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Xiaomi Mi 6 Mercury Silver Edition doubles as a mirror

Xiaomi Mi 6 Mercury Silver Edition doubles as a mirror

Do you remember that rumor that the iPhone 8 will have a new “color” that puts a very reflective metal coating on its back? Would it surprise you that a Chinese manufacturer tried to beat Apple to the punch? And would it be a shock to find out that said Chinese manufacturer is Xiaomi? If you’ve been keeping tabs on smartphone news all over the world, you probably wouldn’t be surprised at all. At the press event where it unveiled the Mi 5X, MIUI 9, and Mi AI smart speaker, the company also revealed the Mi 6 Mercury Silver Edition, a.k.a. the MirrorBack edition.

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Windows 10 will have these features in Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 will have these features in Fall Creators Update

This close to the expected launch of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you’d expect Microsoft to be focused more on polishing and bug fixing. While that’s generally true, that hasn’t stopped ol’ Redmond from pushing out new features to its Insider testers. The latest 16251 build for PCs and 15235 for mobile has an unexpected surprise for mobile users. Yes, even Windows 10 Mobile, though it’s not as exciting as you might think.

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Meizu PRO 7, PRO 7 Plus launched with a second AMOLED screen

Meizu PRO 7, PRO 7 Plus launched with a second AMOLED screen

To the surprise of no one, Meizu has finally made official what has been leaked to no end the past days. The Meizu PRO 7 is real and it does have two cameras (three if you count the front one) and two screens. There is even a PRO 7 Plus model to go with it. And, as expected, that second screen is a full color panel, at least a Super AMOLED one. Fortunately for Meizu fans, that’s not the only thing the new flagship is good at.

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Xiaomi Mi 5X launch brings MIUI 9, dual cameras to midrange

Xiaomi Mi 5X launch brings MIUI 9, dual cameras to midrange

Another day, another new affordable Xiaomi phone. This time, however, China’s second top smartphone seller (Huawei claims to be numero uno) is catering to those who want or need an even more affordable mobile device. It singles out “young people with fashionable outlook” as the target market of its new Xiaomi Mi 5X because of its design and its dual cameras. But considering its specs and, most especially, the latest MIUI 9 UX, the Xiaomi Mi 5X is really for anyone. Anyone that can buy it, of course.

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HTC Vive standalone VR headset runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

HTC Vive standalone VR headset runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Despite the surge of interest and content in consumer virtual reality, thanks to the likes of Oculus and HTC Vive, proponents quickly saw the technical limits of current technology and devices. For one, wands and sticks make for poor approximation of our hands. For another, these VR headsets keep us tethered to desks or, at the very least, laptops. The next wave of VR innovation seems to be focused at freeing headsets from the shackles and cables, and HTC is jumping at the forefront with its new Vive standalone headset, powered by none other than Qualcomm’s latest platform.

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Intel Curie Arduino 101 board gets the ax

Intel Curie Arduino 101 board gets the ax

Spring cleaning or killing spree, you decide. Intel has been rather aggressively “retiring” some of its less profitable endeavors, most of them revolving around the Internet of Things and wearable devices. Although it hasn’t formally acknowledge letting go of its wearables division, Intel did put its low-power Curie chip to pasture. Naturally, that has meant that the Arduino 101 is also following suit, bringing a formal end to Intel’s dreams on small form factor computers and devices.

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D-Link Covr brings its own extender to cover all all bases

D-Link Covr brings its own extender to cover all all bases

The Internet needs of a modern household has far exceeded that of not more than 5 years ago. The growing number of devices and streaming services, not to mention the growing complexity of house designs, have pushed network hardware makers to come up with solutions to address those needs without requiring a computer science degree to operate. D-Link’s new Covr is one such solution, one that combines a powerful AC26000 dual band MU-MIMO router with an AC1300 Gigabit Extender to cover every square feet of your house.

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Kaspersky Free is the anti-virus no one probably asked for

Kaspersky Free is the anti-virus no one probably asked for

It’s 2017 and we are still under constant threat from viruses, even biological ones. In fact, malware has taken on an even darker tone, including strains that have no purpose but to destroy your files, whether you pay a handsome ransom or not. And yet the anti-virus industry isn’t on the rise despite the rise in threats. Sensing a disturbance in the force, Kaspersky, one of the more popular names in the AV market, has finally released a free version of its eponymous software. While free is good, it’s timing is also too good to be true.

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TiVo voice remote launch nears, drops by FCC

TiVo voice remote launch nears, drops by FCC

Voice is becoming a major form of communication, not between humans but between man and machine. From personal assistants on your phone to smart speakers in your house to the smart TV in your living room. OK, you don’t actually speak to your TV directly. You do so via a handy dandy remote control. Not one to buck the trend, TiVo, the granddaddy of DVR and streaming set-top boxes, will have a voice-enabled remote control soon. How soon? FCC-soon, by the looks of it.

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Nexus 5X bootloop fix ported from unofficial Nexus 6P fix

Nexus 5X bootloop fix ported from unofficial Nexus 6P fix

There might finally be some hope for Nexus owners who have had their Nexus 5X or 6P instantly turn into paperweight through no fault of its own. While Google, LG, and Huawei take their time figuring this out and fighting off class action lawsuits, some more zealous users have taken matters into their own hands to fix their “bootloop of death”, or BLOD, problems. After the Nexus 6P got its fix, it is the Nexus 5X’s turn. Curiously, it uses the exact same fix as the Nexus 6P.

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USB 3.2 doubles the speed, doubles the confusion

USB 3.2 doubles the speed, doubles the confusion

For something that has “universal” in its name, the USB standard is anything but. It is honestly all over the place. USB Type-C, a.k.a. USB-C, was supposed to become the end all and be all of USB connections but, that is only true in an ideal world. In the real world, devices still use non-reversible USB 3.0, even much older USB 2.0, connections. And to keep things moving forward, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has just proudly revealed the existence of yet another one: USB 3.2.

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Galaxy Note 8 Deep Blue to be new color option

Galaxy Note 8 Deep Blue to be new color option

Gone are the days when phones only came in white and black, sometimes silver or gray. While we’re still not yet at the level of Nokia Lumia’s sometimes garish neon colors, we do already have nearly a dozen colors for smartphones in total. At least if you consider the two or three variants of a color. It seems that Samsung will be adding one more that list next month when it unveils the Galaxy Note 8. In addition to the usual black and grey, there will supposedly also be a new “Deep Blue” offer on the table as well.

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