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KGI: iPhone 7 will have nothing attractive, shipments to fall

KGI: iPhone 7 will have nothing attractive, shipments to fall

If famed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed, Apple's market nightmares are far from over. Even though the company already forecast what would its slowest iPhone sales growth early this year, it's fortune isn't going to turn for the better for the rest of 2016. In fact, it could have the lowest shipment numbers, even lower than 2014's disappointing figures. Kuo attributes this to certain factors, chief among which will be an iPhone 7 that will have nothing attractive to offer. Or so says the analyst.

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Chrome OS could soon have full Google Play Store support

Chrome OS could soon have full Google Play Store support

To many, it didn't make sense for Google to have different but related and practically competing operating systems. Some of those wished the two would merge, for the benefit of all but mostly for the Chrome OS users. Nearly two years ago, Google stirred things up when it officially supported running a handful of Android apps on Chrome OS, followed by silence. Things heated up again in the Alphabet reorganization but Google quickly shot down rumors of a Chrome-Android merger. Now, however, there might be evidence that Google is further bridging the gap, providing the full Play Store experience on Chrome OS.

Technically, the two OS are very different, except for a shared Linux base and some Google technologies like Chrome. Both, however, could benefit from the other's features. Android, for one, could learn a thing or two about window management and treating web apps as first class citizens. Chrome OS, on the other hand, needs the wealth of popular apps available on Android.

Google partly conceded to the latter in September when it launched ARC, the App Runtime for Chrome that allowed a few Android apps, selected by Google, to run on Chrome. That list started with Evernote, Vine, Sight Words, and Duo Lingo, eventually expanding to a few more, but never embracing the hundreds available on Android. Of course, there were a few attempts to give users that ability, but those were inconvenient at best, buggy at worst. In short, it was technically possible but needed Google's help in opening it up to the whole universe of Android apps. And it seems it finally will.

A user accidentally stumbled on a Chrome OS setting that would have enabled Android apps to run on the Chromebook. The setting quickly disappeared but not before a screenshot was taken. Naturally, dozens volunteered for the treasure hunt and indeed discovered placeholder text for the feature. If enabled, it would ask the user's permission to setup Google Play Store on the Chromebook to access millions of apps and games. Sadly, there is no "Hell Yeah!" button.

The feature is largely inactive for now but we could be given the full Monty this coming Google I/O. Even if it is prayer answered for some, it's still curious to see how Google will manage this strategy. Given how more Chromebooks, and even Chromeboxes and Chromebases, are coming out, Google will hardly kill off Chrome OS anytime soon. On the other hand, Android is set to receive more multi-window features in Android N, which could put it on par with Chrome OS. The two are ironically getting closer together, yet still not the same. Sounds familiar?

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Allwinner has dirt cheap Remix OS laptops in the works

Allwinner has dirt cheap Remix OS laptops in the works

Ever wished there was an Android-powered laptop that was a wallet friendly as most Chromebooks are? Well, if there really is a market demand for that kind of device, Allwinner might make your dreams come true. Sort of. The chipmaker was found to have reference designs for at least three low-power laptops that will be running Remix OS, a version of Android that has been designed and tuned for a desktop, or laptop, experience. And how much would these laptops cost? They start at $79, which could make them the cheapest consumer laptops, regardless of OS.

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Xiaomi teaser hints 6.4″ Mi Max can still fit in pockets

Xiaomi teaser hints 6.4″ Mi Max can still fit in pockets

Smartphones have become so big to the point that few can be operated comfortably with one hand alone. They have become so big that slipping them inside jean pockets have become more than just embarrassing, sometimes they're also impossible. Xiaomi, however, is challenging that perception. It is officially teasing the Mi Max, its first "true" phablet that has already been revealed to have a 6.4-inch screen. The real tease here, however, is the implication that, despite that size, it can still fit snug inside a pocket without any worries, awkward bulges, or bendgates.

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Scarlett Johansson, Henry Cavill go on a Huawei P9 camera showdown

Scarlett Johansson, Henry Cavill go on a Huawei P9 camera showdown

Who would have thought that only Huawei would be able to do the unthinkable and impossible: to unite the cinematic universes of Marvel Comics and DC Comics together. OK, so maybe it's not the superhero showdown you might be expecting, or even dreaming of, but it's still amusing to see Scarlett Johansson, who portrays Marvel's Black Widow, and Henry Cavill, famous for his Superman role, in the same video ad. And that unifying force? None other than the Huawei P9, whose photography skills are put to the test by these superheroes in plain clothing.

