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    We’re less than a couple of weeks away from possibly the year’s most crowded mobile expo, where two highly anticipated new Android flagships will be officially showcased for the first time, and we all know what that means. Samsung and LG have mere days left to try to clear as much Galaxy S6 and LG G4 inventory as possible, before prospective buyers can start sizing up the two against their successors and conclude the 2015 heavyweights are perhaps a little costly for what they offer nowadays. Following a four-day Sprint bargain for traders, and a lightning B&H deal that brought the ...

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    Unless you’ve perhaps been paying too much attention to the Super Bowl and heated US presidential race, chances are you’re either familiar with or directly affected by the latest widespread iOS 9 glitch connected to Touch ID hardware compatibility. In a nutshell, Apple’s extreme security policies have recently started to backfire on everyday iPhone 6 users who chose to get their broken fingerprint sensors fixed at “unauthorized” repair shops to save a buck. While everything may have seemed in order at first, and the component replacement actions looked like a success, once ...

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    Bet you weren’t expecting to hear whispers about Samsung’s next-gen non-edgy phablet before the Galaxy S7 is even official. But it’s not like we’re already in possession of live Note 6 pics or anything. We just suspect the S Pen-enabled big guy will go global in the fall, which appeared a no-brainer after the Note 5 exclusivity debacle, and there’s a slim but real possibility the stylus accessory shall gain extra functionality this year. No, we’re not talking usage reversibility. We’re dreaming much bigger than that, thanks to the US Patent and Trademark Office, which ...

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    It’s certainly been a bittersweet past six months or so for the Now Network, which fell behind arch-rival T-Mobile in subscriber numbers and was forced to lay off thousands of employees, but that now shows usage and financial improvements, as lengthy contracts are finally discarded. Sprint seems to be doing a respectable job in software updates for recent phones locked to its network as well, while marketing efforts continue to be focused on prospective recruitment of both users and workers for the competition. Meanwhile, the fourth largest mobile operator stateside also understandably ...

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    Since there’s not much left to be leaked about the rapidly approaching Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (or S7 Plus), we can use the next couple of weeks until the glamorous pre-MWC announcement to fact-check all the “inside” information floating around the interwebs right now. After all, a golden rule of journalism says a rumor becomes a little more than that only once you’ve verified it via two separate, independent, credible sources. Case in point, the water protection capabilities of Sammy’s next big thing(s) are practically etched in stone today, with Indian import-export ...

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    As if all of a sudden going back on promises of unlimited cloud storage and also downgrading free OneDrive plans wasn’t enough to alienate users who can always choose Google Drive or Dropbox, Microsoft just bungled things further by inexplicably limiting people’s accounts to 1TB digital hoarding space. Don’t get us wrong, this is what’s supposed to happen, like it or not, towards the end of the year. But that’s the problem. Redmond vowed it’d at least try to make the transition as painless as possible, notifying Office 365 consumer subscribers who are over the terabyte mark of ...

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    Rendered time and time again, and even pictured in the flesh less than 24 hours ago, Samsung’s “next big thing” seems more focused than ever on actual photography performance, not camera humps, as well as battery capacity and ensuing long running times between charges. But there’s only so much an OEM can do with the on-board cell of a sub-10mm 5.1-inch smartphone, so unless you’re sure a power outlet will be within reach every single day of Galaxy S7’s life, an external battery becomes a must-buy. The third-party choices are practically unlimited, including power banks that ...

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    If you've been sitting on your hands to prevent yourself from snatching a $299 (or $349) Nexus 5X, here's your heads-up. If you recall, the original prices for the Nexus 5X were $379 for the 16GB variant and $429 for 32GB. If you don't recall those prices being the status quo, well, we don't blame you. But there will be a revised price bar set at the end of Friday, February 12. The 16GB phone will be $349 while $399 will be the price for the 32GB model. So, take heed. Get $50 off the #Nexus5X until Fri. Only at the @GoogleStore: https://t.co/zQzfhjHvxJ pic.twitter.com/uxsk2c2DEf — Nexus ...

