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    In what could be a stunning blow to Microsoft's mobile ecosystem, Skype has announced that it is shedding support for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 in October. The development comes as the messaging service completes its rerouting from peer-to-peer communications to a cloud-based service. Avid developer Rudy Huyn was not pleased with the decision. Skype will drop the support of WP8.1 devices, seriously?7 ~80% of WPhones runs 8.1...One more bullet in the feet... pic.twitter.com/RrAMcR0HZN — Rudy Huyn (@RudyHuyn) July 20, 2016 He pulled up an AdDuplex chart showing how that 89.1 percent of ...

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    Corning pretty much has the smartphone glass market cornered. It's on 4.5 billion or 73 percent of devices and it's looking for more with the release of Gorilla Glass 5. The fourth version came out a couple of years ago, so what could've improved since then? Oh, just a difference of about 27 inches. Drop takes have improved by 60 percent, up to 1.6 meters — high enough for most selfie-takers with their outstretched arms and, sometimes, some clumsy knuckles. After tweaks and triumphs, the company was able to achieve an 80 percent survival rate for drops at approximately 67 inches, four ...

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    You can get the Amazon Prime version of the Moto G4 for $50 less than what you'd normally pay for it. The catch was that you'd be getting a ton of Amazon suggestions for things you might buy and all the Amazon apps you can take. So, you think you can just unlock the bootloader and pull a root canal for a new ROM, huh? Not so fast. Motorola's support page lists that particular version of the Moto G4 as not being unlockable. Yep, that's some protection for Amazon right there. The regular version should be unlockable by Motorola, though the disclaimer specifically goes after the Prime edition ...

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    While financial analysts are looking forward to cashing in on an iPhone 7 for the masses, there has been a contingent that's been looking at an underwhelming year for Apple if we're to trust the looks and other changes that have made their way across tech circles. Add this piece to the hedge pile. Quartz commissioned a survey through SurveyMonkey Audience. It asked 525 iPhone owners a series of questions about whether or not they'll upgrade to the iPhone 7 based on if a major design change takes place. All told, 63.2 percent of respondents said they'd be at least "somewhat interested" in ...

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    Bots are taking over the world. And they're here to help. No, we're not talking "Big Hero 6" style or even RoBoHoN-style, we're talking about services you chat with like Facebook M or Google Assistant or Bing's army of bots to help you get reservations for a restaurant or book tickets to an attraction. They're accessible from a growing number of messenger apps. Skype's one of them and it wants to make finding the right one to talk to a little bit easier. It has updated its iOS app to include a new bot icon on the "Recent" section. Need to keep one in your pocket? Add it to your favorites. ...

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    When it comes to updates, it's developer betas yesterday, public betas today. If you're on the public beta for iOS 10 or macOS Sierra 10.12, check for a software update. If you're not on it, head to our source link to get on it. The first public beta of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra came just under two weeks ago, so you probably won't be able to get the full blast of what's going on with the third developer beta of the platforms. At least you'll probably get to Rest Finger to Unlock. Source: Apple Via: 9to5Mac (1, 2)

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    Microsoft's SwiftKey has completed its first major order of business since its acquisition — make a keyboard all about the emoji. Swiftmoji, now available for iOS and Android, brings smartened emoji suggestions on top of the word suggestion bar, not relegated to a panel of icons you have to pull up and dig through. There are over a thousand of these little things out there and plenty of keyboards to type them up with. As far as we know, few put an algorithm to good use for them. Download: Android, iOS Via: Android Central

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    With Pokémon Go already considered the most popular mobile game in history, at least stateside, as well as bigger than both Tinder and Twitter in terms of daily users, and even topping Facebook as far as average time spent hunting goes, it feels fitting to remind the world of other things they can do on their phones. For instance, “make plans, share dreams, send payments, tell jokes, play games, and let their loved ones know they’re thinking of them”, which are only a few of Facebook Messenger’s strengths, according to the social media giant’s latest press release. This ...

