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LG X power phone arrives at Boost Mobile next Friday

LG X power phone arrives at Boost Mobile next Friday

Following its launch at Cricket Wireless, LG's new budget-friendly LG X power smartphone will soon arrive at Boost Mobile, another prepaid mobile carrier. As with most smartphones that launch through these carriers, the LG X power is relatively inexpensive at $129.99 USD, and it brings with it modest -- but in no way insubstantial -- specs. One of the phone’s more notable features is long battery life, which tops out at about two days depending on how heavily you use the phone.

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See how matte black iPhone 7 stands up to bend & scratch tests

See how matte black iPhone 7 stands up to bend & scratch tests

The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are slowly rolling out to buyers around the globe today, and while we've already the larger device go through a teardown, now it's time to see how the standard 4.7-inch model stands up to bending and scratching. YouTube user JerryRigEverything has basically put an iPhone 7 in the new matte black color through a torture test, going as far as scratching it with a utility knife and subjecting it to extreme pressure.

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iPhone 7 Plus teardown: fake speaker, bigger Taptic Engine, longer battery

iPhone 7 Plus teardown: fake speaker, bigger Taptic Engine, longer battery

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are officially launching today, and, just as they do every year, the teardown experts at iFixit have already managed to get their hands on one and opened it up to show us what's inside. Their first writeup focuses on the rose gold iPhone 7 Plus specifically, and among the most interesting details are how the space previously dedicated to the 3.5mm headphone jack has been used, the water resistant adhesive used, and the fake speaker grille on the bottom of the device.

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Galaxy Note 7 replacements will be available by September 21

Galaxy Note 7 replacements will be available by September 21

Samsung has announced Galaxy Note 7 replacements will be available in the U.S. “no later than” next Wednesday, September 21. The replacement devices will be available “at most retail locations,” according to Samsung, which has initiated a voluntary recall following reports of batteries exploding or catching on fire. The company previously identified which inventory was producing the defective batteries and halted sales/shipments of the phones.

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You won’t find iPhone 7 Plus or Jet Black in stores on Friday

You won’t find iPhone 7 Plus or Jet Black in stores on Friday

If you're expecting to get an iPhone 7 this week and weren't among the first to place an online pre-order the moment they went on sale, you're left with only one choice: lining up in front of an Apple store on Friday morning with hope they'll have enough. But if you're wanting the larger iPhone 7 Plus, or either phone model in the new Jet Black color, you're just flat out of luck. Apple has revealed that the iPhone 7 Plus in all colors, and both Jet Black models, are completely sold out.

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Galaxy Note 7 battery charge might be capped at 60%

Galaxy Note 7 battery charge might be capped at 60%

Samsung may not be remotely disabling Galaxy Note 7’s that have not been taken in for replacement, with or without a recall, but the company may still take some drastic measure to ensure that units that remain in the wild do not suddenly combust. Samsung will instead push an OTA (over-the-air) update that will limit the smartphone’s battery to only 60% charge in the hopes of putting out a quick fix. Or indirectly forcing owners to turn in their smartphones, but for a different reason.

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eBay Quick Sale program is a fast way to sell a smartphone

eBay Quick Sale program is a fast way to sell a smartphone

EBay is a popular platform for selling smartphones, and it has seen an uptick in the number of iPhone 6 and 6s handsets being sold. To make things more convenient, the company has announced a new Quick Sale program that sidesteps the auction process by letting owners sell their devices to eBay directly. Under Quick Sale, a smartphone is sent to eBay Valet and the predetermined value for it is paid to the owner once the smartphone is received and verified.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 might ditch the headphone jack, too

Samsung Galaxy S8 might ditch the headphone jack, too

Are the headphone jack wars upon us? A new report suggests that Samsung is 'actively and aggressively' looking into the development of its own proprietary headphone jack following Apple's unveiling of the Lightning port-only iPhone 7. Such a decision may kick off an era of jack wars in which consumers are left with headphones that only work with certain devices or, when possible, require an adapter. It is suggested the new headphone jack won't be USB-C.

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Galaxy Note 7 recall spreads to Canada, over 70 battery overheating cases reported in US

Galaxy Note 7 recall spreads to Canada, over 70 battery overheating cases reported in US

Samsung is embroiled in a massive mess with the popular Galaxy Note 7 phablet launching to high praise and robust sales. The problem for Samsung is that in the US alone there have been 70 cases of the smartphone catching fire as it charged due to a defective battery inside the device. This fire risk has led to massive recalls everywhere the smartphone was sold.

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Sony Xperia XZ, X Compact missing fingerprint scanners in US

Sony Xperia XZ, X Compact missing fingerprint scanners in US

Yet another fluke or a worrying trend? Just when you thought Sony is finally doing good by its stalwart Android fans, it pulls yet another one that makes you wonder just what the Japanese OEM is thinking. The Xperia XZ “true flagship” and the Xperia X Compact “mini flagship” are both headed to the US, but although much-awaited, they might not arrive complete. The particular models intended for the US market will apparently NOT feature a fingerprint scanner that has become a staple of any flagship smartphone.

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iPhone 7, 7 Plus batteries revealed, A10 chip tops the charts

iPhone 7, 7 Plus batteries revealed, A10 chip tops the charts

Apple is not one to talk about hard specs, preferring to use market-speak in words that regular consumers would presumably understand better, words like “x times faster” or “n hours longer”. Usually it’s up to third-party sites and benchmarks to verify, or even refute, such claims. Despite some rather controversial features, or the lack of them, the iPhone 7 and the larger iPhone 7 Plus seems to at least deliver on the promise of a better battery life and a more powerful processor.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) renders show odd speaker location

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2016) renders show odd speaker location

Samsung is having one hell of a time dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 mess, but, of course, the show must go on. That means still putting out new models, hopefully ones that don’t have the same “rare” manufacturing flaw. Next in line, it seems, will be the 2016 model of the Galaxy A8. Based on leaked renders of the device, the smartphone will carry on the new glass motif if the Galaxy A series. But curiously enough, it also hints at a rather strange new location for the smartphone’s speaker.

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