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Gionee M6, M6 Plus promise ultimate privacy, huge batteries

Gionee M6, M6 Plus promise ultimate privacy, huge batteries

These days, privacy is no longer a simple matter and people, especially in "hot" areas can no longer simply presume their comings and goings aren't being monitored. While there are things like VPNs to keep Web traffic safe and private, the same cannot be said about smartphones. Chinese manufacturer Gionee believes that the market is ready, and in fact hungry, for a truly safe, secure, and private smartphone. That's the promise it is making with the new Gionee M6 and Gionee M6 Plus, dubbing it the safest smartphone in the world.

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Unannounced Sony Xperia F833X being sold in Croatia

Unannounced Sony Xperia F833X being sold in Croatia

It isn't unusual to see an almost endless supply of prototypes getting leaked over the Internet, and Sony is no exception. In fact, at one point in time it was considered to be hopeless in keeping things under wraps. What is, unusual, however, is a prototype, or a test model, being sold weeks, maybe even months, before the real deal goes out the door. And yet that is exactly what a daring, perhaps reckless, person is doing with the Xperia F833X, believed to be the upcoming new Xperia X Performance, selling the device in the Croatian equivalent of Craigslist.

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OnePlus 3 Soft Gold launch dates announced

OnePlus 3 Soft Gold launch dates announced

No one really knew, or probably bothered, about the different shades of gold (not grey) until Apple decided it was time to go with a dash of pink. Since then, we've seen various permutations of Rose Gold, Pink Gold, and now, Soft Gold. This last color is what OnePlus has confirmed to be coming for the OnePlus 3, to add a somewhat luxurious spin to a wallet-friendly but premium flagship smartphone. Those who are enamored with this new tone won't have to wait long, as the OnePlus 3 Soft Gold launches tomorrow, or next week, depending on where you are.

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Why Nintendo deserves credit for Pokemon GO

Why Nintendo deserves credit for Pokemon GO

It should have been clear from the start that Nintendo did not create Pokemon GO. The Pokemon Company did that with Niantic, a company spun off from Google after creating the game Ingress, a game on whose engine Pokemon GO is built. I say Nintendo deserves credit not just because they helped Niantic spin off from Google, and not just because they own part of the Pokemon Company. I say Nintendo deserves credit because of their inevitable mega-growth in the very near future, due in a big way to the success of Pokemon GO.

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HTC Desire 530 is here, unlocked and from T-Mobile

HTC Desire 530 is here, unlocked and from T-Mobile

It has been nearly a month since HTC revealed that it would be bringing its "colorful" Desire 530 mid-ranger to the US and now it is finally making true that promise. If you're in the market for a smartphone that doesn't cost much but still looks out of this world, then this might be your thing. Of course, it isn't exactly going to be the greatest that HTC can over, but, at least on paper, it will be a serviceable mobile companion.

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Moto E3 photos, specs get a full reveal

Moto E3 photos, specs get a full reveal

With all the coverage and hype surrounding the Moto Z Droid and Force Droid, it's too easy to forget the smartphones that ol' Moto has reserved for the more budget conscious buyers. In fact, even Moto itself didn't spend much time talking about the Moto E3 that it announced last week, beyond generic press shots and descriptions. Luckily, some have dug around deeper to reveal the form and function of this honest to goodness wallet-friendly, entry-level, no nonsense Android smartphone.

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DxOMark shows how the Huawei P9 stepped up its camera game

DxOMark shows how the Huawei P9 stepped up its camera game

Huawei is quite proud of its Huawei P9 flagship. Proud enough to hire high profile actors Henry Cavill and Scarlett Johansson to, just for a few minutes, root for the smartphone. Of course, the highlight of the device is it camera. Or cameras rather, one in full color and one in monochrome, certified by famed German camera maker Leica. Fortunately for Huawei, its investment paid off. At least that's what DxOMark is showing with its side by side comparison of the Huawei P9 and its predecessor, the P8, demonstrating how far the Chinese OEM has come in taking digital photography seriously.

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OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus definitely dodged a bullet on this one. The relatively small Chinese company was one of the few Android manufacturers to jump on the new USB Type-C train with the OnePlus 2. However, it missed to get a perfect score when Google engineer and USB-C Crusader Benson Leung revealed that the company's USB-C accessories weren't up to spec. Now it's the OnePlus 3's turn to almost get a scathing review because it didn't support USB Host Mode, a.k.a. USB OTG, right out of the box without flipping a switch.

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Prisma for Android released today

Prisma for Android released today

Hit iPhone art app Prisma has made its highly-anticipated debut on Android, offering dramatic recreations of photos using AI processing. Offering a step up from the typical filters offered in Instagram and other apps, Prisma promises a fine-art style makeover for photos with styles ranging from the classics through to Pop Art and comic books.

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Cyanogen Inc shifts focus to apps as OS staff reportedly laid off

Cyanogen Inc shifts focus to apps as OS staff reportedly laid off

Hard times seem to have fallen on Cyanogen Inc. — that is, the for profit company behind Cyanogen OS, not the free, open source CyanogenMod. While the customized version of Android remains popular among users who like to mod their devices, the company continues to have trouble convincing manufacturers to adopt the official OS. Now it seems Cyanogen Inc. is making a big shift to focus on apps, while at the same time laying off up to 20% of its workforce.

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Hit game Pokemon GO sets Apple App Store record

Hit game Pokemon GO sets Apple App Store record

Apple has confirmed to SlashGear that Nintendo's mobile game hit Pokemon GO has set a new all-time record, now the app with the most downloads in its first week. Responsible for getting gamers off their couch and out into the streets, Pokemon GO not only tapped into a much-loved franchise but is giving many their first taste of augmented reality. The news bodes well for Niantic, a company that before now was best known for its development of Ingress, a game whose engine was the basis for Pokemon GO. It also bodes well for fans of Nintendo games hoping for mobile apps - they can hardly dismiss such a massive success now, can they?

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BlackBerry Hamburg Android phone release date soon, FCC now

BlackBerry Hamburg Android phone release date soon, FCC now

This week the folks at BlackBerry have had their latest Android device revealed by the FCC. Re-revealed, we might say, as the device was first leaked several weeks ago with its partner, both BlackBerry smartphones running Android. This device is being shown by the FCC this week with model name STH100-2 (RJD211LW) with GSM quad-band, UMTS penta-band, and LTE deca-band connectivity technology inside. We will very likely see this device released inside the United States very soon.

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