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    Just how big of a deal Android 7.0 Nougat really is? At first glance, and strictly speaking from the standpoint of visible UI changes, add-ons and palpable new features, this OS update feels incremental rather than a major makeover. But the build number suggests otherwise, and as great as Marshmallow might be widely considered, there are still things that need optimization and enhancement work, both at the platform’s surface and under the hood. Beta versions and pre-release previews can always be relied upon to gradually uncover stuff to get excited about, as is the case for new “App ...

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    While it hasn’t exactly grown at a corresponding pace to domestic rivals Huawei, Xiaomi or even Vivo and OPPO, China-based Meizu still feels like a smartphone manufacturer to look out for. Wary of a proper US expansion, possibly due to ensuing risks and distribution costs, as well as physical device resemblances to much bigger names in the industry which could always be exploited, Meizu may have no problem branching out into high-end VR hardware before long. For the most part though, this slowly rising company will reportedly take a page from another local adversary’s playbook, ...

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    After exclusively and prematurely showing off a number of official and third-party accessories designed specifically for use in combination with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, including yet another potentially awkward QWERTY keyboard cover, the UK’s “leading online mobile accessories retailer” stumbled upon the mother of all leaks, at least so far. Well, not so much “stumbled upon”, presumably, as “paid big bucks” for a sneak preview of the dual-edged phablet in action to accessory maker Olixar, which parted ways with a short clip starring a seemingly advanced working prototype ...

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    Japan is the physical and conceptual homeland of both the Pokémon media franchise and its inhabiting namesake monsters, which makes the country’s exclusion from the slow global rollout of the Pokémon Go phenomenon thus far ironic and regionally painful. Adding insult to injury, the augmented reality mobile game’s beta was made exclusively available in the “land of the rising sun” back in March, before spreading to Australia, New Zealand and the US in subsequent months. But it’s not that Niantic and Nintendo don’t want to release the finished product in the latter’s domestic ...

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    Given the music streaming service’s historic popularity in "international" markets, especially European ones, this was probably many years in the making. After all, Deezer’s been around in various incarnations for roughly a decade now, only amassing a total of 6.3 million monthly active users however, including a modest 1.5 mil on paid accounts, as the French company showed inexplicable hesitation in tackling the US head-on. It goes without saying the web-based audio resource saw better days before Apple Music entered the picture, at one point reaching 5 million Premium+ subscribers. ...

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    Missed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pay just $404 on Amazon Prime Day for a brand-new 64GB Nexus 6P? Believe it or not, Best Buy can now hook you up with a deal that’s even sweeter… in a way. Granted, this is the 32GB variant of the Google and Huawei-co-manufactured 5.7-incher you’re looking at, and since there’s no external microSD storage expansion option, you’ll need to keep your digital hoarding in check. Also, the all-time low price of $319 is only good on the aluminium flavor, with the graphite setting you back an extra 55 bucks, and the matte gold a grand total of ...

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    Aside from building robust, productive mobile devices no one seems to care for anymore, and security and enterprise software that’s managed to keep its business afloat, BlackBerry is widely known for unconventional hardware announcements or early pre-release demos. Both the Passport and Priv were casually showcased by company CEO John Chen several months in advance of their commercial launches at otherwise low-profile events that had little to do with product introductions. Some expected similar cameo appearances of the looming “Neon” and “Argon” handhelds at the 2016 Security ...

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    Whether you want to call it “Blue Coral”, periwinkle, or perhaps indigo or turquoise, the third color option of Samsung’s next big thing (literally and figuratively) is arguably the most eye-catching. It might be because, frankly, we’re a little bored with “traditional” paint jobs like silver (or silver titanium), and black (aka onyx). At the same time, this is making the headlines at least in part due to Apple’s rumored testing of similar waters for the iPhone 7. And if you’re wondering which of the two will likely wear the swanky coat of paint better, another high-res, ...

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    While it debuted in France with one bank supporting it and, thus, little fanfare, Apple Pay came out with a bang in Hong Kong today. It has American Express and five banks on-board with one other and an affiliate payment service to come. They are: Bank of China (Hong Kong) DBS Hang Seng Bank HSBC Standard Chartered BEA (Coming Soon) Tap & Go [A service of Hong Kong Telecom] (Coming Soon) Visa, MasterCard and AMEX cards can be put in and used at forty retailers and ten apps. Hong Kong has a fractured atmosphere of mobile payment systems with carriers implementing their own ...

