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Google may acquire HTC (or part of it, anyhow)

Google may acquire HTC (or part of it, anyhow)

A report from China suggests that HTC is in final negotiations to sell at least part of their business to Google. In a way similar to the acquisition of Nokia's phone hardware business by Microsoft or even Google's acquisition of Motorola, Google's reported to be aiming for HTC. The report at hand suggests that this sale would be for the HTC smartphone research and development team only, and wouldn't include the entire company nor its Virtual Reality arm (with the HTC Vive).

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Essential’s Andy Rubin just rectified a huge mistake – good on him

Essential’s Andy Rubin just rectified a huge mistake – good on him

This morning Andy Rubin wrote a note to the public regarding the company's recent mishap with emails and private customer info. That sizable mistake grabbed the attention of the entire Android-loving internets this week as it seemed many Essential customers had their personal information shared with email recipients they did not know. Today Andy Rubin rectified the mistake that was made.

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Razer Blade Pro just got cheaper (1080p style)

Razer Blade Pro just got cheaper (1080p style)

This morning Razer revealed their 2017 edition Razer Blade Pro, complete with a 17.3-inch Full HD 120Hz display. That display resolution is smaller than the most recent Razer Blade Pro release - just by a bit. Enough to jam that price point down to a place where it's perfect for a new collection of users.

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Acer Spin, Swift, and Chromebook updates drop, flip, transform

Acer Spin, Swift, and Chromebook updates drop, flip, transform

Acer has a wide array of device updates and refreshes this week, all of which are being shown for the first time at IFA 2017. The three devices I'm rounding up here are the Acer Swift 5, the Acer Spin 5, and the Acer Chromebook 15. These devices add to Acer's already-expansive collection of versatile notebooks and 2-in-1 convertible products on the market today.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega GPUs could be hard to find for a while yet

AMD Radeon RX Vega GPUs could be hard to find for a while yet

There's been a good amount of excitement surrounding AMD's new Radeon RX Vega line of graphics cards, which started shipping out just 10 days ago. Out of the gate, though, AMD is having problems keeping up with demand, resulting in customers being forced to search high and low for them. Today we're finding out why this shortage is occurring and how long it may last.

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iPhone 7S leaked photo tips speaker boost

iPhone 7S leaked photo tips speaker boost

With the iPhone 8 comes a set of two phones, iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, are rumored to be coming to Apple's next big event. Release time for these devices does not seem to be all that different from past years - but precedent might not dictate the features this time around. According to a repair shop employee from China, this upgrade will focus on sound (at least in part).

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Intel 8th-Gen Core made simple

Intel 8th-Gen Core made simple

Intel just revealed their 8th-Gen Intel Core processors, and with them, a bundle of information that's not important to most consumers. Much like the rest of the tech universe, PC users can be broken up into two categories: those that can tell the difference between processors, and those that don't care. The vast majority of the world is made up of the latter group.

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Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition just sold out

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition just sold out

This weekend Microsoft revealed the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition, and it's just sold out. This device was announced to come with a custom designed casing with "Project Scorpio" printed on its side - and that's about it. It's not like the Minecraft Xbox One S, which has a full printed covering - this is more of a "just for the collectors" sort of deal.

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iPhone 8: The big wireless charging upgrade may just have leaked

iPhone 8: The big wireless charging upgrade may just have leaked

A pair of photos have leaked showing what is claimed to be iPhone 8 wireless charging hardware. The hardware, assuming it is what the leakster says it is, likely pertains to the charging pad rather than the phone's internal components. Wireless charging is one of multiple features expected to be available in the upcoming anniversary edition of the iPhone, a model that is currently being referred to as the iPhone 8.

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Motorola’s planning a thermal self-repairing phone

Motorola’s planning a thermal self-repairing phone

Motorola has a plan to make a self-repairing smartphone covered with shape memory polymer material. Motorola's patent for this idea reveals in part how the device's smart glass would function. Note that we're using the term "smart glass" here for ease in explanation - in reality, Motorola's plan for the device calls for a much more complex piece of material.

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Galaxy Note 8’s cameras just leaked

Galaxy Note 8’s cameras just leaked

For the first time in the Galaxy Note's history, two cameras may be equipped on the device's backside. A 2x camera setup replicates what other big brands like Apple and Huawei have been doing for the past year, pushing the abilities of the device to new limits with two lenses that have different abilities. If this all turns out to be true, it would not be a surprise to find that Samsung brings a bunch of devices with 2x cameras at their back when we reach 2018.

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Qualcomm just opened the AR floodgates for Android

Qualcomm just opened the AR floodgates for Android

Right this minute the biggest names in smartphones are speeding toward the next "big thing" in mobile devices: Augmented Reality. Qualcomm is the latest company to make a public showing of their efforts with what they call "Qualcomm Spectra ISP, 2nd Generation." That' ISB as in Image Signal Processor, this paving the way for high-powered smartphone cameras that can do things we've never seen before.

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