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ZTE’s Project CSX wants to make a crowdsourced mobile device

ZTE’s Project CSX wants to make a crowdsourced mobile device

Running out of ideas or a stroke of genius? That is most likely what anyone will wonder upon hearing the news that ZTE has resorted to the wisdom of the masses to build a, not the, future mobile device. It may sound perplexing, but that is exactly what ZTE is doing with its "Project CSX", short for "Crowd Sourced X", where it is gathering ideas for a device that it will produce and sell, not in the distant future, but as early as next year.

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Mobius Final Fantasy game finally lands on mobile

Mobius Final Fantasy game finally lands on mobile

With most of its offline, pre-PS3 Final Fantasy titles ported to mobile devices (save for VIII), Square Enix now seems to be turning its focus on completely new titles built from the ground up with smartphones in mind. From Final Fantasy Record Keeper to Brave Exvius, the game publisher is now bringing perhaps one of its more ambitious attempts at an original mobile title with the launch of Mobius Final Fantasy on iOS and Android, promising console level graphics paired with easy to use gameplay.

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Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Samsung releases the Galaxy Note 7, a device that's traditionally come with features that favor the power user. This generation it would appear that Samsung is making clear that they're aiming directly for the features that make the most sales. As they should. They're going for profit, after all - why make another truck when a luxury race car sells so much better?

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New Nexus phones might also have a new app launcher

New Nexus phones might also have a new app launcher

There is certainly no dearth of app launchers and homescreens on Android, easily proven by a quick Google Play Store search. That, however, isn't going to stop Google from showing anyone willing to listen what it thinks the ideal Android launcher should be. It usually does that through Nexus devices, which already saw such a somewhat debated change with the Nexus 6P and 5X. Now it seems Google is playing with another idea for the upcoming Marlin and Sailfish smartphones, and it might be just as, or perhaps even more, controversial than last year's version.

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Pokemon GO unofficially comes to Windows 10 phone via PoGo-UWP app

Pokemon GO unofficially comes to Windows 10 phone via PoGo-UWP app

While Android and iOS users are having a field day, or days, over Pokemon GO, those in the Windows world who have neither kind of device remain left out in the cold. Despite garnering thousands of votes in a petition to bring the game to the Windows platform. Some say necessity is the mother of invention, but in some cases, it's desperation that gives birth to it. Like this new PoGo-UWP app that finally, but also unofficially, allows Windows 10 Mobile users to enjoy the thrills and insanity of Pokemon GO on the oft ignored platform.

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iOS Pangu Jailbreak accused of unauthorized credit card access

iOS Pangu Jailbreak accused of unauthorized credit card access

Jailbreaking iOS gets a lot harder with every new release, so when a popular jailbreaking tool like Pangu releases one for the current iOS 9.3.3, there is unsurprisingly no small amount of rejoicing and excitement around it. Unfortunately, it seems that the euphoria was premature, as a number of jailbreakers discovered to their shock that there have been unauthorized accesses to critical private information, like credit cards, PayPal, and Facebook after they have jailbroken their iOS devices using the tool released by Pangu.

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iPad Pro 9.7 revisited: making it work for work

iPad Pro 9.7 revisited: making it work for work

When Apple first unveiled the already much leaked iPad Pro, the 12.9-inch one, it made a very bold declaration. This iPad, which had a specially designed keyboard cover and worked with a specially designed stylus, is the ultimate PC replacement. It was, perhaps, the most controversial thing about the iPad Pro. Of course, like Microsoft's similar claim about the Surface Pros, the reality wasn't as rosy. We've already seen it in action, when Chris Davies took in on a trip just three months ago. But now we take another look at the iPad Pro, the same 9.7-inch model, to answer an equally burning question: how can it replace a PC, especially for some serious work.

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Microsoft Phone future gets darker with 2,850 layoffs

Microsoft Phone future gets darker with 2,850 layoffs

What Microsoft says and what Microsoft does are two very different things. Granted, it hasn't actually committed to a solid smartphone hardware business, but it hasn't completely discounted that future either. But if there were any doubt that Microsoft doesn't really have smartphones in mind, as far as devices are concerned, this revelation of nearly 3,000 job cuts should probably banish all that. And with that employee exodus, Microsoft has practically rid itself of the Nokia smartphone business that it acquired two years ago to the tune of $7.2 billion.

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Ubuntu Touch takes a huge step towards Convergence in OTA-12

Ubuntu Touch takes a huge step towards Convergence in OTA-12

Ubuntu has a very ambitious goal with Ubuntu Touch. It proposed an operating system that could work equally on any capable device, a smartphone that can truly be your computer, no holds barred. That was the promise of Convergence, which we took for a spin with the Meizu PRO 5 smartphone and, before that, the bq Aquaris M10 tablet. The results back then where disappointing yet promising. Ubuntu Touch, as it was when we reviewed these devices, still lacked that punch that would make you truly go "wow!". But, unlike other operating systems, Ubuntu is fast evolving, and the latest OTA-12 brings much needed improvements to bring us closer to true Convergence.

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Firefox steps up its iOS game in latest update

Firefox steps up its iOS game in latest update

After one or two false starts, Mozilla was finally able to bring Firefox to iOS for good last November. But while it did bring essential features like bookmarks and password syncing, the Firefox that greeted users on Apple's mobile platform was a far cry from the smooth experience they have on the desktop or Android. More than half a year later, Mozilla is pushing out an update that is small in size (less than 50 MB) but big in features, bringing a much needed interface and functionality revamp that puts Firefox on par again with Apple's Safari or Google's Chrome on iOS.

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iPhone sales down in Apple’s Q3 2016 earnings report

iPhone sales down in Apple’s Q3 2016 earnings report

This afternoon Apple reported their 3rd-quarter 2016 earnings, showing iPhone unit sales to be down. Down both compared to the quarter before this one, and down compared to this same quarter last year. Apple suggested that iPhone revenue was down 23% year-over-year, and down 27% sequentially. While Apple sold 40.399 million iPhones this quarter, and that's completely nuts by almost any standard, they're still down from 51.193 million units sold in Q2, 2016, and down from the 47.534 million units sold this same quarter last year.

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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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