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DBRAND reveals Half-Life 3 (OnePlus 3) with slick burn

DBRAND reveals Half-Life 3 (OnePlus 3) with slick burn

This morning the folks at dbrand have revealed their collaboration with OnePlus smartphones with a Half-Life 3 teaser. That's strange, you might be saying - why would they tease something that couldn't possibly exist? I'll tell you why: because it's silly. Because it generates hype. Because they're almost certainly going to be releasing skins and/or cases for the OnePlus 3, and they thought - hey, what's the most internet-centric universally understood sign for hype? Half-Life 3, of course.

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Android Open Source Project adds recovery-based brick function

Android Open Source Project adds recovery-based brick function

For the most part Android smartphones and tablet users never want their devices to get bricked because of a failed update or a hack they are trying to install themselves. However, there are times when rendering your own device into a useless brick is very appealing. Specifically when your phone is lost or stolen and you don't want the thief able to use your device or access data you have stored there. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) has integrated a new feature to allow users to brick devices when needed.

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Lumigon T3 smartphone has a night vision rear camera

Lumigon T3 smartphone has a night vision rear camera

Lumigon has unveiled a new smartphone called the T3 that has some interesting features packed away inside. The T3 is constructed from stainless steel and damage resistant glass. The screen is a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED and the smartphone has both physical and soft keys for navigation. The smartphone packs three different cameras.

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Jide Remix Pro 2-in-1 tablet seen with Snapdragon 652 inside

Jide Remix Pro 2-in-1 tablet seen with Snapdragon 652 inside

Thanks to the recent focus on productivity and Android, Jide and its Remix OS has been in headlines often lately. However, it has been nearly a year since it launched is second device, the Remix Mini PC. Sure, it partnered with AOC to put out an all-in-one version and old pal Allwinner was seen with ultracheap laptops in the works. So far, nothing from Jide directly. It might not be long now, however, as Jide's "Remix Pro" was just spotted at Qualcomm's Computex booth, flaunting what could be the next-gen Android-based, productivity focused 2-in-1 tablet.

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Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro outed: plastic in disguise

Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro outed: plastic in disguise

The smartphone industry can perhaps be credited with not just expanding the English language (with "phablet", for example) but also by redefining some words. We've seen, for instance, "minis" that aren't exactly small, or "pros" that might not live up to the name. The new Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro could, perhaps, be considered one of the latter, bearing very small upgrades from the plain Galaxy J3 launched just last April. At least, it looks the part of a pro device. Or does it?

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OnePlus holding global pop-up events after OnePlus 3 launch

OnePlus holding global pop-up events after OnePlus 3 launch

OnePlus is really putting its marketing machine into full gear. After an unsurprisingly short pre-launch "blind sale" promo, the Chinese startup is now announcing a post-launch event that will take place in select places all over the world. It will be holding so-called "pop-up events" in seven cities in Europe, India, and the US to showcase and sell the OnePlus 3. Just in case, you know, you won't be able to attend the gala premiere that will totally be done in virtual reality.

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Don’t update your Galaxy phone (yet)

Don’t update your Galaxy phone (yet)

Before you jump in on the next update for your Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Note 5, or Note 4, pay heed: there's an issue. Users with a variety of Samsung smartphone updating to the first release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow have been experiencing a unique issue. Passwords on the device - be they text based or fingerprint based - seem to be lost or distorted as the newest update is installed. But what about you? Will you see the same issue? Should you be fully freaking out at the moment, or is there something you might do to avoid this mess?

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What Google says about keeping your Android phone secure

What Google says about keeping your Android phone secure

You probably do all sorts of sensitive things on your phone or tablet: logging into your bank account, having private conversations with friends, taking pictures, maybe accessing work email or accounts. You, like any reasonable person, want to make sure your Android phone and/or tablet is reasonably secure, but researching how to do so leads to a sprawling mess of affiliate links, sketchy security products, and questionable advice. Fortunately, you can ignore all that: here's what Google says about keeping your Android device secure.

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T-Mobile is trading stock for new customers – with these rules

T-Mobile is trading stock for new customers – with these rules

Today T-Mobile USA has revealed a plan to give users single stocks in exchange for bringing new customers into the fold. In the prospectus for this plan, T-Mobile suggests that these stocks can be given to T-Mobile customers "who are individuals" (not businesses) for one of three different reasons. Stocks can be given for being customers, becoming customers, or referring new customers. It seems relatively simple. T-Mobile USA also suggests that redemptions of "Stock Up Rewards" will be "fulfulfilled through open market purchases of Shares by LOYAL3 Securities, Inc. ("LOYAL3 Securities")."

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EyeForcer forces your kids to stop looking down at their phones

EyeForcer forces your kids to stop looking down at their phones

With the rise of smartphones and tablets, we're spending more time looking down at our hands than ever. Go to any public place, and you'll see people hunched over their phones, checking Facebook, Tweeting, or watching videos. Our bodies aren't designed to hold that position for long periods, and that can cause painful issues. One company has their eye on this problem, and aims to fix it.

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The Galaxy S7 Active’s one key feature (it’s not just rugged)

The Galaxy S7 Active’s one key feature (it’s not just rugged)

Today we're having a peek at the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. Spoiler alert - there aren't many of them. The big differences lie in the look of the casing for the devices, the ruggedness therein, and the battery. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Active model has a battery that's so extremely large, it'd be difficult to use it all up in a single day. Really difficult. Tablet battery-sized difficult.

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Galaxy S7 Active released and detailed in full

Galaxy S7 Active released and detailed in full

This week the folks at Samsung and AT&T have revealed the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, a slightly more rugged edition of the smartphone line. This version of the device comes in three colors: Sandy Gold, Titanium Gray, and Camo Green. You'll be able to find this device in the United States at AT&T exclusively, starting on the 10th of this June, 2016 - that's just a few days from now.

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