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    With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200-series catering to the entry-level market and the Snapdragon 600-series moving up to bring the heat in the mid-range, you might think the Snapdragon 430 a chipset without a purpose. Well, LG may put it to good use in a device or two fit for an entry in its K-series. The evidence comes from two Geekbench runs logged in the system showing off two phones with model names LG-K530 and LG-K535 (the LG K10 ran with a partial model name of K420 or K430, depending on region). Both test devices are logged with Qualcomm's MSM8937, code for the Snapdragon 430 — eight ...

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    The story of the FBI's efforts to access the iPhone 5c in its San Bernardino terrorism investigation may seem like it's over – and has been over for weeks, following the agency dropping its efforts to force Apple to help break into the phone – but the story keeps going strong. And why wouldn't it? This one has it all: technology, civil liberties, national security – we could go on. And even with the meat of the story wrapped up, we're continuing to learn more and more about how this all went down. Last week we got our first sense of just how much the FBI paid for access to whatever ...

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    Sometimes it feels like choosing a mobile carrier is practically rolling the dice when it comes to your smartphone's update future. Will you end up on the luckier side of things, ending up closer to the front of the line when updates finally start heading out, or will you be like those kids with Z last names, doomed to be at the back of the stage on graduation day? HTC fans on AT&T know what the waiting game is like all too well, and while we've seen Android Marshmallow updates come to both the HTC One M8 and One M9 months ago across multiple carriers, AT&T users have been left ...

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    Apple used to sell just one size of iPhone. But now, between the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE, there are three different … iPhones? iPhone? iPhone models? In a debate better suited for a grammar-school classroom than the digital halls of Twitter, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller has taken some users to task over how they form the plural of Apple products – and in doing so, has created quite the little controversy for himself. It all started innocently enough, with a tweet about “iPads Pro.” That's an awkward construction, and we'd probably find ourselves ...

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    We get it: you want a fancy new smartphone, but you don't feel like paying full price it. Certainly, we've all been there. So you scrounge through carrier listings, hoping for a good deal, or maybe keep your fingers crossed that some generous retailer will come through with a bargain. Eventually, you probably will stumble across a price you can live with, but that deal's not always one without its trade-offs. Take, for instance, the Samsung Galaxy S7 offer we shared with you last week: sure, an eBay seller was letting the phone go for just $500, but we were talking about a refurbished ...

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    A smartphone's connectivity is its lifeblood, and without access to voice, text, and most importantly data services, a handset's value quickly starts taking a nosedive. And while we accept the face that we're going to have to pay up for access to that kind of connectivity, no one likes getting his with chargers well in excess of what they were expecting. That's why we were so excited last fall to hear about a big decision the European Parliament made in regards to roaming fees, looking to put an end to them altogether by mid-2017. While that's still a ways off, we're just about to cross an ...

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    Whether you're venturing out into a new neighborhood of a familiar city, or trekking to destinations halfway around the globe, smartphones can be indispensable tools for making your journey enjoyable, efficient, and memorable. From travel apps that recommend the best places to stay, to navigation services that connect us with local public transit options, to real-time translation software, there's no shortage of ways our phones can enhance that travel experience. Recently, leaks started talking about a new travel app Google was cooking up, as it recruited early testers. Today new details ...

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    The past year has been one where Google's really started moving security to the forefront of the Android experience. Between the rise of fingerprint scanners on Android devices (and corresponding API support), the publication of high-profile exploits like Stagefright, and the company's move to deliver monthly security updates for its Nexus lineup, Google's been tackling the issue of device and data security from all angles. Those efforts extend to keeping apps safe, and Google's long taken steps to make sure that not only are Play Store apps as trustworthy as can be, but that risks from ...

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    HTC's next flagship is so close, we can almost taste it. In just a manner of days, the HTC 10 will descend on markets around the world, giving users everywhere some of their first experiences with the handset. Back when we reviewed the HTC 10, we called it “a great smartphone, with amazing build quality, powerful specs, and just a need for a couple of tweaks in its camera software,” and wouldn't you know it, but just such a software update has landed in time for the phone's wide release, boosting camera performance in the process. With all the pieces falling into place, you may be ...

