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Xiaomi Redmi 4, Mi Note 2 specs leaked, coming later this month

Xiaomi Redmi 4, Mi Note 2 specs leaked, coming later this month

Xiaomi may have just announced the Redmi Pro less than two weeks ago, but it looks like the Chinese giant has no plans to slow down any time soon. In fact, with barely a month in between announcements, Xiaomi is rumored to be revealing not one but two new models. The Mi Note 2 and the Redmi 4 are veritably the successors of two of Xiaomi's most popular lines, and they will unsurprisingly step up the game. Without stepping up the price, at least not too much.

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LG V20 leaked renders hint at modular but different design

LG V20 leaked renders hint at modular but different design

The dream of the modular smartphone has been years in the making, ever since BLOCKS and Project Ara came to the scene. It seemed, at first, that the LG G5 would be making those dreams come true but eventually came up short of expectation. That, however, doesn't seem to have fazed it, as the Korean OEM seems to be taking yet another stab at that modular form factor, this time on the LG V20, which is due to debut in less than a month.

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Fossil Q Marshal, Wander pre-order and launch dates set

Fossil Q Marshal, Wander pre-order and launch dates set

Apple may be expected to out two Apple Watches later this year, but not before two Android Wear timepieces join the smartwatch fray. Announced way back in March, Fossil has finally revealed when and, more importantly, at what cost its Fossil Q Marshal and Fossil Q Wander Android Wear smartwatches can be purchased. And it's all happening before this month is over, giving the Android Wear loyal a chance to grab a more luxurious looking wearable before Apple's time in the spotlight.

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7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

The Galaxy Note 7 cat is finally out of the bag and, for whatever reason, you've set your heart and mind to get one as soon as they hit the shelves. Whether you're a new convert or a returning believer to the church of stylus, you will most likely be curious about the apps that will best utilize that oh so slim stylus. And there are quite a few out there but not all of them are created equal. To help break you in or re-orient you to the joys of the pointy stick, here are our top seven picks for your soon to be Galaxy Note 7.

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NexDock “lapdock” for mobile finally starts shipping

NexDock “lapdock” for mobile finally starts shipping

It's not really that unusual to hear of successfully crowdfunded projects that failed to deliver, though they are thankfully still the exception rather than the norm. For a time, it seemed that NexDock was going to be one of those tragically doomed Indiegogo promises, despite the publicity it garnered. Fortunately, for the company and its backers, the docks that turn your smartphone into a laptop have started shipping to already disappointed backers, with (almost) all rewards expected to be sent out by the end of the month.

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HP Elite x3 retail date clarified yet again

HP Elite x3 retail date clarified yet again

Given all the attention lavished on the Galaxy Note 7 and, soon, the iPhone 7, it is understandable if Windows 10 Mobile users feel left out of all the smartphone fun. But in less than a month, however, they might have something to flaunt as well. HP has just confirmed that the HP Elite x3 "3-in-1" smartphone is indeed launching at the end of the month. But for those in the US planning to buy directly from the company, they'll have to wait for a week at least.

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Airport lounges can be duped easily by fake QR codes

Airport lounges can be duped easily by fake QR codes

QR codes, like barcodes, are becoming more ubiquitous thanks to their convenience and how much data they can compress in such a small space. However, they are not exactly the most secure, not even the most accurate, method of identification. That was part of the point that security expert Przemek Jaroszewski made in his Defcon presentation, demonstrating how a fake generated QR code was able to easily fool an automated security reader in one of the places where you'd expect things to be exclusive and secure: an airport lounge.

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NES Classic Edition details: save points, “pixel perfect” mode

NES Classic Edition details: save points, “pixel perfect” mode

When Nintendo confirmed and revealed the teeny weeny NES Classic Edition, some might have seen it as an obvious money grab that appealed to the nostalgia factor alone, desperately trying to mask the company's inability to innovate in the gaming console market. While the nostalgia part may be true, the NES Classic Edition will apparently also have some modern amenities, aside from HDMI output, only seen in emulators. Apparently, the mini console will feature different display modes and, perhaps best of all, save points any time.

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Google Photos video ad pokes fun at 16GB iPhone

Google Photos video ad pokes fun at 16GB iPhone

Smartphones these days, even the lower spec ones, are capable of taking high resolution (though not always high quality) photos. That means those photos take up more space on the smartphone's storage. And when you have a measly 16 GB of internal memory, with no microSD card option, you will inevitably run out of space. That is precisely the point that Google is trying to make in a rare and admittedly amusing Google Photos video ad. And it is aiming its guns at, what else, the 16 GB iPhone.

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Skully AR helmet creators go under, founders sued

Skully AR helmet creators go under, founders sued

Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo may have made some dreams, both of the creators as well as backers, come true, but it has also brought nightmares to life as well. There is no shortage of anecdotes about failed campaigns and even lawsuits that flowed from those, but there are some that sound too terrible to be true. One such case is that of Skully, creators of a highly popular augmented reality enhanced motorcycle helmet of the same name. Two years after bagging almost $2.5 million on Indiegogo, not only has the startup failed to deliver, it has also ousted its founders and filed for bankruptcy. And now those two founders are facing a lawsuit for alleged misuse of company funds, most of those raised through Indiegogo.

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OnePlus 3 DASH Charge claimed faster than Samsung Galaxy S7

OnePlus 3 DASH Charge claimed faster than Samsung Galaxy S7

Despite advancements in mobile technologies, like processors, data storage, or displays, one component that remains practically unchanged is the battery. In the absence of better battery technologies, consumers and manufacturers are left to tricks that lessen the charging time instead. Fast charging technologies, and there are quite a number of them, have become en vogue in more recent smartphones, and one of the newest challengers is OnePlus' own DASH Charge. But just because it's new and relatively untested doesn't mean it isn't going to fly, as this video, which pits the OnePlus 3 against the Galaxy S7, tries to prove.

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Chromebook Android support brings location tracking via ADM

Chromebook Android support brings location tracking via ADM

It seems that Google's gift of Android apps to Chromebooks has resulted in more than just Android apps. Whether a secret, silent feature or an unintended side effect, Chromebook owners will soon find that they will be able to locate, lock, or even wipe their device from a web browser. All thanks to the Android Device Manager framework that is now available on Chromebooks as well, and not just the ones that are configured for enterprise or schools.

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