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    One of our favorite things about the Galaxy S6 (as well as the Galaxy S6 Edge) is the ability to transform the handset's look with just a few taps as we try on some of the phone's alternate themes. The powerful theming engine Samsung's gifted the phone with gives users the ability to adapt TouchWiz to their tastes, and we've already talked about some of our top choices in posts and on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Additional themes are arriving all the time, and today a particularly attention-grabbing one has landed, giving the GS6 a very stock-Android-inspired Material Design overhaul. ...

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    Apple hasn't necessarily re-invented te wheel with its Force Touch technology on the Apple Watch, but it did prove to be extremely useful on the new MacBook. It's clear that the use for this technology is beneficial when used in a larger canvas, and any rumors have claimed that the next generation iPhone will be benefited by this. This is not just a software gimmick though, and today we learn more about the progress of this new hardware. Asian suppliers close to the matter have just confirmed that Apple has placed a substantial order for the flexible printed circuit boards that are ...

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    It's been a little over a week now since Microsoft released the last public preview release of Windows 10 Mobile as part of its Insider Preview program. And while build 10136 was a feature-packed one, it didn't arrive without its own share of problems, notably the roundabout way by which it had to be installed. Microsoft told us that a future release would allow for upgrading from 10080 without jumping through such hoops, and yesterday we heard that the company was already zeroing-in on its next candidate build. We were expecting that we might see that one arrive in another week or so, but ...

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    With yesterday's announcement of the WPC adopting new high-power, high-speed support for the Qi wireless charging standard, we found ourselves reflecting on just how much progress such tech has made over the course of the past year. A huge component to the growing acceptance and availability of wireless charging solutions has been Samsung's decision to bake the feature right in to its latest flagships, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Now Samsung engineer Se-Ho Park is sharing some new insight into what led the company down that path, and where it plans to go from here. While Park ...

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    This year promises to be one of the most important for Microsoft in a while, as the company gets ready to release its new Windows 10 platform in just a few more weeks. That launch is sure to set the stage for the rest of the year's developments, but what then? How can Microsoft take that momentum and put it to best advantage in 2016? In a newly leaked internal email, CEO Satya Nadella lays out Microsoft's mission statement going forward. Officially, Microsoft's mission is to “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” To do this, the company will put ...

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    Apple has gained a lot of fame over the quality of its iPhone cameras since the iPhone 4 back in 2010. It's taken years for competitors to be able to match this level of quality, but after five years, we can safely say that competitors have surpassed Apple by a lot with products like the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6. Apple is now pressured to come up with something great for the next iPhone, and today we learn of how long the company has been working on it. Altek is the company responsible for the dual-lens camera setups we currently see from HTC and Huawei, and its CEO Xiaru Wen has just ...

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    OnePlus has slowly been warming us up to the idea of the OnePlus 2, spending the last week now sharing a few key details about the company's upcoming smartphone. We know which SoC it will use, have a general sense of pricing, and most recently we heard to expect reversible USB type C connectivity. This is all great, and we look forward to learning more in the weeks leading up to the phone's launch. But when exactly might that be? Today OnePlus gives us a date to mark on our calendars, announcing plans to formally introduce the OnePlus 2 on Monday, July 27. What the company has in mind for ...

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    Was going with the Snapdragon 810 SoC in the Xperia Z3+ a big mistake on Sony's part? We've been hearing a lot about overheating warnings, some even suggesting that many of the phone's key features – like a number of camera modes – cause the handset to overheat so quickly as to render them essentially unusable. But talk is cheap and we want to see for ourselves; that's why we just picked up a Z3+ of our own, and while we've only just started putting it through its paces, there will be plenty of additional reporting on the phone to come. As you wait for the verdict, shoppers all across ...

