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HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle, Pro press renders show HTC 10 ties

HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle, Pro press renders show HTC 10 ties

In the past, HTC distinguished its One flagship line from its Desire budget line not just in specs but also in design, with the latter usually sporting a generous amount of plastic. That divide, however, might soon be torn down, at least for the rumored HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle and Desire 10 Pro. While still midrange in features, these two smartphones are expected to bear a more premium design and build material resembling that of the HTC 10 itself, a speculation that is seemingly confirmed by these two press renders for the two smartphones.

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Nokia OZO pro VR cam new price revealed in China launch

Nokia OZO pro VR cam new price revealed in China launch

While virtual reality technology has admittedly become more accessible to consumers, not everything is actually affordable. Dedicated and sophisticated equipment like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are not something you'll buy on a whim. And neither is Nokia's professional VR camera, the OZO. As the Finnish company launches the product in China, it has also revealed the new price tag for this VR experience creator. And while significantly lower than last year's number, it's still something that only large companies will be able to afford.

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Round ASUS ZenWatch 3 hinted in August event invite

Round ASUS ZenWatch 3 hinted in August event invite

ASUS indeed has a round, hopefully still Android Wear, ZenWatch 3 coming next month and the company has all but confirmed it. That is, if we're reading the signs right from its teaser for an announcement scheduled at the end of the month. While it reuses its favorite "incredible" word yet again, its wording and even the imagery does seem to hint at a round smartwatch coming really soon. What other features the smartphone will have, however, remains mostly a matter of guesswork and wishes.

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HTC Nexus “Marlin” specs confirmed on AnTuTu

HTC Nexus “Marlin” specs confirmed on AnTuTu

August is near its end, which means a possible Android 7.0 Nougat final release. Which also means a possible announcement of the new Nexus smartphones from HTC, as confirmed by the FCC. Whether it does happen in a week or in a month, things are definitely heating up for the two fish-named smartphones. On the heals of last week's sighting of the "Sailfish" on AnTuTu, the larger, higher end "Marlin" has now broken cover, practically confirming what we've heard so far.

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Barnes & Noble Galaxy Tab A NOOK launched: 7 inches, no S Pen

Barnes & Noble Galaxy Tab A NOOK launched: 7 inches, no S Pen

The venerable Barnes & Noble may have already thrown in the towel as far as its own NOOK-branded e-ink readers are concerned. Instead, it has partnered with Samsung to put out a NOOK by Samsung line of Android tablets that double as ebook readers as well, not unlike Amazon's Fire tablets, but, well, made by Samsung. The latest fruit of this partnership is a Galaxy Tab A NOOK, based on the more recent 7-inch model introduced by Samsung a few months ago. An entry-level, budget tablet by nature, what this tablet lacks in hardware features, it makes up for in the richness and diversity of content.

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LG Minibeam projectors welcome two new family members

LG Minibeam projectors welcome two new family members

Gone are the days when projectors were big, cumbersome boxes that had to stay put on tables or mounts. These days, you can set up an impromptu business presentation or movie viewing anywhere and everywhere (provided the lighting allows it). LG has been at the forefront of this mini, ultra short thrown projector age with its Minibeam product line. And today, it is inducting two new members to its fold, the super bright PH450U and the super portable PH150G.

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Best Fitness Trackers to keep you fit in 2016

Best Fitness Trackers to keep you fit in 2016

It is interesting, almost amusing, how recent technologies, both hardware and software, have seemingly conspired to get us on our feet and, at the very least, live more active lifestyles. Pokemon GO, for example, has gotten people walking a lot, despite the sometimes insane reasons. Fitness trackers and smartwatches with health features come in all shapes, sizes, and design, to keep you at least mindful of your activities, or lack of it. And though we're way past the middle of the year, there's no time like the present to start the journey towards a healthier you. But there are dozens, literally, of fitness-centric accessories out there. So to help you pick your next healthy purchase, here's our top ten choices for this year's best fitness wearables.

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USB-C charger certification aims to weed out faulty chargers

USB-C charger certification aims to weed out faulty chargers

The USB Type C standard is a very young one, but thanks to the push from certain companies, everyone is jumping in quickly. So it's not really surprising that not everyone gets it right. And not everyone even tries for that matter. Soon, however, worries about picking up a correct USB-C charger or even bringing multiple chargers for different USB-C devices will be a thing of the past. The USB Implementers Forum, a.k.a. the USB-IF, has just announced a certification program that will ensure that chargers comply with set standards and are, therefore, safe to use.

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Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update is finally out

Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update is finally out

That was surprisingly quick, especially we're talking about Windows 10 Mobile here. Microsoft has just updated its blog post dated 2nd of August, which heralded the arrival of the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 PC, to now reflect the fact that the same Anniversary Update is also rolling out in smartphone form to owners of Windows 10 Mobile devices. Of course, its actual arrival on devices will vary by region, model, or maker, but it's still a good sign that Windows phone users won't have to wait long to get their own treat.

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iPhone 7 dates leaked, and they’re running late

iPhone 7 dates leaked, and they’re running late

September is a big month for many companies in the tech industry, mostly because of IFA, which opens the month every single. But while Apple doesn't give the event much thought, it still times a new product announcement in September. This year, however, Cupertino might be running later than usual, in contrast to Samsung who was far too ahead. Based on leaked information, coming particularly from AT&T's retail schedule, the iPhone 7 won't be shipping until much later in September.

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HP 2016 OMEN gaming lineup includes an omen-ous cube

HP 2016 OMEN gaming lineup includes an omen-ous cube

Pardon the pun that was just too hard not to make. PC gamers are quite a passionate and sometimes eccentric bunch that loves to give some character to their rigs. From Alienware's out of this world lights to HP's new OMEN X gaming desktop, which you would hardly associate with a desktop, much less a gaming PC, when you look at it. That's because not only is it in the shape of a cube, it is also set up to stand on one of its corners, not on one of its flat faces.

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Nikon D3400 is a lightweight DSLR for budding photographers

Nikon D3400 is a lightweight DSLR for budding photographers

Most product makers focus either on beginners or experts, but rarely do they offer a product that helps beginners become experts. The Nikon D3400, the latest DX-format DSLR from the famed camera maker, aims to be that bridge. The camera is lightweight, compact, and, more importantly, affordable so that it won't scare off beginners. But, at the same time, it is also loaded with features, and new lenses, that will help train those interested in taking their craft to the next level.

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