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OnePlus 3 Dash Charge only works with OnePlus cable, charger

OnePlus 3 Dash Charge only works with OnePlus cable, charger

Quick charging, by whatever name the feature is called, has become the band-aid solution to our battery woes while we await the day when newer, better batteries are finally available. Not surprisingly, each OEM or fast charging technology requires the use of a proprietary charger. The OnePlus 3, however, one ups all of those by requiring not just a proprietary charger for its Dash Charge feature to work, it also requires to use of a proprietary cable at, of course, only OnePlus sells.

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Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner to come from Patron

Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner to come from Patron

That an upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone is rumored to have an iris scanner isn't exactly new. Those rumors have been circulating as far back as 2013, but never really came to pass in the 2015 models. Nth time's the charm right? That seems to be the case yet again for the Galaxy Note 7 (or Note 6 or Note 7 edge) but this time around, Korean media is giving a name to the manufacturer of said sensor. In this case, Korean camera module maker Patron is named as the source of the iris scanner that will grace the face of Samsung's next premium phablet.

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Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Facebook Messenger has a hidden soccer game, too

Remember that 'secret' basketball game Facebook added to Messenger during March Madness? The game ended up being quite popular, even though most people who played it weren't very good. Perhaps due to that popularity, Facebook has added another game to its messaging app, this one revolving around soccer. Send your friends a soccer ball and you'll be taken to a game of "keep it in the air."

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T-Mobile Binge On adds PBS, Dailymotion Games and more

T-Mobile Binge On adds PBS, Dailymotion Games and more

This week, T-Mobile expanded its Binge On streaming program for the sixth time, marking the latest instance it has added video providers in the past seven months. This time around, the Uncarrier has added the video providers PBS and PBS Kids, Dailymotion Games, and more; as with other providers under the program, users can stream videos from these destinations without it counting against their high-speed data allotment.

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OnePlus to exclusively focus on flagship phones, no more budget-friendly X

OnePlus to exclusively focus on flagship phones, no more budget-friendly X

Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has been on a roll for the last few years. It's flagship models have been getting lots of praise for their high-end specs and affordable prices, and the newest OnePlus 3 is continuing that trend. To ensure the company continues producing the best phones it can, however, OnePlus will no longer focus on offering a cheaper, budget-friendly model.

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iPhone 7 with touch-sensitive Home Button shown in photo leak

iPhone 7 with touch-sensitive Home Button shown in photo leak

While Apple's WWDC 2016 event hasn't revealed any new hardware, it does mean that we're now roughly 3 months away from an expected September unveiling of the iPhone 7. Purported images and specs have given us good look at the rear of the device — and in turn confirmed the rumors that the iPhone 7 will feature a similar design as the 6s — but now new photos claim to show the front. It looks like an iPhone, just as you'd expect, but there's also an interesting detail about the home button.

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OnePlus 3 Reddit AMA talks Optic AMOLED, 1080p display and microSD card slot

OnePlus 3 Reddit AMA talks Optic AMOLED, 1080p display and microSD card slot

Reddit is rather infamous for getting folks to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) where they will answer just about any question you pose. Sometimes the people that do an AMA are a bit strange and sometimes the things they will answer questions about are stranger still. Recently an exec from OnePlus called "OnePlus: Carl, co-founder" held an AMA where fans got to ask all sort of burning questions about the OnePlus 3 smartphone.

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Android N might be called Nutella according to Hiroshi Lockheimer

Android N might be called Nutella according to Hiroshi Lockheimer

If you have never enjoyed the chocolaty bliss that is Nutella, you are missing out. You may get to try Nutella on your Android device if Hiroshi Lockheimer has his way. Lockheimer is the senior VP of Android, Chrome OS, and the Play Store and he has been dropping lots of hints on his twitter feed that the only name for Android N that really matters is Nutella.

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iOS 10 install instructions claim to need no developer account

iOS 10 install instructions claim to need no developer account

Apple likes to keep their beta builds out of the hands of we common folk and limits them to people who have a registered developer account. That means that some folks who really want to try out the beta of iOS 10 are unable to do so. Some instructions have turned up that claim to show you how to install iOS 10 on your device without needing a developer account.

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Samsung Pay launches in Australia partnered with Citibank and AmEx

Samsung Pay launches in Australia partnered with Citibank and AmEx

Samsung has announced that Samsung Pay has now launched in Australia with partners American Express and Citibank. The launch happened as of today and aims to bring the ability to pay using your smartphone to Aussies. Samsung says that its mobile payment service will work in just about any location where you can pay with a participating credit or debit card.

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Yahoo Japan Smart Stretch 360 is a hilarious way to exercise

Yahoo Japan Smart Stretch 360 is a hilarious way to exercise

Smartphone addiction is an epidemic. At the most extreme, we have people falling into ditches, tripping up, or getting into all sorts of painful or at least embarrassing situations due to keeping their eyes glued to their screens. But even "regular" users will at the very least experience discomfort from prolonged use and poor posture, especially on the neck. Some call this "text neck", like stiff neck, and Yahoo! Japan happens to have the perfect 360-degree exercise video to fix that and have you laughing your guts out while you're at it.

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Windows 10 Mobile is getting its own Tap to Pay feature

Windows 10 Mobile is getting its own Tap to Pay feature

There might be some hope for Windows 10 Mobile after all. Well, at least as far as catching up to the big players in the mobile payment race. An internal build of the OS revealed a new feature in the Wallet app that adds not just the ability to pay for purchases via NFC but also to include loyalty and membership cards. Perhaps even better, Microsoft's mobile payment system might be immediately compatible with most, if not all, existing NFC terminals in the market.

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