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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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Samsung ‘Family Care’ parental control app tipped for Galaxy phones

Samsung ‘Family Care’ parental control app tipped for Galaxy phones

If you give your child an Android device, you can download a parental controls app from the Play Store and use that to set limitations for the device, as well as monitor what your child is doing. Samsung is planning to launch its own similar app, according to a new report, and it'll be called 'Family Care.' With this app, parents will be able to prevent their kids from installing certain apps, set time usage limitations, and more.

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Star Wars VR: Rogue One X-Wing experience comes in 8K

Star Wars VR: Rogue One X-Wing experience comes in 8K

This afternoon the folks at ILMxLAB have released their first Star Wars Rogue One experience for YouTube VR and Daydream. Users of most any VR headset will be able to play this video and experience it with ease - just so long as they're prepared to stay connected to the web. This video is sponsored in part by Verizon, likely to cross-promote their deal with Google for the Pixel and the Daydream View VR headset.

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The best photo scanner app is now Google’s PhotoScan

The best photo scanner app is now Google’s PhotoScan

An update to the Google Photos app collection has suddenly made Google the master at capturing long-lost memories in vintage photos. Google's newest app in this collection of photo-friendly apps is PhotoScan, an app that's set for action on both Android and iOS. This app allows users to "scan" their photos with their smartphone in a way which allows the device's processor to edit out curves, bends, glossy reflections, and other oddities.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix bend test shocks with heartiness

Xiaomi Mi Mix bend test shocks with heartiness

Xiaomi Mi Mix bezel-less smartphone is put through a series of stress tests to see how hearty it is. While this device looks like it'll break the moment it's looked at wrong, it's come through these tests with flying colors. While we're still waiting for a proper drop test, Jerry Rig seems to have proven the basic rugged nature of this device to be solid.

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How I create new PokeStops in Pokemon GO

How I create new PokeStops in Pokemon GO

Creating new PokeStops in Pokemon GO has been a wish of mine since the game was originally launched. As such, I've done everything from submitting queries through Niantic's standard channels to attempting to backwards-engineer PokeStops in the game's code. Only one thing has worked, and the method comes thanks to an intrepid explorer by the name of TheFarix, a fellow living in West Virginia.

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eBay mobile app updated in time for holiday shopping

eBay mobile app updated in time for holiday shopping

eBay has announced that its mobile app has been updated in time for holiday shopping. The goal of the update is to make eBay the place to shop for your gifts this Christmas season. The app was updated for iOS and Android users and brings a new browse and comparison shopping experience to users. The new features let the user personalize the app to find the products you are interested in.

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WhatsApp video calling coming soon

WhatsApp video calling coming soon

WhatsApp has been around for a while and the company has been good about bringing out features that its user base is clamoring for. One of the big features that WhatsApp users have been requesting for a long time is the ability to make video calls within the app. WhatsApp has announced that after lots of requests it is bringing video calling to the mix.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 could sport “3D Touch” feature

Samsung Galaxy S8 could sport “3D Touch” feature

The rumors, as well as expectations, about Samsung’s next flagship smartphone are starting to pile up, and the Galaxy S8 is starting to look like a mish-mash of features, not all of them exceptional. In this latest installment, sources are claiming that Samsung is looking into adding a pressure-sensitive display to the smartphone. In a nutshell, this would allow the Galaxy S8 to have a feature that is, perhaps, more popularly known as the Force Touch or 3D Touch on Apple’s Apple Watch. iPhones., and even trackpads.

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Huawei Mate 9 Pro is the Porsche Design sans Porsche Design

Huawei Mate 9 Pro is the Porsche Design sans Porsche Design

Earlier this month, Huawei made a big grab for the smartphone market when it unveiled not just the Huawei Mate 9 but also a limited edition, and expensive, Porsche Design Mate 9. Not surprising but still disappointing, the Mate 9 paled in a few places compared to the luxury version, leaving interested buyers in a sort of no man’s land in terms of specs and price. Well, not if you live in China, where Huawei has just unveiled the Huawei Mate 9 Pro, which has the same specs as the Porsche Design, but without the design, branding, and price that comes with the latter.

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OnePlus 4 spec rumor might sound too good to be true

OnePlus 4 spec rumor might sound too good to be true

With the year nearly over, it’s time to start speculating on next year’s smartphone champs. And although OnePlus has yet to officially unveil its “OnePlus 3T” (or just “T”) smartphone with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, it doesn’t mean we can’t already start talking about the OnePlus 4. A new leak on Chinese social network Weibo lists specs for OnePlus’ 2017 race horse, and it looks more like a Christmas wish list than an actual feasible plan based on OnePlus’ track record.

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Pixel Launcher tricks expand while Arrow Launcher updates

Pixel Launcher tricks expand while Arrow Launcher updates

The Google Pixel launcher for Android is now available for more phones than just Google's own. Google doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the working abilities of the launcher beyond Pixel and Pixel XL - but it is what it is. At the same time, Microsoft has updated its own Arrow Launcher to take on what Google has with their Pixel phones.

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