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Why I refuse to believe iPhone is forever

Why I refuse to believe iPhone is forever

Over the past several years, I've seen attitudes change when it comes to the iPhone and the mobile world in general. I refer mainly to two groups of people whose understanding of the world tends to reflect society at large, especially when it comes to technology. People who I meet at gas stations on long trips are part of one group - the other is my extended family. According to them, things are changing. Or they have the potential to change.

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Google Play uninstall manager points out the apps you never use

Google Play uninstall manager points out the apps you never use

Phones only have so much space, especially if you have a model like the Galaxy S6 that doesn't offer a microSD slot. On the flip side, apps keep getting bigger, so much so that you've probably run into 'insufficient space' issues from time to time. There are ways to free up space, but the quickest is simply uninstalling some other apps, and now Google Play is helping you do that by pointing out which apps you rarely or never use.

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Oppo F1 Plus special edition celebrates FC Barcelona

Oppo F1 Plus special edition celebrates FC Barcelona

Oppo has a partnership in place with a professional soccer team (football for our European friends) called FC Barcelona. To celebrate this partnership, Oppo has unveiled a very cool looking special edition of the F1 Plus smartphone that uses the Barca Livery that players on FC Barcelona wear. The smartphone is blue and red with the club insignia in 18k gold plate.

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LG X Style, X Power put on display in Ukraine

LG X Style, X Power put on display in Ukraine

There might soon be a confusion in the Android smartphone market because of the collision of "X" names. While Lenovo/Motorola is moving away from the Moto X, Sony has adopted the Xperia X for its flagship. There's also Samsung's rumored foldable smartphone, the Galaxy X. And then there's LG, who already put out the X cam and X screen early this year (not to mention a sighting of an LG X5). The latter is puffing up its X-team with an upcoming LG X Style and LG X Power, whose names may or may not reflect their features.

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OnePlus 3 unveiling on June 14, OnePlus 2 on UK Amazon Prime Now

OnePlus 3 unveiling on June 14, OnePlus 2 on UK Amazon Prime Now

Chinese startup OnePlus is revving its marketing machinery to prepare for its third attempt to put out a "flagship killer". According to its Weibo account, that day is set for June 15 in China (June 14 in US), with a launch following the day after. At least in China. Whether it will be available for the rest of the world, or supported regions, on the same day is the question. But the even bigger question is how well will it fare this time, in the face of surmounting competition from top tier Android OEMs.

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LG Stylus 2 Plus begins its global rollout in Taiwan

LG Stylus 2 Plus begins its global rollout in Taiwan

While stylus-empowered smartphones are more commonly associated with Samsung, this Korean manufacturer doesn't have the monopoly in that market. To remind consumers of that fact, its eternal rival LG has just announced the launch of its LG Stylus 2 Plus, which it first revealed back in February even before MWC 2016 started. But while Samsung's Galaxy Note line walks along the path of the high-end and sometimes experimental, the LG Stylus 2 Plus clearly has its sights set on delivering an affordable writing experience.

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Full Sony Xperia X catalog US launch date starts June 26

Full Sony Xperia X catalog US launch date starts June 26

Back at MWC 2016, Sony sought to redefine the Xperia brand and, in doing so, start a new generation of Xperia smartphones. Retiring the "Xperia Z" line (and soon the C and M names as well), Sony introduced the new Xperia X family with an increased focus on mobile photography as well as design, on top of the Xperia's much boasted battery life. Today, Sony has announced the good news that it will be bringing all four Sony Xperia X models to the US, with pre-orders starting today for the Xperia X, and a retail launch scheduled for June 26.

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T-Mobile Tourist Plan gives travelers 3 weeks of service

T-Mobile Tourist Plan gives travelers 3 weeks of service

Planning to visit the U.S. soon and not sure what you're going to do about cellphone service? T-Mobile is hoping you'll subscribe to its newly announced 'Tourist Plan,' a $30/month subscription option that grants travelers access to the carrier's U.S. service for three weeks. During those three weeks, subscribers will get unlimited data, including a couple gigs of high-speed, a bunch of minutes, and more.

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Sony Xperia E5 claims 2-day battery life

Sony Xperia E5 claims 2-day battery life

Sony has unveiled a new smartphone today called the Xperia E5. Sony says that the device is built around a large battery good for two days of use per charge and an "it just works" experience for users. The smartphone has 1.5GB of RAM paired with a quad-core MTK6735 chipset. Internal storage is 16GB and is expandable with microSD cards up to 200GB.

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OnePlus looks to the crowd to help test its OnePlus 3

OnePlus looks to the crowd to help test its OnePlus 3

Almost all product makers, at least the non-suspicious ones, have some sort of testing method or facility to ensure the quality of their final product. That is even more true in mass market products like smartphones. But no lab or amount of testing can really hit all the possible cases, some of which, can bring up problems the manufacturer never saw. Pulling a piece of the real-world testing, OnePlus has opened its doors for volunteers to help take the upcoming OnePlus 3 for a spin, to test out its features, and, in return, submit a review back to OnePlus for feedback.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 family continues bang for buck tradition

ASUS ZenFone 3 family continues bang for buck tradition

At Computex 2016, ASUS unloaded a ton of new devices for consumers to gawk at and drool over. While majority of those were, as expected, Windows PCs, ASUS also had something in store for the Android fans in the crowd. Giving credence to earlier leaks, it unveiled not just one but three ZenFone 3 models, each with its own story to tell. And like the ZenFone 2 before it, they are primed for performance, but this time with Qualcomm Snapdragons instead of Intel Atoms for processors.

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Report: Samsung Pay Mini app for iOS and Android launching in June

Report: Samsung Pay Mini app for iOS and Android launching in June

Samsung is planning to release an app called “Samsung Mini Pay,” according to a new report, and it’ll be available for non-Samsung Android smartphones and the iPhone. The app will be launching in June “at the earliest,” sources say, and it’ll allow users to add their payment cards apparently exclusively for online shopping. Samsung is reportedly launching this ‘mini’ version because regular Samsung Pay is used in physical retail stores.

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