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OnePlus 3 sales halted, software updates promised to go on

OnePlus 3 sales halted, software updates promised to go on

By its lonesome self, the newly unveiled OnePlus 3T is a formidable late 2016 flagship, perhaps aside from the still 1080p screen. It’s announcement, however, is marred by the fact that, barely four months ago, the OnePlus 3 was launched, which is near identical to the OnePlus 3T, except the latter is, of course, better. To make matters worse, OnePlus is ceasing the sales of the OnePlus 3. To calm OnePlus 3 owners, OnePlus assures that software development and updates isn’t going to suffer the same fate.

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ZapBox brings room-scale mixed reality to the masses

ZapBox brings room-scale mixed reality to the masses

As fantastic as technologies like augmented and mixed reality may be, experiencing them, much less creating them, requires a sizable investment, financially speaking. It is just beyond to reach of consumers as well as your garage-type indie developer. AR and VR startup Zappar, however, wants to smash that perception. With ZapBox, you can grab a kit for less than a triple-A video game to start your journey towards mixed reality fun and fame. It’s Magic Leap meets Google Cardboard. Or as Zappar itself says, making Magic Leap, magic cheap!

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ZTE Grand X 4 brings affordable power to Cricket Wireless

ZTE Grand X 4 brings affordable power to Cricket Wireless

It has been a very busy two months for ZTE in the US. First, it launched the Axon 7 Mini in the country for the first time. Then it wrapped up it’s crowdsourcing campaign for a smartphone. Finally, it brought the ZMax Pro to T-Mobile, after enjoying some alone time with MetroPCS. Now, it is heading for Cricket Wireless and it is bringing along the ZTE Grand X 4, successor to the same line that prepaid carrier got in January, promising you won’t have to compromise on features just to get a low price.

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The best e-mail apps on Android

The best e-mail apps on Android

E-mail is dead. Or some would like to claim. But despite the prevalence of instant messaging, social media, and services like Slack, e-mail remains the backbone of communication, especially within and between organizations and businesses. And so it pays to make the e-mail experience as painless as possible, whether on the desktop or, and most especially, on mobile.

While iOS users might be satisfied (or not) with their Apple-provided Mail app, the Android world is teeming with e-mail apps, some more notable than most. To take the drudgery out of picking out the choicest ones, we present here 8 of the best and most interesting e-mail apps on Android.

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Vimble S gimbal keeps your phone steady when your hand isn’t

Vimble S gimbal keeps your phone steady when your hand isn’t

We’ve all been there. We’ve used our smartphones, no matter the camera quality, to capture some of the fleeting moments of life, only to realize later how unsteady and dizzying the resulting footage is. “Shaky cam” is so common these days that it has even become a (rather contentious) cinematic technique. Whether intentionally or not, and especially the latter, you can say goodbye to shaky cam on your phone with the Vimble S, the latest three-axis gimbal that promises to produce smooth, steady photos and videos, regardless of the jitters.

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Google Translate uses machine learning for whole sentences

Google Translate uses machine learning for whole sentences

It’s not secret that Google is obsessed with machine learning and artificial intelligence, especially of late. If it were up to it, those technologies would permeate all its products. It already started with Google Assistant in the Google Pixel smartphone and Google Home speaker. Now it’s bringing a dash of that to Google Translate. The company has announced that it is transitioning from using statistical machine translation to a Neural Machine method to deliver more natural sounding translations that won’t embarrass you or crack you up.

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Chinese spyware on BLU smartphones claimed to be a “mistake”

Chinese spyware on BLU smartphones claimed to be a “mistake”

BLU Products is a US-based smartphone maker known for selling low to mid range unlocked smartphones at dirt cheap prices. Almost like Xiaomi, but without the impressive sales numbers. But what buyers, and even BLU itself, didn’t know is that the low price may have come at the cost of privacy. Security firm Kryptowire has just revealed that a small piece of code hidden deep inside some of BLU’s smartphones was actually private user data, not to some US company, but to an undisclosed OEM in China.

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Touch Bar MacBook Pro said to have fixed SSDs, small batteries

Touch Bar MacBook Pro said to have fixed SSDs, small batteries

Apple’s latest, and perhaps most debated MacBook Pro has started shipping, so naturally the more adventurous new owners immediately set to open the machine up to discover new treasures. What they discovered instead were disappointing clues. Although not yet confirmed by teardown experts like iFixit, the late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar may have been revealed to have permanently soldered SSDs inside. To add insult to injury, it may (or may not) also have smaller than normal batteries in order to keep the laptop light.

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Galaxy Note 7 could return next year as refurbished units

Galaxy Note 7 could return next year as refurbished units

Despite the major setback it experienced this year with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung seems not too averse at taking huge risks with still uncertain payoffs. It just recently allotted no less than $8 billion to acquire car tech company Harman. And now there are rumors that, next year, Samsung might try to resurrect a fallen product. In what could be called a case of beating a dead horse, sources claim that Samsung could sell the Galaxy Note 7 again next year, but as refurbished models.

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USB-C Fast Chargers: what to buy and what to avoid

USB-C Fast Chargers: what to buy and what to avoid

USB-C is the new darling of both mobile and computing industry because of how it can be (almost) everything for any need. And you won’t have to learn how to plug it in right to boot! But as with any new technology, there is some teething pains to be experienced with USB-C, especially considering how both device and accessory manufacturers seem to be in a hurry to push the standard forward. It gets even more complicated when you factor in fast charging technologies, which could spell disaster for your device if used incorrectly. This list will hopefully find the best, not to mention safest, one.

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Nike Hyperadept “self-tightening” shoes coming next month

Nike Hyperadept “self-tightening” shoes coming next month

The holidays are fast approaching and if you’re still thinking of the perfect gift to give a geeky, or at least pop culture savvy, friend, then Nike might have just the thing. Although we are still sadly still years away from the self-lacing shoes inspired by Back to the Future, the sports brand is offering the next best thing: shoes that can at least tighten themselves. And you won’t have to wait years to get them either, as the Nike Hyperadept 1.0 pair will reportedly be out in the market in just a few weeks.

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Apple tipped to be eyeing smart glasses market

Apple tipped to be eyeing smart glasses market

Will Apple succeed in a market where Google miserably failed? That will probably be the biggest question that will come to anyone’s mind on hearing about Cupertino’s latest moonshot project. According to the usual insider sources, Apple is already taking baby steps towards potential digital glasses, ala Google Glass pictured above. Though there’s always a chance it would never see the light of day, such a wearable device could be its ticket into the augmented reality market.

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