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    In case you weren’t aware, Mother’s Day is fast approaching (May 8, save the date), and hip moms out there are probably expecting a little more than flowers this year. Luckily, T-Mobile comes to your rescue with a bunch of time-limited smartphone deals, and there’s something to be had for every budget. Looking to spare no expense, and get one of the world’s best Android phablets from the “Uncarrier”? Magenta will hook you up with an instant $60 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 discount after promo code DEAL60, also letting you pair the S Pen-capable 5.7-incher with a half off Galaxy Tab A ...

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    Following a holiday season that saw it both breaking profit records and falling short of sales expectations, and its first year-on-year quarterly revenue dip in over a decade, Apple needs a box-office winner more than ever, and it needs it soon. Unfortunately, the iPhone SE is probably not it, while the Apple Watch 2 and iPhone 7/7 Plus duo still require time before entering the rocky picture. But at least one very high-profile investor looks to have lost his patience already, capitalizing on his company stock and earning a cool $2 billion paycheck amid worries Cupertino is going down. ...

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    Talk might be cheap, and insulting Apple for its recent lack of innovation, product lineup rigidity and datedness seems to have become a rite of passage of sorts for China-based tech companies aspiring to global relevance. Then again, actually pursuing one’s American dream can sure be costly and perilous for one’s comfortable domestic financial stature, so believe in LeEco or not, you have to admire the Chinese entertainment giant’s foreign risks and investments. After announcing they’ll soon expand their brick and mortar presence to India, the makers of the Le Max 2, Le 2 and Le 2 ...

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    It’s been a really long time coming (almost three years), and finally, the 2013-released Lumia 520 falls out of first place in AdDuplex’s Windows Phone popularity charts. Unfortunately for those of you who perhaps hoped the global crown would be passed on to a contemporary mid-ranger or the Windows 10 Mobile-powered Lumia 950 flagship, it’s the 535 that moves in the top spot. Essentially, a crappy (by today’s standards) low-end oldie is replaced with a slightly less horrible entry-level device that’s only 18 months younger, having seen daylight in the fall of 2014. Oh, well, at ...

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    There’s no better way to celebrate a ten-year anniversary of a service as popular and ubiquitous as Google Translate than gloat about the many milestones achieved in the past decade. For instance, did you know over 100 billion words a day are translated through the desktop, Android and iOS app? That’s a lot of vocabulary processed every 24 hours, and in just a couple of years, Google Translate apparently surged from 200 million daily users to “more than 500 million” people served. Probably not all of them every single day, but half a billion is half a billion. Unsurprisingly, the ...

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    Should you upgrade from the LG G4 to the spanking new, modular G5? How about from the nearly two year-old G3? Any self-respecting Android power user would yell out a resolute “hell, yeah” to at least the latter question, but the truth is you can probably hold on to the LG G3 a while longer without worrying of critical system lag and stuff like that. It’s getting a little long in the tooth hardware-wise, we won’t deny that, but as far as software goes, it’s just as up-to-date as both the G4 and G5. Now on AT&T and T-Mobile in addition to Verizon and international unlocked ...

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    Before you even think it, don’t go there. Just… don’t. We know it may feel like Apple is boldly swimming against the tide in trying to bring compact phones back in the spotlight, but Android manufacturers such as Sony never gave up on diminutive flagships. Granted, the Japanese OEM that continues to offset big mobile losses with a well-oiled gaming machine did recently decide to retire the high-end Xperia Z family, introducing instead three 5-inch X-series handhelds. If you feared that meant the end of unusually powerful sub-5-inchers, we now have proof a Z5 Compact sequel of sorts ...

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    We’re probably only a couple of months away from the launch of the fourth-generation Motorola Moto X, following in the footsteps of last year’s Moto X Style, aka X Pure Edition. Ergo, the third-gen can be unsurprisingly purchased at lower prices than ever before, i.e. $300 unlocked with 32GB internal storage. You may reckon that means game over for the 5.7-incher’s decrepit 5.2-inch predecessor, which Best Buy “cleared” a while back at a little over $240. But although most third-party retailers, including Amazon, seem to be all out of stock, Motorola has a few more units lying ...

