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Samsung Galaxy C5, C7 unveiled in all their metal glory

Samsung Galaxy C5, C7 unveiled in all their metal glory

After a few rounds of rumors and leaks, Samsung has finally formally announced the Galaxy C5 and, somewhat more invisibly, the Galaxy C7, the first two members of the OEM's "C" series. While still pretty much China-only, like the Galaxy A line, there is a chance the two will find their way to other markets. If so, Samsung will be bringing its new all-metal design down to a more budget-friendly level, and hopefully signaling the end of its love affair with plastic.

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ForcePhone lets you squeeze your phone to do things

ForcePhone lets you squeeze your phone to do things

When Apple introduced Force Touch and 3D Touch, it expanded the vocabulary of gestures we can use on smartphones by 1. However, it is still touch-based, short of mind control, the number of ways we can interact with our smartphones are basically limited to touch, voice, and some rudimentary Jedi hand waves. Engineers from the University of Michigan are working on yet another gesture, one that is both interesting yet almost comical at the same time. They want you to be able to squeeze your smartphone, not to death, but to control it.

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Acer Liquid Zest Plus launch date set for July

Acer Liquid Zest Plus launch date set for July

It's been over a month since Acer actually took the veils off the Liquid Zest Plus and now it is finally saying when and how much you'll have to pay to get it. That all starts in July and for a measly $199, far below our expected $250. Those looking for a large battery at a manageable size might want to take that month-long wait. That is, if they could live with the Acer Liquid Zest Plus' other hardware specs, which, as you might guess from the price, might not be all that much.

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Lenovo reveals Motorola integration failed expectations

Lenovo reveals Motorola integration failed expectations

Perhaps Motorola's "curse" continues. While many of Motorola's mobile devices, like the iconic RAZR or the Moto X, were well received, the company somewhat failed to become profitable. At least not long enough to stay put. Barely a few years after Google acquired it, Motorola was sold off again, this time to PC giant Lenovo. Now in its full-year fiscal report ending March 2016, the first fiscal year since it acquired Motorola, Lenovo candidly revealed that its integration of the mobile company fell below expectations, resulting in some losses though the general mobile business did grow as a whole.

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ZTE AXON 7 competes with the big boys in specs and price

ZTE AXON 7 competes with the big boys in specs and price

The stigma with Chinese smartphones, especially those sold in the US, is that they more often than not undercut features to keep things wallet-friendly. While true in the past, that is slowly changing, and ZTE, which does still sell mostly budget smartphones in the US, is definitely bucking that trend with its new ZTE AXON 7 flagship. Bearing 2016 flagship specs, a premium looking design, and a cornucopia of modern features, the AXON 7 also carries with it, at least in its highest model, a price tag that is also on par with those flagships.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge ‘Injustice Edition’ is Batman themed

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge ‘Injustice Edition’ is Batman themed

Samsung has introduced a new Galaxy S7 edge ‘Injustice Edition” to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Injustice: Gods Among Us. The special edition is themed around DC’s Batman, and will be available in limited quantities in certain regions starting next month. The Injustice Edition will include “enhanced hardware and software,” among other things.

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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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OnePlus 3 crosses TENAA as prices drop across the board for OnePlus devices

OnePlus 3 crosses TENAA as prices drop across the board for OnePlus devices

We have seen plenty leaked about the OnePlus 3 smartphone over the last few months with lots of images spied. This week the OnePlus 3 A3000 has finally crossed TENAA to get the certifications that it needs and with that crossing comes some new images of the smartphone and details on specifications. What we can tell is that the photos leaked early this month look identical to the images that TENAA has published.

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Moxi bendable phone could beat Samsung to market but in black & white

Moxi bendable phone could beat Samsung to market but in black & white

Samsung might finally make good its boast a couple of years ago to revolutionize the mobile device industry with flexible, bendable screens. It has just recently flaunted actual working demos of such displays that could very well make it to "prototype" commercial devices next year. A Chinese company by the name of Moxi ("mou-she"), however, might beat Samsung to the punch by launching its own bendable smartphone as early as late 2016. The catch, however, is that this first generation will only have a black and white display.

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Apple must sell locally-sourced goods to sell iPhones in India

Apple must sell locally-sourced goods to sell iPhones in India

China and India are today considered to be the largest and fastest growing smartphone markets outside the US, but both have their own quirks that are preventing Apple from gaining a solid foothold. While China's restrictive regime and censorship has Cupertino's digital content services in limbo, India's economical policies are proving to be a stumbling block to selling iPhones and iPads directly. A senior government official revealed that Apple, like other foreign companies, must sell at least 30% locally sourced goods if it wants to set up shop in India.

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FCC targets signal jammers, fines Chinese company $34m

FCC targets signal jammers, fines Chinese company $34m

Chinese company CTS Technology has been fined $34.9 million by the Federal Communications Commission for selling signal jammers, which block your ability to use your phone and are, as you’d expect, incredibly illegal. According to the FCC, some of the CTS’ signal jammers could disrupt phones, GPS and other devices across multiple blocks, impairing access to emergency services and more.

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Galaxy Note 6 may be called the Galaxy Note 7 instead

Galaxy Note 6 may be called the Galaxy Note 7 instead

Samsung has done well so far with its Galaxy S7 family of smartphones. Sales have been robust and a new rumor is making the rounds that Samsung might change its naming convention typically used for the Galaxy Note line to capitalize on the success of the S7. According to a new rumor making the rounds, Samsung will skip the Galaxy Note 6 name and move straight to the Galaxy Note 7.

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