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    Xiaomi might have racked up some 1.5 million sales for its Mi Max smartphone, but all achievements are fleeting in an industry that keeps the butter churning. So, when's the next big release date? According to the company, it's to be July 27. The Redmi Weibo page posted up the existence of a Redmi Pro that will debut along with some "a mysterious sidekick" on that date. Whether it's the Redmi Note 4 or a Mi Note 2 or the Galaxy Note 7-whoops, wrong post... anyways, there's plenty of thought that could go into this. It could be an accessory or a weirdo smart surfboard — we're talking ...

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    More Googlers have come to the press under a shroud of secrecy to let the public know that the company does have a strategy in VR besides the Android-based Daydream platform. This follows Re/code's reporting from its sources that one such project at Alphabet's X research labs had been canceled in favor of Daydream development. From Engadget's sources at Google, it seems that upper management has been placing employees onto the project, telling them that Daydream isn't really the company's far vision for VR and AR. The headset will be self-run and focused on providing augmented reality ...

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    Sometimes, it can take so few letters to convey something that may prove to be so sweet. But it has to happen first. What we're talking about is what everyone's been talking about leading up to August 2: the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung will show it off at a New York event. Everything else about it is still up in the air like specs and feature set. We think we know that pre-orders for the phone will be up right after the Unpacked show, but what does it mean for excited customers on the carrier side? Well, here's one take from Evan Blass: TMO PROMO: GN7 BOGO — Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 19, ...

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    Microsoft wraps up its 2016 fiscal year with revenue dependencies growing on services and other sources and weaning off products. The net result is still down for the quarter and down for the year as compared to 2015. Fourth quarter earnings totaled $20.6 billion or a 7 percent drop from 2015's numbers. On paper, though, the company registered about $3 billion in operating income, better than the $2 billion loss from last year. Remove impairments, integration and restructuring costs and you'll find that income on those terms was down by a bout a third — this time last year, Microsoft ...

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    So, who do we have to talk to and bribe to get one of these mockups over here? It feels like everyone should be on a mission to China to buy off what's been described as iPhone 7 shell duplicates "from the manufacturer". And then everyone shows those dupes on video for the world to pick up. This time around, we have Chinese audio brand BeSound — which makes a Bluetooth speaker literally titled "Football" as in American football — showing up with a gal named Mook and an iPhone 7 shell right next to an iPhone 6s. The video's much clearer than that previous and prolonged Miaopai leak we ...

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    Slab tablets don't have much luster these days. But Samsung does know how to shine in this category, so it may as well keep the counter up with another Galaxy Tab S release. And it seems that the Tab S3 launch won't be too far off from a refresh of Galaxy Tab S2 models. That's according to Eldar Murtazin of Russia's mobile-review.com, a source of some tasty hit or miss leaks. September 1 - Tab S3 ;) видимо так и будет — Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) July 19, 2016 The Russian text reads, as translated by Google, "and [it] probably will." A good notch of confidence from ...

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    There are plenty of places to get your apps these days, many of which are not the Google Play Store. Thing is, if you hand off your phone to your friends or family and they start wreaking app havoc on you from all corners of the internet, you would like to know where those apps came from. Well, you might get to know without the help of said friends or family if you're getting on the latest preview for Android 7.0 Nougat. A new "App details" listing in the App Info page under a "Store" subhead now lists where the APK came from. For many, it'll be the Google Play Store. Sure, sometimes ...

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    More Xperia X models have just been made available in the US at several outlets online and in the real world with another one barely a week away from its sales here. The Xperia XA and Xperia X Performance have been made available at Amazon, Best Buy and Regan Wireless. The mid-range XA sports a Helio P10 processor from MediaTek while the X Performance is driven by a Snapdragon 820. You can get the 16GB model of the XA in all four of its colors plus a 64GB microSD card for $279.99 or the 32GB of the X Performance with a 128GB card for $699.99. Amazon already has some discounts going on, ...

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