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    Some Apple intern must get to CEO Tim Cook ASAP to give him a sample of Jimmy Kimmel’s long-running “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” segment. Maybe the head honcho of the world’s most profitable company would then learn how to take a joke or gracefully parry an online insult. Granted, the stars invited to the late-night talk show to basically offer a lesson in self-deprecation are usually subjected to one mockery at a time, not to mention they’re probably warned well in advance of what’s coming. Meanwhile, Tim Cook was hit by an unforeseen avalanche of chiefly light-hearted digs ...

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    With just a little over a week until the actual start of the 2016 Mobile World Congress, and no official word on an HTC appearance at the Barcelona trade show, we’re fairly certain the financially struggling company’s next-gen flagship is looking at a launch down the line. Sometime in March, insiders claimed a while back, or perhaps as late as April, if we rely on intel exclusively uncovered by a little known Portuguese website called 4gnews. Specifically, April 11, with the rumored London announcement venue feeling both familiar and credible for the handful of remaining HTC fans. It ...

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    Irony in its purest form: a phone that’s over two years old and was never considered a powerhouse currently runs a newer version of Android than a 2015 flagship, at least outside Korea and Poland. Even more ironic, not to mention damaging for the reputation of semi-recent high-enders, is Marshmallow software doesn’t seem to be the only good thing going for the 2013 LG Nexus 5. The Google-endorsed 5-incher is also more than 70 percent screen, so it’s got relatively slim bezels, it delivers crisp Full HD resolution, and packs 2GB RAM in combination with an ageless Snapdragon 800 ...

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    You’ve seen #TheNextGalaxy manhandled in black, as well as rendered in both black and gold, then again from behind in black, and while that should be enough to paint pretty reliable pictures in your heads as far as multiple prospective shades go, why struggle to imagine things when you can take a closer look at the real deal? Besides, we’re still more than ten days away from the highly anticipated formal introductions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, and these latest visual leaks are bound to help pass the time. Basically, we know everything there is to know about the internals of ...

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    Without a doubt, the champion of Android 6.0 software promotions thus far is Motorola, despite its relations with Google understandably cooling after Lenovo’s acquisition. But the Illinois-based smartphone manufacturer maintains the OS as clean as ever, adding little to no bloat in the equation, and therefore, completing optimization work way ahead of the competition. While Samsung, for instance, is yet to make the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Marshmallow updates truly global affairs, Moto’s already rolled out the newest Android iteration to the X Style, aka X Pure Edition, X Play, G (3rd ...

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    Before you start worrying about "the potential risk for a catastrophic hull loss" — or better yet, hearing that the Federal Aviation Administration is just starting to realize the potential for the batteries in our smartphones and hoverboards to cause havoc on aircraft — just know that rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and single-use lithium-metal batteries are already classified as hazardous materials. To be clear, Lithium-ion batteries have been and can still be legally carried on both passenger and cargo aircraft while lithium-metals can only be carried in cargo planes. But the ...

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    Well, this should prove to be an interesting case. If it ends up in court, that is. LG has started promoting the G5 handset on its Facebook page and just tonight, it has posted a GIF touting an "Always ON" feature that looks similar to Motorola's, Nokia's and Android Marshmallow's native ambient notifications feature. The company dabbled with an ambient display function on the Second Screen of its V10. Thing is, it could also be infringing upon Samsung's trademark as the rival chaebol has filed an application to protect the term "Always On Display." However, even if Samsung chose to ...

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    Consider this the answer to Google's acquisition of Songza. This one's a little more tricky, though, if only in name. Canadian-made iOS music app Groove is now under Microsoft's belt. It's not related to the latter's streaming media service (formerly called Xbox Music and Zune Music) nor the Microsoft Office shared document editing feature. The Groove app crafted custom playlists using machine learning. It was last logged with two million App Store downloads before it was delisted as a result of the acquisition. Those still using Groove will not receive further updates. The startup's ...

