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    There are many possible explanations for Samsung’s declining smartphone sales numbers, including a general market saturation and stagnating worldwide demand, but at the same time, the Korean giant’s powers that be clearly made a few strategic mistakes of late. Most notably, the Galaxy Note 5 was kept exclusive to Asia and the US, despite the brand’s popularity on the old continent, and middling European reception for the non-S Pen-capable Galaxy S6 Edge+. Rumor had it the fifth Note phablet to date would ultimately spread its wings globally, but that doesn’t appear to be happening, ...

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    Apple’s CEO of almost half a decade isn’t exactly an active person on social media. You won’t find Tim Cook constantly taunting his company’s rivals on Twitter, as T-Mobile’s John Legere does, or even sharing frequent personal updates on Facebook, like Mark Zuckerberg. In fact, before last night, the grand total of tweets posted on @tim_cook in 2016 was seven, the most recent of which hit the e-waves a couple of weeks back. But since he’s in charge of the business world’s biggest cash cow, his following nears 2 million people, who finally saw their patience rewarded as the ...

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    Technically, Sony’s three new flagship Android phones, including the Xperia Z5 Premium, have been up for grabs stateside for several months now for people who were in a hurry and didn’t care about warranties. But official sales, through sanctioned retailers, with manufacturer coverage for first-year hardware malfunctions, are only underway today, at least as far as the “standard” Z5 and Z5 Compact go. The bad news is fingerprint scanners are indeed missing, a controversial decision justified merely on cryptic “business” basis. On the bright side, Best Buy realized very early ...

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    The Chinese startup that rocked the smartphone world back in 2014 is no longer a fumbling rookie, and in addition to a gradual phasing out of its controversial invite purchase system, it’s intent to show it with frequent and much more inspired discounts than ever. Not only are you able to freely buy the OnePlus X already, and score gratis cases for Valentine’s Day, but the OnePlus 2 is now available at a brand new price globally forever. Or at least until production costs increase again, which will probably never happen, given the 5.5-incher’s components won’t be getting any ...

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    Microsoft doesn’t seem to care too much about the year’s fast-approaching biggest celebration of love, but it’s not going to let George Washington’s birthday go unnoticed, offering a slew of Presidents Day discounts on some of the company’s hottest gadgets. Through February 20, the Microsoft Band 2 will again be available at $200 a pop stateside, in your choice of sizes, 50 bucks being taken off the cross-platform wearable’s list price for the first time in a couple of months. In addition to working with Windows Phones, Androids and iOS devices, the smart band stands out with ...

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    The biggest football game of the year was probably a little less hotly contested than neutral fans may have wished for, but the publicity wars were as fierce as ever, with millions of dollars spent by companies as diverse as Audi, Budweiser, Buick, Coca Cola, Hyundai, LG, Pantene, Pepsi, Snickers, and T-Mobile on special effects, fancy sets, and especially celebrity cameos. It’s obviously hard to pick just one overall advertising winner, but when it comes to your wireless service providers, T-Mobile unsurprisingly prevailed once again. Granted, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint contained ...

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    For a fledgling, immature, and extremely experimental market, the virtual reality universe is about to get a little too crowded for its own good, with options ranging from your rudimentary Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR to the much fancier Oculus Rift and HTC Vive soon. We shouldn’t forget about Microsoft HoloLens either, which is technically an AR (augmented reality) product, while Apple and Google are themselves rumored to be working hard on high-profile virtual reality headsets capable of pairing up with iPhones and Nexus handhelds. That’s right, a Nexus VR could go official ...

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    It should be crystal clear by now that, while it fell short of overly optimistic expectations from ardent iFans, the Apple Watch sold magnificently well during its first eight or nine months in stores, acting as the main catalyst behind the global rise of wrist-worn gadgets. Granted, Fitbits and Xiaomi Mi Bands also helped put wearables on the map, but they’re likely to gradually lose steam in the next few years, not to mention they’re generating peanuts in profits. Back to the “iWatch”, this reportedly accounted for a whopping two thirds of all smartwatch shipments in 2015, namely ...

