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Smartphone trends to watch for in 2017

Smartphone trends to watch for in 2017

As we bid 2016 farewell, and the explosive controversies along with it, we naturally have to look forward to the upcoming 12 months. Many analysts have remarked how the smartphone market has seemingly plateaued this year, both in terms of sales as well as innovation. Perhaps with one exception, 2017 might somewhat be the same. It isn't exactly a bad thing as it allows the smartphone industry to hunker down on its technologies before it makes the big leap which is expected to happen before the year's end.

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A dual-cam 5″ iPhone would be the perfect 2017 tweener

A dual-cam 5″ iPhone would be the perfect 2017 tweener

A third iPhone 8 that cherry-picks the best of the two current models could give Apple a new sweet-spot - and a 2017 sales hit. Reports that the Cupertino firm will have not two but three new iPhones in refresh next year broke this week, with a 5-inch screen tipped to slot in-between the 4.7- and 5.5-inch sizes that have been part of the range since the iPhone 6. While a 5-inch iPhone might sound like a compromise, in fact it could end up being Apple's new mass-market pleaser.

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5-inch “iPhone 7s” tipped to have a vertical dual camera

5-inch “iPhone 7s” tipped to have a vertical dual camera

As if the talk regarding Apple's next iPhones weren't confusing enough, here's one more. According to Apple's Taiwanese suppliers, there will be a third iPhone in the iPhone 7s series for 2017. Which sort of implies that, next year's iPhone won't be the fabled iPhone 8 with its OLED screen. But wait, there's more! This third member of the iPhone 7s family will sport a 5-inch screen, putting it in the middle of the 7s and the 7s Plus. And to top it all off, it will have a dual lens camera, but arranged vertically instead.

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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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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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Kissenger Robotic kisser lets you make out from afar

Kissenger Robotic kisser lets you make out from afar

There are people all around the world who are far away from loved ones or in long distance relationships with someone they love. A new device called Kissenger has been developed that aims to allow you to share kisses with your loved ones from afar. This device allows you to send kisses by smashing your lips against a rubber pad that is attached to your smartphone.

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iPhone 8’s OLED display may be best ever

iPhone 8’s OLED display may be best ever

It seems that all the ducks are lining up for an iPhone 8 next year (or in 2018) that will definitely sport an OLED screen rather than an LCD one. At least that seems to be the atmosphere among component suppliers that are girding up their loins for a drought in the coming months until Apple starts the engines for the 2017 iPhone model. Apple’s Flexible Printed Circuit Board (FPCB) suppliers are preparing products that can be used on Apple’s OLED iPhone screens, further fanning the flames of speculation.

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These Nokia patents are why Apple is getting sued

These Nokia patents are why Apple is getting sued

It's a strange list of patents that Nokia is suing Apple over - and not a list we'd have expected would have come so late in the game. Nokia's set of suits have been filed in the United States and Germany, for starters - they suggest they'll go further in the near future. At the same time Apple is suing Nokia for what they suggest is an effort to "extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively from Apple and other innovative suppliers of cell phones."

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WhatsApp update: how to edit and delete messages

WhatsApp update: how to edit and delete messages

This week the folks at WhatsApp have updated their app to include the ability to edit and delete messages with one big caveat. If the messages have been read, they'll no longer be able to be edited or deleted. This update will be available for download soon- we'll be including the link to the download as soon as it becomes available in the post you're reading right this minute.

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Kamerar ZOOM iPhone 7 Plus accessory adds telephoto and fisheye lenses

Kamerar ZOOM iPhone 7 Plus accessory adds telephoto and fisheye lenses

Masses of people all around the world rely exclusively on their smartphone for photography. We always have smartphone with us therefore we always have cameras. If you are an iPhone 7 Plus user there is a new photography accessory for the big iPhone that will add dual lenses to the mix giving you some new photographic options. The accessory is called Kamerar ZOOM.

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iPhone 7s Plus Pro teased in leaked images

iPhone 7s Plus Pro teased in leaked images

Three new iPhone models appear to be the subject of a set of new internal component images leaked this week in China. The source is said to be known for reputable leaks from Apple's "East Asian supply chain", said Apple Insider - they show simple drawings in this case. These drawings indicate that Apple is working on three iPhone models, one likely an iPhone 7s, another likely an iPhone 7s Plus, and a third an unknown model.

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Another Galaxy phone explodes: why Lithium-Ion should die, not Samsung

Another Galaxy phone explodes: why Lithium-Ion should die, not Samsung

The amount of smartphones that explode every year has gotten entirely out of hand, as one Galaxy S6 Edge user was loathe to find this week. The user goes by the screen name ReturnThroughAether and posted a number of images of the aftermath of a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge explosion that happened overnight last night. The bad news for Samsung is that this was a Samsung smartphone. The good news is that this should further encourage research into alternate battery technology.

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