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HTC September event teaser is about an edgy Desire 10

HTC September event teaser is about an edgy Desire 10

HTC is clearly avoiding the maddening rush of announcements and product reveals at IFA 2016. In fact, it is also steering clear of Apple’s event on 7th September. Instead, it will be doing things on its own and away from the others, nearer the end of September. Its latest teaser, titled “Be Edgier”, is clearly about a new smartphone. And based on what we’ve seen so far, that could pretty much be about the HTC Desire 10, both Lifestlye and Pro editions, that could offer nearly the same key features as the HTC 10 itself but at a more affordable price.

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Galaxy Note 7 shipments put on hold for “quality tests”

Galaxy Note 7 shipments put on hold for “quality tests”

What should have been a fairy tale ending to Samsung’s 2016 might be turning into a nightmare. Although lauded as one of this year’s best smartphones so far, pending the official reveal of the iPhone 7, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might become the most scandalous one instead. Samsung has confirmed that it is delaying the shipments of the phablet in order to conduct further product quality tests. Although the company is naturally keeping mum over the matter, recent incidents would point to reports of exploding batteries as the cause of the delay.

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Nubia Z11 smartphone arrives in US this September

Nubia Z11 smartphone arrives in US this September

The Nubia Z11 will be starting its North American and European rollout in September, the company has announced. We’ve known for a while that Nubia intended to make the Z11 available in the U.S., but details about that plan hadn’t been forthcoming, and weren’t provided when the handset officially launched in China this past June. The company made its plans official at IFA alongside the international version's various specs.

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Lenovo’s Moto Z Play Droid and Hasselblad Mod first impressions

Lenovo’s Moto Z Play Droid and Hasselblad Mod first impressions

Verizon's release of the Moto Z Play Droid will, as the name indicates, be another DROID-branded device. Today Lenovo's Motorola announced that they'd be bringing the Moto Z Play Droid to the United States starting on the 8th of September through Motorola online and through Verizon stores at the same time. Along with this announcement was the reveal of the USA-ready version of the Hasselblad True Zoom Mod for the Moto Z.

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Pokemon GO Update: Buddy System nearly enabled [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Pokemon GO Update: Buddy System nearly enabled [UPDATE: Confirmed]

A new feature in the newest Pokemon GO update, version 0.35, is spotted mentioning "Buddy" Pokemon and rewards for walking. While we spotted this in part in our newest Pokemon GO app file teardown, Reddit users like partycrabs and Leopaws have taken research on this Buddy system a step further, as we'll be discussing below. This system could very well give new life to the game, especially for users that live in suburban areas - out in the country where very few Pokemon, Pokestops, and Pokemon Gyms are few and far between.

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Apple responds to Ireland tax allegations (plus a few Brexit facts)

Apple responds to Ireland tax allegations (plus a few Brexit facts)

Apple responds to allegations from the European Commission which suggested that the company was receiving illegal tax breaks from Ireland. In this letter, penned by Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company suggests that the EU is retroactively applying rules which should not apply to their taxation situation. Apple has their European base of operations in Ireland, having set that base up back in October of 1980, and has expanded throughout Ireland (and greater Europe) since. The European Commission suggests that Apple's way of paying taxes in Ireland is "illegal under EU state aid rules."

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BLU Pure XR crams 4GB RAM, 3D Touch, f/1.8 camera in mid-ranger

BLU Pure XR crams 4GB RAM, 3D Touch, f/1.8 camera in mid-ranger

As demonstrated by Archos yesterday, China isn’t the only one with crazy cheap but decent quality smartphones. Now US-based BLU Products is chiming in with its latest Pure XR. Looking at some specs and the price tag, it definitely looks the part of a mid-range smartphone. But you might not be able to easily tell because of its design and its features, which includes 4 GB of RAM, a pressure sensitivity displays, and a camera that, on paper, should give high-end flagships a run for their money.

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Pokemon GO Update brings the worst knockoff ever

Pokemon GO Update brings the worst knockoff ever

This week an app from "Rejected Games" has found its way into the hearts and minds of Pokemon GO users everywhere. Despite the numerous distorted similarities to Pokemon GO, this "game" is not going to help anyone become a better Pokeball tosser in Pokemon GO. Not even a little bit. This app goes by the name "Ball Practice for PoGO", and it's absolutely horrible. We've gone ahead and played it so that there be no need to play, ever again, for anyone else.

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Sony Xperia X Compact leaked specs almost good to be true

Sony Xperia X Compact leaked specs almost good to be true

Some people loved the idea, some have asked the whether there was a point to it. Suffice to say, the possibility that there might be an Xperia X Compact has people suddenly looking intensely at Sony again, especially after a lukewarm reception of the new Xperia X trio. After all, a small, handy smartphone with still flagship specs is definitely going to appeal to some users. That might exactly be what Sony is hoping for if this sighting of the Xperia X Compact in GFXBench is the real deal.

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Archos 55 Helium, 50f Helium phones give wallets some relief

Archos 55 Helium, 50f Helium phones give wallets some relief

If you thought only Chinese device makers could drag their price tags to almost nothing, French manufacturer Archos is going to give you pause for thought. Ahead of an IFA 2016 appearance, the company is announcing a total of five new smartphones from its Helium line of budget friendly Android smartphones. While the Archos 55 Helium Ultra offers an odd mix of specs, the 50f Helium boasts of a fingerprint scanner, one of the very rare smartphones to sport that feature at that price tier.

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LG V20 teaser extols Android Nougat features

LG V20 teaser extols Android Nougat features

Considering it is beating Google’s own Nexus smartphones in the race for first, it isn’t surprising that LG is trying to squeeze every bit of marketing juice that it can from being the first to have a new smartphone to come out with Android Nougat out of the box. That is exactly what it is trying to do with the latest teaser video for the LG V20, somewhat ironically advertising features that won’t exactly be unique to the smartphone. At least not when other new smartphones start shipping with Android 7.0 later this year.

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Moto Z Play gets another spec leak

Moto Z Play gets another spec leak

IFA 2016 is just around the corner and while Motorola hasn’t exactly hinted at it, we might finally see the Moto Z Play in the flesh. Of course, we still have a lot of time to squeeze in some last minute leaks, like this spec sheet coming hot off GFXBench. It all pretty much confirms the things we’ve seen before, especially from TENAA, which paints the picture of a rather plain mid-range smartphone that will hopefully be made more exciting with compatibility with exciting, and especially upcoming, Moto Mods.

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