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OnePlus 3 “throttles” its 6 GB RAM in favor of battery life

OnePlus 3 “throttles” its 6 GB RAM in favor of battery life

There's a saying that goes "if you've got it, flaunt it." Of course, that doesn't apply to all cases, thankfully. That apparently is also true for the OnePlus 3, the latest "flagship killer" to come out of the bold Chinese startup because despite it's hardware capabilities, particularly the RAM, it was revealed to perform below expectations. Taking to his Twitter account, co-founder Carl Pei explained that the decision to not fully exploit that much RAM all boils down to offering a better user experience, mostly by making sure the smartphone won't consume battery like crazy.

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The best Android phones of 2016 – A mid-year comparative overview

The best Android phones of 2016 – A mid-year comparative overview

Half of the year is almost over and save for some that release two smartphone flagships a year, most Android OEMs have already revealed their hands. That means it's the perfect time to take stock of some of the crème de la crème that manufacturers have to offer for 2016. Or at least what they consider to be the best. Who gets in and who is left out of the party? Of course, many of them share some similar specs and features, but each does bring something unique to the table, or promise to do so. Without further ado, there are 2016's stars, in order of appearance (a.k.a. reveal date).

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LeEco plans to take on the US market in Fall

LeEco plans to take on the US market in Fall

There are dozens of Chinese brands in the smartphone market, but most of them don't even make it to the headlines. And even those that do, like Xiaomi for example, aren't exactly rushing to get their wares into the US. LeEco, formerly known as LeTV, is daring to be different. According to the company's PR Director, Todd Witkemper, LeEco is in the midst of a hiring spree in the US to prepare for the company's arrival in the country sometime in Fall.

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Firefox Containers are an experiment in multiple identities

Firefox Containers are an experiment in multiple identities

Web browsing is no longer a one browser per person activity. And that's not just about a family sharing a single computer or tablet. Even a single user sometimes needs to use the web as different persons. And no, this isn't a case of schizophrenia. In order to support the not so unusual use case of a single person having different accounts, personas, and habits when browsing the web, the Firefox team is playing around with "Containers" that separate those virtual users, and their data, from each other.

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Chrome OS dev 53 update brings the promised Google Play Store

Chrome OS dev 53 update brings the promised Google Play Store

It seems that the promised day for Chome OS users has finally arrived. At least for those users who happen to own an ASUS Chromebook Flip and are running the experimental dev version of the OS. Reports are coming in that the latest version 53 of the dev channel is greeting them with a surprise welcome message announcing the arrival of Google Play Store on their Chromebook. There are still some rough edges and unanswered questions, but for some lucky users, it's the start of a renewed friendship with their Chromebooks.

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Google paid $550,000 in Android bug bounties since last year

Google paid $550,000 in Android bug bounties since last year

How much is the security of your Android device worth? Well, Google spent around $550,000 in bug rewards since it launched the program for Android a year ago. Depending on how you view the platform, that might be more than enough or, in fact, too little. Regardless, Google is even increasing the bounty for "high quality" reports to ensure that Android's security doesn't descend into becoming a joke in the mobile industry. Though some might argue that is already the case anyway.

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D-Link DCS-8200LH HD 180-degree camera joins the smart home club

D-Link DCS-8200LH HD 180-degree camera joins the smart home club

As homes get smarter, so too do potential intruders and miscreants. As we continually upgrade our appliances, it is also fitting that we upgrade our security systems. Fortunately, it won't necessarily mean trading an arm or a leg just to get a smart security setup. D-Link is adding a new HD 180-degree camera, the DCS-8200LH, to its mydlink Connected Home team to offer affordable security cam without skimping on the features that make these connected cameras a perfect fit for smart homes.

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OnePlus 3 DASH shown in action, gaming while charging

OnePlus 3 DASH shown in action, gaming while charging

OnePlus execs seem to like living on the edge just to prove a point. Company CEO Pete Lau has taken to Weibo to show off the OnePlus 3's fast charging DASH tech and how it fares against other flagships using Qualcomm's Quick Charge feature. And he does so not through rigorous lab stress test but with a somewhat controversial behavior among smartphone users. That is, playing games on the OnePlus 3 while charging it at the same time. Fortunately for the OnePlus, it was victorious and remained unscathed.

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Samsung Smart Glow puts an LED ring around the rear camera

Samsung Smart Glow puts an LED ring around the rear camera

The back side of the smartphone is one of the barest part of the device. It usually only had the rear camera, until some manufacturers started putting fingerprint scanners and sometimes even buttons there. It's a bit understandable, considering how the back is the one seen most by other people and therefore has to be the most presentable. That is why Samsung's leaked upcoming Smart Glow feature adds some new functionality on that rear side while, at the same time, actually adding some prettiness in the process.

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Bluetooth 5 revealed : pumps up range and spread to push IoT, ads

Bluetooth 5 revealed : pumps up range and spread to push IoT, ads

Bluetooth is perhaps one of the unsung heroes of the mobile world today. The wireless technology is what makes many of the fancy new devices and integrations today possible, from fitness bands to smartwatches to personal home assistants. Just as the Bluetooth 4 standard introduced the Bluetooth Low Energy profile to facilitate development of those types of devices, the upcoming Bluetooth 5 spec will put a focus on increasing Bluetooth's range, speed, and spread in order to further drive the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), as well as "beacons", which are mostly used for serving location-relevant information, a.k.a. ads.

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iOS 10 will only hide, not delete, pre-installed apps

iOS 10 will only hide, not delete, pre-installed apps

Depending on who you ask, Apple's announcement of the features for iOS 10 might have been filled with treats or a bore. But both might agree that there is at least one feature that does sing to the heart of anyone who has owned an iOS device: the ability to remove the unused, pre-installed stock apps on their device. However, iOS users might have been too quick to throw a party for it. Later clarifying the feature, Apple execs Craig Federighi and Phil Schiller noted that aren't exactly removing the apps, you are just hiding them while deleting their content.

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Andy Rubin bets on quantum computing, AI for the future

Andy Rubin bets on quantum computing, AI for the future

The creator of Android and former Google exec may have left the company, but that doesn't mean he has parted ways with the same dreams that he and the search giant shared and developed over time. When asked "what's next?" for the computing world, Rubin answered that it will be about masses of data and training artificial intelligence. And this will be facilitated by a switch to quantum computing as the next computing platform that will eventually replace the supercomputers that run the world's servers and computing backbone.

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