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    Chinese manufacturers have trended away from Apple and more towards Samsung in terms of smartphone design. With the Xiaomi Mi 5's fit and finish taking more inspiration from the Galaxy S7 and the Vivo Xplay 5 flat-out going S7 edge, the rumor machine has been giving hints to more of these double-curved display devices coming soon. One Weibo user is reporting that Xiaomi and Huawei are working on such phones with the former's possibly taking on the "Mi Edge" name and the latter's likely flowing with "Mate Edge." Original, right? Here's the rub: Xiaomi is apparently turning to LG Display for ...

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    You don’t need to be a financial analyst or pundit to tell, based on common sense and elementary math, that a company posting quarterly revenue of over $50 billion and $10.5 billion net profits in today’s economic climate is doing pretty darn well by any standards. That’s the main, straightforward point Apple CEO Tim Cook tried to get across in an extensive interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer for the finance TV talk show “Mad Money” on Monday following a “huge overreaction” by Wall Street in the wake of Cupertino’s latest earnings call. Cook even took the time to highlight ...

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    If you’ve started to find Samsung’s alphabet soup of entry-level and mid-range phones pretty much as confusing as the company’s old product lineup and its respective branding, it seems as though the market-leading OEM has similar issues keeping track of A or J-series releases. Case in point, the upcoming Galaxy J2 (2016), aka SM-J210, benchmarked through AnTuTu, GFX Bench and Geekbench with specs reminiscent of the J3 (2016) that barely saw daylight last fall in China, this January on CDMA US carriers, and a couple of weeks back on Amazon stateside. But reminiscent actually feels ...

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    Those of you who love surprises and hate having leaksters, tipsters, insiders and industry analysts reveal every little thing about every new high-profile gadget well in advance of their actual formal announcements should be happy to see so many iPhone 7 puzzle pieces still missing. It’s possible Apple will take the wraps off the follow-up duo to the 6s and 6s Plus as early as August, and yet even the move away from a 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t set in stone for the time being. It sure seemed so, but a fresh and semi-credible supply chain leak changes everything, starring some ...

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    Part of the outstanding buzz surrounding OnePlus phones a while ago seems to have ironically fizzled out as marketing controversy died down and invite-based sales gradually transitioned towards normal, open practices. The device manufacturer was probably not among the world’s top ten in shipment figures last year, as it no doubt hoped, and both domestically and internationally, brands like Huawei, OPPO, Vivo or Meizu appear to be growing at a much faster pace. In response, OnePlus reportedly plans to do what it knows best in a few weeks, unveiling yet another ridiculously affordable ...

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    Despite arriving to the Android Wear party a little late, and boldly going for Apple Watch’s jugular with similarly extravagant pricing, the Huawei Watch didn’t take long to develop a cult following of sorts. Still, many prospective buyers held off waiting for discounts and bundle deals, which have become rather frequent recently. Amazon, Best Buy and Newegg are currently selling a number of 42mm configurations at probably their lowest tags yet, with stainless steel frames and various finishes, colors and band types. Of course, the black suture leather strapped model remains the most ...

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    It’s only been a little over two months since Xiaomi’s first big 2016 product introduction event, and although the Mi 5 and Mi 4S phones remain largely exclusive to Chinese shores, the Android OEM cooks up another shindig, this time in Beijing, to take the wraps off a couple extra high-profile gadgets. Well, on paper, the Mi Max or just Max phablet and Mi Band 2 activity tracker look slightly lower-profile than the Mi 5 flagship handheld, but then again, the reimagined wearable is likely to roll out worldwide and match or perhaps exceed its predecessor’s mind-blowing sales numbers. ...

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    While many iFans might deem the aftermath of Apple’s latest earnings call a massive overreaction from people habituated to making easy money without taking risks, the signs that suggest the Cupertino juggernaut will not return to form anytime soon continue to pile up. The iPhone 7 is still a little ways down the road, the OG Apple Watch can only maintain sales momentum with profit margin-shrinking discounts, and the iPhone SE simply doesn’t look like a mainstream blockbuster. Thus, you shouldn’t be shocked to hear market researchers and “sources from Taiwan’s handset supply ...

