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ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser, Deluxe now available in the US

ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser, Deluxe now available in the US

Last May, ASUS unveiled its new flagship ZenFone 3 family of Android smartphones, one of which included what the Taiwanese manufacturer boasted to be the first commercially available smartphone with the Snapdragon 821 processor. Now it is bringing two of those devices to the US market via Amazon, sitting on two opposite ends of the smartphone spectrum. On one end, you have the ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser, a moderately lower end phablet. While on the opposite end you have the beast that is the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe.

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iPhone 7 claimed to have been jailbroken in just 24 hours

iPhone 7 claimed to have been jailbroken in just 24 hours

Jailbreaking iPhones is like a game of cat and mouse. Each new update, especially major ones, patch up holes and flaws that jailbreakers use to gain full access to the device and the OS. So, naturally, when the iPhone 7 came out with iOS 10, the belief was that it would be considerably harder to pry open. Harder? Yes. Considerably? Apparently not, as a certain 19 year old hacker by the name of Luca Todesco claims he was able to jailbreak the iPhone 7 in just 24 hours. Unfortunately for the jailbreaking community, he isn’t sharing it just yet.

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BLU Life One X2 mixes 4GB RAM, fingerprint sensor, budget price

BLU Life One X2 mixes 4GB RAM, fingerprint sensor, budget price

Near the end of 2015, Florida-based smartphone maker BLU Products challenged Motorola’s popularity in the mid-range market by pitting its new BLU Life One X against the 3rd gen Moto G. Now that the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are out, it was perhaps time to revisit that contest. Indeed, BLU has just announced the Life One X2 which does step up the game, expanding storage options and adding a fingerprint scanner. All while mostly still keeping the same low price tag.

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iPhone 7 Review

iPhone 7 Review

It's ironic, a new iPhone is usually the specter hanging over rival smartphones, but it's the promise of their unannounced successor that looms above the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Mauled even before launch by vocal criticism of Apple's decision to abandon the decades-old headphone jack, and stung by accusations that these new handsets play it safe rather than push the envelope, could 2016's iPhone really be a disappointment?

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Lexar 256GB 633x microSD card ready for 4K video galore

Lexar 256GB 633x microSD card ready for 4K video galore

Lexar has announced a collection of new microSD cards and accessories to work with said microSD cards, including a new 256GB 633x unit this week. This card, they suggest, is able of storing 9 full hours of 4K video at once. Devices without a microSD card slot can also partake, just so long as they've got their own micro-USB port or USB-C port, now that the company has revealed their C1 microSD Reader and their M1 microSD Reader as well.

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With Google Pixel, the Android promise fulfilled, at last!

With Google Pixel, the Android promise fulfilled, at last!

This October Google will have fulfilled the promise they've been making on the Android operating system for the past decade. In the year 2005, Google acquired Android. In 2011, Google acquired Motorola (then, not long after, sold everything but their patents). In 2016, Google is in a position to not only create a set of Android smartphones and control the hardware, sales, and distribution, but the software, too. Google will be panned for copying Apple's game plan with these devices, but these devices will be exactly what consumers want, and will buy.

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LeEco Le Pro 3 tries to aim for the skies

LeEco Le Pro 3 tries to aim for the skies

LeEco, formerly LeTV and a Lenovo-backed Chinese firm, has just made official a much hyped flagship smartphone, at least as far as Chinese brands are concerned. And, as expected from a Chinese flagship, the new LeEco Le Pro 3 boasts of some mighty impressive specs with a ridiculously low price. Although chances of the smartphone becoming available in markets like the US are somewhat slim, the Le Pro 3 and its ilk could very well soon pose a threat mainstream brands whose prices could never really go as low as these.

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Google Pixel phones tipped to barely have water resistance

Google Pixel phones tipped to barely have water resistance

Our smartphones these days have become part and parcel of our lives to the point that we bring them with us anywhere and everywhere. That runs the risk of exposing them to elements, so consumers have mostly come to expect that their smartphones will survive a bit of a splash. Most flagships for the past years do promise some peace of mind in that regard, with a few exceptions. And unfortunately, according to a “reliable source”, the Google Pixel smartphone will be one of those exceptions, getting only an IP53 rating, which means having no special water resistance at all.

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Galaxy S7 recall: not a Note thing to worry about

Galaxy S7 recall: not a Note thing to worry about

It's come to our attention that thousands of Samsung Galaxy S7 users have begun searching for details on their own device's recall. In reality, Samsung has issued no such recall for the Galaxy S7. It's the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that's been recalled, while the Galaxy S7 (a completely different device) has had no issues as such. The trending of this topic is just the latest in a series of unfortunate events that've created what's essentially a perfect storm of negative publicity for the brand.

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Google Allo released with iMessage’s biggest mistake

Google Allo released with iMessage’s biggest mistake

Apple was sued in May of 2014 for an iMessage texting snafu that was the bane of mobile carrier help desk assistants' existence. "Why am I not getting my text messages," they'd say, "I was getting them just fine on my iPhone, now on this Android phone I can't see them." Google is making a mistake at the launch of Google Allo - routing messages - including SMS messages - through their own servers, capturing one's phone number in the process.

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Galaxy Note 7 is back on Verizon, T-Mobile following soon

Galaxy Note 7 is back on Verizon, T-Mobile following soon

While we expect a bit more reports, maybe even more lawsuits, in the coming days, Samsung seems to be quite confident it has weathered the storm, enough to actually restart sales of the Galaxy Note 7 in the US. Or at least that seems to be the implication now that Verizon has put the controversial phablet back on stock on its website. And according to a third-party report, T-Mobile would be doing the same really soon as well, just in time for the promised September 21 date.

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Galaxy Note 7 update adds green battery icon for “safe” models

Galaxy Note 7 update adds green battery icon for “safe” models

Samsung has announced a software update that, while doesn’t directly address the problem of overheating and exploding Galaxy Note 7’s, does take a step towards informing consumers of the situation and assuring them of future Galaxy Note 7 models. That is, if they still opt to buy one. A firmware update that’s being pushed to both the old problematic models and the newer “fixed” ones will include a new battery icon to indicate whether the model is a part of the new batches. And for the older models, owners will be faced with warnings and advice to power down their smartphone and have it replaced as soon as possible.

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