the J3 (2016) that barely saw daylight last fall in China, this January on CDMA US carriers, and a couple of weeks back on Amazon stateside. But reminiscent actually feels ...

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    Those of you who love surprises and hate having leaksters, tipsters, insiders and industry analysts reveal every little thing about every new high-profile gadget well in advance of their actual formal announcements should be happy to see so many iPhone 7 puzzle pieces still missing. It’s possible Apple will take the wraps off the follow-up duo to the 6s and 6s Plus as early as August, and yet even the move away from a 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t set in stone for the time being. It sure seemed so, but a fresh and semi-credible supply chain leak changes everything, starring some ...

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    Part of the outstanding buzz surrounding OnePlus phones a while ago seems to have ironically fizzled out as marketing controversy died down and invite-based sales gradually transitioned towards normal, open practices. The device manufacturer was probably not among the world’s top ten in shipment figures last year, as it no doubt hoped, and both domestically and internationally, brands like Huawei, OPPO, Vivo or Meizu appear to be growing at a much faster pace. In response, OnePlus reportedly plans to do what it knows best in a few weeks, unveiling yet another ridiculously affordable ...

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    Despite arriving to the Android Wear party a little late, and boldly going for Apple Watch’s jugular with similarly extravagant pricing, the Huawei Watch didn’t take long to develop a cult following of sorts. Still, many prospective buyers held off waiting for discounts and bundle deals, which have become rather frequent recently. Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg are currently selling a number of 42mm configurations at probably their lowest tags yet, with stainless steel frames and various finishes, colors and band types. Of course, the black suture leather strapped model remains the most ...

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    It’s only been a little over two months since Xiaomi’s first big 2016 product introduction event, and although the Mi 5 and Mi 4S phones remain largely exclusive to Chinese shores, the Android OEM cooks up another shindig, this time in Beijing, to take the wraps off a couple extra high-profile gadgets. Well, on paper, the Mi Max or just Max phablet and Mi Band 2 activity tracker look slightly lower-profile than the Mi 5 flagship handheld, but then again, the reimagined wearable is likely to roll out worldwide and match or perhaps exceed its predecessor’s mind-blowing sales numbers. ...

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    While many iFans might deem the aftermath of Apple’s latest earnings call a massive overreaction from people habituated to making easy money without taking risks, the signs that suggest the Cupertino juggernaut will not return to form anytime soon continue to pile up. The iPhone 7 is still a little ways down the road, the OG Apple Watch can only maintain sales momentum with profit margin-shrinking discounts, and the iPhone SE simply doesn’t look like a mainstream blockbuster. Thus, you shouldn’t be shocked to hear market researchers and “sources from Taiwan’s handset supply ...

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    Water resistance, ubiquitous Samsung Pay support, and a phenomenal camera. Those are just three of the Galaxy S7’s major selling points, and although they’ve been highlighted before in TV ads and various other publicity stunts (one in particular), there’s no such thing as trying too hard to stay ahead of the fast-growing competition. Well, there is, but as it so happens, Samsung’s three latest 60-second-or-less commercials effortlessly manage to be charming, adorable and effective. All without a single celebrity cameo. What’s a little sad is, with wasteful Lil Wayne and chill ...

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    Gone are the days HTC’s Android smartphones all looked the same, although it’s still a little confusing to tell which mid-ranger is which. The flagship HTC 10 is of course unique from an aesthetic standpoint, at least for the time being, while the One S9 strongly resembles the age-old M9, and the Desire 825 and 830 share a few key elements, but also each walk their own path where it counts. Officially unveiled earlier today in Taiwan, the HTC Desire 830 cleans up the 825’s wacky rear pattern, ditches capacitive for on-screen buttons, slims down bezels, and serves up very elegant ...

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    The tale of HTC’s as-yet unannounced rookie smartwatch is one as old as time, with updates served up by otherwise credible tipsters once every few months, but no materialization. A possible explanation for the constant holdup is the Taiwanese company’s fragile financial condition, though the Vive VR headset and redesigned HTC 10 flagship phone may soon give rise to an unlikely comeback. It’s perhaps why we’re inclined to trust the newly rumored ETA more than previous such speculation, with the HTC… Watch or One Watch or however it’ll end up being called now expected out in ...

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    You might know Casey Neistat. He's a logged a bunch of calories. He's ridden on Citi Bikes. He's snowboarded through Midtown. All of that's on YouTube. Neistat co-founded Beme, Inc. as a social technology company. And Beme is the name of the app it has officially come out with. It's been on iOS for a while now as a beta, but it's now finally out for reals. And it's on both the App Store and the Google Play Store. If you're into video blogging, prepare to be shaken. If you're not, you too. Beme doesn't have a viewfinder. It turns off the screen while you're recording a video. All you have ...

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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen wrapped up a talk at the Milken Institute Global Conference today with some media stew. That stew was all up in the company's smartphones — phones that investors have seen the end of and that won't be making money. When a Bloomberg interviewer pointed out Chen's prior pledge to give up on hardware and how critics felt that the decision point was being dragged along, the executive said he wasn't giving any slack at all. "The first time I made that statement was September a year ago. So if people ask me 'how long will it take to see whether you'll make money or ...

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    $399.99. $349.99. Now $299.99. Lenovo's Motorola has been fighting against some real anger for allegedly failing to properly serve its own warranties. On the flipside, we're all shaking like prairie dogs for the next Moto X to debut. All of this tied back to Mother's Day being this week and we have a good enough confluence to bring up a deeper discount for the already-on-sale Moto X Pure Edition. The base 16GB model is $100 off list price through May 9 and you can add on all the Moto Maker goodies you've come to learn about — at the proper surcharges, of course. It beats out third-party ...

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