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IDC expects ‘substantial slowdown’ in phone shipment growth this year

IDC expects ‘substantial slowdown’ in phone shipment growth this year

In 2014, smartphone shipments grew a massive 27.8-percent, and the next year, 2015, smartphone shipments grew by 10.5-percent. The International Data Corporation (IDC) expects that we’ll see a substantial slowdown in shipments this year, with 2016 (possibly) ending up at around only 3.1-percent. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, this year will probably see about 1.48 billion smartphone shipments, a number that is estimated to climb to 1.84 billion by 2020.

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iPhone 7’s key details leaked in Taiwan

iPhone 7’s key details leaked in Taiwan

Today the full run-down of key iPhone 7 features appears to have leaked, including specifications and appearance. This includes a refresh that's not entirely all-new - in fact it aligns rather well with the report we released yesterday, one in which we speak about a 3-year cycle for Apple instead of their standard 2-year cycle. It could be 2017 before we see an OLED panel on an iPhone. For now, simplicity. For now - another very iPhone 6-looking design.

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Microsoft has torpedoed its smartphone hopes

Microsoft has torpedoed its smartphone hopes

The writing has been on the wall for Microsoft's smartphone ambitions for some time, and now that wall is being demolished altogether. The software giant, unable to coax a viable mobile strategy out of Windows Phone, and now facing uncertainty around Windows 10 on phones, has announced plans to axe 1,850 jobs related to its smartphone business.

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Galaxy X’s rumored foldable display appears before official release

Galaxy X’s rumored foldable display appears before official release

We've heard rumors for years that we'll be getting flexible displays that you can roll or fold up. We'll see a demo, and then we don't hear anything about it for months. Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same. We've most recently heard that the Samsung Galaxy X will be treated to a display that you will be able to fold up and stick in your pocket. And this week, Samsung will be showing off a screen that can do exactly that.

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Project Ara dev kits arrive in Q4, consumer edition to launch next year

Project Ara dev kits arrive in Q4, consumer edition to launch next year

A new Project Ara developer phone will be available the end of this year, the company announced at Google I/O today, followed by a consumer model later on in 2017. This consumer version will be “thin, light and beautiful,” says the project’s creative head Blaise Bertrand. Google teased the kind of things owners will be able to do with an Ara phone, showing off different modules in everyday situations.

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Uber users with dying phones are more willing to pay 9.9x surge pricing

Uber users with dying phones are more willing to pay 9.9x surge pricing

In this digital age, we tend to rely on our phones for a great many things. We use them to communicate, to order and pay for items, and we even use them to make sure that we get a ride to where we need to go. One company knows a lot about how desperate we can get when your battery is about to die, and how much we'll pay as a result.

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Rawr messaging app lets you hug, twerk, and kick your friends in the crotch

Rawr messaging app lets you hug, twerk, and kick your friends in the crotch

If you want to message your friends, but don't want to use plain old text messaging, you have plenty of apps to choose from. If you want to send photos, you can use Snapchat. If you want to make sure that all of your messages are encrypted, you can use WhatsApp. And now, if you want to virtually kick your friend in the crotch, then you can use Rawr.

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iPhones now require a passcode to be entered once every six days

iPhones now require a passcode to be entered once every six days

One of my favorite features to come to the iPhone was the fingerprint reader. I've had laptops in the past with the feature, but I never really found myself using it very often. However, with a smartphone, it's so nice to just press and hold my finger for a second or two, rather than tapping in a passcode. A recent change to iOS means that you'll have to start using your passcode a little more often than before, though.

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Microsoft sells Nokia brand use to Foxconn and HMD global

Microsoft sells Nokia brand use to Foxconn and HMD global

There was a time when there was one, unquestionable king of cellphones. No, I'm not talking about Apple, as this was before their time. I'm not even referring to Blackberry, who certainly had their time. I'm referring to Nokia, who is famous for their nearly-indestructable candy bar phones. Well the brand is looking to make a comeback.

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Moto Z tipped to replace Moto X as new flagship phone

Moto Z tipped to replace Moto X as new flagship phone

Lenovo subsidiary Motorola reportedly has a pair of flagship smartphones in the pipeline, and they may be launching under the new “Moto Z” moniker rather than the company’s now-familiar Moto X. The company’s two tipped handsets are said to go by the codenames Vertex and Vector Thin; per a new leak, the Vector Thin will supposedly launch as the “Moto Z Style,” while the Vertex will launch as the “Moto Z Play."

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Google’s Gboard keyboard is coming to Android

Google’s Gboard keyboard is coming to Android

Yesterday Google released their new 3rd-party keyboard for iOS users named Gboard. With it, came the extremely-useful G button, which essentially integrates Google searches into your keyboard. This means never having to leave your messaging app just to search for something relevant again. Naturally, Android owners have been wondering where their version of the app is.

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Greenlight turns your smartphone into a dash cam

Greenlight turns your smartphone into a dash cam

In this digital age, having a dash cam almost feels like a necessity. In the event of an accident, you'll at least have the comfort of knowing that some portion of it was caught on camera. This makes it a bit easier when it's being determined who is at fault for the collision. But when all of us have a perfectly good camera in our pocket at all times, why should we need to buy an extra one, just to sit in our cars?

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