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iPhone 7’s Home button requires skin contact to function

iPhone 7’s Home button requires skin contact to function

If you've paying any attention to all the recent iPhone 7 news, you've heard that the Home button on Apple's latest device has stopped being a physical button, and is now a pressure-sensitive touch surface that uses vibration to simulate an actual press. Now customers are getting their hands on the iPhone 7, one of the newly discovered drawbacks about this redesigned Home button is that it requires skin contact in order for a press to be recognized.

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LG X power phone arrives at Boost Mobile next Friday

LG X power phone arrives at Boost Mobile next Friday

Following its launch at Cricket Wireless, LG's new budget-friendly LG X power smartphone will soon arrive at Boost Mobile, another prepaid mobile carrier. As with most smartphones that launch through these carriers, the LG X power is relatively inexpensive at $129.99 USD, and it brings with it modest -- but in no way insubstantial -- specs. One of the phone’s more notable features is long battery life, which tops out at about two days depending on how heavily you use the phone.

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Samsung apologizes for Galaxy Note 7 recall

Samsung apologizes for Galaxy Note 7 recall

This week Samsung issued an apology to the public for the first wave of Galaxy Note 7 devices sold with a battery defect. Samsung was represented by Tim Baxter, president and chief operating officer for Samsung Electronics America, who suggested that the company has already exchanged some 130,000 Galaxy Note 7 units which, if we're reading this Consumer Product Safety Commission report correctly, means there are "about" 870,000 Galaxy Note 7 units still in consumer hands with potential to overheat and catch fire.

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iPhone 7 tip: Clock Alarm might not work

iPhone 7 tip: Clock Alarm might not work

Apple's release of the iPhone 7 (with iOS 10 onboard) this week has one tiny mix-up that most users new to the software might miss. This has to do with the new feature within the Clock app called "Bedtime." This Bedtime feature is an alarm that sounds two times - one time when the user should go to sleep, and another time when they should wake up. This feature is what Apple suggests will help with healthy sleeping habits: "Going to be and waking up at the same times every day are keys to healthy sleep."

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iPhone 7 Release Day reports clash

iPhone 7 Release Day reports clash

This morning Apple Stores around the world opened their doors to let in lines of potential iPhone 7 buyers galore. Or that's what would have happened if the internet somehow didn't exist and users hadn't already pre-ordered their devices over the past week. As it is, reports are coming in from the UK, NYC, and etcetera, as Apple Stores let in users that can't help but wait for the UPS or FedEx truck to arrive, picking their devices up in-person instead. In places long Hong Kong, Australia, and NYC, lines remain.

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See how matte black iPhone 7 stands up to bend & scratch tests

See how matte black iPhone 7 stands up to bend & scratch tests

The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are slowly rolling out to buyers around the globe today, and while we've already the larger device go through a teardown, now it's time to see how the standard 4.7-inch model stands up to bending and scratching. YouTube user JerryRigEverything has basically put an iPhone 7 in the new matte black color through a torture test, going as far as scratching it with a utility knife and subjecting it to extreme pressure.

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iPhone 7 Plus teardown: fake speaker, bigger Taptic Engine, longer battery

iPhone 7 Plus teardown: fake speaker, bigger Taptic Engine, longer battery

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are officially launching today, and, just as they do every year, the teardown experts at iFixit have already managed to get their hands on one and opened it up to show us what's inside. Their first writeup focuses on the rose gold iPhone 7 Plus specifically, and among the most interesting details are how the space previously dedicated to the 3.5mm headphone jack has been used, the water resistant adhesive used, and the fake speaker grille on the bottom of the device.

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Return your Galaxy Note 7 NOW, immediately, post-haste

Return your Galaxy Note 7 NOW, immediately, post-haste

Over the past couple of weeks, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 has been the subject of some controversy regarding its potential to burst into flames. The defect responsible for this blunder seems to be rare - sort of. Not rare enough that all Galaxy Note 7 units have been banned from public use, but rare enough. Rare enough that we were shocked when we found, just this week, that not every Samsung Galaxy Note 7 user had taken the time to turn their first-run device in for a new one.

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Moto G4 Play Review : Another Entry-Level Hit

Moto G4 Play Review : Another Entry-Level Hit

The latest in Lenovo's Moto G collection of devices is the "Play" of the G4 (2016) generation. This means the Moto G4 Play is the least of the pack, least impressive and least costly, too. Today we're going to judge whether this device is worth the cash it costs - and for whom this device would be ideal. This device looks and feels extremely similar to its closest relatives, the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus.

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You won’t find iPhone 7 Plus or Jet Black in stores on Friday

You won’t find iPhone 7 Plus or Jet Black in stores on Friday

If you're expecting to get an iPhone 7 this week and weren't among the first to place an online pre-order the moment they went on sale, you're left with only one choice: lining up in front of an Apple store on Friday morning with hope they'll have enough. But if you're wanting the larger iPhone 7 Plus, or either phone model in the new Jet Black color, you're just flat out of luck. Apple has revealed that the iPhone 7 Plus in all colors, and both Jet Black models, are completely sold out.

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How to present a Google Pixel phone (to beat the iPhone 7)

How to present a Google Pixel phone (to beat the iPhone 7)

The following is a presentation of the Google Pixel phone and the Google Pixel XL, two devices that will seal Google's destiny in hardware. To be entirely clear up front, this presentation is a suggestion for Google - a mock-up of how I imagine Google might present their first set of true iPhone competitor devices. With the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus having already been revealed with some easy-to-pick-on features and Samsung's biggest-fiasco-ever currently fresh in users' minds, Google has a BIG opportunity right here and now.

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Estimote Mirror beacon will make smart screens personal

Estimote Mirror beacon will make smart screens personal

The Estimote Mirror is a new product in a line of Bluetooth beacons that react to smartphones around them. This device uses similar technology to that of the rest of the Estimote Beacon line, but here makes a display - a TV screen, poster-sized billboard display, anything with am HDMI-input - show content based on a user being within proximity. This device may well bring about the age of Minority Report shopping at last.

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