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    Missed the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pay just $404 on Amazon Prime Day for a brand-new 64GB Nexus 6P? Believe it or not, Best Buy can now hook you up with a deal that’s even sweeter… in a way. Granted, this is the 32GB variant of the Google and Huawei-co-manufactured 5.7-incher you’re looking at, and since there’s no external microSD storage expansion option, you’ll need to keep your digital hoarding in check. Also, the all-time low price of $319 is only good on the aluminium flavor, with the graphite setting you back an extra 55 bucks, and the matte gold a grand total of ...

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    Aside from building robust, productive mobile devices no one seems to care for anymore, and security and enterprise software that’s managed to keep its business afloat, BlackBerry is widely known for unconventional hardware announcements or early pre-release demos. Both the Passport and Priv were casually showcased by company CEO John Chen several months in advance of their commercial launches at otherwise low-profile events that had little to do with product introductions. Some expected similar cameo appearances of the looming “Neon” and “Argon” handhelds at the 2016 Security ...

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    Whether you want to call it “Blue Coral”, periwinkle, or perhaps indigo or turquoise, the third color option of Samsung’s next big thing (literally and figuratively) is arguably the most eye-catching. It might be because, frankly, we’re a little bored with “traditional” paint jobs like silver (or silver titanium), and black (aka onyx). At the same time, this is making the headlines at least in part due to Apple’s rumored testing of similar waters for the iPhone 7. And if you’re wondering which of the two will likely wear the swanky coat of paint better, another high-res, ...

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    While it debuted in France with one bank supporting it and, thus, little fanfare, Apple Pay came out with a bang in Hong Kong today. It has American Express and five banks on-board with one other and an affiliate payment service to come. They are: Bank of China (Hong Kong) DBS Hang Seng Bank HSBC Standard Chartered BEA (Coming Soon) Tap & Go [A service of Hong Kong Telecom] (Coming Soon) Visa, MasterCard and AMEX cards can be put in and used at forty retailers and ten apps. Hong Kong has a fractured atmosphere of mobile payment systems with carriers implementing their own ...

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    Xiaomi might have racked up some 1.5 million sales for its Mi Max smartphone, but all achievements are fleeting in an industry that keeps the butter churning. So, when's the next big release date? According to the company, it's to be July 27. The Redmi Weibo page posted up the existence of a Redmi Pro that will debut along with some "a mysterious sidekick" on that date. Whether it's the Redmi Note 4 or a Mi Note 2 or the Galaxy Note 7-whoops, wrong post... anyways, there's plenty of thought that could go into this. It could be an accessory or a weirdo smart surfboard — we're talking ...

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    More Googlers have come to the press under a shroud of secrecy to let the public know that the company does have a strategy in VR besides the Android-based Daydream platform. This follows Re/code's reporting from its sources that one such project at Alphabet's X research labs had been canceled in favor of Daydream development. From Engadget's sources at Google, it seems that upper management has been placing employees onto the project, telling them that Daydream isn't really the company's far vision for VR and AR. The headset will be self-run and focused on providing augmented reality ...

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    Sometimes, it can take so few letters to convey something that may prove to be so sweet. But it has to happen first. What we're talking about is what everyone's been talking about leading up to August 2: the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung will show it off at a New York event. Everything else about it is still up in the air like specs and feature set. We think we know that pre-orders for the phone will be up right after the Unpacked show, but what does it mean for excited customers on the carrier side? Well, here's one take from Evan Blass: TMO PROMO: GN7 BOGO — Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 19, ...

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    Microsoft wraps up its 2016 fiscal year with revenue dependencies growing on services and other sources and weaning off products. The net result is still down for the quarter and down for the year as compared to 2015. Fourth quarter earnings totaled $20.6 billion or a 7 percent drop from 2015's numbers. On paper, though, the company registered about $3 billion in operating income, better than the $2 billion loss from last year. Remove impairments, integration and restructuring costs and you'll find that income on those terms was down by a bout a third — this time last year, Microsoft ...

