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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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Apple Pay may finally debut in Japan with Sony partnership

Apple Pay may finally debut in Japan with Sony partnership

The iPhone's mobile payment system Apple Pay has expanded to many more countries and regions over the last year, but it has yet to make an official debut in Japan. That may soon be changing, however, as following last month's news about a future iPhone including Japan's domestic tap-to-pay technology comes word that a partnership with Sony may result in the Apple Pay service rolling out in the country in full.

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T-Mobile laughs at Verizon’s LTE Advanced announcement

T-Mobile laughs at Verizon’s LTE Advanced announcement

T-Mobile is working hard to make itself look better to consumers than the competition, and it's doing a pretty good job of it. Recently it announced its new T-Mobile One plans that eliminate data caps and give you free video streaming with some caveats. T-Mobile has also now taken aim at some recent claims that Verizon is making that boast about Verizon's new LTE Advanced service that is rolling out to customers in some areas.

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iPhone 7 could outperform the iPad Pro, says benchmark

iPhone 7 could outperform the iPad Pro, says benchmark

We’re practically just hours away from the iPhone 7’s debut. Bets have been placed, crystal balls have been polished, and seances have been conducted. But so close to the final hour, we come across yet another piece of info. Though small, it’s just too good to pass up. According to a benchmark sighted on Geekbench, the iPhone 7 will have a single-core score of 3379 and a multi-core score of 5495. Of course, that is an improvement over the current titleholder, the iPhone 6s Plus. But, apparently, those scores also trump that of the gigantic 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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LG V20’s UX 5.0+ focuses on usability, performance

LG V20’s  UX 5.0+ focuses on usability, performance

The LG V20 cat is finally out of the bag and, suffice it to say, it’s no-nonsense, multimedia and photography monster. Instead of filling it with features most users will rarely use, LG instead opted to refine performance, especially when it comes to recording video and audio. That philosophy is reflected even in its UX 5.0+, the successor of LG’s custom Android user experience that it debuted earlier this year in the LG G5, giving users fast access to the most important features and settings and allowing them to do more with their LG V20.

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Galaxy Note 7 could earn FAA’s ban hammer on planes

Galaxy Note 7 could earn FAA’s ban hammer on planes

If you own a Galaxy Note 7 and haven’t decided whether to turn it in or not, your next flight might help decide for you. Although nothing has been decided yet, the FAA is reportedly mulling over the possibility of disallowing the embattled smartphone, and their owners if they insist, to embark on planes in the US. That said, a ban will immediately take effect, no questions asked, if Samsung does make an official recall, which is probably why the manufacturer isn’t so keen on doing so just yet.

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Samsung patents split window dual Android, Windows OS

Samsung patents split window dual Android, Windows OS

It’s probably not an understatement to say that Samsung, at least on Android, has gotten split and multi windows down to a “T”, having nearly perfected that feature long before Google even approved of it. Now it seems that Samsung is considering pushing the envelope even further, to interesting and partly insane degrees. A patent filing reveals that the manufacturer has toyed with the idea of a smartphone that not only runs two operating systems, namely Android and Windows, on the same device. They can even split the screen between them.

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LG V20 first impressions: Refining what works

LG V20 first impressions: Refining what works

These days, it almost seems that smartphones need some fancy new gimmick or never before seen feature in order to even be newsworthy, let alone purchase-worthy. Sometimes, OEMs even make a radical departure from a previous direction, significantly changing features and designs, sometimes with rather drastic effects. This second half of 2016, LG is being the contrarian. Following the adage “don’t change what ain’t broke”, the LG V20 is more a subtle evolution than a revolution, improving on its predecessor without undoing or replacing what doesn’t need to be. And, truth be told, it’s a strategy that just might work.

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