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OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus definitely dodged a bullet on this one. The relatively small Chinese company was one of the few Android manufacturers to jump on the new USB Type-C train with the OnePlus 2. However, it missed to get a perfect score when Google engineer and USB-C Crusader Benson Leung revealed that the company's USB-C accessories weren't up to spec. Now it's the OnePlus 3's turn to almost get a scathing review because it didn't support USB Host Mode, a.k.a. USB OTG, right out of the box without flipping a switch.

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Cyanogen Inc shifts focus to apps as OS staff reportedly laid off

Cyanogen Inc shifts focus to apps as OS staff reportedly laid off

Hard times seem to have fallen on Cyanogen Inc. — that is, the for profit company behind Cyanogen OS, not the free, open source CyanogenMod. While the customized version of Android remains popular among users who like to mod their devices, the company continues to have trouble convincing manufacturers to adopt the official OS. Now it seems Cyanogen Inc. is making a big shift to focus on apps, while at the same time laying off up to 20% of its workforce.

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Snowden aims to counter digital surveillance with this iPhone case

Snowden aims to counter digital surveillance with this iPhone case

Edward Snowden and Andrew Huang have published details on a project that is intended to outline a device and methods that can be used to counter lawful abuses of digital surveillance. According to the abstract, journalists and other high-value targets could easily be the target of an enemy with the technology needed to pick up the information that your mobile devices like smartphones put out.

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Galaxy Note 7 images leak along with iris scanner demo video

Galaxy Note 7 images leak along with iris scanner demo video

Some new pictures, a video and some details on the iris scanner claimed to be of the Galaxy Note 7 have turned up to shed more light on the coming smartphone. The video, which you can see at the bottom of this story, shows the iris scanner in action. I think maybe showing a video of a phone you are leaking with footage of your face unlocking the iris scanner isn’t the best way to stay anonymous, but it's very nice to see how fast the scanner unlocks the phone.

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OPPO F1s tipped to flaunt 16MP front camera for selfies

OPPO F1s tipped to flaunt 16MP front camera for selfies

Oh the extents people, and companies, will go to in order to get that "perfect" selfie. Some smartphone manufacturers even promote their stuff as the ultimate selfie smartphone. That was exactly what OPPO was singing when it unveiled the OPPO F1 early this year. That expert, however, might soon lose its street creds. If the leaked info is true, then the OPPO F1s, which the company has been teasing since Monday, will actually come with a whopping 16 megapixel front camera, one of the highest in the market so far.

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BlackBerry will still make smartphones against all odds

BlackBerry will still make smartphones against all odds

The past years haven't exactly been kind to BlackBerry, once the king of enterprise smartphones. Although every new device it puts out is naturally touted as a hit, targeting very specific demographics, none have been able to pull the company out of its slump. That, however, isn't stopping CEO John Chen from putting out more smartphones, one of which is already expected this year. That despite the growing opinion that BlackBerry should step out of the smartphone hardware business entirely.

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WhatsApp beta update brings voicemail and call back options

WhatsApp beta update brings voicemail and call back options

WhatsApp is bringing even more features for its users, and those taking part in its Android beta testing can get access to the newest ones as of today. Chief among the new features being tested is voicemail, a welcomed addition considering how many people have replaced their phone's voice and texting services with feature-rich dedicated apps like WhatsApp.

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Huawei honor Note 8 could sport a 6.6-inch QHD screen

Huawei honor Note 8 could sport a 6.6-inch QHD screen

Huawei's honor sub-brand is commonly seen as the Chinese OEM's budget level smartphones. It shattered that stereotype with the honor 8, which practically rivaled Huawei's own P9 flagship. It's next smartphone might make yet another paradigm shift. For the first time, honor is climbing the Quad HD mountain. But that comes at a price. Spotted at TENAA is what is names as the honor Note 8 comes with a ginormous 6.6-inch screen, less than an inch away from becoming a tablet with phone functionality.

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Galaxy S7 Active manufacturing defect now fixed, says Samsung

Galaxy S7 Active manufacturing defect now fixed, says Samsung

It is utterly ironic that the Galaxy S7 Active, a smartphone that is advertised to be the utmost in survivability, isn't as immune to water as Samsung would have us believe. And yet that is what some tests have tried to prove, which, naturally, Samsung has claimed not to be the case. That said, now it seems that the manufacturer is admitting some of it, albeit indirectly. The company reached out to Consumer Reports, who first broke the news of the Galaxy S7 Active's less than stellar underwater performance, that the manufacturing problem that caused that issue has now been addressed.

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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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