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Galaxy Note 7 pre-release first impressions video details flatness

Galaxy Note 7 pre-release first impressions video details flatness

A full 11-minute-long hands-on video has surfaced showing the Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung. This device - in this iteration - has a flat display, unlike the version the teasers for the event have shown thus far. There's also an official Galaxy Note 7 video being released today with more details (UPDATE: The video - the official video - is out now too - have a peek!). This hands-on video with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shows the many features of the Galaxy Note 7, including the continued keeping of the IR-Scanner for device control.

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BlackBerry DTEK50 Android phone aims for greatness through security

BlackBerry DTEK50 Android phone aims for greatness through security

We've not yet put our hands on the BlackBerry DTEK50, but based on our experience with the design it's based on, we can say that it's probably a pretty good Android phone. Have a peek at our most recent report on what BlackBerry has done to use Alcatel's design knowledge to create this new device. This is the DTEK50, a device that BlackBerry leads with suggesting is their thinnest smartphone ever - one with a great camera and top-notch security features.

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Galaxy S8 details tip most HD display ever made

Galaxy S8 details tip most HD display ever made

Samsung's next step after the Galaxy Note 7 has been tipped to be a Galaxy S8 with a 4K display. Resolution so dense, that is, that you'll be unable to distinguish between individual pixels with your bare eyeball. Not that you were really able to with the 2K displays prominent in smartphones today, but - why not ramp it up some more? Battery life is one concern, certainly, but assuming Samsung has compensated for such madness, the next generation looks like it might be super-slick.

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BlackBerry’s newest phone shows lack of care for Android innovation

BlackBerry’s newest phone shows lack of care for Android innovation

We're living in an age in which we don't just have companies copying smartphone design language, they're releasing old phones with new names. A BlackBerry smartphone has leaked today that's very clearly using the same body as a device that's previously been released by a different company. Alcatel designed this device - we can't ask Alcatel yet whether or not they'll actually confirm it, but its either that or they've got some lawsuit business they need to attend to. UPDATE: Learn more about the actual final release today as the DTEK50 is revealed in full.

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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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DARPA CHIPs program seeks miniature, modular ‘chiplets’

DARPA CHIPs program seeks miniature, modular ‘chiplets’

DARPA has a new program called CHIPS, which is short for Common Heterogenous Integration and Intellectual Property Reuse Strategies Program. A mouthful, right? CHIPS seeks innovation as complex as the name behind the acronym: the taking of modern printed circuit boards and doing away with them via the development of miniature, modular “chiplets.” Says DARPA, it wants “an entire PCB” to be condensed down into a single device that is about the size of one present-day chip.

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Nintendo collector finds ultra-rare US version N64 Disk Drive

Nintendo collector finds ultra-rare US version N64 Disk Drive

Serious Nintendo fans from the N64-era might remember hearing about the N64DD, a disk-drive add-on for the console that promised to bring larger, improved games, as well as introduce rewritable features. While the device was intended for a US release, after several years of delay it came out in Japan in 1999 where it was poorly received, leading to a quick and quiet death and no overseas launch. Imagine the surprise, then, when one collector came across a working US-model 64DD in Seattle.

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Why drop tests don’t shatter Motorola phones (like Moto Z Force)

Why drop tests don’t shatter Motorola phones (like Moto Z Force)

Today we've seen another drop test of the Moto Z, this time with the Z Force Droid Edition of the phone. It didn't shatter. It didn't even crack. The reason for this is the application of an extra bit of protection called ShatterShield. This is not the first time Motorola has used this tech - they also had it applied to the Motorola DROID Turbo 2, a device that survived a 900-foot drop (with only a TINY crack to show for it). ShatterShield is an extra layer of protection outside your display glass - a step above your everyday screen protector.

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Galaxy Note 7 release date soon, four color photos appear

Galaxy Note 7 release date soon, four color photos appear

It's not quite time for the Galaxy Note 7 from Samsung to arrive on our doorstep, but we've been given another glimpse. Today we're seeing another vision of the device - not another version, but another view - this time straight on with a sticker on top. This is one of several devices that appear to be part of a testing group in Asia, where users seem to have no fear of leaking said material before the actual reveal and launch this August - more than likely. Today's views are also a lot clearer than yesterday's back in black collection of images.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 preview

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 preview

It's come time to bring power with Pascal to the budget performance environment, ready to roll up against the AMD Radeon RX 480 head-to-head from the get-go. This card is (once again) unique in its offering of a Founders Edition, this time coming with a "limited edition" tag whilst listed at NVIDIA's website. This Founders Edition card is the one we've got our hands on now, and which we'll be reviewing soon.

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Android Marshmallow and Nougat update lists revealed

Android Marshmallow and Nougat update lists revealed

Today we're running down the list of devices that have or will have soon the Google update to Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat. It's a bit difficult to tell the whole range of devices that'll be getting Nougat as of yet since Google's not officially released the OS in full - but we've got our sensors out. The Marshmallow list keeps growing by the day, too - the latest entry comes in the Honor 5X, which also gains EMUI 4.0 for good measure.

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Next Google Nexus detailed in black, ready for Android Nougat

Next Google Nexus detailed in black, ready for Android Nougat

Specifications have come together this week to form a device that'll likely be Google's next HTC-made Nexus smartphone. Or two smartphones. It could very well be that Google's next set of Nexus smartphones, nicknamed Sailfish and Marlin, will look very similar to one another in most respects. One will be the larger, the other the more standard-sized phone, and here's what they look like.

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