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Galaxy Note 6 variant teased in shipping details

Galaxy Note 6 variant teased in shipping details

This week the folks behind mobile device hardware shipping have let loose a device name that appears to be a Samsung Galaxy Note 6 variant. The SM-N935G is a model for a device made by Samsung that we've not yet seen - and based on past model numbers and tendencies for the company to name devices with similar codes each year, we can certainly make some educated guesses as to what's going on here. It's easy, really. The Galaxy Note 5's code is SM-N920, S7 is SM-G930, and S7 Edge is SM-G935. What's next?

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ARM Cortex-A73 CPU, Mali-G71 GPU have VR and AR in their sights

ARM Cortex-A73 CPU, Mali-G71 GPU have VR and AR in their sights

Despite a noted slowdown in shipment and sales, smartphones remain the fastest growing device market today and outnumber PCs even. However, smartphones have ceased to be mere communication devices and have even started venturing into uncharted and indirectly related territory, like virtual reality. In order to address the nascent but growing "synthetic" reality market, ARM Holdings has announced new chips, specifically the new 10 nm FinFET Cortex-A73 CPU and the Mali-G71 GPU. While they naturally benefit mobile devices in general, they are being poised to be well-suited to address the processing needs of virtual and augmented reality applications.

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MediaTek Pump Express 3.0 promises 70% charge in 20 minutes

MediaTek Pump Express 3.0 promises 70% charge in 20 minutes

As smartphones get more powerful, they consume more battery as well. While smartphone processors are getting more advanced, battery technology has mostly stayed in the same spot for years now. To ensure an optimal mobile experience, mobile chip makers are also dipping their toes into battery tech, especially fast charging features. Last year Qualcomm revealed its Quick Charge 3.0. Now it's rival MediaTek's turn to this version 3. Its Pump Express 3.0 promises you won't waste time hugging walls by charging your smartphone from 0 to 70% in just 20 minutes. That's equivalent to 5 minutes of charging for 4 hours of talking.

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Apple tipped working on a smart Walkie Talkie

Apple tipped working on a smart Walkie Talkie

In the not-too-distant future, Apple may release a new device which is made to communicate directly with other devices point-to-point. Based on info we've been sent by an anonymous source, we understand that these devices would work somewhat similar to classic walkie talkies - opening lines of communication over short distances directly. The name of the patent associated with this technology is "Point-to-point Ad Hoc Voice Communication," and it was originally filed for by Apple back in November of 2014. This tech includes a communication device that has hardware not included in today's iPhones - as well as a headset and a touchscreen user interface.

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UK carrier Three to test mobile ad blocking next month

UK carrier Three to test mobile ad blocking next month

Back in February, UK mobile carrier Three announced a pretty radical change. The company had partnered up with a startup named Shine to remove ads from mobile webpages. While they didn't have a lot of details at the time, we're finally getting some clarification on this initiative.

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The Omen X VR PC Pack is an HP VR backpack for HTC VIVE

The Omen X VR PC Pack is an HP VR backpack for HTC VIVE

This morning HP revealed that they've been working on a backpack. Not just any backpack - a backpack PC, one made to make the HTC VIVE a much more mobile VR experience. This backpack PC works with enough processing power to run an HTC VIVE VR headset and comes with replaceable batteries - or swappable batteries, if you prefer - to keep you inside the VR zone potentially forever. Which is radical. Unfortunately you're not going to be able to just go to your local PC shop and buy this piece of machinery.

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Samsung has a 5.5-inch 4K display for VR in the works

Samsung has a 5.5-inch 4K display for VR in the works

We're still just coming to grips with the long awaited commercialization of virtual reality technology and Samsung, unsurprisingly, is already trying to push the boundaries of technology and wallets. Although it will insist it's still in the prototyping stage, Samsung showed off at the Display Week conference in San Francisco a display designed for virtual reality and boasting of a 3840x2160 4K resolution. The screen's size is 5.5 inches, which is pretty much smartphone size. Almost ironically, Samsung might have found a use for the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium's 4K screen as well.

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Samsung S Health updated with faster heart rate checking

Samsung S Health updated with faster heart rate checking

Samsung has updated its S Health fitness app, bringing it up to version 4.8.9.0085. With the new version comes some new features, including the option to contrast your step count with those of other users, including your friends. If you use a fitness tracker or other fitness apps, as well, S Health can show all the steps that have been recorded by/in other products.

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My iPhone 7 Wishlist in 3 parts (Not Just Android)

My iPhone 7 Wishlist in 3 parts (Not Just Android)

Today in light of the surprising lack of iPhone leaks and relative deluge of details we've seen unofficially so far, I'd like to share what I'm hopeful for in a new iPhone. The next iPhone, one we'll safely assume will be called iPhone 7, will be a device - I hope - of unparalleled processing power and battery life. It'll have a better camera and a slightly modified body, and of course it'll have a display that's better than before. But what's more than that, most important to me - it'll have a little more freedom.

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PayPal retires Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps

PayPal retires Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon apps

Microsoft's exit in the smartphone arena, or at least the hardware side of it, sends all the wrong signals to OEMs as well as app developers, whether Microsoft likes it or, most likely, not. As if by coincidence, PayPal has just announced that it will sunset the Windows Phone version of its app starting June 30. The good news for Windows Phone users is that they won't be alone in their misery, as BlackBerry is doing the same for BlackBerry and Amazon Fire owners.

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Samsung’s Rollable Screen demo is not just a dream for Android

Samsung’s Rollable Screen demo is not just a dream for Android

This week at the SID Display Week 2016 trade show we've gotten up close and personal with Samsung's new rollable screen, just one of several next-gen inventions in display technology. But this is just another in a long line of demos of such "transforming" or "curved display" tech from Samsung, LG, and the rest, right? Not so fast. Now that Samsung has proven their ability to deliver the goods with devices like the Galaxy Edge, the company is expected by the public to deliver on concepts like these with more speed. The time is now!

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Xiaomi Mi Drone released with two editions to battle DJI

Xiaomi Mi Drone released with two editions to battle DJI

This morning the folks at Xiaomi have released their long-awaited "Mi Drone" to the masses in two editions. You'll find one version coming with a camera capable of capturing 1080p video, and one with a camera ready for full 4K. Mi Drone's more high-end version costs just a bit more than the lower end, and the lower end version will be "crowdfunded on the Mi Home app" starting on the 26th of May, 2016. And yes, that is very weird.

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