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    Ever since it started working on Project Fi, Google made it clear it wasn’t looking to muscle wireless service provider veterans out of business. Instead, Big G is collaborating with the likes of Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular stateside, as well as Three internationally, in a bold attempt to unify the world’s wireless networks so you can enjoy higher speeds and better coverage ubiquitously at the lowest possible costs. While a subscription to the ingenious MVNO often comes with added benefits including hefty savings on recent Nexus family installments, it’s perfectly fine by Google ...

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    Some believe it’s finally worth buying, others were recently reminded the iPad Pro has nothing on it, while many probably thought about purchasing it, but couldn’t justify the extravagant spending. Well, if you’re part of the latter category, and found the Surface Pro 4 compelling but a little rich for your blood, it might be time to pull the trigger on eBay before it’s too late. The Windows 10-powered 12.3-inch convertible tablet (keyboard dock not included) sets you back $650 in a 128GB i5 configuration, or $895 with the same Intel processor inside, and double the SSD capacity. ...

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    Great promises of timely software updates haven’t always worked out as planned for HTC, but even after repeatedly assuring its continuously shrinking fan base that the 10, One A9 and M9 will receive Android N goodies eventually, the Taiwanese OEM can’t refrain from also setting a (loose) deadline. Just one for now, which is probably a wise move, though it remains to be seen if the unlocked HTC 10 can indeed be upgraded to Nougat by the end of the year. It should, especially since the device manufacturer is “excited to receive final shipping Android 7.0 Nougat software from Google.” ...

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    Xiaomi’s wildly successful low-cost Redmi smartphone roster is getting a little crowded and confusing with all the recent Pro, Prime and Note releases, not to mention Pro Mini rumors. But it’s the good kind of confusing, as every new Redmi installment is special in some way, shape, or form, as well as absurdly cheap for what it brings to the table. Case in point, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, priced at $135 and up as the new leader of the large-screened Note lineup. That’s $135 in Chinese currency, of course, i.e. 900 Yuan, or CNY 1,200 ($180) as far as the upper-tier 3GB RAM/64GB ROM ...

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    High-quality press renders are nice and all, but at least in theory, they’re also easy to fabricate and tamper with. After two separate rounds of such images leaked from fairly credible sources however, today's third practically confirms the full-frontal appearance of the LG V20. As always, we have to thank living industry legend Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, for spoiling another top-tier mobile OEM’s surprises ahead of a September 6 launch event in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the most interesting, controversial and potentially appealing part of the dual screen phablet, its rear, ...

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    With the uneven releases of OxygenOS that have disproportionately impacted the populations using the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 2 and especially the OnePlus X, it's important that updates not constantly introduce new problems while keeping some of the old ones. What's the treatment? It's a community build of OxygenOS 3.5 for the OnePlus 3. The company wants to draw blame away from itself and put it on the fact that its guinea pigs are just testing things out. There are higher expectations for bugs, stops, confusing bits and more when updates are delivered in this fashion — expectations ...

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    One of the LeEco devices we've been watching the past few months has been the Le 2s Pro. Between the Le 2s and this phone, there's been dual-camera talk, speculation about 8GB of RAM and which advanced Snapdragon 820 processor these two will get. Well, another Le 2s Pro (or LE X720, if it helps) post has popped up on Weibo and this one's a doozy. There's no dual-camera module — just a camera on the top left of the back. The 5.46-inch full HD screen is said to come from JDI. Diagnostics leaked of the device list the motherboard as the one from the Snapdragon 820, but the poster mentions ...

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    Samsung, delivering software at the speed of sound. Dull, throbbing noise through thick layers of foam and lead. Like, seriously, this would've been useful way before the time when you're about to launch the next iteration of your Gear S lineup. Great. It looks like Koreans are starting to pair up their Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2 wearables to their iPhones. It's part of a beta test of iOS compatibility that Samsung promised would happen for the S2 by mid-January. Well, lucky you, Verizon customers. You were the only ones that almost got it. But this program should spread it to everyone (we ...

