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Tim Cook: loyalty rates have never been higher

Tim Cook: loyalty rates have never been higher

The once untouchable Apple has recently become the subject of the same kind of scrutiny, even prophecies of doom, that its rivals, like Samsung, have been enduring for the past years. All for a series of numbers for the past months that have failed to meet analyst projections. Some are going as far as saying that Apple, or at least innovation in Apple, is dead. Unsurprisingly, CEO Tim Cook remains undaunted. In an interview with CNBC, the chief exec tried to correct the perspective, claiming that what's important for Apple right now, more than its first quarter earnings, is customer loyalty.

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Lenovo says Micromax’s Cyanogen OS exclusivity has ended

Lenovo says Micromax’s Cyanogen OS exclusivity has ended

While Cyanogen OS has noble roots in the popular CyanogenMod ROM and community, part of its reputation has been built on controversy. The company would go to challenge Google's hold over Android, partnering with Microsoft and other companies in an attempt to replace Google's apps and services. But even before that, it was already mired in controversy when, without warning, it made the OS exclusive to Micromax, at least in India. Lenovo, who will soon be launching the ZUK-branded Z1 in the country, says that the exclusivity is now over.

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HTC 10 update brings camera tuning and better Wi-Fi [Update]

HTC 10 update brings camera tuning and better Wi-Fi [Update]

Just before the first waves of users begin to receive their HTC 10 units out in the wild, HTC has sent out their first big software update. This update includes bug fixes - as all first updates inevitably do. This update also includes improved Wi-fi connectivity. In this case, that'll also mean the addition of Smart MIMO technology.

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Nexus 5x gets scratched and bent in durability test

Nexus 5x gets scratched and bent in durability test

We all want to buy a smartphone that performs well and is rugged enough to survive everyday use. The latest smartphone to go under the pic over at JerryRigEverything on YouTube is the Nexus 5x. This is a plastic cased phone and presumably that means it won't be as robust as a smartphone encased in metal. The testing starts using Mohs Scale pics to see where the smartphone screen scratches.

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BlackBerry Hamburg & Rome prototype renders explained

BlackBerry Hamburg & Rome prototype renders explained

In this business, dealing with leaks and unofficial sources is a risky afair. Sometimes you bump into dead ends. Sometimes you end up with red herrings. Of course, in the absence of real deal, which may or may not come, we take what we can. It seems that some did more than just take, in the case of some supposedly leaked renders of BlackBerry's two upcoming Android devices. BlackBerry Central's Dylan Habkirk went public to claim those images as his, but with one important correction: they aren't leaks but actually renders based on prototypes he has seen himself.

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Intel kills Atom, smartphone, tablet future in limbo

Intel kills Atom, smartphone, tablet future in limbo

Has Intel finally thrown in the towel in the smartphone market? It seem so. As part of the company's comprehensive reforms, which also saw 11% of its worforce get pink slips, Intel has revealed the immediate cancellation of two of its current and still coming products: the SoFIA platform and the next gen Broxton chips. While those names might not ring too many bells, these basically means that Intel has effectively killed off the future of its Atom processors, putting into question the very future of its smartphone and, more importantly, low-cost tablet dreams.

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Verizon HTC 10 release imminent (pre-order up)

Verizon HTC 10 release imminent (pre-order up)

This morning the folks at Verizon announced that the HTC 10 would indeed be coming to their stores on pre-order soon. That's as promised, as it were. They've also posted their own unboxing video, as they often do, and have made clear that the HTC Ice View Phone Case will be available through them as well. How dare you assume you'd be able to get by without it? The very nerve!

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Galaxy Note 6 won’t be a compelling upgrade at this rate

Galaxy Note 6 won’t be a compelling upgrade at this rate

When you're as popular as Samsung, you really can't escape scrutiny, whether you fail or you succeed. When your earnings are sloping down, all eyes are on whether your next big product can save your coffers. When that flagship turns out to be a superstar, however, they're going to check if the one after it will be able to live up to that new standard. Such is the fate that awaits the Galaxy Note 6, even while it's still a good 5 months away. But if the recent leaks are any indication, it might have a harder time than its predecessor to enamor consumers.

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Galaxy S7 Edge battles HTC 10 in speed tests

Galaxy S7 Edge battles HTC 10 in speed tests

We are all impatient today and what may be only a few seconds for your smartphone to boot up or perform a task feels like an eternity when you are in a hurry. The HTC 10 and Galaxy S7 Edge have been pitted against each other in several speed tests to see which is faster for a variety of tasks. The first is a simple bootup test.

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Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

We have a smartphone here that exists in the space between the top two mobile device makers in the world: Samsung and Apple. This is the Meizu PRO 6, a device whose hardware and software find themselves at a point near smartphone singularity - where all of the most high-end smartphone details meet. This is a cross-breed if ever we have seen one. At the same time, the PRO 6 is indeed a pretty great phone in its own right.

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BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

BlackBerry’s next two Android phones appear in leaked images

This morning a set of photos of the next couple of BlackBerry handsets have been leaked - both with Android onboard. This bit of information should not come as a complete shock, as it's been all but confirmed that BlackBerry will no longer be making smartphones with their own BlackBerry OS. But the size and shape of these Android-based smartphones are new. They certainly don't look entirely new - they've got designs very closely related to the BlackBerry Priv - but they're newish nonetheless.

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The PC isn’t dead, we just don’t know what it means anymore

The PC isn’t dead, we just don’t know what it means anymore

Apple has positioned the iPad Pro, both sizes, to be the tablet that replaces your laptop, ruffling the features of both PC and Mac users. Microsoft has also been singing that song, though less harshly, about its Surface Pro tablets. And a good number of tablet, sometimes even smartphone, users have testified how they're able to not only live but even work out of their mobile devices. All of these different tunes seem to have similar chorus: "The PC is dead". That, however, is quite far from the truth, especially considering we might not really know what the word "PC" means anymore, let alone what qualifies as "dead".

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