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    We don't know. It's a week from Valentine's Day and the tackiest, but most appropriate color is being talked about once again (and again and again). This year's four-inch iPhone that will likely come in the next month or so supposedly now has a pink option in addition to the silver and space gray options already in the ol' rotation. Our rumor reaper says that a rose gold situation will be averted for deep hue deal, sorta like that iPod touch you see above. But yeah, a pink iPhone 5se certainly wasn't out of imaginations and it isn't now. Source: Maco Takara (Google Translate) Via: Redmond Pie

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    This quick-rising rascal seems to be pretty quick in itself. The Galaxy A-series 2016 has come about with the Galaxy A9 being the standard bearer for the line. That phone hit the upper mid-range on the price scale, but we wondered what a Galaxy A9 Pro would go for. We caught up with it in India and had shot the breeze a bit on what OS it would pack. We now have a better sense of what's going on with the SM-A9100 as a GFXBench entry has appeared. We see a hearty octa-core processor — in all likelihood, a Snapdragon 652 — with an Adreno 510 GPU. Full measures include 4GB of RAM, a ...

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    Like that football game that just happened, this news may not end up being a total upset to Windows 10 Mobile fans. After whiffs of a more-than-decent mid-range Lumia 850 — perhaps as Microsoft's last of the last Lumia phones — have settled, it seems that a change in the narrative was called for. Sidlers at Baidu's Nokibar subforum have been up in arms over what is claimed to be a phone with a 5.4-inch 720p screen and a Snapdragon 210, maybe a Snapdragon 212 instead. With the bigger chassis comes the loss of front-facing speakers and the addition of what's likely to be an iris scanner ...

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    The sorry financial state of tech conglomerate Sharp has left few options for its creditors and potential acquirers in Japan. But Taiwan-based Foxconn sees a chance to gain a brand name and a crack at making products for its own profit. Chairman Terry Gou told press that the company had signed for prioritized negotiating rights with Sharp as part of a bid to take over the company. Sharp released a statement contrary to Gou's assertion, but indicated it would be negotiating with Foxconn through the end of the month. Inside sources say that Sharp currently favors a Foxconn proposal worth ...

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    Mixpanel's latest tracking survey shows that a healthy contingent of iPhone users don't want to make an upgrade that will strain their hands. After publicized cases of "texting thumb" making the news and in a stark face-off against the growing trend of the growing phone, data says more than 37 percent of iPhone toters have a device dating back to at least 2013. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were the last four-inch mobile devices we got from Cupertino before the stretch to a 4.7 inch minimum. The former had the most share at 18 percent of all iPhones while the latter registered nearly 5.5 ...

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    HTC has kept its word. Specifically, last week, it was Sprint's HTC One M8 that got the upgrade. We were told that it would be within this week that the manufacturer's latest phone on the Now network would do the same ditty. Funnily enough, it did, after T-Mobile launched its Marshmallow upgrade for the LG G4. HTC One M9 units on Sprint have begun to receive over-the-air updates to Android 6.0. That's pretty much the story right there. As with the One M8 and LG G4, Sprint is the first US carrier to update its variant of the One M9 to Marshmallow. AT&T, T-Mobile Verizon users will have ...

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    For as much thought as we put into PINs, passwords, and biometric authentication on our phones, security often feels like an afterthought – or not thought about at all – when it comes to wearables like smartwatches. To an extent, that makes sense; after all, we're a lot less likely to accidentally lose track of a gadget that's securely strapped to our wrist. But as we start using wearables for more and more functions, maybe especially in terms of mobile payments, is it worth thinking a little more about how to properly secure them? Samsung seems to be doing just that, and a recently ...

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    Doing even the simplest-seeming thing on our smartphones can involve a lot of little moving parts. Information needs to be gathered from input sources, interpreted, passed to the right processes, ferried off to remote cell towers, routed to the right servers – and that's just getting started. Every step along the way is another opportunity for things to go wrong, messages to get dropped, and lag to slow the whole process down. In the spirit of believing that simpler might just be better, Google's rolling out a change to Hangouts on Android that aims to increase call quality by setting up ...

