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Andy Rubin’s Essential phone details begin to spill [Easter Eggs]

Andy Rubin’s Essential phone details begin to spill [Easter Eggs]

The man who created Android just showed the corner of a smartphone his new company will be releasing in the near future. This is not a detail leak, it’s a calculated preview, revealed to the world just as Samsung is set to reveal their own next flagship smartphone. Today we’re looking at the details we’ve been able to gather thus far - including several hidden in the image Rubin shared just now.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 details on a hidden button

Samsung Galaxy S8 details on a hidden button

Previous reports of a home button under the display of the Samsung Galaxy S8 seem to be coming to fruition. Photos we've collected today from a set of microbloggers in China seem to show the home button looking like nothing more than a standard home button. Reports from these microbloggers, however, suggest functionality not entirely unlike the extra press available in the iPhone's 3D touch, or MacBook's Force Touch.

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Pokemon GO Holiday Box guide: Ending 2016 with a bang

Pokemon GO Holiday Box guide: Ending 2016 with a bang

Pokemon GO's Christmas is over and New Year's Eve is fast approaching - and we've got some guidance for you to traverse the game for the next week. This begins with the Gift Boxes and how to avoid them altogether. Niantic is getting better and better at pushing users toward paying real cash money to play Pokemon GO, and these Holiday Box items are their best effort yet.

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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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20 Black Friday phone deals: iPhone, Pixel, Galaxy and more

20 Black Friday phone deals: iPhone, Pixel, Galaxy and more

We're a week away from Black Friday and that means most retailers have published their planned deals for the retail holiday. Smartphones are a hot item, and not just the big-name one: retailers are listing deals for everything from the Pixel and latest iPhones to budget handsets from prepaid carriers. Here are 20 Black Friday phone deals spread across four different pricing tiers.

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Lexar 256GB 633x microSD card ready for 4K video galore

Lexar 256GB 633x microSD card ready for 4K video galore

Lexar has announced a collection of new microSD cards and accessories to work with said microSD cards, including a new 256GB 633x unit this week. This card, they suggest, is able of storing 9 full hours of 4K video at once. Devices without a microSD card slot can also partake, just so long as they've got their own micro-USB port or USB-C port, now that the company has revealed their C1 microSD Reader and their M1 microSD Reader as well.

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Google Allo released with iMessage’s biggest mistake

Google Allo released with iMessage’s biggest mistake

Apple was sued in May of 2014 for an iMessage texting snafu that was the bane of mobile carrier help desk assistants' existence. "Why am I not getting my text messages," they'd say, "I was getting them just fine on my iPhone, now on this Android phone I can't see them." Google is making a mistake at the launch of Google Allo - routing messages - including SMS messages - through their own servers, capturing one's phone number in the process.

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Pokemon GO Plus store tracker update : Walmart, Gamestop, Target, Amazon

Pokemon GO Plus store tracker update : Walmart, Gamestop, Target, Amazon

The Pokemon GO Plus is released and quickly goes out of stock in online stores and retail outlets across the United States. Today we're having a look at how trainers might see when the Pokemon GO Plus is in stock at each of the major retailers and at any 3rd-party sales locations at base price. What we WONT be doing is preying on trainers hoping to get one of these devices, charging them absurd prices for a device that's effectively a distance tracker and Bluetooth button.

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ZTE Axon 7 update brings improved battery, signal performance

ZTE Axon 7 update brings improved battery, signal performance

ZTE’s Axon brand continues to do miracles for the company in the US. After a surprising first launch last year, the Chinese manufacturer aimed to bring high-end specs down to an affordable level with the Axon 7 last July. To follow up on that success, ZTE is pushing an update that tries to address some of the biggest pain points of the smartphone, or any smartphone for that matter, particularly in signal strength as well as battery life.

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Samsung apologizes for Galaxy Note 7 recall

Samsung apologizes for Galaxy Note 7 recall

This week Samsung issued an apology to the public for the first wave of Galaxy Note 7 devices sold with a battery defect. Samsung was represented by Tim Baxter, president and chief operating officer for Samsung Electronics America, who suggested that the company has already exchanged some 130,000 Galaxy Note 7 units which, if we're reading this Consumer Product Safety Commission report correctly, means there are "about" 870,000 Galaxy Note 7 units still in consumer hands with potential to overheat and catch fire.

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iPhone 7 tip: Clock Alarm might not work

iPhone 7 tip: Clock Alarm might not work

Apple's release of the iPhone 7 (with iOS 10 onboard) this week has one tiny mix-up that most users new to the software might miss. This has to do with the new feature within the Clock app called "Bedtime." This Bedtime feature is an alarm that sounds two times - one time when the user should go to sleep, and another time when they should wake up. This feature is what Apple suggests will help with healthy sleeping habits: "Going to be and waking up at the same times every day are keys to healthy sleep."

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iPhone 7 Release Day reports clash

iPhone 7 Release Day reports clash

This morning Apple Stores around the world opened their doors to let in lines of potential iPhone 7 buyers galore. Or that's what would have happened if the internet somehow didn't exist and users hadn't already pre-ordered their devices over the past week. As it is, reports are coming in from the UK, NYC, and etcetera, as Apple Stores let in users that can't help but wait for the UPS or FedEx truck to arrive, picking their devices up in-person instead. In places long Hong Kong, Australia, and NYC, lines remain.

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