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    We have a great deal to cover here today, so let’s skip the introductions and get down to business. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which we all know and are ready to fall in love with, is unofficially rendered for the press again, this time from all possible angles in gold, blue and silver. No doubt in our minds these images depict the finished, elegant, somewhat familiar yet also different product due out August 2 in a single, dual-edged variant, following the cancellation of the flat-screened prototype. Speaking of release dates, it seems at least one major US carrier could kick off ...

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    Spotify has never made money, but it has to in order to survive. And the service will be under more pressure to make more money from its free users if Apple's proposed new flat-rate royalties model takes effect. So, the Swedish company has launched programmatic buying that lets advertisers target their 15-second or 30-second clips to over 70 million users by age, gender, — here's where it gets rich — genres and even playlists. Yes, Spotify's selling you out based on your music preferences. And every vendor has access to that data. Does the line get drawn there? Are you keeping private ...

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    But why are we talking about it? It's not going to be there come Unpacked time anyways, right? At least, that's the assumption we're making out of all the words about Samsung's curved-only strategy for the Galaxy Note 7. Well, if you've been hoping for a flat screen (weird to be saying that for a smartphone), you can continue hoping. One Weibo user has seven pictures of a working Note 7 unit with a flat screen. It's black, it's glossy, it has room for an S Pen and it boots into TouchWiz. [gallery columns="7" ids="478225,478224,478223,478222,478221,478220,478219"] Samsung doesn't tend to ...

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    The smartwatch market contracted for the first time in the second quarter and it's all Apple's fault. While it retained its top spot in the rankings, the 1.6 million shipments the company made is a big dip from its debut quarter that had 3.6 million shipments. Surprisingly, it was the only vendor out of the top five to lose shipments, meaning that those manufacturers had a lot of offsetting to do. Here is the data according to IDC: [table] Vendor,Q2 shipments (in millions),Q2 market share,Change from last year Apple,1.6,47%,-55% Samsung,0.6,16%,51% Lenovo,0.3,9%,75% LG ...

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    The first of two prospective BlackBerry devices powered by Android has made its way through the FCC for radios certification. A look-up of the FCC ID as leaked gives us 17 entries owing to BlackBerry. Its model name, STH100-2, corresponds to previous leaks regarding the Hamburg model. The phone, as tested, supports two major GSM bands in the US and also supports LTE bands 2, 7, 38 and 41. Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi ac is supported. That's the least we know, given FCC reporting requirements. According to Wi-Fi Alliance documents, TCL is producing the phone. As the commission published the ...

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    Gripes have taken over Forumsville, Internetland once again, but it's not all for poor server management and broken promises of pizza. It all stems from a thread on the /r/TMobile subreddit talking about CEO John Legere's quick Twitter teaser on something new for the Un-carrier's customers. What did u do today? I just got done filming an announcement that you'll see (very) soon!! #staytuned pic.twitter.com/XcE1SlSLkz — John Legere (@JohnLegere) July 21, 2016 Popular comments kicked off with cynicism for how great the T-Mobile Tuesdays perks have been recently. Comment from discussion ...

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    The much rumored-about Galaxy Note 7 has a much rumored-about iris scanner that adds on to the security layers that Samsung has already implemented on previous phones. While it does scream of Windows Hello and of the Axon Elite from ZTE, checking out this footage from Chinese video-sharing site Miaopai seems to tell a quick story. That said, we can't verify if it works the way a good iris scanner should, blocking out the contents of the phone from people whose irises don't match the owner's. Only one person got their hands on the supposed Note 7 in the seven-second video. A quick look at ...

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    Edward Snowden, who's been in exile from the US ever since he published reams of secret NSA documents, has come together with hacker Andrew Huang to design a case for the iPhone 6 that would be able to tell if your device's antennas were off when you actually turn them off. The pair, who have been communicating through Snowden's own messenger app, Signal, showed off the design and discussed the warfare that government wages against journalists in exposing history-changing information at the MIT Media Lab. "One good journalist in the right place at the right time can change history," ...

