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    Another Galaxy Note 7 has exploded. But this isn't just any Galaxy Note 7. Unlike the older, recalled units, this one is an exchanged, new unit. It was sold to one Hui Renjie by Chinese e-retailer JD.com. He bought the device this past Sunday and had it delivered that same day. He plugged it in for an overnight charge, then woke up on Monday to a Note 7 smothered in black smoke before it exploded. Hui told Bloomberg that a Samsung representative visited his house and asked for the phone. He declined and decided to expose the issue to the public as he does not trust the company to ...

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    Online education platform Udacity has a new virtual reality content development course, thanks to partnerships with Google, HTC Vive and UploadVR. The program, working off of Unity, gives developers a chance to catch on to a growing jobs field in technology. It covers VR platforms on phones, PC and room-scale consoles, too — basically wrapping around all three partner comapnies' programming. Udacity will provide coaching, mentorship and job applications help to students. The course has an intended duration of six months. Udacity VR Developer Nanodegree Program from Udacity on Vimeo. ...

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    As Samsung promotes how the Galaxy Note 7 recall has gone in terms of customer retention in the device exchanges process and despite allegations of a new Note 7 bursting into the same kind of flames that triggered this recall in the first place, there is leavening. After everyone who's due a new Galaxy Note 7 when they pre-ordered an old one, there comes the audience at large. Whether or not Europeans will take to Samsung after this ordeal, that's yet to be seen. Sales will resume in the continent starting October 28, "subject to full completion of the exchange programme." Samsung stated ...

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    As craze winds up about the ultimate confluence between mobile OS Android and ultra-portable laptop platform Chrome OS, we have a lateral move to report in the quest to get Android apps working on Chromebooks. In fact, it feels like stale news, but it's worth reporting. The Acer Chromebook R11 and the ASUS Chromebook Flip, which both had Google Play Store access available with software version 53, only had that access through the slightly less usable developer channel of the software. The Play Store is still in beta for the devices, but regular users can activate it by heading to the ...

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    That iPhone 7 in Jet Black that you pre-ordered weeks ago still hasn't gotten to you yet? Sit your butt down, your chances are still slim for a fast pickup. KGI Securities's Ming-Chi Kuo has a research note saying that the glass-aluminium combination build has been trouble at the factories with yield rates dipping to between 60 and 70 percent. Demand for Jet Black has mounted to about one-third of pre-orders globally and nearly half of Chinese orders. The firm also found in its pre-orders survey that there was an even split globally between iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus reservations. All that ...

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    How many times does BlackBerry CEO John Chen need to stress his company’s commitment to hardware production in general and physical QWERTY devices in particular? Or how often? Will FCC and Wi-Fi certifications suffice for now to prove the end isn’t 24 hours or, probably, a few months away either? Yes, ladies and gents, the DTEK60 is coming very soon, and love it or hate it, that moniker isn’t going anywhere. The previously codenamed “Argon” may or may not be based on a TCL-made Alcatel phone which may or may not have been released already, but it’s absolutely a flagship ...

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    Apple, Samsung and Google are not just the world’s three leading mobile industry players in general, thanks to their active involvement and commercial success in many profitable market niches, also spearheading the early progress of mainstream on-the-go payment services. But you can never afford to rest on your laurels in such competitive businesses, with Xiaomi and Huawei the first names that come to mind when thinking digital wallet contenders/rising smartphone stars. Meanwhile, another long-awaited challenger gets a new delay and false start, with its rumored integrated circuit chip ...

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    There’s always an upside to a highly anticipated flagship phone failing to translate potential into actual box-office success, but while the LG G5 reportedly flopped hard, the ensuing sweet deals never came. That’s probably because retailers waited for the non-modular V20 to close in on its own commercial rollout, at which point the G5 will be royally screwed. Not when sold at $479 unlocked in a crazy attractive bundle, though, with free included charging cradles, spare batteries and activity trackers. Believe it or not, B&H Photo Video throws in a gratis Garmin Vivofit 3 wearable ...

