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Let’s Try the new Google Play app icons

Let’s Try the new Google Play app icons

This week the folks at Google have released a set of new icons for Google Play and the full collection of Google Play apps. Unfortunately you're going to have to wait to use them - unless you're crafty. As it were, we've gone ahead and separated these icons out ourselves, making them ready for you to use with whatever icon-changing system you happen to have on your Android device. Or on your desktop computer, if you like. Whatever you do so please. Here they are for you.

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Microsoft’s mobile strategy is not to have one, implies Nadella

Microsoft’s mobile strategy is not to have one, implies Nadella

At BUILD 2016 last week, the absence of any sort of focus or even mentions of Microsoft's own smartphone endeavors was noticeable. Some have seen it as the writing on the wall, which was practically reaffirmed when Windows chief Terry Myerson was quoted to have said that the company won't focus on Windows phones this year. Now even CEO Satya Nadella is putting the nail on the coffin, but with a slightly different twist. The head executive seems to be saying that Microsoft does have a mobile strategy, but that strategy involves not seeing mobile as something distinct at all.

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Huawei P9 specs leak ahead of press event

Huawei P9 specs leak ahead of press event

Huawei fans around the world will get official details on the Huawei P9 smartphone tomorrow when the official press event for the device is held. Ahead of that official press event, the leaks are still coming hot and heavy. Specifications and benchmarks have turned up hinting at what we will hear tomorrow at the official press event.

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Barclays and Barclaycard users in the UK get Apple Pay support

Barclays and Barclaycard users in the UK get Apple Pay support

The last massive bank in the UK has finally joined the Apple Pay party. With Apple Pay having been around for nine months Barclays has confirmed that its customers are finally able to start using Apple Pay. This announcement means that millions of additional users in the UK can now use Apple Pay to pay for purchases at participating locations.

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Siri bug gives access to iPhone 6s, 6s Plus contacts, photos

Siri bug gives access to iPhone 6s, 6s Plus contacts, photos

Some iPhone and iPad users swear by Siri, praising how the smart assistant has made their digital lives a tad more convenient. But such convenience comes at the price of granting Siri access to your device and app information. When left unchecked, this could lead to some troubling circumstances. Take for example this recently discovered flaw that would let unauthorized people access an iPhone's contacts and photos even from a locked screen. All because Siri might just be a tad too eager to help anyone who asks.

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Samsung catches a break, ships nearly 10m Galaxy S7 phones

Samsung catches a break, ships nearly 10m Galaxy S7 phones

For the first time in two straight years, Samsung might finally be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. That is, if the updated forecasts of analysts are to be believed this time. Those same analysts initially estimated that Samsung will be able to ship 7 million of its latest Galaxy S7 flagship. Though authoritative numbers are still absent, analysts claim that 9.5 million units were actually shipped, causing many to make a more positive first quarter forecast for the Korean manufacturer.

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HTC 10 teased to have the best BoomSound yet

HTC 10 teased to have the best BoomSound yet

HTC may have had a few trips and falls for the past years, but at least it has acknowledged its users' biggest complaints, somewhat. By claiming that the upcoming HTC 10 (or HTC One M10) will finally have a compelling camera, the company partially admits that its previous cameras, despite the hype, have failed expectations. Now it is giving attention to audio. Its latest video teaser unambiguously claims that the flagship will have the best BoomSound yet, promising high-fidelity and hi-res audio you've only come to expect in dedicated media players.

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Do you really need a smartphone?

Do you really need a smartphone?

Accenture research has produced a study which suggests that "a majority" of smartphone users are "dissatisfied with their mobile experience." They also suggest that this majority is prepared to "switch mobile providers." In the grand scheme of things, do these people really need to have a smartphone? Do you? What would your life be without a smartphone at your side, connected at all times? Would you be living the same life?

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LG G5 is metal – seriously, it really, really is

LG G5 is metal – seriously, it really, really is

For those of you that've heard the rumor - or read the rumor - that the LG G5 was actually made with plastic while attesting to being made of metal, let'd dispel that nonsense right now. In addition to the obviousness of the truth we can see in our own experience with the LG G5, LG's own Ken Hong has produced details in spades showing how the device is made of metal and why it was made with the processes LG chose. It begins with the aluminum alloy called LM201b, developed at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology.

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LG G5 Camera Review Part II: Trip to Mt. Rushmore

LG G5 Camera Review Part II: Trip to Mt. Rushmore

This past weekend my family and I traveled to Mt Rushmore - I brought the LG G5 along for the trip to shoot some photos. What you're about to see is a set of photos captured with the LG G5's primary camera as well as its wide-angle-lens camera, both using the LG G5's standard camera app. Note that these photos were not captured with any LG Friends accessories, just the basic camera. Also keep an eye out for the photos captured not by me, but by a 4-year-old, inexperienced photographer. You'll find the results interesting, I assure you.

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iPhone SE Review – Classic Remix

iPhone SE Review – Classic Remix

Did you love the iPhone 5s and rue the day Apple switched from crisp edges to comely curves on the iPhone 6? You'll probably approve of the iPhone SE, then, which goes excavating in the graveyard of Apple's design labs and comes up with a barely-changed riff on the classic.

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LG G5 subjected to bend and burn tests

LG G5 subjected to bend and burn tests

Everyone is concerned that their smartphones last as long as possible. People also don’t want to buy a device and then find out its junk after plunking down hundreds of dollars. We have seen plenty of bending tests for smartphones in the last few years, they aren't uncommon at all these days. Not too long ago we saw the Nexus 6P fail during a bend test and we have seen the iPhone 6s Plus withstand bending very well.

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