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Some Galaxy S8 users complain of reddish screens

Some Galaxy S8 users complain of reddish screens

No smartphone is perfect, of course, but manufacturers are expected to at least avoid glaring bugs and issues, especially at launch. Considering how much Samsung is banking on the Galaxy S8's success, you'd expect it to be very careful not to mess things up so soon. As some early Korean users have discovered to their dismay, however, that just isn't the case. Some are reporting that their screens are exhibiting a very reddish tint that won't go away, no matter the settings.

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Origin EON15-S is an entry-level gaming laptop with some bite

Origin EON15-S is an entry-level gaming laptop with some bite

Can you buy a gaming laptop for a dollar less than $1,000? If you asked that question just a few years ago, the answer would be a resounding no. Trying to make gaming laptops more accessible, and therefore expanding its customer base, Origin is putting out the EON15-S, a customizable laptop that, while not exactly a powerhouse, can still be considered a decent machine for gaming. And all for a sweet price tag of $999.

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This iPhone 8 leak is the biggest and most exciting one yet

This iPhone 8 leak is the biggest and most exciting one yet

Samsung should bask in the limelight while it still can. Because if the iPhone 8 shapes up to be anywhere close to these leaks, it will definitely steal the show later this year. Fan site iFanr has gotten a hold of a schematic diagram of this iPhone X or iPhone 8 and the implications are going to be ground breaking. So whether Apple's tenth anniversary iPhone comes late or not, it will be putting the Android world on notice and might set the design trend for the years to come.

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HTC U “Ocean” to ditch headphone jack, gain water resistance

HTC U “Ocean” to ditch headphone jack, gain water resistance

Bad publicity is still publicity, as some would say. In that case, then HTC might very well be enjoying the spotlight, but not exactly in a good way. If the HTC U Ultra is the best that the company can do, then it would be in deep trouble. Fortunately, the HTC U, a.k.a. HTC Ocean, seems to be poised to address some of the complaints about the early 2017 smartphone. Unfortunately, based on this new leak, it won't all be good.

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Google to no longer require bundled Android services in Russia

Google to no longer require bundled Android services in Russia

In Russia, Android users might be surprised to no longer see Google Search or other popular Google services in their new smartphones. That's because Google has settled with the Russian competition authorities after the tech giant has been found guilty of using its position as Android platform maker to push its own services to Android users. This status quo was challenged by its rivals, particularly Russian company Yandex, who gained a favorable ruling back in 2015. This unprecedented move opens the doors to Google's rivals not only in Russia but across Europe as well.

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Nokia 6 gets Android 7.1.1, hints at a promising life

Nokia 6 gets Android 7.1.1, hints at a promising life

The HMD-made Nokia 6 is starting to get Android 7.1.1. Considering that the smartphone was just launched earlier this year, that doesn't seem to be unusual. But considering the messy Android update situation, that's never really a given. But with HMD Global pushing out the latest, at least as far as non-Google phones are concerned, version of Android to the mid-range phone, it is making good on its promise to be the best there is when it comes to Android updates.

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Andy Rubin’s Essential phone pops up at GFXBench

Andy Rubin’s Essential phone pops up at GFXBench

Andy Rubin might be the father of Android, but he has quietly left the scene back in 2014. However, that didn't mean he has given up smartphone dreams and has even recently teased what is dubbed the "Essential" smartphone. Now some more information surfaces, this time from a different source. GFXBench has some details on the still mysterious smartphone and, if it does pan out, the Essential smartphone might be as sweet as its bezel-free screen. Save for one puzzling detail, that is.

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HTC U Ultra gets a one-time Spring price cut

HTC U Ultra gets a one-time Spring price cut

The HTC U Ultra is perhaps the company's most controversial smartphone yet. The hardest pill to swallow about it, especially given criticisms, is its price tag. Though $750 is actually right up there with Samsung's and Apple's flagships, some argue that a lower figure would have helped sweeten the U Ultra to the market. HTC is addressing that complaint, albeit very temporarily. To welcome the Spring season, it is putting the HTC U Ultra on a time-limited sale that chops a good $150 off its regular retail price.

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Onyx Boox Typewriter is an ebook reader and a laptop in one

Onyx Boox Typewriter is an ebook reader and a laptop in one

2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrids are in fashion these days. In fact, analysts like IDC tout them as the saviors of the PC industry. But the form factor is also seeing some interest in more than just PCs. They've also come to tablets and even e-ink readers. Yes, you heard that right. A company by the name of Onyx International has just revealed its Onyx Boox Typewriter prototype that is, for lack of a better term, a 2-in-1 e-ink laptop. And that's not the only interesting, or strange, thing about it.

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HP IonTouch is a rewritable, inkless printing system

HP IonTouch is a rewritable, inkless printing system

Ink is so permanent. In many cases, that is the ideal. But there are instances where permanence is not just uneconomical but also inefficient. While digital displays or even e-ink can address some of those, they are at times too volatile and always more expensive. Enter HP IonTouch, a new kind of printing technology that bridges the gap between permanent ink and modifiable displays. And it is so cheap and so small that it takes only a few cents to make a display no larger than a credit card.

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Apple TV tvOS 11 to get multi-user, picture-in-picture features

Apple TV tvOS 11 to get multi-user, picture-in-picture features

With all the focus on smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and soon Harman Kardon "Invoke", the original smart appliance has seemingly been pushed out of the picture. Either that or smart TVs and set-top boxes have become so common that they're no longer exciting. Apple, however, isn't done giving its Apple TV some love and apparently has some treats prepared for faithful users of this smart but non-portable device. tvOS 11, whose release date is still unknown, is tipped to get multi-user support as well as picture-in-picture videos.

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Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel, OnePlus 3T speeds tested

Galaxy S8, iPhone 7 Plus, Google Pixel, OnePlus 3T speeds tested

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, you pretty much have the late 2016 to early 2017 smartphone flagships. Which means it's probably time to do a roundup of these smartphone's performance. That is what YouTube channel EverythingApplePro just did by pitting most, though not all, of them against each other in a massive speed test showdown. Who came out first or even second isn't probably going to surprise you. But who came out the last will.

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