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Sprint and T-Mobile officially call off merger plans

Sprint and T-Mobile officially call off merger plans

It looks one of the largest mergers between US mobile carriers in recent history just wasn't meant to be. Both T-Mobile and Sprint have announced that they won't be moving forward with their plans, and have finally called off negotiations following months of back-and-forth discussions. The two companies have jointly stated that they were "unable to find mutually agreeable terms."

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Broadcom exploring purchase of Qualcomm for $100B

Broadcom exploring purchase of Qualcomm for $100B

We could soon be looking at the largest ever technology acquisition, in addition to an even smaller number of mobile chip suppliers in the market. Broadcom is reportedly in talks to buy Qualcomm — both huge chipmakers in their own right — for an estimated $100 billion. While the two companies have faced off in various patent battles over the last few years, it appears their overlapping businesses, not to mention a potentially rough future for Qualcomm, have prompted acquisition discussions.

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Essential Phone price cut to $650 (in Canada)

Essential Phone price cut to $650 (in Canada)

This week the folks at Essential appear to have given the Great White North a break on the pricing for their first Essential Phone. The pricing comes via Telus - which could mean that Telus is the one doing the chopping - and the final dollar amount is $650 Canadian Dollars - converted straight to USD today and the final price is right around $510 - which reminds me...

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Niantic acquires Evertoon : Pokemon GO implicated

Niantic acquires Evertoon : Pokemon GO implicated

The next big update to Pokemon GO will likely hinge on what the Evertoon group will bring to Niantic. Niantic and Evertoon announced this afternoon that the former had acquired the latter. This acquisition will change the way the game will be played - so to speak. It'll be a bit more social, very soon.

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Pixel 2 XL screen and quality control : USA to South Korea

Pixel 2 XL screen and quality control : USA to South Korea

Today we need to talk about quality control on the LG-manufactured Google Pixel 2 XL. Far too many mistakes have popped up over the past few weeks that should never have made it past the last phase before packaging. Whose fault is it that these smartphones aren't up to snuff? Given Google's aims with the Pixel phone brand - does it even matter who's truly at fault?

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What Android gaming really needs

What Android gaming really needs

Razer has just unveiled its much anticipated first smartphone, a device it bills to be made by gamers for gamers. While the street creds of the Razer Phone, as far as specs go, is undoubtedly the smartphone equivalent of a top-tier gaming PC, at the end of the day, it is pretty much just that: a top-tier smartphone. Its mere existence necessarily raises the question of what a gaming smartphone really is. But perhaps the deeper question that needs to be asked is whether it is what Android gamers and Android gaming needs today. Sadly, it really isn’t and Android gaming needs more than just a self-proclaimed “for gamers” smartphone in order to thrive.

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iPhone, iPad, Mac sales back on the rise

iPhone, iPad, Mac sales back on the rise

Apple fiscal 4th quarter sales results are in with a return to growth in the smartphone, tablet, and notebook markets. While MacBook sales never really went anywhere drastic, both iPad and iPhone unit sales have been between flat or dropping for the last several quarters. It would appear that Apple's newest moves in smartphones and tablets have made the difference - and this in the quarter before the holiday season.

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Google Pixel 2 XXL Muskie is HTC’s Schrodinger’s Cat

Google Pixel 2 XXL Muskie is HTC’s Schrodinger’s Cat

A third Google Pixel smartphone for 2017 was just revealed - and it's not the machine we expected. Instead of remaining hidden behind the scenes in a forever-unmade form, HTC seems to have taken the Xperia Play route. Where the Sony Xperia Play was originally meant to be a Nexus smartphone, so too was the latest in a pair of HTC-made smartphones, the other of which was revealed in reviews today. At the same time, a great many of the truths we're meant to cling to today depend greatly on our own point of view.

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Galaxy S9 software sent to Samsung phones in beta form

Galaxy S9 software sent to Samsung phones in beta form

Samsung said today that their next big software beta release will be build on Android Oreo UI and UX and will be on their next flagship Galaxy device. Barring some major upset in the schedule Samsung's stuck to over the past several years, the "Samsung Experience 9.0 beta" will quite likely be applied to the Samsung Galaxy S9 this upcoming spring. This update will be available starting on November 2nd - with some prerequisites.

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Razer Phone : 5 reasons this one’s different

Razer Phone : 5 reasons this one’s different

Today we're taking a look at the Razer Phone, the first smartphone made by the company By Gamers, For Gamers. We've gone over some of the details on this device in brief already - like when and how you'll be able to get one. But why would you want such a phone? What makes this smartphone different from the rest?

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Razer Phone detailed for release : 120Hz in full effect

Razer Phone detailed for release : 120Hz in full effect

Today Razer revealed their Phone - called the Razer Phone, fully equipped to take on the competition with gaming-friendly specs aplenty. This device works with a 5.7-inch 2K display - that's 1440p - complete with a variable refresh rate, not unlike the current newest iPad Pro. They're calling this their 120Hz Ultramotion Display, and it's truly the differentiator between this and every other phone on the market.

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Android 8.1 Factory Reset just basically bricked a phone

Android 8.1 Factory Reset just basically bricked a phone

A story on Reddit submitted by one Tom Bolger suggested today that forgetting one's PIN code on Android 8.1 could be disastrous. His situation involved upgrading his phone to Android 8.1, then forgetting his PIN code for said phone. His next step seemed to have been the big mistake - a full Factory Reset.

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