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Galaxy S7 Active tipped in Samsung app changelog

Galaxy S7 Active tipped in Samsung app changelog

Back when the new hotness from Samsung was the Galaxy S6, if you wanted dust and water resistance you had to opt for the S6 Active smartphone to get either of those features. When the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hit the market, one of the big selling points for both of those devices was that they came out of the box with dust and water resistance. That doesn't mean that there isn't a S7 Active in the works though.

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Snapchat tipped in acquisition of Bitstrips

Snapchat tipped in acquisition of Bitstrips

If you thought the Bitstrips fad had passed, think again. Sources have cropped up claiming the Toronto company has been acquired by Snapchat, the digital playground for millennials. No official announcement has been made and as such all figures are rumors — the company is said to have paid $100 million for Bitstrips, doing so using a mixture of stock and cash.

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Google is secretly working on an Amazon Echo competitor

Google is secretly working on an Amazon Echo competitor

Google is working on a device that will compete against Amazon Echo, according to a new report. This is the first instance of the project -- which is said to have secretly been underway for a while -- being mentioned publicly, and details are still scarce at this time. The device will function as a personal assistant similar to Echo, able to receive voice commands, and will do so with the full power of Google behind it.

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Is this a leaked image of the Nintendo NX? Probably not

Is this a leaked image of the Nintendo NX? Probably not

The lead-up to a major hardware announcement is always an interesting time. First comes the speculation, then come the leaked shots of the device from less-than-reputable sources. Well we've finally got our first look at what some would say is an early prototype of the Nintendo NX. Others would say that it's a terrible fake.

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Report: ‘PlayStation 4.5’ console in pipeline with 4K, more power

Report: ‘PlayStation 4.5’ console in pipeline with 4K, more power

Sony is quietly working on a PS4 hardware update called the “Playstation 4.5,” according to sources. This updated console will still be a PlayStation 4 in spirit, but will get some hardware upgrades that enable it to play 4K-resolution video games and better handle PlayStation VR, among other things. The PS4.5, as it's being called, will be more competitive with PC hardware when it comes to running VR headsets, as well.

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Samsung states no plans to buy Tidal music service

Samsung states no plans to buy Tidal music service

While the talk about Samsung being unsatisfied with the performance of its Milk Music streaming service is likely true, the South Korean company has come out and stated that the rumors of talks to purchase Tidal are completely false. Variety reported on Friday that Samsung would be shutting down Milk Music, and the accompanying Milk Video, with plans to replace its streaming media offerings with the Tidal purchase, according to unnamed sources.

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Report: Microsoft considered seeking $8bn Slack acquisition

Report: Microsoft considered seeking $8bn Slack acquisition

Microsoft considered shelling out $8 billion for the messaging service Slack, according to a new report. Not everyone in charge as Microsoft liked the idea, though, and Bill Gates himself reportedly urged for the company to instead focus on Skype and ways to make it more competitive. The news follows the recent addition of voice calls to Slack, positioning it to better battle against Skype.

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Meerkat accepts fate, ditches livestreaming model

Meerkat accepts fate, ditches livestreaming model

Meerkat has bowed under the weight of Periscope and, more recently, Facebook Live Video. In a statement, company CEO Ben Rubin confirmed the company will be shifting its focus and resources away from livestreaming and toward a new business model: it is transforming into a video social network where ‘everybody is always live.’ Investors were advised of the changes a couple weeks ago.

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iPhone SE release will answer Apple’s big iPhone problem

iPhone SE release will answer Apple’s big iPhone problem

Not everybody wants a phablet, and while the growth in smartphone screens may have opened the door to more immersive experiences, its left Apple and others with a bigger size problem than Donald Trump. Certainly, the sales success of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus suggests that there are many who will gladly accommodate a 4.7- or even 5.5-inch display, but glance around while you're out in public and it's clear that there are plenty of 4-inch or even 3.5-inch iPhones still in circulation.

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Apple said to make iPhone switch to OLED in 2017

Apple said to make iPhone switch to OLED in 2017

One of the longest running questions about the iPhone in recent years has been when Apple will make the switch from LCD displays to OLED. The most recent reports from last fall had pegged Apple as working with parts manufacturers for a change in display in either 2018 or 2019, but a recent report from Japanese business publication Nikkei says Cupertino has moved up their plans, and is now aiming for a OLED iPhone debut in 2017.

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Amazon tipped in talks to offer live TV streaming service

Amazon tipped in talks to offer live TV streaming service

Amazon is in talks with networks over a live TV streaming service, according to a new report. If true, Amazon could be the next company to take on traditional cable by offering live content over the Internet, something Dish Network has wholly embraced via its Sling TV subscription service. References to such a service have recently been made by both ESPN and AMC Networks’ respective bosses.

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Leaked ‘iPhone SE’ images confirm no 3D Touch, announcement delayed to March 21

Leaked ‘iPhone SE’ images confirm no 3D Touch, announcement delayed to March 21

Apple's much-rumored 4-inch iPhone has been a hot topic lately, what with the expected March announcement drawing close, with some of the latest news being a name change to "iPhone SE." But now we have images of the first purported parts leak for the device, which includes a look at the display assembly. The parts confirm the belief that Apple's new iPhone model will not have 3D Touch, the feature introduced on the latest iPhone 6s.

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