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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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Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Google vested Mobvoi reveals Ticwatch 2 without Android Wear [UPDATE]

Mobvoi will be taking a different approach to smartwatches with their latest in globe-ready wearables. This is the Ticwatch 2, a device that uses Android but doesn't use Android Wear. There's a difference, after all - Google's Android Wear is quite strict when it comes to software modification, while Android on a smartwatch can be basically anything a smartwatch maker wants. This new device has Mobvoi going in some interesting new directions.

UPDATE: Apparently you CAN run Android Wear if you want, so says Mobvoi PR - "Android Wear compatibility mode will work in the new global edition."

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Chuwi Vi10 Plus does a Surface 3 with Windows 10, Remix OS combo

Chuwi Vi10 Plus does a Surface 3 with Windows 10, Remix OS combo

Naysayers might refuse to admit it, but Microsoft definitely set a trend with its Surface line of tablets. In addition to promoting the idea of Windows, 8.1 and 10 in particular, as a serviceable 2-in-1 tablet-and-laptop operating system, the very design of the Surface has inspired not a few other devices of different price ranges, from the uber expensive to the dirt cheap. The new Chuwi Vi10 Plus unabashedly falls under the latter. But let not that price tag fool you, as this tablet pretty much takes the Surface 3 head on with a deadly Windows and Android double punch.

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Google Play Store to get smaller app updates, clearer info

Google Play Store to get smaller app updates, clearer info

By nature, mobile apps are meant to be small in size. In the past, that was primarily due to the extremely limited data storage space inside our mobile companions. These days, however, the concern has mostly switched over to the amount of Internet bandwidth each app consumes, both on initial download as well as on updates. Android apps are, however, somewhat notorious for having larger payloads than competing iOS versions. That will hopefully change with Google's introduction of new features that will keep those app sizes in check.

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BlackBerry Hamburg Android phone release date soon, FCC now

BlackBerry Hamburg Android phone release date soon, FCC now

This week the folks at BlackBerry have had their latest Android device revealed by the FCC. Re-revealed, we might say, as the device was first leaked several weeks ago with its partner, both BlackBerry smartphones running Android. This device is being shown by the FCC this week with model name STH100-2 (RJD211LW) with GSM quad-band, UMTS penta-band, and LTE deca-band connectivity technology inside. We will very likely see this device released inside the United States very soon.

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Superbook blasts through Kickstarter to turn phones into laptops

Superbook blasts through Kickstarter to turn phones into laptops

That went by really quick. Superbook, the "thin" shell that practically converts your Android smartphone into a laptop has zoomed past its crowdfunding goal in less than 12 hours. Unsurprising given its $99 base pledge. Not so small a feat either in comparison to the team's previous crowdfunding attempt with almost the same goals, albeit with a dock limited to certain smartphone models. With funding now secured and more still coming in, all that's left is to see if they will be able to deliver, on time or not, unlike so many other failed similar promises.

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Verizon to cut off “extraordinary” unlimited data users [UPDATE]

Verizon to cut off “extraordinary” unlimited data users [UPDATE]

It's not exactly surprising that there would be some humans who would abuse an unlimited supply of resources. That's especially true when it comes to unlimited data plans, which has normally been cited as the reason why ISPs are suddenly removing their unlimited data offers. Now Verizon is reported to be preparing for a somewhat drastic move to weed out abusers. By August 31, it will disconnect unlimited data subscribers deemed to have used up an "extraordinary" amount of data. That is, unless they migrate to one of Verizon's newer, and pricier, plans.

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Mesuit case lets iPhones “run” Android with its own SIM

Mesuit case lets iPhones “run” Android with its own SIM

Despite how media and stereotypes portray them, not all smartphone users have brand or mobile OS issues. Some do find benefits, even joy, in using both iOS and Android. While some are forced into using both, whether they like to or not. Both types, however, would probably prefer to carry just one device for both, something that is impossible to do. Until now. With the Mesuit iPhone case, you can have your iPhone and run Android on it no sweat. Or at least that's the promise.

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“BATMAN – The Telltale Series” launch date announced

“BATMAN – The Telltale Series” launch date announced

There's a new bat in town, and it ain't your older brother's Batman. In development, and teased, for quite some time now, "BATMAN - The Telltale Series" is a video game that takes quite a different stab at the uber popular Dark Night. Because instead of mashing buttons to dish out pain, which you can't do anyway on mobile, you will instead be relying on your wits and decision making abilities to solve crime, beat the bad guys, and maybe catch a kitty by its tail in the process.

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Android Nougat Reddit AMA: Night Mode, Java, and bugs

Android Nougat Reddit AMA: Night Mode, Java, and bugs

Getting on Reddit to hold an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session is a brave thing to do. Especially when you know that your product is one of the most popular and also often criticized thing in the world. Thankfully, that didn't stop Android engineers from jumping into the frying pan to answer some of Redditors' most pressing questions about the upcoming Android Nougat release. Not surprisingly, there were a few dissatisfied voices with some of the trends in Android, but overall it has been rather civil. Naturally, there were a lot of questions raised, most of them related to development, of course, but here are a few interesting takeaways from the Q&A.

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