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Galaxy S7 Active at GFXBench is happily a premium rugged device

Galaxy S7 Active at GFXBench is happily a premium rugged device

Rugged smartphones that could probably (or not) survive an attack by Kryptonians aren't exactly new. Most of the time, however, OEMs have made consumers choose between a compromise. Either their smartphone is so premium that their heart skips a beat whenever it slips from their hand, or their smartphone is built like a tank but also as slow as one. Samsung's "Active" models of its flagship smartphone has been a mix in recent years. Fortunately, it seems that the Galaxy S7 Active will actually combine the best of both worlds.

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Huawei honor v8 puts a lot of focus on its dual camera

Huawei honor v8 puts a lot of focus on its dual camera

Huawei's Honor sub-brand may not exactly be known, especially in the West, for premium grade smartphones, but it is changing that perception with the newly unveiled honor V8. For one, it flaunts some of the highest specs you'd see in an early 2016 flagship. Yes, including at least one variant with a QHD screen. But not only that, it takes after its more high profile Huawei P9 cousin when it comes to cameras. In fact, it seems to use the same dual cameras, with an added trick of its own.

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Viking Horde malware uses Google Play Store to infect Android devices

Viking Horde malware uses Google Play Store to infect Android devices

Android owners might want to be extra cautious about the apps they download, for a little while. There's a new piece of malware in the wild, and it's turning phones and tablets alike into a part of a large botnet. The worst part about the new Viking Horde malware is that it appears to be coming from a number of apps available on the Google Play store.

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Republican Senator mad at Facebook for news bias

Republican Senator mad at Facebook for news bias

It would appear that Republican Senator John Thune has a problem with how Facebook may or may not filter its news feed. After a story on Gizmodo suggested that "several former unnamed Facebook employees" spoke about surpressing "conservative viewpoints" and "artificially highlighted other news stories" - words from Thune's press release. He's displeased with how Facebook chooses to use their news aggregator, suggesting that if these claims are substantiated, "Facebook's assertion that it maintains a 'platform for the people and perspectives from across the political spectrum' misleads the public."

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Pebble update ups Health ante

Pebble update ups Health ante

Pebble have announced that their smartwatch line will have a big series of updates to its health software. That'll include a feature called Mobile Health Snapshot, for one - a system that allows you to see a picture of your activity and sleep data in a well organized manner. This Mobile Health Snapshot bit will be a whole new section within the official Pebble apps from Pebble on both iOS and Android. Of particular interest in this feature set is a new ability to auto-detect when you're headed out for a walk, recording your activity without additional effort on your part.

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This iPhone 7 “photo” shows a smart connector, new camera, and adjusted antenna

This iPhone 7 “photo” shows a smart connector, new camera, and adjusted antenna

This week we’re having a closer look at what the next iPhone could be - considering especially the multiple leaks and tips we’ve seen over the past several weeks. In this, we’re able to see a smartphone that’s more powerful, has a better camera, and looks marginally different from the last iPhone Apple released. Can you even imagine? This is nuts! An iPhone 7 with a look and feel that’s very similar to the iPhone 6s? Crazy talk!

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T-Mobile Galaxy J7 and LG K10 tipped to launch next week

T-Mobile Galaxy J7 and LG K10 tipped to launch next week

T-Mobile fans will have a pair of new smartphones to choose from next week according to a new leaked documents. The rumor claims that the Samsung Galaxy J7 and LG K10 Android devices will launch on the T-Mobile network on May 18. No official announcement has been made that either device will land on that day, but a training page on the J7 has leaked that claims to be for T-Mobile listing that date for launch.

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Chinese firm No. 1 unveils D6 smartwatch packing Android 5.1

Chinese firm No. 1 unveils D6 smartwatch packing Android 5.1

Say smartwatch in front of a bunch of people and a few brands come to mind like Apple, Samsung, and Motorola to name a few. One company name that the majority of people probably don't know is a Chinese firm called No. 1. No. 1 makes smartwatches and its latest wearable is called the D6 and it is a very nice looking device indeed.

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MIUI 8 takes center stage in Xiaomi Mi Max reveal

MIUI 8 takes center stage in Xiaomi Mi Max reveal

While the Xiaomi Mi 5 might have been the titular and expected flagship from the Chinese OEM, today's press event in Beijing clearly proves that is not the case. The Mi Max phablet has pretty much been expected to drop today, but alongside it, Xiaomi has also announced the next generation of its MIUI custom Android experience. Dubbed MIUI 8, the custom ROM is loaded with new features that, for better or worse, makes it almost indistinguishable from a plain Android experience.

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Xiaomi Mi Max is here, large, and unsurprisingly affordable

Xiaomi Mi Max is here, large, and unsurprisingly affordable

The Mi Max is pretty much as we've heard the past weeks and is indeed a 6.44-inch phablet that Xiaomi claims can comfortably fit in pockets. How, we still have to figure out. Xiaomi spends a lot of its time trying to explain why you'd want a smartphone this big or how the Mi Max trumps the iPhone 6s Plus in so many aspects. Intentionally or not, it's an indirect admission of the iPhone as the gold standard.

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Verizon Galaxy S7 update adds DT Ignite bloatware platform

Verizon Galaxy S7 update adds DT Ignite bloatware platform

There are two banes to a smartphone user's existence these days, and both of them start with the letter "B": Batteries and Bloatware. Both can be temporarily remedied by band-aid solutions but still aren't the ideal first experience. While batteries fall on the shoulders of OEMs, bloatware is mainly a responsibility of carriers. One major US carrier is taking advantage of that position. Verizon has just rolled out an update to the Samsung Galaxy S7 that could pretty much be considered a trojan horse (the figurative sense, not the malware) since, along with probable bug and security fixes, it also installs Digital Turbine's Ignite software on the device.

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HTC had a terrible Q1, ready for HTC 10, Vive rescue

HTC had a terrible Q1, ready for HTC 10, Vive rescue

When your revenue plummets by more than 60% in year on year figures, you should probably be panicking. HTC, however, isn't. Despite its very gloomy first quarter financial report, as expected by almost everyone, the Taiwanese company isn't curling up in a corner just yet. That's because it believes it has two aces up its sleeves: the HTC 10 smartphone and the HTC Vive virtual reality headset, both of which just barely missed the first quarter. Whether they're enough to truly save HTC from its sinking ship remains to be seen in the next three months.

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