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    Google Play Music is probably not the world’s most popular online audio streaming service, and somehow, it doesn’t feel like a solid contender for second or third place either. But when it comes to bundle deals and free trials of its premium All Access subscription tier, the Android, iOS and Windows-compatible app often towers comfortably above both Spotify and Apple Music. Case in point, a new limited-time offer letting you enjoy the service’s full library of tracks and albums, as well as ad-free YouTube with offline viewing, at only 99 cents covering 90 whole days. It’s also ...

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    No matter how a bunch of lazy, complacent, greedy, user satisfaction-ignoring device manufacturers and wireless carriers will try to spin the Android numbers tale to make it seem like fragmentation isn’t such a big deal anymore, the cold, hard facts suggest otherwise. Marshmallow is growing at a slower pace than lethargic Lollipop, and with just 7.5 percent market share as of the beginning of May, OS version 6.0 still lags way behind 5.1, 5.0, 4.4, and even the November 2012-released 4.2 Jelly Bean. Together, builds 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop barely surpassed 4.4 KitKat back in March, a full ...

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    Knowing OnePlus and its often sneaky, unorthodox marketing tactics, we couldn’t help but feel this year’s “flagship killer” revealed its aesthetic secrets a little too early and easily. Besides, why would the OnePlus 3 stray so far from the sandstone build path of its predecessors after the controversial Chinese OEM spent so much time advertising said design and hyping its superiority over plastic and metal? As it turns out, some things just change over time, and device manufacturers are allowed to reconsider their stance on an always thorny issue like “premium” construction. ...

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    It doesn’t look like Google’s Project Ara initiative for developing a truly modular smartphone where you can remove and swap all the key components with minimal effort and no specialized tools will yield a fully functional, mass-manufactured product anytime soon. But you can settle for the next best modular thing, namely the LG G5 and its “Friends”, or the upcoming Motorola Moto Z lineup and so-called MotoMods interchangeable back plates. There could be up to half a dozen such productivity-enhancing accessories, adding among others a camera grip, backup battery, kickstand, stereo ...

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    If you feel that wireless charging has seeped into the background for a bit, you may have to readjust your expectations and wait a little bit longer. Energous, the company backed by mobile phone pioneer and virtuist Dr. Marty Cooper, has just gotten FCC approval of a miniature transmitter. That transmitter is part of the company's over-the-air wireless charging system that should be able to deliver power to devices at ranges beyond existing standards like Qi and Powermat. The Miniature WattUp transmitter "can be as small as a USB thumb drive" and can juice low power consumption device, ...

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    The old guard is going away. The Nexus Player just left the Google Store and the Nexus 9 left not long before that. Now we know that HTC is completely done with its own-made tablet as well. The company has said to CNET that it has ended its manufacturing run of the Nexus 9 and has a limited number available at its site. Indeed, all but the white 16GB version are still there on HTC's site as of this post. After several Hot Deal Tuesdays that had the slab discounted by hundreds of dollars, you'll still have to pay full price for these products. Will this clear the way for HTC to possibly ...

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    It's true that we're not being fair to one of the largest banks in the US with that headline. After all, you can put your Wells Fargo cards onto both Android Pay and Apple Pay. But for a bank to launch its own mobile payments app that boasts exclusive compatibility with its own ATMs doesn't seem fair to us. Wells Fargo Wallet will be integrated into the Wells Fargo Android app and can tap into NFC terminals and Wells Fargo ATMs. The bank stated that more than 40 percent of its ATMs will be NFC-enabled by the end of the year. Wallet purchases will also be Zero Liability-protected in case ...

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    Verizon's taking dollars off the board on a few older phones and one very new phone. You just need to get onto the network and not pay off for the device all at once (so much for you devil-opers out there). The Checkmark network is taking $100 off the price of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5, LG V10. The discount also applies to the all-new HTC 10 as well. All you have to do is pay for the phone on a new 24-month device payment plan. The discount takes off some $4.18 per payment. Psst... @Verizon customers, right now you can snag an #HTC10 online for $100 off. Don't ...

