Phones

This iPhone 8 dummy is the closest you’ll get to the real deal

This iPhone 8 dummy is the closest you’ll get to the real deal

With barely three months left, Apple is most likely getting ready to mass produce the iPhone 8. Which also means that changes in design and features are going to be few and far in between. Rumors and insider scoop about the next gen, 10th anniversary iPhone have likewise dialed down, allowing OnLeaks, working together with TigerMobiles, to get a CNC-milled mockup made to excite fans and would be buyers. Presenting the iPhone 8, Dummy Edition, of course.

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Study: just being close to your phone will impact your cognition (in a bad way)

Study: just being close to your phone will impact your cognition (in a bad way)

A smartphone connected to the Internet puts an immense amount of information at your fingertips and that's a great thing. While the benefit of having such instant access to information is welcomed, the potential cognitive effects a phone's presence may have on one's mind isn't. According to a newly published study coming from the University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business, simply having your phone nearby is enough to negatively impact your cognitive capacity.

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OPPO R11 Review: playing with the big boys

OPPO R11 Review: playing with the big boys

While Xiaomi has the lion's share of the Chinese market and fellow Chinese OEM OnePlus making waves in the international scene, OPPO remains undoubted and produces a steady stream of smartphones every year. A stream that, in all honesty, has accumulated into a rushing river that threatens to flood the smartphone market with nearly indistinguishable devices. Save for a few standouts, like the recently launched F3 and F3 Plus, OPPO's smartphone nearly look identical not just with each other but with other brands as well. With the OPPO R11, however, the company seems to be ready to break out of that mold. While still not exactly premium smartphone material, the OPPO R11 takes a step forward in joining the big leagues.

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These Samsung Galaxy phones will, may, and won’t get Android O

These Samsung Galaxy phones will, may, and won’t get Android O

Although it's not as insanely innumerable and unnameable as in ages past, Samsung still has quite a variety of smartphones in the worldwide market today. Each of the S, A, J, and C series has at least 3 models per year, and one or two other variants. That's not counting the lone Galaxy Note every year either. With that many models in the past year and current, the question of which ones will get which major Android update is always a guessing game. Fortunately, SamMobile has done a bit of research, scrying, and wishing to bring this compilation of which ones will get the "Big O", a.k.a. Android 8.0, in Samsung' vast Galaxy.

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Forget irises! Next Sony Xperia could have 3D face sensor

Forget irises! Next Sony Xperia could have 3D face sensor

Smartphone makers have been trying to make it easier for users to secure their smartphones without having to remember strong passwords and PINs. But aside from the fingerprint, which itself isn't infallible, very few technologies have offered both security and convenience in a single package. Even Samsung concedes it won't use its own iris scanning as the only authentication for Samsung Pay, for example. Sony, however, might have something better in mind, one that involves not only your eyes or even your face but your entire head as well.

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Amazon’s exclusive phone lineup add five new unlocked Android models

Amazon’s exclusive phone lineup add five new unlocked Android models

Amazon has announced the addition of five new unlocked Android smartphones to its Prime Exclusive Phones lineup for the company's Prime customers. These phones all run Android, and counted among them is the newly unveiled Nokia 6 model. Why buy one of these handsets? They're steeply discounted versus what you'd pay elsewhere.

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T-Mobile LTE-U arrives for customers in a handful of US cities

T-Mobile LTE-U arrives for customers in a handful of US cities

T-Mobile has announced that LTE-Unlimited, otherwise known as LTE-U, is now available to customers in a handful of cities in the US. These cities include some big places like Las Vegas and Brooklyn, as well as some smaller places like Dearborn, Michigan and Richardson, Texas. If you do live in one of these regions and you're a T-Mobile subscriber, there's still a catch: your phone has to support LTE-U and yours probably doesn't.

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Google Home 6x more likely to answer than Alexa, but it doesn’t matter

Google Home 6x more likely to answer than Alexa, but it doesn’t matter

A study published this week found that Amazon Echo with Alexa - and Alexa in general - was not nearly as ready to answer questions as Google's Google Home. The systems were tested by New York firm 360i who suggest they've used their own proprietary software to test both home assistant technologies. In their first brief on the subject, they say that their Voice Search Monitor (VSM) software shows Google Home as "six times more likely to provide an answer than Amazon Alexa."

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Huawei Honor 9 European release details confirmed

Huawei Honor 9 European release details confirmed

Back near the beginning of June, Huawei officially unveiled the Honor 9, its new flagship phone for 2017. At the time of that announcement, the phone was only confirmed for release in China, but at an event today in Berlin, Huawei confirmed what we suspecting: the Honor 9 will spread to other regions around the world. Specifically, we're talking about Europe, with regions like the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy on the docket for release.

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You can now buy a OnePlus 5

You can now buy a OnePlus 5

For OnePlus fans, one wait is finally over. They can now purchase the OnePlus 5 model of their choice, unlocked, with free shipping, and optional accidental damage warranty. But while that does mean they can finally get their hands on the upstart's finest, now the waiting begins to see if the OnePlus 5 is what it's cut out to be or if there are hidden snares waiting for eager but unsuspecting early adopters.

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Galaxy Note 8’s rear might disappoint many

Galaxy Note 8’s rear might disappoint many

We might just be counting down weeks before the Galaxy Note 8 is, once and for all, revealed to the public, but there is almost little left to know about the stylus-toting successor to last year's ill-fated model. And thanks to OnLeaks, we might already know exactly what it looks like. And it looks like it will suffer from the Galaxy S8's biggest design flaw and maybe even worse.

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Essential phone inbound, stops by FCC

Essential phone inbound, stops by FCC

FCC sightings don't usually reveal as much juicy details as its TENAA counterpart in China, but they do at least hint at one thing: a device is close to being launched. That is definitely the case here with Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1 Android smartphone. Since we already know much about the device anyway, all that's really left for drooling fans is a launch date. And since it just appeared at the FCC, that date might be sooner rather than later.

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