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    So, who do we have to talk to and bribe to get one of these mockups over here? It feels like everyone should be on a mission to China to buy off what's been described as iPhone 7 shell duplicates "from the manufacturer". And then everyone shows those dupes on video for the world to pick up. This time around, we have Chinese audio brand BeSound — which makes a Bluetooth speaker literally titled "Football" as in American football — showing up with a gal named Mook and an iPhone 7 shell right next to an iPhone 6s. The video's much clearer than that previous and prolonged Miaopai leak we ...

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    Slab tablets don't have much luster these days. But Samsung does know how to shine in this category, so it may as well keep the counter up with another Galaxy Tab S release. And it seems that the Tab S3 launch won't be too far off from a refresh of Galaxy Tab S2 models. That's according to Eldar Murtazin of Russia's mobile-review.com, a source of some tasty hit or miss leaks. September 1 - Tab S3 ;) видимо так и будет — Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) July 19, 2016 The Russian text reads, as translated by Google, "and [it] probably will." A good notch of confidence from ...

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    There are plenty of places to get your apps these days, many of which are not the Google Play Store. Thing is, if you hand off your phone to your friends or family and they start wreaking app havoc on you from all corners of the internet, you would like to know where those apps came from. Well, you might get to know without the help of said friends or family if you're getting on the latest preview for Android 7.0 Nougat. A new "App details" listing in the App Info page under a "Store" subhead now lists where the APK came from. For many, it'll be the Google Play Store. Sure, sometimes ...

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    More Xperia X models have just been made available in the US at several outlets online and in the real world with another one barely a week away from its sales here. The Xperia XA and Xperia X Performance have been made available at Amazon, Best Buy and Regan Wireless. The mid-range XA sports a Helio P10 processor from MediaTek while the X Performance is driven by a Snapdragon 820. You can get the 16GB model of the XA in all four of its colors plus a 64GB microSD card for $279.99 or the 32GB of the X Performance with a 128GB card for $699.99. Amazon already has some discounts going on, ...

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    Looking for the cheapest possible way to experience the immersion and growing wonders of virtual reality? A $15 or so Google Cardboard can be paired with many budget-friendly Android smartphones, but for a grand total of just $200, Alcatel and Cricket Wireless have a much better VR fix incoming. AT&T’s prepaid subsidiary is surprisingly the exclusive carrier of the Idol 4 handheld stateside, packaging the beautiful glass-and-metal-made 5.2-incher with its very own VR headset. The goggles are of course no match for premium products like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, though they’re ...

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    Yesterday was the first time all three gossiped iPhone 7 variants were photographed side by side in half-decent quality, yet we still couldn’t shake the feeling at least one dummy unit wasn’t what a conveniently placed name tag suggested. Not only does the purported iPhone 7 “Pro” look too similar to the Plus model, but it also makes little sense of Apple to expand the family this year, when a second consecutive incremental upgrade is likely in the works. Of course, we wouldn’t rule out the plus-sized version borrowing the single rear camera of the 4.7-incher, with the Pro then ...

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    Haven’t settled on the right companion device for your brand-new, much-lauded but far from best-selling LG G5 smartphone? Perhaps a GoPro-like action camera can succeed where VR headsets, 360-degree video recorders, and shooting grips with extra battery capacity failed. Unveiled several months after the actual handheld it’s supposed to add functionality to, the aptly named LG Action CAM LTE took a good chunk of time to reach South Korean stores as well, and is now finally headed for “other key markets in the weeks to come.” Although explicitly billed as an LG Friend, the ...

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    Whether we’re talking low-cost, smartphone-enabled virtual reality products like the Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard or LG 360 VR, or much pricier, fancier and higher-end PC or console-supporting PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive devices, there’s something not quite right and intuitive about all early VR hardware pieces. The aforementioned have reliance on a separate gadget in common, which a number of companies are looking to eliminate or cut back on to start with. Focused on growing and maturing the Daydream platform, Google likely paused its standalone VR headset-building ...

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    While certainly annoying and time-consuming, the occasional app freeze, lag or system crash is unlikely to impact an average mobile user’s life in a truly meaningful way. On the literal battlefield, however, a split second is often the difference between life and death, so clearly, the US Army Special Operations Command can’t afford to cut corners when it comes to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. Oddly enough, unconfirmed reports suggest The Department of Defense has been living with sub-par, problematic Android Tactical Assault kits recently, known to require ...

