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Android Marshmallow update released for Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+

Android Marshmallow update released for Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+

Back in April we got news that the folks at AT&T were testing the Samsung Galaxy S6 for inclusion in the Android Marshmallow update. The Galaxy S7 has that as well, regardless of your carrier - now it's time for the rest of the Galaxy crew to get onboard. As of this week, AT&T subscribers will be seeing Marshmallow updates for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, at long last.

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OnePlus 3 durability test tortures the device

OnePlus 3 durability test tortures the device

We know everything we really need to know about the new OnePlus 3 smartphone that launched not too long ago. After a long spat of rumors taunted us with details the smartphone finally launched. If you are considering the purchase of the OnePlus 3, you likely want to know how durable the smartphone is and how long it will last when pitted against the rigors of daily life in your pocket. The OnePlus 3 is going through a torture test to see how easy it is to bend and scratch in the video below.

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Mobcrush game livestreaming fully launches for mobile

Mobcrush game livestreaming fully launches for mobile

Livestreaming games has become the hottest trend, not to mention lucrative business, in the gaming industry. But mostly due to hardware and platform limitations, that activity has mostly been limited to PCs and consoles. Mobile gaming, however, has started to also become serious, and again lucrative, business. So it only stands that it, too, should start having livestreaming services and hubs. Answering that call, Mobcrush has finally released its mobile, desktop, and browser apps in an quest to create what could be Twitch.tv for mobile gaming.

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Nexus “expiration dates” now listed by Google

Nexus “expiration dates” now listed by Google

Although Google treats its Nexus devices with very special treatment when it comes to updates, it was never meant to last forever. Although disappointing, it is reasonable that Google impose a cut off in order to best manage its developer resources. Almost like a carrier or OEM, Google promises up to two years of major version updates for its Nexus smartphones and tablets. And just to make sure everyone's on the same page, Google has now put up a table detailing exactly until when a Nexus device will get a new Android version.

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Galaxy Note 7 (or 6) to not be flat, says Korean media

Galaxy Note 7 (or 6) to not be flat, says Korean media

It's not only the iPhone 7 that's having a back and forth, he said she said rumor about a single feature. Like that elusive iPhone 7 headphone Jack, the flatness of the next Galaxy Note 6 or Note 7 has always been in question. Now sources for Korean news sites are claiming that Samsung has chosen, in the end, that there can only be one Galaxy Note 7 (or 6). And that will happen to have a dual curved edge screen, practically making it the a Galaxy Note 6 (or 7) edge, the first of its kind to sport this fancy type of screen.

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VLC 2.0 for Android brings network browsing, multi-window support and more

VLC 2.0 for Android brings network browsing, multi-window support and more

VideoLAN has released VLC 2.0 for Android, the first major release in more than six months. The 2.0 version is described as a major update, and it brings with its many new features, including popup-video view, faster decoding, updated format and codecs support, video playlists, and many more. The updated app is available to download from the Google Play Store now.

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Motorola exec heads out

Motorola exec heads out

Today it's become apparent that Motorola Mobility has had another loss of executive in Jim Wicks. This is Wicks, design lead for Motorola Mobility for "a dozen years" as Chicago Business says, heading to Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering next month. Normally I'd say Motorola was losing an executive because of bad reasons but, in this case, it's far more likely that Wicks is heading out because Northwestern University is a place he wants to be after working the same job for over a decade.

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First Galaxy Note 6 detail spilled by Samsung

First Galaxy Note 6 detail spilled by Samsung

In what must be the smallest detail leak in the history of Samsung that remains significant to super-fans, the Galaxy Note 6 has been named. Named on Samsung's Agent (AA) Profile page, that is. In comes SM-N930F, the "F" version of what's certainly the next smartphone in the Note series. It goes like this: Galaxy Note 4 is SM-N910, Note 5 is SM-N920, and we can safely assume that the Note 6 (or Note 7, as it may be called), is SM-N930.

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Nextbit Robin ships everywhere for $299

Nextbit Robin ships everywhere for $299

Many smartphone fans who liked what Nextbit was offering with its Robin smartphone who didn’t live in the US or India were a bit bummed when those two countries could get the device on a significant discount. Originally Amazon offered the $399 device on a discount of $100 making the purchase price $299. For a while that was cheaper than Nextbit's own online store.

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Ultimate Ears speakers get Siri and Google Now voice integration

Ultimate Ears speakers get Siri and Google Now voice integration

Ultimate Ears has announced that two of its popular Bluetooth portable speakers are getting the ability to be controlled with your voice. Both the Boom 2 and the Megaboom portable speakers now have the ability to be voice controlled using Siri and Google Now voice integration. The speakers have a push-to-talk function to active the voice control.

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Idealens standalone VR headset powered by Samsung Exynos 7420

Idealens standalone VR headset powered by Samsung Exynos 7420

Samsung might not yet be jumping into the standalone VR headset race, preferring to remain on the smartphone-powered route, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its fingers in other cookie jars. A new Chinese company has popped up with its own brand of VR, called the Idealens K2. And deep inside this headset might not be a smartphone but has the beating heart of one. Specifically, the Samsung Exynos 7420, the same chip that powers last year's Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, which, in turn, were the first to power the Korean company's Gear VR headsets.

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Android TV now unofficially supports x86 PCs

Android TV now unofficially supports x86 PCs

Ever have a few of them HDMI PC sticks or mini/pico PC boxes lying around and can't think of something new to do with them? Well now you have one more. Geek Till it Hertz, the very same that brought Android TV to the new Raspberry Pi, has now done the same for x86 machines. That practically means that you can now install, unofficially of course, Android TV on any Intel or AMD PC to transform them into specialized multimedia computers, for fun or hacking.

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