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Apple adds Night Shift and more in iOS 9.3 beta

Apple adds Night Shift and more in iOS 9.3 beta

The iOS 9.3 beta has been released today, and while it isn't exactly groundbreaking, there are a few new features worth looking at. Apple has put up a teaser page that gives us all of the details. But we've got a rundown of the best ones right here.

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Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite budget phone boasts 5″ FHD display

Lenovo VIBE S1 Lite budget phone boasts 5″ FHD display

Lenovo has introduced its newest smartphone, the budget-friendly VIBE S1 Lite. Despite its budget status, the phone brings with it some decidedly mid-tier specs, including a Full HD 5-inch “wide-view” display and up to 32GB of internal storage (complemented with a microSD card slot for expansion). The phone will be arriving soon in places where Lenovo’s other VIBE phones are sold, but unfortunately won’t be landing in the United States.

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Acer updates their Liquid Jade smartphone line with Primo

Acer updates their Liquid Jade smartphone line with Primo

Acer might not be the first company that you think of when it comes to smartphones. However, they've actually been in the game for a little bit. Today at CES they have announced the latest in their Liquid Jade line of smartphones.

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AT&T leak reveals the end of two-year contracts [Update: confirmed]

AT&T leak reveals the end of two-year contracts [Update: confirmed]

According to newly leaked documents, AT&T is doing away with two-year contracts early next month, moving subscribers over to its’ AT&T Next installment plan or requiring them to pay the price of the phone upfront. The change will take effect across the board, according to the documents; employees will lose the two-year contract option, too, as well as current two-year contract customers. AT&T has not confirmed the leak, however.

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The top 10 mobile apps of 2015

The top 10 mobile apps of 2015

With the year drawing to a close, it's a good time to take a look back at what the most popular mobile apps were for the year. They're honestly not too surprising, and in a way, it's almost depressing. Why depressing? Because of the top 10 apps, there are only three different companies to be seen. Take a look below.

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ZTE Axon Max packs 6-inch Super AMOLED and Global VIP Passport

ZTE Axon Max packs 6-inch Super AMOLED and Global VIP Passport

ZTE has announced the launch of its latest Axon flagship device called the Axon Max. The Axon Max is also the final model in the Axon flagship series of devices. Along with the launch of the Axon Max also comes a new Global VIP passport service. The smartphone has a 6-inch 2.5D Super AMOLED screen with slim bezels.

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Instagram adds 3D Touch feature to Android version of app

Instagram adds 3D Touch feature to Android version of app

When Apple released their latest generation of iPhones, one of the new features they included was 3D Touch. If you're not familiar, 3D Touch allows the phone to register just how much pressure is being applied by your finger, and translate that into a new form of input. What's interesting is that the addition of this new method of input has actually lead to one app maker releasing a new feature on the Android version of their popular app.

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Chappelle’s new shows require phones to be locked in Yondr sleeves

Chappelle’s new shows require phones to be locked in Yondr sleeves

If you’re planning on attending one of Dave Chappelle’s shows in Chicago in coming days, you’ll have to lock your phone up inside a pouch from Yondr. Not familiar with Yondr? Most people aren’t until they encounter a “no phone zone,” Yondr’s speciality. The company provides venues with soft cases in which attendees must place their phone. It is then locked, and won’t be unlocked until the show is over or they leave.

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ZTE Nubia Z11 to arrive in US alongside China launch

ZTE Nubia Z11 to arrive in US alongside China launch

Chinese company ZTE enjoys healthy success both in China and the United States, and as such a new report isn't much of a surprise: ZTE plans to launch its upcoming Nubia Z11 smartphone in both China and the U.S. at the same time, something spurred in part by the widespread success of ZTE’s Z9 handset, which has sold more than half a billion units across the globe.

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Samsung Pay expands to include Chase credit and debit cards

Samsung Pay expands to include Chase credit and debit cards

We're inching closer and closer to a time where we won't even need to pull out our wallet to pay for items. It started with the ability to order things online, and now thanks to smartphones, we can just tap our phones for some purchases. Starting today, those with Samsung phones will have more options for paying for transactions with nothing more than their phone.

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Pepsi Phone P1s arrives in China with 4G LTE, FHD display, Lollipop

Pepsi Phone P1s arrives in China with 4G LTE, FHD display, Lollipop

We've known that Pepsi has a self-branded smartphone in the pipeline, and now it has finally been made official. Called the Pepsi Phone P1s, this smartphone comes with the familiar beverage's branding and an otherwise attractive design. Some of the specs we've already heard through sources have been confirmed, including the 5.5-inch Full HD display and dual-SIM support. The phone is being launched in China, and is manufactured by Shenzhen Scooby Communication Equipment Co.

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Photojojo Iris lenses give smartphones pro-grade optics

Photojojo Iris lenses give smartphones pro-grade optics

Photojojo has introduced a new lineup of Iris lenses for smartphones: a wide-angle lens, macro lens, and fisheye lens. The lenses are compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6, as well as the iPhone, complementing the already excellent cameras on the phones. The lenses boast high-end construction, and feature a stretchy cable that fastens the lens to the handset, as well as a related cap that protects the lens when in storage.

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