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ZTE Axon brings high-end metal smartphone to the USA

ZTE Axon brings high-end metal smartphone to the USA

Not heavy metal, but a full metal body comes with the ZTE Axon, the newest smartphone from the China-based company. This device is aimed squarely at the United States, being the next big step in the company moving in on the top guns in North America. This device isn't a budget machine, like most of ZTE's efforts in the states thus far. Instead, it's a premium smartphone, coming with a set of of cameras at its back for super-quick focus and high-end video capture.

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ZEISS VR ONE trays up with Galaxy S6

ZEISS VR ONE trays up with Galaxy S6

The optics masters at Zeiss have revealed that they're expanding compatibility of their ZEISS VR ONE virtual reality headset to include the Samsung Galaxy S6. This means the Samsung GearVR won't be the only device to work with the Galaxy S6 for virtual reality with more than the bare minimum VR action - Google Cardboard, that is. The availability of Galaxy S6 compatibility is added here with a new tray that slides in to the VR ONE from the side. This is just the latest in a tray line that allows compatibility for a number of devices for the ZEISS VR ONE.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 is basically a pre-Note 5

Samsung Galaxy A8 is basically a pre-Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy A8 is here with a number of official press photos and details aplenty. What we're seeing here is the latest in Samsung design philosophy and a perfect example of how the company is evolving their sensibilities to bridge the gap between "budget phone" and "high end delivery." What you're going to see here is a herald of the coming of the king, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5. Take notes on your Note 4, this device is going to tell you all about the next release.

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Google Eddystone open-source Bluetooth beacons revealed

Google Eddystone open-source Bluetooth beacons revealed

Google has launched Eddystone, a new open-source Bluetooth LE beacon platform which plays nicely with iOS, Android, and other OSes. Aiming to power a new age of location-based services, as well as give those responsible for managing a flock of Bluetooth beacons the tools to make sure they're working properly, Eddystone arrives with two main features: telling mobile devices exactly where they are and what's nearby, and linking a physical location with online data.

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T-Mobile’s new data plan frays the ends of Unlimited Data [UPDATE]

T-Mobile’s new data plan frays the ends of Unlimited Data [UPDATE]

The end might be near for Unlimited Data with T-Mobile USA. What today's newest plan does is introduce a $100 two-person plan that gives each person 10GB of data on 4G LTE. Each additional line after the first two is $20 per month, and each additional line added gives that person 10GB of data. You can also add an additional 20GB of data to a person's plan for $10. Once your data per month is used up, your speed decreases - the plus side is you still have "unlimited data" to use.

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Google Map Maker editing reopens in August

Google Map Maker editing reopens in August

Google has announced that it is reopening Map Maker up to editing in early August. Map Maker editing was blocked after pranks were played using the map editing feature. The most notable prank carried out using the Google Map Maker editing feature was the inclusion of the Android mascot urinating on the Apple logo. Google says that this time around, it is looking for users to have more influence over the edits in their specific countries.

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Sundar Pichai weighs in on nagging notifications

Sundar Pichai weighs in on nagging notifications

Smartphones have become part and parcel of our modern lives, whether for good or for ill. The ill part usually comes with our obsessive compulsion to check our smartphones every so often, even when we're not supposed to. Some technologies, like smartwatches, and apps are designed to work around those, but they don't really address the root of the problem: our smartphones. Google SVP for products Sundar Pichai gives some of his insight on the case of smartphone interruptions, including a curious stance on their social implications.

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Nokia HERE for Android public beta launched

Nokia HERE for Android public beta launched

Nokia has announced its HERE for Android public beta, allowing Android users (most of them, anyway) to join its public beta group for access to the mapping app’s newest features. As with other public betas, this new arrival is to help the company gather feedback and performance data from across many Android devices and users, and to subsequently iron out any problems before releasing the update to the public in general. There are some requirements to get onboard with it, though.

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Man arrested for charging iPhone on train

Man arrested for charging iPhone on train

A man was arrested this week for charging his iPhone on a train. This happened in London, and the man has since been "de-arrested" for the charges. The charges included "abstracting electricity" - which essentially means he was taking electricity from the train without paying for it. Electricity sockets aboard this train were meant for cleaners only, not for the public. As such, this man was captured by the police, handcuffed, and brought in to the nearest police precinct, where he was processed.

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PSA: Disable auto backup when you uninstall Google Photos

PSA: Disable auto backup when you uninstall Google Photos

When Google formally divorced Photos from Google+, some thought it was the best thing to do. Others, however, thought nothing of it. It was, after all, just another way to give Google access to your digital life. While Google Photos offers a lot of conveniences and fun features, it does naturally require you to store your photos on Google's turf. Easy enough to disable right? Just uninstall Google Photos and you're safe. Not quite, because apparently, Photos doesn't exactly clean up after itself once you've decided to show it the door.

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