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Sony Xperia XR “F8331” gets some fancy renders

Sony Xperia XR “F8331” gets some fancy renders

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that holds true even, or especially, for smartphone designs. Once considered sleek and stylish, Sony's smartphones have fallen into hard times design-wise. The latest leaks from the rumor mill about a certain Xperia F8331, now dubbed as the Xperia XR, shows how the company seems to be playing around with designs. And, as expected, it isn't exactly making even Sony's more ardent fans drool with anticipation. Except, perhaps, for the possibility of a new color option.

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Galaxy S8 with flat screen might be eliminated next year

Galaxy S8 with flat screen might be eliminated next year

Samsung produced one of the most popular Android devices it has ever created when it launched the Galaxy S6 Edge with its curved edge screen back in 2015. The next version, the Galaxy S7 edge also proved very popular, in fact, it was so popular Samsung was unable to meet demand. The reason for being unable to meet demand for the device was some sort of issue with the production of the curved edge screen.

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Samsung Pay MST tech shown to be susceptible to theft, fraud [UPDATE]

Samsung Pay MST tech shown to be susceptible to theft, fraud [UPDATE]

Samsung Pay has surprisingly been enjoying a significant amount of popularity and support in the US, rivaling even Apple Pay. Part of its success can perhaps be attributed to its Magnetic Secure Transmission or MST, a technology it acquired from LoopPay, which allows Samsung Pay to be used with traditional magstrip-based terminals. It seems, however, there might be a very high price to pay for that convenience. In a talk at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, researcher Salvador Mendoza showed how easy it was to steal Samsung Pay's MST data so that hackers and thieves can use credit card data with almost no restrictions.

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Sony Xperia XA Ultra also get its price knocked down

Sony Xperia XA Ultra also get its price knocked down

Fastest price cut ever. Barely two weeks in the US market (not counting the pre-order period), the Xperia XA Ultra is already getting a price reduction in the market. And a considerable some to boot. This seems to be Sony's new pattern, launching a smartphone with an inexplicably high price tag, only to pull down the numbers immediately afterwards. While late adopters will probably not complain, it does paint a rather suspicious picture of Sony's smartphones. Which is somewhat unfortunate given how the Xperia XA Ultra might not be that bad for what it was designed to do: make taking wefies/groufies better.

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Some Nexus 5X, 6P chargers reported to be unsafe, not up to spec

Some Nexus 5X, 6P chargers reported to be unsafe, not up to spec

USB Type C, or simply USB-C, is the hot new standard for data and power connections on mobile devices, sometimes even laptops like the Apple MacBook. Although not yet adopted universally, it is becoming more widespread in each new product launch. That means that a bunch of new accessories, including chargers, have popped up almost out of nowhere. Sadly, it also means that not everyone gets the spec right, resulting in sometimes very dangerous consequences, as reported by Redditor Nathan-K.

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Moto Z camera mod leaked to be made by Hasselblad

Moto Z camera mod leaked to be made by Hasselblad

The Moto Z, actually the Moto Z Force Droid, was already rated to have one of the best smartphone cameras in town. But who's to say it can't be made better? Moto definitely doesn't think so. As leaked before, there is still one, or two, official Moto Mod missing from the first batch that Lenovo and Moto unveiled in June. That is the "Pro" camera mod, which is now leaked to be called the "True Zoom Camera" mod and is being made by famed camera and lens maker Hasselblad, adding not just physical controls to the already competitive setup.

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HP Powerup Backpack hides a 22400mAh battery for your laptop

HP Powerup Backpack hides a 22400mAh battery for your laptop

One of the biggest problems of road warriors, other than a consistent Internet connection everywhere, is the rapidly decreasing meter on their batteries. Mobile devices, especially smartphones, are easier to deal with, but when you really need to get work done, a laptop is your Obi-Wan Kenobi. Well, and this new HP backpack. Unassumingly stylish, the HP Powerup Backpack actually stores a large 22,400 mAh 84 Wh battery pack that can keep even your laptop sufficiently juiced up when power outlets are as rare as a Mewtwo.

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Disney Mix is a family-friendly messaging app that’s safe for kids

Disney Mix is a family-friendly messaging app that’s safe for kids

If the thought of yet another mobile messaging app is enough to make you gag, well, you're probably not alone. But now Disney has gotten into the game with Mix, a messaging app that's specially designed for kids and families. Available now on iOS and Android, Disney Mix may not seem as impressive as services like WhatsApp or Snapchat, but it includes a number of features designed to keep kids and pre-teens safe online.

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Luxury smartphone maker Vertu debuts three models starting at $4,200

Luxury smartphone maker Vertu debuts three models starting at $4,200

If you've never heard of Vertu, it's a luxury smartphone maker that puts extra focus on the use of premium and expensive materials. For example, some of their previous devices include phones wrapped in handcrafted leather or woodcraft, and not one but two phones designed in partnership with Bentley. Even if you have heard of the company, it's unlikely you could afford any of their products.

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Pokemon Go arrives in 15 Asian countries, Niantic confirms catching difficulties are a bug

Pokemon Go arrives in 15 Asian countries, Niantic confirms catching difficulties are a bug

Pokemon trainers across Asia are rejoicing this weekend, as 15 additional countries in the region have seen Pokemon Go rollout to their app stores for iOS and Android. Niantic, the game's developer, explained earlier this week that the controversial decision to shut out popular third-party mapping services, such as Pokevision, was in order to reduce strain on their servers, and give them the freedom to focus more on bringing Pokemon Go to other parts of the world.

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Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Facebook takes another swing at Snapchat with MSQRD selfie filter test

Don't look now, but Facebook is making another move to attempt to woo some users away from Snapchat. After Instagram introduced a Snapchat-inspired Stories feature, Facebook has rolled out a new Olympics-themed test in Brazil and Canada that features selfie filters from MSQRD, a company the social media giant acquired earlier this year.

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Pokemon GO API’s latest update victim: a “real” Pokeball

Pokemon GO API’s latest update victim: a “real” Pokeball

This week it's become clear that Niantic has gotten serious about stopping hackers and cheaters from ruining the vision they had for Pokemon GO. They've gone ahead and modified their game's API - and will continue to do so - to stay one step ahead of 3rd-party interlopers. One of the most awesome - and simple - projects we've come across that's been making use of this API is this Pokemon detecting Pokeball. This device is effectively a smartphone inside a sphere.

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