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California’s “kill switch” law is now in full swing

California’s “kill switch” law is now in full swing

Starting this month, any smartphone made after July 1 that will be sold in the State of California is legally required not only to have a kill switch feature but must also have it turned on by default. But considering the expenses and work that will be required to have devices specific to California only, this practically means the kill switch law will be in effect throughout the US. This is just the latest, and perhaps the most forceful, effort to curb smartphone theft, which has thankfully declined substantially in recent months.

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Yahoo Aviate just made a lot of Android users angry

Yahoo Aviate just made a lot of Android users angry

Today Yahoo updated the launcher known as Yahoo Aviate to include a service much like Google's own "Google Now" feature. Instead of users embracing this sort of alternate universe feature, users of Yahoo Aviate have responded with less-than-positive remarks aplenty. Yahoo calls this new feature Smart Stream, suggesting that it "puts relevant information front and center so you can take action right away." "What if your phone could just show you the information you wanted," said Paul Montoy-Wilson, Product Manager of Yahoo Aviate and Co-Founder of Aviate, "instead of forcing you through multiple steps to get there?"

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Android Lollipop update headed to multiple devices

Android Lollipop update headed to multiple devices

This afternoon several Android devices will see an update to the next-to-newest version of the software, Lollipop. While Android "M" will be the newest for those on the cuff, those working with Nexus devices that wish to see Google's newest-in-new before-final-release software, today's update brings several machines to the newest in market-ready action. The first of these smartphones is the HTC Desire EYE for AT&T, one of the strangest phones on the market today, complete with massive cameras on both its front and its back.

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Samsung trademarks S6 Edge Plus name

Samsung trademarks S6 Edge Plus name

A few weeks back a leak turned up online claiming to be a rendering of a coming Samsung smartphone dubbed the S6 Edge Plus. The rendering and details on that device didn’t seem to be 100% legit, even though the source had been correct with similar leaks in the past. We took the leak with a big grain of salt. Another bit of evidence has now surfaced hinting that there may indeed be a S6 Edge Plus in the works.

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LG G4 S leaked images hit the web

LG G4 S leaked images hit the web

It hasn't been too long since LG went official with the G4 smartphone allowing fans of the device to get hands on one in retailers around the world. That original G4 was torn down earlier this month and scored well for repairability. Despite the fact that the standard G4 smartphone hasn’t been available long, LG is tipped to be working on a new version of that device called the G4 S.

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Android users can listen to Beats 1 radio for free (for now)

Android users can listen to Beats 1 radio for free (for now)

iOS and OS X users have had almost a full day now to enjoy Beats 1, the new 24/7 streaming radio station that comes as part of the newly launched Apple Music service, as have Windows users. Those with Android devices, however, have been left out of the cool kids' club, at least until this sometime this fall when their own Apple Music app will be released. Or have they? Maybe they're actually the coolest of the cool kids, since they've found a back door entrance to that cool new club.

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Cyanogen-powered Alacatel TOUCH Hero 2+ is no more

Cyanogen-powered Alacatel TOUCH Hero 2+ is no more

It hasn't even seen the light of day and it no longer will. Alcatel and Cyanogen, Inc. have jointly announced that they are canceling their previously announced plans for a ONETOUCH Hero 2+ remix. Based on last year's Hero 2, this particular smartphone would have been Cyanogen's first device from a well known international brand. Of course, the two will still collaborate on a new Alcatel device bearing Cyanogen OS, but this incident perhaps demonstrate Cyanogen's overeagerness to spread its software, counting their eggs before they even hatched.

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Huawei Honor 7 brings multi-functional fingerprint scanner

Huawei Honor 7 brings multi-functional fingerprint scanner

Meizu isn't the only Chinese manufacturer with a smartphone to flaunt today. Huawei has also come out with its own flagship. As you would expect based on the trends, the Huawei Honor 7 touts a full metal design but there are things that the OEM is also doing differently. For one, it isn't going with ready-made Qualcomm or MediaTek chips, preferring its own Kirin processor instead. It is also making its fingerprint sensor go beyond simple authentication, adding a bit more functionality to the rear-side feature.

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Meizu MX5 boasts full metal body, 20MP laser-aided shooter

Meizu MX5 boasts full metal body, 20MP laser-aided shooter

Apple and Samsung push the limits of smartphones in every flagship and Chinese manufacturers push back by going with the trend and slapping on a cheaper price tag. Meizu's latest MX5 is probably the epitome of that cycle. Eschewing the mostly plastic build of its predecessors, the Meizu MX5 now flaunts a metal-clad body with a design that is unabashedly reminiscent of other high-end flagships. Bundle that up with not so insignificant hardware and a price to die for and you've got the makings of classic Chinese smartphone star.

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