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UMi Plus E steps up the game with Helio P20, 6 GB RAM

UMi Plus E steps up the game with Helio P20, 6 GB RAM

When we reviewed the UMi Plus a few weeks ago, we found little to differentiate it from the UMi Super that we reviewed previously. But had we reviewed the UMi Plus E instead, we might have had a very different opinion. Differing only by one letter in its name, the Plus E puts the "plus" in this mid-range smartphone. While most of the specs remain the same, it upgrades the smartphone in two areas where it matters the most: the processor and memory.

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Facebook Flash takes on Snapchat in emerging markets

Facebook Flash takes on Snapchat in emerging markets

Facebook has recently become more aggressive in its expansion into other territories, particularly those already held by bigger names in that area. Facebook Workplace struck at Slack even before Microsoft got its Teams out the door. Facebook was recently reported to be aiming for LinkedIn as well. Heck, it is even taking a stab at Valve’s Steam with Facebook Gameroom. And now, it is again trying to wrest the crown from Snapchat, for the third time already. But this time, Facebook Flash is treading where Snapchat might have difficulty walking into: Internet-constrained markets.

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BlackBerry to give the keyboard smartphone one last hurrah

BlackBerry to give the keyboard smartphone one last hurrah

It is an end of an era for BlackBerry. Under the charge of CEO John Chen, the former smartphone giant has shifted its focus from a complete product stack to a software development house. There will still be BlackBerry phones of course, but those will no longer be made by BlackBerry itself. And chances are, they will be your traditional all-screen smartphone.Well, except one. Chen has finally confirmed that the company will pay tribute, perhaps one last time, to the classic keyboard-wielding phone that made the company popular.

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OnePlus 3T may be the Android phone benchmark for 2017

OnePlus 3T may be the Android phone benchmark for 2017

The newest smartphone from OnePlus has been teased as the OnePlus 3T, a device with specifications that trump all previous units. This is not the sort of release that undercuts a previous smartphone. Instead, OnePlus seems to be set on releasing a smartphone that takes everything the OnePlus 3 is and gives it a boost. Whether or not that ends up being fair for OnePlus 3 users seems irrelevant.

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Verizon Ellipsis 8 HD tablet launches with Android Marshmallow

Verizon Ellipsis 8 HD tablet launches with Android Marshmallow

Following a recent leak, Verizon has officially launched the new Ellipsis 8 HD. The tablet boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor and Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, as well as a relatively inexpensive price tag of $249.99 USD alongside a couple payment options. This is an update to the carrier’s previously launched Ellipsis 8, a budget-tier tablet that, unfortunately, has earned modest-to-low reviews in the couple years since launching.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 successor detailed as “whole new ballgame”

Samsung Galaxy S7 successor detailed as “whole new ballgame”

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is tipped as aiming to revitalize the good name of the company with three sizes at once. The company's strategy has been considered, says our source, in several different ways. What may end up being the most wise is a three-pronged strategy. In that strategy, a release of the Galaxy S8, a new Galaxy S8 Plus, and the swift return of the Galaxy Note series, too.

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Google Maps beta reveals new features, including default satellite view

Google Maps beta reveals new features, including default satellite view

It would seem a new update that adds a few noteworthy features is on the way to Google Maps. The update to version 9.41.0 isn't officially here yet, but it has entered beta, giving us a good look at what's coming up. The folks over at Android Police got their hands on the beta and have put together a changelog that details the biggest additions this update will offer.

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Google Daydream Controller Teardown : Red Flags

Google Daydream Controller Teardown : Red Flags

Our teardown of the Google Daydream controller shows how simple it is to control the virtual realm. What we expected was something similar to what the HTC Vive presents, in a slightly smaller form. What we've found is an interesting combination of chips, battery, and metal. While the outside might be fully ABS plastic in makeup, the internal structure has one piece of metal right where we did not expect it.

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Galaxy S7 gets Android 7.0 Nougat in Open Beta Program

Galaxy S7 gets Android 7.0 Nougat in Open Beta Program

If you owned a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge and are worried that the company might be too busy putting out fires to pay any attention to the early 2016 flagship, you can put your fears to rest. On the contrary, Samsung is pouring all its attention and love on this two actual cash cows. Part of that involves updating the two to the latest Android 7.0 version. But hold your horses, the update isn’t out yet. At least not if you don’t apply to Samsung’s Open Beta Program that will let you try it ahead of everyone else.

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T-Mobile gives the Galaxy S7 a BOGO weekend

T-Mobile gives the Galaxy S7 a BOGO weekend

In order to recoup their losses, Samsung its retail and carrier partners are promoting the hell out of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, like putting out new color options like Blue Coral. Now, it’s T-Mobile’s turn to give Samsung’s only remaining 2016 flagship, aside from the Galaxy S7 edge, of course, to salvage what’s left of Samsung’s brand. Only for this weekend, you can buy a Galaxy S7 from T-Mobile and get a second Galaxy S7 “for free”. Of course, there’s always a catch.

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Adobe Lightroom for Android gets full RAW support

Adobe Lightroom for Android gets full RAW support

Adobe Lightroom for Android has been updated with full RAW support, bringing it up to the same level as the company's Lightroom for iOS app. While the Android app received a form of RAW support earlier this year, it was only for the maker's own DNG RAW format and therefore of limited usefulness to photographers. This latest version, though, supports the RAW photos taken by your camera, making the software a far more useable mobile photography solution.

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7 ways I’ll escape or mobilize today with technology

7 ways I’ll escape or mobilize today with technology

While many search for "how to move to Canada" today, I just want to distract myself while I avoid burying my head in the sand. I feel bad about the world today, but I must remember that we live at a time where technology is magic and I have the opportunity to mobilize. The ways in which I choose to escape the world today include distractions that aren't distractions at all. Today I bring you a list of technology-driven activities that are fueled by hope for a better future - along with a few easy escapes if you're not quite there yet.

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