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    Just when you may have thought HTC permanently lost touch with the mobile hardware industry’s leaders in terms of innovation and, well, effort, the Taiwanese device manufacturer returned to the spotlight in a big way. Granted, Google will probably try to hide the name of the Pixel and Pixel XL’s makers, as it slowly gets more aggressive about own-brand marketing. But we’ll all know who’s behind the love-or-hate “Sailfish” and “Marlin” designs. Meanwhile, the Bolt looks more and more intriguing as it approaches its (hopefully not Sprint-exclusive) launch, and the Desire 10 ...

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    You should all know the drill by now. First come the ambitious sales targets, then component-revealing teardowns, various durability tests, the occasional something-gate controversy, bombastic ads, and finally, bill of material estimates. Well, London-based analytics company IHS Markit is ready today to offer us its preliminary overview of the iPhone 7 manufacturing costs, and the conclusion isn’t surprising in the least. As always, Apple rules the charts when it comes to profit margins, spending roughly $224.80 (marketing not included) for every new 4.7-inch iPhone copy sold at $649 ...

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    LeEco, which is arguably China’s most ambitious young smartphone manufacturer, makes headlines again as it officially unveils the super-high-end Le Pro 3 (or just Pro 3) hot on the heels of the crazy affordable Coolpad-designed Cool1 Dual, and a measly five months after the Le 2/Le 2 Pro/Le Max 2 trio. While we always expected the LeEco Le Pro 3 to provide solid bang for your buck, it was hard to imagine a 6GB RAM powerhouse could ever cost $300, even on the budget-obsessed Chinese shores. A Western spread sometime this fall, following a domestic commercial debut on September 28, is of ...

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    Oh, no, it’s a trend now. It all technically started with LeEco, then Motorola (or rather Lenovo) rushed to beat Apple to the no-jack punch, while HTC could be next to jump on the wireless/USB Type-C audio bandwagon. It remains to be seen if perhaps the looming HTC Bolt will at least support wireless charging (the flagship HTC 10 doesn’t) to offer audiophiles a little more leeway than the Lightning port-addicted iPhone 7. A (very) late heir of sorts to the 2011-released ThunderBolt, which was Verizon’s first ever 4G LTE handheld, this surprising HTC Bolt is reportedly headed to ...

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    Google’s latest push for relevance in the chat app landscape finally enters phase two today, as the text-specialized Allo joins the video-only Duo in the Android Play Store and iOS App Store to try to give Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or iMessage a run for their money, and wash the taste of Hangouts out of everyone’s mouths. Unlike Duo, which, let’s be honest, merely stood out with ease of use and Knock Knock awkwardness, Google Allo features at least one key “selling” point in Assistant support. For the time being though, you’re getting a “preview edition” of the ...

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    Will we have to wait until October 21 to see the LG V20 hit the shelves in the US? Ideally, it'd all be sooner for us to grab a retail unit and review it. But unless we're going to Korea to buy one, we're probably not seeing that action for a bit. The Korea Times reports that LG's home market will see the V20 on sale starting September 29 at the price of ₩899,000 ($804), a 12.5 percent increase in price from the V10. It's not a good sign for us who paid between $600 and $700 for that phone, but the figure's still lower than what the Galaxy Note 7 has gone for. "The price for the new V ...

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    You may still call it "Google Now," but when you mail it next, your search will be returned to sender. In the latest beta version of the Google app, the "Now" features have been renamed. Google Now, the pane of automatically compiled news, weather, sports and interesting information, is simply called "Feed". Now on Tap, which picks and fleshes out information from your current screen, is now called "Screen Search". "In Apps," a content search feature for stuff in apps, remains named as such. It also now has an "app" widget that gets you instant access to the mode as on the LG V20. It's ...

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    As Sprint continues to claw back into growth territory (and profitability), the company is trying to keep as much of the momentum it has built for a while before shifting gears. Besides moving assets around from inside its corporate infrastructure, the key thing is keeping customers coming in. That's why CEO Marcelo Claure says that Sprint's promotional half-off rate plan will stay through the holidays. The promo offers an equivalent pacakge to what AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon subscribers are billed for, but at half the cost. The executive said that Sprint has been able to increase ...

