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Lyft tests out scheduled rides up to 24 hours in advance

Lyft tests out scheduled rides up to 24 hours in advance

Ride sharing services have become increasingly popular over the last year or so. If I'm traveling in a city without a car of my own, I've stopped using taxis altogether. They're cheaper, and you can get them on-demand. But what about when you're trying to plan out your day, and you really want your car to get there at the exact time you want it? Soon you'll be able to do exactly that, with Lyft.

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OnePlus 3 to be released in VR, thousands of VR viewers given for event

OnePlus 3 to be released in VR, thousands of VR viewers given for event

This week the OnePlus 3 is being teased by the folks at OnePlus, a group that previously gave away thousands of "Cardboard" viewers with Google's spec. Now they're bringing the idea back, giving away thousands of an accessory they call the Loop VR. They've also gone so far as to show the OnePlus 3 off in the video by sliding it in to the headset. You won't get any additional specs here, unfortunately.

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Galaxy X’s rumored foldable display appears before official release

Galaxy X’s rumored foldable display appears before official release

We've heard rumors for years that we'll be getting flexible displays that you can roll or fold up. We'll see a demo, and then we don't hear anything about it for months. Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same. We've most recently heard that the Samsung Galaxy X will be treated to a display that you will be able to fold up and stick in your pocket. And this week, Samsung will be showing off a screen that can do exactly that.

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Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 leaks with curved display

Samsung’s Gear Fit 2 leaks with curved display

This week we're having a peek at what's being called the Gear Fit 2, or Gear Fit2, if you prefer Samsung's spelling. This is the second edition of what was introduced a couple years ago - a wearable fitness band with a portrait-style display. Full color, touchscreen control, and a couple of hardware buttons. So what's this all about, a second edition of the same thing? Maybe we'll get a few new colors and some new connections this time!

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ZTE Grand X Max 2 smartphone lands at Cricket Wireless

ZTE Grand X Max 2 smartphone lands at Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless has announced that it has a new budget mobile offering that is available on its pre-paid network. The smartphone is called the ZTE Grand X Max 2 and its biggest feature is the large 6-inch screen. That big display has full HD resolution and the smartphone measures 6.46" x 3.30" x 0.35". The OS right out of the box is Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the processor is a 1.5GHz Octacore unit of unspecified model.

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Russia gets an 80m high Samsung Galaxy S7 edge signage

Russia gets an 80m high Samsung Galaxy S7 edge signage

People usually joke about how large our smartphones are getting. Samsung, amusingly, decided to take that literally. Well, almost. In Sokot, Moscow, at the side of the road that leads to the Sheremetyevo International Airport, the around 800,000 people that pass there daily will be able to gawk at a gigantic Galaxy S7 edge. Of course, it's just a signage, but it is definitely one of Samsung's most ambitious, if not obnoxious, marketing stunt to remind people that it has a smaller version of that same curved edge monstrosity.

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Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth earbuds rock metal body

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth earbuds rock metal body

Jaybird has unveiled a new set of earbuds called the Freedom Wireless Bluetooth buds. These earbuds are the fifth generation of wireless offerings from the company and promise style, sound, and comfort in a single package. Freedom earbuds feature a sandblasted metal accented housing rather than the plastic common to this type of earbuds.

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LG Pay “White Card” to be first to have integrated circuit

LG Pay “White Card” to be first to have integrated circuit

By the time LG Pay fully launches later this year, it will probably the youngest and smallest in the still budding mobile payments market. However, it could come with an ace that will, at least in theory, trump even giants like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Already leaked before was the "White Card" that will be used with LG Pay, practically a programmable card that can be used on traditional terminals. This would be the first time an integrated circuit or IC will be used in a card for a mobile payment system.

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Galaxy Note 6 could get Samsung’s new 10nm 6GB LPDDR4 RAM

Galaxy Note 6 could get Samsung’s new 10nm 6GB LPDDR4 RAM

Although long rumored for the upcoming Galaxy Note 6, other smartphone OEMs, like Vivo for example, have beaten Samsung to the 6 GB RAM punch by launching early this year. While those, of course, are commendable, Samsung might still have the last laugh. At a Mobile Solutions Forum is recently held in Shenzhen, China, the Korean OEM unveiled its latest 6 GB LPDDR4 RAM. The difference between Samsung's chip and existing 6GB RAM chips is that Samsung utilizes the newest 10 nm manufacturing process, promising faster, more efficient memory.

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Google Search Rich Cards make results stand out even more

Google Search Rich Cards make results stand out even more

Unlike on desktop, people who do searches on their smartphones or even tablets usually need relevant answers fast. Which means less tapping. Which means seeing the right answers immediately at a glance. Google has been trying to deliver that kind of experience by turning plain search results to search results with snippets. Now it's taking another step forward by introducing Rich Cards, practically search results that visually stand out from the rest with larger preview images and larger cards with more details, to help users see the most interesting and relevant results more easily.

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Android starts to Tango as iPhone potential wanes

Android starts to Tango as iPhone potential wanes

While Apple's next iPhone seems to show little potential for great change, Google announces Android software integration with one of their most forward-thinking projects ever: Tango. Apple has built a massive consumer following with the idea that their iPhone is reliable, secure, and ubiquitous - unavoidably present in the public eye. Google, on the other hand, creates the software that manufacturers of all sorts then use to create their own, unique smartphones. This week, Google announced that they'd be adding Tango software to the next version of Android. This could change the public's expectations for a great smartphone entirely.

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Google Science Journal app turns your phone into a lab

Google Science Journal app turns your phone into a lab

Google’s making it a bit easier to channel your inner scientist via it new app Google Science Journal. Available now, the Android app puts a research lab in your pocket (or wherever you keep your phone), making it possible to use your smartphone’s sensors in ways that may not otherwise be readily accessible. As well, Science Journal can be used to store observational notes, generate graphs, and more.

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