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    If you feel like you're missing out on the Galaxy Note 7 software experience (short of the S Pen) and you have an S7 and S7 edge, you're going to have to wait your turn. Just like those waiting for new, non-explosive Galaxy Note 7 units. Weibo rumors are talking about the Grace UX that's on the Note 7 with Android Marshmallow coming to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with the Android Nougat update for each side. The Always On Display that the Note 7 has would also get transferred over, too. That could be just in a few months or so, at least for unlocked units, based on previous update cycles. ...

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    As if Samsung had enough to tamp down with the Galaxy Note 7 recall, we now hear of trade secret subterfuge from within the chaebol's ranks. According to a report from Korean broadcaster SBS, one executive Lee was arrested by police, warranted for accusations of stealing and selling documents about some advanced semiconductor technologies to Chinese firms. Those papers related to details about the 14nm technology being used in the Exynos 8890 and a 10nm die being used for the processor that's to be in the Galaxy S8 — perhaps the Exynos 8895. Samsung is suing Lee while the investigation ...

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    The beta beat bumps on. After several rounds of beta testing leading up to release-grade iOS 10 getting dished up — for some, they got broken plates — for all the good iPhone users out there, we now see both developers and the public getting the first beta of iOS 10.1. Devs got the update yesterday while the public beta is out today. We have the link to register for that beta if you're not on it, but want to be. Tim Cook told Barbra Streizsand that a software update that would prevent Siri from mispronouncing her name would be sent out on September 30. Just another thing to keep an eye ...

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    Sony Mobile has notified Xperia Blog and, presumably, other people on its email list, that the struggling unit's latest flagship will be out for sales on Amazon, Best Buy and other outlets soon enough in the US. The Xperia XZ will be presumably up for pre-orders on October 2 for $699, a price comparable to ones we've found in Europe and Taiwan. We presume that certain retailers will take their own promotional spins with this release as they have done for the Xperia X Compact, also recently released. Sweeter deals have been found with the prior batch of Xperia X phones. Both new phones ...

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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen promised that two Android smartphones would come before the company's fiscal year went out. He made the promise in the midst of collapsing investor confidence in Waterloo's money-losing hardware unit. Chen has repeated his belief that he could sell 5 million smartphones in a year. We may see what happens when the company's second quarter ends on September 28. The Motley Fool and plenty of analysts are thinking that BBRY will lose money for the next three years if it doesn't cut rope and sail from hardware. They believe that a ShopBlackBerry sale going through the ...

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    Yahoo has announced that "a state-sponsored actor" has gotten hold of a copy of US account details including password hashes, — machine-scrambled passwords that are sent and exclusively accepted by receiving servers — unencrypted and encrypted security questions and answers and vital specs like names, email addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. The data dates back to late 2014. As of this point, it seems that no unhashed passwords were obtained as well as payment or bank account information. Users are being notified and urged to be vigilant for suspicious emails asking for ...

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    The deadline to file for a refund for a recalled phone in South Korea was on Monday. The government said that the deadline came too early. The Korean Agency for Technology and Standards has yet to approve Samsung's recall plan moving forward as it tries to whittle down risks of a battery exploding in someone's hands. It wants to chaebol to spend more time publicizing consumers' options. "We need more measures to actively inform consumers. It appears that consumers are not active in seeking an exchange or a refund," said the agency's Nam Taek-joo. The only choice left for consumers at this ...

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    The Surface Pro 3 has been a steady product except for the several times it hasn't been. This is another time that Microsoft's updates have made it not a steady product. The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has been going out to the Surface Pro 3 for a few weeks and what it left for those owning the convertible with an LG Chem-made battery. What's supposed to have been a firmware improvement has turned into a degradation as users found that the computer was not charging when plugged. Furthermore, when a Surface Pro 3 came off the power supply, it would instantly turn off. One user was ...

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    Choosing a wireless communications service provider stateside based on which of the “big four” offers the best unlimited data deals isn’t easy, given all the ifs and buts, the fine print and restrictions, various strings attached, artificial throttling, or DirecTV obligations you have to consider before making your decision. But one thing’s been made abundantly clear by Verizon’s head honchos in recent months, with T-Mobile One and Sprint Unlimited Freedom launches apparently changing very little of the market leader’s philosophy. According to Big Red CFO Fran Shammo… yet ...

