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DxOMark shows how the Huawei P9 stepped up its camera game

DxOMark shows how the Huawei P9 stepped up its camera game

Huawei is quite proud of its Huawei P9 flagship. Proud enough to hire high profile actors Henry Cavill and Scarlett Johansson to, just for a few minutes, root for the smartphone. Of course, the highlight of the device is it camera. Or cameras rather, one in full color and one in monochrome, certified by famed German camera maker Leica. Fortunately for Huawei, its investment paid off. At least that's what DxOMark is showing with its side by side comparison of the Huawei P9 and its predecessor, the P8, demonstrating how far the Chinese OEM has come in taking digital photography seriously.

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Google Play Store to get smaller app updates, clearer info

Google Play Store to get smaller app updates, clearer info

By nature, mobile apps are meant to be small in size. In the past, that was primarily due to the extremely limited data storage space inside our mobile companions. These days, however, the concern has mostly switched over to the amount of Internet bandwidth each app consumes, both on initial download as well as on updates. Android apps are, however, somewhat notorious for having larger payloads than competing iOS versions. That will hopefully change with Google's introduction of new features that will keep those app sizes in check.

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OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus definitely dodged a bullet on this one. The relatively small Chinese company was one of the few Android manufacturers to jump on the new USB Type-C train with the OnePlus 2. However, it missed to get a perfect score when Google engineer and USB-C Crusader Benson Leung revealed that the company's USB-C accessories weren't up to spec. Now it's the OnePlus 3's turn to almost get a scathing review because it didn't support USB Host Mode, a.k.a. USB OTG, right out of the box without flipping a switch.

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Pokemon GO ain’t done yet, future features teased

Pokemon GO ain’t done yet, future features teased

Pokemon GO may have already peaked in the US, but that's probably because, given the rush, players have mostly squeezed out all they can from the augmented reality game. But fear not, Pokefans, because Niantic Labs still has a few more up their sleeves. Well, they better be lest they feel first hand the ire of an angry mob hungry for new content. At Comic Con 2016, the developer dropped a few hints at what's still in store for the game. At least for the immediate future.

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Prisma for Android released today

Prisma for Android released today

Hit iPhone art app Prisma has made its highly-anticipated debut on Android, offering dramatic recreations of photos using AI processing. Offering a step up from the typical filters offered in Instagram and other apps, Prisma promises a fine-art style makeover for photos with styles ranging from the classics through to Pop Art and comic books.

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Data shows Pokemon Go may have already hit peak popularity in US

Data shows Pokemon Go may have already hit peak popularity in US

The summer of 2016 will always be remembered for the global domination of Pokemon Go. The app exploded in popularity just after its debut two weeks ago, seeing more active daily users than social media giants like Snapchat and Twitter, causing Nintendo's stock value to skyrocket, and even setting a new record for the most downloads in its first week on the iOS App Store. However, like most big trends that rise to prominence over a short time, could Pokemon Go have already reached its peak popularity?

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Cyanogen Inc shifts focus to apps as OS staff reportedly laid off

Cyanogen Inc shifts focus to apps as OS staff reportedly laid off

Hard times seem to have fallen on Cyanogen Inc. — that is, the for profit company behind Cyanogen OS, not the free, open source CyanogenMod. While the customized version of Android remains popular among users who like to mod their devices, the company continues to have trouble convincing manufacturers to adopt the official OS. Now it seems Cyanogen Inc. is making a big shift to focus on apps, while at the same time laying off up to 20% of its workforce.

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BlackBerry Hamburg Android phone release date soon, FCC now

BlackBerry Hamburg Android phone release date soon, FCC now

This week the folks at BlackBerry have had their latest Android device revealed by the FCC. Re-revealed, we might say, as the device was first leaked several weeks ago with its partner, both BlackBerry smartphones running Android. This device is being shown by the FCC this week with model name STH100-2 (RJD211LW) with GSM quad-band, UMTS penta-band, and LTE deca-band connectivity technology inside. We will very likely see this device released inside the United States very soon.

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Pokemon GO: Five places you should avoid playing

Pokemon GO: Five places you should avoid playing

With Pokemon GO launching in yet another region today - welcome to the party, Japan! - I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone that even though Pokemon fever is still running strong, there is still a time and a place for Pokemon hunting. To be a little more specific, there are a few places you should avoid playing at all costs, no matter how strong the temptation is.

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Microsoft’s OneDrive seeks out Pokemon for you

Microsoft’s OneDrive seeks out Pokemon for you

Pokemon GO is a topic more popular than most other software, hardware, and everything in-between - it's no surprise that a company like Microsoft would jump in on the trend with their own software product feature. As such, Microsoft OneDrive has been updated to include automatic detection of Pokemon-related images. When a user's device uploads Pokemon GO snapshots - both digitally and in-person, while catching - they'll be sorted by OneDrive without any additional effort on the part of the user.

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Galaxy Note 7 details leak in release date-level images

Galaxy Note 7 details leak in release date-level images

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 leaks in a number of images that show front, back, and both sides in several colors. You'll find the gold, the blue, and the silver - and you can count on a black version being released on release day, too, of course. This will be the first time that Samsung brings a bright blue to the mix on release day, while previous Samsung smartphones have been delivered in a wide variety of tones. Now if only we could get a slime green and pink combination, we'd be in the mix!

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Pokevision makes Pokemon Go hunting a snap

Pokevision makes Pokemon Go hunting a snap

If you are really into Pokemon Go you may care more about catching them all than you do about all the walking. The idea behind the Pokemon Go game is that you get out, walk, and interact with like-minded people while catching the little creatures. There could be very good reasons why you don’t want to walk around as intended to find those Pokemon though, like the fact that its roughly 197F here in Texas right now.

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