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    While LG and Lenovo have strayed far from Google’s original Project Ara concept for a “truly” modular smartphone, there’s no denying the convenience and novelty of the G5 “Friends” and swappable Moto Mod accessories for Moto Z and Z Force. Unfortunately, the LG G5 was priced rather prohibitively when bundled with certain modules and add-ons, and Motorola is about to make the same fatal mistake. At least on Verizon stateside, where the Z and Z Force will launch first under Droid branding, all signs point to prospective buyers needing a small fortune to get on the modular ...

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    Big changes are expected at WWDC tomorrow. Mac OS X may just become macOS. Siri might be handling more things in your life like Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant will. And then there's the whole deal about Siri coming to said macOS. Well, one Brian Roemmele has surfaced some evidence about that last rumor simply by asking Siri herself. In several prompts to the service asking to open up settings in the window, sometimes she responds with a "It doesn't look like you have that app." Other times, it's "It doesn't look like you have an app named 'Finder'." Here is the video of Siri looking ...

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    Samsung still seems to hold the flip phone in very high esteem. So much so that it's been said the chaebol will pack in an Exynos 8890 chipset, a pair of AMOLED screens and what sounds to be standard S7-caliber cameras into the fourth iteration of its Galaxy Golden series. In a bit of hubris, the internal name for this "SM-W2017" is internally called Veyron. Yep, it's a Bugatti model. SamMobile details the screens as 3.9-inchers with HD resolution, the cameras with 12 megapixels on the rear and 5 megapixels in front. The device's build could be similar to the Galaxy S7's glass and metal ...

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    Since the end of last week, OnePlus has been preparing its distribution channels for sales of its next flagship device. With that, we find entries on Zauba, an Indian import-export database, with listings for the 64GB OnePlus 3 with the graphite back. We can't tell how much RAM this variant has from the listings. There have been four runs of the device to the subcontinent so far with more assumed to be on the way in time for the device's June 14 launch. 24,440 units are in the country with a raw value of Rs. 22,858 or about $341. Expected pricing for the OnePlus 3 has ranged between $305 ...

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    Amazon Prime is not just about free two-day shipping, as the company has been vain to point out every so often in reminder emails. But as music streaming services continue to grow at rapid pace, Amazon Prime Music feels like an inadequate spotlight for its members-only catalog. That light may grow hot soon. Sources to Reuters have said that Amazon will offer a standalone streaming music service around the late summer/early fall timeframe. Licensing negotiations are ongoing and a more comprehensive offering is expected. Individual monthly plan rates are said to be comparable to Spotify ...

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    Did Lenovo “forget” to announce something during its Tech World-opening keynote yesterday? It sure looks like it, with the high-end Moto Z and Z Force phones bound to be joined soon by a mid-range Moto Z Play. Codenamed Vertex, this is pictured today in press-friendly quality alongside its “Vector maxx” and “Vector thin” cousins, with Weibo tipsters previously hinting at a spec sheet containing Snapdragon 625 power, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 16MP rear camera, and 3,600 mAh battery. But perhaps the more exciting news is the Moto Mod family should grow from ...

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    The convoluted matter of when Samsung intends to bring the first fully flexible smartphone to market appeared settled a few days ago, with an extremely reputable source claiming not one, but two such bendy devices would debut early next year. While Samsung has been working on foldable screen technology for roughly a decade, it’s still not sure it’ll be able to precede rivals LG, OPPO and Lenovo to stores, which is why Gregory Lee just came out to reveal and remind the world that Project Valley will spawn a functional prototype extremely soon. As in, possibly by the end of this year, as ...

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    With all eyes on both Lenovo’s own-brand and Motorola-labeled next big things, we were this close to ignoring the next big thing after modular smartphones and augmented reality, which the Chinese tech giant also offered a glimpse at during its jam-packed San Francisco keynote yesterday. If you happen to play back the two-hour Tech World-opening conference on YouTube, and pay attention around the 11-minute mark, you’ll get to quickly gaze at possibly the fiercest rival for Samsung’s long-in-development Galaxy X. As it turns out, Lenovo has been working hard on foldable handhelds and ...