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    China and India have repeatedly been highlighted in recent months by independent financial analysts, Apple investors and even various top-ranking executives, Tim Cook included, as the key markets dictating the Cupertino money maker’s future prosperity. But what about South Korea? Home to Apple arch-rivals Samsung and LG, this is the most developed country in East Asia, as well as extremely urbanized, with 25 million residents in the Seoul Capital Area alone. Seoul, by the way, is the world’s fourth largest economy, behind Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles, which begs the question ...

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    As value-focused China-based Android device manufacturers like LeEco, Xiaomi or Meizu (too) carefully devise their proper US expansion plans, domestic unlocked phone specialist BLU continues its uncontested rise to fame. Granted, sub-$400 competition stateside has been heated up by recent Moto, Honor, ZTE or OnePlus releases, but if you only have 150 or 200 bucks to spend, it’s hard to find better gadgets, at least on paper, than the Vivo 5R or Life One X2. The latter model has literally just seen daylight as an incremental upgrade over last year’s “top selling and reviewed” Life ...

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    Unwilling to give up on either its own brand when it comes to mobile devices, or Moto-labeled products that are way easier to market in the Western world, Lenovo likes to keep itself busy, recently unveiling the P2, A Plus, K6 trio, Moto E3 and E3 Power, Z, Z Force and Z Play, as well as the G4, G4 Plus and G4 Play. Up next, a Moto M with model number XT1662 is also expected, initially speculated to be dubbed Moto X (2016), and now reportedly heading exclusively for China. Bizarrely enough, this might be manufactured domestically by Lenovo, as opposed to the Chicago-based Motorola Mobility ...

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    Amazon has been building the world’s most popular e-book readers for nearly a decade now, beloved low-cost Fire tablets since 2011, also dabbling in smartphone manufacturing at one point, and achieving unexpected mainstream success with Echo and Tap intelligent speakers. What the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is yet to try its hand at are smartwatches or any other type of wearable devices, though that doesn’t mean you can’t talk to Alexa on your wrist. Remember the Indiegogo-funded CoWatch? Well, the Google and Android veterans behind it only needed $288K in pledges and five months ...

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    Could Sony have finally got a flagship smartphone right in all aspects, from design to specifications to pricing? At a first glance, the Xperia XZ isn’t so much better than the X Performance, and the Japanese OEM learned nothing from past US release-crippling mistakes, once again deactivating the fingerprint reader around those parts. Still, something about the latest high-end 5.2-incher, complete with mind-blowing 23 and 13MP cameras, as well as Snapdragon 820 power and 3GB RAM, appears to have clicked with Taiwanese consumers, who needed just 45 minutes the other day to exhaust local ...

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    Despite an estimated $1 billion initial recall cost, $26 billion of market value lost just like that as of last week, and numerous PR blunders bound to translate into even more “heartbreaking” damages, especially as far as public perception goes, Samsung could ultimately survive the Galaxy Note 7 explosion fiasco. The Korean tech giant is starting to prove it has what it takes to overcome possibly the most difficult moment in its recent history, kicking off exchanges all around the world, somehow even rebooting sales here and there, and finally ensuring original Note 7 owners are well ...

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    Who doesn’t love unlocked Android smartphones, especially those sold through official, authorized and trustworthy channels with valid warranties and fast, free nationwide shipping? It pretty much goes without saying you’ll find plenty of compelling deals on such products from basically every OEM under the sun come Black Friday and Cyber Monday in a couple of months, but if you simply can’t wait that long, Amazon’s latest “48 hour Unlocked Event” has you covered. The fire sale’s protagonists are fairly popular even when they’re not massively marked down, as the 4GB RAM/64GB ...

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    AnTuTu is widely recognized as one of the most fickle, least trustworthy mobile device performance testing tools, and yet, everyone keeps paying attention to its reports, especially prior to and shortly after various flagship model releases. Even OEMs will sometimes flaunt unusually high benchmarking scores as ultimate evidence of their products’ imposing raw speed, as seems to be the case for the Xiaomi Mi 5s. This bad boy has practically been confirmed for a September 27 announcement a couple of days back, and its makers now also practically corroborate persistent Snapdragon 821 ...

