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    One thing we haven't had to worry about in the US was paying taxes to get onto the big 'ol Internet. And we may never have to worry about it. The Senate has passed a trade enforcement bill in a 75-20 vote, one that contained the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act. It made permanent a recurring moratorium on state-levied taxes affecting Internet bandwidth, content and other factors. The last one was signed in 1998 and was to expire this October. Lawmakers and advocate groups from across the political spectrum lauded the act. The House of Representatives voted on the legislation last June. ...

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    With the original HTC One (M7), the manufacturer introduced us to the “UltraPixel,” some branding it came up with for a camera sensor that traded high megapixel count for physically larger individual pixels, capturing more light and designed to produce higher quality images. Now with the new One M10 just around the corner, we've heard reports of UltraPixel making its return to the phone's main camera, though now in the form of a much higher-res 12MP sensor. Can we still expect the same big pixels as before, just with a lot more of them? Or is the UltraPixel branding more fluid, and HTC ...

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    Back in December, Samsung gave fans of the Gear S2 Classic smartwatch (the design with that lovely knurled bezel ring) something to look forward to in the new year as it announced that the wearable was about to pick up two new color options: platinum and rose gold. At CES in early January we got a chance to check out the new hardware, bringing you a hands-on look at the new models. A few weeks later, we even saw retailers getting ready to sell these puppies – but still with no firm word on when they might actually become available, outside a general one-to-two-month window. Well, it ...

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    From licking a frozen pole to sticking a fork in an outlet, there are countless bad ideas people can tell you that you absolutely, 100% should not try – and someone's going to try them anyway. In the smartphone world, that extends to things like putting your Galaxy Note 5's S Pen in backwards – at least on the original hardware. Today we've got another of these warnings to share with you, as we learn about an iOS bug that makes it way too easy to seriously disable your iPhone. Users report that disabling automatic timekeeping and manually setting your phone's date to January 1, 1970 ...

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    Google's been making a big investment in virtual reality lately, and with all the reports we've heard of new VR hires, it hasn't been hard to imagine that this interest might extend beyond the sort of relatively simple Cardboard viewer we have now. But just how far could Google be planning to go? A recent report suggested news could be coming at this year's I/O, including a next-gen Cardboard-like headset that pairs with existing smartphones. Now a new rumor suggests that not only is this advanced Cardboard successor in the works, but that Google's also working on a fully stand-alone VR ...

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    When we're talking about improvements with smartphone imaging tech, we usually think about picture quality: low-light performance, stabilization, and all that good stuff. And while better camera tech gives us access to higher and higher quality pics, some of the most interesting developments are happening over on the software side of things, as algorithms get better at processing the content of these photos, learning to recognize their subjects and make smart decisions about how to categorize and sort our pics. That extends from automatic photo tagging to some more impressive feats, like ...

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    With their launches just over a week away, the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 have really started coming into focus lately, as leaks and rumors continue to condense into what's becoming a more and more reliable-looking picture of the flagship hardware. And while we have shades of that with the One M10 (aka Perfume), there's more than a bit of extra uncertainty over in HTC's camp. Rumors continue to cast doubt on how the phone will be branded, and we're facing the possibility that it could be months and months before shoppers have the chance to lay hands on the hardware. As we continue to look ...

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    We're about to find ourselves positively inundated by announcements of new mobile hardware with MWC looming ever so close, but some companies just can't wait until the big expo to share their latest news, and are already getting a head start with early launches. We just told you about one of Qualcomm's newest SoCs, as the company announced its first such component made specifically for wearable hardware: the Snapdragon Wear 2100. But that's just one piece of today's Qualcomm news, and the company's also got a trio of more traditional SoCs that it's also launching: the Snapdragon 425, ...

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    You’d probably expect a fledgling segment of the ever-growing tech industry to advance at a more rapid pace than fully mature, saturated markets, and while that’s been true in some aspects for wearable devices, most smartwatches have also worryingly stagnated in a key department. Remember the 2014 LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live? Well, their sequels, threequels and spin-offs may look far prettier on the outside, and they’ve definitely gained a bunch of software tricks, a few being nowadays even capable of initiating and receiving voice calls by themselves. But you know what the two ...

