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    You could play whack-a-mole with the number of buy-one-get-one-free deals the carriers are pulling off these days. But that AT&T, though. Yeah, it's got everyone beat right now with the number of phones available for the BOGO-ing. Just watch out for what you need to do to get in the door with this deal. So, here's the skinny: New customers will need to get at least two lines while existing customers will need to add a line. Customers must buy two phones from the same manufacturer. Both phones have to be paid through installment plans, but the free one (we suppose the one worth less ...

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    Rick Osterloh came to Google as its head of hardware and he came at a very pivotal time. We're finally seeing and hearing good news from Google's Advanced Technologies and Products unit about the modular smartphone product that has raised expectations and broken promises for over a year now. One of Project Ara's chiefs said that developer kits for the the smartphone and modules will ship later this year. Consumer editions will debut next year. According to WIRED, about 30 people in the Ara group have a prototype as a daily driver. Cameras, processors and screens actually do snap into the ...

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    ZTE has a pretty decent mid-range smartphone that's just made it to AT&T's prepaid service, but are we getting a capoeira lesson here? And what's with this long name? Well, the blog post at Cricket Wireless's site play cute with the marketing of the phone with references to Motorola's heavily 'ol chugger, the DynaTAC, and the whole bit about how smartphone screen sizes blew up so fast. But then we get this series of GIFs (which we can't place here because of our filesize restrictions ... darn them) that show off a bunch of people running around a huge park in Atlanta, showing off ...

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    In its flurry of software updates, Apple supposedly fixed one problem and caused another one. A big one. Big enough to warrant drastic measures to fix it. According to MacRumors, the company is now offering free exchanges for iPad Pro 9.7 owners who had their tablets bricked by installing the iOS 9.3.2 update. Some of those owners reported seeing an "Error 56" dialog, followed by a prompt to plug the tablet into iTunes for a restore. Those who restored their devices only saw Error 56 pop back up again. Those who have such a bricked tablet should contact Apple Support. Cupertino has also ...

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    All screen, no phone? Well, that's a monitor. But if you're looking for something mobile that does away with as much bezel as possible, we might be coming in close on the Nubia Z11 Max, a phone that didn't get released with its Mini sibling last month. The ZTE subsidiary's senior vice president Ni Fei posted a big fat teaser on Weibo today touting that the phone will be arriving with an 83.27 percent screen-to-body ratio. Not too bad for Nubia — its Z9 phone was pretty comparable. Pictures from Chinese regulatory agency TENAA show the phone off in more detail with a fingerprint sensor ...

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    Following up on Google's Benson Leung's skepticism of the LG G5 and HTC 10 for likely being non-compliant with specifications for USB Type-C for charging, the engineer has become a little less wary of the G5. A GTrusted test of the device's charging practices when connected to Google's universal 60W USB-C adapter showed that the G5 follows USB Power Delivery protocol at 5V, 3A or 9V, 2A. This means that the phone may also support DisplayPort routing. The LG G5 and HTC 10 claim to support both the USB Power Delivery charging standard — which makes it possible to use DisplayPort — and ...

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    After more than two years of controversial activity, three highly divisive phones, a silly drone, bizarre iPhone case and a number of decidedly sketchy publicity stunts, you’ve probably come to expect all the unexpected in the world from OnePlus. Rumors of the company intentionally leaking a recent high-quality render of its own upcoming flagship handheld might well be accurate, and it’d also be no shocker if the image turned out to be a very believable decoy. Meanwhile, co-founder Carl Pei has been trolling the heck out of his Twitter followers for the past few days, claiming “this ...

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    Do you BOGO? Well, you should, as there’s no cheaper way these days to nab a current-gen Android or iOS powerhouse. Make that two, since the very nature of a buy-one-get-one-free promotion compels you to pick up a pair of identical or similar phones, the most affordable of which is offered at no charge. We’ve seen all the big four US carriers turn the BOGO tap on and off for the iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 over the past few months, and Sprint once again wants to “keep your family connected over the busy vacation season”, presumably as it cooks up its second farewell to ...

