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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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LG G5 gets a solid 86 from DxOMark, lands in 5th spot

LG G5 gets a solid 86 from DxOMark, lands in 5th spot

Unlike the previous two flagships, the LG G5 focused more on modularity than on digital photography. That, however, doesn't mean that the somewhat modular smartphone is in any way a flop when it comes to its camera. In fact, DxOMark gives it a rather high score of 86, for its reliable performance in still photography and a more or less balanced video recording ability. Placed 5th in the overall smartphone ranking, the LG G5's camera prowess very well makes the CAM Plus module a worthwhile purchase.

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Apple patent reveals a smartphone with wraparound display

Apple patent reveals a smartphone with wraparound display

If you thought only Android smartphone makers like Samsung are interested in curved smartphone screens, better think again. Apple was, in fact, thinking of something even more radical as far back as 2011. Cupertino was just granted a patent for an "Electronic device with wrap around display" that does exactly what it says in the text. It has a screen that goes from front to side to back to side to front again. Like a double-sided Samsung Galaxy edge, but an iPhone, of course.

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I’ve given up on budget phones, and maybe you should too

I’ve given up on budget phones, and maybe you should too

I've owned my share of budget phones over the years. In fact, the first smartphone I bought after my trusty LG KS360 slider phone died was some cheap ZTE phone on Cricket's network. I don't remember what kind it was, but I do remember the $40 price tag was hardly low enough to justify the terrible performance. I've had higher-end budget phones since then, but as of last year, I gave up on them altogether. Some things, it turns out, are always worth the money.

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Magnetic Resonance Wireless Charging coming to LG smartphone

Magnetic Resonance Wireless Charging coming to LG smartphone

One of the things that makes dealing with a smartphone on a daily basis is more streamlined and convenient is wireless charging. Typically, with wireless charging we are talking about magnetic induction charging where the user has to place their smartphone directly on a charge mat or surface to get power. LG has reportedly finished the development of a smartphone that charges wirelessly using magnetic resonance.

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Galaxy S7 Active vs. Galaxy S7 drop test: Who’s tougher?

Galaxy S7 Active vs. Galaxy S7 drop test: Who’s tougher?

The normal Galaxy S7 smartphone is a rugged device able to survive water and dust. Since the smartphone has a glass back, it's not the most rugged of devices though. Earlier this month Samsung went official with an even more rugged smartphone called the Galaxy S7 Active. If you wondered just how much more rugged the S7 Active is than the normal S7, this drop test will show us.

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Xiaomi Redmi 3s gets upgraded Snapdragon 430 SoC

Xiaomi Redmi 3s gets upgraded Snapdragon 430 SoC

Xiaomi has unveiled a new updated version of the Redmi 3 smartphone called the Redmi 3s. The two devices look very similar, but the new Redmi 3s has some very notable improvements over the standard Redmi 3, most notably an improved chipset and a fingerprint reader. The missing fingerprint reader was one of the things that was most lacking on the Redmi 3.

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Meizu m3s brings metal, fingerprint sensor to the table

Meizu m3s brings metal, fingerprint sensor to the table

Just because you're an entry level device doesn't necessarily mean you have to skimp on some luxury. Especially with the continuing declining prices in components these days. That is definitely what Meizu is proving by launching the Meizu m3s. As the name suggests, it has ties with the Meizu m3 announced just last April. Actually, the two are practically the same except in three aspects. The Meizu m3s comes with a stylish, all metal body, a fingerprint scanner, and a matching higher price tag.

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Galaxy Note 7 leaked invite notes an August 2 announcement

Galaxy Note 7 leaked invite notes an August 2 announcement

The answers to our burning questions might not be that far away after all. Perhaps hoping to repeat the circumstances that led to a rather fruitful first quarter for Samsung, the Korean manufacturer is believed to be announcing and most likely launching the Galaxy Note 7 earlier than ever. An alleged screenshot of the next Unpacked event's invitation marks the date as 2nd of August. The graphic also seemingly confirms the number "7" as well as the "edge" names to be used in that upcoming phablet.

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Moto Z Droid Moto Mods accessories priced

Moto Z Droid Moto Mods accessories priced

Motorola has a new smartphone in the works called the Moto Z Force that is expected to launch soon. One of the coolest things about this smartphone is that Motorola designed the smartphone to work with a bunch of different accessories called Moto Mods. The mods run the gamut from things like projectors down to standard cases to protect the smartphone from drops.

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Xbox Android and iOS app revamp brings Xbox SmartGlass feel

Xbox Android and iOS app revamp brings Xbox SmartGlass feel

Microsoft has unveiled the refreshed Xbox App for Android and iOS devices. The app will keep you connected with all your gaming pals while you are away from your game console. Microsoft has brought everything that gamers feel comfortable with and like from Xbox SmartGlass into the refreshed Xbox app. The app will allow users to see what friends on Xbox Live are doing, share updates and game clips, watch and interact with game content, and buy games from the store.

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Moto X, G, and E are not yet dead, so says Lenovo

Moto X, G, and E are not yet dead, so says Lenovo

As they say, reports of the Moto X's death are highly exaggerated. That is, if you ask Lenovo about it. The Chinese OEM, who is now steward of Motorola's brand and devices, has made it clear that, at least for now, the Moto X isn't getting retired. And neither will the Moto G or even the Moto E. Of course, that's only "for now" and companies have been known to change their minds. Thus, the future of at least the Moto X is still left hanging in the balance.

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