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    Rumors have pointed to a Samsung Galaxy X device with a foldable display coming next year. Lenovo showed off its own bendy screen products last month with the help of a YouTuber. LG has been teasing its own progress every trade show or so and has demonstrated a flexible OLED display within its G Flex lineup. Now, it's one step closer to bringing true foldable goods to market. Sources from around LG told ETNews that it has moved its foldable displays projects from research labs to the development phase, marking a big step towards mass production. Those sources also say that the displays, ...

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    The hunt is already on for the best Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid Edition deals available nationwide, as the two new Verizon-exclusive “SnapPhones” need all the help they can get to compete against the world’s first modular handheld and the ultimate jack of all trades. Enter Best Buy, which joins Big Red’s highly anticipated launch pre-order party with something much sweeter than 40 percent off “every other Mod.” There are several perks to be had at the third-party retailer, starting with a free JBL SoundBoost speaker attachment no matter your method of purchasing either ...

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    Remember that hilarious but cruel online prank about iOS 7 software updates making iPhones waterproof? It’s a little sad to look back at it now, as Apple remains somewhat behind rival companies like Samsung, Sony or even Motorola when it comes to actual hardware-improving steps in the general direction of outdoor friendliness. Rumors of the looming iPhone 7 switching from a protrusive physical home button to a capacitive, touch-sensitive one sitting flush with the rest of the chassis have unfortunately died down, and it seems water protection is another big upgrade pushed back to 2017. ...

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    Even with all the concerns and controversies surrounding the 2016 Summer Olympics, from Zika virus threats to political instability and economic crisis, as well as sanitation and security issues, an estimated 100,000 Americans and millions of sports fans around the world are expected to travel to Rio de Janeiro next month. T-Mobile can’t show its appreciation for the enthusiasm of all these people, but as far as Magenta’s US customers are concerned, this year’s games should be a reason to celebrate, not foot the bill for “AT&T’s VIP parties and private suites in Rio.” What, ...

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    The AppleCare+ warranty extension program looks pretty sweet and straightforward at first glance. For an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, it covers two accidental damage incidents up to two years from your original purchase date, and it only costs $130 upfront, as well as $100 for each major repair. Repair isn’t exactly the right word, since Cupertino will replace your broken 6s or 6s Plus with a brand-new unit under the terms of this agreement. Or any other iDevice, for that reason, with varying fees. Meanwhile, standard AppleCare warranties merely have your backs for 12 months, and offer no ...

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    We have a slathering of Moto Z coverage for you right now, but a lot more ahead as well. In the meantime, we thought you should know that Verizon is now opening up pre-orders for the Moto Z Droid Edition and the Moto Z Force Droid Edition on its website. The Moto Z Droid will work out to $26 per month on a two-year payment plan ($624 full retail) and the Moto Z Force Droid at $30 a month ($720). Sales officially begin on July 28. You can also get up to $300 in credit for these phones by trading one in, even if it's got a cracked screen. Also at Verizon's site, you can pick up one Moto Mod ...

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    The world’s second modular smartphone, or a pretty conventional device to start with (that can merely hook up to a range of promising, albeit expensive modular accessories)? That, our friends, is the million-dollar question… the following Moto Mods review video doesn’t aim to definitively answer. Time will tell exactly what the Moto Z is, and, if it can pave the way for a bold new direction in an industry badly needing true innovation. For now, we simply intend to expand on previous first impressions of three intriguing Moto Mods, having spent a little quality time with them, and ...

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    We have two early contenders for the heavyweight modular smartphone title, and unfortunately, neither one is an actual fruit of Google’s not-yet-ready-for-primetime Project Ara. Far more simplistic in execution, the LG G5 and Motorola Moto Z deserve equal praise in their bold quest for differentiation, customization and added productivity compared to traditional high-end Androids. But at the end of the day, there can only be one in the pocket of a modular tech enthusiast, and Pocketnow senior editor Juan Bagnell aims to make the choice as easy as possible with a good old fashioned ...

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    Five months can mean a great deal for high-end Android smartphones, with processors often upgraded twice a year these days, new RAM records pursued, groundbreaking camera technologies frequently coming out of nowhere, not to mention faster connectivity and authentication innovations than ever. Still, while the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S7 lacks the virtues of a fine wine, it shows essentially no signs of aging thus far, holding its own against beastly newcomers like the Motorola Moto Z (by Lenovo), at least on paper. Wondering how the two compare in real life? It’s early to draw ...

