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The feds are ramping up for war on bad mobile security

The feds are ramping up for war on bad mobile security

Apple, Google, and a host of other smartphone makers and US carriers have found themselves the subject of a mobile security investigation. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have kicked off a joint inquiry to figure out how smartphones and other devices are kept secure and up-to-date, given the increasing number of hacking attempts and the amount of personal data users now generally carry around in their pockets or purses.

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Et tu, Meizu? Huawei P9, Meizu Pro 6 use pentalobes

Et tu, Meizu? Huawei P9, Meizu Pro 6 use pentalobes

What, you might be asking, is a pentalobe? It's a sort of screw head - a very annoyingly rare screw head, one that's generally only in place to make taking devices apart more difficult. The screwdriver you're going to need to use to get this screw out is available to the public - it's no secret - but why has Meizu begun using it? And why Huawei? Has the screw suddenly become less expensive to use, or is there a more obvious reason?

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Advanced specs leak

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Advanced specs leak

Samsung is working on another tablet to slot into its range packing a 10.1-inch screen. The tablet is called the Galaxy Tab 4 Advanced according to leaks. A page showing the specifications of this unannounced tablet has turned up claiming to be from a PDF describing the Advanced. If the specs are accurate, they are decent but not exactly exciting.

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4th gen Moto G, G Plus outed

4th gen Moto G, G Plus outed

Motorola is gearing up to unveil a new Moto G in India next week. It has even put out rather "interesting" teasers for the event. Given the Moto G's ancestry in Android history, and Motorola's new overlords, there is no small amount of interest revolving around this mid-range smartphone. Indeed, it is already garnering a few reactions based on leaked images of its design. Now, however, we're getting the near complete picture, with most of the specs of both the Moto G and its higher end G Plus sibling leaked for everyone to enjoy.

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Alleged OnePlus 3 prototype appears in leaked photos

Alleged OnePlus 3 prototype appears in leaked photos

We're smack right in the middle of the lull between MWC and IFA, the calm before the storm, so to speak. That, of course, is the perfect opportunity to make some noise about some new smartphone that may be coming in the next few months or so. We've already seen Motorola's odd direction for the upcoming 4th gen Moto X and its DROID variant. Now we're supposedly getting to see what Chinese startup OnePlus has in mind for its 3rd flagship. Suffice it to say, it's going to at least get people talking a lot.

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Xiaomi puts the Mi Max marketing machine on full throttle

Xiaomi puts the Mi Max marketing machine on full throttle

Xiaomi may have just revealed its Mi 5 flagship last February, but the way it is trying to hype the Mi Max, you'd think this was actually its 2016 champion. Set to be the Chinese superstar's foray into the phablet race, Xiaomi has been teasing the Mi Max nonstop. Now it is going as far as releasing a new video ad each day before the expected May 10th announcement. Of course, there are a few marketing images available as well, all of them officially coming from Xiaomi's own CEO, Lei Jun.

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iFixit: Huawei P9 easy to repair if you have a pentalobe tool

iFixit: Huawei P9 easy to repair if you have a pentalobe tool

These days, the premium look and quality of flagship smartphones usually come at a price. The first to go are removable batteries, followed usually by hardened silos that are tough to get into. So when a flagship smartphone gets a 7 out of 10 repairability score, it's definitely a surprising but very much welcome breath of fresh air. That seems to be the case with the Huawei P9, the Chinese OEMs latest and greatest. Amusingly, iFixit notes that Huawei might have one upped Apple to some punches, despite copying the latter in a few aspects.

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Moto X4, DROID version photos leaked with odd design choices

Moto X4, DROID version photos leaked with odd design choices

It's been a while since Motorola has put out a smartphone that was the center of the market's attention. It seems, however, that the fourth gen Moto X will generate a lot of noise, and not all of them will be good. If you thought the physical home button slash fingerprint sensor on the front of the 4th gen Moto G was bad enough, take a gander at what is supposed to be the Moto X4's newest design. That includes a large, bulky camera sensor smack in the middle of the smartphone's back.

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WhatsApp updated for Android and version “N”

WhatsApp updated for Android and version “N”

This week the folks behind WhatsApp have made the app far more compatible with the newest versions of Android. This newest iteration of the app brings on features for its newest camera, enabling new abilities - and a new look. There's a new bit of text formatting for all messages, and there's a new way to make replies happen quicker - with Android Wear, too. This update also allows you to reply from your Notifications panel - all in Quick Replies.

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Don’t tell anyone I prefer TouchWiz

Don’t tell anyone I prefer TouchWiz

Today I'm going to defend Samsung's TouchWiz software on the Samsung Galaxy S7. Not that Samsung needs my assistance, by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel like there is still some misunderstanding in the public about what goes on in a Samsung device. Why? Because of the past. Because of the reputation Samsung made for itself in the first few years it came slamming into the world of smartphones with its Galaxy S line of devices, candy-coated icons and big fat lines around menus and all. That's changed.

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Why a Galaxy Note 6 Lite may be perfect for VR-haters

Why a Galaxy Note 6 Lite may be perfect for VR-haters

Those of you that've not yet gotten aboard the GearVR hype train or the VR hype train in general may have caught Samsung's attention. Rumors this week suggest that not only will the company be making a Galaxy Note 6 Lite, they'll be making said device without aiming for the GearVR specifically. This means less emphasis on the extra-sharpness of the display and a slightly less powerful processor - which in the end may mean more battery life for you and a processor that, replicating the Galaxy S7, is still well and above the power you'd need on a daily basis.

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Uncharted: Fortune Hunter will unlock content in U4

Uncharted: Fortune Hunter will unlock content in U4

The release of the highly anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End on PlayStation 4 next week is only days away, but you can get started on series hero Nathan Drake's latest adventure early — and there's no need to steal an early copy of the game. Sony has just released Uncharted: Fortune Hunter on both iOS and Android, and it features over 200 levels of puzzle action and treasure hunting.

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