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iPhone 7 revealed early

iPhone 7 revealed early

This morning Apple revealed the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, two devices with looks very similar to their predecessors with new innards and next-gen camera abilities. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been made available for pre-order today (or later today, depending on when this article is published), and both models are coming in black. The iPhone 7 Plus' version of black (in addition to its own darker Space Gray) is a Piano-like tone - shiny!

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Super Mario release on iOS, Nintendo goes mobile

Super Mario release on iOS, Nintendo goes mobile

This week the folks at Apple have come out with a bang with a release of an official, real deal, Nintendo exclusive Mario video game for mobile devices. This Mario Bros game will be coming to the iPhone first, and will feature some portrait-style gaming action. Which is weird, but welcome. This might not be the Mario we were waiting for - but it could be good news anyway.

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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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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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iPhone 7 orders grow at news of Galaxy Note 7 recall

iPhone 7 orders grow at news of Galaxy Note 7 recall

Apple is gearing up to finally reveal the iPhone 7 tomorrow, but ahead of that announcement, we're hearing that the company might have a new faith in the phone's expected performance. According to sources from the iPhone supply chain in Taiwan, Apple has increased its orders of parts for the iPhone 7 by 10%, apparently expecting sales to exceed its original forecasts.

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What to expect from Apple’s iPhone 7 event tomorrow

What to expect from Apple’s iPhone 7 event tomorrow

Apple's event on the 7th of September, 2016 is all but guaranteed to be home to the official reveal of two new smartphones. Both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus have been tipped and leaked and rumored for months, and today we're going to run down the features that will most likely be appearing on these devices as announced by Apple by the end of the day. We'll also be bringing a set of hands-on experiences at the Apple event as we give both devices (and any additional devices and/or software) a go as soon as possible.

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iPhone 7 release details Apple’s secret weapon

iPhone 7 release details Apple’s secret weapon

With the iPhone 7 release event less than a day away, one leak appears to stop all others. Not just a pair of camera sensors, as on the iPhone 7 Plus, but a bit of rubbery material around the insides of the iPhone 7 proper. These gaskets appear to be providing exactly what was reported in part last year. The iPhone 6s began to provide some level of waterproofing with rubbery gaskets around the edges of many components inside the smartphone. Now the phone could be more waterproof than ever before.

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Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Play – released today in the USA

Moto G4 vs Moto G4 Play – released today in the USA

This week the folks at Motorola have released the "Play" version of their Moto G4 for the USA. Our Moto G4 Review and Moto G4 Plus Review (2 in 1) should give you, the viewer, a good idea of what's in store. This new "Play" set has prompted Android users to ask whether Lenovo believes that it was Motorola's original strategy to release as many smartphones as possible all within as short a span as possible that made the Moto G popular in the first place. Regardless, every one of the Moto phones that've been revealed over the past several weeks are good, in their own unique ways, and we'll be delivering a closer look at the lot before they're in users' hands here on SlashGear.

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