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    The pal that helps you and many other people pay up is updating its Android and iOS apps. Unlike many other apps, it's providing customers with a good idea of when to expect an update. Version 6.0 of the app, said to have "a new look and feel," will head to devices with Android 4.0.3 or later and iOS 9.1 or later. Windows Phone users will end availability for the current version of the app while both Amazon Fire and BlackBerry OS users will not be able to use the app beyond June 30. Joanna Lambert, Vice President of Global Consumer Product and Engineering, said in the company's blog post: ...

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    The hype has been real for several years. Samsung or LG would always set up a little display showing off moving pictures on a thin filament of bendable material and we're all left with the impression that a foldable smartphone would be so close down the road. Well, it's 2016 and we're only getting just a whiff of a Galaxy X coming along the way ... for next year. But a Chinese leaker has come into contact with an OPPO prototype of a foldable smartphone. Supposedly, it's been a work-in-progress since August 2015 and it was only in February that engineers started energizing that flexible ...

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    Ever since a factory explosion in Kunshan, China killed 146 people in 2014, it seems that the area's manufacturing industry has been on decline. While these plants still provide Taiwanese manufacturers with the components and materials needed to build products like the iPhone and other electronics, what you'll find less of these days is people. For example, Apple supplier Foxconn has done away with 60,000 jobs at a Kunshan plant formerly of 110,000 workers. The company has stated to the BBC that automation has taken over "many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations". ...

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    We've seen bits and pieces of the latest Galaxy C-series phones come to leak. From its firmly mid-range specs to a less appealing sales price, we've seen this HTC look-alike before. But have you seen it in Technicolor? Well, get ready because this ain't Technicolor — we have seen these colors before. A bunch of Galaxy C5 renders have dropped by SamMobile that may be part of a 360° product view. There are four choices of hue you can see above: in order they are gold, pink gold, gray and silver. You can view each color in all 13 of their angles at the source link. We are supposedly ...

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    It's not as good as free, but if you're new to the whole anti-advertising sentiment of content consumption and want to get started into it, you can do so for just 99 cents. It's the price for three months of YouTube Red, YouTube's new service that not only removes ads from the viewing experience, but gives you access to exclusive original episodic content from viral video stars. Other features like the ability to keep videos running in the background, a Google Play Music subscription and video downloads are also bundled in. After the three-month trial, it reverts to the regular fee scheme ...

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    The prepaid sector has been juicing up their plans with more data for the same monthly price. Sprint's about to revitalize its Virgin Mobile brand while T-Mobile subsidiary MetroPCS is offering an unlimited LTE data allowance, as does Cricket Wireless. But AT&T's own GoPhone service — which does not cap LTE download speeds at 8Mbps like Cricket does — has been a little more limited in its offerings. Well, as leaked before, it's almost time to change that up. On May 27, AT&T will add an extra gigabyte to the high-speed data allowances of its $45 and $60 monthly plans. That ...

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    While Samsung Pay arguably eclipses its iOS-compatible digital wallet rival in convenience, with both NFC and MST support, also driving fast adoption thanks to frequent compelling deals and freebies, it still can’t hold a candle to Apple Pay in terms of global availability. The same obviously goes for Android Pay, which like its Galaxy-supporting competitor is only live in a few countries, with Cupertino today adding Singapore to a much heftier list that includes the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and China as well. Technically, Singapore was first introduced to on-the-go, super-secure ...

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    While Samsung’s age-old flexible Youm smartphone display concept yielded several quirky consumer products in the Galaxy Round, Note Edge, then increasingly popular S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, and S7 Edge, behind-the-scenes work continued on bringing even more curves and elasticity to tomorrow’s high-end mobile devices. For a number of years now, we’ve been hearing of plans to turn the wild, futuristic idea of a fully bendable phone into reality soon, but every so often delays enter the equation as Samsung can’t manage to overcome mass-manufacturing, build quality and other obstacles ...

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    In case you needed further proof that the OnePlus 3 is nigh (under three weeks away, apparently), and set to cost even less than its predecessor upon launch, the China-based company responsible for so many great deals these past couple of years just outdid itself with a fresh round of global smartphone discounts. Wherever available, the OnePlus 2, X and One are significantly cheaper than before, and since there’s no expiration date attached to the super-attractive promos, you may want to hurry. Especially with invitations thrown out across the board. Stateside, if you visit the OEM’s ...

