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Instagram has a new black-and-white design in testing

Instagram has a new black-and-white design in testing

Instagram has seldom tweaked with its design, but that could be changing soon. Screenshots have surfaced showing a black-and-white design that ditches the common blue and other colorful elements in favor of a plain ol’ monochromatic theme. Joining the new color scheme are some redesigned icons, as well, indicating that a minor overhaul may be in the pipeline.

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German city installs ground traffic lights for distracted phone users

German city installs ground traffic lights for distracted phone users

Texting or otherwise using your smartphone while walking can be hazardous to your health — more than a few people have accidentally fallen down holes, stepped in front of cars, and more, all while staring down at the small screen in their hand while walking. The German city of Augsburg is looking to change that by installing traffic lights in the sidewalk, hoping to catch the eye of someone who is staring down at their phone while walking.

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OnePlus 3 packing 6GB of RAM surfaces in benchmarks

OnePlus 3 packing 6GB of RAM surfaces in benchmarks

It's been a month now since we saw that OnePlus 3 smartphone with 4GB of RAM hit AnTuTu bringing us details on the hardware that is thought to be inside the device. When those details showed up there wasn't any real benchmarks to give us an indication of how well the smartphone might perform. Another OnePlus 3 leak has happened this time with a strange codename Rain Rain A3000.

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Microsoft offers a free Lumia 950 for every Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft offers a free Lumia 950 for every Lumia 950 XL

It's not that uncommon to see "Buy One Get One", also known as BOGO, sales during a hot new product's launch. But when you see something like that happen to a half year old product, things get a bit ambiguous. On the one hand, it looks like a clearance sale of sorts in preparation for new stocks or models. On the other hand, it could also be a desperate attempt at clearing out inventories. Either way, Microsoft is now giving a free Lumia 950 to anyone who buys a Lumia 950 XL, which could find a few interested buyers but also shed more negative light on the smartphones.

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HTC Desire 830 design, specs leak: dual front speakers

HTC Desire 830 design, specs leak: dual front speakers

HTC may have ditched the "One" branding and its advantageous dual front-facing speakers in the latest HTC 10 flagship, but that practice will live on its the OEM's mid range line. Of course, they won't be called "Ones". On the heels of the HTC 10's debut comes a leak of what is identified as the HTC Desire 830. Unambiguously a Desire in design, the mid-range smartphone is shown bearing front-facing speakers and, save for a few core components, might have specs that give it a more premium flair as well.

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Microsoft Surface Phone expected to use Snapdragon 830

Microsoft Surface Phone expected to use Snapdragon 830

Earlier this month rumors were swirling that Microsoft was working on a new smartphone called the Surface Phone. Along with those rumors was also the caveat that the device wasn't expected to land until 2017, but when it did there would be several versions on offer. Another leak, this time by Microsoft itself, has given us a bit more detail on the Surface Phone.

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Huawei Honor V8 passes TENAA certification with dual camera

Huawei Honor V8 passes TENAA certification with dual camera

A few days back Huawei was teasing a new smartphone called the Honor V8 that was expected to have a dual camera configuration. At the time all Huawei offered in details was a few dark teaser images showing off what appears to be that dual camera configuration. The smartphone has now crossed TENAA in China for its required certifications and along with that testing come details on the device.

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HTC 10 pre-orders underway in UK as Aussie pricing unveiled

HTC 10 pre-orders underway in UK as Aussie pricing unveiled

HTC fans in the UK who have been wondering when they could get hands on the HTC 10 smartphone can now pre-order the device via Three. We have a few weeks to go before the smartphone will be delivered, Three shows the estimated delivery date to be Friday May 6. The HTC 10 will sell for £49 upfront and £38 per month.

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KGI: iPhone 7 will have nothing attractive, shipments to fall

KGI: iPhone 7 will have nothing attractive, shipments to fall

If famed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed, Apple's market nightmares are far from over. Even though the company already forecast what would its slowest iPhone sales growth early this year, it's fortune isn't going to turn for the better for the rest of 2016. In fact, it could have the lowest shipment numbers, even lower than 2014's disappointing figures. Kuo attributes this to certain factors, chief among which will be an iPhone 7 that will have nothing attractive to offer. Or so says the analyst.

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Xiaomi teaser hints 6.4″ Mi Max can still fit in pockets

Xiaomi teaser hints 6.4″ Mi Max can still fit in pockets

Smartphones have become so big to the point that few can be operated comfortably with one hand alone. They have become so big that slipping them inside jean pockets have become more than just embarrassing, sometimes they're also impossible. Xiaomi, however, is challenging that perception. It is officially teasing the Mi Max, its first "true" phablet that has already been revealed to have a 6.4-inch screen. The real tease here, however, is the implication that, despite that size, it can still fit snug inside a pocket without any worries, awkward bulges, or bendgates.

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Scarlett Johansson, Henry Cavill go on a Huawei P9 camera showdown

Scarlett Johansson, Henry Cavill go on a Huawei P9 camera showdown

Who would have thought that only Huawei would be able to do the unthinkable and impossible: to unite the cinematic universes of Marvel Comics and DC Comics together. OK, so maybe it's not the superhero showdown you might be expecting, or even dreaming of, but it's still amusing to see Scarlett Johansson, who portrays Marvel's Black Widow, and Henry Cavill, famous for his Superman role, in the same video ad. And that unifying force? None other than the Huawei P9, whose photography skills are put to the test by these superheroes in plain clothing.

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Latest Galaxy Note 6 rumor gives it 5.8″ screen, 4000mAh battery

Latest Galaxy Note 6 rumor gives it 5.8″ screen, 4000mAh battery

We still have about four months to go, but it seems the speculation and confusion surrounding Samsung's next flagship is already starting to heat up. Details naturally change with the tide but some seem to stick like glue. For example, there's the idea that the Galaxy Note 6 will have 6 GB of RAM. Another detail that seems consistent in rumors is that there are two variants in the works, one normal and one with a curved screen. This latest source leak does agree, but qualifies that in the end, there can only be one.

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