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    Every time you think Apple Pay deals Samsung Pay a death blow, the Galaxy phone-compatible digital wallet service claws its way back in contention for the rapidly flourishing market’s crown, adding China availability to Korea and the US, offering the sweetest discounts, spreading to more and more banks, and working with various membership and loyalty cards stateside. But possibly its biggest coup yet sees the NFC and MST-enabled mobile payment app precede its arch-rival on the Alipay support bandwagon. Yes, starting today, users of the leading third-party payment platform in China can ...

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    It doesn’t look like Asus learned anything from past mistakes, once again cooking up way too many derivations of an otherwise compelling base phone. The ZenFone 3 family will debut at Computex Taipei before long in at least three sizes and up to a dozen configurations ranging in price from $110 to $370. The ZenFone 3, ZenFone 3 Deluxe and ZenFone 3 Max were showcased in a recent teaser video in partial obscurity, and several pre-release benchmarks came to light over the last few months to detail the specifications of half a dozen different models. Now, we get to see the purported Asus ...

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    If “Lying Ted” or “Little Marco” were still in the Presidential race, or “Crooked Hillary” would stoop to the same low blow name-calling tactics as her presumptive opponent from the other side of the aisle, Trump’s recent disclosure of financial investments would provide so much ammo for such an easy derogatory label. Something short and punchy, like maybe “Two-Face Donald” or just “Hypocritical Donald.” Granted, the controversial businessman was heard giving contradictory statements on many delicate issues these past few months, ranging from immigration to foreign ...

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    Available in Korea since March 31, the US from April 1, and most other major global markets for at least a few weeks, the LG G5 took an unusually long time to reach India, which has recently surpassed the US as the country with the second largest smartphone user base in the world. As such, it felt vital for both the short and long-term box-office prospects of the modular device to stop wasting time, and cater to the hundreds of millions of prospective India-based buyers with a relatively low price. Unfortunately, we still don’t know how much nation-leading retailer Flipkart intends to ...

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    It feels very fitting for the upcoming sixth generation of Samsung’s hugely popular S Pen-enabled phablet to pack 6GB RAM, even though the Note 5 obviously didn’t offer 5 gigs of the good stuff, and many mobile tech consumers still reckon 4GB is plenty for today’s (and tomorrow’s) portable powerhouses. Heck, the latest iPhone does just fine with only 2GB random-access memory, so it’s hard not to sense Samsung (and other Android device manufacturers) are taking their spec wars too far in lack of truly innovative new ideas and concepts. But who’s to say the inevitable rise and ...

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    Google didn’t really go into as much detail about Android N as we’d have liked during its big I/O 2016 keynote, leaving the dessert name decision (partially) up to us, only hinting at the version number, and vaguely bringing up performance, productivity and security improvements developers can sample and help shape up in the latest OS preview. But one of the arguably coolest new features is unavailable for beta tests just yet, as it concerns the often lengthy and burdensome update process. In short, the goal is to make applying patches, especially small maintenance ones, easier and ...

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    Back in the golden age of candybar phones and clamshells, it was so much easier than today to choose a “daily driver.” Nobody talked about different mobile operating systems and platforms (because there weren’t any), you didn’t have quad or octa-core processors to concern yourself with, and lag was an issue limited to PC mIRC chats. It was an arguably simpler time, when essentially the entire mobile device-owning world either used a stylish Motorola Razr or robust and long-lasting Nokia 1000-series handheld. Androids and iPhones of course shortly entered the equation and began ...

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    We've known that PCs have been flagging down in sales for a long time, but what's also been a growing thought among market analysts is that they are due for a resurgence. Convertibles (or "detachables") were thought to be the largest engine for it, but now we're hearing from IDC that it Chromebooks are up on their way, too. The research firm reported that the market saw 13.6 million shipments in the US PC market in Q1, down 5.8 percent annually. The global market saw a 11.5 percent dip to 60.6 million units. Consumer demand continued to dwindle while enterprise were still putting Windows ...