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    Water resistance, ubiquitous Samsung Pay support, and a phenomenal camera. Those are just three of the Galaxy S7’s major selling points, and although they’ve been highlighted before in TV ads and various other publicity stunts (one in particular), there’s no such thing as trying too hard to stay ahead of the fast-growing competition. Well, there is, but as it so happens, Samsung’s three latest 60-second-or-less commercials effortlessly manage to be charming, adorable and effective. All without a single celebrity cameo. What’s a little sad is, with wasteful Lil Wayne and chill ...

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    Gone are the days HTC’s Android smartphones all looked the same, although it’s still a little confusing to tell which mid-ranger is which. The flagship HTC 10 is of course unique from an aesthetic standpoint, at least for the time being, while the One S9 strongly resembles the age-old M9, and the Desire 825 and 830 share a few key elements, but also each walk their own path where it counts. Officially unveiled earlier today in Taiwan, the HTC Desire 830 cleans up the 825’s wacky rear pattern, ditches capacitive for on-screen buttons, slims down bezels, and serves up very elegant ...

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    The tale of HTC’s as-yet unannounced rookie smartwatch is one as old as time, with updates served up by otherwise credible tipsters once every few months, but no materialization. A possible explanation for the constant holdup is the Taiwanese company’s fragile financial condition, though the Vive VR headset and redesigned HTC 10 flagship phone may soon give rise to an unlikely comeback. It’s perhaps why we’re inclined to trust the newly rumored ETA more than previous such speculation, with the HTC… Watch or One Watch or however it’ll end up being called now expected out in ...

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    You might know Casey Neistat. He's a logged a bunch of calories. He's ridden on Citi Bikes. He's snowboarded through Midtown. All of that's on YouTube. Neistat co-founded Beme, Inc. as a social technology company. And Beme is the name of the app it has officially come out with. It's been on iOS for a while now as a beta, but it's now finally out for reals. And it's on both the App Store and the Google Play Store. If you're into video blogging, prepare to be shaken. If you're not, you too. Beme doesn't have a viewfinder. It turns off the screen while you're recording a video. All you have ...

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    BlackBerry CEO John Chen wrapped up a talk at the Milken Institute Global Conference today with some media stew. That stew was all up in the company's smartphones — phones that investors have seen the end of and that won't be making money. When a Bloomberg interviewer pointed out Chen's prior pledge to give up on hardware and how critics felt that the decision point was being dragged along, the executive said he wasn't giving any slack at all. "The first time I made that statement was September a year ago. So if people ask me 'how long will it take to see whether you'll make money or ...

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    $399.99. $349.99. Now $299.99. Lenovo's Motorola has been fighting against some real anger for allegedly failing to properly serve its own warranties. On the flipside, we're all shaking like prairie dogs for the next Moto X to debut. All of this tied back to Mother's Day being this week and we have a good enough confluence to bring up a deeper discount for the already-on-sale Moto X Pure Edition. The base 16GB model is $100 off list price through May 9 and you can add on all the Moto Maker goodies you've come to learn about — at the proper surcharges, of course. It beats out third-party ...

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    Sometimes, it's better to drop your hand than keep a finger pointed, especially when there are bigger fights to struggle through. Just recently, Microsoft has buried the hatchet with Google when it came to poor practices tattling. Microsoft and Samsung also had a patent spat settled. Now, NVIDIA and Samsung are coming to terms over licensing for a few patents related to each company's graphics technologies. This came right in front of the US International Trade Commission's final ruling on claims that NVIDIA had infringed upon three of Samsung's patents. A ruling against NVIDIA could've ...

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    As clunky as the user interface is, one of the joys of using LG's software atop Android is the fact that you can adjust the height of your keyboard. Feel like going two-handed? Make it short. One-handed day? Make it tall. You just had to use an LG phone to get this magic out of the box. But you aren't limited anymore as Google Keyboard has made the big change in providing five height options in the settings menu for the keyboard. It's not as convenient as dragging the top edge of the keyboard to whatever height you'd like, but it's a start and it's nice to see it included in a full point ...

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    Oculus is about to be more visible than ever before this weekend as the company can finally stop going it alone in sales. Its Rift headset will be coming to the Microsoft Store online and Amazon on May 6 at noon Eastern. It'll also hit the brick-and-mortars with 48 Best Buy stores nationwide demonstrating and selling the virtual reality rig starting on May 7 with more locations soon to stock the Rift. Oculus warns of limited inventories as it's already barely keeping up with pre-order volume. If you already did put in a pre-order and are arranging to get a demo and a purchase at a Best ...