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    As promised, macOS Sierra 10.12 is rolling out today. We won't go into the feature load in this article, but we do have coverage here and here. The update is available to the following oldest and newer models: MacBook model year 2009 MacBook Pro mid-2010 MacBook Air late 2010 Mac mini mid-2010 iMac late 2009 Mac Pro mid-2010 You'll need 2GB of RAM and at least 8.8GB of available storage to download and install the package. Features like Handoff, Instant Hotspot, Universal Clipboard and Apple Pay on the web will need the following hardware or newer: MacBook (early 2015 or newer) ...

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    The iPhone 7 uses one of two cellular modems. CDMA variants get a Qualcomm modem while insurgent supplier Intel covers the GSM versions. And boy, have T-Mobile customers been getting the butt end of things with an iOS 10 update that screwed up cellular connectivity. Here's the ironic issue that leads into this story: some T-Mobile customers were able to rejigger their older iPhone's radios by toggling Airplane Mode on and off. In this unrelated case, an AT&T iPhone 7 unit only has its cellular problems exacerbated with the on-and-off of Airplane Mode. Yasser El-Haggan reported ...

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    The music industry seems to have closed the financial transition period between downloads and streaming as the Recording Industry Association of America reports revenue growth not seen since the late 90's. In terms of retail sales made during the first half of the year, revenue grew by an annual 8.1 percent to $3.4 billion. Streaming revenues made up $1.6 billion of the total, up 57 percent from last year. The figure includes paid subscriptions (ie Spotify, Apple Music) to streaming music services (Pandora, radio stations online), licensing fees made from streaming radio services and ...

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    Comcast has been actively working with Verizon since the end of last year to execute an MVNO agreement that came out of a 2011 spectrum deal. We now know from CEO Brian Roberts that service is scheduled to begin by the middle of 2017. "The team of over 150 people today are getting ready for next year," Roberts said during Goldman Sachs' Communacopia conference, "to launch a Wi-Fi/MVNO integrated product." The plan would be for "the very best" of the 28 million Xfinity wireline subscribers to be served an extra service in new bundles. That service would combine Verizon's cell towers and ...

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    OnePlus hasn’t had a lot of time lately for its characteristic advertising shenanigans and often controversial stunts, throwing just the one obligatory jab at the headphone jack-killing iPhone 7 as it seems to be investing substantial effort into a few software update programs. In addition to “actively merging” the China-exclusive HydrogenOS and international OxygenOS Android port, as well as working with the “community” to stabilize the latter’s 3.5 build, and most importantly, finally prepping Marshmallow for the X, the ambitious OEM has started the “incremental” OxygenOS ...

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    While it finally shouldn’t take long now to exchange your potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 with a safe-to-use, clearly marked new S Pen-enabled dual-edged phablet, it’s hard not to at least consider a less controversial alternative. Ideally, a cheaper one too, like perhaps Samsung’s own previous flagship models. “Previous” or “past generation” is of course a bit of an overstatement, since the Galaxy S7 Edge so obviously inspired the Note 7, which merely offers an extra included stylus, iris scanner and 0.2 inches more in display diagonal. There’s a much less fickle 3,600 ...

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    The part of Nokia that Microsoft didn’t acquire back in 2014 slowly rebuilt its name since then, focusing extensively on the telecommunications infrastructure business, buying Alcatel-Lucent and, most recently, Withings for a fairly encouraging smart wearable device debut. At the same time, Nokia’s highly anticipated smartphone return is no doubt right around the corner, a newly founded company based in Finland called HMD striking a ten-year licensing agreement a few months ago. That was also when Microsoft seemingly threw in the feature phone towel, getting rid of the floundering ...

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    Samsung sure made a lot of errors in judgment both before and after releasing the “game-changing” Galaxy Note 7 with an insufficiently inspected battery, most recently failing to set up a proper device exchanging program for hazardous units purchased straight from the OEM’s US e-store. There was also plenty of confusion surrounding the recall process at other retailers, some being unable or unwilling to provide temporary J-series backups. As for actual safe-to-use Note 7 replacements, these appeared to randomly feature either a black square or blue S logo on their new retail boxes. ...

