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    After losing the own-brand low-cost domestic battle to Xiaomi and Huawei, Lenovo is more than keen to keep Motorola phones at the forefront of the sub-$250 US scene at the very least, baking pretty robust specs into the Moto G4 and G4 Plus. Even better, the two respectable mid-rangers are offered at a cool discount right off the bat stateside, although technically, you have a pair of third-party retailers to thank for the limited-time promo. Both Best Buy and B&H Photo Video will throw in complimentary $50 gift cards with Moto G4 and G4 Plus pre-orders, no matter your color of choice ...

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    Okay, so the blurry “leaked” picture that was supposed to corroborate rumors of the next-gen iPhone moving from a clicky physical home button to a touch-sensitive capacitive one turned out to be as phony as a three-dollar bill. But that doesn’t mean Apple isn’t cooking up such a tweak, alongside the near-certain retirement of the venerable headphone jack, the revisal of antenna bands, and the increasingly likely adoption of a waterproof chassis. Speaking of, that last part would be made easier and neater by the very speculated alteration of the home key. According to Cowen and ...

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    This is an odd stunt, even for OnePlus, a company that once encouraged its fans to smash their perfectly functional old phones for a chance to receive a new and better one. It also makes us wonder whether co-founder Carl Pei might actually still be gauging interest in a prospective OnePlus smartwatch. Sure, Pei is adamant the wearable device “could have been but never will be”, following a decision taken in 2015 to cancel it over fears of losing smartphone focus and not being able to stand out in a “cruel”, crowded, challenging market where so few OEMs can turn a profit at the ...

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    While Samsung primarily addresses an audience in search for the absolute best an Android smartphone can offer these days, regardless of the cost, with the Galaxy S7 Edge, everyone likes a good deal. And surprisingly enough, we’ve had plenty of those to choose from in the early stages of the next current big thing’s availability, including BOGO arrangements across America’s big four carriers, Gear VR freebies, and of course, eBay bargains. Loads of eBay bargains, to be specific, each one bringing the prices of the unlocked GS7 and S7 Edge to new all-time lows. Case in point, the ...

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    As Samsung Pay spreads its wings in more and more countries worldwide, presumably growing in active users at an even faster rate than before, newcomers to the NFC and MST-enabled digital wallet service are understandably treated to weaker and weaker freebies. Granted, the latest (US-only) reward for first-time Samsung Pay backers is slightly better than the previous one, which took shape as a $20 gift card across a number of retailers, including Toys R Us, Nike and Banana Republic. Still, 20 free bucks good towards Samsung.com purchases don’t exactly compare very favorably to the gratis ...

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    We can never be 100 percent certain of gossiped intel concerning an unreleased phone, especially one as highly anticipated and unpredictable as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. But when all of the world’s most reputable tipsters and leakers agree on at least the bullet points, time is the only thing separating us from formal confirmation. Famous (and notorious) Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin joins the rumor games today, adding just a little bit of extra credence to already plausible inside information like an August 2 announcement date, 6GB RAM count, 5.8-inch screen size, water-resistant ...

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    Jawbone's been liquidating its inventory and regrouping itself for a medical-grade wearable. Part of that inventory may have come within Groupon's hands. The deals site has the Jawbone UP2 for $44.99, a 55 percent discount from its regular price. The water-resistant fitness band has simple LEDs and a three-axis accelerometer. Bluetooth 4.0 helps connect the device's data to your phone and a 38mAh battery keeps it running for 10 days. It's no Xiaomi Mi Band, neither is it a Fitbit Alta. Both companies mentioned have had a part in beating down Jawbone's presence in the market. But if it ...

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    After crossing the Commerce Department's sanctions against Iran, ZTE is continuing to cooperate with the government's investigation. As such, the department has extended a reprieve that allows for the manufacturer to continue to source parts and software from the US. The reprieve that was supposed to end on Thursday will now end on August 30. ZTE Chairman Zhao Xianming said in a statement that the company can continue to benefit from its "relationships with hundreds of American companies and our continued investment in the U.S." Those companies make up about 43 percent of ZTE's business ...

