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    The reason why you might buy a Chromebook is finally here. Well, on one Chromebook. Developers are getting their hands on Chrome version 53, including Google's own François Beaufort. He found and posted up a screenshot of the Google Play Store for the ASUS Chromebook Flip. In the next couple of months, Google will expand Android apps over to the Acer Chromebook R11 and last year's Chromebook Pixel. A full list can be retrieved at our source link below. Source: Google+, Google Via: PCWorld

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    Samsung seems to know its way around smartwatches. Even as a distant second to the Apple Watch, the company's Tizen-based offerings have proven popular in their own right — especially considering the forethought put into the Gear S2. Well, it's another year and already we're hearing word from SamMobile that there's another Tizen-powered Gear wearable coming our way beyond the Gear Fit 2. The codename for this one is "Solis" — Spanish for "sun". The outlet takes it to mean that the watchface will be circular once again as was hinted with the Gear S2's codename, "Orbis". The model ...

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    iMessage is not coming to Android. Why? It's part AI war and part good business. The Verge's Walt Mossberg picked up a few points from the hours of presentations at WWDC this week and figured out why it had to make more sense for Apple to port over Apple Music to Android, but not iMessage. One executive told Mossberg that the company has a user base totaling a billion, which should be enough to help better its artificial intelligence engines. We don't particularly see a competition for the best artificial intelligence out there since everyone is building code and algorithms for their own ...

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    We talked with LeEco — formerly LeTV — yesterday about how things currently are for its teams. Why were they doing a smart bike? An electric vehicle? How are things going in Asia? And, importantly to us, where is the company at in the US? Off the record, a marketing director told us that the company is building up across the west from Seattle to Los Angeles and to expect to hear announcements in a couple of months. Well, LeEco has made it official. Director of Public Relations Todd Witkemper said that we should see its phones this fall with a target demographic of millennials. ...

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    Apple has been dealing with blow after blow in its patent challenges recently. Samsung is getting more support for its bid to overturn a verdict for Cupertino while patent holders are getting away with more money. China has been tightening its grip on its international commerce relations recently, especially with Apple — once on branding and again on controversial content. Now, the Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau has ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the city. Why? Because the design apparently infringed upon a patent held by Shenzhen Baili ...

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    If you want to stay awake or, heaven forbid, cut short your sleep tomorrow night, you'd want a great reason to do so. That reason may be Bluboo. The little-known Chinese manufacturer will have six models at 50 units each for sale at $9.99 starting at 3am Eastern on June 18. After the so-called "Snap Up" units have sold out, the phones will then go for a reduced discount. The headliner for Bluboo is the Maya, what you could say is a mid-ranger from 2014. It has a 5.5-inch HD screen from JDI, a quad-core processor running at 1.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, Android Marshmallow and a 13-megapixel main ...

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    Thinking about checking up with the checkmark for new service? You really sure about it? Maybe Verizon can make it a bit easier for you to come over. The carrier is making available the promo code "FORYOU300" that slashes $300 off the price of a phone valued at $400 or greater. Over a 24-month installment plan, that $12.50 off per month. The catch? You need to activate it on a device payment (installment) plan. Unfortunately while there are several phones that straddle the line at $399.99, they simply aren't $400. The deal isn't applicable to the iPhone SE, for example. On the other hand, ...

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    There's never a shortage of budget options for those on prepaid carriers, but they're always rebadged with some funky name like "Avant" or "Admire" or "Your Face". What, too cynical? Anyways, T-Mobile and MetroPCS are bucking the trend for once as both are officially taking in the Samsung Galaxy On5 late this month. It's a simple phone, really. An mid-range quad-core Exynos processor powering the typical five-inch HD display, a five-megapixel camera on back and a two-megapixel unit on the front. 1.5GB of RAM and a 2,600mAh battery keep it chugging while 8GB of storage keeps things in ...

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    Pop our bubble, why doesn't Apple? We mentioned that you can delete certain pre-loaded apps provided by Apple on iOS 10 from your machine. The support page for the topic even uses the word "delete" and the iconography for downloading from the cloud if you decide to put the app back on your device. Turns out, nope. Senior Vice President of software engineering Craig Federighi appeared on John Gruber's The Talk Show podcast at WWDC to explain that Apple wasn't actually going to let you delete its stock apps. The binaries are still there, it just doesn't have your user data attached to it ...

