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Huawei honor 8 finally brings flagship quality to the US

Huawei honor 8 finally brings flagship quality to the US

This isn't honor's first dance in the US. The Huawei sub-brand has made a couple of smartphones available in this primary market, but they all have one thing in common. They are all mid-range models. honor's higher end, but not exorbitantly more expensive, devices were reserved for its home market and a few others. That changes today with the launch of the honor 8 in the US, which ups honor's game in the Western hemisphere. The honor 8 offers almost flagship specs with that intriguing camera from the Huawei P9, at the price tag that honor is known for.

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Windows Holographic is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year

Windows Holographic is coming to Windows 10 PCs next year

Partly thanks to the hype around Pokemon GO, augmented reality has become a buzzword again (which is somewhat ironic considering some AR enthusiasts don't consider the game as such). Though definitely not alone nor first, Microsoft is one of the biggest proponents of augmented reality technology which, unfortunately, is extremely limited to a select few, not to mention expensive, number of devices and developers. Come 2017, however, that will somewhat change, as Microsoft releases its Windows Holographic platform, as well as its AR shell, to any and all Windows 10 computers.

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Best Password Managers for 2016 – Take control of your logins

Best Password Managers for 2016 – Take control of your logins

It's 2016 and people have stored more information, a lot of the private, on a public, intangible system more than any other time in the history of mankind. And yet, these very same people protect those pieces of themselves with passwords like "1234" or "password". The increasing rate of hacks don't seem to be enough to shock people into adopting better habits when it comes to their digital lives. Because, let's face it, trying to come up with more than a dozen strong passwords is a tough job, much less remembering all of them. That is why there are such things as Password Managers to do the heavy lifting for us, and still they aren't utilized enough. In the interest of spreading the word, here are our top five picks for Password Managers for this year.

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Windows 7, 8.1 switches to monthly rollup update scheme

Windows 7, 8.1 switches to monthly rollup update scheme

Windows as a Service. That was one of Microsoft's battle cries for Windows 10. In a nutshell, it compared Windows to web services, like web apps and cloud services, whose software get updated behind the scenes in a rolling basis. Now it is bringing that same paradigm to Windows 10's immediate predecessors, Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, with monthly rollup and security-only updates. This new system, promises Microsoft, will ensure higher quality patches and a more consistent update experience for users.

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LG V20 leaked: features, T-Mobile launch date, price

LG V20 leaked: features, T-Mobile launch date, price

These days, it's almost impossible to keep a new device, be it smartphone, tablet, or even smartwatch, secret for long. While most of the time, manufacturers want to keep things completely under wraps to protect it from the competition, leaks can also work in favor of a product, building up the hype at no extra cost to the company. It could, however, also hurt the product, depending on how well it is received. So this latest set of leaks for the LG V20 could still go both ways, especially considering how ambiguous the market has been towards the LG G5's take on modularity.

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iPhone 7 leaked to get fast charging finally

iPhone 7 leaked to get fast charging finally

Apple's attitude towards smartphone batteries is ambiguous at best, even comical at one point. While iPhones are arguably more battery efficient than their Android counterparts, they still leave much to be desired. And when users clamored for a better battery, Apple responded by putting out a highly criticized battery pack. It seems that with the iPhone 7, Apple will be going around the issue again but with a compromise. According to a leak, the iPhone 7 will, at least, get faster charging speeds.

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Kaspersky outs Android malware riding on Google Adsense network

Kaspersky outs Android malware riding on Google Adsense network

More often than not, malware attacks start with conning unsuspecting users into visiting seemingly innocent, even helpful, websites or downloading software. Far more frightening, however, is malware that escapes early detection because it piggybacks on legitimate channels or apps. Such is the case with an Android Trojan reported by security company Kaspersky Lab Solutions called "Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Svpeng.q", or Svpeng, for short. This particular malware, which attempts to intercept and steal banking information, is spreading on perfectly legit websites through Google's own AdSense advertising network.

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Google Duo (somewhat) launches to make video calls a breeze

Google Duo (somewhat) launches to make video calls a breeze

Despite being called smartphones majority of users hardly use their mobile devices for voice calls anymore these days. Of course, some still do, but even those usually course it through VoIP services rather than regular cellular lines. With phone calls practically a dead venue, Google is turning its attention to what it bills as the next best thing to communicating with someone with a personal touch: video calls. But as nice as the thought may be, video chat is also the most unreliable medium. That is why Google is finally launching its Duo app and service to make video calls a piece of cake.

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Gear S3 launch event details dropped

Gear S3 launch event details dropped

Judging by Samsung's teasers, and the fact that it already launched the Galaxy Note 7, the star of its IFA 2016 show will be, without a shred of a doubt, the Gear S3 smartwatch. And Samsung really wants you to really remember that by inviting the public to its launch event in about two weeks. Of course, it isn't saying much but is expecting everyone to get talking "about 3", which puts to rest any doubt that the name of the smartwatch will be the Gear S3. Or maybe even just the "Gear 3".

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 confirmed, discouraging hints

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 confirmed, discouraging hints

Samsung, at least its Colombian office, has confirmed the existence of the Galaxy Tab S3, the company's flagship line for Android tablets. It has also confirmed that it is debuting in September, which, for all intents and purposes, practically means at IFA 2016 in a few weeks' time. And while the mini announcement reveals no details, reading between the lines, it might not make a bigger splash than the Gear S3 smartwatch also expected to be announced there. And that might be pretty damning for a tablet.

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Pokemon GO’s Combat Power ranking revealed

Pokemon GO’s Combat Power ranking revealed

Although battling doesn't have the same key role in Pokemon GO as it does in the game or the TV series (at least not yet), a Pokemon's Combat Power or CP is still an important metric in choosing which Pokemon to keep or ignore, especially when you're intent on duking it out in gyms. But if you've ever wondered how high your Pokemon can go, GamePress has a nifty list that ranks all 150 species according to their CP. Unsurprisingly, the ones with highest CP points are the Pokemon you can't yet catch.

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10.5″ iPad Pro in 2017, with flexible AMOLED in 2018, says Kuo

10.5″ iPad Pro in 2017, with flexible AMOLED in 2018, says Kuo

Despite the iPad Pro line, specially the 12.9-inch model, somewhat reinvigorating the iPad market, Apple's tablets suffer the same malady as the rest of the tablet industry, with declining sales and even faster declining interests. Which is why Apple's future iPads continue to be the subject of speculation or wishful thinking. And even the renowned Ming-Chi Kuo is not immune to that. According to the analyst, Apple is set to unveil iPads that will break the mold, including a 10.5-inch model next year and one with a flexible AMOLED screen in two years' time.

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