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Xiaomi puts the Mi Max marketing machine on full throttle

Xiaomi puts the Mi Max marketing machine on full throttle

Xiaomi may have just revealed its Mi 5 flagship last February, but the way it is trying to hype the Mi Max, you'd think this was actually its 2016 champion. Set to be the Chinese superstar's foray into the phablet race, Xiaomi has been teasing the Mi Max nonstop. Now it is going as far as releasing a new video ad each day before the expected May 10th announcement. Of course, there are a few marketing images available as well, all of them officially coming from Xiaomi's own CEO, Lei Jun.

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iFixit: Huawei P9 easy to repair if you have a pentalobe tool

iFixit: Huawei P9 easy to repair if you have a pentalobe tool

These days, the premium look and quality of flagship smartphones usually come at a price. The first to go are removable batteries, followed usually by hardened silos that are tough to get into. So when a flagship smartphone gets a 7 out of 10 repairability score, it's definitely a surprising but very much welcome breath of fresh air. That seems to be the case with the Huawei P9, the Chinese OEMs latest and greatest. Amusingly, iFixit notes that Huawei might have one upped Apple to some punches, despite copying the latter in a few aspects.

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Moto X4, DROID version photos leaked with odd design choices

Moto X4, DROID version photos leaked with odd design choices

It's been a while since Motorola has put out a smartphone that was the center of the market's attention. It seems, however, that the fourth gen Moto X will generate a lot of noise, and not all of them will be good. If you thought the physical home button slash fingerprint sensor on the front of the 4th gen Moto G was bad enough, take a gander at what is supposed to be the Moto X4's newest design. That includes a large, bulky camera sensor smack in the middle of the smartphone's back.

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iPhone 7 to skip Smart Connector says latest report

iPhone 7 to skip Smart Connector says latest report

We seem to be going back and forth with "will it or won't it" when it comes to features of this year's expected "iPhone 7." One of the longest-running rumors about the device has pegged Apple with eliminating the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of the Lightning port, but earlier this week that was countered in a possible part leak. Now the latest report says the same about the Smart Connector, which may not appear on the larger "iPhone 7 Plus" after all.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy C5 photos show traces of HTC One design

Leaked Samsung Galaxy C5 photos show traces of HTC One design

Samsung gained a reputation, deservingly or not, for being "inspired" by designs and features from some of its competitors. Of course, over time it has developed its own distinctive design language that other are now also getting inspired with. One OEM, however might soon take issue again with Samsung's sources of inspiration. Leaked photos of what is allegedly the upcoming Galaxy C5, the first in the new Galaxy C series, do indeed show a dominantly metallic motif. However, it also seems to carry some parts that readily call to mind HTC's older One flagships.

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Galaxy J3 smartphone lands on Verizon pre-paid network

Galaxy J3 smartphone lands on Verizon pre-paid network

Verizon has announced a new smartphone launch for its pre-paid network called the Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016). The smartphone is a budget device selling for $109.99 and it will operate on the Verizon 4G LTE network. The 5-inch screen is a HD resolution Super AMOLED paired with a 1.2GHz quad core processor.

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Evernote for Android gains scan and annotate capability

Evernote for Android gains scan and annotate capability

Android phone users that were bummed that iOS users got the Scannable app and wanted something similar for their Android device are in luck. Evernote for Android has announced a new update that brings with it an improved way to digitize documents. In the new Evernote update, Evernote camera makes capturing and managing your document images smoother and brings two photo capture modes.

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Google exec: Android One is part of broader hardware strategy

Google exec: Android One is part of broader hardware strategy

Many Android users will probably have heard of Nexus devices at one point in time or another. But, unless they're in one of the very few countries covered by the program, they probably have never heard of Android One. The program was launched to sort of mirror Google partnerships with OEMs seen in the Nexus program but to a more liberal and more affordable degree. It hasn't, however, caught on, leading many to consider it dead. Google directory for Business Development and Android & Chrome Partnerships Mike Hayes says, however, that it couldn't be farther from the truth.

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Australian study sees no link between cell phones and brain cancer

Australian study sees no link between cell phones and brain cancer

Someone called Derva Davis made waves across Australia earlier this year with an alarmist campaign to convince people that cities where cell phone use was high had greater incidences of disease such as brain cancer. Now a researcher who was at the time working on a research paper specifically looking at the link between mobile phone use in Australia and brain cancer has published his paper and is able to talk about the results.

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Galaxy S7 Active images leak showing rugged polycarbonate cased device

Galaxy S7 Active images leak showing rugged polycarbonate cased device

Samsung has for the last few Galaxy S models started with a standard model and later offered up an Active version of that same device. The big feature of previous Galaxy Sx Active devices was that they were water resistant and ruggedized to allow them to survive the bumps and drops that come with being used by an active person. Some wondered that since the new Galaxy S7 devices are water resistant right out of the box if an Active version would be produced.

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LG G5, V10 get approved for use in US military, enterprise

LG G5, V10 get approved for use in US military, enterprise

While consumers are still the primary audience of smartphone makers like Apple, Samsung, and LG, there are three other markets that companies are scrambling to get a hold of: education, enterprise, and government. Of the three, getting government approval is perhaps the trickiest, going through all the certifications, not to mention red tape, in order to be deemed fit for government and military use. So it's no surprise that LG is only to happy to boast that it has gotten certified by the US government to be secure and fit for use both in the enterprise as well as in military.

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HoloFlex makes dreams of bendable, holographic phones come true

HoloFlex makes dreams of bendable, holographic phones come true

A few years ago, Samsung and LG were almost at east other's throats, trying to beat the other to the flexible smartphone race. Both, however, have stopped short of that goal, settling for curved smartphones like the G Flex, or curved edge screens like the Galaxy S7 edge. Some, however, have never given up that dream. Researchers from Australia's Queen's University Human Media Lab have cooked up a smartphone that does flex just a bit. That, however, is only in service to the HoloFlex's real raison d'être: projecting holograms.

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