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Watch Galaxy S7 gaming get WAY better with Vulcan API

Watch Galaxy S7 gaming get WAY better with Vulcan API

Earlier this year we spoke with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney about why Vulkan API was important to the Galaxy S7. It was a trailblazer, he said, saying that the graphics prowess this device was about to have would be mind-blowing. Today we get to see more about what it means to have the connection Sweeney speaks of. Moving from OpenGL, developed back in the 1980s, to Vulkan API. It's radical.

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OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

Today we're having another look at the insides of the OnePlus 3. Thanks to a helpful anonymous friend who's supplied photos, we've got a deep-dive look at the insides of the OnePlus 3 and some insight into how easy it will be for an at-home repair person such as yourself to go ahead and replace broken bits. Today we're looking at the motherboard and all the fun little parts attached to it. Behold how similar this device is to the rest of the battlefield.

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Android tipped to allow Custom Voice Actions in near future

Android tipped to allow Custom Voice Actions in near future

While previous versions of Android had custom voice actions available on a case-by-case basis for developers, the future may go a bit more public. If you head back to Google's listing of "Custom Voice Actions" in their Android developer portal, you'll find a note posted in December of 2015. There they suggest that they're not currently accepting requests for Custom Voice Actions. They suggest to stay tuned for product updates. Those updates may be coming very, very soon.

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How to use Facebook Slideshow (for your mom)

How to use Facebook Slideshow (for your mom)

Facebook Slideshow is a new feature being made available to the everyday social network user this week. While brands and advertisers of many sorts have had a very simple version of this feature available to them for some weeks or months, the everyday Facebook user has just received access this week. As such, we're taking a look at how relatively simple it is to use for you and I. This feature is so extremely easy to use, you might end up seeing kitty videos popping up made of selfie photos captured by your cat - just you wait!

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Galaxy Note 7 specs leak from China

Galaxy Note 7 specs leak from China

The next Samsung smartphone with an S Pen has appeared in a new set of specs leaked from microblogger "I Ice". This new set of specifications seems to confirm several of the more important details we'd been told in the past, like a 5.7-inch display with Super AMOLED technology. That same display is tipped to have 2K resolution (that's 2560 x 1800, like the Galaxy Note 5), and will come in two iterations - one with an Edge, one without.

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Galaxy Note 7 details hinted at in Samsung software update

Galaxy Note 7 details hinted at in Samsung software update

The Galaxy Note 5 has received an update (so to speak) which gives a Beta glimpse at the future of the next device in line. That's the Galaxy Note 7, we're to understand, bypassing the name of the device that'd more sensibly come there since each successive Galaxy Note has had a number which comes after the last. Now we're matching up with the Galaxy S series, which is also at 7. This update we're speaking of is a Beta release of a user interface update to the Galaxy Note series, giving us hints as to the functionality of the Note 7 in the process.

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The $4 smartphone is real, and it could change the world

The $4 smartphone is real, and it could change the world

In a market as competitive as smartphones, you can bet that every once in a while a company is going to come around and shake things up. Today that company seems to be India's Ringing Bells, which has announced that it will begin delivering its Freedom 251 smartphone to eager consumers on June 30. What's making these customers eager isn't the phone's list of specifications or some form of brand loyalty, but rather the handset's price - coming in at Rs 251, this phone is sporting a price tag that's a whopping $3.70.

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iPhone 7 Space Grey to be transformed into something darker

iPhone 7 Space Grey to be transformed into something darker

A new color for the iPhone will likely be introduced this year to match that of the Apple Watch tone with no companion. As it has been in the past, so too shall it be in the future: Apple's many device lines will match. Today's tip suggests that the color "Space Gray" will no longer be in operation with the iPhone 7, instead being updated or "transformed" into a darker tone, something like Space Black.

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South Korea’s new signs warn against smartphone use while walking

South Korea’s new signs warn against smartphone use while walking

Texting while driving is outlawed in several places because of the life-threatening consequences of such actions, both for the driver and others around him. Texting while walking, on the other hand, is now almost just as dangerous and, in fact, is starting to become illegal in certain places. While South Korea isn't yet taking such extreme measures, the country's capital will be installing new traffic signs that inform, warn, and hopefully admonish pedestrians not to use their smartphones while walking, or, worse, crossing the street.

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Midori Ubuntu smartphone tipped in bug chats

Midori Ubuntu smartphone tipped in bug chats

A new smartphone running the Ubuntu operating system appears to be in the works carrying codename Midori. The first grumblings about the new device have surfaced from a bug report about a trust prompt issues with the device via the Ubuntu Touch IRC and on Launch Pad. According to the chatter, the trust prompt issue causes the mystery Midori device and the MX4 to reboot.

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Freedom 251 ultra cheap smartphone starts shipping June 30

Freedom 251 ultra cheap smartphone starts shipping June 30

Indian company Ringing Bells is defying all odds, and possibly some lawsuits, to make good its almost too good to be true promise of a 251 Rs ($4) Freedom 521 smartphone by June 30. Or rather, as is now the case, "starting" June 30. That is what company founder and CEO Mohit Goel continues to promise, despite its super cheap smartphone being met by skepticism, accusations, and even lawsuits. Of course, it was also met by an ungodly number of pre-orders, which Ringing Bells will now have to fulfill or risk further infamy.

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Galaxy Note7 leaked logos imply curved and flat models

Galaxy Note7 leaked logos imply curved and flat models

Reading rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7, or Galaxy Note 6, or Galaxy Note7, is like watching a tennis match. The continuous back and forth tips and leaks from sources will leave you undecided whether it will be a flat version only or a curved edge version only. Based on this latest leak of the smartphone's logos, apparently there will be both. Perhaps Samsung itself couldn't make up its mind which version the market will really root for, so it's just going to stick to its tried and true method of throwing in both and seeing which one survives.

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