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HTC Desire 530 is here, unlocked and from T-Mobile

HTC Desire 530 is here, unlocked and from T-Mobile

It has been nearly a month since HTC revealed that it would be bringing its "colorful" Desire 530 mid-ranger to the US and now it is finally making true that promise. If you're in the market for a smartphone that doesn't cost much but still looks out of this world, then this might be your thing. Of course, it isn't exactly going to be the greatest that HTC can over, but, at least on paper, it will be a serviceable mobile companion.

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Moto E3 photos, specs get a full reveal

Moto E3 photos, specs get a full reveal

With all the coverage and hype surrounding the Moto Z Droid and Force Droid, it's too easy to forget the smartphones that ol' Moto has reserved for the more budget conscious buyers. In fact, even Moto itself didn't spend much time talking about the Moto E3 that it announced last week, beyond generic press shots and descriptions. Luckily, some have dug around deeper to reveal the form and function of this honest to goodness wallet-friendly, entry-level, no nonsense Android smartphone.

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DxOMark shows how the Huawei P9 stepped up its camera game

DxOMark shows how the Huawei P9 stepped up its camera game

Huawei is quite proud of its Huawei P9 flagship. Proud enough to hire high profile actors Henry Cavill and Scarlett Johansson to, just for a few minutes, root for the smartphone. Of course, the highlight of the device is it camera. Or cameras rather, one in full color and one in monochrome, certified by famed German camera maker Leica. Fortunately for Huawei, its investment paid off. At least that's what DxOMark is showing with its side by side comparison of the Huawei P9 and its predecessor, the P8, demonstrating how far the Chinese OEM has come in taking digital photography seriously.

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OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus 3 does have USB OTG support, but it’s hidden

OnePlus definitely dodged a bullet on this one. The relatively small Chinese company was one of the few Android manufacturers to jump on the new USB Type-C train with the OnePlus 2. However, it missed to get a perfect score when Google engineer and USB-C Crusader Benson Leung revealed that the company's USB-C accessories weren't up to spec. Now it's the OnePlus 3's turn to almost get a scathing review because it didn't support USB Host Mode, a.k.a. USB OTG, right out of the box without flipping a switch.

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Prisma for Android released today

Prisma for Android released today

Hit iPhone art app Prisma has made its highly-anticipated debut on Android, offering dramatic recreations of photos using AI processing. Offering a step up from the typical filters offered in Instagram and other apps, Prisma promises a fine-art style makeover for photos with styles ranging from the classics through to Pop Art and comic books.

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Cyanogen Inc shifts focus to apps as OS staff reportedly laid off

Cyanogen Inc shifts focus to apps as OS staff reportedly laid off

Hard times seem to have fallen on Cyanogen Inc. — that is, the for profit company behind Cyanogen OS, not the free, open source CyanogenMod. While the customized version of Android remains popular among users who like to mod their devices, the company continues to have trouble convincing manufacturers to adopt the official OS. Now it seems Cyanogen Inc. is making a big shift to focus on apps, while at the same time laying off up to 20% of its workforce.

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Hit game Pokemon GO sets Apple App Store record

Hit game Pokemon GO sets Apple App Store record

Apple has confirmed to SlashGear that Nintendo's mobile game hit Pokemon GO has set a new all-time record, now the app with the most downloads in its first week. Responsible for getting gamers off their couch and out into the streets, Pokemon GO not only tapped into a much-loved franchise but is giving many their first taste of augmented reality. The news bodes well for Niantic, a company that before now was best known for its development of Ingress, a game whose engine was the basis for Pokemon GO. It also bodes well for fans of Nintendo games hoping for mobile apps - they can hardly dismiss such a massive success now, can they?

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BlackBerry Hamburg Android phone release date soon, FCC now

BlackBerry Hamburg Android phone release date soon, FCC now

This week the folks at BlackBerry have had their latest Android device revealed by the FCC. Re-revealed, we might say, as the device was first leaked several weeks ago with its partner, both BlackBerry smartphones running Android. This device is being shown by the FCC this week with model name STH100-2 (RJD211LW) with GSM quad-band, UMTS penta-band, and LTE deca-band connectivity technology inside. We will very likely see this device released inside the United States very soon.

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Snowden aims to counter digital surveillance with this iPhone case

Snowden aims to counter digital surveillance with this iPhone case

Edward Snowden and Andrew Huang have published details on a project that is intended to outline a device and methods that can be used to counter lawful abuses of digital surveillance. According to the abstract, journalists and other high-value targets could easily be the target of an enemy with the technology needed to pick up the information that your mobile devices like smartphones put out.

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LG tipped to have foldable displays, smartphones in the works

LG tipped to have foldable displays, smartphones in the works

Although the media portrays Apple as Samsung's eternal rival, the Korean manufacturer also has an equally potent competitor right in its own backyard. Samsung and LG have always gone head to head with one another in a rat's race of who will come out first with the newest piece of technology. So it is no surprise that LG is now tipped to also be at the cusp of having a foldable display and, soon, a foldable smartphone, right when market watchers predict Samsung to reveal such devices next year.

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OPPO F1s tipped to flaunt 16MP front camera for selfies

OPPO F1s tipped to flaunt 16MP front camera for selfies

Oh the extents people, and companies, will go to in order to get that "perfect" selfie. Some smartphone manufacturers even promote their stuff as the ultimate selfie smartphone. That was exactly what OPPO was singing when it unveiled the OPPO F1 early this year. That expert, however, might soon lose its street creds. If the leaked info is true, then the OPPO F1s, which the company has been teasing since Monday, will actually come with a whopping 16 megapixel front camera, one of the highest in the market so far.

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BlackBerry will still make smartphones against all odds

BlackBerry will still make smartphones against all odds

The past years haven't exactly been kind to BlackBerry, once the king of enterprise smartphones. Although every new device it puts out is naturally touted as a hit, targeting very specific demographics, none have been able to pull the company out of its slump. That, however, isn't stopping CEO John Chen from putting out more smartphones, one of which is already expected this year. That despite the growing opinion that BlackBerry should step out of the smartphone hardware business entirely.

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