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    It's been a few weeks since Windows Phone owners have been able to download the Amazon app. We now know that Amazon's planning on retiring the app. In-app prompts are telling users that the Windows Phone app will be retired on July 25 and that they should instead go to the mobile website. Amazon has yet to release a Windows 10 app, though its Audible subsidiary has for PC and Mobile. Source: Windows Central Via: MSPoweruser

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    In the US, Windows 10 Mobile (neé Windows Phone) has lacked a phablet option ever since the Nokia Lumia 1520 left the AT&T scene. But it was never forgotten as it came time to update its software to Microsoft's next milestone. It has now risen from its grave. The Lumia 1520 is back in only Matte Black from AT&T for its original $584.99 full retail price. That's $19.50 per month on AT&T Next. As a reminder, there are AT&T variants of the phone available from third parties (this link is for one on Amazon) with prices far below $585. Hell, you could get an unlocked 1520 — ...

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    $5.7 billion last quarter, $6.8 billion this quarter? Banks are betting on what Samsung has made in operating profit from April on, the first full quarter where the Galaxy S7 has been a factor. It made $42.5 billion in sales last quarter, but with healthy consumer take-up in the new smartphones, that number could soar even further. Yuanta Securities is estimating about $44 billion in sales revenue with that resulting $6.8 billion profit target. Other firms' projections begin from at least $6.4 billion. Samsung's consumer electronics unit saw a gain in profit margin to 4.8 percent in the ...

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    Those who have stuck with Turing for the long run have been waiting on final shipping dates. Forget the fact that the company switched out a secured version of Android for Sailfish OS or even the fact this Turing Phone has "liquid metal" or whatever, you've waited nearly a year for this device with good money sunk into it, you're going to get it. Well, you probably got an email from Turing today with a tacit acknowledgment that it blew another vague shipping deadline. But the interesting news here is that the company gave a specific date for when the boxes start flying out of the door: ...

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    Sony is hoping for a pleasant holiday quarter this year once it launches its PlayStation VR headset. And, after pre-orders have started piling in, it seems that Taiwanese analysts are, too. Topology Research Institute is forecasting 6 million PlayStation VR unit shipments by the end of the year, compared to 2.3 million Oculus Rifts and 700,000 HTC Vives for 2016. Keep in mind that the PlayStation VR costs $399 and needs a PlayStation 4 — of which there are about 40 million of in the market right now — to work. Japan-based Daiwa Securities is more conservative in its estimates, ...

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    After taking the Moto X Pure Edition to the unlocked market last year, Motorola has decided to open up the fourth-generation Moto G to not just the United States' GSM networks, but to its CDMA ones, too. The Moto G⁴ and Moto G⁴ Plus are both up for pre-orders right now at the Motorola site. Both phones can be customized in Moto Maker and financed through Motorola. As a refresher, the Moto G⁴ has a 5.5-inch, full HD screen in front of a Snapdragon 617 with 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel main camera. This one's starting at $199.99 for 16GB of storage. $249.99 for the Moto G⁴ Plus ...

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    It's midday on another Tuesday which means another T-Mobile Tuesdays event going to the dogs. Specifically, the dogs at the T-Mobile servers. Users are taking to Twitter to tweet tempestuously about how for the fourth week in the #GetThanked campaign they weren't able to access their stash of free perks. Some users were told by the app to come back on Tuesday, even though today is a Tuesday. I sure wish this T-Mobile Tuesdays app was working, @TMobile getting a bit ridiculous that every Tuesday I can't access my rewards. — David V (@The0DD1) June 28, 2016 Is T-Mobile Tuesdays a joke that ...

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    The low-cost Android smartphone landscape has changed a great deal lately, thanks primarily to increasingly ambitious Chinese OEMs that are pushing the entry-level standards higher and higher. Budget specialists like Huawei, Xiaomi or Meizu, with little focus on profit margins, have made it nearly impossible for Samsung, HTC, Sony or LG to compete in the sub-$100 and even sub-$200 market segments. But does the same go for Motorola, the uncrowned champion of the uber-affordable niche in the past few years? Not with Lenovo at the helm, a larger, faster than ever yet inexpensive new Moto G ...

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    It’s highly unusual to see both a flagship Android phone’s diminutive and jumbo-sized derivations announced ahead of the actual standard model, but in Nubia Z11’s case, the waiting has sure paid off. As expected, ZTE kept the best for last here, joining the growing ranks of 6GB RAM powerhouse manufacturers. And of course, only one ultra-high-end processor goes well with the record-matching memory count, namely a Snapdragon 820 to replace the 617 inside the Z11 mini and 652 under Max’s hood. In order to keep the starting price as low as possible, the 5.5-inch ZTE Nubia Z11 also ...