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    Catcher Technology — the metal casing manufacturer that designs and produces (and leaks) Apple's chassis for its iPhones — does not believe it will be losing business with its biggest customer based on what that client will release next year. The Taiwan-based company's chairman and CEO, Allen Horng, said that he knows of only one all-glass iPhone that will be released in 2017. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo fom KGI previously predicted an all-glass iPhone to come next year. Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology out of China is said to be in charge of handling the glass casings for ...

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    And with that, Android has suddenly lost its touch. There's been plenty of experimentation with a string of code that makes use of Force Touch at the homescreen level. What was dubbed as "Launcher Shortcuts" took a bit of engineering from app developers to suss out, but we hoped that enough progress would be made for it to be a mentioned feature at Google I/O. Well, it didn't get mentioned among several other multitasking features and now we know that it will not be meant for Android N. The Android Developers site has release notes out for N's third preview which includes the new VR Mode ...

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    Kantar released its report on the state of the smartphone market last week, now it's Gartner's turn. More smartphones entered the market in this quarter than the same time last year. Fittingly in time for Google I/O, it's a victory this time around for Android at the expense of all the other major platforms. Research firm Gartner reported first quarter sales for smartphones worldwide totaled 349 million units, up 3.9 percent annually. Android sold approximately 293.8 million units representing 84 percent of the market, up more than 5 points. Apple itself reported iPhone sales, but Gartner ...

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    Windowed Android apps are officially coming to Chrome OS with Google announcing that Chromebooks can soon start accessing the million-plus apps on available on the Play Store. The Android apps will supplement Web apps to provide a variety of games and productivity solutions previously unavailable. And, unlike web apps, these apps work without an internet connection. A product manager for Chrome OS said that apps with sensor requirements (think GPS and gyrometers) will be culled from Chromebook Play Store listings. Touchscreen-equipped Chromebooks — beginning with the Pixel 2, the ASUS ...

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    Weibo, like any other social media site, has its swarms of hornets occasionally. When it comes to mobile hardware leaks, disbelief can especially be prone to manifesting in awful ways. Take all of the rumors we've been compiling about a certain version of the Meizu PRO 6. It now seems that these photo leaks, previously connected to that device, have been implicated in a different Meizu device entirely — one possibly with an Exynos processor. The leaker of the Exynos rumor has since decried critics denying rumors of a double-edged PRO 6-like with the Exynos 8890 inside and a fairly ...

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    Google expanded its Cardboard VR efforts with the announcement of its Daydream project at I/O yesterday. But while manufacturers are working off of the reference designs for the requisite headset and controller right now, Google itself has gone on to confirm that it's making its own headset and controller. Clay Bavor, chief of VR at the company, made the announcement at an I/O presentation called "VR at Google". It's the second original manufacturing push for Mountain View in recent history, at least when it comes to mobile — it had designed and built the Pixel C tablet last year. ...

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    Sprint is officially the last stalwart of two-year contract in the US. It had initially dropped them for new customers early this year the same day that AT&T did, but brought the contract option back a month later. We think that the carrier wanted a little help during the major flagship season, but that's something up for debate. Also up for debate is this leak sent to Android Central, telling of another farewell to two-year contracts come May 24. This will apply to new and existing customers for upgrades or line additions. Installment plans or leasing will be the way forward. ...

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    Google is taking a new view of what its keyboard can be. But you have to get the latest software to take a look at it. If you can get the latest Android N Developer Preview onto your applicable device and also have Google Keyboard version 5.0, there's a whole menu in the settings dedicated to changing the color of the keyboard. Not only can you choose from a few hues, but you can upload your own pictures — taking away one of the biggest tricks up the sleeve for third-party keyboards. Yep, owners of phones with AMOLED displays can enjoy pitch black power savings when they're typing up ...

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    Every company that can afford to build a neural network that can learn deeper than deep is seemingly doing so right now. Microsoft is hiring a software engineer that will work on something called the "Bing Concierge Bot," an AI-based assistant more similar to Facebook M or Google Assistant than Amazon Alexa. The bot would be based over messaging apps like "Skype, Messenger, SMS, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc." and, through human-like conversation, can help users do tasks such as booking dining reservations. Microsoft has been making testing out a whole set of bots for music search, captioning, ...

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