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BLU Life One X2 mixes 4GB RAM, fingerprint sensor, budget price

BLU Life One X2 mixes 4GB RAM, fingerprint sensor, budget price

Near the end of 2015, Florida-based smartphone maker BLU Products challenged Motorola’s popularity in the mid-range market by pitting its new BLU Life One X against the 3rd gen Moto G. Now that the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are out, it was perhaps time to revisit that contest. Indeed, BLU has just announced the Life One X2 which does step up the game, expanding storage options and adding a fingerprint scanner. All while mostly still keeping the same low price tag.

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Jaguar welcomes historic New York City leg of Formula E championship

Jaguar welcomes historic New York City leg of Formula E championship

The third season of the FIA Formula E championship is set to start next month, but this 2016-17 already has a few historic and exciting firsts, particularly for the US. Although the last season did have a round in the US at Long Beach, this season is the first time a FIA-approved open-wheel, not to mention a fully-electric, race will take place within the five boroughs of New York City. And marking that momentous occasion will be Jaguar North America, whose return to the motorsports world will be witnessed first at this very Formula E season.

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Waze Beacons to make navigation work even in tunnels

Waze Beacons to make navigation work even in tunnels

We’ve all been there before. As useful and ubiquitous maps and navigation apps may be, there are instances and places where they just can’t be used. Like tunnels or underground, where GPS signals, sometimes even cellular networks, aren’t able to penetrate. That is, of course, a major concern for Waze, who might have finally developed a solution for “tunnel blindness”. Partnering with Bluetooth beacons experts Bluvision, Waze has just revealed Waze Beacon, a custom-made BEEKS Plus that broadcasts accurate location information to drivers, passengers, and cars, even in the darkest of tunnels.

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CoWatch “Alexa Smartwatch” is now up for purchase

CoWatch “Alexa Smartwatch” is now up for purchase

We already have Siri, Google Now (soon to be Assistant probably), and even Cortana available on our wrists, but one virtual assistant remains unaccounted for. At least until today. No, Amazon hasn’t made a smartwatch (thankfully) but you can have the next best thing. CoWatch, the smartwatch that breezed through Indiegogo with its promise of putting Amazon’s Alexa on your wrist, has fully come out of the woodwork and can now be purchased by anyone. All you need is to shell out $299 for a piece.

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Microsoft, Lenovo accused of blocking Linux on “Signature Edition” PCs

Microsoft, Lenovo accused of blocking Linux on “Signature Edition” PCs

Laptops these days are getting more powerful, thinner, and, like the Lenovo Yoga Book, more interesting. While most of these were made with running Windows in mind, some consumers prefer to have the final say on what OS to use, which usually means Linux (or Chrome OS sometimes). But much to their dismay, some buyers of the Lenovo Yoga 900, 910S, and 710S have found out that they can’t do so, supposedly because of an agreement between Microsoft and OEMs like Lenovo to prevent other operating systems like Linux to be installed on Signature Edition PCs like those models. However, reality isn’t as simple as that may sound.

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HP Sprocket joins the pocket photo printer party

HP Sprocket joins the pocket photo printer party

Although snapping up photos, especially selfies, with our smartphones have become almost second nature, there will always be times when even the most tech savvy user will want a physical copy of that memory, be it for sharing or as a part of a larger collage. Rather than conceding defeat to the smartphone onslaught, camera makers like Fujifilm and Polaroid have embraced mobile with their pocket photo printers. Now HP, whose business includes printers of course, is joining the fray as well with the new HP Sprocket.

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LeEco Le Pro 3 tries to aim for the skies

LeEco Le Pro 3 tries to aim for the skies

LeEco, formerly LeTV and a Lenovo-backed Chinese firm, has just made official a much hyped flagship smartphone, at least as far as Chinese brands are concerned. And, as expected from a Chinese flagship, the new LeEco Le Pro 3 boasts of some mighty impressive specs with a ridiculously low price. Although chances of the smartphone becoming available in markets like the US are somewhat slim, the Le Pro 3 and its ilk could very well soon pose a threat mainstream brands whose prices could never really go as low as these.

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Google Pixel phones tipped to barely have water resistance

Google Pixel phones tipped to barely have water resistance

Our smartphones these days have become part and parcel of our lives to the point that we bring them with us anywhere and everywhere. That runs the risk of exposing them to elements, so consumers have mostly come to expect that their smartphones will survive a bit of a splash. Most flagships for the past years do promise some peace of mind in that regard, with a few exceptions. And unfortunately, according to a “reliable source”, the Google Pixel smartphone will be one of those exceptions, getting only an IP53 rating, which means having no special water resistance at all.

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Yahoo View hits iPhones and iPads

Yahoo View hits iPhones and iPads

Just last month, Yahoo made a grab for the cord cutters market by launching Yahoo View, a by-product of its partnership with Hulu. Through that service, primarily available on the desktop via web browsers, Yahoo users could get access to free content from ABC, NBC, FOX, and others. Now Yahoo is taking that one step further into the realm of mobile, by making a Yahoo View app available for both iPads and iPhones, making sure you can enjoy those same TV shows and movies anywhere your feet, or wheels, take you.

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Galaxy Note 7 is back on Verizon, T-Mobile following soon

Galaxy Note 7 is back on Verizon, T-Mobile following soon

While we expect a bit more reports, maybe even more lawsuits, in the coming days, Samsung seems to be quite confident it has weathered the storm, enough to actually restart sales of the Galaxy Note 7 in the US. Or at least that seems to be the implication now that Verizon has put the controversial phablet back on stock on its website. And according to a third-party report, T-Mobile would be doing the same really soon as well, just in time for the promised September 21 date.

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Surface Pro 3’s battery woes begin anew

Surface Pro 3’s battery woes begin anew

Batteries on mobile devices are becoming a hot (sometimes literally) these days. On the one hand, that could help hasten the development of newer, safer, and more reliable power sources. On the other hand, it infuriates and worries consumers to no end. Even before the Galaxy Note 7’s battery fiasco, Surface Pro 3 owners were already up in arms about their own problems. But while a firmware update did seemingly fix the issue for those affected by it, it may have inadvertently trigger another, perhaps more debilitating, bug for others.

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Google quietly removes “Google Now” references in Search app

Google quietly removes “Google Now” references in Search app

Let the conspiracy theories roll. In an investigation done on the still rolling update to the Google Search Android app, Android Police discovered that almost all but one publicly visible reference to Google Now has been removed, replaced instead by descriptions of their corresponding functionality. Given how heated the personal digital assistant competition has been, it is probably not the case that Google is bowing out. Instead, it could simply be paving the way for a “re-launch” under the upcoming Google Assistant heading.

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