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    When in financial trouble, most tech outfits look to streamline their product portfolio, reduce expenses and focus on one or a few things they've been doing for a while. But that's not working in HTC’s slumping camp, so instead of further cutting back on hardware releases, the Taiwanese consumer electronics company is expanding. Forget tablets or smartwatches, as virtual reality headsets are nowadays considered the industry’s “next big thing.” HTC, alongside Oculus and Sony, wants to start trends, and it’s got gaming veteran Valve and PC heavyweight HP in its corner to help get ...

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    Even after two rounds of leaked live Samsung Galaxy Note 7 pics in a mysterious, suave black coat of paint, all the high-res renders you can handle in all possible shades, and the icing on the cake in the form of a terribly blurry but likely legit video preview, our thirst for next big thing-centric exposés remains unquenched. What could tipsters be hiding under their sleeves still that we haven’t seen enough of, you wonder? Well, how about a real-life image of a dormant “black onyx” Note 7 in near-flawless, press-friendly quality? That’s exactly what we can feast our eyes on ...

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    People always wondered what was the point of a carrier-exclusive Active variation of the Samsung Galaxy S7 when the widely available standard and Edge models already resisted water immersion up to 1.5 meters and 30 minutes. The answer was simple, having to do with those other certifications for transport and thermal shock protection, salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, and so on. But if the Galaxy S7 Active isn’t as waterproof as its non-outdoors-friendly cousins, how can AT&T expect its subscribers to cough up $800 a pop? Luckily, Samsung is on the case, despite ...

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    Update: Ars Tehnica is reporting an official ceiling of 100GB. The Verizon Plan for business at 100GB currently costs $450 per month. The grandfathered plans cost $49.99 per month. If you are still clinging hard to that old, overpriced and out-of-contract Verizon unlimited data plan... you're going to have to use less data and cling harder. Use less data, huh? Maybe that won't even be enough. From sources to Droid Life, it seems that will have to be the case come tomorrow when the carrier's "Unlimited Data Plan Migration" scheme will take effect. Verizon will contact account holders ...

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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen took the time at his company's Security Summit this week to once again rip Apple, "the other fruit company" to shreds for defending its encryption against the FBI regarding an iPhone used by a suspect in a mass shooting. "I found that disturbing as a citizen. I think BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility," Chen said. "If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out." Apple refused to assist the Department of Justice in unlocking Syed Farook's iPhone 5c. He and his wife were the alleged perpetrators of an attack on a San ...

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    In what could be a stunning blow to Microsoft's mobile ecosystem, Skype has announced that it is shedding support for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 in October. The development comes as the messaging service completes its rerouting from peer-to-peer communications to a cloud-based service. Avid developer Rudy Huyn was not pleased with the decision. Skype will drop the support of WP8.1 devices, seriously?7 ~80% of WPhones runs 8.1...One more bullet in the feet... pic.twitter.com/RrAMcR0HZN — Rudy Huyn (@RudyHuyn) July 20, 2016 He pulled up an AdDuplex chart showing how that 89.1 percent of ...

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    Corning pretty much has the smartphone glass market cornered. It's on 4.5 billion or 73 percent of devices and it's looking for more with the release of Gorilla Glass 5. The fourth version came out a couple of years ago, so what could've improved since then? Oh, just a difference of about 27 inches. Drop takes have improved by 60 percent, up to 1.6 meters — high enough for most selfie-takers with their outstretched arms and, sometimes, some clumsy knuckles. After tweaks and triumphs, the company was able to achieve an 80 percent survival rate for drops at approximately 67 inches, four ...

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    You can get the Amazon Prime version of the Moto G4 for $50 less than what you'd normally pay for it. The catch was that you'd be getting a ton of Amazon suggestions for things you might buy and all the Amazon apps you can take. So, you think you can just unlock the bootloader and pull a root canal for a new ROM, huh? Not so fast. Motorola's support page lists that particular version of the Moto G4 as not being unlockable. Yep, that's some protection for Amazon right there. The regular version should be unlockable by Motorola, though the disclaimer specifically goes after the Prime edition ...

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