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Android Marshmallow update comes to T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

Android Marshmallow update comes to T-Mobile Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge

T-Mobile users who own the Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note Edge smartphones can now get their grubby little mitts on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for their devices. The new updates will add Android 6.0.1 baseband version N910TUVU2DPE3 or N910T3UVU1DPE3 to the Note 4 bringing with it some cool new features and capabilities.

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ZTE nubia Z11 finally launches with no side bezels

ZTE nubia Z11 finally launches with no side bezels

Most of the time, OEMs launch an "N" model and then follow it up with "N mini" or "N max". ZTE, however, seems to have done the reverse. After the nubia Z11 mini and the nubia Z11 max, the Chinese manufacturer is now launching the ZTE nubia Z11, the nominal flagship of the trio. But it isn't just a flagship in title. In design and in specs, the nubia Z11 does stand up to expectations, sporting almost all the high-end components and a display that is flushed to the sides, leaving no room for underutilized bezels.

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Galaxy Note 7 now tipped to have 3,600 mAh battery only

Galaxy Note 7 now tipped to have 3,600 mAh battery only

One of the missteps that Samsung made with the Galaxy S6 was to take away the removable battery, which was exacerbated by the fact that it had a rather modest 2,550 mAh battery. The OEM partly corrected that with the Galaxy S7 by giving it a still non-removable but bigger 3,000 mAh pack. Samsung might be dragged again into the battery debate with the Galaxy Note 7 (or Note 6) now that the latest word is that it will have a 3,600 mAh battery instead of the earlier leaked and hoped for 4,000 mAh.

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LG VPInput lets you control your LG flagship from your PC

LG VPInput lets you control your LG flagship from your PC

Anyone who works with a computer daily is probably familiar with the frustration of having to reach out for your smartphone just quickly check or do something. Not only is it inconvenient, it is also unproductive. LG has just announced its solution that fixes. Provided you have an LG G5, G4, or even a V10. Simply called VPInput, the Android app and accompanying PC program allows you not just to view but also control your smartphone right from the comfort of your desktop or laptop.

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The Road to Google’s First “iPhone”

The Road to Google’s First “iPhone”

The rumors are ripe - Google is tipped to be designing their own iPhone competitor within the next year. Today we're going to explore how we got to this point and, perhaps more importantly, why Google won't actually release this non-Nexus device. Could it be that the company known for their wildly popular open-source mobile operating system would destroy everything they've worked for just to battle Apple directly? Hypothetically yes. Realistically, no.

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Watch Galaxy S7 gaming get WAY better with Vulcan API

Watch Galaxy S7 gaming get WAY better with Vulcan API

Earlier this year we spoke with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney about why Vulkan API was important to the Galaxy S7. It was a trailblazer, he said, saying that the graphics prowess this device was about to have would be mind-blowing. Today we get to see more about what it means to have the connection Sweeney speaks of. Moving from OpenGL, developed back in the 1980s, to Vulkan API. It's radical.

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OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

OnePlus 3 teardown part II: what’s inside?

Today we're having another look at the insides of the OnePlus 3. Thanks to a helpful anonymous friend who's supplied photos, we've got a deep-dive look at the insides of the OnePlus 3 and some insight into how easy it will be for an at-home repair person such as yourself to go ahead and replace broken bits. Today we're looking at the motherboard and all the fun little parts attached to it. Behold how similar this device is to the rest of the battlefield.

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Android tipped to allow Custom Voice Actions in near future

Android tipped to allow Custom Voice Actions in near future

While previous versions of Android had custom voice actions available on a case-by-case basis for developers, the future may go a bit more public. If you head back to Google's listing of "Custom Voice Actions" in their Android developer portal, you'll find a note posted in December of 2015. There they suggest that they're not currently accepting requests for Custom Voice Actions. They suggest to stay tuned for product updates. Those updates may be coming very, very soon.

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How to use Facebook Slideshow (for your mom)

How to use Facebook Slideshow (for your mom)

Facebook Slideshow is a new feature being made available to the everyday social network user this week. While brands and advertisers of many sorts have had a very simple version of this feature available to them for some weeks or months, the everyday Facebook user has just received access this week. As such, we're taking a look at how relatively simple it is to use for you and I. This feature is so extremely easy to use, you might end up seeing kitty videos popping up made of selfie photos captured by your cat - just you wait!

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Galaxy Note 7 specs leak from China

Galaxy Note 7 specs leak from China

The next Samsung smartphone with an S Pen has appeared in a new set of specs leaked from microblogger "I Ice". This new set of specifications seems to confirm several of the more important details we'd been told in the past, like a 5.7-inch display with Super AMOLED technology. That same display is tipped to have 2K resolution (that's 2560 x 1800, like the Galaxy Note 5), and will come in two iterations - one with an Edge, one without.

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Galaxy Note 7 details hinted at in Samsung software update

Galaxy Note 7 details hinted at in Samsung software update

The Galaxy Note 5 has received an update (so to speak) which gives a Beta glimpse at the future of the next device in line. That's the Galaxy Note 7, we're to understand, bypassing the name of the device that'd more sensibly come there since each successive Galaxy Note has had a number which comes after the last. Now we're matching up with the Galaxy S series, which is also at 7. This update we're speaking of is a Beta release of a user interface update to the Galaxy Note series, giving us hints as to the functionality of the Note 7 in the process.

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The $4 smartphone is real, and it could change the world

The $4 smartphone is real, and it could change the world

In a market as competitive as smartphones, you can bet that every once in a while a company is going to come around and shake things up. Today that company seems to be India's Ringing Bells, which has announced that it will begin delivering its Freedom 251 smartphone to eager consumers on June 30. What's making these customers eager isn't the phone's list of specifications or some form of brand loyalty, but rather the handset's price - coming in at Rs 251, this phone is sporting a price tag that's a whopping $3.70.

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