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New Apple Watch models rumored to also debut in March

New Apple Watch models rumored to also debut in March

If all these rumors have any ring of truth, then Apple's expected March event will be packed with new devices. First, there is, of course, the 4-inch iPhone 5se, not 6c, which will see the return of a diminutive size not seen since 2013. The, there's the iPad Air 3, which will be the first time a 9.7-inch tablet will make an appearance since 2014. And now there is also word that new Apple Watch models, actually new bands, will also be making a debut in one grand stage presentation.

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LG K10, K4 launch globally, but K7 missing from roll out

LG K10, K4 launch globally, but K7 missing from roll out

Getting its alphabet soup in order, LG unveiled a new K series of smartphones before and during CES 2016 early this month, starting off with the K10 and the K7. The K line's proposition was simple and familiar: a budget friendly selection of low to mid tier smartphones with LG's own brand of user experience. The K series, however, also made an emphasis on cameras and selfies, though only the K10 probably matches the bill. Now LG is unleashing to K smartphones, the K10 and the K4, to the global market. Strangely, the K7 is MIA.

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Apple’s iPhone earnings “stall” was inevitable

Apple’s iPhone earnings “stall” was inevitable

For the first time since the iPhone was introduced, growth appears to have stalled. In Apple's earnings call for their financial Q1, 2016, they've revealed that the iPhone's growth (year-over-year) sits at 0% for unit sales growth and just 1% for revenue growth. This same quarter one year ago showed 46% unit sales growth year-over-year, while the same quarter the year before that showed 7% unit sales growth year-over-year. So wait a second, you might be saying, is this the sort of thing that happens every other year?

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Google “G” logo notifications pushed to all Android devices

Google “G” logo notifications pushed to all Android devices

Just so long as you have Google Now activated on your Android device, you'll be seeing "G" notifications soon. The notifications you're getting might not end up being all that different from what you've been seeing before today, but they will LOOK a little different. The biggest change is the branding. Instead of just a circle with an icon in it, your notifications from Google Now will also have the newest version of Google's "G" logo.

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5-million+ Google Cardboard VR headsets now in the wild

5-million+ Google Cardboard VR headsets now in the wild

Today Google has announced that more than 5-million Cardboard VR headsets have been shipped. That's after 19 months, and includes a wide variety of ways and means: viewers sold by 3rd-part retailers as well as all give-aways and promotions with partners are included. That'd be with the Star Wars / Disney promo, NFL/Visa, Legendary Picture, The New York Times, and etcetera. So while Samsung may have the only consumer-level VR headset on the market for sale today, Google is certainly running a big part of the entry-level interest initiative for virtual reality in general.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 might launch with an upgrade program

Samsung Galaxy S7 might launch with an upgrade program

Deja vu? If yes, then you might have heard of how Apple offered an upgrade, or some might call it "rental", program when it announced the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last September. Or you might have also heard of Samsung's plans to do likewise. While whispers about that upgrade scheme has died out since, it is being resuscitated now that the Galaxy S7 is just around the corner. Or so it is hoped. Korean media report that Samsung might have its own rental system in place by the time the Galaxy S7 flagship hits stores in March.

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Lumia phones might get Flip Covers with a second display

Lumia phones might get Flip Covers with a second display

As the name clearly points out, Microsoft Research is a division knee deep in R&D. In most companies, however, that acronym is almost synonymous with things that almost never see the light of day, except in a few vestiges. Trying to buck the trend, Microsoft is now trying to make its Research results more prominent, by actually putting them into products or turning them into actual products themselves. And one of those might yet be the most interesting: a flip cover for Lumia smartphones that also act as secondary displays.

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Hugo Barra confirms Xiaomi Mi 5 on 24th Feb, gets leaked first

Hugo Barra confirms Xiaomi Mi 5 on 24th Feb, gets leaked first

Given Xiaomi's high profile status in the mobile industry, both in China and elsewhere, whenever it is scheduled to announce a new flagship device, people take note. Especially considering the OEM's speculated move into new territory, like the US market. The upcoming Mi 5 is, of course, no different. Finally putting rumors to rest, Xiaomi's Hugo Barra, formerly a Google exec, has taken to Twitter to confirm the announcement date of the smarpthone, scheduled to debut on February 24. But even before that happens, we aret treated to another batch of leaked photos of the alleged Mi 5.

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LG to have 2 smartphone flagships to face challenging 2016

LG to have 2 smartphone flagships to face challenging 2016

Korean manufacturing giant LG has just revealed its financial performance for the last quarter of 2015. All in all, the company was happy to tell a mostly positive story, with an operating profit of 349 billion KRW, roughly $301.4 million), which is an impressive 27% increase from the previous quarter of that year. However, like its fierce rival Samsung, much of that profit came from businesses other than its mobile devices. Expecting rough seas ahead, LG is said to release two flagship smartphones this year to try and offset whatever sales problems it might encounter in 2016.

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Nexus 5X gets another discount, Google preps for Valentines

Nexus 5X gets another discount, Google preps for Valentines

In a little over two weeks, the world will once again go crazy over buying gifts for that special someone. If you ask Google, the perfect gift would, of course, be one of the devices available from its online store. So in preparation for that season, Google is putting up a few promos to entice buyers. A "better together" arrangement will land you a special partner for a purchase of a Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P. Plus, Google is giving the Nexus 5X yet another, seemingly permanent, price cut.

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