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ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser, Deluxe now available in the US

ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser, Deluxe now available in the US

Last May, ASUS unveiled its new flagship ZenFone 3 family of Android smartphones, one of which included what the Taiwanese manufacturer boasted to be the first commercially available smartphone with the Snapdragon 821 processor. Now it is bringing two of those devices to the US market via Amazon, sitting on two opposite ends of the smartphone spectrum. On one end, you have the ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser, a moderately lower end phablet. While on the opposite end you have the beast that is the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe.

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iPhone 7 claimed to have been jailbroken in just 24 hours

iPhone 7 claimed to have been jailbroken in just 24 hours

Jailbreaking iPhones is like a game of cat and mouse. Each new update, especially major ones, patch up holes and flaws that jailbreakers use to gain full access to the device and the OS. So, naturally, when the iPhone 7 came out with iOS 10, the belief was that it would be considerably harder to pry open. Harder? Yes. Considerably? Apparently not, as a certain 19 year old hacker by the name of Luca Todesco claims he was able to jailbreak the iPhone 7 in just 24 hours. Unfortunately for the jailbreaking community, he isn’t sharing it just yet.

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BLU Life One X2 mixes 4GB RAM, fingerprint sensor, budget price

BLU Life One X2 mixes 4GB RAM, fingerprint sensor, budget price

Near the end of 2015, Florida-based smartphone maker BLU Products challenged Motorola’s popularity in the mid-range market by pitting its new BLU Life One X against the 3rd gen Moto G. Now that the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are out, it was perhaps time to revisit that contest. Indeed, BLU has just announced the Life One X2 which does step up the game, expanding storage options and adding a fingerprint scanner. All while mostly still keeping the same low price tag.

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Sony Xperia XZ will cost $699 in the US

Sony Xperia XZ will cost $699 in the US

Those in the United States will be able to get their hands on the Xperia XZ and X Compact soon, and ahead of their launch comes the official price tags: the Xperia XZ flagship will cost you $699 USD (32GB/3GB RAM), while the X Compact will be less at $499 USD (preorders available now). These are the prices for the unlocked phones, of which the Xperia XZ will be available on October 2 and the X Compact on September 25, with the unlocked versions being offered at Best Buy, Amazon, and some other select retailers.

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Apple iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and OS X Sierra 10.12.1 betas appear at once

Apple iOS 10.1, watchOS 3.1, and OS X Sierra 10.12.1 betas appear at once

Developers were excited all around the world this week as Apple tossed five new betas out for the devs to dig into. The betas include macOS Sierra 10.12.1 beta (build 16B2327e), iOS 10.1 beta (build 14B55c), watchOS 3.1 beta (build 14S452), tvOS 10.0.1 beta (build 14U54), and Xcode 8.1 beta (build 8T29o). For now, Apple isn't giving up much detail on any of these betas leaving it to the developers to climb in and tinker.

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LeEco Le Pro 3 tries to aim for the skies

LeEco Le Pro 3 tries to aim for the skies

LeEco, formerly LeTV and a Lenovo-backed Chinese firm, has just made official a much hyped flagship smartphone, at least as far as Chinese brands are concerned. And, as expected from a Chinese flagship, the new LeEco Le Pro 3 boasts of some mighty impressive specs with a ridiculously low price. Although chances of the smartphone becoming available in markets like the US are somewhat slim, the Le Pro 3 and its ilk could very well soon pose a threat mainstream brands whose prices could never really go as low as these.

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Google Pixel phones tipped to barely have water resistance

Google Pixel phones tipped to barely have water resistance

Our smartphones these days have become part and parcel of our lives to the point that we bring them with us anywhere and everywhere. That runs the risk of exposing them to elements, so consumers have mostly come to expect that their smartphones will survive a bit of a splash. Most flagships for the past years do promise some peace of mind in that regard, with a few exceptions. And unfortunately, according to a “reliable source”, the Google Pixel smartphone will be one of those exceptions, getting only an IP53 rating, which means having no special water resistance at all.

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Galaxy Note 7 is back on Verizon, T-Mobile following soon

Galaxy Note 7 is back on Verizon, T-Mobile following soon

While we expect a bit more reports, maybe even more lawsuits, in the coming days, Samsung seems to be quite confident it has weathered the storm, enough to actually restart sales of the Galaxy Note 7 in the US. Or at least that seems to be the implication now that Verizon has put the controversial phablet back on stock on its website. And according to a third-party report, T-Mobile would be doing the same really soon as well, just in time for the promised September 21 date.

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Galaxy Note 7 update adds green battery icon for “safe” models

Galaxy Note 7 update adds green battery icon for “safe” models

Samsung has announced a software update that, while doesn’t directly address the problem of overheating and exploding Galaxy Note 7’s, does take a step towards informing consumers of the situation and assuring them of future Galaxy Note 7 models. That is, if they still opt to buy one. A firmware update that’s being pushed to both the old problematic models and the newer “fixed” ones will include a new battery icon to indicate whether the model is a part of the new batches. And for the older models, owners will be faced with warnings and advice to power down their smartphone and have it replaced as soon as possible.

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Microsoft Nokia 216 feature phone unveiled with dual SIM support

Microsoft Nokia 216 feature phone unveiled with dual SIM support

Microsoft has announced a new feature phone, the Nokia 216. As with other feature phones, you’re getting something less than a smartphone, but with more modern specs than feature phones of old and the perks these phones offer: long battery life and low cost, namely. The Nokia 216 looks similar to other Nokia feature phones that have been launched in recent times, including a clean design, pastel colors, and small size.

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Comcast WiFi-centric mobile phone service launches next year

Comcast WiFi-centric mobile phone service launches next year

Disappointed that you don't have more Comcast in your life? Starting mid-2017, you'll be able to get mobile phone service through the service provider, something that will reportedly rely heavily on WiFi but will utilize the Verizon Wireless network for times you're not near a WiFi network. The WiFi will be coming from the company’s own subscriber-based hotspots, something confirmed by company CEO Brian Roberts today. The move follows an increasingly large migration from traditional television services to online video streaming, prodding the company to seek out new ways to boost its revenues.

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iPhone 7 display named best mobile LCD ever

iPhone 7 display named best mobile LCD ever

As is usually the case with any major phone release, DisplayMate is back with another display shootout. This time it's comparing the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 6, and it has some significant praise to lap onto the iPhone 7's display, naming it the best mobile LCD it's ever tested. While the displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 may appear to be mostly the same at first blush - and indeed there are quite a few similarities - there are a number of improvements that led DisplayMate to award the iPhone 7's display with this distinction.

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