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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date and Galaxy S7 price war

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 release date and Galaxy S7 price war

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 shipping dates span from late August to mid-September, depending on the carrier each user chooses. This includes each of the major carriers, the lot of which each have their own end retail price for the smartphone. For instance, ordering a Blue Coral 64GB edition Galaxy Note 7 from T-Mobile USA will cost a user $849.99 USD. If that same smartphone with Verizon connectivity were purchased - 64GB edition, Blue Coral Galaxy Note 7 - it'd cost $864.99 USD. Strange how that works.

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Skiplagged Pokemon tracker leads pack of GO update map tools

Skiplagged Pokemon tracker leads pack of GO update map tools

Today we're taking a look at the latest batch of Pokemon GO tools for modifying the game experience intended by Niantic. To be clear, we do not endorse the use of any of these tools, we're reporting the facts in the evolving phenomenon that is Pokemon GO. We'll be getting more into the ethics of Pokemon GO journalism later - for now, let's have a peek at what Skiplagged's tools are all about - and have a peek at a few more tools for mapping and organizing Pokemon GO assets as well.

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Apple’s iPhone 7-compatible wireless headphones tipped to feature custom Bluetooth chip

Apple’s iPhone 7-compatible wireless headphones tipped to feature custom Bluetooth chip

One of the biggest ongoing rumors supporting the expectation that the iPhone 7 will launch without a headphone jack is that Apple is developing a wireless pair of its own EarPods headphones — likely to be called "AirPods." Further backing that claim is a new report that indicates the company is even going as far creating a custom Bluetooth chip to reduce power usage and extend the headphones' battery life.

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Povie puts a smartphone around your neck

Povie puts a smartphone around your neck

People like to take selfies and share videos with others on social media of what they are doing. The catch is that sometimes you need to have your hands free and a selfie stick doesn't do the job. This is where a new device called Povie comes in. Povie is made by a firm called Edelkrone and even if it looks really weird, it's sort of a cool idea.

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“Colorful” HTC Desire 530 now also on Verizon

“Colorful” HTC Desire 530 now also on Verizon

There really is no stopping HTC from pushing its "micro splash design" to the masses. After finally making available the HTC Desire 530, both unlocked and from T-Mobile, it's Verizon's turn to offer the entry level smartphone to its customers. At a very low price, even lower if you activate a new line on Verizon, you can get this handy Android smartphone that will make people take a second look. And probably not always in a good way.

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iPhone 7 prototype shown powered on for the first time

iPhone 7 prototype shown powered on for the first time

We've seen no small amount of iPhone 7 dummy models and prototypes, but most, if not all, of them have one missing feature: an actual working phone. In short, most of what we've seen are finely crafted non-functional pieces of tech. This new leak, however, somewhat changes that. Here we get to see not only an iPhone 7 prototype but one that is actually turned on and is running software. Some internal iOS software it seems, which could still cast some doubt on the final product.

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Samsung might push iris scanners even to mid-range phones

Samsung might push iris scanners even to mid-range phones

One of the new stars of the new Galaxy Note 7 is undoubtedly its iris scanning technology. Although fast, reliable, and useful, especially when paired with Samsung's equally new Secure Folders, iris scanners, as a whole, are still too new for mobile devices. But if Samsung has its way, that won't be for long. According to the company's mobile division president DJ Koh, the technology could eventually trickle down even to mid-range devices in the not so distant future. With some cost cutting, of course.

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Nexus 2016 details and release date specs appear like Nexus 6P

Nexus 2016 details and release date specs appear like Nexus 6P

This week the folks at GFXBench appear to have received a benchmark for the next (one of two) Nexus smartphone. This would be the smaller of the two, one we're being told (by unofficial, anonymous sources) may be called the Nexus 5P. This device would be the replacement for the Nexus 5X. Coming with the operating system the benchmark calls "INVALID Android Google Edition" - catchy name! - this device rolls with a 1920 x 1080 5-inch display with 5-finger touch support.

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iPhone 7 release date details vs PRO and iPhone 6s

iPhone 7 release date details vs PRO and iPhone 6s

A device by the name of iPhone 7 Pro seems to have appeared once again, this one (alternately called iPhone 7 Plus) being the strangest version we've yet seen. This version of the iPhone 7 Plus looks to be coming with a metallic blue sort of tone to it - not particularly black, but not really blue like a Pepsi can, either. It's like Apple describing their pink phone as "Rose Gold" - not quite, but similar.

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Galaxy S7 edge vs. Galaxy Note 7: Which one should you buy?

Galaxy S7 edge vs. Galaxy Note 7: Which one should you buy?

As far as this year's flagships are concerned, Samsung has already laid out all its cards. And like it or not, its cards look eerily alike. But the most striking similarities can be found in the newly announced Galaxy Note 7 and the slightly older Galaxy S7 edge. Given their near identical status, consumers will undoubtedly ask, "which one is which?" If you're in the market for a 2016 Samsung champion and feel a bit stumped choosing between its two curved models, this little guide can hopefully help narrow down the choice to a few factors.

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OPPO F1s is here, the new Selfie Expert

OPPO F1s is here, the new Selfie Expert

OPPO is obviously not backing down from its promise to make its new "F" line its photography oriented series. And by photography, so far it has meant selfies. And so it has, as expected, put out the OPPO F1s, which it now bills as the Selfie Expert. Which is a weird claim considering the OPPO F1 Plus announced not too long ago is perhaps a better expert than it. Albeit its expertise does come at a price, literally.

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iPhone 7 Plus prototype: wobbly, blue, and smart

iPhone 7 Plus prototype: wobbly, blue, and smart

We've seen a couple of iPhone 7 physical mockups and prototypes, but that isn't the only iPhone Apple is expected to reveal next month. In fact, considering the addition of two features not found on the base model, it might even be more controversial than the already controversial iPhone 7. And so it is just appropriate that we also get an unofficial look and feel with the iPhone 7 Plus. Or Pro, if that's what others are calling this feature laden model.

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