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Google Pixel XL phone shown in realistic detail

Google Pixel XL phone shown in realistic detail

Rumor has it Google will be launching two new smartphones in the near future, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixel is codenamed Sailfish, while the Pixel XL is codenamed Marlin; both have been the subject of numerous leaks, including visual ones that portend to show what the handsets will look like. Newest among those visual leaks is a new 3D render of the Pixel XL in particular, supposedly showing what the phone will look like based on a leaked factory CAD.

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3 Pokemon GO updates that’ll suck me back in

3 Pokemon GO updates that’ll suck me back in

Niantic has a set of features up its sleeve that they hope will not only bring the game back near its peak in global users, it'll bring in new players as well. Back when the game was launched, it caught on with feature's we'd never seen before. As Match Group explained in a recent AppAnnie interview, "Artificial intelligence and location-aware notifications [will be big next year for retention] - Pokémon GO is a good example of a high retention product that has completely brand new hooks." Niantic doesn't need to pay attention to what's worked before - they need to keep innovating.

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Fuze battery case for iPhone 7 includes a headphone jack

Fuze battery case for iPhone 7 includes a headphone jack

If you still haven't gotten over the fact that Apple "courageously" killed the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, or if the idea of using a dongle to be able to charge and use headphones at the same time is your personal form of hell, then a new third-party phone case might have just what you're looking for. The makers of the Fuze Case have just launched an Indiegogo campaign for a solution that not only features a larger battery, but a built-in headphone jack as well.

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Samsung investigates new Galaxy Note 7, one catches fire in China

Samsung investigates new Galaxy Note 7, one catches fire in China

It now seems quite likely that Samsung’s nightmares are far from over, just weeks before its intended re-launch of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. Even as replacement units with promised safer batteries are starting to land in consumers’ hands, reports are coming in that said units still exhibit problematic behavior like overheating or severe battery drain. And there is now at least one report of a replacement unit catching fire in China, a country were Samsung is already facing an uphill battle in the smartphone market.

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DxOMark gives iPhone 7 high scores, still at #3

DxOMark gives iPhone 7 high scores, still at #3

In contrast to some early reviews that panned the new iPhone 7’s photography chops, the seasoned testers at DxOMark still crowned Apple’s latest smartphone with high scores. The iPhone 7, in particular, was called Apple’s best yet. The one caveat, however, is that while the iPhone 7 did get an overall score of 86, beating out the iPhone 6s Plus’ 84, that still landed this year’s model only in 3rd place, behind 6 other smartphones in DxOMark’s growing list of smartphones with outstanding cameras.

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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus land at Cricket stores tomorrow

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus land at Cricket stores tomorrow

Cricket Wireless will be making the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus available in some of its physical stores starting tomorrow, the carrier has announced. The in-store availability follows the carrier’s online iPhone 7 launch, of which it sold out all of its inventory over the weekend. If you're already a Cricket subscriber -- or you're on the lookout for a no-contract iPhone 7 option -- you better move quickly before the in-store stock disappears, too.

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Google Pixel VS Nexus : key details of the not-quite-dead

Google Pixel VS Nexus : key details of the not-quite-dead

Upon hearing that the "Nexus" smartphone line would be replaced by Google Pixel, many developers and hardcore Android fans were suitably distressed. Since the time the rumor broke, it's become a bit clearer what Google will be doing - or will almost certainly be doing. Instead of tossing the successful model that is the Nexus smartphone and tablet lineup aside, Google has been tipped to be working with both Nexus and Pixel devices. The Nexus will represent the same "beacon of basic greatness" it always has, while Pixel will play a much more curated and closely controlled roll in Google's future.

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BlackBerry phone manufacturing is dead: now outsourcing only

BlackBerry phone manufacturing is dead: now outsourcing only

BlackBerry has announced that the company will no longer be developing hardware internally in their latest quarterly earnings call. In their latest announcement, they've suggested that their newest strategy includes "focusing on software development, including security and applications." This should come as no surprise to those familiar with the unit sales numbers of BlackBerry devices over the past several years, with each year - and indeed each quarter - decreasing in size for quite some time now.

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OnePlus X gets Marshmallow next week, OnePlus 3 Nougat “soon”

OnePlus X gets Marshmallow next week, OnePlus 3 Nougat “soon”

If the usually lively OnePlus has been relatively silent lately, you can probably blame it on multiple Android versions. Or, if you are a OnePlus smartphon owner, you’ll probably be thankful they were. At a Reddit AMA, the Chinese startup shared that they had been hard at work at bringing the latest Android versions to its smartphones. The good news, the mid-range OnePlus X will be getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow as early as next week. The bad news, OnePlus 3 owners will have to wait a bit longer for Android 7.0 Nougat.

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BlackBerry DTEK60 unofficially poses for the camera

BlackBerry DTEK60 unofficially poses for the camera

BlackBerry’s third fully Android smartphone, and probably its last for the year, is perhaps the strangest yet. Not exactly in terms of specs but in the price for those specs. Although related to the already launched DTEK50 by name, it is pretty much a high-end beast, at least based on BlackBerry’s own spec sheet. At the same time, however, the company might actually be putting a price tag that’s lower than equivalent smartphones this year.

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Xiaomi Mi 5s hides Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor inside

Xiaomi Mi 5s hides Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor inside

Chinese superstar Xiaomi has just released two new flagship smartphones and, while they might be too easy to pan as yet another familiar-looking pair, the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus do have a few tricks up their sleeves, especially the smaller model. While in most cases an incremental step up from this year’s Mi 5 generation, the Mi 5s in particular has an interesting feature that is, strangely and sadly, gimped by implementation: an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.

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iPhone 7 “hack” drills hole for headphones

iPhone 7 “hack” drills hole for headphones

It would appear that some massively uninformed iPhone 7 users are falling for a hoax of epic proportions. The folks at TechRax have created a video which suggests - in title, only, really - that there is a secret "hack" to gain access to the iPhone 7's (perhaps hidden) headphone jack. The idea here is that the iPhone 7 has the hardware it needs to allow a headphone jack, but Apple has just covered up the area we'd need to plug the cord in. Then comes the power drill.

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