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    As soon as the exhale ended from the OnePlus 3's standardizing of 6GB of RAM (plus the other device launches that never really got outside of China), we find ourselves holding our collective breath once again. This time, LeEco might be making the next move. In fact, LeEco may be pushing the borders on several fronts with an unnamed phone similar to the Le Max 2 — a Snapdragon 821 clocked at 2.3GHz with 8GB of RAM and a 25-megapixel main camera above a fingerprint sensor. And it's said to come in around the ¥3,000 range ($452). In a weird turn of palettes, the phone may come in red, ...

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    There are three Nubia Z11 variants we know of and there could soon be a forth. It depends on whether or not it gets announced on June 28. Chinese regulatory agency TENAA has this interesting take on a device that has been iterated on over and over again. The major spec here is the 4.9Ah battery on this thing. It keeps thickness to a respectable 8.95mm, but includes some hardware compromise to keep it from flagship status. The octa-core 1.95GHz chipset doesn't offer much of a tell of what it could be, but it gets 3GB of RAM for backup. The LCD keeps to 5.5 inches at full HD. Both cameras on ...

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    As teased for months and months now, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group is releasing Bluetooth 5, a wireless standard that doubles the speed of its last major iteration as well as quadruples the effective range and increases capacity eightfold. It's the standard's big joust into the Internet of Things, competing with Wi-Fi HaLow to connect as many things as possible — things with small batteries meant to last a long time handling a range of tasks. It also competes with the household-focused Google Cast standard. It's currently centered on media input and output sources, but will soon ...

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    Samsung may be putting a concentric twist on the notification LED. According to material obtained by GalaxyClub.nl, we may see a "luminous ring" surrounding the rear camera to replace the single diode. You can assign certain priority alerts, contacts and data or battery usage settings to certain colors the ring will glow. Of course, incoming communications will also get shown off with Smart Glow. It's an evolution of sorts for the edge effects. If you plan on using your rear camera for self-portraits for some extra flash or just because, you can fire up the camera app, point the lens ...

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    With the OnePlus 3's wholesome 6GB of RAM, you'd think it'd be a beast at multitasking between apps and games. And in the past, the major marketing peg that OnePlus has stood on was that fact that it made flagship killing phones. So, the logical fallacy here would be that the OnePlus 3 would beat up, say, a Galaxy S7 edge with its pesky 4GB of RAM and bullet-fast Exynos 8890 in a speedtest comparison, right? Nope. Not according to C4ETech's video. The outlet tested the two on loading apps and keeping them in memory. It included loading both "Temple Run 2" and "Asphalt 8" along with ...

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    LG has announced four new smartphones that join the X family, and its already existent members, the X cam and X screen. According to the official wording, the new X power, X mach, X style and X max "share many of the top end features found on LG’s flagship G and V series handsets". "Greater battery capacity, faster processor, more sophisticated styling or a larger display", are each one key selling point and main feature of these four newcomers. The LG X power features a 4,100mAh battery in a slim, 7.9mm-thick case, with PE+ fast-charging technology, claimed to charge at twice the ...

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    The latest Galaxy Note 7 rumor comes from Korea and, according to ETNews, production will start next month (July), in order to have an initial stock ready in time for August. The company is purportedly planning to launch sales at the time of the phone's announcement. Yes, the Galaxy Note 7 is actually the Galaxy Note 6, but it makes sense for Samsung to skip a number in order to align its productivity flagship with its current Galaxy S offerings, as well as the upcoming iPhone 7. With an official announcement less than two months away, as rumored, the South Korean company is allegedly ...

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    Despite no major breakthrough or innovation in the past couple of years, the wearables market is still very much alive and kicking. 101.9 million wearable units are expected to be shipped worldwide this year, marking a 29 percent growth over 2015. The information comes from IDC, who predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3 percent, meaning the total number of wearable units shipped worldwide could very well reach 213.6 million units in 2020. Watches and wristbands take up the majority of these numbers, but other wearables are also contributing to the category's market growth ...