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    Forget one or two flagship phones. Huawei appears to want to break some sort of record, working on a high-end Mate 9 phablet even after recently unveiling the premium P9 and P9 Plus, and gearing up to announce the equally top-notch Honor V8 on May 10. It’s market flooding at its best, but chances are the P9 duo and yet-to-be-introduced V8 will be all but forgotten by fall anyway, at which point the Huawei Mate 9 should enter the picture to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, LG V11, and iPhone 7 Plus. As you might suspect, it’s way too early to be certain of anything ...

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    We've been livin' on the EDGE for a long time, but AT&T figures it's about that time that the sky started falling on GSM. CFO John Stevens says the network's remaining 2G networks will be shut off by the end of this year. In AT&T's Q1 earnings conference call, Stevens said that the company moved off six million customers from 2G in the past 12 months. Some stubborn feature phone-wielding subscribers may end up getting lost in the transition, but refarming the 850MHz and 1.9GHz bands entirely to LTE would be more economical for the company in the end. "There still is a lot of cost ...

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    If you like to watch your music in motion and maybe, just maybe, you have up to five other relatives or close groupies that like listening to and watching music, you have a lot of choices to sort through. Simply put, Apple Music on Android has become another choice for you to pick out. If you're not already on Apple Music, yes, it's on Android and yes, it's being updated pretty often. If you sign up for an account now, though, you can get up to six people on a Family account for $14.99 a month — compared with the single-payer $9.99 a month. Once everyone hops on board, they can browse, ...

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    After its dismal growth reading on smartphone shipments, market research firm IDC has released both its quarterly shipment reports for tablets and the trend line continues groundward. 39.6 million tablets went across the world last quarter with 87.6 percent of them being regular slate tablets — plenty of them in the form of Apple's older iPads and Amazon's Fire tablets (with some 54-fold growth) while others from smaller budget market players round out the majority. In what IDC refers to as the fledgling "detachables" sector, Microsoft still leads the field with its Surface initiative ...

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    Twitter hasn't been making enough money for investors. It has struggled to grow its userbase over the past few years, stuck at a rate of a few million per quarter, with gimmick after gimmick to improve the experience. But one of its big strengths has been to deliver and propagate breaking news minutia. The company seems to have realized this and has decided to migrate its app over from the Social Networking category in the iOS App Store to the News category. It doesn't compete with Facebook, Snapchat and Tinder anymore, but it tops its new home being right ahead of Reddit and CNN ...

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    Have you ever texted a friend about how cool Khloe Kardashian is — because, you know, your appetite for reality TV stars is just that big — and ended up talking about how fat she was? You know, because autocorrect decided that her name was actually Khloe Lardasses? Surely, there are some pretty bad examples of autocorrect misfires and overcompensations out there and there's only so much an explanation will do. But why not make iMessage handle the explanation for you? An Apple patent application shows off how that could happen. If you send a message that features autocorrected words, ...

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    Voice-powered assistants are becoming more and more popular ways for users to get access to data, using them to conduct searches and connect with the websites holding  answers. But for as powerful as they are, use of such services can mean making certain compromises. Take Google's voice search on Android devices, for instance: you can ask it to search for anything you choose, but it's only going to give you results from Google's own servers – there's no easy way to conduct a Yahoo search, or a Bing search. But over on Windows 10, users have been able to get a lot more flexibility out of ...

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    Creating apps that give users powerful new ways to access Twitter has long presented an uncomfortable situation for developers: get too successful, and your app essentially shuts down. The problem's been Twitter's use of tokens that allow distinct users to connect with a third-party app, and so far there's been a hard limit of 100,000 per title – hit that many, and you couldn't sign on any new users. Earlier this week, popular Android Twitter app Fenix found itself running into that all-too-familiar fate, causing its developer to pull the app from the Play Store. Today Fenix returns, ...

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