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    In the US, many carriers are already working on updating every Galaxy Note 7's battery icon, exchanging old, explosion prone and, most importantly, recalled Note 7 units with new ones and, for some, selling new units to consumers at large. For Canada, the pace of the process has been more measured. Samsung Canada spoke with MobileSyrup talking about its exchange program and when new sales would officially start in the north. COO and executive vice-president of mobile enterprise solutions Paul Brannen said that about 70 percent of the 22,000 units have been registered for replacement. An ...

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    The HTC 10 has an IP53 rating that guarantees that the phone will be protected from dust getting into its vital components and for spraying water for up to five minutes. The way devices get tested for that rating is vigorous and, while not government-regulated, is pretty important to the International Electrotechnical Commission. HTC, said to make this year's Google Nexus Pixel smartphones, apparently has been able to go for the same Ingress Protection rating, according to a tip sent to Android Police. What does this practically mean? Well, we wouldn't encourage you to use your HTC 10, ...

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    The unreleased and still rumored-about Idol 4 Pro may have just gotten a GFXBench run showing it off with a different software load than previously talked about. It's certainly bad news for anyone who appreciates choice in their high-spec hardware and flipping Live Tiles. The Snapdragon 820-eqipped phone runs an Alcatel-made user interface on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. That's a starkly different software load than the Windows 10 Mobile once mentioned in relation to this phone. Other specs on-board include 4GB of RAM, a 21-megapixel main camera with 8-megapixel selfie shooter and a ...

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    Samsung is on the steep decline from the height of its recall of every sold Galaxy Note 7 unit with a potential of containing an explosive battery. Even as official new sales dates are a bit far off, carriers in the US have started selling brand new Note 7 phones in addition to handling exchanges. For AT&T, the games have only just begun as it has notified customers who have purchased a Note 7 prior to September 15 that new units are available for their exchange. Users are also getting an OTA update that will automatically download and install. Data charges for this update will be ...

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    iPhone it and he will come. At least, Luca Todesco definitely will. He's the developer/hacker that's been jailbreaking iOS for a while. And he's always kept those Cydia proofs to himself, — he's under no obligation to give it away — the teasing always leaves a bitter taste. Thus, the iPhone 7, running iOS 10 out of the box, has been broken. This is a jailbroken iPhone 7. pic.twitter.com/wa4ZyEpK8o — qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) September 21, 2016 obligatory cydia screenshot pic.twitter.com/peSF0kVNBh — qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) September 21, 2016 Now all we have to do is get ...

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    Our first taste of what the Google Assistant can do for us in our everyday lives is within the Google Allo messaging app that got released today. Now, you can get your undergarments scrunched up about all the chat apps that Google has floated out, but we'll save the debate for another post. What got released today for both Android and iOS seems to be an attempt to become what Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Line, iMessage and [insert your app of choice here] have become — cuter, more versatile and smarter. While that includes the usual pack of stickers or the doodly-doos on your pictures, ...

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    Apple made a pretty big gamble by waiting nearly a year and a half to upgrade its love-or-hate first-generation wearable piece, but as Android Wear manufacturers largely failed to get the platform off the ground, it may have all paid off for the early global smartwatch leader. Not only was Cupertino able to design a vastly improved Apple Watch Series 2 with built-in GPS and water resistance up to 50 meters, but the original model never feared it would lose its crown. Not for a day. Even as it reportedly and understandably ran out of steam in the past few months, the iOS-compatible ...

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    Usually, when we bring you Samsung Pay-centric news, they’re about the fast-growing digital wallet’s latest wave of expansions or adopter-incentivizing deals. Then there’s the occasional security threat, and today, an uncommonly important app update. If you’ll choose to elevate the mobile payment service to its freshest version, 2.3, cloud sync functionality and iris authentication awaits. The latter add-on however depends on what Galaxy model you’re rocking, with just the one actually supporting a second biometric recognition method, alongside fingerprints. Yes, we’re talking ...

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