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    In addition to bugfixes and UI enhancements, HTC Vive Pre owners are getting a major feature update to their SteamVR betas. In addition to the Chaperone Mode we got to try out at CES this year, there's now Direct Mode where the driving computer's GPU to work with the Vive headset and deliver images separately to both the monitor and the headset. Direct Mode also has a standby that can ease up on energy use and possibly keep the Vive usable for a longer period. The Vive Pre has it now with beta version 1451970580. All Vives will have Direct Mode starting from the next update. Source: Valve ...

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    Samsung's next Unpacked event is scheduled for February 21 in Barcelona, the day before this year's Mobile World Congress formally gets started. And while Samsung hasn't quite out and admitted it just yet, you don't have to be a modern-day Nostradamus to have a pretty good idea that we're likely to see the tech giant introduce this year's smartphone flagship, the Galaxy S7. Over the past few weeks and months we've been hitting the Galaxy S7 rumor beat with gusto, covering all angles of reports claiming to offer a little early insight into just what to expect from this year's offerings: how ...

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    Annnd coming in third place, it's AT&T. We've been keeping track of software updates for carrier versions of the LG G4 as it was one of the first phones to get bumped to Android Marshmallow. But it's been a fun exercise in watching carriers go through their own processes with editing and sending out the update package. Thus, we come to AT&T,  just behind T-Mobile and all behind Sprint in the US for broadcasting the Android 6.0 OTA which includes a change to video calling as well. As the roll-out rolls on, we watch Verizon to see when it will get its software act together. Source: ...

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    Windows 10 as a platform is one that, if nothing, else, is chock full of potential. Whether it just gets by or manages to thrive is going to depend a lot on how able manufacturers and devs are to tap in to a lot of that promise, from universal apps that effortlessly transition between device types, to tools that streamline ports from competing platforms. Things may have hit a snag when it comes to Android apps, but Microsoft's been making some visible progress with its Windows Bridge for iOS. Talk is cheap, though; just how easy is it really for a dev to adapt an existing iOS app for ...

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    We just started off the month looking forward to news of the first Windows 10 Mobile smartphone from VAIO, the once Sony-helmed brand generally known for sleek, fashionable, premium hardware. And while we didn't let our expectations run away with us, the handset we ultimately saw launch was pretty respectable. It got a smart-looking metal build, some solid (if less than boundary-pushing) silicon within, and with support for Continuum, it looked ready to tackle the enterprise market. Maybe the only obvious downside was the questionable “Phone Biz” name. Well, that and the issue of ...

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    Installing a screen protector is an important part of the new-phone setup process for a lot of smartphone users, helping to keep that just-out-of-the-box pristine look for as long as possible. And while manufacturers have come a long way in installation guidelines, helping us get new screen protectors in place with a minimum of fuss, it can still be an anxiety-inducing operation, especially for first-time users: the last thing we want is to put it on crooked, or worse yet, end up with an air bubble under the surface. So when word arrived last week that Apple was beginning a program that ...

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    Of the three big Android early-year flagships we've been looking forward to, the LG G5, the Samsung Galaxy S7, and the HTC One M10, HTC's entry has easily felt like the most mysterious of the group. From the name, to the design, to the hardware within, big questions have been hanging over this handset since day one, and every time it feels like we're just starting to get some answers – like we did when an image of actual hardware landed last week and appeared to confirm quite a few outstanding rumors – some new rumor lands that has us questioning earlier assumptions. That's just what's ...

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    With the upcoming Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, we're hoping that Samsung has learned some important lessons from last year's flagship offerings. To that end, we're not expecting any big, radical changes from either model, but instead a refinement of existing designs, and correcting some oversights that left us wanting just a little bit more last time around. That extends to the batteries in these phones, and while it's nice to see that Samsung plans on releasing some battery-boosting accessories, we've also been pleased to hear that both GS7 phones should be landing with some generous ...

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    Are we ever going to get a new Nexus tablet? With the move to two phones a year, it's clear that Google's not afraid of bringing change to its Nexus program, but are the days of new tablet models soundly behind us? We haven't spotted anything that looks very promising on our rumor radar, but the stalwart Nexus 9 keeps right on ticking. Back around the end of the year, we checked out a number of holiday-season deals on the HTC tablet, but those have long dried up. Worry not, deal-seekers, as HTC's back for Valentine's Day with a new offer, hooking you up with not just a 40-percent-off Nexus ...

