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LG Wine Smart brings the flip back to the phone, globally

LG Wine Smart brings the flip back to the phone, globally

Clamshell phones still have a loyal following despite being decades out of fashion. Particularly in China and South Korea, phone manufacturers have time and again launched such flip phones, though now with some smartness in them. LG, however, isn't content with just one or two markets. Now it wants to spread the joys of flipping your phone open or closed to international market. Released as the LG Gentle in Korea, the LG Wine Smart offers a bit of old fashioned style, if you're willing to live with the rather low specs.

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OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style – which one “potentially” deserves your money?

OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style – which one “potentially” deserves your money?

Last week we saw not one but two mid-year racehorses make their way into the smartphone tracks. One an established veteran in the industry, the other almost a David in comparison, both putting out mouthwatering offers. But at the end of the day, unless you have the money to spare, you will choose only one. Is the OnePlus 2 really worthy of all the hype the startup generated? Or was the Moto X Style able to repeat the magic of the original Moto X in 2014? Pending a full blown review, we do a spec and feature side-by-side to get a preliminary appraisal.

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Viber updated with redesign, better quality and more

Viber updated with redesign, better quality and more

WhatsApp competitor Viber has updated both its Android and iOS apps with a bunch of improvements and new features, the most notable of which is the improved voice and video quality that, despite being better than ever, keeps data usage to a minimum. As with Facebook's Messenger and other similar apps, Viber allows users to make calls among themselves, eschewing using up minutes and, if you're on Wi-Fi, precious data. With this update, calls over 2G snap up only 84KBs of data per minute.

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HTC sending One users ads disguised as notifications

HTC sending One users ads disguised as notifications

Advertising on the internet is commonly accepted these days, as is ads in things like magazines. But receiving ads on a smartphone, and one that's been fully paid for? Now that's bound to push a few people's buttons. Unfortunately, it's exactly what HTC has done recently, pushing an advertisement in the form of a notification to its One M9, M8, and M7 model phones. To be clear, HTC has never offered its One handset with a price subsidized by ads, similar to Amazon's cheapest Kindle model, thus users are not happy about it.

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Use Cortana to control your Android phone from Windows 10

Use Cortana to control your Android phone from Windows 10

Cortana is now almost everywhere, thanks to Windows 10 bringing Microsoft's smart assistant desktops and tablets. While there have been indications that Cortana will indeed come to Android smartphones, that might still be a long time coming. What if you wanted Cortana to let you control your smartphone, or almost anything else, hands-free and only using your voice? Good thing, then, that Android already has all the needed tools to make that happen and, with a bit of trickery, rope in Cortana into it as well.

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There will be another OnePlus phone before the year ends

There will be another OnePlus phone before the year ends

OnePlus is one startup that really knows how to play the marketing game, allowing it to even rub shoulders with industry giants despite being barely two years in existence. With the new OnePlus 2 again making waves, not to mention numbers, one might presume the company has its work cut out for it. Apparently, however, the success has inspired them to be even bolder. In an interview with USA Today, co-founder and CEO Carl Pei reveals that there will be another OnePlus smartphone maybe in time for Christmas.

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Moto G 3rd gen 16GB sold out in less than a week

Moto G 3rd gen 16GB sold out in less than a week

While we do not know how much stock Motorola had available of the 3rd gen Moto G, we do know that they've sold out of their 16GB edition in just a few days. Going on sale the first day it was revealed, July 28th, 2015, the Moto G 3rd gen is no longer available through Motorola online. This isn't a limited edition sort of thing, they're going to make more, but the fact remains: this appears to be a continued success story for Motorola, or at least one that they're ill-prepared to handle demand for.

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LG G4 Wins Blind Camera Test vs iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 in low light

LG G4 Wins Blind Camera Test vs iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 in low light

This past week we ran a Blind Camera Test between the LG G4, the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the iPhone 6 with a number of photos taken in low-lighting environments. We placed photos taken by each smartphone next to one another without the names of their devices attached and asked you, the readers, to vote on which photos looked best. Not which photos looked most color-correct, not which photos were sharpest - though those could have been your criteria if you'd wanted. This was a test of objective desires.

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Galaxy S6 price cuts begin as Note 5 about to be revealed

Galaxy S6 price cuts begin as Note 5 about to be revealed

While Samsung made it clear late last week that price cuts were coming on their latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the company hasn't wasted any time. Europe has already seen discounts of over $100 applied to the devices, when both models are barely four months old. The S6 and S6 Edge were heavily promoted, and while they were well reviewed by critics, they didn't sell as well as expected, coming as a major surprise to Samsung. Now they've taken abrupt action to make up for their poor quarterly earnings.

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Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ gets an early hands-on leak

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ gets an early hands-on leak

From time to time, Samsung lets a few retailers get a privileged preview of upcoming devices, which then become fountains of leaks and rumors. Sounds almost counterproductive if you're trying to keep a lid on things. That's exactly what a certain retail shop owner is claiming on Reddit, having gotten some very early hands on time with Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, expected to arrive next week. Fortunately, he was generous enough to share perhaps what shouldn't be shared, though do always take leaks with a grain of salt.

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