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    The world’s number one search giant sure has a lot on its plate right now. Mostly good things, don’t get us wrong, although on the software front, Android Nougat is taking a little too long to spread to the Nexus device family, while Duo and Allo haven’t been as well-received as Mountain View hoped. The latter instant messaging mobile app barely debuted last week on Google Play and the iOS App Store, a full four months after breaking cover at the I/O conference, and in addition to security and privacy concerns, it also still feels like a work in progress. As exciting as it initially ...

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    No longer able (or willing) to keep up with Samsung’s constantly ballooning, increasingly convoluted mid-range smartphone family? That’s where we come in, helping you understand the place of the soon-to-be-launched Galaxy On8, for instance, on both the general Android totem pope and within the Galaxy food chain. While the name suggests this India-only, Flipkart-exclusive 5.5-incher has some sort of an edge over the recently released China-targeted Galaxy On7 (2016), the fact of the matter is the two are nearly identical. The Rs. 16,000 ($240) Samsung Galaxy On8 bears a very strong ...

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    There’s been a lot of chatter lately about every imaginable ultra-high-end feature possibly gracing Xiaomi’s not-so-iterative Mi 5 upgrade, and except for a big one, the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus indeed incorporate them all, albeit not at once. Sorry, dual-edged smartphone fans, you’ll have to make do with a couple of conventional flat-screened gadgets here, each available in two different configurations. Both are the textbook definition of premium elegance, don’t get us wrong, with all-metal constructions, curvy corners, as well as your choice of four snazzy colors: dark gray, silver, ...

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    OnePlus has arguably soft-pedaled its previously aggressive, often unique, sometimes questionable publicity stunts for the Chinese company’s newest “flagship killer”, which isn’t even called that this time around. It’s all part of a gradually maturing phase in the three year-old OEM’s evolution, with resources moved away from the marketing department, and toward hardware distribution, as well as software development. Not only is the OnePlus 3 the ambitious tech outfit’s first device to hold open sales off the bat, sans invites, registrations or waiting lists, but the ...

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    While pre-release benchmarks can generally be relied on to reveal key device specifications ahead of time, as long as we get the info from the horse’s mouth, there’s always the occasional hoax, misinterpretation of preliminary data, or good old fashioned human error to take into consideration. But the odds of two separate benchmarks supplying inaccurate numbers are relatively slim. How about three of them all getting the same things wrong? That’s nigh impossible, so as crazy as it may have sounded roughly 24 hours ago, the imposing 6GB RAM count of the looming “mid-range” Samsung ...

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    Surprises and revelations are probably overrated, with beforehand knowledge of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL designs and specifications, for instance, possibly helping (too) early Galaxy Note 7 adopters make the right call when faced with an exchange or refund. And yes, the aggressively hyped Nexus replacements will contend both high-end Samsung handhelds and iPhones in the mainstream flagship arena, although Verizon may score exclusivity in terms of physical retail presence. Following in the footsteps of the LG-manufactured N5X, the smaller HTC-produced Pixel, aka Sailfish, is rumored to ...

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    The big camera fix that the HP Elite x3 supposedly needed to get pre-sales back up and running has come to end users who already have the phone. Word from Windows Central forum users is that the Elite x3 has the Windows 10 Anniversary Update including the Double Tap to Wake feature, multiple tweaks and fixes that cover, among other things, that camera issue. The Windows Device Recovery Tool has the package for users to download, but there's an OTA out, too. Source: Windows Central

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    Tomorrow's the day when we learn of the Xiaomi Mi 5s, but Huawei's Honor can't let that event pass by without having a little tease get picked up by Chinese social media outlets. The Honor 6X is being teased for a release on October 18 and even with the lack of confirmed information from regulatory agency TENAA, some industrious Chinese social peeps have obtained images of what's supposedly the phone and it has a vertically-oriented dual-camera setup on the back. It will be Huawei's first implementation of this modified setup and, if this phone keeps with the price range of the 5X and 4X, ...

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    The crowdfunding scene for more versatile portable battery packs has been exploding in the past few months, especially as big players like Anker catch up and overdeliver. One such player that has popped up is ChargeTech. It came out in 2014 on Indiegogo with a 27Ah battery pack, but it wasn't just any pack — it was one of the first to include an AC outlet to power appliances. This time around, ChargeTech is back with PLUG, a 48Ah (~200Wh) package about the size of an external hard drive, but with room for two outlets (with maximum output of 250W) and two USB ports. There are Tesla-made ...

