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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) renders show odd speaker location

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) renders show odd speaker location

Samsung is having one hell of a time dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 mess, but, of course, the show must go on. That means still putting out new models, hopefully ones that don’t have the same “rare” manufacturing flaw. Next in line, it seems, will be the 2016 model of the Galaxy A8. Based on leaked renders of the device, the smartphone will carry on the new glass motif if the Galaxy A series. But curiously enough, it also hints at a rather strange new location for the smartphone’s speaker.

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BLU Vivo 5R adds some teeth to all-metal Vivo 5

BLU Vivo 5R adds some teeth to all-metal Vivo 5

“R” is for “Refresh”. That is BLU Products’ tagline for its new Vivo 5R mid-range smartphone. That’s because the Vivo 5R is, truth be told, an incremental step up from the Vivo 5 that the company launched earlier this year. But to be really blunt about it, the Vivo 5R is what the Vivo 5 should have been in the first place, mixing a premium looking unibody design with actually decent mid-range hardware. And at the same price to boot.

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Nexus Launcher becomes Pixel Launcher, confirms brand change

Nexus Launcher becomes Pixel Launcher, confirms brand change

As if putting all rumors to rest, the app launcher for Google’s next smartphones has just been leaked, and it isn’t called the Nexus Launcher like in the past. Instead, the formal name, based on leaks from LlabTooFer, is “Pixel Laucher”. While nothing else has changed from the new Nexus Launcher we thought would arrive with Android 7.0 Nougat but didn’t, the name change does strongly hint that the HTC-made smartphones Google is set to debut next month would indeed be called Pixels.

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HTC teases 9/20 event (Nexus Pixel need not apply)

HTC teases 9/20 event (Nexus Pixel need not apply)

Google will likely be involved with HTC's next event, but only so far as they're installed on the phone that'll be revealed as Android. HTC's next event will be taking place on 9/20/16, and it'll be taking place at 8AM BST. That's not a time zone people in the United States should necessarily be all that familiar with - it's British Summer Time. At 8AM BST it'll be 3AM in New York City.

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Pokemon GO Buddy Update released: APK download, chart, dates

Pokemon GO Buddy Update released: APK download, chart, dates

The Pokemon GO Buddy Update is live - but not for everyone all at once. Updates are being blasted out in waves for Android users, while the iOS population - for iPhone and iPad - needs to wait just a bit longer. Today we've had our first look at and play with the Pokemon GO Buddy Update, and we've got a bit of a hands-on and first impressions to share. We've also got directions for those trainers that wish to get their hands on the Pokemon GO Buddy Update as fast as possible. Downloads are indeed available if users know where to look.

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Super Mario Run release level demoed by Shigeru Miyamoto

Super Mario Run release level demoed by Shigeru Miyamoto

By now, you've probably heard the news: after all of these years, Mario is coming to mobile devices. Nintendo creative mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto took the stage during Apple's iPhone 7 keynote last week to reveal Super Mario Run, a new game reminiscent of endless runners that will feature the mustachioed plumber. During the announcement, one of the main talking points centered around the fact that you can play Super Mario Run with one hand.

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Twitter brings Deezer support to Audio Cards

Twitter brings Deezer support to Audio Cards

Twitter is continuing its push to become a destination for all things streaming, announcing a partnership with Deezer today that will see the music streaming service added to the Twitter roster of Audio Cards. Deezer is joining other streaming services like Spotify, SoundCloud, and Rhapsody, and support for Deezer tunes in Audio Cards is rolling out today on iOS and Android.

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Pokemon GO Update : root fix (and jailbroken fix for Buddy Pokemon)

Pokemon GO Update : root fix (and jailbroken fix for Buddy Pokemon)

Over the weekend a "fix" has been released for the most recent update to Pokemon GO for iOS and Android. A "fix", that is, for the update's new dousing of efforts in playing by devices that are either rooted or jailbroken. While many of these devices have been used with Pokemon GO to location spoof, see Pokemon with a PokeVision-like Pokemon radar, or otherwise cheat, some haven't. Some users root their Android device or jailbreak their iPhone for entirely other purposes, and play Pokemon GO in a completely legit manner.

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Titanfall: Frontline brings cards to a mech fight on iOS and Android

Titanfall: Frontline brings cards to a mech fight on iOS and Android

It would appear that Titanfall 2 won't be the only Titanfall game we'll be receiving this autumn. Respawn Entertainment, in a partnership with Nexon and Particle City, has announced Titanfall: Frontline, a new mobile game that will be arriving on iOS and Android later this year, presumably around the time Titanfall 2 launches on consoles and PC.

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UMi Super Review (Euro Edition)

UMi Super Review (Euro Edition)

There are dozens of smartphone brands, many of them hailing from China, competing in the mid-range market that it is too easy to get lost in a sea of names, models and specs. So when a little known company poises itself as a flagship killer, with a price that neither OnePlus nor even Xiaomi can beat, it’s hard not to pause and take notice. In not so many words, or actually in quite many words, that is what the UMi Super aspires to be, and it does almost reach that pinnacle. Well, as high as a mid-range can reach. Read on to find out how that dream almost came to be.

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HTC Pixel (Sailfish), Pixel XL (Marlin) renders hit the Web

HTC Pixel (Sailfish), Pixel XL (Marlin) renders hit the Web

The iPhone 7 is already out and to some, even some iPhone fans, it turned out to be rather disappointing. Soon, however, it will be the Android faithful’s turn to be on the hot seat. In less than a month, Google is expected to reveal its two latest smartphones, the HTC-made Pixel and Pixel XL, not Nexus. And depending on your particular aesthetic tastes, they may turn out to be just as strongly debated. At least based on these renders that are now circulating over the Internet.

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Samsung urges owners to turn in Galaxy Note 7, deactivating soon

Samsung urges owners to turn in Galaxy Note 7, deactivating soon

Samsung still isn’t calling it a recall, but its tune might change really soon, and not for the better. Currently, Samsung is just “strongly” urging owners of its Galaxy Note 7 units to trade in their potentially explosive phablets for something else (or wait a new Galaxy Note 7 model). But if the US government has its way, that will transform into an official product recall. And in other places, like France, Samsung is reported to be taking even more drastic measures, remotely deactivating devices in a worst case scenario.

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