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OnePlus 3 DASH shown in action, gaming while charging

OnePlus 3 DASH shown in action, gaming while charging

OnePlus execs seem to like living on the edge just to prove a point. Company CEO Pete Lau has taken to Weibo to show off the OnePlus 3's fast charging DASH tech and how it fares against other flagships using Qualcomm's Quick Charge feature. And he does so not through rigorous lab stress test but with a somewhat controversial behavior among smartphone users. That is, playing games on the OnePlus 3 while charging it at the same time. Fortunately for the OnePlus, it was victorious and remained unscathed.

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Samsung Smart Glow puts an LED ring around the rear camera

Samsung Smart Glow puts an LED ring around the rear camera

The back side of the smartphone is one of the barest part of the device. It usually only had the rear camera, until some manufacturers started putting fingerprint scanners and sometimes even buttons there. It's a bit understandable, considering how the back is the one seen most by other people and therefore has to be the most presentable. That is why Samsung's leaked upcoming Smart Glow feature adds some new functionality on that rear side while, at the same time, actually adding some prettiness in the process.

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Android N Quick Settings ditch toggles

Android N Quick Settings ditch toggles

This week the newest version of Android N has arrived for Android Beta users, and with it, a relatively small change. Or a big change, depending on how often you use Quick Settings. Pulled down from the top of your Android device's screen, just above notifications, there's a grid of Quick Settings. Before, for items like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you were able to tap once to toggle between settings state. Now, not so much.

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There may be no “flat” Galaxy Note 6

There may be no “flat” Galaxy Note 6

While the Galaxy Note 6 may be coming with an "Edge" version right out the gate, it's possible that no flat version will come at all. NOTE: Before we go any further, make certain you understand that we're working with pre-official information here, not confirmed data from Samsung. What we're to understand as of this week is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 - likely coming with the name Galaxy Note 7 (skipping the "6" to match the Galaxy S line releases), will come with a curved-edge display. And that there may be no traditional release.

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LG X power, X mach, X style, and X max unveiled, aim at the masses

LG X power, X mach, X style, and X max unveiled, aim at the masses

LG has pulled the wraps off a new range of X series smartphones and all of the devices are aiming directly at the middle of the smartphone market. The four new devices includes the X power, X mach, X style and X max. The quartet of new devices slips in alongside the existing X cam and X screen smartphones in the series. LG says that all four of the new smartphones will roll out later this month globally.

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Galaxy Note 7 mass production starts next month says source

Galaxy Note 7 mass production starts next month says source

An industry source is claiming that Samsung will begin mass production of the much rumored Galaxy Note 7 starting next month. This same source claims that Samsung plans to build about 5 million units for its initial launch with the devices completed by August. That August complete date for the initial supply of smartphones would fit in well with the rumor from earlier this week that the Galaxy Note 7 will launch August 2.

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LG G5 can connect to LG’s USB-C 4K monitor

LG G5 can connect to LG’s USB-C 4K monitor

Despite being an industry standard, Google engineer Benson Leung, who worked on the Pixel C Android tablet, discovered that adoption was not only slow but also done improperly. To some extent, it's understandable given how new the technology is. So it isn't hard to imagine Leung's contentment when he discovered last month that the LG G5 actually supported the standard's Power Deliver spec. Apparently, the good news doesn't stop there, as he is now reporting that it also supports the new DisplayPort over USB-C spec, which allows it to connect to LG's own 27-inch 4K USB Type-C monitor.

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OnePlus 3 Dash Charge only works with OnePlus cable, charger

OnePlus 3 Dash Charge only works with OnePlus cable, charger

Quick charging, by whatever name the feature is called, has become the band-aid solution to our battery woes while we await the day when newer, better batteries are finally available. Not surprisingly, each OEM or fast charging technology requires the use of a proprietary charger. The OnePlus 3, however, one ups all of those by requiring not just a proprietary charger for its Dash Charge feature to work, it also requires to use of a proprietary cable at, of course, only OnePlus sells.

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Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner to come from Patron

Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner to come from Patron

That an upcoming Samsung flagship smartphone is rumored to have an iris scanner isn't exactly new. Those rumors have been circulating as far back as 2013, but never really came to pass in the 2015 models. Nth time's the charm right? That seems to be the case yet again for the Galaxy Note 7 (or Note 6 or Note 7 edge) but this time around, Korean media is giving a name to the manufacturer of said sensor. In this case, Korean camera module maker Patron is named as the source of the iris scanner that will grace the face of Samsung's next premium phablet.

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Android N update today, final release imminent

Android N update today, final release imminent

The final public release of Android N is near. Google suggests that as of today, all APIs are final developers should be able to submit apps for release with full confidence. Today's release of OS includes the 4th Developer Preview of Android N as well as the final Android N SDK. Developers and civilians will be able to make use of these bits of software with the greatest of ease.

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OnePlus to exclusively focus on flagship phones, no more budget-friendly X

OnePlus to exclusively focus on flagship phones, no more budget-friendly X

Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has been on a roll for the last few years. It's flagship models have been getting lots of praise for their high-end specs and affordable prices, and the newest OnePlus 3 is continuing that trend. To ensure the company continues producing the best phones it can, however, OnePlus will no longer focus on offering a cheaper, budget-friendly model.

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OnePlus 3 Review Part III: what no other smartphone has

OnePlus 3 Review Part III: what no other smartphone has

The OnePlus 3 is a smartphone that'll cost you $400 - thereby making the average Android user expect there'll have been some compromises made. In fact, based on our review series thus far, the elements that might be perceived as compromises can also easily be seen as strengths. This device also has a number of features that no other device has - or that no other device has yet, that is to say.

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