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You may need your iPhone, but the Apple Watch 2 won’t

You may need your iPhone, but the Apple Watch 2 won’t

Steve Wozniak might be worried about the product's direction and critics might have already declared it a failure, but the numbers speak in the Apple Watch's favor. In its first anniversary, Apple's first and so far only wearable is believed to have performed better than the iPhone in its own first year, with Apple selling twice as much Apple Watches. Despite lingering disappointment in some corners, those figures might be giving Apple the confidence boost to actually make the next Apple Watch work independently from an iPhone, going as far as sporting its own Internet connection.

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Latest Galaxy Note 6 rumor gives it 5.8″ screen, 4000mAh battery

Latest Galaxy Note 6 rumor gives it 5.8″ screen, 4000mAh battery

We still have about four months to go, but it seems the speculation and confusion surrounding Samsung's next flagship is already starting to heat up. Details naturally change with the tide but some seem to stick like glue. For example, there's the idea that the Galaxy Note 6 will have 6 GB of RAM. Another detail that seems consistent in rumors is that there are two variants in the works, one normal and one with a curved screen. This latest source leak does agree, but qualifies that in the end, there can only be one.

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Latest Window 10 preview drops a truckload of juicy features

Latest Window 10 preview drops a truckload of juicy features

Microsoft is definitely cooking up a lot of delicious treats for Windows 10 users later this summer. Whether you're a fan of the new operating system or not, these changes are designed to not only add new features that could be useful to many users, they also implement much asked for changes and fixes that have marred the Windows 10 experience so far. While the new Windows Ink and Cortana features might delight only a subset of Windows users, the changes to the Start Menu, Action Center, and Taskbar will hopefully resolve some of the gripes uses have been living with since Windows 10 came out last year.

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2017 Porsche 718 Cayman gets sportier with 4-cylinder engine

2017 Porsche 718 Cayman gets sportier with 4-cylinder engine

Usually, when new a new version of an existing product has less of something, it's often taken as a bad thing. Porsche, however, is proving that it isn't necessarily the case with the new 718 Cayman coupe. Yes, it does "downgrade" the previous model's flat-six cylinder engine to a flat-four one. And yes, it is marketed as a mid-engine model just like its 718 Boxster sibling. However, the new sports coupe makes up for those lower numbers with power and design that outranks its predecessor in a number of ways, giving the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman a unique combination of price and performance.

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2016 Galaxy A ads highlight design, camera, Samsung Pay

2016 Galaxy A ads highlight design, camera, Samsung Pay

The Galaxy A series was born from a time when Samsung was derided for its plastic fetish. Showing that it could do metal just as well on the mid-range like it did in its flagship, it launched the first Galaxy Alpha, which was later on superseded by the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. This year, Samsung once again borrowed cues from its flagship for the 2016 Galaxy A series, lending the same attention to design, cameras, and mobile payment as the Galaxy S6 and now S7, as seen in these new ads.

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Apple wants you to hug the earth by sending more iMessages

Apple wants you to hug the earth by sending more iMessages

It's Earth Day again, so naturally, companies are going out of their way to show how they care for the environment. As tech companies are also traditionally seen as the worst offenders, they also make the biggest noise come Earth Day. Apple, who has long been waging war on that image, has come up with a rather entertaining video add for this green day. Not only does it not so subtly promote its own efforts to be a green company, it is also subtly advertising iMessage to do so.

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Tegra K1 JXD S192 “retro” gaming tablet goes on pre-order

Tegra K1 JXD S192 “retro” gaming tablet goes on pre-order

"Gaming tablet". Now that's one we haven't heard in quite a while. With a few exceptions, like Archos' now silent GamePad, or Acer's odd-looking Predator, or NVIDIA's stylus-less SHIELD Tablet K1, most tablets do not usually advertise game-ability. Multimedia and processing power, sure, but nothing close to gaming on big displays. JXD, however, isn't giving up the fight just yet. The same Chinese OEM who brought us a PSP-alike Android tablet is now putting up the JXD S192 on pre-order, promising the power of NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chip in a different, unique, and more odd-looking package.

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