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Galaxy S8’s AI assistant update may to put Siri to shame

Galaxy S8’s AI assistant update may to put Siri to shame

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is tipped to feature a voice assistant called Bixby that's so advanced, it'll work in nearly every native app. "We are developing a key major interface which will bring about a totally new paradigm; an open AI platform." said Samsung Electronics’ Vice President Rhee In-jong. "The current Galaxy smartphones need separate applications for users, for instance, to order pizza or coffee. But, the new AI platform will enable them to order (or do) things directly without going through separate applications."

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Netflix movie list January 2017 – what’s new, what’s done

Netflix movie list January 2017 – what’s new, what’s done

Netflix users are preparing their minds for the possibility that January will be an end-time for some of their favorite movies and episodic series. At the same time, January is a time of rejuvenation in the streaming content universe, where such monster hit movies as the original Superman: The Movie and The Shining begin to be available. This is also the time at which the Netflix Original series Lemony Snicket's A series of Unfortunate Events begins. That's Netflix' own series, not the Jim Carrey movie - fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your taste.

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Gionee M2017 smartphone has dual curve display, huge 7000mAh battery

Gionee M2017 smartphone has dual curve display, huge 7000mAh battery

A new smartphone has turned up out of China called the Gionee M2017 and the device has some nice features and a very attractive style. The smartphone has a screen with dual curved edges similar to the Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone. That screen is a 5.7-inch AMOLED unit with 2K resolution and 518 PPI.

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Asus C302CA Chromebook packs 4GB RAM, 12.5-inch screen, and Core M3 CPU

Asus C302CA Chromebook packs 4GB RAM, 12.5-inch screen, and Core M3 CPU

Back in October a new Chromebook from Asus passed through the FCC and it was called the C302CA. With the machine making its way through the FCC we expected to see the device launch shortly thereafter, but that launch never happened. At the time the machine crossed the FCC, the price was tipped at around $800 for the powerful Chromebook. Recently that C302CA Chromebook turned up on Newegg for ordering.

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BlackBerry “Mercury” to also make it to Verizon

BlackBerry “Mercury” to also make it to Verizon

If all goes according to schedule, or at least according to speculation, BlackBerry might be unveiling its historic last smartphone at CES 2017 next week. What might be revealed there, however, might not impress everyone, but everyone will at least have the chance to find out themselves. According to Roland Quandt, who was spot on in quite a few leaks, revealed that the so-called BlackBerry Mercury will not only be coming to the US, it will also be supporting Verizon's CDMA network.

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LG G6 renders show a familiar LG G5 face

LG G6 renders show a familiar LG G5 face

LG is rumored to be taking things a bit slow on the innovation front with the LG G6 after the underwhelming failure of the modular G5 to grab sales. That, in turn, would allow LG to be fast in putting out the G6 before anyone else, like Samsung. It seems that in order to expedite the process, LG isn't even changing the overall design of the G6 vis-a-vis the G5. At least based on these early and very unofficial renders.

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An OLED iPhone 8 may depend on one tiny company

An OLED iPhone 8 may depend on one tiny company

Next year is rumored to be the first with an iPhone with OLED display - just so long as Canon Tokki Corp. can deliver. That's what's implied by sources this week who claim a bottleneck in supply might block an OLED iPhone in 2017. Canon Tokki has a "near monopoly" on the equipment that makes OLED displays - the equipment manufacturers need to create OLED displays for smartphones of all sorts. Whether or not Apple jumping in on OLED will affect how well Android devices are supplied is another question entirely.

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Pokemon GO Holiday Box guide: Ending 2016 with a bang

Pokemon GO Holiday Box guide: Ending 2016 with a bang

Pokemon GO's Christmas is over and New Year's Eve is fast approaching - and we've got some guidance for you to traverse the game for the next week. This begins with the Gift Boxes and how to avoid them altogether. Niantic is getting better and better at pushing users toward paying real cash money to play Pokemon GO, and these Holiday Box items are their best effort yet.

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You got a new phone for Christmas: What to do with your old phone

You got a new phone for Christmas: What to do with your old phone

If Santa left a new iPhone or Android smartphone under the tree, what do you do with your old smartphone? It's a perennial question each holiday season, but the answer doesn't have to be "sell it" or "dump it in a drawer". Instead, there are plenty of useful things a smartphone can be turned into, even if it doesn't have an active phone line connected. Read on for some of our favorites.

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Why did CyanogenMod die? What is LineageOS? All the important details

Why did CyanogenMod die? What is LineageOS? All the important details

The Cyanogen company did not shut down, nor did the operating system CyanogenMod - it'll just change names. CyanogenMod OS will rebrand as LineageOS and will be separate from Cyanogen Inc., the company, which will operate separate from the open source OS. Those with CyanogenMod installed on phones or tablets right now should consider installing a more basic version of Android now, as no new support for the operating system will be offered.

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Nintendo sees mobile dollar signs, plans two or three games per year

Nintendo sees mobile dollar signs, plans two or three games per year

Hot on the heels of Super Mario Run's launch, Nintendo is further committing to more mobile games in the future. Of course, we already knew that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing mobile games are planned, but in a recent interview with Kyoto NP, Nintendo President Takeshi Kimishima got a little more specific about what to expect on the mobile front in the future. In short: don't expect Nintendo to just release a handful of games on mobile and then go back to developing exclusively on consoles.

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HTC x10 coming next month bearing mid-range specs yet again

HTC x10 coming next month bearing mid-range specs yet again

If giants like Samsung and even Apple are experiencing a slowdown of sales, one can only imagine how bad this year has been for the smaller players. Industry sources claim exactly that as far as the shipping figures of Taiwanese OEMs like ASUS, HTC, and Acer are concerned. While it might already be too late to salvage 2016, HTC might try to start 2017 right by putting out a new but mid-range model, the HTC x10, as early as January.

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