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    Months ago, China was introduced to one glossy, glassy phone from Honor with two eyes and a young target. The US got to learn about the Honor 8 last week. This week, it's Europe's turn. Presentations have been made in London, Madrid and other locations for the Huawei P9 in Honor's clothing and we now know that pricing will start at £369.90 or €399 for the 32GB model. Everyone will be missing out, at least initially, on the 64GB version, priced at €449. The Euro pricing is identical to US pricing. Honor's website and the Huawei-run vMall will stock the devices first. vMall is ...

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    Hasselblad usually makes some maddening medium-format camera gear. But with whispers of the company shrinking its workspace a bit for the sake of a Moto Mod, we have something new to stare at. A photographer with a preference for Hasselblad products on Weibo has snapped a picture of what looks to be a camera grip Moto Mod. And it is a meaty one with variable aperture (minimum f/3.5-6.5) with a zoom range of 4.5-45mm (25.7- 257mm in 35mm equivalency). Add on a hefty flash and we've got one big show to get to. What's that show? Sources say it's IFA, of course! Lenovo will be there next ...

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    It's been four months since Microsoft struck on a keyboard for iOS that made typing with a single thumb's arc a whole bunch easier. Now, if only there were a way to add a GIF to it. Well, Word Flow 2.0 is now out and it comes with a bunch of new, internet-powered features like a search function for emoji, images, GIFs, businesses, news, facts, videos, contacts, blah blah blah... all of it powered by Microsoft's own Bing search engine. Google's competing product, Gboard, has been working in the company's search services as well. This only seems like an appropriate volley back just to keep ...

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    The faster the word "Phone" fades and the word "Mobile" brightens, the better off Microsoft will be. But it's gonna be a long, long, long run. AdDuplex has issued a new report for Windows device statistics for this month and it says that while Windows Phone 8.1 still makes up about 77 percent of the ecosystem, Windows 10 Mobile's stance at 14 percent represents accelerated growth from previous months. "Last month the growth doubled from 0.5% to 1%. This month it more than doubled again," AdDuplex reported. Within the Windows 10 subgroup, 52 percent are already on the Anniversary update. ...

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    Samsung has delayed the launch of Galaxy Note 7 sales in many territories because of hot demand. The US and Korea haven't been affected as much as Europe and Southeast Asia have. But even the best laid plans can be diverted — and we weren't dealing with the best at this point, so this is actually good news. Several German customers have taken to forums and tech blogs to say that their Note 7 pre-orders have been delivered. Why is this such a big deal? Samsung was aiming for an August 30 fulfillment date prior to a September 2 official launch. AllAboutSamsung posted that most editors at ...

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    One great culinary trend you'll find in your nearest Koreatown is the country's deep-fried chicken. Like a good batch of chips (or fries), they're fried twice — once for actual cooking, then again at a higher temperature for crispiness. One Baidu forums user in China recently had a very unpleasant frying experience, though. We don't have any context as to how the "world's first deep-fried Galaxy Note 7" got to be that way, but we suppose it's thanks to an exploded battery. That said, check out this next picture here. That USB-C adapter on what's likely a third-party cable has led to ...

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    2013 called, HTC, and, well, you can fill out the rest. But let’s not jump to conclusions, and go too hard on the financially and creatively struggling Taiwanese OEM. Maybe these new whispers on the upcoming mid-range Desire 10 Lifestyle aren’t entirely accurate. Perhaps @LlabTooFer’s inside information is incorrect, which would probably be a first given the near-flawless track record of this trustworthy though not particularly active and productive leakster. Or, and this is actually a way less far-fetched theory, maybe the HTC-knowledgeable tipster meant to tweet out the “stylish ...

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    While the expected iPhone 7/6SE upgrades and subtle design revisions may not feel compelling enough to prompt 6s or even 6 owners to switch to a “new” iOS handheld, some iFans no longer covered by a warranty probably don’t have a choice but to give up their old precious. Even if you took extra care of your almost two year-old iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, dodged “Bendgate” headaches and unwanted curves, and just generally played all your cards right, you might have still encountered a very serious issue. Dubbed Touch Disease by a group of experts who routinely deal with it professionally, ...

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    While all the 3.5mm headphone jack omission talks and controversies surrounding the next-gen iPhones, dubbed 7 or 6SE, are technically still hypotheticals, the odds of Apple deciding against the traditional audio connector removal at the eleventh hour can almost no longer be calculated. It’s more likely that Cupertino will eventually build an Android device, which is what Steve Wozniak famously (and half-jokingly) advised Tim Cook to do a couple of years back. Okay, let’s just say the two feel equally unrealistic at the moment. But the always outspoken, candid and frequently ...