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    In a wide-ranging interview with Business Insider, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave his perspective on how his former homebase is faring. As the company's largest individual shareholder, he's been disappointed with the lack of information about revenues from cloud services as competition from Amazon in particular has been stiffening. Ballmer does think that Microsoft's hardware projects like Surface, Xbox and HoloLens are great steps in that robust devices are needed to serve as the interface to and from the cloud. He also praised the company for its effort to drive its software ...

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    If AT&T, T-Mobile and Comcast pulled zero-rate schemes in India like they did in the US, they would have to stop today. Similarly, Facebook is actually going to have to stop in its tracks from promoting its Free Basics program in the country. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has banned "discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content." That means an internet service provider won't be able to charge end users differently for video data than it does for basic data. Access to emergency services or to information during public emergencies are eligible for a ...

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    It seems that Samsung will be following Motorola, Nokia and Google's lead on the "Active Display," "Glance Screen" and "Ambient Display" features with its own power-conscious notifications system. But you gotta have a catchy name to come with. That's where Samsung will take a page from one of the more often thrown-around phrases in the industry: the "Always On Display." The company applied for a trademark last week for the term that is used to describe a "computer application software for smartphones [...] namely, software for personal information management." We don't know how Samsung's ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile may be the future of Microsoft's smartphone platform, but for the moment users have precious few hardware options for enjoying the new OS. You've got a handful of Lumia models from Microsoft, sure, but the majority of Lumia phones are still waiting for their official W10M updates to arrive. That's left third-party manufacturers to pick up the slack, and ever since last year we've been looking forward to the carrier debut of the Windows 10 edition of Alcatel Onetouch's Fierce XL. Nothing's official just yet, but a new source suggests T-Mobile could get its hands on the ...

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    Apple's rumored March event is just another month away, and word is that the Apple Watch will be taking the spotlight for at least part of the announcements. Some rumors suggest we could be looking at as little as new band hardware, while other reports point to some much more substantial news, including the launch of upgraded versions of the Watch itself. Changes could include improvements to the wearable's battery, a new SoC, or on the more extreme end, maybe even an integrated camera for FaceTime support. While we're still not sure just what we're getting, if you're nto afraid of being a ...

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    What do you think of when we mention February holidays? Valentine's Day? Well, sure, that's the easy one. What you might not have been aware of is that tomorrow, February 9, is Safer Internet Day, part of a decade-old campaign dedicated to promoting good security practices among internet users. Considering all the personal data we entrust to online services, keeping our information locked down and under our control is more important now than ever, and this week some big names like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Google are all spreading the word about what each of us can do to keep our ...

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    Social media accounts are like potato chips: they leave you feeling greasy, bloated, and ashamed of yourself. Wait, no, that's not quite right – let's try this again: it's hard to have just one. While networks like Twitter have made it a snap to juggle multiple accounts from within their apps, others have been late to the party. Last year, we got word that Instagram was looking to correct its own tragic oversight in not giving users this kind of flexibility, and we learned of a beta test that was giving adventurous users an early shot at trying out the feature. It looks like everything ...

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    Google and Apple may be butting heads over who's the most valuable company these days, as shifting stock prices push top valuation back and forth between the two tech giants. But no matter which firm is currently in the top spot, there's no denying that the executives behind these companies are leading efforts that bring in billions upon billions for their respective employers. Earlier this month we saw Alphabet post its latest revenue data, with Google bringing in $74.5 billion over all of 2015. Being responsible for that kind of windfall doesn't go unnoticed in Mountain View, and Google ...

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    The Apple beta machine is hard at work cranking out new releases, and just like clockwork going back the past month now, every two weeks we've been seeing the distribution of a new iOS 9.3 beta. The company's still not quite to the point where it's ready for the big 9.3 public release, but today we see it get one step closer with the release of iOS 9.3 beta 3, landing alongside tvOS 9.2 beta 3 and watchOS 2.2 beta 3. So, what's new? Well, Night Shift has been a key component of iOS 9.3 betas so far, and this time is no exception. Apple continues to tweak the interface users will interact ...