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    How many objectively different smartphone can one company release under the same name? And how long can it keep that routine going? When we see a manufacturer like Samsung release a flagship Galaxy phone running different SoCs in different markets, it's one thing, but as more and more of those specs change, and more and more time passes between launches, are we really looking at multiple variants of the same smartphone, or what might be more properly talked about as fully distinct models? That's the question we're asking about HTC today, as we learn about yet another handset making its ...

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    Net neutrality may be the law of the land, but carriers aren't about to sit idly by and treat all content as equal while there's money to be made by doing the opposite. So while paid prioritization may be out the window so long as the FCC is getting its way, carriers have been quick to come at things from another direction, championing the rise of “zero-rated” data schemes that allow content providers to get their media to users without those viewers having to use their expensive mobile data allotment in the process. Last year we heard that Verizon was looking into doing just that with ...

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    After a quiet couple months, HTC One M10 (aka Perfume) rumors started picking back up a few weeks back, talking about everything from launch plans, to handset design, to the phone's internal hardware. And while all that added up to giving us a better understanding of the next flagship in HTC's pipeline, we still hasn't seen the phone that was to become the manufacturer's big early-2016 hero device. That's in stark contrast to the LG G5, which has been leaking like a rusty sieve, and even the Samsung Galaxy S7, which recently found itself the subject of a few convincing enough renders. But ...

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    The times are a-changing up in Waterloo, and BlackBerry faces a future that looks very different from what the company might have been expecting just a few years back. BlackBerry 10 as a platform is on the way out, and while support's supposed to continue for time being, everything we've heard suggests that BlackBerry's fate lies in its ability to fully transition over to an Android device maker. And while the company may be in this for the long haul, it might not be bringing all of its employees along with it, as reports roll in of some pretty substantial layoffs. BlackBerry has yet to ...

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    Someday, our favorite smartphones will be left behind by the tide of progress, no long tapped to receive the latest platform updates and doomed to live out the rest of their days on increasingly feature-poor, insecure software: it's just the way of the world, as planned obsolescence pushes us towards newer and fancier hardware. But for the time being, there's still plenty of life left in our favorite flagships, and Android users are experiencing a surge in availability of (admittedly overdue) Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates. We just told you about the LG G4 bringing Marshmallow to T-Mobile ...

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    Dealing with a broken smartphone can be an abject nightmare, not to mention a pretty expensive proposition, so it's little surprise that users often turn to their most accessible, most affordable options for repair – even if that may not mean dealing with an authorized service agent. After all, your phone's already broken, so what's the harm, right? Well, for a growing number of iPhone users that harm is only becoming apparent after the fact, as they get locked out of their phones when attempting to install their latest system updates. The culprit is the Touch ID sensor embedded in the ...

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    February is finally upon us, and that means that we're only a few weeks away from when we've heard that HTC will finally start accepting pre-orders for its Vive VR headset. When that day comes we'll finally have the answer to maybe the biggest question hanging over the Vive to date – just what will this extravagance end up costing – and while we don't have that info quite yet, today we find ourselves picking up a little new insight into Vive ownership, as HTC makes available the headset's owner's manual. With much of the Pocketnow staff having slapped on the Vive for some VR fun by ...

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    Well, that was fast. The second best but rapidly improving web mapping service for iOS devices picked up a small update only a couple of weeks back, growing the list of places where Flyover support is offered, plus real-time Traffic and Transit information, and already, Apple Maps goes through another makeover. This one isn’t major either, and doesn’t change anything about the way the app looks, or even how it behaves for users in roughly 99 percent of worldwide markets targeted by Cupertino. The remaining one percent however should rejoice upon hearing they can now “fly over” ...

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    Exactly what makes Verizon the number one wireless service provider stateside nowadays? 4G LTE speeds? Not according to OpenSignal’s recent, comprehensive and independent market report. Coverage? Perhaps, but even in that department, T-Mobile is progressing at a remarkable pace. Low device prices are generally out of the question at Big Red, not to mention network support for phones sold unlocked directly by their manufacturers. Meanwhile, unlimited data remains a utopian dream for the over 137 million subscribers of the US-leading operator. Once again therefore, why would anyone choose ...

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