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iPhone 7 preorder and carrier pricing round-up

iPhone 7 preorder and carrier pricing round-up

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus won't be available for pre-order until tomorrow, but in the meantime, we have some pricing details from the big four carriers in the US. While some carriers are being a little tight-lipped on their pricing until the phone actually goes up for pre-order, Apple has published information for all four of them, letting us know how much each one will charge for both the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, along with all of their storage variants.

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Amazon Fire HD 8 refresh announced with extended battery life and Alexa support

Amazon Fire HD 8 refresh announced with extended battery life and Alexa support

Amazon has announced a new version of its Fire HD 8 tablet, and it sounds like this refresh brings a number of hardware improvements over its predecessor. Taking a page out of Nintendo's book, Amazon has dubbed this the "All-New Fire HD 8," and aside from an improvement on the hardware side of things, this new tablet marks the first time that Alexa capabilities will be present in Amazon's Fire lineup.

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Elder Scrolls Online gets 4K treatment on PS4 Pro

Elder Scrolls Online gets 4K treatment on PS4 Pro

When it was announcing the PS4 Pro yesterday, one thing Sony focused on was the fact that some existing PlayStation 4 titles will be receiving updates to make them compatible with the Pro's 4K and HDR technology. There are a few games slated to receive such updates, and Zenimax Online Studios has announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will be one of those titles making the jump to 4K when the PS4 Pro launches in November.

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Nintendo NX details may be arriving early next month

Nintendo NX details may be arriving early next month

While Nintendo's competitors have been busy announcing new consoles, we're still waiting on some official details for Nintendo's incoming system, the NX. Nintendo is gearing up for a March 2017 launch, but so far has failed to actually reveal the thing. A new report, however, is saying that those details could arrive by early October.

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PS4 Pro revealed with 4K and HDR capabilities, out later this year

PS4 Pro revealed with 4K and HDR capabilities, out later this year

Sony's 4K vision of the future is indeed a reality, with the company taking the stage in New York City today to reveal the much discussed PlayStation Neo project as the PS4 Pro. That name signifies more than just a new console, as it also shows that Sony intends to keep the PS4 community intact with this release, adding another option for those who want a more powerful console without splintering the player base.

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iPhone 7 display updated, ‘best on any smartphone’

iPhone 7 display updated, ‘best on any smartphone’

Apple has run down the list of the new features on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and while the camera may be the biggest star of the presentation, the company is promising some major things for the phones' Retina HD Display. Apple's Phil Schiller is so confident in the quality of the iPhone 7 display that he touted it as being the "best display on any smartphone."

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Apple Watch Series 2 release and pricing info revealed

Apple Watch Series 2 release and pricing info revealed

Apple had a lot to announce about the next generation Apple Watch today, but the juiciest details were saved for last. Naturally, we're talking about pricing and release information, with the company announcing that Apple Watch Series 2 will go up for pre-order on September 9, launching the next week on September 16. Those who are so inclined will be able to pick one up rather quickly, it seems.

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Pokemon GO Apple Watch release makes the game simpler

Pokemon GO Apple Watch release makes the game simpler

Niantic made a splash at Apple's iPhone 7 event today, showing that it has no intention of letting Pokemon mania die out. After a presentation on what's new in Watch OS 3, Niantic CEO John Hanke took the stage to announce that Pokemon GO will soon be coming to the Apple Watch, giving players an opportunity to play the game without having to constantly look at their phone's screen.

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Apple touts Apple Music subscriber numbers and App Store revenue

Apple touts Apple Music subscriber numbers and App Store revenue

Apple has kicked off its long-awaited iPhone 7 event, but before the phone made its debut, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage to share some statistics about both the iOS App Store and Apple Music. Cook announced that Apple Music has managed to pull in 17 million paid subscribers since it launched, which is respectable number despite the fact that it's still a ways off from Spotify's 30 million paying users.

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Chase and Uber Payment Rewards join Android Pay roster

Chase and Uber Payment Rewards join Android Pay roster

Google has announced new Android Pay support for a multitude of banks and services, adding one of the largest in the US to its roster today. Android Pay now supports credit and debit cards from Chase, with Google pointing out that Chase customers can still enjoy the benefits they get with those cards while using them with Android Pay.

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BioWare teases big news for Sony’s PlayStation event

BioWare teases big news for Sony’s PlayStation event

If today's Apple event isn't enough to satisfy your lust for tasty announcements, then you're in luck, because Sony is also holding an event of its own in New York City. It's here that Sony is expected to announce the PlayStation Neo and the PlayStation 4 Slim, but that might not be all that's on the docket. There are a few developers and designers from BioWare who seem particularly excited about this event, possibly pointing to a BioWare surprise.

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Microsoft plotting Skype Teams as a competitor to Slack

Microsoft plotting Skype Teams as a competitor to Slack

Earlier this year, we heard that Microsoft had considered putting in an $8 billion offer for Slack, a group messaging service that has quickly grown in popularity over the last few years. Then, remembering that it had already shelled out billions of dollars for Skype, Microsoft pulled out of negotiations with Slack. Now it seems Microsoft is planning to use the Skype platform to develop a Slack competitor, calling it Skype Teams and offering a fair amount of functionality that Slack doesn't have - namely Office 365 integration.

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