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    Worn by “the world’s greatest athletes” at the recently concluded Summer Games in Rio in a very shrewd publicity stunt that likely doubled as a mighty convenient pre-release beta trial, the Visa-powered NFC Ring finally seems (just about) ready for primetime and the contactless-paying masses. No need to continue carrying around a bulky smartphone or wearing an expensive smartwatch on your wrist to conduct easy, secure on-the-go transactions. This sleek, low-profile yet stylish and affordable patented smart ring should start shipping worldwide “by December 2016”, with pre-orders ...

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    Google wants a piece of the Amazon-controlled smart speaker action, the latter in turn plans to go after Apple and Spotify in the uber-challenging, jam-packed music streaming arena, while Samsung may also have something akin to the Echo in the pipeline. Bottom line, no tech giant, regardless of its size, financial status and profit margins, is content resting on existing laurels, with product innovation and originality nowhere near as important as a robust presence in as many potential-brimming market segments as possible. So what if a mysterious Samsung Scoop gadget recently sighted at ...

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    Whether you’re convinced wearable devices are the next big thing, or still doubt their practicality but could be swayed into giving them a shot at the right price, this is hands down the best time to buy yesteryear’s top smartwatches. The Huawei Watch, Moto 360 and Samsung Gear S2 have never been cheaper than on the eve of their follow-up models’ introductions, with the rotating bezel-sporting Tizen bad boy in particular feeling like an absolute steal at 100 bucks. $99.99, to be specific, in limited quantity from a trusted eBay seller named Guarantee Cellular, which also hooks you up ...

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    Large demand for a just-launched smartphone is by no means bad news as far as the manufacturing company is concerned, though component shortages and low production yields extending over a lengthy period of time can turn a prospective box-office hit into a very real flop. Samsung experienced such a shifty scenario back when it wasn’t able to rapidly ramp up S6 Edge shipments on account of curved display deficiencies, but even with the iPhone 7 and LG V20 right around the corner, it doesn’t sound like the extremely desirable Galaxy Note 7 will provide a repeat of that unfortunate ...

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    With IFA 2016 right around the corner, and a number of exciting smartphone and smartwatch announcements coming to Berlin from high-profile OEMs like Samsung, Huawei or Lenovo, it’s easy to forget about LG’s big post-trade show launch event. After all, the V20 looked a tad underwhelming in its first round of leaked high-quality renders a few weeks ago, strongly resembling the G5 instead of building on the V10’s unique visual strengths. On the bright side, the looming dual display phablet’s very early Nougat integration and many sound enhancements should fire up Android purists and ...

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    While Android enthusiasts understandably celebrated the highly anticipated public rollout of a final, fully polished 7.0 Nougat build a couple of days ago, it’s important to remember this also marks the beginning of another major struggle. OEMs will now start over-promising and under-delivering, missing their own self-imposed deadlines, snubbing popular, relatively new devices, or worse yet, they’ll stay completely mum on the matter, never really issuing any sort of update roadmap, leaving us wondering, speculating and doubting everything. On that note, at least Sony is being forward ...

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    Android Nougat is out, but some major features like the Nexus Launcher, Google Assistant and more are expected in a Maintenance Release this fall. Google's inviting developers to continue submitting issue tickets as they find and re-tread bugs so that it can fix them up in time for a supposed developer preview for MR1. Well, turns out that if you do happen to report an issue in the Android Developer Console, you'll be able to filter down reports for a version 7.1. Other sources are claiming that user statistics reports are showing a significant minority of users on Android 7.1. We don't ...

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    Last week, unlocked Windows 10 Mobile phones got the Anniversary Update. This week, the carriers' phones get their turn. It started with AT&T's Lumia 950 today getting the update to 14393.67. There's no new firmware for the double-tap to wake feature, but it's still the Anniversary Update. Whether or not you're in for the same disappointment elsewhere is to be determined. AT&T hasn't officially listed the update on its device support page for the Lumia 950, but check your settings throughout the week for the update. Via: Windows Central

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