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    How much storage does your smartphone have right now? 32GB? Maybe 64GB? Or are you a capacity hound who's taken a phone that's already packed with tons of internal storage and have augmented that with an extra microSD card for even more space? Earlier this month we told you about the biggest microSD card yet, a 512GB monster (though one with a sky-high $1000 price tag). Second to that, the best option we knew of was the 200GB SanDisk card, announced back during MWC. While quite a bit smaller, this one was also on target to be a heck of a lot more affordable. Now sales of the card are ...

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    Earlier this week we saw Amazon shine the spotlight on its Echo appliance (above) as it made the digital assistant available for general sale. Much of Echo's power comes from Amazon's Alexa cloud-based voice service, translating spoken commands into actions. Now Alexa is preparing to make a bold expansion, as Amazon opens the service for devs everywhere to take advantage of. Amazon's inviting devs to build their own Echo-like products by making its Alexa Voice Service free to use. For companies already working on connected-home appliances, that means a quick-and-easy way to implement ...

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    Who doesn't love taking home a new smartphone? For several years now, the big US carriers have offered subscribers special plans that keep them hooked-up with new hardware at a far brisker pace than you'd get just waiting around for regular upgrade eligibility on a subsidized plan: things like T-Mobile JUMP! and AT&T Next. Though they all had their various trade-offs, they still meant that you could start fresh with a new phone far more often than you might otherwise be able to. Now T-Mobile's got an interesting new spin on the concept, as it introduces its JUMP! On Demand system. ...

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    Been itching for an OPPO R7 ever since you saw Jaime Rivera's hands-on video with the phone? Living in the US? Well, you're in luck. OPPO is one of the few Chinese manufacturers to consistently make its products available across the pond in the States, and its latest product, the R7, is no exception. OPPO R7 US pre-orders have officially been kicked off today. The phone will begin shipping at some point early in July, with pre-orders going for US$399 with free shipping included. To sweeten the deal, the company is also throwing in a complimentary pair of headphones. One thing to keep in ...

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    Until Microsoft "soon" decides on the next Windows 10 Mobile release, Insiders can continue playing with build 10136, that's become available last week. Whether the new build that will arrive will be 10149, or a more recent one, is yet unknown, but this particular 10149 version, that's been allegedly leaked, brings some changes to the table. For starters, as you can see in the image above, the Edge address bar (Edge is the name of the now rebranded browser) has been moved to the bottom. Unlike on Android and iOS, where you have to reach all the way up to the address bar, Edge will make it ...

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    Many people are using the Photos app that comes with Google+ (and there also are users who can't wait for it to go away), but, apparently, with the latest update to the Google+ app, the Photos counterpart will go away. This message (pictured above) will pop up, at one point, once you get the Google+ 5.8 version from the Play Store: "This Google+ version of Photos will stop working soon. But don't worry! All your photos and videos are already in the new Google Photos — organized, searchable, shareable, and ready for you." Those who were relying on the built-in Google+ Photos section ...

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    Whether Apple Music will turn out to be the Spotify killer or not (or a serious contender for that matter), is yet unknown. However, what we do know, is that, thanks to Taylor Swift, Apple will now pay artists for their songs streamed by users in the free Apple Music trial period. While nothing has been set in stone yet, and negotiations are under way with several labels, The New York Times reports that Apple will pay 0.2 cent for the use of recordings. Executives in the music business said that this is more or less similar to what other services are offering, like Spotify. The ...

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    If you are, or were, a "flash-aholic", just like some (read most) of us were at one point, then you're probably going to like this, especially if you are an HTC One M9 owner. It's been a while since we covered custom ROMs, but, just as we did in the past, we'll remind you again: tampering with your phone's software could render it unusable, seriously damage it, and may void your warranty. Not that we've got this one out of the way, here's the meat of it: first HTC One M9 custom ROM that's based on Android 5.1 is out, and, of course it comes from XDA Developers. While HTC is doing a great ...