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    It’s time to relinquish hope of seeing a radically redesigned new iPhone released this year, although the 7 and 7 Plus should definitely carve their own aesthetic path, with a dual rear camera and Smart Connector on the latter, fresh antenna band approach, and no headphone jack, among others. Meanwhile, after the successful 2015 introduction of a snazzy rose gold paint job, the iPhone family is rumored to be tweaking its chromatics again in a couple of months. This time, a venerable shade must go, making room for “deep blue” alongside the pinkish hue, silver, and gold. It’s ...

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    Look into your eyes and you may soon see more of Samsung. After launching the Galaxy Tab Iris just a few weeks ago, it looks like another device should be able to scan your iris — and it may be the Note 7. In addition to a passcode or a fingerprint tap, a leaked screenshot from a recent Galaxy device shows an option to use Iris-scanning for security verification. Windows Hello has brought iris scanning to Windows 10 Mobile while one of the few recent iris-scanning smartphones on the Android side only served a limited audience for ZTE. This should bring a new form of security to a mass ...

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    It’s one thing to wish for a major imminent VR breakthrough from the world’s most profitable tech company, but it’s an entirely different kettle of fish to realistically expect Apple’s Daydream answer at the 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference next week. Let’s face it, it’s not going to happen. Not so soon, at least, and not at an event described as a “snoozefest” by our own Adam Doud. Of course, it’s even less likely we’ll be hearing a single word on iPhone, iPad or Mac hardware upgrades at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium keynote on Monday, at 10 am Pacific/1 pm ...

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    Wondering how the next “flagship killer” from young but seasoned Android OEM OnePlus might look in the flesh, what kind of pictures it’ll be able to snap with its 16MP rear-facing camera, and how much it’s going to cost, no invites involved for a change? Probably not, since all appears to be out in the open already. Still, it can’t hurt to examine the robust, premium metal exterior of the OnePlus 3 one more time, as well as a quartet of high-quality official sample shots captured in different outdoor conditions. The latest batch of leaked renders seemingly meant to promote a ...

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    The two-horse race for global mobile payment gold is clearly a marathon, not a sprint, as road-opener Apple Pay continues to be chased down by Samsung Pay. The latter service recently saw a limited rollout in Singapore, also adding its first European country to its world tour, with Australia reportedly next to support easy and secure Galaxy transactions in a matter of days. Although Samsung Pay’s regional website emphasizes “a specific launch date has not been announced” down under, it’s increasingly likely all the official details will be unveiled next week. Apple Pay is already ...

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    If a high-profile phone doesn’t get @evleaked ahead of its formal announcement, you can probably bet the farm on it at least prematurely popping up online courtesy of Twitter’s second most prolific tipster, @OnLeaks, aka Steve Hemmerstoffer. The French journalist just got the scoop from Weibo on Google and Lenovo’s first ever Project Tango device headed to retail, which Evan Blass expects to be called Phab 2 Pro. While its origin story is likely similar to that of the Motorola Moto Z, this bad boy isn’t only considerably larger, at 6.4 inches, but altogether looks different. The ...

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    What comes after Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm’s current flagship smartphone SoC, and the go-to choice for dozens of high-end Android device manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Xiaomi, Asus, ZTE, Lenovo, and even HP? Seeing as how the SD800 was followed by an 801, then 805 and 808, while the 810 jumped straight to 820, truly anything’s possible. But if no minor upgrade is in the pipeline until the radically improved 830 enters the scene next year, that means the fall 2016 heroes will theoretically be exactly as potent as their spring predecessors. Nobody wants that, of course, ...

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    Can we all agree resolution beyond the Quad HD pixel count on a display smaller than 6 or even 7 inches is overkill, as the human eye will never be able to perceive any difference between 2,560 x 1,440 and 3,840 x 2,160 content? Apparently not, with Sony back on the Full HD bandwagon after a short incursion on Ultra HD quicksand, but Samsung purportedly intent on taking the Galaxy S8 to the next level, mainly for high-quality VR-supporting purposes. Mind you, we’re talking the distant Galaxy S8 here, not the fast-approaching Note 6 or Note 7, so a nice dose of skepticism is advised. UBI ...

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    We're only a couple of days out from Lenovo Tech World where Lenovo is expected to debut the Moto Z. With rumors and leaks, we feel like we have a pretty good idea of what the two versions of the phones look like. Then again, it's always another look from a different perspective — this one from the side. This teaser poster is just one more leak to add to the dogpile and we can thank Weibo for it. We can't verify anything about the poster, but it definitely does feature what looks to be a prominent camera Oreo and the volume and power buttons. From what's been leaked, we know that we can ...

