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Sony F8331 “X Performance” photos show a huge design change

Sony F8331 “X Performance” photos show a huge design change

Last week, we were treated to the sighting of a rather odd Sony smartphone on GFXBench that was suspected to be Sony's upcoming flagship for the second half of 2016. The specs shown there, however, were barely interesting, as they were near identical to the existing Xperia X Performance. However, there might be more to this Sony F8331 after all, with a fresh batch of leaked photos showing an intriguing change in Sony's smartphone design, which may be a welcome change after years of seeing nearly the same looks on Sony's smartphones.

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Samsung Gear S2 update rolls out with Samsung Pay beta

Samsung Gear S2 update rolls out with Samsung Pay beta

While it may seem that Android Wear is on vacation of late, Samsung is pulling out all the stops to keep its Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch from descending into obsolescence. It has just announced perhaps the biggest update to the wearable to date, almost amusingly called the Value Pack Update. But while it already has a ton of new features for owners to explore, it apparently also hides one little tidbit for the more tech savvy user who wants to be truly rid of paper and cards in their wallets.

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Moto Z Play might still have a headphone jack

Moto Z Play might still have a headphone jack

With Apple believed to be ditching the headphone jack for a Lightning port audio output, Android OEMs are scrambling to beat it to the punch. Except with USB-C ports, of course. A good number have already put out such smartphones, but probably one of the first major global OEM to do so is Motorola, or just Moto for short, with the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. It seems, however, that Moto isn't completely jumping ship yet, but will, instead, give the venerable 3.5 mm hole one last hurrah in the Moto Z Play.

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HP Elite X3 rolls out in Europe, US price revealed

HP Elite X3 rolls out in Europe, US price revealed

It's going to be a while before HP brings out its highest profile Windows phone to the US market, but the company is starting early in other parts of the world, like Europe. In particular, the smartphone is already available for purchase in the Netherlands, while those in Sweden can already pre-order the device. Meanwhile, the rather high US price has also been somewhat officially revealed and the official guide lists countries where the high end Windows 10 Mobile smartphone will be made available.

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Google said to still be working on standalone VR/AR headset

Google said to still be working on standalone VR/AR headset

News of Google's canceled virtual reality ambitions might have been a wee bit premature. While it is probably true that Google cancelled a project that would have yielded a standalone VR headset unlike its current Cardboard, that doesn't exactly close the doors on other similar efforts. In fact, according to anonymous sources, Google does have yet another project in the works and this one might be even more ambitious, blending VR and AR in a single headset that doesn't require to be tethered to a more powerful computer.

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OPPO F1s teased coming soon for a better selfie

OPPO F1s teased coming soon for a better selfie

OPPO has just teased an upcoming smartphone and, just like most teasers go, it really doesn't say anything much other than confirm its existence. So the OPPO F1s is a thing and it's coming soon. And as far as OPPO is concerned, it will offer a better play at being a "Selfie Expert". It doesn't go into details other than it will be a better OPPO F1, which, according to the company, has done extremely well in the market. So much so that OPPO doesn't seem to keen on dropping the "F1" name any time soon.

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CrossOver for Android on Chromebooks run Windows apps, games

CrossOver for Android on Chromebooks run Windows apps, games

In the future, a Chromebook might be the only computing device you'll ever need. Well, maybe together with a mid-range smartphone. Google has recently added official and fast-running Android app support to at least three Chromebooks and, unsurprisingly, some people are taking that to the extreme. Take for example the folks at CrossWeaver, developers of the CrossOver software, who just successfully got a game launched from a Windows version of Steam running through the Android version of CrossOver running on Chrome OS on a Chromebook. Yes, OS-ception at its finest.

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Huawei honor 8 US launch event taking place in San Francisco

Huawei honor 8 US launch event taking place in San Francisco

Just last week, Huawei's sub-brand honor unveiled its new honor 8 flagship that can probably be best described as a more affordable version of the Huawei P9 in a glass body, complete with a dual camera setup. But while the P9 has yet to make an official entry into the US, it seems that honor will be beating it to the punch next month. It has sent out invites for an even in San Francisco described simply as a "product lunch". But with the honor 8's infinity logo blazoned across it, there is little doubt what the launch will be about.

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Xiaomi’s “MacBook Air” laptops might be unveiled next week

Xiaomi’s “MacBook Air” laptops might be unveiled next week

Xiaomi is getting into a lot of "smart" products these days beyond smart phones and smart tablets. There are smart rice cookers and smart bikes, for example. So why not a smart portable computer, a.k.a. a laptop? It just so happens that the Chinese company is rumored to be doing exactly that. In fact, it has an even scheduled later this month to unveil a new product and, while most of is fans think it will be a new smartphone, sources are claiming it will, instead, be two laptops in the style of the Apple's MacBook Airs.

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SpaceX bags its second Falcon 9 ground landing

SpaceX bags its second Falcon 9 ground landing

Elon Musk's SpaceX seems to finally be getting its rocket landings down to a "T". Although not its second, not even its second, successful rocket landing, this latest accomplishment is no less commendable. What makes it different is actually what makes it similar to SpaceX historic first landing. The Falcon 9 rocket that just launched a Dragon capsule into orbit is the company's second rocket to have successfully come back down to earth in one piece landing on solid ground instead of a remote, floating, and moving barge on water.

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Acer Liquid Jade Primo now available in US Microsoft Store

Acer Liquid Jade Primo now available in US Microsoft Store

Windows 10 Mobile smartphones are so far and few in between that when one does hit the market, it's hard not to take notice. Especially when it comes with a full arsenal, like the Acer Liquid Jade Primo. Announced way back in CES and launched in Europe last April, Acer's first and so far only "premium" Windows 10 Mobile device is finally hitting the US market, available unlocked from the Microsoft Store. But more than just the smartphone, the whole package includes basically all pieces that will turn the phone into a PC.

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iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s video gets leaked

iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s video gets leaked

Just a few days ago, an extremely short video of what is allegedly the iPhone 7 made rounds over the Internet. Given the brevity, of course there's plenty of room left for more videos. This newest one, in particular, even gives us a proper context, comparing the future with the present. Here, the iPhone 7 stands vis-a-vis the iPhone 6s, confirming the changes that have been leaked for the past months. Sadly, those changes might not be to everyone's tastes.

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