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Galaxy S8 details tip a much-advanced display

Galaxy S8 details tip a much-advanced display

This week we're taking a look at the Samsung Galaxy S8, the next in a long line of top-end hero phones from the company that also makes the Galaxy Note. Unlike the pattern that Samsung has been (sometimes loosely) following over the past 5+ years, the Galaxy S8 wont necessarily take the vast majority of its cues on specifications from its larger relative. Instead, the Galaxy S8 - somewhat like the Galaxy S7 - will be the device to lead the way, while the Galaxy Note 8 will be an extension of that plan.

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LeEco US event next month could mark smartphone arrival

LeEco US event next month could mark smartphone arrival

LeEco, a Chinese company that started out as Letv with a bent towards online videos, has just scheduled a press event for mid-October. Judging by its invite and the numerous businesses it has dipped its fingers in, ten guesses as to what it will be about. It’s not hard to imagine, however, that the company would use the opportunity to formally launch one of its Android smartphones in the market, firmly planting its foot in US soil even before rival Xiaomi has a chance to take root.

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Google Pixel XL phone shown in realistic detail

Google Pixel XL phone shown in realistic detail

Rumor has it Google will be launching two new smartphones in the near future, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixel is codenamed Sailfish, while the Pixel XL is codenamed Marlin; both have been the subject of numerous leaks, including visual ones that portend to show what the handsets will look like. Newest among those visual leaks is a new 3D render of the Pixel XL in particular, supposedly showing what the phone will look like based on a leaked factory CAD.

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3 Pokemon GO updates that’ll suck me back in

3 Pokemon GO updates that’ll suck me back in

Niantic has a set of features up its sleeve that they hope will not only bring the game back near its peak in global users, it'll bring in new players as well. Back when the game was launched, it caught on with feature's we'd never seen before. As Match Group explained in a recent AppAnnie interview, "Artificial intelligence and location-aware notifications [will be big next year for retention] - Pokémon GO is a good example of a high retention product that has completely brand new hooks." Niantic doesn't need to pay attention to what's worked before - they need to keep innovating.

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Galaxy S8 details leak: this might be Samsung’s secret weapon

Galaxy S8 details leak: this might be Samsung’s secret weapon

Is it too early to look toward the Galaxy S8? With Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 woes still at the forefront of a lot of conversations, most would probably say no, but the Galaxy S8 leaks keep coming anyway. The latest one comes from Forbes, and though this report contains a handful of things we've heard already, it also details the GPU that could be found within the Galaxy S8, something we haven't heard all that much about.

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goTenna Mesh wants to give you coverage in spotty areas via mesh network

goTenna Mesh wants to give you coverage in spotty areas via mesh network

If you live in a very rural or mountainous area the challenge for all mobile phone services is getting a signal to you in the backcountry areas. In Colorado few phone services work in the mountains and a new product on Kickstarter wants to change that. The new product is called the goTenna Mesh and it wants to field a plethora of small antennas that you carry with you that will allow you to relay your messages via other users to bring communications to these remote areas.

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Fuze battery case for iPhone 7 includes a headphone jack

Fuze battery case for iPhone 7 includes a headphone jack

If you still haven't gotten over the fact that Apple "courageously" killed the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, or if the idea of using a dongle to be able to charge and use headphones at the same time is your personal form of hell, then a new third-party phone case might have just what you're looking for. The makers of the Fuze Case have just launched an Indiegogo campaign for a solution that not only features a larger battery, but a built-in headphone jack as well.

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Huawei Mate 9 offers up to 6GB RAM and 256GB storage tips leak

Huawei Mate 9 offers up to 6GB RAM and 256GB storage tips leak

Some details on the coming Huawei Mate 9 smartphone have leaked and those details claim that the device will be offered in three different versions that vary based on the hardware under the skin. Each step up the Mate 9 ladder you go will bring more RAM and larger storage capacities along with new colors to choose from.

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Samsung investigates new Galaxy Note 7, one catches fire in China

Samsung investigates new Galaxy Note 7, one catches fire in China

It now seems quite likely that Samsung’s nightmares are far from over, just weeks before its intended re-launch of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. Even as replacement units with promised safer batteries are starting to land in consumers’ hands, reports are coming in that said units still exhibit problematic behavior like overheating or severe battery drain. And there is now at least one report of a replacement unit catching fire in China, a country were Samsung is already facing an uphill battle in the smartphone market.

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DxOMark gives iPhone 7 high scores, still at #3

DxOMark gives iPhone 7 high scores, still at #3

In contrast to some early reviews that panned the new iPhone 7’s photography chops, the seasoned testers at DxOMark still crowned Apple’s latest smartphone with high scores. The iPhone 7, in particular, was called Apple’s best yet. The one caveat, however, is that while the iPhone 7 did get an overall score of 86, beating out the iPhone 6s Plus’ 84, that still landed this year’s model only in 3rd place, behind 6 other smartphones in DxOMark’s growing list of smartphones with outstanding cameras.

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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus land at Cricket stores tomorrow

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus land at Cricket stores tomorrow

Cricket Wireless will be making the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus available in some of its physical stores starting tomorrow, the carrier has announced. The in-store availability follows the carrier’s online iPhone 7 launch, of which it sold out all of its inventory over the weekend. If you're already a Cricket subscriber -- or you're on the lookout for a no-contract iPhone 7 option -- you better move quickly before the in-store stock disappears, too.

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Google Pixel VS Nexus : key details of the not-quite-dead

Google Pixel VS Nexus : key details of the not-quite-dead

Upon hearing that the "Nexus" smartphone line would be replaced by Google Pixel, many developers and hardcore Android fans were suitably distressed. Since the time the rumor broke, it's become a bit clearer what Google will be doing - or will almost certainly be doing. Instead of tossing the successful model that is the Nexus smartphone and tablet lineup aside, Google has been tipped to be working with both Nexus and Pixel devices. The Nexus will represent the same "beacon of basic greatness" it always has, while Pixel will play a much more curated and closely controlled roll in Google's future.

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