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    Right now, India's got the second largest smartphone market around, so if you're a manufacturer looking to expand your operation, the country's users are a prime target. And while Apple may be a huge brand over here in the States, so far the company has yet to make a significant impact on Indian smartphone sales, currently only enjoying about a two-percent share of the market. Recently, though, we've seen signs that Apple is interested in seriously stepping up its efforts in the nation, including heavily discounting older models and pushing to get its first retail stores opened up. While ...

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    What's next for the Lenovo-owned Motorola brand - or, should we say, Moto brand? Last month, we heard Lenovo's CEO talking briefly about plans for a high-profile new Moto smartphone (or maybe even phones), due for launch sometime this July. And while that probably means a new Moto X, and likely another Moto G, what can we look forward to from the phones themselves? We were promised “more innovative, more attractive” designs, but just what does Lenovo have in mind? It may still be several months before we know for sure, but recent pics attempt to offer a possible early glimpse, showing ...

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    With MWC just two weeks away, we're getting into the home stretch for leaks and rumors focusing on the crop of new smartphone flagships expected to make their debut at the show. We've already seen the LG G5 reveal many of its secrets, and we've been waiting patiently for the Samsung Galaxy S7 to do the same. And while that's brought us a couple of detailed renders of the phone, as well as a possible shot of the actual hardware, so far the leaks have been coming up short in one key area: we'd yet to get a good look at a real pic of the phone's backside, confirming rumors about a seriously ...

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    We know, we know, there will always be some no-name Chinese device manufacturer ready to undercut the most absurdly low prices of Western phones and tablets for a few headlines and free publicity. But among the brands that count, the Fire 7 can’t possibly be rivaled in terms of extreme affordability. Yes, Amazon’s newest 7-incher, based loosely on Android, launched at $50 last fall, quickly dropped to $35 for Black Friday, smashed sales records over the holidays, then went back up to 50 bucks, and is now again sold for a deep discount. Well, deep is perhaps a bit of a stretch, since ...

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    The most generous, snarkiest, and also fastest-rising mobile operator when it comes to 4G LTE coverage strikes again for a limited time, bringing back a promotion that’s contributed to the survival of affordable Android tablets in several instances in the past. Forget affordable, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 7 is outright available for free from T-Mobile starting February 5, as long as maintaining a 1GB or higher postpaid Simple Choice Mobile Internet plan for two years isn’t a problem. Technically, that means the Lollipop-powered 7-incher isn’t altogether free of charge, but what’s ...

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    There are many possible explanations for Samsung’s declining smartphone sales numbers, including a general market saturation and stagnating worldwide demand, but at the same time, the Korean giant’s powers that be clearly made a few strategic mistakes of late. Most notably, the Galaxy Note 5 was kept exclusive to Asia and the US, despite the brand’s popularity on the old continent, and middling European reception for the non-S Pen-capable Galaxy S6 Edge+. Rumor had it the fifth Note phablet to date would ultimately spread its wings globally, but that doesn’t appear to be happening, ...

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    Apple’s CEO of almost half a decade isn’t exactly an active person on social media. You won’t find Tim Cook constantly taunting his company’s rivals on Twitter, as T-Mobile’s John Legere does, or even sharing frequent personal updates on Facebook, like Mark Zuckerberg. In fact, before last night, the grand total of tweets posted on @tim_cook in 2016 was seven, the most recent of which hit the e-waves a couple of weeks back. But since he’s in charge of the business world’s biggest cash cow, his following nears 2 million people, who finally saw their patience rewarded as the ...

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    Technically, Sony’s three new flagship Android phones, including the Xperia Z5 Premium, have been up for grabs stateside for several months now for people who were in a hurry and didn’t care about warranties. But official sales, through sanctioned retailers, with manufacturer coverage for first-year hardware malfunctions, are only underway today, at least as far as the “standard” Z5 and Z5 Compact go. The bad news is fingerprint scanners are indeed missing, a controversial decision justified merely on cryptic “business” basis. On the bright side, Best Buy realized very early ...

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