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Samsung KNOX gets fit for government use in China, France

Samsung KNOX gets fit for government use in China, France

Along with the enterprise, mobile device and platform makers have always set their eyes on government certification and accreditation. For one, the public sector usually purchases devices in bulk or at least in groups, making them somewhat a lucrative customer. For another, an official thumbs up from governments boosts confidence in the brand. Samsung KNOX, the Korean OEM's official mobile security platform, received just that not from one but two countries, in France and China. Naturally, Samsung is only too happy to boast about how secure KNOX and, by extension, its devices really are.

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Xiaomi fails to reach 80M target, ships over 70M phones only

Xiaomi fails to reach 80M target, ships over 70M phones only

Xiaomi set up a very ambitious goal for itself in 2015. It would ship 80 million phones in that year, a big jump from 2014's 61 million. That, however, might have been too high a jump even for the wildly popular Chinese manufacturer. It only reported "over 70 million" devices shipped, which is still good considering the global smartphone market. That said, it does raise questions on whether Xiaomi's rising star has finally started to fall and whether it can still do its magic for the years to come and in other, more competitive markets.

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Verizon puts LG Optimus Zone 3 on the prepaid table

Verizon puts LG Optimus Zone 3 on the prepaid table

Long gone are the days when postpaid is the only way to go when getting phones in the US. Aside from unlocked devices, which some still have a hard time swallowing, prepaid options are getting more and more popular, especially as more and more devices are added to that prepaid list. Verizon's latest addition to that roster isn't going to blow anyone's socks off, but the LG Optimus Zone 3 could make for a perfect affordable prepaid option for those who need to always be connected but have a tight budget.

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Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact get US date, pricing

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact get US date, pricing

Since its announcement last year, many have wondered when, or even if, Sony would be bringing their Xperia Z5 line to the US. But as the old saying goes, “good things come to those who wait.” Today Sony has announced availability for their flagship phones in the US, and it turns out we won't have to wait too much longer.

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iOS 9.3 will show how much data Wi-Fi Assist consumed

iOS 9.3 will show how much data Wi-Fi Assist consumed

Not all changes that new software versions bring are always welcome with open arms. It isn't uncommon for one or two or even more new features, or the removal of such, while strike a nerve. In the case of Apple's iOS 9, that is probably the contentious Wi-Fi Assist. Supposedly designed to make surfing the Web a more fluid and painless experience, it has actually caused more pain for users unaware of the feature and the data charges that it brings. Apple isn't disable the feature in iOS 9.3 beta 1, but it will let you keep an eye on it at least.

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iPhone 6s’ AnTuTu debut blows competition out of the water

iPhone 6s’ AnTuTu debut blows competition out of the water

For a long time, smartphone benchmarks were the domain of Android devices, as many of the tools, like the ever so popular AnTuTu, just weren't available for Apple's iOS platform. With AnTuTu's latest version, however, it has finally bridged the platform gap. So now we can see a fuller version of AnTuTu's view of the smartphone world from the perspective of benchmark performance. For the first time, Apple's iPhones have appeared in the chart and immediately, Apple's latest and greatest is already trumping all the rest with its near 133,000 score.

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Lumia 850 or 750 might be the RM-1182 just certified in China

Lumia 850 or 750 might be the RM-1182 just certified in China

Under Nokia's regime, there'd be half a dozen or more Lumia smartphones popping up in a year. Now owned by Microsoft, that seems to have cut that number a bit. That doesn't mean, however, that Microsoft won't be churning out new models. In fact, here we have rumors of two Lumia smartphones coming out this year but first making a stop at China's certification agency. Those two, which might either be the Lumia 750 or Lumia 850 or both, are still in addition to the Lumia 650 rumored last month.

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Will better speakers redeem iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack?

Will better speakers redeem iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack?

Depending on who you speak to, the idea of an iPhone 7 without a headphone jack is either a travesty or the logical next step for Apple. Cupertino lips are still sealed as to whether the upcoming iOS flagship will indeed do away with the familiar 3.5mm socket - and throw a huge accessory market into disarray in the process - but a newly-spotted patent could detail some of the payoff.

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LG G5 may go modular to keep removable battery

LG G5 may go modular to keep removable battery

LG may have figured out a way to deliver the metal flagship phone users desire with the removable battery they demand. The upcoming Android smartphone, widely expected to be dubbed the LG G5, is expected to be revealed in Barcelona in late February, but whispers from those close to the project suggest the form-factor will be fairly unusual.

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Lumia 520 modded to include huge Wi-Fi antenna, CPU fan

Lumia 520 modded to include huge Wi-Fi antenna, CPU fan

Smartphones are often called "computers in our pocket", mostly because of how capable they are today compared to yesteryear's hulking boxes. But if so, should we be even surprised if someone took pains to mod one like a PC? Well, we definitely should be in this case. While most mods involve changing a smartphone's appearance or just software, a certain Mark, a.k.a. Core Down, went the extra mile to mod the hardware too. To the point that he adds a ridiculously big Wi-Fi antenna and a contrastingly small CPU fan on a Lumia 520.

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