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    While it has an obvious historical explanation, Samsung’s dual-brand flagship release strategy can get awfully confusing for folks not quite familiar with the experimental nature of early Galaxy Note generations. Of course, there’s nothing nichey about these beloved S Pen-wielding phablets anymore, and last year’s Note 5 regional exclusivity proved the popularity of the Galaxy S lineup is in danger of being surpassed or at least matched. Hence, it makes perfect sense for Samsung to cancel any plans it had regarding an S7 Edge+, and once again go wide with a new Note. But surprise, ...

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    Mark your calendars, ladies and gentlemen excited about the VR launch of the OnePlus 3 “flagship killer”, as the last and arguably most important puzzle piece falls neatly into place today, thanks to an inside blabbermouth. Or maybe this is yet another intricate marketing ploy from the inventors of unorthodox advertising disguised as a goof. Either way, we strongly believe OnePlus will take the wraps off its HTC-inspired Snapdragon 820 powerhouse on June 14, just one day after the official kick-off of the 2016 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Pretty ambitious timing, but ...

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    Things have gone from bad to worse to near-cataclysmic for Microsoft’s mobile phone-designing and manufacturing business of late, with the $7 billion acquisition of Nokia’s entire consumer hardware expertise back in 2014 yielding massive financial losses rather than the expected gains. Windows Mobile is a lost cause, although Redmond insists it hasn’t altogether given up on the sub-1 percent OS just yet, high-end Lumias don’t seem to be selling very well even heavily discounted, whereas the forgotten feature phone division should soon be discarded for peanuts. But perhaps most ...

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    It’s rarely a good idea to debut controversial, experimental technology such as a new form of biometric authentication on a flagship consumer product like the upcoming Galaxy Note 6, so let’s not act surprised that Samsung is essentially test-driving iris recognition on a much smaller scale with the Galaxy Tab Iris. This is, well, a pretty crappy overall 7-incher made in India for India, aimed primarily at enterprise and government use, with integration of various local identification, banking, finance, education and citizen services. Courtesy of a dual-eye scanner, the Samsung Galaxy ...

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    It looks like activity tracker pioneer and wearable market leader Fitbit has much more important things to worry about than declining profits and prospectively stagnating sales, as a class action lawsuit filed a few months ago may end up greatly harming the company’s reputation. We’re probably way past the silently settling phase too, with a lot of fingers pointed at the Charge HR, Surge and Blaze for erratically and imprecisely monitoring heart rate information which can “pose a danger to not only the clinical population, but those population of individuals who may not know that ...

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    How badly do you want to see a truly compact Android powerhouse take on and perhaps tower above Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE? Badly enough that you’re willing to settle for a diminutive flagship from a tier 2 manufacturer like Alcatel, since there’s no reported movement on the Samsung Galaxy S7 mini or HTC 10 mini fronts? If yes, then you should be happy to check out the high-end (-ish) specifications of an upcoming Alcatel Flash 3, revealed through GFX Bench just the other day. Unfortunately, this bad boy isn’t quite as small as some of you would desire, directly targeting the Sony ...

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    The LG G5, by itself, is one of the top smartphones to look for this year. But it's not just the speedy internals, great camera, and all around performance that make this phone interesting; when the company first introduced the G5 at the 2016 MWC, LG also went the extra mile in doing what many have called the first modular smartphone. You can agree or disagree at will, but the LG G5 Friends further enhance the user experience by adding more functionality to the phone. These LG G5 Friends companion devices are finally available in the US. They're the LG CAM Plus (adding functionality to ...

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    The same lawmaker that had the state of Utah recognize that pornography is a public health crisis is back at it. This time, Senator Todd Weiler is working on three bills that would force Utahns to opt-in to access X-rated materials online. Some of them would require filters be installed onto smartphones and tablets. // 0&&(d-=1)}),s.on("internal-error",function(t){i("ierr",[t,(new Date).getTime(),!0])})},{}],3:[function(t,e,n){t("loader").features.ins=!0},{}],4:[function(t,e,n){function r(t){}if(window.performance&&window.performance.timing&&window.performance.getEntriesByType){var ...

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