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Nintendo’s Miitomo app is getting Splatoon-themed items

Nintendo’s Miitomo app is getting Splatoon-themed items

Miitomo, Nintendo's new cute avatar-creating/messaging/photo app, has become an overnight hit in both Japan and the US, even seeing over 1 million downloads in the first 3 days alone. While there are plenty of clothing items to choose from, both serious and goofy, when it comes to dressing up your "Mii," there's surprisingly little cross-over from Nintendo's other game franchises, other than a Mario-style hat. That's about to change, as next week will see the release of new costume items based on Splatoon, the popular paint-shooting Wii U game.

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Galaxy Note 6 leak tips 2x screen size potential

Galaxy Note 6 leak tips 2x screen size potential

It would seem that though Samsung has reduced the number of headliner devices it's set to release this year, they might still have a dilemma on their hands. It's been suggested by insider sources who wish to remain anonymous that Samsung isn't just considering one version of the Galaxy Note 6 for this August of September. Instead, Samsung is said to be considering whether or not the device will come with a flat display, a curved-edge display, or two different sizes altogether. Could we return to the original Galaxy Note Edge?

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Android phone user DIY upgrades from 16 to 64GB internal storage

Android phone user DIY upgrades from 16 to 64GB internal storage

Imagine our surprise when the first smartphone with upgradable internal storage wasn't a Project Ara phone from Google, it was a Nexus 5 from LG. Project Ara is still a concept - blocks that fit in to a smartphone casing, allowing you to upgrade whenever you like. The LG Nexus 5, on the other hand, is a device made back in 2013. Hardly the age of a device we'd expect to be so versatile. But here it is - the way in which you might upgrade your own internal storage from a paltry 16GB all the way up to a hefty 64GB - easy peasy.

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New Google Travel app invites sent to Android users

New Google Travel app invites sent to Android users

This morning the folks responsible for development of Google's "Local Guides" program have sent out invites to some users for Beta Testing. What this app does is tap in to the Google Maps feature you may or may not have heard of - a feature by the same name Local Guides - to assist users in finding awesome local sights and events when they travel through a new city. Both Android and iOS users will be given the opportunity to test this app.

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DeWalt MD501Phone packs Qi charging into a rugged device

DeWalt MD501Phone packs Qi charging into a rugged device

Say the name DeWalt and what comes to mind for most people are tools for construction and other industries that you see down at the local home improvement store. DeWalt has followed Caterpillar into the rugged smartphone market with a device that even looks a lot like the Caterpillar offering. The DeWalt Phone has an IP68 rating to resist fine dust particles and can be submerged in 2 meters of water for up to 30 minutes and survive.

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Acer Liquid Zest Plus packs massive 5000mAh battery

Acer Liquid Zest Plus packs massive 5000mAh battery

Acer unveiled a pair of new smartphones back in February at MWC 2016. Those two devices were the Liquid Jade 2 and the Liquid Zest. Acer is back with another version of the latter called the Liquid Zest Plus and the feature that will grab the attention of most users is the big battery that the Zest Plus packs. Specifically that battery is 5,000 mAh in capacity.

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2016 Galaxy A ads highlight design, camera, Samsung Pay

2016 Galaxy A ads highlight design, camera, Samsung Pay

The Galaxy A series was born from a time when Samsung was derided for its plastic fetish. Showing that it could do metal just as well on the mid-range like it did in its flagship, it launched the first Galaxy Alpha, which was later on superseded by the Galaxy A3, A5, and A7. This year, Samsung once again borrowed cues from its flagship for the 2016 Galaxy A series, lending the same attention to design, cameras, and mobile payment as the Galaxy S6 and now S7, as seen in these new ads.

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Tegra K1 JXD S192 “retro” gaming tablet goes on pre-order

Tegra K1 JXD S192 “retro” gaming tablet goes on pre-order

"Gaming tablet". Now that's one we haven't heard in quite a while. With a few exceptions, like Archos' now silent GamePad, or Acer's odd-looking Predator, or NVIDIA's stylus-less SHIELD Tablet K1, most tablets do not usually advertise game-ability. Multimedia and processing power, sure, but nothing close to gaming on big displays. JXD, however, isn't giving up the fight just yet. The same Chinese OEM who brought us a PSP-alike Android tablet is now putting up the JXD S192 on pre-order, promising the power of NVIDIA's Tegra K1 chip in a different, unique, and more odd-looking package.

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Lenovo-backed ZUK outs Z2 Pro with 6GB RAM, 10 sensors

Lenovo-backed ZUK outs Z2 Pro with 6GB RAM, 10 sensors

The Android smartphone market is so crowded these days that manufacturers will do anything and everything to be noticed. Sometimes, that means overloading a device with special features and whatnot to be special. That's definitely what ZUK, a rather new company backed by the famed Lenovo, has tried to do with the ZUK Z2 Pro, filling it to the brim with premium features (save for the display) and extras that will definitely fill a long list. All without burdening the pocket too much.

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LG G5 SE briefly confirmed, doesn’t sound so bad at all

LG G5 SE briefly confirmed, doesn’t sound so bad at all

The name "G5 SE" has been surrounded by mystery and a bit of amusement. Although LG applied for the trademark late last year, the fact only surfaced around the time Apple unveiled the iPhone SE, leading many to speculate whether LG is aiming for a similar mini flagship. That was pretty much refuted when an official accessory for the LG G5 also bore the G5 SE name, implying the same size. Now LG's Russian outfit practically spilled all the beans, revealing an LG G5 SE that is practically identical to the LG G5 pictured above except in CPU, RAM, and price.

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Acer Iconia Tab 10 touts 4 front speakers, MiraVision engine

Acer Iconia Tab 10 touts 4 front speakers, MiraVision engine

Just because most of Acer's recent product reveals might be centered around Windows laptops, but that doesn't make its other announced items less interesting, like this newest iteration of the company's Android Iconia Tab 10. It has actually been a while since Acer put out a brand new Iconia Tab, so it rightfully splurged on this one. Unambiguously designed for media consumption, the new Iconia Tab 10 boasts of four front-facing speakers, MediaTek's MiraVision technology, and DTS-HD Premium Sound, without burning a whole through your wallet.

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New Google Phone released for Android (all devices)

New Google Phone released for Android (all devices)

At last, a version of Google's own Phone app is available for the masses. Not just Nexus devices. Not just the Moto X from Motorola. Anyone who has a phone that runs Marshmallow or better - or higher, that is to say - will be able to use this app as it exists in APK form today. When activated properly, this app will allow you to see Google's own vision for what a basic phone app should be on your Android device.

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