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Full Sony Xperia X catalog US launch date starts June 26

Full Sony Xperia X catalog US launch date starts June 26

Back at MWC 2016, Sony sought to redefine the Xperia brand and, in doing so, start a new generation of Xperia smartphones. Retiring the "Xperia Z" line (and soon the C and M names as well), Sony introduced the new Xperia X family with an increased focus on mobile photography as well as design, on top of the Xperia's much boasted battery life. Today, Sony has announced the good news that it will be bringing all four Sony Xperia X models to the US, with pre-orders starting today for the Xperia X, and a retail launch scheduled for June 26.

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Major details: iPhone 7 cycle change means minor release

Major details: iPhone 7 cycle change means minor release

Sources this morning suggest that the next "major" upgrade for the iPhone won't be in 2016, as expected, but pushed to 2017. While there will still be a release this year - a new iPhone or two, that is - Japanese newspaper Nikkei reports that the so-called "iPhone 7" won't be the company's big upgrade as every other year generally holds. This works out with earlier reports of the new iPhones this year looking extremely similar to their predecessors. This could be Samsung's big chance to pull out and ahead of Apple with the Galaxy Note 6, instead of the other way around.

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Android SoC security keys extracted: Qualcomm TrustZone in question [UPDATE]

Android SoC security keys extracted: Qualcomm TrustZone in question [UPDATE]

A security exploit appears to have been discovered which allows smart devices (mostly Android) with Qualcomm processors to be hacked into easily. This story began as documented on the blog Bits, Please back in April of 2015, when user "laginimaineb" decided to reverse-engineer Qualcomm's TrustZone implementation on Snapdragon processors. Using a Nexus 5 smartphone, this user detailed "a chain of vulnerabilities that I've discovered which will enable us to escalate our privileges from any user up to the highest privilege of all - executing our code within TrustZone itself."

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iPhone 7 to sport 2GB of RAM and 32GB Storage for starters says analyst

iPhone 7 to sport 2GB of RAM and 32GB Storage for starters says analyst

The latest iPhone 7 rumor to surface comes from an analyst called Kevin Wang. Wang claims that supply chain research has revealed that the new iPhone 7 will have 2GB of RAM and internal storage will start at 32GB and go up. Wang is in a position to get information on the coming iPhone; he is the director of Semiconductor Value Chain and mobile Devices & Networks for IHS Technology.

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Sony Xperia E5 claims 2-day battery life

Sony Xperia E5 claims 2-day battery life

Sony has unveiled a new smartphone today called the Xperia E5. Sony says that the device is built around a large battery good for two days of use per charge and an "it just works" experience for users. The smartphone has 1.5GB of RAM paired with a quad-core MTK6735 chipset. Internal storage is 16GB and is expandable with microSD cards up to 200GB.

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OnePlus looks to the crowd to help test its OnePlus 3

OnePlus looks to the crowd to help test its OnePlus 3

Almost all product makers, at least the non-suspicious ones, have some sort of testing method or facility to ensure the quality of their final product. That is even more true in mass market products like smartphones. But no lab or amount of testing can really hit all the possible cases, some of which, can bring up problems the manufacturer never saw. Pulling a piece of the real-world testing, OnePlus has opened its doors for volunteers to help take the upcoming OnePlus 3 for a spin, to test out its features, and, in return, submit a review back to OnePlus for feedback.

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ARM Cortex-A73 CPU, Mali-G71 GPU have VR and AR in their sights

ARM Cortex-A73 CPU, Mali-G71 GPU have VR and AR in their sights

Despite a noted slowdown in shipment and sales, smartphones remain the fastest growing device market today and outnumber PCs even. However, smartphones have ceased to be mere communication devices and have even started venturing into uncharted and indirectly related territory, like virtual reality. In order to address the nascent but growing "synthetic" reality market, ARM Holdings has announced new chips, specifically the new 10 nm FinFET Cortex-A73 CPU and the Mali-G71 GPU. While they naturally benefit mobile devices in general, they are being poised to be well-suited to address the processing needs of virtual and augmented reality applications.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 family continues bang for buck tradition

ASUS ZenFone 3 family continues bang for buck tradition

At Computex 2016, ASUS unloaded a ton of new devices for consumers to gawk at and drool over. While majority of those were, as expected, Windows PCs, ASUS also had something in store for the Android fans in the crowd. Giving credence to earlier leaks, it unveiled not just one but three ZenFone 3 models, each with its own story to tell. And like the ZenFone 2 before it, they are primed for performance, but this time with Qualcomm Snapdragons instead of Intel Atoms for processors.

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Apple tipped working on a smart Walkie Talkie

Apple tipped working on a smart Walkie Talkie

In the not-too-distant future, Apple may release a new device which is made to communicate directly with other devices point-to-point. Based on info we've been sent by an anonymous source, we understand that these devices would work somewhat similar to classic walkie talkies - opening lines of communication over short distances directly. The name of the patent associated with this technology is "Point-to-point Ad Hoc Voice Communication," and it was originally filed for by Apple back in November of 2014. This tech includes a communication device that has hardware not included in today's iPhones - as well as a headset and a touchscreen user interface.

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Samsung Galaxy C5, C7 unveiled in all their metal glory

Samsung Galaxy C5, C7 unveiled in all their metal glory

After a few rounds of rumors and leaks, Samsung has finally formally announced the Galaxy C5 and, somewhat more invisibly, the Galaxy C7, the first two members of the OEM's "C" series. While still pretty much China-only, like the Galaxy A line, there is a chance the two will find their way to other markets. If so, Samsung will be bringing its new all-metal design down to a more budget-friendly level, and hopefully signaling the end of its love affair with plastic.

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ForcePhone lets you squeeze your phone to do things

ForcePhone lets you squeeze your phone to do things

When Apple introduced Force Touch and 3D Touch, it expanded the vocabulary of gestures we can use on smartphones by 1. However, it is still touch-based, short of mind control, the number of ways we can interact with our smartphones are basically limited to touch, voice, and some rudimentary Jedi hand waves. Engineers from the University of Michigan are working on yet another gesture, one that is both interesting yet almost comical at the same time. They want you to be able to squeeze your smartphone, not to death, but to control it.

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Acer Liquid Zest Plus launch date set for July

Acer Liquid Zest Plus launch date set for July

It's been over a month since Acer actually took the veils off the Liquid Zest Plus and now it is finally saying when and how much you'll have to pay to get it. That all starts in July and for a measly $199, far below our expected $250. Those looking for a large battery at a manageable size might want to take that month-long wait. That is, if they could live with the Acer Liquid Zest Plus' other hardware specs, which, as you might guess from the price, might not be all that much.

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