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Galaxy S9 Bluetooth AKG earbuds raise headphone jack question

Galaxy S9 Bluetooth AKG earbuds raise headphone jack question

The Galaxy S8 was, at one point in its pre-launch past, thought to leave out the headphone jack, which obviously didn't prove true. Included with the Galaxy S8 phones is a pair of Samsung earbuds with AKG branding and audio tech...a pair of wired headphones, that is. The same will possibly be true for the Galaxy S9, but with a big difference that is raising a big question: it is tipped to include a Bluetooth version.

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OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition leaked

OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition leaked

A tip was sent this morning on the appearance of a OnePlus 5T with a special edition on its name. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a month away at this point, and Lucasfilm hasn't been stingy with access to their licensing rights for products of all sorts. OnePlus has been known to release special limited edition versions of their smartphones, too - remember the Colette OnPlus 3T, and the midnight black edition 3T, and the OnePlus 5 JCC+ release earlier this year.

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Moto Mod Polaroid Insta-Share turns your phone into a printer

Moto Mod Polaroid Insta-Share turns your phone into a printer

If ever there was a good idea beyond the obvious for Moto Mods for the Moto Z device collection, it was this one. A Polaroid-brand instant photo printer that attaches to the back of your phone. Unless I'm mistaken, this is the first time a smartphone has been this close to an original Polaroid Instamatic without actually being a custom-made Instamatic itself.

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Sony H3213 “Avenger” spotted on GFXbench with dual cameras

Sony H3213 “Avenger” spotted on GFXbench with dual cameras

Despite the strong trend of smartphones with dual cameras, there are still some major OEMs that refuse to give into the hype, including Google, HTC, and Sony. That, however, might soon be changing, with HTC practically teasing its return to dual cameras, which it had even before dual cameras became a thing. According to a GFXbench listing, Sony might also hop on board too, but not in the way you think. This so-called Sony H3213 “Avenger” is going to be a mid-range phone with two cameras on the front, not on the back.

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Galaxy S9 announcement to happen early, face recognition tipped

Galaxy S9 announcement to happen early, face recognition tipped

Samsung has so far pushed its product announcements and launches earlier and earlier after the strategy seemed to work wonders for the Galaxy S7. But when is early really too early? When it happens near the start of the year, perhaps. That seems to be the growing expectation of a Galaxy S9 announcement taking place before MWC, perhaps even at CES. This, however, may backfire if the smartphone does include a feature found in the iPhone X, which just started shipping to buyers last week.

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Pixel 2 camera issue causes banding effect around LED light

Pixel 2 camera issue causes banding effect around LED light

Another day, another user report tipping an unwanted effect from some part of the Pixel 2 phone. This time around, the issue is an unusual banding effect that presents on some handsets when the phone's camera is in LED light. On video, this banding effect looks almost like a strobe, and is apparent when the camera is pointed at an LED light source, such as an LED light bulb or LED display.

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Samsung, Oppo and Huawei are making foldable phones: report

Samsung, Oppo and Huawei are making foldable phones: report

Following the launch of the sleek and eye-catching ZTE Axon M, a smartphone with two full-size screens, industry sources have showed up to claim that Samsung, Oppo and Huawei have all kicked off dedicated steps to launch their own similar models, possibly ushering in an age of phones with two screens instead of one. Oppo recently patented a dual-screen phone design, and Samsung has been teasing such a device for years.

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Essential Phone Oreo update released in beta

Essential Phone Oreo update released in beta

There's another good reason to pick up an Essential Phone, with the company releasing its Android Oreo beta today. The new software has been pushed out via Essential's developer site, fulfilling its promise back in October to quickly move users to the latest version of Android.

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YouTube now selling you Ticketmaster tickets

YouTube now selling you Ticketmaster tickets

YouTube won't cost any more cash than it does already, but soon you'll see concert tickets offered on music artist videos. This is the way of the future. This is the day YouTube joined forces with Ticketmaster in a partnership that found a super inventive way to jam another thing to buy into your content stream.

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Pokemon GO update: Today’s Thanksgiving pre-celebration event

Pokemon GO update: Today’s Thanksgiving pre-celebration event

This morning the newest in-game event for Pokemon GO began, providing a sort of wink and nod to the rest of the Pokemon universe in the process. Today, users will be able to access a new set of clothing in celebration of the release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon! And don't mistake this for the final event of this month - that'll be coming up soon enough!

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Moto Tab marks a return to a stagnating market

Moto Tab marks a return to a stagnating market

Quick, when was the last time you heard of a Motorola tablet? If you've been around the industry long enough, you might vaguely remember the Motorola XOOM 2, which launched way back in 2011. A lot has happened to the company since then, including changing owners twice. Now that it's under new management, it seems that ol' Moto is adopting Lenovo's business model of introducing a dozen and one devices per year. That seems to now apply even to tables, with Motorola's first new tablet in 6 years, the plainly named Moto Tab.

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OnePlus preinstalls app that can be used as a backdoor

OnePlus preinstalls app that can be used as a backdoor

With just days left before its final hurrah for the year, OnePlus seems to be involved yet again in a controversy surrounding privacy and security. No, it's not a rehash of last month's data collection scandal. This one is potentially more harmful, especially since OnePlus itself may be unaware of its existence until now. The startup apparently left a diagnostic app preinstalled on its smartphones since the OnePlus 3 that, with just some simple nudging, can be used to gain root access to the device, with or without the user's knowledge.

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