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    Motorola is going through its fourth round of layoffs in five years under the reigns of Google and current owner Lenovo. The China-based technology manufacturer itself frames this as a less-than-2 percent cut of its global workforce, meaning that less than 1,100 jobs will be gone out of 55,000. "The majority of the positions are being eliminated are part of the ongoing strategic integration between Lenovo and its Motorola smartphone business," Lenovo stated to Droid Life, "as the company further aligns its organization and streamlines its product portfolio to best compete in the global ...

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    One designer un(?)intentionally teased every HTC fan with a floating, "Ocean" concept phone that had everyone buzzing about buttonless hardware touch controls on the siderails of the phone. Would such a phone with "Sense Touch" UI really come out anytime soon or would it just remain what it was — a concept? One HTC leaker, LlabTooFeR, has just a few words to that question. Codenames OCEAN MASTER OCEAN NOTE OCEAN SMARThttps://t.co/r4FY9I0Ske — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 21, 2016 Three Ocean concept phones? Perhaps each will take on different sizes or certain strengths of ...

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    It seems that the Google "G" logomark will be the look of the season. The ads are there, the rumors back it up and now we have pictures of a $69 Chromecast Ultra, courtesy of VentureBeat and Evan Blass. Compare it to Chromecasts of yesteryear and you'll find not much change in form factor, even though the existing versions stream up to HD content and the rumored Ultra has 4K capabilities. Here's the thing, though: the Chrome logo is lacking on the product, trading it in for the "G" in rather minimalist terms. Firmware version 1.21, which is going out to preview testers now, takes every ...

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    Even though the HTC-made Nexus phones for 2016 have moved monikers, it seems that there's a Nexus straggler coming out of Huawei. Casual droppings about the company "doing the Nexus again this year" have been pretty shallow so far, but this "Huawei 7P" hasn't had a blockbuster leak yet for it to "justify" its existence. Until today. 9to5Google is reporting and inferring from multiple sources that this 7-inch Android tablet will most likely retain the Nexus branding. Well, we misspoke about the "Android" part — in addition to a third "Chromebook" Pixel device coming late next year, the ...

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    Let's be frank: there are quite a few options for phones with a 5 amp-hour battery. It's a sweet spot as a number and it's also where you could pull through a good chunk of a second or maybe even a third day. The price and specification compromise also seems fitting at this precipice. So, what does the Alcatel Pixi 4 Plus Power bring to 3G markets? Maybe a cool-looking dot-matrix design on the back and nice color combinations. Real talk, though — this isn't much different from what we've seen before. We're dealing with a 5.5-inch 720p screen, an unnamed processor, 1GB of RAM with 8GB of ...

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    At least one techie Weibo account has dropped a fairly in-depth specifications list of what we should expect from the Galaxy S8 that should be coming relatively soon. By the way, it's just a screenshot of a two-column list that looks formatted perhaps for a blog. Even KJuma, a well-known entity around these social parts, is asking a couple of other techie Weibo members if they think the list is a bluff — though she hasn't gotten an answer back. You're free to believe or disbelieve all this as you wish, though. The big digits you'll see are a 30-megapixel rear camera paired with a ...

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    While several Android device manufacturers have named or at least strongly suggested names of phones and tablets due for official 7.0 UI makeovers… eventually, there’s no update deadline as far as a single non-Nexus product is concerned. And we’re not expecting any for a few more weeks. Possibly, even a month or two. Unless Sony miraculously pulls off “official Xperia Android N updates around October” for the X Performance and XZ, as this sketchy leaked roadmap appears to imply. The “Android N update strategy” presentation slide was purportedly revealed by one of the ...

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    Nexus phones are almost certainly getting “Pixelated”, the age-old second-gen N7 tablet might be in for a long overdue sequel of sorts this year too, and then you have first-party VR hardware, a Google Assistant-powered home automation hub, 4K-capable Chromecast, as well as a Pixel 3 laptop. Wait, what Pixel 3 laptop? The world’s first to run the merged Chrome OS – Android platform, silly. You know, the unified mobile/desktop OS we’ve been expecting for more than a year now, which Mountain View adamantly denied exploratory efforts for. Well, Andromeda is definitely in the ...

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