hardware

Galaxy S7’s Bluetooth LE is on even when BT is off

Galaxy S7’s Bluetooth LE is on even when BT is off

This week we're continuing our exploration of the Samsung Galaxy S7, finding a setting new users may want to turn off right out of the box. This feature goes by the name "Nearby device scanning" - and it's not strictly good nor bad, so to speak. What you're going to want to do is test the feature in your own immediate area to see whether or not it adversely affects your battery life - chances are it won't. If it DOES, it's relatively easy to turn off.

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PlayStation VR release date and pricing revealed

PlayStation VR release date and pricing revealed

Today the final consumer edition of the PlayStation VR headset has been revealed. They'll be releasing this device with a set of specifications that is both impressive and limited - prepared to meet the demands of the PlayStation 4 itself, including its hardware and software limitations therein. This device works with a single 5.7-inch display, rolling with 1920 x 1080 resolution - that's 960 x 1080 pixels per eye. Refresh rate is at 120 Hz, 90 Hz, and sensors include 9 LEDs/360-degree tracking.

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Galaxy S7 released for sale: everything you need to know

Galaxy S7 released for sale: everything you need to know

Today we're going to run down every little bit and piece about the Samsung Galaxy S7 that you need to know before buying. Or even considering buying. This is a big decision, after all - several hundred dollars worth of a decision you're about to make. As such, we're going to make it easy on you. If you want a fantastic phone - go for it. If that's not enough for you, by all means, behold our extensive set of informative guides and hands-on experiences.

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Android N release now: Google makes it official

Android N release now: Google makes it official

While there was a bit of a leak earlier today, Google has made Android N official with a news release of their own. Now we're able to see Google's own devices running the software and the developer preview software links are live. Now you too can get your hands and eyeballs on Android N right the minute. Download Android N Developer Preview for your Nexus device now or... you know... do it later.

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5 “Friends” the LG G5 is missing: Plug-in Accessory Madness!

5 “Friends” the LG G5 is missing: Plug-in Accessory Madness!

Last month LG revealed their new flagship smartphone, the LG G5, and a series of plug-and-play accessories they call "Friends of G5." Today we're having a brief run-down reminder of what those accessories are, then we're going through the five accessories we'd love LG to add to this family as soon as possible. LG gives us inspiration for oddity with their "Friends of G5" logo, which is a cat with glasses - so we're about to get weird with it.

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Is the Galaxy S7 the best phone VS iPhone, LG G5, and S6?

Is the Galaxy S7 the best phone VS iPhone, LG G5, and S6?

Today we're delivering a battle between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its most-viewed and/or most battle-requested smartphones on the market. That'll be the LG G5, which also isn't out on the market yet, the Galaxy S6 - the predecessor to the S7, and the iPhone. In this case we're pairing the device up with the iPhone 6S, since we don't yet know what'll be coming with the iPhone 7. For now we'll have to settle with the devices that are the best either on the market today or will be very, very soon.

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HTC One M10 first impressions photos leaked with details

HTC One M10 first impressions photos leaked with details

A set of images have leaked with top, bottom, front, and backside glimpses of the HTC One M10, a smartphone destined to be revealed in full soon. This device's "prototype" specifications, as Steve Hemmerstoffer calls them, include a lovely 5.15-inch display with QHD resolution - that's also known as 2K, or 1440 x 2560 pixels, the same as the LG G5 and the Galaxy S7. Also inside you'll find a Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM.

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Meizu Pro 6 POLED display begs for NEXUS release

Meizu Pro 6 POLED display begs for NEXUS release

This week a set of images of a so-called Meizu Pro 6 have been released, and with them, a concept just begging to be Google's next Nexus. The timing would be perfect. Just as the folks at Meizu aim to become the next Chinese smartphone company to enter the United States, so too is Google in the market for another OEM to enter the Nexus environment. A new smartphone with a new look - not just made for developers, but for those looking for a more sophisticated piece of hardware.

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Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with fingerprint ID scanner released for Pro 3, 4

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with fingerprint ID scanner released for Pro 3, 4

This morning Microsoft announced that they'd be releasing a Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID. This piece of equipment will give fingerprint scanning abilities to both the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Pro 3, in turn giving Windows Hello touch capability to both devices. This keyboard will otherwise work the same as the standard Type Cover.

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NY Judge rules against DEA in Apple iPhone encryption case

NY Judge rules against DEA in Apple iPhone encryption case

One ruling is released in Apple's battle with the government over given access to encrypted iPhones in court cases throughout the United States. As we pour over what Magistrate Judge James Orenstein's 50-page memorandum and order means for Apple, we can also fairly easily interpret what it'll mean for all smart devices, including those running Google's Android. And Windows Phone. And Blackberry, if you wish. The whole lot.

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Raspberry Pi 3: why this one is special

Raspberry Pi 3: why this one is special

Four years after the launch of the original Raspberry Pi, the new Raspberry Pi 3 has appeared with several very important new features. This version of the device - the $35 computer, that is to say - comes with two essential features that've been relegated to accessories until now. Both Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi are now built-in with this Raspberry Pi 3, freeing up room for more ports for more projects and more freedom for the device on its own!

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Razer Blade Stealth Review: a true MacBook alternative at last

Razer Blade Stealth Review: a true MacBook alternative at last

The Razer Blade Stealth is not made for gaming - not on it's own, anyway. When it was first shown at CES 2016, the company suggested that it was meant to be part of a two-device combo, the other being a GPU dock that gives the laptop a massive boost in graphics power. The Razer Blade Stealth is launching on its own - but unless you'd planned on buying this laptop ONLY for laptop-centric gaming, that won't be a problem. Razer just out-designed itself.

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