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iPhone 7, 7 Plus now up for pre-order on Apple’s website

iPhone 7, 7 Plus now up for pre-order on Apple’s website

In case you haven't heard already, Apple announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus this week. And pre-orders officially began just a few hours ago, at 12:01am Pacific to be exact. Apple online stores around the globe now have both models of the new iPhone available for order, along with the new Apple Watch Series 2. The first orders are due to arrive on Friday, September 16th, but just as you'd expect initial supplies are already low, with shipping times slipping to November for certain models.

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Xperia X Compact now available in the UK

Xperia X Compact now available in the UK

Not everyone is happy with the new iPhone 7. In fact, not everyone might be happy with the latest, large iPhones in general. But smaller smartphones usually also mean lesser quality. Which is why the Sony Xperia X Compact is somewhat making waves in the Android market. Though not exactly tiny, standing at 4.6 inches, it still packs a stronger punch than other smartphones of the same size. And luckily for UK residents, Sony has decided to make it available for them as well.

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Samsung clarifies Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, FAA issues warning

Samsung clarifies Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, FAA issues warning

Over at its UK website, Samsung has attempted to put fears to rest regarding its “explosive” Galaxy Note 7 phablet. Practically just repeating what we’ve heard so far, and ambiguously denying others, one new detail surfaces regarding the cause of the so far 35 reported incidents involving spontaneously combusting batteries. That said, the rather terse explanations won’t exactly stop the fallout from the battery problem, especially as flight authorities and airlines start banning, or at least warning against, the smartphone.

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Moto Z Play Droid, Hasselblad Moto Mod now up for pre-order

Moto Z Play Droid, Hasselblad Moto Mod now up for pre-order

After two consecutive high-profile smartphone announcements, it might be too easy to forget that Motorola and Verizon had a less expensive but no less curious bombshell just last week. To remind everyone that the Moto Z Play Droid and the Hasselblad “True Zoom” Moto Mod are in town, the two companies have opened the doors for interested buyers to pre-order the devices. And with that, of course, we are able to get a closer look into the specs of the smartphone and the half-camera.

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Cricket will launch a new 1GB smartphone plan tomorrow

Cricket will launch a new 1GB smartphone plan tomorrow

Cricket Wireless, the prepaid carrier with various inexpensive monthly plans, has announced a new 1GB option that will officially be available starting tomorrow. The plan will cost $30/month, making it one of the most inexpensive prepaid phone plans out there. The 1GB is for high-speed data, with data access remaining after it is depleted, but only at throttled speeds — something that is increasingly common among wireless carriers.

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Apple Pay to debut in Japan, New Zealand, Russia this fall

Apple Pay to debut in Japan, New Zealand, Russia this fall

At the big iPhone 7 event yesterday, Apple revealed that mobile payment system Apple Pay would finally be coming to Japan later this year. As was reported recently, the latest iPhones for the Japanese market will include support for Sony's FeliCa tap-to-pay technology, meaning Apple Pay will be compatible with the train and subway transit cards across the country, as well as with vending machines and retailers.

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Apple on iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack: time to move on

Apple on iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack: time to move on

Although the iPhone 7 has a lot of things going for it, it will probably go down in history as the iPhone that killed the 3.5 mm headphone jack. While it was something that almost all had foreseen months away, many refused to believe Apple would pull something so bold, almost heretical, until the very last-minute. Some called it hubris. Apple called it “courage”, which is now, apparently, a meme. For Apple executives, it was nothing but natural evolution that would eventually happen. It just so happened that Apple and the iPhone 7 is setting things in motion.

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Galaxy Note 7 banned from flights on Qantas, Jeststar, and Virgin Australia

Galaxy Note 7 banned from flights on Qantas, Jeststar, and Virgin Australia

Samsung is facing a very large recall with about three dozen of its Galaxy Note 7 flagship devices having caught fire while charging due to faulty batteries. This has left Samsung to a recall that is expected to cost the company and the battery supplier in the area of $1 billion to make right. With the risk of fire from these devices, word came down this week that the FAA might ban the device from being carried on airplanes in the US. Airlines in Australia were even faster with banning Samsung's phablet from certain use scenarios during flights.

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AppleCare+ screen repairs just got more affordable

AppleCare+ screen repairs just got more affordable

Disregarding all those excruciatingly painful scratch, drop, and bend torture tests, which now includes freeze plus drop, screen damages are truly the most common reasons users bring in their smartphones for repair. Apple’s iPhones are no exception and are perhaps even more susceptible these days due to design changes. Keeping up with the trends, Apple has decided and, like the iPad price and storage changes, somewhat silently announce a rather substantial change to its AppleCare+ fees, bringing the service price of screen repairs down to earth for only $29.

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iPhone 7 gotchas: no liquid damage warranty, scratchy jet black

iPhone 7 gotchas: no liquid damage warranty, scratchy jet black

As expected, the iPhone 7 came with some, OK maybe at least one, controversial feature, but it also has some commendable ones as well. That includes, for the first time, some water resistance and a new “high gloss” black color, the latter limited to higher configuration. But, as they say, the devil is in the details and Apple, to no one’s surprise, didn’t really dive into the fine print. Because, apparently, those two particular new “features” might not be all they’re cut out to be after all.

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LG V20 is coming to major US carriers, question is when

LG V20 is coming to major US carriers, question is when

The iPhone 7 and friends may have grabbed the spotlight from the LG V20 too soon, but those who remain unfazed by Apple’s products remain more interested in this new, premium Android smartphone. Good thing, then, that major carriers in the US have enough room for both. Of course, it’s no surprise that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon are all chiming in on how they will be carrying LG’s latest and greatest. It’s really more a question of when, and which carrier features the smartphone will support.

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Huawei Honor 8 smartphone launches in the US

Huawei Honor 8 smartphone launches in the US

The Huawei Honor 8 smartphone launched in Europe back on August 25 and launched for pre-order in the US on August 17. If you didn’t pre-order the device preferring to wait until it was in general availability that day has come. The Honor 8 is now available to order in the US via the Huawei store and is shipping now.

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