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Samsung Pay delayed in UK until 2017 amid bank negotiations

Samsung Pay delayed in UK until 2017 amid bank negotiations

Samsung wants very much to compete with Apple Pay and Android Pay around the world. So much so that Samsung launched its own mobile payments service called Samsung Pay and had promised to launch its service in the UK in 2016. With the waning weeks of 2016 here, Samsung has now announced that it is pushing that UK launch back to 2017.

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Cyanogen in trouble? Seattle office closing, Kondik rumored out

Cyanogen in trouble? Seattle office closing, Kondik rumored out

Not all David versus Goliath stories end the same way as in the Bible. Some Davids end up biting off more than they can chew. That might be the case with Cyanogen Inc. in it’s self-imposed battle to liberate Android from Google’s hold. That, however, might be the least of the startup’s problems. Following layoffs and a change of direction in July, Cyanogen is reportedly closing its Seattle office next month. Even more troubling is the tip that co-founder Steve Kondik might also be on the way out.

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ZTE wants the crowd to name its crowdsourced smartphone

ZTE wants the crowd to name its crowdsourced smartphone

If you thought that ZTE was done asking people’s opinions about its next “innovation”, you’d be dead wrong. Last month, the company closed the doors on is “Crowd Source X” or CSX campaign that crowd-sourced the idea for a unique device it will present at CES 2017. But while the idea should already be on its way to actual design and production, there is apparently a small hold up. It doesn’t have a name yet. And so ZTE did what any company would do: ask the same crowd to come up with a name.

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Ditto catch Pokemon GO and how to find post-Thanksgiving event

Ditto catch Pokemon GO and how to find post-Thanksgiving event

Pokemon GO's most sought-after pocket monster of the moment is Ditto, and today we're running down the ways which it can be caught. How Ditto is caught is by chance - Ditto is a transforming Pokemon. Ditto hides as a variety of different Pokemon, each of which wouldn't normally necessarily be highly valued. As such, Niantic is driving up the need for Pokeballs since Pokemon generally looked over are now also regarded highly.

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Shift phones lead the way: fair to workers, trusting end-users

Shift phones lead the way: fair to workers, trusting end-users

Android lives on the German-made Shift phone brand in a variety of colors and device sizes, all of which are made with love. They're all tagged with #LovePhone because the brand is built on three terms: design with detail, technology that's repairable, and production that's fair to workers. If what Shift suggests is entirely true, this is a company that cares for not just profits, but the people involved at every step, as well.

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OnePlus 3T lands in Europe starting at £399

OnePlus 3T lands in Europe starting at £399

The OnePlus 3T smartphone has gone on sale in Europe as of November 27. The smartphone sells for £399 or 439 €. One of the big features of the device is its Dash charge tech that allows the user to charge the device for 30 minutes and end up with enough juice to make it for a full day of use. Buyers can opt for gunmetal or soft gold colors.

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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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