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    If you thought the newest upper mid-range “pure Google” phone was an interesting proposition at $380 and up, then a very alluring one at $330, and an outright irresistible bargain when dropped an extra 30 bucks, wait until you hear what eBay seller Buydig has to offer today. You guessed it, we’ve just reached another Nexus 5X all-time record low price, in both 16 and 32GB configurations. The entry-level model costs a measly $280 on the auction website in your choice of carbon black or quartz white coats of paint, while the version capable of accommodating twice the data internally ...

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    While nobody likes a copycat, Samsung fans and Android enthusiasts in general can all agree the global leader of smartphone shipments could benefit from aping a particular product release strategy generally associated with iDevices. Of course, Apple didn’t invent the formal announcement followed shortly by a pre-order start, then also very quickly by a commercial rollout, but traditionally, a member of the Galaxy needs several weeks, sometimes even a month to go from Unpacked event headliner to widely available item in stores around the world. Not to mention typically slower turnarounds ...

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    As soon as everyone’s hopes of seeing Samsung Pay support extended beyond the Korean and US borders last year were shattered, it felt safe to predict at least further details on a Spanish launch would be shared at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month. Of course, the February 21 Samsung Unpacked event should be about the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge more than anything, but a company official just confirmed a few minutes of spotlight time will be dedicated to the Apple Pay-competing service as well. Nathalie Oestmann, the Director and Head of the digital wallet’s European branch, ...

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    Sprint recently kicked off a trade-in promotion aimed squarely at Galaxy S6 and Note 5 prospective buyers, T-Mobile supports love with a free LTE tablet, among others, and Verizon just bumped up its prepaid data allotment, so it was about time AT&T joined this surprising pre-spring sales bonanza. It looks like the waiting may have been worth it too, as the second largest US carrier ranks first in savings offered to select Android enthusiasts. Namely, if you’re still in the market for high-end 2015 Samsung phones, even as the Galaxy S7 approaches, you can score a whopping $595 in bill ...

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    Exactly one week ago, comScore released its Q4 2015 US smartphone industry report, showing how iPhones lost steam to their Samsung rivals and Androids in general compared to the previous quarter. Still, Apple was the dominant local manufacturer by a comfortable gap between October and December, and now Parks Associates confirm the familiar status quo for the whole of last year. Namely, the research firm claims, about 40 percent of intelligent handhelds in use stateside in 2015 were iPhones, while Samsung seized a notably smaller but decent nonetheless 31 percent piece of the pie. ...

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    Apple wouldn’t be caught dead directly discounting one of its high-profile iDevices within at least a year of their commercial rollouts, but fortunately for bargain hunters, third-party retailers can get way more competitive and sometimes show unexpected generosity. Granted, a $700 tablet is hardly what we’d normally deem a bargain, though the iPad Pro isn’t exactly “normal” either. It’s the first of its kind, going straight for Surface Pro 4’s jugular, with a jumbo-sized Retina 12.9-inch display in tow, Pencil support, optional Smart Keyboard, and a remarkable 4GB RAM ...

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    If you perhaps felt the two-stage rollout of cumulative Windows 10 updates for Technical Previewers didn’t cover everyone’s particular beta testing needs, Microsoft is today announcing a third so-called “ring.” This one’s aptly dubbed Release Preview, and joins the previously introduced Fast and Slow rings to make sure as many people as possible can sample early, unfinished OS builds with the risks each separate individual is willing to take. Confused? Gabe Aul, Redmond’s Corporate Vice President of the Engineering Systems Team, explains it best in a recent Windows blog post, ...

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    Western Motorola buffs already have reason to envy their India-based counterparts, as Marshmallow updates are coming left and right in the latter market, including for the regional Moto G Turbo Edition and, most recently, the standard G second-gen. But now nation-leading online retailer Flipkart takes things to the next level, also offering a slew of discounts on Moto gear to honor the second anniversary of the American device manufacturer’s return to India. Basically everything’s on sale for a limited time, starting with the always popular Moto X Style, which now costs Rs. 27,000 ...