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    In order to reduce expenses and hope to return to mobile profitability, Sony has a number of strategy revisions in the pipeline, including further contracting its US business (what US business?), as well as streamlining its overall Xperia portfolio, and focusing on “high-value” models like the X and X Performance. That means the Z family is a goner, whereas C, E or M-branded low to mid-enders may not go extinct just yet, but they’ll surely wind down new releases. On the bright side, Sony remains committed, at least for a little while longer, to supporting select past members of the ...

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    From solid deal to sweet bargain to outlandishly awesome value for your money. It doesn’t look like a matter of whether or not you should pre-order the ZTE Axon 7 as soon as you get a chance, but where to buy it from? Amazon and the manufacturer’s own e-store would probably lead the pack, since they’re likely to ship the premium yet inexpensive Daydream-supporting phone ahead of all other authorized retailers. Newegg is a great choice if you’re into powerful DJ-style headphones… and free stuff, while B&H Photo Video offers more leeway in terms of what types of gifts you’re ...

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    While convincing smartphone, smartwatch and tablet users to embrace the future of contactless payment technology and online banking has gone pretty smoothly for Apple, Samsung and Google, getting major financial institutions around the world to support digital wallet services continues to be tricky. It’s obviously a sensitive matter of revenue dividing that’s holding back the rapid expansion of Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay, with Cupertino for instance still unable to strike deals across France. But at least BPCE, aka Banque Populaire, has agreed to throw its weight behind the ...

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    Like most self-respecting Android device manufacturers, Meizu has been splitting its high-end models in two separate families for a while now, with Pro-series phones sitting a tier above the MX roster on the mobile hardware totem pole. But it’s getting harder and harder to tell which is which, given the just-announced Meizu MX6 sports a larger display and heftier battery than the April-unveiled Pro 6. It doesn’t help that the two went official so close in time either, or that they share a common design language. Still, the metal-clad MX6 looks slightly less premium and swanky than its ...

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    Although we’re pretty sure Samsung isn’t thinking about attaching the Edge suffix to the name of its next flagship phablet, this will most likely sport a big dual-curved display a la the S7 Edge or S6 Edge+. It turns out the Note Edge-initiated experiment from a couple of years back worked so smoothly that the vast majority of Galaxy S7 buyers disregarded the boring flat version. Still, it’s a bold move to eradicate the traditional rectangular slab look, and one that probably didn’t come easy for Samsung’s designers and execs. While the decision was likely made months ago, at ...

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    From a new phone for MetroPCS to a BOGO deal at AT&T, there have been plenty of developments in the prepaid world today. They continue with an announcement from Verizon that it has extended a feature newly available to some of its postpaid customers over to most of its prepaid customers. But, instead of "Safety Mode," the Checkmark has decided to go with "Always-On Data". It's a feature that throttles customers' data speeds down from LTE speeds to 128kbps when they kick their high speed bucket for the cycle. At least when you "run out" of data, you don't actually run out and get ...

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    Remember that Apple Music fiasco where songs from users' Macs were getting replaced with mismatched tracks from Apple's catalog? An iTunes bug might have been the main culprit of that, but the problem with the mismatching of songs still remained. That was iTunes Match's problem. But not anymore, according to The Loop's Jim Dalrymple. It seems that it has slowly rolled out audio fingerprint analysis for the past while, a much better indicator of telling what version of any given song the track holds. Is it live? Is it a cover? Is it the inferior 2005 remaster? The waveforms can tell it ...

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    Even though mobile payments still don't reach the adoption levels that OEMs would like, Samsung continues to offer the most robust solution. We're not saying that Samsung Pay is better, but we have to give props to the company for allowing you to use the service in almost any terminal imaginable, while competitors force the user to find NFC-capable terminals. Samsung has decided to take its Pay service to a whole new level, but with some restrictions. Samsung Pay has just reached a broader beta for the Samsung Gear S2. It was available as a closed beta a few months ago, but now it seems ...

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