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    With the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book still feeling somewhat fresh in our minds in the wonderment they provided, — and all the little and big bugs that have bit at us along the way — Microsoft may make us wait a little bit before it introduces its next iteration of the Surface Pro 2-in-1 tablet. And with a bump from "4" to "5" come some massive spec bumps as well. India's Mobipicker is relaying word from its Chinese sources that the Surface Pro 5 will come packing with Intel's 14nm Kaby Lake processors and up to 16GB of RAM. Windows 10 Redstone 2 will be on-board. A point of more ...

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    Samsung and Apple are engaged in all-out war not only in terms of global high-end smartphone and smartwatch sales, but also the rapid spread of their respective digital wallet platforms. Apple Pay preceded its Galaxy-compatible arch-rival in the US, China and even Singapore, not to mention it’s available in Canada, UK and Australia, where Samsung Pay is merely expected sometime later this year. But Samsung Pay recently got a head start in Spain, its first ever European market, and naturally has its Korean homeland in its corner as well, reportedly gearing up for rollouts in Brazil, ...

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    2016 is far from over, and there are plenty of interesting high-end gadgets left to be unveiled by the end of the year, including new iPhones, a second-gen Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Note 6 or Note 7, LG V10 sequel, HTC-manufactured Nexus duo, and Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book follow-ups. But none of those appears to generate as much buzz as two devices expected out sometime in 2017, namely the first ever iPhone with an AMOLED screen and likely all-glass design too, and the so-called Samsung Galaxy X, aka Project Valley, foldable handheld pioneer. What could the two possibly have in ...

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    Back when it still went by the name of LeTV, one of China’s most ambitious and rapidly expanding technology companies earned the title of world’s first smartphone manufacturer with a Snapdragon 820-powered model under its belt. Of course, the decoration soon proved meaningless, as everyone from Samsung to LG, HTC, Huawei, Xiaomi and so on followed Le Max Pro’s suit, managing to steal its thunder with earlier commercial launches in the markets that count and quick global distribution efforts. LeEco even brought to light a more compact and powerful Le Max 2 in the months since CES, ...

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    Here we go again, rumor-mongering endlessly about possibly the biggest mobile technology breakthrough since the invention of the touchscreen. It’s the foldable, bendable touchscreen, which companies like Samsung and LG have been working on for ages, only to hit major roadblocks when it comes to the flexibility of other smartphone components, as well as the durability of the stretchy ensemble. OPPO may have recently joined the ranks of Android device manufacturers cooking up fully malleable, not just curved, handhelds, but naturally, we still expect Samsung’s Youm concept, now codenamed ...

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    BlackBerry’s desperate Hail Mary pass last fall couldn’t be converted into an immediate touchdown, and the clock might be running out on the Canadian security and productivity specialist that probably got with the Android times a little too late. CEO John Chen insists things are looking up, and a hardware profit isn’t too far off, but Priv sales numbers reportedly failed to meet even modest analyst expectations. Worse yet, an unnamed “high-level” AT&T executive recently told CNET “we’ve seen more returns than we would like”, which suggests many of the very few buyers of ...

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    If there’s one thing we’ve always liked and found refreshing about OnePlus co-founders Pete Lau and Carl Pei, that’s definitely their candor regarding the company’s plans, strategies and product lineup. Once again, CEO Pete Lau doesn’t shy away from talking past explorations of the fledgling wearable market, confirming a OnePlus OneWatch of sorts was very seriously considered before the Chinese startup concluded it needed to remain “focused.” Focused on smartphones in general, and budget-friendly high-enders in particular, which still have more room for growth than ...

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    We’re only three days away from Lenovo Tech World, an exciting press event in San Francisco where the continuously reshuffling device manufacturer intends to tackle “the most promising and emerging topics in innovation, including virtual reality, IoT and harnessing the power of the cloud to transform people’s lives.” Sounds vague, experimental and potentially boring as hell, and besides, Lenovo recently unveiled the Motorola Moto G4, G4 Plus and G4 Play in India, so it’s unlikely there’s already something different and similarly exciting in the pipeline. Or is it? Well, we ...

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