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T-Mobile enhances voice with EVS as it pushes data-only plans

T-Mobile enhances voice with EVS as it pushes data-only plans

The folks at T-Mobile USA are aiming to out-do the industry on clarity of voice calling with a technology they call Enhanced Voice Services (EVS). According to the network that just began offering data plans with the option of skipping out on voice, EVS is a system which improves voice call reliability and creates "higher-fidelity calls" in the process. This service is already active on the LG G5 on T-Mobile, and will be active on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge soon.

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Huawei P9 debuts with dual Leica-certified cameras

Huawei P9 debuts with dual Leica-certified cameras

Huawei has announced its new pair of flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus, in London today, and just as was predicted a few weeks ago, they feature cameras developed in collaboration with Leica. Both devices feature a dual camera setup, taking the unique approach of using one for color photos and the second for monochrome. However, while the Leica branding is featured on the phones, that doesn't mean the cameras were manufactured by the renowned German company — instead they "co-engineered" the lenses.

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Microsoft Surface Phone: 3 models, still coming, but in 2017

Microsoft Surface Phone: 3 models, still coming, but in 2017

Microsoft's own execs may be downplaying the significance of Windows phones, at least for this year, but that's not stopping fans from wishing and hoping. Perhaps demonstrating the hopes and desires for a smartphone they can really be proud of, rumors about Microsoft's mythical Surface Phone just refuse to die. While the latest word does concede that it won't come until 2017, the speculation adds that there might actually be three such smartphones available, targeting different customer tiers but all bearing the same non-Lumia Surface name.

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BlackBerry Priv gets a price shaving to help boost sales

BlackBerry Priv gets a price shaving to help boost sales

What do you do when your premiere product isn't selling as well as expected? First you try to market it as hard as you can, utilizing all resources and channels as your budget allows. And when that fails, you perhaps have very little choice but to cut your losses and cut the product's price to encourage more sales. That might be the process, more or less, that BlackBerry went through with the Priv smartphones. Under the guise of making it more accessible to more people, the company has implemented a permanent price cut for the smartphone in the US, UK, and Europe.

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Huawei to finally launch a flagship phone in the US soon

Huawei to finally launch a flagship phone in the US soon

It's been a while since Huawei made available a flagship level smartphone directly in the US. Sure, it has had a few Android handsets these past years, like the P8 Lite and, more recently, the GX8. Those, however, fall squarely on the mid-range category. Soon, however, one of the top Chinese OEMs might once again make its presence felt in the US and, this time, in a big way. Company consumer electronics chief Richard Yu revealed that Huawei plans to launch a flagship smartphone in the country later this year.

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Let’s Try WhatsApp with end-to-end encryption

Let’s Try WhatsApp with end-to-end encryption

So you'd like to enable the brand new Encryption security WhatsApp has brought to the world today, do you? Lucky you, there's not a whole lot you're going to have to be doing. Thanks to WhatsApp's newest software update, the app and ecosystem now has end-to-end encryption automatically. According to the developers behind this app, "When end-to-end encrypted, your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands."

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LG G5 Review Part III: what no other phone has

LG G5 Review Part III: what no other phone has

The LG G5 is an enigma. Do you decide that you want to go with a device that's tried and true, only updating in iterations? Or do you want to go with a device that's made by a company that wants to try something relatively new, and maybe even a bit risky on their part? The LG G5 is part of a legacy of dependable devices, but places a lot of trust in you, the end user. As the bottom of the device can be detached, they're trusting that you have the ability to take responsibility for a machine whose guts you can access quite easily. Can you handle that?

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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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