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    Remember the Galaxy S5? Remember that weirdo Micro-B connector port that supported USB 3.0? That was a funky aberration, right? Since then, Samsung has decided to keep with plain 'ol Micro-B for juicing up your phone and delivering data to and from other places. Even as many other OEMs slide over to USB Type-C connectors, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge kept that same 'ol same 'ol on the bottom side of their frames. However, we're hearing now from SamMobile that the upcoming Galaxy Note 6 will wield a USB-C port. That port may support the USB 3.1 standard running through it, putting in USB ...

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    Amazon seems to know what it's doing with tablets — it's been blasting the budget bin with its Fire tablet. It's a standard little seven-incher with Wi-Fi capability and 8GB of on-board storage. We saw it launch at $49.99 and even get put into six-packs for $250. And still, it begs to be discounted. It's now $39.99. Yep, you save a tenner. We keep joking that we could probably toss these things around like disposable gloves or get 52 of them for a full deck and play an insane game of poker. There is a 16GB version, too, also $10 off at $59.99. At the same time, the more robust Fire HD 6 ...

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    Your mother may not understand what you're talking about when she asks for Wi-Fi help. But if you do love her, she does deserve a little appreciation and more than just a couple texts a year. Then again, if you have retail holiday fatigue, you might want to avoid the carriers this week. T-Mobile is one of the networks trying to juice up its sales for mother's sake. It went through some major price cuts on the Galaxy Note 5, LG V10 refurbs and G Stylo 2, and sure, there's the typical discount blast for accessories ranging from floral cases to beet-dyed Beats merchandise. Get ready, though, ...

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    If a 44mm smartwatch makes sense for your wrist, you may interested in either Huawei Watch for Women — one is encrusted with Swarovski zirconia and named "Jewel" while the plainer one is named "Elegant." We got to know them at CES and it was a full month ago that the Google Store started listing, but not selling the two. Google's still not selling them, but Best Buy, Newegg and B&H are to varying extents. With Best Buy, it only has an entry for the "Jewel" on its site, though it looks more like the Elegant — the picture and the price of $449.99 are the tells. Orders will get ...

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    Well, it seems like we've found our new main vertical to cover here at Pocketnow and that's the smart contact lens. Seriously, first Samsung shows up at Korea's patent office with something people have been calling a "Gear Blink," then Sony's all up in the USPTO with a "contact lens and storage medium." Yep, putting on a contact lens to record pictures and video and store it in an extremely tiny disk of sorts. And yes, you blink to snap. And believe it or not, but Sony wants to figure out autofocus and OIS. You know, on a scale the size of your freaking cornea. All we can do for now, ...

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    Meizu's billboard device right now may be the PRO 6, but it also has a major product line that serves the price bracket under that spotlight and that's its MX-series (you see the MX5 as our header). And to be frank, we're pretty darn surprised that we haven't gone on the trail for the MX6. After all, it's said to have a major ten-core processor we've been hashing on about. The major detail from Weibo tech maven @KJuma this weekend is that there will indeed be a MX6 and it will come in the "second half of the year." Mind you, the MX5 came out on June 30 of last year, so while we're ...

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    Double tap to wake. LG's done it. So has HTC. Several others, too. It's faster and doesn't need as much effort as pressing a button. Previous Nokia Lumias have this feature — particularly talking about the pre-Windows 10 Mobile handsets. It's not on the Lumia 950. Neither on the Lumia 950 XL. So, when Microsoft's Gabriel Aul, who was promoting progress on a debug effort, answers a tweet requesting the double tap feature on the Lumia 950 XL as such: @RayVanEe Double tap on 950 is a common request, upvote it in Feedback Hub! — Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) April 29, 2016 ... it attracted scorn ...

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    Fingerprint sensors became bog standard on high-end phones last year and have crept into less expensive devices this year. But it's been a bit dry in terms of innovating on biometric security. Sure, Qualcomm has its Sense ID tech that enhances print scans with ultrasonic waves, but as far as we know or care, it hasn't been spread around just yet. We may see advanced fingerprint scanning processes get implemented by LG, though, as LG Innotek has debuted an under-glass fingerprint sensor module. The sensor works under a glass depth of 0.3mm and has a false positive rate of once in 50,000 ...

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