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Rogue Galaxy Note 7 units will soon see stunting battery update

Rogue Galaxy Note 7 units will soon see stunting battery update

This afternoon Samsung released an updated statement on their efforts to recall and replace all Galaxy Note 7 devices. Samsung suggested the following: "nearly 85 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note7 devices have been replaced through the U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program." Samsung PR added that "the majority of the participants [opted] to receive another Samsung smartphone."

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PokeVision alternative FastPokeMap returns for Pokemon GO

PokeVision alternative FastPokeMap returns for Pokemon GO

One of the few developer crews still working on Pokemon GO mapping of monsters is FastPokeMap, and today they're back in business. Every few days the service has gone down for the count, but for the time being, it would seem that FPM is ready to roll. This is the latest in a long line of replacements for the first big name in Pokemon GO mapping, PokeVision - a service that was taken down by a request from Niantic, The Pokemon Company, and/or Nintendo.

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Google’s RCS push will never work without Verizon

Google’s RCS push will never work without Verizon

While Google announces they've begun working with the first US mobile carrier to release RCS to replace SMS and MMS, Verizon is absent from the scene. RCS is also known as Rich Communication Service, and it's aimed at turning text messaging into a much more function-full service. At this time quite a few mobile groups have joined the call to make RCS a standard for all - but Verizon isn't amongst them.

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LG V20 Review: Stealing the Note 7’s spotlight

LG V20 Review: Stealing the Note 7’s spotlight

With the galaxy note 7 quite literally self-destructing and throwing Samsung's holiday plans into disarray, LG finds itself with an unexpected opportunity with the v20. Today we're aiming to provide a review helpful to both former Galaxy Note users and potential users curious about the ins and outs of this high-end smartphone. The LG V20 is a power user device, now we'll see if it's a device we can live with.

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4 things to know before you buy Google Home

4 things to know before you buy Google Home

The Google Assistant has escaped, and it's haunting your house. No longer is it trapped in your phone or your browser: instead, the power of Google's so-called Knowledge Graph now gets a new enclosure, the vase-esque Google Home. Like Amazon's Echo, it reacts to voice rather than touchscreen or buttons, and like Amazon's assistant Alexa, it promises to streamline your day and entertain your evenings with its personalized knowledge of your tastes and interests. Sounds great, right? Turns out, there are a few things you ought to bear in mind before you bring Home home.

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Hands-on with Huawei’s $1,500 Porsche Mate 9 phone

Hands-on with Huawei’s $1,500 Porsche Mate 9 phone

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 is a smartphone that will cost users a cool fifteen-hundred dollars if they decide to take the plunge. This is because Huawei made the device to be more posh than its non-Porsche edition. They've gone so far as to put the Porsche logo at its back, to make certain the world knows its pedigree.

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Android closes in on 90% market share

Android closes in on 90% market share

As the battle between iOS and Android rages on, we're seeing Android pick up some market share in quarter three 2016. Strategy Analytics has published a new report for the quarter that shows Android making some gains while iOS loses a little ground. On top of that, the smartphone market as a whole showed some modest year-over-year growth.

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Huawei Mate 9 hands-on

Huawei Mate 9 hands-on

Today we caught up with Huawei to take a closer look at their new Mate 9 smartphone, just revealed this morning to the world. While this device wont be coming to the United States at launch, they suggest it'll be available to the states at some point in the future. This device works with a 5.9-inch FHD (1080 x 1900) LCD display with 2.5D glass, a fingerprint scanner at its back, and a new Kirin processor inside.

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Huawei Mate 9 price and “9 Pro” release

Huawei Mate 9 price and “9 Pro” release

This morning the folks at Huawei showed off their new Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei Mate 9 Pro. Both devices have Huawei aimed at taking on the large smartphone crowd, rolling in two editions for the average and the super-posh. These devices come at a time perfect to take on the lack of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 product in the wild, and just after the first iPhone 7 Plus rush.

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Living with Google Home

Living with Google Home

The Google Assistant has been bundled into the browser, added into Android, and squeezed into Android Wear: now, it's getting a sleek object d'art for the smart home. Google Home is the search giant's take on the smart speaker space, a direct challenge to everyone's current favorite virtual PA, Amazon's Alexa. At $129, Google Home undercuts Echo (though not Echo Dot) and, if your digital life is already in Google's cloud, it promises a more streamlined way to consume that data around the home.

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Google Pixel Launcher now works on these phones

Google Pixel Launcher now works on these phones

The Pixel Launcher for Android by Google seems to be ready to roll on more than just the Pixel and the Pixel XL. When the Google Pixel Launcher's launch became official, it was Pixel-only. While users will see the requirements for this app to only require Android 5.0, limits seemed to indicate that Pixel-branded phones were actually required.

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Pokemon GO update: secret event 2 hits Thanksgiving week

Pokemon GO update: secret event 2 hits Thanksgiving week

The Pokemon GO Halloween event is over and the second event is well into planning stages for Thanksgiving week. Some effects of the Halloween event in Pokemon GO have stuck around for a bit longer than expected, but they'll be gone soon. Expect your lower requirements for walking distance with your Buddy Pokemon to go back to normal today. Also expect the spawn rates for spooky Pokemon like Haunter, Ghastly, Gengar, Cubone, Marowak, and Meowth to go down, too.

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