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    "No pizza for you, next!" After another T-Mobile Tuesdays struggle with Domino's Pizza locations giving up the ghost on the free pizza offer, the carrier's CEO, John Legere, took to both Twitter and Periscope to explain that pure volume has led to the freebie breakdown. So, in place of a pie, you'll get a free ride. This week's special perk of a free $15 trip from Lyft will now be extended to next week. In addition, you can get a $20 credit at MLB.com, a small Frosty from Wendy's and a VUDU movie rental, all for free. 2/ Time to change it up! Next week, we’re switching out @Domino’s ...

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    We're about to end the second calendar quarter of 2016 and Kantar Worldpanel is putting out numbers for the first quarter. With numbers like these, it takes time to make sure they're right. And we'd wonder how right these figures can't be. Android has gotten some major annual gains in market share across the world. In the US, it's a 5.2 basis point jump to 67.6 percent. The platform's grown by 5.4 points in China to 78.8 percent. In the markets of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, — labeled the "EU5" — share came to 70.2 percent, up 5.8 points. The biggest increase ...

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    Michael Fisher, formerly of Pocketnow, was smitten with a certain "intelligent object" the moment he first set his eyes on it. He wanted one of these things for over a year. He pre-ordered one today. Now, you can, too. Monohm has taken the Runcible, "a smart pocket watch for the post-smartphone era" to crowdfunding site Indiegogo with a goal of raising $250,000 in 15 days. As of this post, the fund is close to 20 percent of that line with the help of 113 backers. Monohm aims to have the production workflow be locally-sourced and locally-based around Northern California. The wood for the ...

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    The Galaxy Note 7 is just a month and a half from launching and we can't wait to see it. And the iris scanner on it can't wait to see our eyes. Rumors of an iris scanner on the Note 7 have been expanded to finger the Korean company that will supply said component. That company is called Partron and it apparently won the contract to make the sensor. It crafts smartphone camera hardware as well as antennas. The iris sensor Partron will make is expected to be stuck right next to the selfie camera and be able to analyze 266 traits, compared to a typical fingerprint sensor's 40. Samsung is ...

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    Contrary to what he was looking for, it seems that Dave Burke has lived to see Android Namey McNameface come to life. It comes as part of the Easter egg to Android N Developer Preview 4, which includes the final APIs for N (set number 24) for app developers to begin compiling and publishing or updating their apps. Devs can now also get out alpha/beta/production-grade apps set on API 24 onto Google Play. The images are available right now to flash and the Android Beta Program OTAs should be arriving shortly on all compatible devices, including the Sony Xperia Z3. So many things set and ...

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    The idea of Samsung moving its future smartphone releases from Android to Tizen has been around since it took up the operating system in some of its mobile electronics. And then, the smartwatches started picking up steam. As more of its smart appliances started picking up the open-source operating system, Tizen seemed to be a more tenable operating system for Samsung to capitalize on with its outstanding smartphone market share. Well, one unnamed executive at the company told The Korea Times this week that it will reduce Android's presence on its products in favor of Tizen. The only reason ...

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    Here's a nice way to put that Robin you picked up on discount recently. Nextbit is about to debut a new Beta Tester Program for Robin users and it is seeking applicants for the program. The company characterizes testers as those "who raise their hands" and actively give feedback to the team. No specifics have been given as to what the first batch of features will be. Of course, as we usually advise and as Nextbit makes clear, you shouldn't be jumping onto a beta just because you want a "quick way to cut to the front of the line for new software." It’s a responsibility, and you accept ...

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    AT&T was granted permission by the FCC to implement Wi-Fi Calling onto its devices late last year. It was able to get all of its current iPhones connected, but the carrier hasn't been able to touch an Android device since then. Today, Ma Bell announced that the LG G4 now has WLAN-enabled SMS and calling features through a software update. Wi-Fi Calling will spread to other Android handsets sooner or later, but for now, the G4 comes first. Call charges will be the same — free to and from US numbers and available in most international countries. The LG G4 still looks to be on its ...

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