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US Congress asks Niantic about Pokemon GO’s mobile data usage

US Congress asks Niantic about Pokemon GO’s mobile data usage

With people coming across dead bodies, walking over graves, or sometimes pretending to get into accidents over Pokemon GO, it was really only a matter of time before US lawmakers start to scrutinized the AR game for all it's worth. And yet, when it did formally send a letter to game developers Niantic Labs, it wasn't about any of those incidents at all. Instead, what it wants to know is whether Pokemon GO will, cunningly or not, cause players to end up with an insurmountable bill over the use of mobile data while playing the game.

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Galaxy Note 7 leaked video confirms curved edges

Galaxy Note 7 leaked video confirms curved edges

After a brief detour towards flat land, we're now back to curved edge screens. This time not from a still photo or render but from actual moving pictures. The video comes from what is supposedly a testing of a screen protector, probably of the tempered glass type, for the Galaxy Note 7. And, as you might have guessed, it conveniently shows how the side edges of that screen neatly curves down. Which also means a somewhat harder installation of screen protectors such as this.

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Blu Studio Touch smartphone lands at Amazon

Blu Studio Touch smartphone lands at Amazon

Anyone in the market for an attractive and reasonably priced smartphone that they can purchase outright with no contract at a modest price might want to give the Blu Studio Touch a look. The smartphone supports 4G LTE networks and is an unlocked GSM device supporting 4G LTE, (2/4/7/12/17), 4G HSPA+ (850/1700/1900/2100)GSM Quad band.

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OnePlus 3 reported to have worse battery life after update

OnePlus 3 reported to have worse battery life after update

It seems that OnePlus' woes with the otherwise delectale OnePlus 3 are far from over. The company just recently rolled out, pulled, and then rolled out again an update that addressed many of users' complaints about the smartphone, particularly about RAM management and sRGB support. And while those seem to have been resolved as promised, it might have come at a price. Some users, whose exact numbers have not been revealed, are reporting a faster battery drain after installing the update, seemingly forcing them to trade one bug for another.

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Moto Z Force Droid camera is second best, claims DxOMark

Moto Z Force Droid camera is second best, claims DxOMark

Cameras have become a critical aspect of smartphones for the past year or so, to the point that now almost every new flagship is waiting in line for a DxOMark verdict. While definitely not the only game in town, the name has become synonymous with digital camera benchmarks. Which is why Lenovo, Moto, and Verizon should count themselves fortunate that the site has just given the Moto Z Force Droid the second highest score so far, second only to the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and surpassing any of Apple's iPhones.

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Galaxy Note 7 with flat screen resurfaces, reignites debate

Galaxy Note 7 with flat screen resurfaces, reignites debate

It's almost like watching a ping pong bout. At one point in time, there was speculation that there would be two variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, then still the Note 6, one with a regular flat screen and another with curved edges. Since then there has been back and forth leaks and tips rooting for one or the other. Of late, it seemed that the curved variant emerged victorious. But now that might not be the case. A photo of what is billed as a prototype of the Galaxy Note 7 has appeared on the Internet and, lo and behold, it has a flat screen.

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Sony Xperia X Performance, Xperia X now available in the US

Sony Xperia X Performance, Xperia X now available in the US

Say all you want about Sony, but one thing you won't be able to fault it for is not being persistent. Despite garnering not so stellar reviews, the company is still pushing its latest and admittedly its greatest to the US market. Following the main Xperia X model, the higher end Xperia X Performance, as well as the striking Xperia XA are now both available in the US, unlocked from various retailers. Now to wait and see if the market will be changing its tune to a more favorable melody.

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HP Elite x3 US availability details confirmed and clarified

HP Elite x3 US availability details confirmed and clarified

The US launch of HP's Elite x3 elite Windows 10 Mobile phablet is truly at hand. How do we know? Because the company is finally talking about it out in the open. The company has confirmed some of the availability details, like how it will be shipping out by the end of August. Hopefully. The good news is that the earlier $799 price tag isn't the full story. The bad news is that, it's still going to be a bit pricey and still isn't the full Elite x3 story either.

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Meizu MX6 tries to offer a more affordable Meizu PRO 6

Meizu MX6 tries to offer a more affordable Meizu PRO 6

Unless you're OnePlus, you're most likely to want to target as many consumers as possible. While your high-end flagship aims for the sky, you'll also want to cater to those with more limited budgets, without letting them feel left out. That is exactly what the Meizu MX 6 aims for. In Meizu's own words, it and its siblings offer great features, sophisticated design, and an attractive price. And, at least on paper, that really does seem true this time as well.

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Xiaomi teases Redmi Pro, signs of Note 4, laptop also surface

Xiaomi teases Redmi Pro, signs of Note 4, laptop also surface

Xiaomi has an even scheduled for later this month, the 27th of July to be exact, to unveil a new product. Although it hasn't exactly revealed what that is yet, it has officially teased something that it is calling a "Redmi Pro". Given how the "Redmi" brand has been used for its more affordable smartphones, it won't be surprising if the Chinese manufacturer does announce such a device. There are, however, numerous leaks that hint that Xiaomi's event might be a more colorful and product packed one than initially expected.

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Galaxy Note 7 leaked to sport USB-C, Always On Display

Galaxy Note 7 leaked to sport USB-C, Always On Display

Given this is Samsung we're talking about, it isn't really out of the ordinary that it would rumored to be putting anything and everything new in the upcoming Galaxy Note 7. We've already seen "proof" of, for the first time, an iris scanner on the device. Now we're getting a glimpse of two more unconfirmed features for the phablet. For one, it could also be the first Samsung smartphone to get the new USB Type-C port that other OEMs have started supporting. And, not that surprising, it is shown also getting the Always On Display introduced in the Galaxy S7.

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Sony F8331 “X Performance” photos show a huge design change

Sony F8331 “X Performance” photos show a huge design change

Last week, we were treated to the sighting of a rather odd Sony smartphone on GFXBench that was suspected to be Sony's upcoming flagship for the second half of 2016. The specs shown there, however, were barely interesting, as they were near identical to the existing Xperia X Performance. However, there might be more to this Sony F8331 after all, with a fresh batch of leaked photos showing an intriguing change in Sony's smartphone design, which may be a welcome change after years of seeing nearly the same looks on Sony's smartphones.

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