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iPhone 7 orders grow at news of Galaxy Note 7 recall

iPhone 7 orders grow at news of Galaxy Note 7 recall

Apple is gearing up to finally reveal the iPhone 7 tomorrow, but ahead of that announcement, we're hearing that the company might have a new faith in the phone's expected performance. According to sources from the iPhone supply chain in Taiwan, Apple has increased its orders of parts for the iPhone 7 by 10%, apparently expecting sales to exceed its original forecasts.

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Podcasting app ZCast updated with record, edit, and share features

Podcasting app ZCast updated with record, edit, and share features

Users of the ZCast podcasting app will find an update awaiting them this afternoon with a variety of big-change updates. Amongst these are the ability to record casts, edit casts, and share casts directly to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Previously, users were only able to make live Podcasts happen in real time - now they're able to get access to their archive of casts, allowing them to build a library of recordings on the fly. Today's update also brings new features to listeners, making the entire app and ecosystem more robust and able to grow.

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Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Play – released today in the USA

Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Play – released today in the USA

This week the folks at Motorola have released the "Play" version of their Moto G4 for the USA. Our Moto G4 Review and Moto G4 Plus Review (2 in 1) should give you, the viewer, a good idea of what's in store. This new "Play" set has prompted Android users to ask whether Lenovo believes that it was Motorola's original strategy to release as many smartphones as possible all within as short a span as possible that made the Moto G popular in the first place. Regardless, every one of the Moto phones that've been revealed over the past several weeks are good, in their own unique ways, and we'll be delivering a closer look at the lot before they're in users' hands here on SlashGear.

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Intel acquiring Movidius – may be their “in” for Android over Qualcomm

Intel acquiring Movidius – may be their “in” for Android over Qualcomm

This week begins with an acquisition of Movidius by Intel, the sort of acquisition that might go unnoticed by the average user. What's important about this acquisition is Movidius' work with drone obstacle avoidance sensors for DJI, heat sensor technology with FLIR, deep learning with a variety of companies - and, perhaps most importantly, the brains (the chip) that makes Google's Project Tango possible. Now Intel has announced that they're acquiring Movidius, and big things are happening behind the scenes.

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Google’s Asian fiber optic high-speed undersea cable goes online

Google’s Asian fiber optic high-speed undersea cable goes online

Google and a consortium of other companies that operate under the name FASTER Consortium have been working together to get some new undersea cables laid that will increase internet speeds between countries. In June, the FASTER Consortium announced that the cable linking the US West Coast and Japan was complete and ready to go into service. Now Google and its FASTER Consortium cohorts have announced another undersea fiber optic cable is ready to enter service.

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iPhone 7 release details VS Google Pixel (Nexus) phone camera

iPhone 7 release details VS Google Pixel (Nexus) phone camera

While we're not about to say that Google would ever attempt to take on Apple's iPhone business directly, it's always interesting to see how closely each successive generation of smartphone add up against one another. Google began commissioning Nexus smartphones all the way back in the beginning of Android (as it was run by Google). Now they're rumored to start calling their phones "Pixel" - not unlike their Chromebook Pixel and tablet lines.

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I was wrong about Project Ara

I was wrong about Project Ara

Google has given up on Project Ara, another of the company's more intriguing skunkworks projects shuttered without making the big waves the initial hullabaloo promised. Ara was to usher in a new generation of upgradable, wildly flexible smartphones: a platform that would both buck the trend of the relentless replacement cycle, and unlock possibilities for niche and custom gadgets that wouldn't make financial sense as a traditional device.

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Project Ara is dead, Google confirms

Project Ara is dead, Google confirms

Project Ara is dead, with Google confirming reports that it has indeed axed plans to bring its modular smartphone to market. Ditched after more than three years of development and numerous setbacks, the Ara vision of a smartphone which could be upgraded piecemeal with various interchangeable components proved simply too tricky to commercialize.

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Project Ara modular smartphone is DOA, say sources

Project Ara modular smartphone is DOA, say sources

Perhaps to no one’s surprise, but surely to everyone’s disappointment, Google might be shelving the once highly popular Project Ara that would have delivered a truly modular smartphone with interchangeable core components. At least that’s what two sources are saying. Given the repeated delays and a significant change in the project’s vision and implementation, that is almost expected. Also expected, however, will be the backlash from different supporters, including hardware makers whom Google already announced and waved around like trophies, if Google does throw in the towel, temporarily or otherwise.

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Nexus phones to be called Pixel, Pixel XL, debuting October

Nexus phones to be called Pixel, Pixel XL, debuting October

The HTC-made, Google sold “Nexus” smartphones won’t be called Nexus anymore, according to sources. Instead, Marlin and Sailfish, as they were believed to be codenamed, will be called the Pixel and the Pixel XL. This would seem to corroborate earlier insider tips that the Nexus line is practically being put to pasture. The indications of that may be strong but it doesn’t sufficiently answer the questions on why Google would suddenly change direction and what the move means for its OEM partners.

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Pokemon GO update news: Eevee, IV calculator, egg chart, Reddit cheats

Pokemon GO update news: Eevee, IV calculator, egg chart, Reddit cheats

Today hacking Pokemon GO has set a number of next-generation updates free for the public, including but not limited to a Buddy Pokemon system, a new IV calculator, and a remixed Egg Chart. What more could a hardcore Pokemon GO user ask for? I say user because I've accepted the reality of the situation when it comes to developers of desktop app for the game (some of them hackers as such), and people who follow those trends (like me), are digital users - addicts with a need to see how far this global game can go. Not to cheat, of course, but to compete in a global software modification race! With Pokemon, of course.

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Xperia XZ first impressions with Xperia X Compact details

Xperia XZ first impressions with Xperia X Compact details

This week Sony has revealed both the Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact, two peas in a next-level-photography pod. These devices look very similar to one another - and to previous Xperia smartphones - but they're cut from a slightly different cloth. We've been given the opportunity to get our hands on an early prototype of the Xperia XZ, and as such, we can bring you a decent idea of what's to come in the very near future.

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