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Nexus 4 expiration delayed with CyanogenMod 14.1 Nougat

Nexus 4 expiration delayed with CyanogenMod 14.1 Nougat

Market analysts would say that the average turnover rate for most smartphones is two years, which is exactly how long most contracts last anyway. That is true even for Google’s Nexus devices. In that sense, the Nexus 4, launched way back in 2012, is way past its due date. But for those still with a perfectly serviceable unit, news of its death has been largely exaggerated. Especially now that there’s a CyanogenMod 14.1 nightly image for it, bringing the nutty goodness of Nougat to the phone.

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Galaxy S8 rumor overload: Bixby/Kestra AI, 256GB storage

Galaxy S8 rumor overload: Bixby/Kestra AI, 256GB storage

Having missed the chance to be called the smartphone hardware innovator for 2016, Samsung may have no choice but to instead put its focus on software in 2017. And when it comes to software innovation in the mobile space, there is perhaps nothing hotter than personal assistants. It is perhaps no secret by now that Samsung is eying that arena where Microsoft, Apple, and Google all fight in. What was, perhaps, a secret is that Samsung might actually have two. That is, two names for the same virtual assistant.

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OnePlus 3T unboxed to the extreme inside a fighter jet

OnePlus 3T unboxed to the extreme inside a fighter jet

One do you do when you have a new, high-end, smartphone that’s not exactly getting purely praises by word of mouth? Kick the marketing into high gear, of course! And what could be better than having that smartphone unboxed in a death-defying stunt? Well, minus the death-defying, leaving only the stunt. That is exactly what OnePlus did when it invited YouTuber Jake Paul to Prague to unbox the OnePlus 3T in the most unlikely location: up in the air, inside a fighter jet.

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LG G6 could have iris scanner, mobile payment features

LG G6 could have iris scanner, mobile payment features

Features for LG’s next flagship smartphone are piling up and they’re all talking about the latest and, maybe, greatest in mobile tech. It isn’t surprising considering the big opportunity for the LG G6 to snatch the crown from rival Samsung. In this latest round, the smartphone is believed to play host to iris scanning technology as well as LG’s own mobile payment system, both of which have already been prefigured in the past. Despite coming changes, LG might still be sticking to removable batteries, which should continue to delight fans.

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Pokemon Go December update tipped to add 100 new creatures

Pokemon Go December update tipped to add 100 new creatures

Pokemon Go players may be enjoying the appearance of new creature Ditto and the quest to catch one right now, but it appears they may soon be getting the ability to catch many, many more new Pokemon — 100, to be exact. It seem the recent update to the mobile game that introduced the Thanksgiving Ditto event also included code and data on an additional 100 creatures, as well as several big new gameplay features.

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Japan is getting new Star Wars smartphones from SoftBank

Japan is getting new Star Wars smartphones from SoftBank

A new Star Wars movie is coming out soon, so that means lots of tie-in merchandise. And few countries love big-name brands and media properties more than Japan. Put the two together and it means Japan is getting exclusive Star Wars-themed smartphones in celebration of the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Android 7.1.1 Nougat to hit Nexus devices on December 5

Android 7.1.1 Nougat to hit Nexus devices on December 5

When Google's new Pixel smartphones were launched last month, they were the first Android devices to come running the latest version of the Nougat OS, 7.1. At the time, Google said the software update would be made available for other phones sometime in early December, and now we finally have a concrete date, for Nexus devices at least.

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Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Best mid-range Android phones for the 2nd half of 2016

Unlike flagship smartphones, those on the mid-range are a dime a dozen. In fact, some manufacturers have more than two in that category at any given time. It results in an irony of choice, which, while giving you dozens of options to fit your budget and style, can also paralyze you with indecision. To help you in that crucial decision-making process this shopping season, we present you some of the best wallet-friendly smartphones that have landed this second half of the year, offering you the best bang for your buck when you don’t have much bucks to spend in the first place.

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Pokemon GO Thanksgiving event guidance and how to find Ditto

Pokemon GO Thanksgiving event guidance and how to find Ditto

The Pokemon GO Celebration event (aka Pokemon GO Thanksgiving) is in full effect today and through the end of the weekend. As such, we've got the guidance for the players that wish to make the most of it. From Thursday until Sunday night here in late November, the next in a series of Pokemon GO events is on... on like Pokemon.

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Best mobile apps for coding and learning on the go

Best mobile apps for coding and learning on the go

With holidays approaching, you will likely have some free time to kill. Even if you're the gaming type, such moments can be exploited to start a new project or learn something new. In this digital age, that something new can easily be learning how to code. Of course, it's not something you can completely learn in a weekend, or even a week.

Fortunately, it's entirely possible today to learn at your own pace, anywhere through your smartphone or tablet. Even better, you can actually code right on your phone or, preferably, tablet. No desktop or laptop required. To help get you started on the road to become a developer rockstar, we present 8 of the best apps on Android or iOS to code right on your Android or iOS device

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Xiaomi Mi Mix Nano debunked by company exec

Xiaomi Mi Mix Nano debunked by company exec

Just as Xiaomi knows how to make dreams come true, it also knows how to kill them. The Mi Mix that was launched just last month is perhaps the closest we’ve gotten so far to a near bezel-free smartphone. It wasn’t perfect, however, especially when it came to its gigantic size. Hopes were raised when sightings of a smaller Mi Mix Nano came to light. Now those hopes are officially dashed when Xiaomi marketing director Zang Zhiyuan took to Weibo to confirm what fans were dreading to hear: it doesn’t exist.

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Galaxy S7 with Android 7.0 Nougat might default to 1080p

Galaxy S7 with Android 7.0 Nougat might default to 1080p

Samsung has been notoriously slow in providing new Android versions even for its flagships devices but, in some cases like this, there might be an advantage to that. It allows users to get word of upcoming changes beforehand so they won’t be caught off-guard. Like this latest to hit Galaxy Beta Program testers with Galaxy S7 and S7 edge phones. Apparently, Samsung has quietly switched the default screen resolution from 1440p QHD to 1080p FHD. But, according to Android Central, who broke the news, it really doesn’t matter much.

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