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    The world’s 113th largest country by population and 190th by area is also somehow one of the most technologically advanced, with the absolute fastest LTE connections, light-years ahead of the US, and starting today, islandwide Android Pay support in addition to Apple Pay and Samsung Pay functionality. Just one other nation already allows its smartphone-addicted inhabitants to perform quick and secure on-the-go transactions across all three digital wallet services, while the UK and possibly Australia should soon join the ranks of Singapore and US. Google wants us to know that, although ...

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    Not many people got the appeal or saw the point of a Galaxy S5 Neo derivation released more than a year after the standard model with extremely similar overall specifications, an Exynos processor replacing a Snapdragon, and no fingerprint sensor or 32GB internal storage option. But for the few that did embrace the summer 2015-unveiled mid-ranger pre-loaded with Android 5.1 Lollipop, Samsung has a surprise in store. One you probably lost all hope for, or at least expected its delivery later on, considering there are still a handful of far more popular Galaxy phones stuck on OS build L ...

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    While many tech analysts and consumers have come together to rue the demise of mainstream affordable tablets lately, Panasonic continues to do the unthinkable by keeping the nichey Toughpad line afloat. The newest such model, numbered FZ-G1, is not only heinous by most fashion standards, with an ultra-rugged exterior, also running Windows 10 Pro, far from the go-to mobile OS choice for the masses. On top of it all, the 10-incher is set to cost a small fortune on British shores, at a starting price of £1,700 ($2,270) + tax. Still, the fourth-generation Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 has a very ...

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    With a cheeky name like Wileyfox, cool matching logo, and one of very few still ongoing Cyanogen Inc. alliances, the inexperienced but ambitious British makers of the affordable Storm and Swift smartphones couldn’t escape our radar again, as they just took the wraps off the low to mid-end Spark family. Meant primarily for domestic sales, the three new Wileyfox devices range in price from £90 to £130, and all run Android Marshmallow-based Cyanogen OS 13 on the software side of things. Hardware-wise, the entry-level Spark is absolutely nothing to write home about, incorporating sub-par ...

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    OnePlus and controversy go hand in hand, so even as the budding device manufacturer got rid of the invite system, its first metal unibody product sparked red-hot debate across the interwebs. Some devoted fans of previous OnePlus flagships lamented the move from sandstone to aluminum, while others thought the OP3 looked too similar to a handful of rivals. Then there was the highly publicized RAM management issue, as well as concerns over a display deemed mediocre by our master reviewer Juan Carlos Bagnell. Still, at the end of the day, and even assuming an update didn’t fix everything ...

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    As if the subtle differences between the low to mid-end Honor 5X, 5C and 5A weren’t confusing enough for Huawei’s growing fan base both domestically and internationally, the premium Honor V8 will soon get a diminutive, slightly downgraded derivation to further dilute the company’s surprisingly successful sub-brand. The Honor 8 (no V prefix this time around) is essentially confirmed to land on Chinese shores in a few weeks tops, with certification agency Tenaa gracious enough to reveal all of the 5.2-incher’s secrets early. Despite a robust metal frame sandwiched between snazzy ...

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    It shouldn’t be that hard to form a mental image of a new iPhone said to closely resemble the old one, only coated in a darker shade of gray, going lighter on the antenna lines, discarding the traditional headphone jack, and adopting both a Smart Connector and dual rear-facing camera as far as the 5.5-inch model is concerned. But just as we saw the rumored “deep blue” iPhone 7 flavor depicted in a number of very different ways, the “space black” version making the rounds now could end up looking more or less classically ebony. Keep in mind the last dark-skinned Apple handheld, ...

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    In the fierce battle for music streaming supremacy, the world’s most popular ridesharing service isn’t keen on taking sides, instead playing nice with both Spotify and Pandora. After letting riders assume backseat DJ duties via the former app for a couple of years now, Uber finally turns its attention to drivers as well, integrating the latter’s ad-free Internet radio resources directly into the Uber Partner app. All “partners” in the United States, Australia and New Zealand have to do is connect their phones to the car’s Bluetooth or AUX, set the stereo as needed, tap the ...

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