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    The OPPO Joy 3, as seen above, is the latest budget smartphone coming from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer. It has been listed on the phone-maker's website, and, while pricing has not yet been confirmed, it will definitely be a budget-oriented device, given the rather low-end specifications. It features a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480 pixels, and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. RAM and internal storage are on the low side, with one- and 4GB respectively, granted, internal storage can be expanded using a microSD card. ...

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    When it comes to bringing smartphone interaction to a vehicle, without the risk of a fender bender, CarPlay and Android Auto are the way to go so far. The only problem is that even though these services were launched a year ago, it took for ever for car makers to adopt them, and it would force you to buy a new car if you wanted some love. Lucky for us Pioneer and Kenwood gave us an affordable alternative, and one of the options goes live today. The Kenwood DDX9702S and Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S are both shipping to stores and customers today, and what made them stand apart from Pioneer's ...

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    Facebook Messenger is much more than a convenient way to get in touch with your friends while you're busy wasting time on Facebook, and has evolved into an important communication tool in its own right. We've known that Facebook has grand plans for the service, and have already seen some big improvements this year, like the arrival of mobile payments and video calls. The next major change for Messenger concerns how users access the service, giving them the ability to sign up without the need for a full Facebook account. Starting in the US, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela, users can register ...

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    Accessing real 3D content on your smartphone is a breeze these days, thanks largely to the efforts of Google in promoting its bare-bones Cardboard viewer. A couple lenses, an enclosure for your phone, and you've got everything you need to start checking out tons of 3D apps. And while there are any number of extremely affordable Cardboard viewers out there, there's no beating free, and that's exactly what we're talking about today, as Conan O'Brien hands out free VR viewers for Android and iOS users. Remember the Adult Swim Cardboard-viewer giveaway we heard about back at the start of the ...

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    Google Play has long been a more permissive place for software than Apple's App Store, but even Google has its limits. Just what developers aren't allowed to do gets spelled out in Google's Play policies, banning things like gambling apps or outright malicious software. Occasionally Google revisits these policies, adding new restrictions or clarifying existing limitations in an effort to keep the Play Store a home for diverse software while at the same time prohibiting content that threatens to make Android a less-than-welcome place for all users. This week Google did just that, expanding ...

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    Even though Google owns the most popular smartphone platform in the world, the company has proven that ignoring strong competitors is a bad idea. We've seen the company update most, if not all of its iOS applications to match Android counterparts in almost every way possible. One of the only services that was left behind was Google Calendar, or at least until today. Google has just published an update for Google Calendar on iOS, and the plan is to have it resemble its Android sibling in just about everything. Google Drive integration is a major update, so now iPhone users can integrate ...

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    Many may consider Apple to be the most conservative company in the smartphone industry, but that's if you completely ignore what smartphones were like before the iPhone. Cupertino has been famous for leap frogging competitors in some cases, and for not adopting technologies until it can perfect them. At a time when curved displays are making an appearance, it seems Apple is already interested in the idea, but don't hold your breath. Sources claim that Apple is very interested in OLED display technology, and that is good news given how well these displays have evolved in color saturation ...

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    A week ago Tuesday, Microsoft released the latest build of Windows 10 Mobile for testers. And while the update brought with it a number of improvements, there was a big shadow hanging over its release in the form of complicated installation requirements: users couldn't easily upgrade from the last preview release, and would have to do a fresh install – after first going back to WP 8.1. Microsoft promised that the next Windows 10 Mobile preview build would address this issue, and anyone not interested in jumping through those hoops could simply wait for its arrival, and continue upgrading ...

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    Apple has a significant amount of cash available to solve its many needs, and as such, it gives the company enough leverage to gain some very lucrative negotiations with suppliers. Something else that Apple's cash is useful for, is in retaining exclusive rights to certain products, even if only for a certain period of time. Some of these benefits we've seen in how Apple was able to acquire the technology behind Touch ID, but we've even seen this in products Apple has still not used. Liquidmetal Technologies Inc. is a very famous case of how Cupertino can use its money in a product it has ...

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