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Stubborn Verizon Galaxy Note 7 users won’t turn in their phones

Stubborn Verizon Galaxy Note 7 users won’t turn in their phones

Some Galaxy Note 7 owners love their handsets, so much so that they’ve taken steps to dodge the killer update that would render the handset useless, and they continue to use the phone despite the risks. Verizon has revealed that "thousands" of its Galaxy Note 7 customers are still using the recalled Samsung handset, and as a result the carrier is implementing more drastic steps to cripple the phones.

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Alcatel Idol 4S Windows 10 phone lands at Microsoft Store unlocked

Alcatel Idol 4S Windows 10 phone lands at Microsoft Store unlocked

A couple of months after arriving at T-Mobile, the Alcatel Idol 4S has landed at select Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada. In a world where Windows on phones is becoming more and more rare, Alcatel has outfitted its Idol 4S with Windows 10, making it VR compatible to boot. The version arriving at Microsoft Stores today is unlocked, and should work on any GSM network in the US and Canada.

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ZTE Hawkeye crowdsourced phone specs are mid-range at best

ZTE Hawkeye crowdsourced phone specs are mid-range at best

ZTE announced the formal name and existence of its first, and probably last, crowdsourced smartphone back at CES earlier this month. So it's a bit puzzling that it chose to withhold the actual specs of such an equally puzzling smartphone until the last minute. Well it is finally spilling all the beans about the ZTE Hawkeye, the product formerly known as Project CSX ("Crowd Source X"). Now the question whether it's to late for those details to do its struggling Kickstarter any good.

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Galaxy S8, S8 Plus leaked dimensions show some interesting screens

Galaxy S8, S8 Plus leaked dimensions show some interesting screens

While still waiting for Samsung’s official and hopefully final excuse explanation for the whole Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, we could do with a bit more Galaxy S8 speculation. Especially with its expected MWC 2017 reveal inching ever closer. This latest tidbit doesn’t show beyond a sliver of a doubt the final smartphone’s appearance. Instead, it only leaves us with figures of the Galaxy S8’s, as well as the Galaxy S8 Plus’, supposed sizes. But if these numbers are correct, we’re in for some interesting screen sizes next month.

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Google Pixel cracking audio is hardware-based after all

Google Pixel cracking audio is hardware-based after all

Google might have an angry mob at its doorsteps if this latest revelation about the Google Pixel will be confirmed to be the final word about the smartphone. Already riddled by bugs or hardware issues, the first “made by Google” smartphone might end up looking like a rushed disaster, though to a lesser extent than the Galaxy Note 7. That’s because the cracking audio problems reported by some users are, according to a “top-tier” Googgle Support specialist, is actually caused by hardware and, therefore, can’t be fixed through software alone.

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Nokia 6 is almost here: here’s why you’ll want one

Nokia 6 is almost here: here’s why you’ll want one

Today we're running down 5 reasons why the Nokia 6 will be a device that quite a few smartphone users will want. In addition to being a fine looking device, this machine rolls with one of the most recognizable brands in the smart device industry. This device isn't actually manufactured by Nokia, it's made by HMD Global Oy - but as you'll see, that'll be quite similar to the original Nokia squad making it happen.

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Galaxy S8 S Health app tipped with doctor scheduling feature

Galaxy S8 S Health app tipped with doctor scheduling feature

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will include an updated S Health app that allows users to schedule doctor appointments directly within the app, according to sources. This will be one of multiple new features coming to the new health app, the others including integration with health-related services including WebMC and Amwell, video access to certified medical professionals, and more.

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iPhone 8 tipped to have even stronger water resistance

iPhone 8 tipped to have even stronger water resistance

Water resistance, perhaps even more than dust proofing, has become an expected feature of almost every high-end smartphone these days. After all, if you’re paying premium price for such a sophisticated device, you’d expect it to survive a few, hopefully minor, mishaps. Until the iPhone 7, however, Apple’s smartphones haven’t exactly joined that trend. But now that it has, it seems to be going full out. According to multiple sources, the iPhone 8 will feature an ingress protection (IP) rating of IP68, obtaining the highest dust and water proofing score that few smartphones so far enjoy.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mystery to finally end next week

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mystery to finally end next week

This has honestly gone far too long. Although things seem to be winding down for the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, there is still some amount of closure needed. To be specific, Samsung still has to officially explain, once and for all, why the phablet that was supposed to be the crowning glory of Android smartphones in 2016 was, instead, cursed with fiery deaths. And, perhaps just as important, it needs to sufficiently explain why it made a premature call when it restarted sales of the phablet instead of pulling them all out at once.

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LG G6 promised not to explode

LG G6 promised not to explode

The incident involving the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has had everybody reeling, from consumers all the way up to other smartphone makers. 2017 will most likely be marked by OEMs boasting about how safe their smartphone will be, particularly when it comes to batteries and heat management. LG is kicking off that trend by explaining the steps it has taken to ensure the utmost safety of their smartphones. And while it specifically names the LG V20 in its piece, given the timing, there is very little doubt those same points will apply to the upcoming LG G6 as well.

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The Nokia 8 didn’t get leaked by Qualcomm at CES

The Nokia 8 didn’t get leaked by Qualcomm at CES

A report on a supposed "Nokia 8 Supreme" made the rounds this week appearing to be on display by Qualcomm at CES 2017. In reality, the device was not a Nokia device - not branded Nokia, nor manufactured by Nokia. Instead, the Qualcomm Supreme reference phone appeared on the show floor at CES specifically to show off features of the new Snapdragon 835. We've seen similar devices displayed by Qualcomm every single year for the past 5+ years - and this one isn't made by Nokia.

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Galaxy S8 leaks: we rate all the image rumors so you don’t have to

Galaxy S8 leaks: we rate all the image rumors so you don’t have to

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was the subject of a substantial amount of leaked, crafted, or otherwise falsified photos and renderings in the weeks leading up to its release. Much like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy S6 before it, we're going to go ahead and analyze these images, attempting to separate fact from rumor, imagination from reality.

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