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Verizon rewards subscribers with cash for referring friends

Verizon rewards subscribers with cash for referring friends

Mobile carriers are always looking to steal customers away from each, as Christmas and New Year's promotions over the last few years have proven. But Verizon's latest program relies on an old tactic: getting you to do all the work. Verizon subscribers can now take part in a customer referral program, getting rewarded with cash for convincing their friends to switch to the network.

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Securing your Android device against evil hands and prying eyes

Securing your Android device against evil hands and prying eyes

There has been a recent surge in malware plaguing Android devices, especially very harmful ransomware that encrypt and keep you out of your own files. Some, especially Android critics, might point out how that's not exactly new for Google's mobile platform. But the brazenness and frequency has admittedly increased of late. In this age of near unchecked spying, hacking, and all sorts of unauthorized access to networks, computers, and smartphones, users can no longer remain complacent. We all have to do our small part in keeping our devices secure. You don't have to turn your smartphone or tablet into a tank to keep it safe. Here are a few simple steps you can take, and most of them don't even require money!

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iPhone 7 detailed in black looks gorgeous

iPhone 7 detailed in black looks gorgeous

A set of iPhone 7 images have surfaced with the device coming in a deep (matte) black. These images come from Martin Hajek, an extremely skilled illustrator and 3D model-maker. He's known for taking specifications and blueprints from case-makers before the launch of products (especially Apple products) and turning them into 3D models that look so extremely realistic, it's difficult to tell the difference between what's real and what's not. These images show a rendering of the iPhone 7 (as we know it through leaks and rumors today) and the iPhone 6 or 6s.

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Android Nougat is Google’s newest OS dessert

Android Nougat is Google’s newest OS dessert

Google has officially named the newest version of Android as dessert "Android Nougat" - thus keeping the alphabetical naming structure sound. This is the latest in a line of dessert names as well, keeping with the tastiest of treats since Donut. This version of Android was revealed via Snapchat, oddly enough, just this morning. Why Google chose to use Snapchat instead of their own blog, we might never understand fully. This is clearly the Brexit's fault.

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Galaxy S7 unlocked in the USA: released at last

Galaxy S7 unlocked in the USA: released at last

The tide has turned. Samsung has released the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge in the United States unlocked and free of carrier bloatware. Both devices are coming with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, and the same 12-megapixel camera they had when you already purchased the device through a carrier. Samsung Pay still works, wireless charging and fast charging with the charger they come with. And what's that? Yes, it's true: they support all bands. All of them.

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The Galaxy Note 7 details Samsung’s Secret Weapon

The Galaxy Note 7 details Samsung’s Secret Weapon

While it's not been too much of a massive secret thus far, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 does indeed have a few cards up its sleeve that haven't yet been revealed in full. As Samsung aims to take full advantage of the lull in major innovation reveals the iPhone has set for them this year, they're pulling out all the stops. What better way to grab your attention than by scanning your eyeballs?

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Nexus 6P Toast Review : Custom-cut Cover

Nexus 6P Toast Review : Custom-cut Cover

Today we're having a peek at the Nexus 6P with a custom-cut wood cover from the folks at Toast. What we've got here is an Ebony Wood cut with ash inlay with front and back cover for the Nexus 6P, both cut by the brand Toast. The custom design comes from yours truly and features a sort of "Ace of Spades" setup with a detailed skull. What we're reviewing here is both the detail the company was able to get and the fit of the cover on the device.

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FLI Charge promises universal, painless wireless charging

FLI Charge promises universal, painless wireless charging

Until that day in the future when smartphones are safely powered by nuclear energy or whatnot, charging mobile devices will always be a fact of life. Various technologies and products, like wireless charging, are being put in place to at least make that as painless as possible. Fancy and ideal as that might sound, wireless charging is still fragmented and inefficient. Enter FLI Charge, a system that aims to leapfrog over the competition, embracing all types of devices and power needs. All through the proven technology of conductive wireless charging.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 does the Tango, future 600, 800 too

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 does the Tango, future 600, 800 too

When Lenovo unveiled the first consumer Tango-enabled smartphone, the PHAB2 Pro, it was somewhat curious that the OEM went with a Snapdragon 625 instead of the highest end 820. Although we'll probably never really find out why, Qualcomm reveals that it has, in fact, made specific tweaks to make the SD652 work perfectly with Tango. Now it has done the same for the Snapdragon 820, its current flagship, and promises it will also be the case for future generations of the 600 and 800 chip series, opening the doors for more devices to dance their way to augmented reality as well.

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OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

Today we're having another look at the insides of the OnePlus 3. Thanks to a helpful anonymous friend who's supplied photos, we've got a deep-dive look at the insides of the OnePlus 3 and some insight into how easy it will be for an at-home repair person such as yourself to go ahead and replace broken bits. Today we're looking at the motherboard and all the fun little parts attached to it. Behold how similar this device is to the rest of the battlefield.

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Android root – the lowdown and pitfalls of the super user

Android root – the lowdown and pitfalls of the super user

Our smartphones and tablets today have become powerful computers, almost matching the cheapest "netbook" grade laptops. We feel they can almost do anything and everything. In theory, they can. In reality, however, they are limited by the boundaries that platform makers like Google and Apple impose on them. Some of those limitations are inherent in the platform itself or the hardware it runs on. Others, however, can be unlocked by the process now known as rooting (for Android) or jailbreaking (for iOS). In the past, rooting was not only something for power users to play with but somewhat even recommended for more adventurous ones to squeeze out the best functionality from their smartphones. But does rooting still have that sway today? What do we gain and what do we lose when we set our smartphones free? Read on the find out.

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Google Awareness API now ready for context-aware Android apps

Google Awareness API now ready for context-aware Android apps

At Google I/O last May, the Internet giant announced a few location and context based developer features, including Android Nearby and Google Awareness. The latter is now finally available for public use with the latest rollout of Google Play Services to developers and devices. With the new set of APIs, app developers will be able to harness data from a device's current context, like state and location, to deliver dynamic and personalized experiences to users, which, hopefully, won't end up spamming them instead.

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