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Galaxy S8’s Bixby will have a confusing, convoluted rollout

Galaxy S8’s Bixby will have a confusing, convoluted rollout

Gone are the days when you could expect most smartphone features, save for network support, to be uniform across all devices everywhere. These days, you have to be more aware of how certain features might be available for one market but not for your market. Or that those features might not come all at the same time, if at all. That mess is what will greet new owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ when the smartphones rollout next week without one key feature: Bixby voice control.

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Samsung ‘Galaxy X’ dual-screen foldable smartphone prototype tipped in testing

Samsung ‘Galaxy X’ dual-screen foldable smartphone prototype tipped in testing

We've been hearing rumors about a foldable Samsung smartphone for months, and the latest rumor is no exception. According to industry insiders, Samsung will soon start testing a prototype of a phone being called the 'Galaxy X' that features two screens instead of one. This phone is said to be hinged horizontally in the middle, enabling the lengthy handset to be folded in half when not in use. This would be made possible, in part, by using the company's flexible OLED panels.

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Dropbox’s doc scanner finally arrives on Android

Dropbox’s doc scanner finally arrives on Android

Dropbox has finally brought its document scanner feature to its Android app, enabling users to scan documents directly into their Dropbox account. This feature arrived first for iOS users, and works by saving scanned documents as PDF files. The scans can be adjusted directly on mobile when necessary, including cropping and rotating the images.

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Pixel 2 XL “confirmed” by Google release

Pixel 2 XL “confirmed” by Google release

Google has revealed that they'll be releasing at least two new Google Pixel devices on dates likely set for Autumn of 2017.* This year's reveal could come very close to the Pixel release date from last year - October for the reveal and release a couple weeks later. We're crossing our fingers for a slightly smoother launch - and more realistic expectations for demand - this time around!

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Misfit Flare is a wearable with a single LED

Misfit Flare is a wearable with a single LED

The folks at Misfit have another fitness tracker up their sleeve, this time with a single LED and some high fashion sense. The Misfit Flare is the latest in a line of minimalist fitness tracking wearable devices from Misfit, this time keeping with the trend of offering the lot up for rather inexpensive prices. The Misfit Flare is a device that the company suggests is great for people "on the fence about jumping into activity tracking."

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Instagram Direct gets disappearing photos and videos

Instagram Direct gets disappearing photos and videos

Instagram announced today that its Direct feature has pulled in an additional 75 million users since November 2016, bringing the total number of users up to an impressive 375 million. To celebrate that milestone, it's making some changes to Direct that are centered around making the feature more streamlined and seamless.

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What is Moto C? Motorola’s sub-$100 phone [Specs, Details, Rumors]

What is Moto C? Motorola’s sub-$100 phone [Specs, Details, Rumors]

Step aside, Moto G, there's a new super-inexpensive smartphone in Motorola's vision for the future. Having seen quite a bit of success with the Moto G line for the past several years, it would seem that Motorola (now owned by Lenovo) will hit it even lower than before. While Moto G was previously the lowest-cost yet usable smartphone in the world before, leaks suggest that Motorola's moving toward another. The Moto C, as it's tipped to be called, will come in multiple colors.

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LG bootloop lawsuit now includes G5, V20, Nexus 5X

LG bootloop lawsuit now includes G5, V20, Nexus 5X

No smartphone is perfect, but some fail so spectacularly that they get not only some media coverage but even a class action lawsuit. And, no, for the first time, we're not talking about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. In the federal district Southern California, LG was slapped with a class action lawsuit by disgruntled owners of LG G4 and LG V10 smartphone who were fed up with the company's shoddy craftsmanship and even shoddier customer support. Now that list of devices has grown to include the Nexus 5X, the LG G5, and the LG V20.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 launch now has a date, specs seen on AnTuTu

Xiaomi Mi 6 launch now has a date, specs seen on AnTuTu

Xiaomi has done it again. No, it hasn't yet revealed its next hot-selling smartphone. Instead, it is again building up the hype around it. How? Why by scheduling an announcement that revealed when the actual announcement will be. Needless to say, Xiaomi has revealed that by this time next week, it will finally be telling the world its vision of what a 2017 flagship means. Thanks to AnTuTu, however, we don't have to wait too long to know what's going to make it tick.

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Google Duo’s audio-only calls is finally global

Google Duo’s audio-only calls is finally global

Google really can't make up its mind when it comes to its communication apps and services. From Google Talk to Hangouts to the newly renamed Android Messaging, Google changes names, features, and apps as regularly as the phases of the moon. Even its latest "simplified" video calling app isn't immune to that trend. Google Duo, which was designed to be a dead simple way to have one-on-one video calls is now also becoming a dead simple way to make audio-only calls, with the feature now rolling out worldwide.

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As Sony teams with E-Ink, we wait for awesome device releases

As Sony teams with E-Ink, we wait for awesome device releases

This week the folks at Sony have announced a joint venture with the brand E-Ink, resulting in a team-up the likes of which could be huge. This is not a rumor, it's a real-deal announcement from both Sony and E-Ink, and it's part of a timeline that's unfolding in Sony's device collection as we speak. This is not the first time Sony has dabbled in E-Ink devices - not by a long shot - but it could be a sign of odd and awesome gadgets to come.

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Is this our first look at the Galaxy Note 8? Probably not

Is this our first look at the Galaxy Note 8? Probably not

Samsung's spring flagship - the Galaxy S8 - hasn't even shipped yet, and already we're onto what to expect in autumn. An image of an alleged Galaxy Note 8 is making the rounds today, giving us what could be our first look at the next phone in the Note lineup.

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