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Samsung Galaxy On5, On7 2016 editions grace China’s TENAA

Samsung Galaxy On5, On7 2016 editions grace China’s TENAA

The Galaxy On has always been an odd series. It came at a time when Samsung was consolidating, and somewhat reducing, its mobile model names to single letters followed by numbers. And, in that grand scheme of things, the Galaxy On's special appeal isn't as clear cut as a J, A, or even E model. Still, Samsung, being Samsung, is even going to put out successors to last year's models, with the Galaxy On5 (2016) and Galaxy On7 (2016) both stopping by TENAA for a photo shoot and a spec spill.

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JDI “Full Active” LCD panel has nearly no bezels

JDI “Full Active” LCD panel has nearly no bezels

Although it seems that even Apple is getting into OLEDs soon, there was a time when the holy grail of mobile displays wasn't exactly about LCD versus OLED technologies. It was about banishing those wide bezels. JDI, one of the leading LCD manufacturers, hasn't lost sight of that goal yet. In fact, it has just announced a new 5.5-inch Full HD LCD display module that utilizes the company's new "Full Active" technology, practically removing bezels on all sides, even on the bottom edge.

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Galaxy Note 7 shown to be first phone supporting 4×4 MIMO

Galaxy Note 7 shown to be first phone supporting 4×4 MIMO

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, while quite impressive on its own, has largely been remarked to be less "adventurous" than its predecessors. Apparently, Samsung might have actually been holding off on some of those novel features from the public. Over at Reddit, some soon to be owners are getting quite excited at the discovery that the Galaxy Note 7 actually supports 4x4 MIMO, making it the first ever commercial smartphone to do so, promising, at least in theory, faster and more reliable network connections and overall improvement in efficiency.

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Google Chrome puts Flash to pasture starting next month

Google Chrome puts Flash to pasture starting next month

There really is no stopping Flash's demise. Not when all the major browsers have ganged up on it. The latest to pull the plug is Google's Chrome, which is kickstarting the process to Flash's exit from the Web scene starting in September. Of course, that doesn't mean that annoying ads, especially video ones, will be going away forever, though some will undoubtedly see some downtime on Chrome browsers. It just means that, eventually, they will be taking on a more resource efficient, standards compliant form.

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Xiaomi Redmi 4, Mi Note 2 specs leaked, coming later this month

Xiaomi Redmi 4, Mi Note 2 specs leaked, coming later this month

Xiaomi may have just announced the Redmi Pro less than two weeks ago, but it looks like the Chinese giant has no plans to slow down any time soon. In fact, with barely a month in between announcements, Xiaomi is rumored to be revealing not one but two new models. The Mi Note 2 and the Redmi 4 are veritably the successors of two of Xiaomi's most popular lines, and they will unsurprisingly step up the game. Without stepping up the price, at least not too much.

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LG V20 leaked renders hint at modular but different design

LG V20 leaked renders hint at modular but different design

The dream of the modular smartphone has been years in the making, ever since BLOCKS and Project Ara came to the scene. It seemed, at first, that the LG G5 would be making those dreams come true but eventually came up short of expectation. That, however, doesn't seem to have fazed it, as the Korean OEM seems to be taking yet another stab at that modular form factor, this time on the LG V20, which is due to debut in less than a month.

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Fossil Q Marshal, Wander pre-order and launch dates set

Fossil Q Marshal, Wander pre-order and launch dates set

Apple may be expected to out two Apple Watches later this year, but not before two Android Wear timepieces join the smartwatch fray. Announced way back in March, Fossil has finally revealed when and, more importantly, at what cost its Fossil Q Marshal and Fossil Q Wander Android Wear smartwatches can be purchased. And it's all happening before this month is over, giving the Android Wear loyal a chance to grab a more luxurious looking wearable before Apple's time in the spotlight.

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7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

The Galaxy Note 7 cat is finally out of the bag and, for whatever reason, you've set your heart and mind to get one as soon as they hit the shelves. Whether you're a new convert or a returning believer to the church of stylus, you will most likely be curious about the apps that will best utilize that oh so slim stylus. And there are quite a few out there but not all of them are created equal. To help break you in or re-orient you to the joys of the pointy stick, here are our top seven picks for your soon to be Galaxy Note 7.

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NexDock “lapdock” for mobile finally starts shipping

NexDock “lapdock” for mobile finally starts shipping

It's not really that unusual to hear of successfully crowdfunded projects that failed to deliver, though they are thankfully still the exception rather than the norm. For a time, it seemed that NexDock was going to be one of those tragically doomed Indiegogo promises, despite the publicity it garnered. Fortunately, for the company and its backers, the docks that turn your smartphone into a laptop have started shipping to already disappointed backers, with (almost) all rewards expected to be sent out by the end of the month.

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HP Elite x3 retail date clarified yet again

HP Elite x3 retail date clarified yet again

Given all the attention lavished on the Galaxy Note 7 and, soon, the iPhone 7, it is understandable if Windows 10 Mobile users feel left out of all the smartphone fun. But in less than a month, however, they might have something to flaunt as well. HP has just confirmed that the HP Elite x3 "3-in-1" smartphone is indeed launching at the end of the month. But for those in the US planning to buy directly from the company, they'll have to wait for a week at least.

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Airport lounges can be duped easily by fake QR codes

Airport lounges can be duped easily by fake QR codes

QR codes, like barcodes, are becoming more ubiquitous thanks to their convenience and how much data they can compress in such a small space. However, they are not exactly the most secure, not even the most accurate, method of identification. That was part of the point that security expert Przemek Jaroszewski made in his Defcon presentation, demonstrating how a fake generated QR code was able to easily fool an automated security reader in one of the places where you'd expect things to be exclusive and secure: an airport lounge.

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NES Classic Edition details: save points, “pixel perfect” mode

NES Classic Edition details: save points, “pixel perfect” mode

When Nintendo confirmed and revealed the teeny weeny NES Classic Edition, some might have seen it as an obvious money grab that appealed to the nostalgia factor alone, desperately trying to mask the company's inability to innovate in the gaming console market. While the nostalgia part may be true, the NES Classic Edition will apparently also have some modern amenities, aside from HDMI output, only seen in emulators. Apparently, the mini console will feature different display modes and, perhaps best of all, save points any time.

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