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    Last week was a wild ride for users of Samsung's Android browser, first as Samsung opened the door for browser add-ons capable of blocking ads, and then as Google appeared to start culling such software from its Play Store offerings. At least, that's what it looked like at first, but Google's banhammer was being applied a bit inconsistently; was this an across-the-board war on ad blockers, overzealous application of Google's developer policies, or maybe even an error? Well, we're still not sure exactly what triggered all this in the first place, but we've got some resolution to share with ...

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    Wearable devices are slowly finding their groove and utility, acting like more than glorified pedometers or classic, dumb watches incapable of quickly telling the time when distanced from a smartphone. Still, the Apple Watch remains essentially the only mainstream wrist-worn gadget endowed with mobile payment functionality, at least until Samsung Pay support is finally added to the Gear S2’s bag of tricks. And until Pagaré materializes, which should happen around July, if FitPay can raise at least $120,000 by March 9. Currently at almost $70K, the “smart strap” concept is endorsed ...

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    Poland might be known best for one of the most beloved Popes in the history of the Catholic Church, as well as beautiful landscapes untouched by human hands, and unfortunately, accommodating a number of large Nazi concentration camps during World War II. But as far as hardcore Android enthusiasts are concerned, the country is first and foremost envied for its constant and inexplicably rapid software updates. Samsung and LG in particular have recently made a habit of rolling out the newest OS flavors in their Korean homeland, Poland, and only afterwards, the rest of the world. The Galaxy S6 ...

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    We’re less than a couple of weeks away from possibly the year’s most crowded mobile expo, where two highly anticipated new Android flagships will be officially showcased for the first time, and we all know what that means. Samsung and LG have mere days left to try to clear as much Galaxy S6 and LG G4 inventory as possible, before prospective buyers can start sizing up the two against their successors and conclude the 2015 heavyweights are perhaps a little costly for what they offer nowadays. Following a four-day Sprint bargain for traders, and a lightning B&H deal that brought the ...

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    Unless you’ve perhaps been paying too much attention to the Super Bowl and heated US presidential race, chances are you’re either familiar with or directly affected by the latest widespread iOS 9 glitch connected to Touch ID hardware compatibility. In a nutshell, Apple’s extreme security policies have recently started to backfire on everyday iPhone 6 users who chose to get their broken fingerprint sensors fixed at “unauthorized” repair shops to save a buck. While everything may have seemed in order at first, and the component replacement actions looked like a success, once ...

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    Bet you weren’t expecting to hear whispers about Samsung’s next-gen non-edgy phablet before the Galaxy S7 is even official. But it’s not like we’re already in possession of live Note 6 pics or anything. We just suspect the S Pen-enabled big guy will go global in the fall, which appeared a no-brainer after the Note 5 exclusivity debacle, and there’s a slim but real possibility the stylus accessory shall gain extra functionality this year. No, we’re not talking usage reversibility. We’re dreaming much bigger than that, thanks to the US Patent and Trademark Office, which ...

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    It’s certainly been a bittersweet past six months or so for the Now Network, which fell behind arch-rival T-Mobile in subscriber numbers and was forced to lay off thousands of employees, but that now shows usage and financial improvements, as lengthy contracts are finally discarded. Sprint seems to be doing a respectable job in software updates for recent phones locked to its network as well, while marketing efforts continue to be focused on prospective recruitment of both users and workers for the competition. Meanwhile, the fourth largest mobile operator stateside also understandably ...

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    Since there’s not much left to be leaked about the rapidly approaching Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (or S7 Plus), we can use the next couple of weeks until the glamorous pre-MWC announcement to fact-check all the “inside” information floating around the interwebs right now. After all, a golden rule of journalism says a rumor becomes a little more than that only once you’ve verified it via two separate, independent, credible sources. Case in point, the water protection capabilities of Sammy’s next big thing(s) are practically etched in stone today, with Indian import-export ...

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