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Don’t update your Galaxy phone (yet)

Don’t update your Galaxy phone (yet)

Before you jump in on the next update for your Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6, Note 5, or Note 4, pay heed: there's an issue. Users with a variety of Samsung smartphone updating to the first release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow have been experiencing a unique issue. Passwords on the device - be they text based or fingerprint based - seem to be lost or distorted as the newest update is installed. But what about you? Will you see the same issue? Should you be fully freaking out at the moment, or is there something you might do to avoid this mess?

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What Google says about keeping your Android phone secure

What Google says about keeping your Android phone secure

You probably do all sorts of sensitive things on your phone or tablet: logging into your bank account, having private conversations with friends, taking pictures, maybe accessing work email or accounts. You, like any reasonable person, want to make sure your Android phone and/or tablet is reasonably secure, but researching how to do so leads to a sprawling mess of affiliate links, sketchy security products, and questionable advice. Fortunately, you can ignore all that: here's what Google says about keeping your Android device secure.

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T-Mobile is trading stock for new customers – with these rules

T-Mobile is trading stock for new customers – with these rules

Today T-Mobile USA has revealed a plan to give users single stocks in exchange for bringing new customers into the fold. In the prospectus for this plan, T-Mobile suggests that these stocks can be given to T-Mobile customers "who are individuals" (not businesses) for one of three different reasons. Stocks can be given for being customers, becoming customers, or referring new customers. It seems relatively simple. T-Mobile USA also suggests that redemptions of "Stock Up Rewards" will be "fulfulfilled through open market purchases of Shares by LOYAL3 Securities, Inc. ("LOYAL3 Securities")."

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EyeForcer forces your kids to stop looking down at their phones

EyeForcer forces your kids to stop looking down at their phones

With the rise of smartphones and tablets, we're spending more time looking down at our hands than ever. Go to any public place, and you'll see people hunched over their phones, checking Facebook, Tweeting, or watching videos. Our bodies aren't designed to hold that position for long periods, and that can cause painful issues. One company has their eye on this problem, and aims to fix it.

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The Galaxy S7 Active’s one key feature (it’s not just rugged)

The Galaxy S7 Active’s one key feature (it’s not just rugged)

Today we're having a peek at the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active. Spoiler alert - there aren't many of them. The big differences lie in the look of the casing for the devices, the ruggedness therein, and the battery. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S7, the Active model has a battery that's so extremely large, it'd be difficult to use it all up in a single day. Really difficult. Tablet battery-sized difficult.

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Galaxy S7 Active released and detailed in full

Galaxy S7 Active released and detailed in full

This week the folks at Samsung and AT&T have revealed the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, a slightly more rugged edition of the smartphone line. This version of the device comes in three colors: Sandy Gold, Titanium Gray, and Camo Green. You'll be able to find this device in the United States at AT&T exclusively, starting on the 10th of this June, 2016 - that's just a few days from now.

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Smartphones with 6GB RAM top Antutu’s May performers

Smartphones with 6GB RAM top Antutu’s May performers

When smartphones, led by the iPhone 5s in 2013, started marching towards 64-bit processors, there was a lot of talk around RAM sizes greater than 4 GB. Of course, that was one of the most obvious consequences of the new CPU architecture, but back then it was still more of a hype. This year, we're starting to see the first batch of smartphones with that much RAM inside, heralding the new high-end flagship baseline. But is it worth it already? Going by AnTuTu's Top 10 Performance devices in May, maybe not so much yet.

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Moto Z Style Mods leaked as swappable back covers

Moto Z Style Mods leaked as swappable back covers

In just a few days, we will finally see for ourselves what Lenovo and Motorola have been cooking up behind closed doors. Well, somewhat closed, because such doors have never really prevented otherwise confidential materials from leaking out. Like these "Style Mods" for example, which is just a rather fancy term to describe what are most likely hot swap back covers for the Moto Z, which is also a just a fancy new name for the amalgamation of Lenovo's and Motorola's high-end flagship lines.

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OnePlus 3 put up on a “blind sale”, but here’s how it looks

OnePlus 3 put up on a “blind sale”, but here’s how it looks

As far as marketing gimmicks go, OnePlus is definitely up there. Although probably not intentional, the very limited, invite-only system did drum up the marketing for the OnePlus One. And then there was that "Smash the Past" for the same flagship that would give you the chance, not an immediate replacement, to get a OnePlus One if you went on air to smash your existing flagship. Now OnePlus is again asking fans to take a leap of faith by putting in a pre-order for the OnePlus 3, without knowning the details or even the final price. Luckily, others are more than willing to fill in the blanks.

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Xperia X camera reported bitten by overheating bug

Xperia X camera reported bitten by overheating bug

If you thought Sony's Xperia smartphones were hot, it probably to think literally about that as well. Sony's smartphones are somewhat notorious for being warmer to the touch than others, overheating at worst. But we thought we've seen the last of those issues after the fiasco that was the Xperia Z4, or Xperia Z3+ elsewhere. Sadly, it seems Sony is unable to fully rid itself of the curse, as the latest Xperia X is reported to have the same overheating issues with the camera as well.

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OnePlus had a near-finished smartwatch, but decided to ‘focus’ on phones instead

OnePlus had a near-finished smartwatch, but decided to ‘focus’ on phones instead

Right now, Chinese manufacturer OnePlus is known for producing quality Android-based smartphones at budget-friendly prices. It's a small company, but that focus on high-end phones with flagship-level specs is what makes them standout in a growing sea of other low-priced Android devices. However, OnePlus nearly entered the smartwatch game — another crowded market — going so far as to complete a design, but decided to scrap the device out of concern of losing focus.

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It’s time to stop thinking about smartphones as being ‘just phones’

It’s time to stop thinking about smartphones as being ‘just phones’

I've seen some articles floating around social media again in which someone proclaims that smartphones are expensive luxuries used by mindless people to entertain themselves with mindless games while truly smart and savvy people continue to use their old flip phones. These articles are nothing new; they resurface regularly, enjoy brief popularity as cynical people bat them back and forth with thinly veiled comments about their own superiority, and then they fizzle back into dormancy for a while. What none of them seem to realize is that smartphones are so much more than just 'fancy phones.'

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