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OnePlus 6 launch date confirmed [UPDATE]

OnePlus 6 launch date confirmed [UPDATE]

Samsung and Huawei have had their say and, in just a few days, so will LG. But for many smartphone users around the world, these companies sometimes ask to much from consumers' pockets. They're still waiting for that phone that will woo their hearts and their wallets without settling for compromises. Now OnePlus is telling them they won't have to wait that long anymore, not even a month. Yes, the OnePlus 6 is coming in a little over three weeks to bring the company's promise of the speed you need.

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Samsung 970 PRO, EVO NVMe SSDs put SATA drives on notice

Samsung 970 PRO, EVO NVMe SSDs put SATA drives on notice

A lot of tech marketing puts the spotlight on CPU cores and clock speeds but professionals know that data storage can make or break a workflow just as much. Unlike with CPUs, however, advancement in storage technology hasn't exactly made great leaps and we're pretty much still tied to decades-old tech. Samsung, however, wants to tell you that you don't have to compromise. With its new 970 PRO and 970 EVO NVMe SSDs, you are promised six times faster speeds than equivalent SATA-based SSDs. With a price to match, of course.

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LG G7 ThinQ Super Bright Display cranks up the pixels, controls

LG G7 ThinQ Super Bright Display cranks up the pixels, controls

Our smartphones are mostly made up of screens, at least on the front. That's especially true with today's trend of nearly bezel-less displays. So it's only natural that smartphone makers put a great deal of effort into making and promoting their panels. Take for example the upcoming LG G7 ThinQ and its Super Bright Display, promised to be brighter, denser, but also less power-hungry than its predecessor. And, yes, it's an LCD screen.

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Brainwavz B400 Quad Balanced Armature Earphones Review

Brainwavz B400 Quad Balanced Armature Earphones Review

In-ear buds, like those that come with almost every smartphone, are so small it's almost too easy to take them for granted. After all, how much can you cram into such a cramped space to produce good-quality audio? Just enough, if you ask audio accessory maker Brainwavz. Its latest B400 in-ear monitors is the same size as your average IEM but packs four balanced armature drivers in each earbud, promising higher-quality sound than those same average IEMs. At least that's the theory, so we plug a pair in to test it in practice.

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Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is a harmony of contrasts

Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is a harmony of contrasts

We've seen our fair share of concept cars though almost all of them have future consumers in mind. There are, however, some concepts that have a different market audience in mind, a market that craves for the very best that money can buy and have the money to buy it too. The latest show car to come from Mercedes-Maybach is one of those. Dubbed the Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury, the ultra luxurious show car doesn't skimp on design and materials to deliver a fusion of sedan and SUV, East and West, utility and, of course, luxury.

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ASUS Lyra Trio WiFi mesh pre-order now available

ASUS Lyra Trio WiFi mesh pre-order now available

There is very little these days that differentiate homes and small offices in terms of network needs. Multiple devices, increased Internet usage, and nontrivial room layouts leave simple home routers ineffective. Sometimes you even need more than just one router to cover all your bases. For those instances, you'd want a WiFi mesh instead and ASUS is positioning its Lyra Trio, first revealed at CES 2018, as the perfect mix of power, ease of use, and peace of mind.

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Nintendo Switch Fusée Gelée exploit can’t be fixed with a patch

Nintendo Switch Fusée Gelée exploit can’t be fixed with a patch

The Nintendo Switch is an impressive device so it isn't surprising to know that there are people who want to get the most out of the hardware, even when it goes against Nintendo's intentions for it. Hackers and modders have, time and again, tried to look for exploits to gain access to and take control of the Switch's system, only to be foiled by the next firmware update. Hope springs eternal, however, now that hacker Katherine Temkin and the team at ReSwitched revealed an exploit that cannot be closed by any and all firmware updates.

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Galaxy A6+ (2018) mixes Galaxy S9 features, Galaxy J design

Galaxy A6+ (2018) mixes Galaxy S9 features, Galaxy J design

The Galaxy A series has traditionally followed the premium Galaxy S line in terms of design. This year, it seems that Samsung is mixing things up a bit, a least with the Galaxy S6 and S6+ 2018 models. In terms of looks, the Galaxy A6+ seems to take more after the entry-level Galaxy J phones. But, as they say, looks can be deceiving and the Galaxy A6+ (2018) definitely has a lot to remind you of this year's Samsung champ.

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New Switch to iPhone ads play up app safety, portrait prowess

New Switch to iPhone ads play up app safety, portrait prowess

At the height of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear that the company would have never been put in that situation because of it manually curated its apps. That remark, however, also applied to other app markets, particularly Android. Apple has lost not time to use that as the theme of one of its latest ads designed to convince comsumers to switch to an iPhone for peace of mind and clean faces.

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GOG Profiles launch at the worst possible time

GOG Profiles launch at the worst possible time

GOG, which originally stood for Good Old Games, has slowly been trying to expand its original scope while still staying true to its mission of delivering DRM-free games. It has long started offering recent or even new titles and has made a Steam-like GOG Galaxy software. While those have mostly been received warmly, its latest new feature might ruffle a few feathers. GOG has just announced the addition of User Profiles, offering social features at a time when social networks have come under intense scrutiny over privacy issues.

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Windows 10 Lean is yet another Windows 10 version to remember

Windows 10 Lean is yet another Windows 10 version to remember

If you thought Microsoft's change in tone over Windows 10 S, now Windows 10 with S Mode, marks the end of its obsession over software editions, then you don't the company that well. Popping up out of nowhere, yet another Windows 10 SKU seems ready to make OEMs, consumers, and fans alike scratch their heads in bewilderment. That's Windows 10 Lean and it's leaner than Windows 10 in just one aspect: installer size.

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LG G7 ThinQ: what to expect from LG 2018 contender

LG G7 ThinQ: what to expect from LG 2018 contender

In just a few days, one of the latest, and by that we mean "very late" 2018 smartphone flagship will finally be announced. Not that we're expecting any surprise considering how the LG G7 ThinQ has been leaked to death. What we'll be waiting for, instead, is to see how LG plans to spin a smartphone that is later than usual, with features you might also find in other smartphones already in the market. But just so that we're all on the same page, here are the things we expect to find in the LG G7 ThinQ.

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