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    It looks like the Android purists’ favorite device manufacturer will be turning over a new leaf this fall not only in terms of mobile product branding, but also retail pricing and advertising focus. No more catering to an inherently limited target audience of, well, mostly geeks with Nexus-labeled phones and tablets, as Google tries to finally break into the mainstream hardware landscape by teasing sitcom viewers and football fans of the Pixel and Pixel XL’s imminent arrival. Just as October 4 press invites started going out, and that cryptic but telling madeby.google.com splash site ...

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    Thinking of “skipping the sevens”, despite the new iPhones arguably looking less disappointing in real life than all those ominous pre-release reports, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 exchanges finally overcoming initial hiccups? The “different” and “better” Moto Z modular family is just about ready to go wide stateside after a short period of Verizon exclusivity, although Sprint customers are still out of luck. The unlocked Z and Z Play can only be pre-ordered with GSM network compatibility from Best Buy or Amazon, which means you’re free to activate either one on AT&T or ...

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    Any die-hard fan of classic legal TV shows like “Law & Order”, “Ally McBeal” or “Damages”, as well as viewers of the surprising recent limited hit “The People v. O.J. Simpson”, know there’s more than one way that a prime suspect for a crime can be acquitted. Even if the glove does fit, or you just so happen to be carrying around a fishy knife with a murder victim’s blood all over it near the deceased’s home, a skilled defense lawyer played brilliantly by Courtney B. Vance or John Turturro might be able to find reasonable doubt. That seems to be the case for a ...

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    After bizarrely launching with little to no fanfare exclusively in Hong Kong last month, Lenovo’s entry-level Moto E3 Power finally gets a slightly noisier expansion to Indian shores today. As the not-so-subtle name suggests, you’re looking at a souped-up take on the original third-gen Motorola Moto E, sharing an overall design language with the Moto G4 Play as well, but swapping the latter’s Snapdragon 410 processor for a presumably slower, more frugal quad-core 1GHz MediaTek MT6735P. Some budget-conscious consumers may prefer their easily pocketable 5-inch phone that way though, ...

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    As humble and familiar as the DTEK50 looked at a first glance, it must have done something right, apparently prompting the financially (and creatively) struggling BlackBerry to brand the so-called Argon as DTEK60. The Canada-based device manufacturer confirms that on its official US website, no doubt jumping the gun with a product page hilariously labeled “do not publish.” Well, it’s published… for the time being, and in addition to DTEK50’s widely known features, it also blows the “Argon’s” cover once and for all. As rumored, this upcoming flagship-grade BlackBerry DTEK60 ...

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    HTC defines itself with the lines it draws from smartphones to smartwear. But it hasn't been filling in those lines with cash money for awhile. As the company continues to plot its course away from the rut that was the One M9, it decides to do so by adding zeal to the Desire series — once remarkable, recently less so. Maybe the Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle can shake things up. You may surmise some of the traits on these two mid-rangers come out of the HTC 10, a phone that received critical acclaim, but has battled market tailwinds. Features like 24-bit audio playback plus, in ...

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    Marques Brownlee will be there. Will you? All you have to do to learn about whatever Google is doing on October 4 is just head to madeby.google.com and put in your email. You'll be notified about whatever that phone-looking thing is by that point. Maybe it's going to be one or two of those Pixel phones we've been posting about all day long... okay, that last post was from yesterday. Just got an invite to a Google event on October 4th. Let’s gooooooo! #madebygooglehttps://t.co/kwJ317DDYW pic.twitter.com/XM2sDP2EA2 — Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) September 20, 2016 15 days and counting.

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    White? Not after Labor Day. You probably have to name it "aluminium". That's the call that rumormongers have made on some fashion choices that the HTC-made Google Pixel phones could take. Blue, black, then this "aluminium." Someone has both the 5-inch Pixel (right) and the 5.5-inch Pixel XL (left) in real life, both showing off what prior renders have already told us. Well, they show off only a few things. While the original photos may have been clear as a bell, there's been a liberal application of blurring to obscure any identifying labels. Back and center is the fingerprint sensor. The ...

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    Chinese manufacturer ZTE has been listening to reviewers and the community about their concerns for the Axon 7 and its second response in the form of a software update has been published is being sent out over the air right now. Among the major updates in this build B27 include easing up on the fingerprint sensing, some battery optimizations, a new "fast battery drain" notification and the September 1 security patch level for Android, thus filling in the last Quadrooter vulnerability. Camera tweaks (specifically on the focus) and group texting have also made the cut. The biggest change ...

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