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Nimble Jump is the new Flappy Bird

Nimble Jump is the new Flappy Bird

The game Nimble Jump is pixely, cute, and entirely addicting. It's also difficult to play, but extremely enjoyable at the same time. Out for both iOS and Android - the latter released just recently, the former earlier this year, this game is prepared to take on both of the big mobile ecosystems at once. You'll begin with a character that's chosen for you, leaping from one wall to the other to avoid saws, then you'll be given the opportunity to create your own character on a pixel grid. From there, you'll never stop.

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Geek crams all iPhone generations into water

Geek crams all iPhone generations into water

We all know that the average electronic device and water don’t mix. There are a few exceptions to this rule with devices like ruggedized computers, cameras, and a few rugged phones that can survive a splash in water or even being submerged for a bit of time. Most of us spend considerable effort to prevent our phones from coming in contact with water, but have you ever wondered what would happen to all the iPhone generations if water were introduced?

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Facebook keeps its huge bug fix on the down-low

Facebook keeps its huge bug fix on the down-low

While Facebook's latest app change log suggests very little has been changed, this week the social network's update is a big one. What this update fixes is a number of software issues deep within the app - stuff you'd never notice unless you happen to check your battery life on the regular. Most importantly, this update fixes issued in iOS that'd otherwise make the app the biggest battery hog in your device - including a cause for "CPU spin" as well as audio sessions management.

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HTC One A9 vs iPhone, a brief history

HTC One A9 vs iPhone, a brief history

At the launch of the HTC One A9, it was suggested that this newest HTC smartphone looked a whole lot like the most recent design for the iPhone. At the release of the iPhone 6, the same was said about Apple's design looking very similar to the then-most-recent HTC smartphone release. At this crossroads of confusion, today we're having a look at a brief history of smartphone releases from both companies, as captured over the last several years. Is it one company, or the other, or are we steadily heading toward smartphone design singularity?

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Apple: technically impossible to unlock newer iOS devices

Apple: technically impossible to unlock newer iOS devices

Apple might have just scored some points with users but might have also further cemented the government's stance against encrypted devices. Responding to a Brooklyn federal judge's request for input, Apple revealed that it is impossible for it to unlock an iPhone or an iPad running iOS 8 or later due to stronger encryption methods. That said, it does admit that it can technically unlock devices running an older version, including the one involved in a current court proceeding, but advises the judge not to open that can of worms.

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Intel wants its LTE modem to be in the next iPhone

Intel wants its LTE modem to be in the next iPhone

Intel is not a name you'd immediately associate with a smartphone. Although the Intel-powered ASUS ZenFone 2 managed to garner a few accolades even in performance, it is still just one in an ocean filled with devices running on the competing ARM CPU architecture. Still trying its luck in that smartphone market, insider sources claim that the chip maker is trying a slightly different strategy. It is said to have allocated 1,000 people into making its high-end LTE modem something that Apple won't be able to ignore for its 2016 iPhone model.

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Facebook fixing the app that drains your iPhone’s battery

Facebook fixing the app that drains your iPhone’s battery

Assuming you're an iPhone user who uses Facebook, chances are you've had some relatively sizable battery drain going on. The app has been discovered to be a large drain on iPhone users' batteries, particularly those that are using iOS 9 as of this month. Reports from several sources suggest that Facebook's app isn't becoming inactive properly, thereby continuing to drain the device of power as it would when called upon to be active as normal. According to Facebook, this battery drain problem should be resolved soon.

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Water cooling smartphones yields interesting results

Water cooling smartphones yields interesting results

Water cooling has long been a well-known technique among hardcore PC users, especially gamers, to squeeze out the most juice from their rigs without turning them into fire hazards. Given the recent focus on thermal management on smartphones, it seems almost fitting they become the next beneficiaries. That was the theory that popular tech YouTube user Linus Tech Tips put to the test by water cooling the iPhone 6s and a few of the most recent high end Android smartphones, with some rather intriguing numbers.

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Apple loses patent battle over A7, A8 CPU chips

Apple loses patent battle over A7, A8 CPU chips

As the source of many patent lawsuits, Apple is no stranger to also being the target of some. This latest one, however, strikes at the almost literal heart of its devices. Early last year, the University of Wisconsin's Alumni Research Foundation, or WARF, sued Apple for infringing on its patents that are used in Apple's custom A7, A8, and A8X chips. More than a year later, a US jury found Apple guilty of the charges, which could see the company pay up to $682 million in damages.

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DxOMark takes the iPhone 6s for a spin, lands in 10th spot

DxOMark takes the iPhone 6s for a spin, lands in 10th spot

Externally, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus do not look that different from their immediate predecessors, save for a bit of added bulk for the sake of added strength. Inside, however, Apple's new gen iPhones have seen a slight evolution, especially when it came to the camera. For the first time since the iPhone 4s in 2011, Apple upgrade the iSight camera, from 8 megapixels to 12, allowing for native 4K video recording. But how better does the iPhone 6s' camera fare against the competition or even against the iPhone 6s. As DxOMark found out, not that much.

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iPhone 6s display teardown reveals 3D Touch elements

iPhone 6s display teardown reveals 3D Touch elements

This morning iFixit has been at work tearing apart the iPhone 6s, showing the very many layers of the device's display now that it has 3D Touch. This technology is very similar to the "Force Touch" introduced in Apple's touchpad and Watch - here it has more levels of touch sensitivity for a greater number of abilities in apps. This 3D Touch feature is made possible by software as well as hardware - facilitated in this case by a capacitive sensor layer that wasn't present in past iPhone releases.

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