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iPhone 8 release specifications point to 2 massive release options

iPhone 8 release specifications point to 2 massive release options

Apple's iPhone 8 will be released at some point, but the data we're looking at today suggests that it wont be out in the year 2017. Apple won't be skipping a year for iPhone releases - there's no good reason for them to do so. Instead, one of two major possibilities is that the next iPhone won't be an iPhone 8 at all, but an iPhone 7s. Imagine that - Apple following the same release schedule they've been on for over six years - madness!

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Can my phone be tracked?

Can my phone be tracked?

Absolutely yes, your smartphone can be tracked - the question we should be asking is: what can we do about it? Today we're going to run down several easy ways in which we can see our phone being tracked, first of all. Then we're going to shut down this tracking in a few easy steps. It's really not too big of a hassle, just a trade-off - location tracking lets us map where we're going, but in exchange, our phone has to know where we are.

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iPhone 8 tipped to revert to glass-metal-glass sandwich

iPhone 8 tipped to revert to glass-metal-glass sandwich

Some tips for "reliable sources" sound to good to be true, while some make us beg for them not to be true. Some iPhone fans might be on the fence about this latest tidbit about the iPhone 8 coming later this year (or next). According to DigiTimes sources, which usually hail from suppliers in China, the iPhone 8 will make a major departure from its new design that started with the iPhone 6. Instead of an all metal, unibody chassis, the iPhone 8 will supposedly have a metal frame in the middle, sandwiched by layers of glass.

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LeEco Le Pro3, Le S3 now available from Target

LeEco Le Pro3, Le S3 now available from Target

LeEco is a company whose ambitions know no bounds. Whether that's a good thing or not remains to be seen in the coming months. Rising from video streaming roots, LeEco, formerly LeTV, has dared to invade the US tech market, and not just smartphones, mind you. It has also dipped its fingers in the smart transportation and smart home cookie jars. To further cement its stake in the smartphone arena, however, it has partnered with US retail giant Target to make its wallet-friendly Le Pro3 and Le S3 available to an even wider audience.

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US airlines will no longer warn you about the Galaxy Note 7

US airlines will no longer warn you about the Galaxy Note 7

Is Samsung's ordeal with the Galaxy Note 7 nearly over? It would seem so. The company definitely survived 2016 financially despite the burning hot phablet. And now it seems that authorities will start easing up on the fella. According to Samsung, the US Federal Aviation Administrative has lifted its requirement on airlines to brief passengers about the ban on the Galaxy Note 7 on flights, on the presumption that, by now, there are too few of them to be found onboard.

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The iPhone we came to know vs the iPhone that could have been

The iPhone we came to know vs the iPhone that could have been

We just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, a now iconic device that changed the world, whether you like it or not (and some definitely don't). Just in time for the birthday cake, we recently got a glimpse of a prototype interface, inspired by the iPod click wheel, that could have been the iPhone we know today. So what happened? A second prototype, that's what. And we're getting a look at both, courtesy of Sonny Dickson, the same Australian teen who rose to fame because of rare scoops like these.

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LG G6 to beat Galaxy S8 to market

LG G6 to beat Galaxy S8 to market

It seems that the rivalry between Samsung and LG will be coming back in full swing this year, especially after Samsung revealed its vulnerability. Ironically, LG might actually be taking a page out of Samsung's book in doing so. According to Korean media, the LG G6, name still unconfirmed, is scheduled to launch early in South Korea, right in the first week of March. This mirrors Samsung's rather successful tactic that launched the Galaxy S7 earlier than usual in order to boost its first and second quarter financials.

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Google planned a Project Ara aquarium module

Google planned a Project Ara aquarium module

Project Ara, the codename for Google's modular smartphone project, has been dead for months. Though originally set for a consumer model release in 2017, Project Ara ran into troubles apparently too great to overcome, and Google ultimately scrapped it. The idea of using modules to customize and upgrade a smartphone one component at a time was tantalizing, though, and many were thinking outside of the box at all the possibilities...including Google itself, which had planned a small aquarium module.

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Galaxy S8 release date leaked and jacked

Galaxy S8 release date leaked and jacked

A report this week suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone is well on its way. After an introduction in part at Mobile World Congress 2017 at the tail end of February, the next Galaxy smartphone would be released soon thereafter. If the device sticks with the schedule laid out by this report, it'd match those of the previous couple of smartphones before the Samsung Galaxy S7.

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Verizon boosts new phone upgrade fee to $30

Verizon boosts new phone upgrade fee to $30

Back around April of last year, Verizon added a $20 phone upgrade fee, something instituted for the purpose of covering “increased support costs associated with customers switching devices.” That increase apparently wasn’t enough, as Verizon has quietly bumped that $20 upgrade fee to $30, and the stated reason is essentially the same: to cover costs.

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HTC U Ultra “note” phone has leaked

HTC U Ultra “note” phone has leaked

A set of photos show the next HTC smartphone - tentatively called the HTC U Ultra - and it's an interesting take. This smartphone appears to be a hybrid between past HTC designs and the LG V10 - or LG V20. Including a second display for icons, this device seems to have taken the idea that a second display was necessary - and ran with it. This device also has a relatively large set of features that make it look a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Note.

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Next Pokemon GO update may summon Legendary New Year Event

Next Pokemon GO update may summon Legendary New Year Event

The next update to Pokemon GO may indeed be the one where Legendary Pokemon appear for the first time. Word from the underground (and our anonymous source with knowledge on the subject) suggests that considerations are being made for China's sake. After being blocked in China just this week, Niantic is seeking a way to come back with a bang (once they've got their issues sorted with China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, or "SAPPRFT".)

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