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Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Let’s Try HTC Vive “Phone Companion” in VR

Those of you worried about being left unaware when you receive a phone call or a text in virtual reality should worry no more. The HTC Vive Phone Companion app has launched - and we've given it a try. What you're about to see is how simple the app is and how effective it's going to be when it comes to giving you a heads-up when your friends are about to barge in your room right after they've given you a call.

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Huawei P9 Lite to sport 5.2-inch screen and single 13MP camera

Huawei P9 Lite to sport 5.2-inch screen and single 13MP camera

We already know about the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus smartphones. Both of these devices went official and we have talked about all there is to know about them right now. Another P9 smartphone is coming and this one is called the P9 Lite and will be the low-end range for the P9 series. The Lite version will have a 5.2-inch full HD resolution display and a single rear camera.

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HTC 10’s “best” camera might use UltraPixel buzzword again

HTC 10’s “best” camera might use UltraPixel buzzword again

HTC CEO Cher Wang already hinted that the company's next champion smartphone, which may be called simply the HTC 10 based on an onslaught of teasers, will have a compelling camera at last. The latest teaser ahead of the device's public reveal echoes that claim as well. HTC says it is obsessed with delivering the best smartphone for taking photos and videos. That best, however, may see the company going back to the UltraPixel marketing term it tried to push back with the One (M7) in 2013.

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LG G5’s modular design makes teardown and repair a breeze

LG G5’s modular design makes teardown and repair a breeze

LG has always bucked the trend when it came to certain features that its peers were seemingly throwing away. Particularly, it has stuck to replaceable batteries and microSD cards even when almost everyone else turned away from them. In that area, the LG G5 isn't that different, but the Korean manufacturer did one better. It took modularity to heart and implemented it in the very core of its flagship. The end result is probably one of the easiest high end, premium flagship to tear down and repair.

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Leave Google for MicroG on Android, receive two dollars

Leave Google for MicroG on Android, receive two dollars

It would appear that Google isn't about to lose potential digital customers to the MicroG experiment on Android devices. A user by the name of Majinferno - reporting in from Reddit - shows one way in which Google may be targeting users who had at one point used Google Play services, but decided to leave the Google universe for one slightly more AOSP-friendly. As it were, Google seems to have offered this user two whole dollars American for a return to their fold.

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Why you’ll want a Huawei P9 Plus in the USA

Why you’ll want a Huawei P9 Plus in the USA

The Huawei P9 Plus smartphone is headed for many countries in the world this Spring. The United States is not one of them. Why might citizens of the USA want to get their hands on this device, provided a version were made that were able to work with carriers that cover this country? There are plenty of reasons, really - we're going to discuss just one. That "one" reason is the pair of camera lenses at the back of the device, the lot of which were co-engineered by the folks at Leica.

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T-Mobile enhances voice with EVS as it pushes data-only plans

T-Mobile enhances voice with EVS as it pushes data-only plans

The folks at T-Mobile USA are aiming to out-do the industry on clarity of voice calling with a technology they call Enhanced Voice Services (EVS). According to the network that just began offering data plans with the option of skipping out on voice, EVS is a system which improves voice call reliability and creates "higher-fidelity calls" in the process. This service is already active on the LG G5 on T-Mobile, and will be active on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge soon.

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Huawei P9 debuts with dual Leica-certified cameras

Huawei P9 debuts with dual Leica-certified cameras

Huawei has announced its new pair of flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus, in London today, and just as was predicted a few weeks ago, they feature cameras developed in collaboration with Leica. Both devices feature a dual camera setup, taking the unique approach of using one for color photos and the second for monochrome. However, while the Leica branding is featured on the phones, that doesn't mean the cameras were manufactured by the renowned German company — instead they "co-engineered" the lenses.

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Microsoft Surface Phone: 3 models, still coming, but in 2017

Microsoft Surface Phone: 3 models, still coming, but in 2017

Microsoft's own execs may be downplaying the significance of Windows phones, at least for this year, but that's not stopping fans from wishing and hoping. Perhaps demonstrating the hopes and desires for a smartphone they can really be proud of, rumors about Microsoft's mythical Surface Phone just refuse to die. While the latest word does concede that it won't come until 2017, the speculation adds that there might actually be three such smartphones available, targeting different customer tiers but all bearing the same non-Lumia Surface name.

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BlackBerry Priv gets a price shaving to help boost sales

BlackBerry Priv gets a price shaving to help boost sales

What do you do when your premiere product isn't selling as well as expected? First you try to market it as hard as you can, utilizing all resources and channels as your budget allows. And when that fails, you perhaps have very little choice but to cut your losses and cut the product's price to encourage more sales. That might be the process, more or less, that BlackBerry went through with the Priv smartphones. Under the guise of making it more accessible to more people, the company has implemented a permanent price cut for the smartphone in the US, UK, and Europe.

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Huawei to finally launch a flagship phone in the US soon

Huawei to finally launch a flagship phone in the US soon

It's been a while since Huawei made available a flagship level smartphone directly in the US. Sure, it has had a few Android handsets these past years, like the P8 Lite and, more recently, the GX8. Those, however, fall squarely on the mid-range category. Soon, however, one of the top Chinese OEMs might once again make its presence felt in the US and, this time, in a big way. Company consumer electronics chief Richard Yu revealed that Huawei plans to launch a flagship smartphone in the country later this year.

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Let’s Try WhatsApp with end-to-end encryption

Let’s Try WhatsApp with end-to-end encryption

So you'd like to enable the brand new Encryption security WhatsApp has brought to the world today, do you? Lucky you, there's not a whole lot you're going to have to be doing. Thanks to WhatsApp's newest software update, the app and ecosystem now has end-to-end encryption automatically. According to the developers behind this app, "When end-to-end encrypted, your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands."

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