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    It feels like we’ve been basically saying the same thing in anticipation of every single high-end HTC product launch over the past few years, and once again, it appears the company’s financial well-being, even its very survival, hinges on an impending flagship phone. The problem is the One M10, aka Perfume, aka One-something-else-entirely isn’t impending enough, skipping this month’s Mobile World Congress, where the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 are expected to go official. Worse yet, the One A9 lookalike may also skip the month of March entirely, seeing daylight around mid-April in ...

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    The wound grows deeper from the discharge of the Nokia acquisition. Microsoft, having recently revealed the mobile unit's poor performance and forecast, has announced it would have to lay off "dozens" more jobs separate from the 2,300 eliminations the company took in Finland last year. That round of cuts resulted in the shutting down of an R&D facility in Salo. Finland is just coming out of a protracted economic recession, but will have to continue with a ballooning unemployed rate projected to be near 10 percent within the year. Former CEO Steve Ballmer recently said that Microsoft ...

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    Samsung is in the process of acquainting its customer service representatives with its new look TouchWiz on Android 6.0. Thing is, we weren't supposed to see the darn presentation. But we have it leaked to us, so we might as well pore through it. Common questions anticipated concern the revised app permission pop-ups, lack of decryption and user interfaces for several features. The messaging app now has the capability to play video and audio without pop-up players and send links over to the in-app browser. Wrong password inputs will now have go through a different time penalty structure. ...

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    We've been hearing from investors and supposed "people in the know," but we may be able to get more solid reporting from a news outlet. The Electronic Times of Korea is sourcing Samsung insiders in reporting that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company will be the sole provider of what we think to be the A10 processor for use in Apple's iPhone 7. TSMC will be using a 10nm process to build the chipset. It seems both manufacturers had sent samples to Apple back in July and it seems that the TSMC was the one that got the order in the end. The two shared the order for the A9 processors last ...

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    The Office pool has grown just a bit larger. ASUS signed with Microsoft to include the latter's suite of productivity apps. After a few bouts of fighting, so has Samsung. Acer thought it was time to do the same as it will begin pre-loading Microsoft productivity apps such as Word and Skype on its Android wares starting in the second half of the year (pictured above: the Windows 10 version of the Liquid Jade Primo smartphone). With that announcement, Microsoft went on in a separate announcement to say that it has notched its 74th licensing deal. It now has "strategic agreements" with ...

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    How prescient. LG has gone ahead either in sardonic fashion or a state of hubris and blasted out a new version of its "touch-enabled Quick Cover" case, explicitly for the "speculative LG G5." We were first introduced to some of the new features this Quick Cover will have back when the K10 got its own case. The usual quick-hit functionalities are available from calls to alarms without activating the phone full bore. Thing is, this case draws a parallel to the HTC Dot View case with the inclusion of a translucent mesh area that users can tap and swipe across. Add to that a glossy finish and ...

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    This device looks like it's going to be one of those devices that will keep leaking until the last minute. But hey, we might as well enjoy the ride with the LG G5. After our rumor roundup comes this Geekbench readout which features no real surprises from our expectations. The G5, which is assumed to go by the model number LG-F700S, looks to be sporting the typical innards a healthy 2016 flagship should have. Android 6.0.1 is to go on top of a Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) chipset and 4GB of RAM. That single-core score looks pretty appealing, but it's nothing out of the blue. We just hope it ...

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    Love it or hate it, it's hard to deny that the NuAns Neo with its two-tone, multi-color (to say nothing of multi-material) back panel is one of the most eye-catching Windows 10 Mobile smartphones we've seen to date – and arguably ever will. When we first learned about the phone last month, the hardware sounded pretty solid (if less than cutting-edge), and while it might have been a little chunky-looking, this seemed like the smartphone for spotlight-seekers to get. The only problem was, this puppy was slated for a Japanese release, and the radio support didn't exactly make it conducive ...

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