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President Trump wants ZTE back in business ASAP

President Trump wants ZTE back in business ASAP

Bad cop, good cop strategies are nothing new, but it's rare to see both roles being played by the same person. Some might see it as a change of heart, mercy, or even forgiveness. Others might pin it down on multiple personality disorder. Either way, US President Donald Trump has tweeted that he instructed the country's Commerce Department to quickly find a way to get ZTE up and running again just weeks after the same government signed its death sentence.

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iPhone SE 2018: About that X notch…

iPhone SE 2018: About that X notch…

Today we're having a peek at a mockup of the iPhone SE 2018 based on leaks from the past week. We're exploring the viability of the leaked models that've appeared - with regard to the software and the hardware that'd need to work with said hardware. This is a test. If this had been a news story based on Apple products straight from Apple, we'd be going in on all angles.

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BlackBerry KEY2 reveal set for next month

BlackBerry KEY2 reveal set for next month

While once a dominant phone manufacturer, BlackBerry hasn't really been a major contender in the smartphone space for quite some time. Still, that hasn't stopped BlackBerry Mobile and parent company TCL from releasing some interesting handsets over the past few years. One BlackBerry phone that managed to turn some heads was the KEYone, an Android device equipped with the company's signature physical keyboard.

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Galaxy Note 9 vs 8 Pre-release and tip-based

Galaxy Note 9 vs 8 Pre-release and tip-based

This morning we're having a peek at the battle we'll be re-addressing in just a few weeks time - that is Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 8. These two devices will roll with extremely similar hardware with a few important adjustments made to the newer of the pair. The newer device comes with the latest in processor and camera technology with a splash of slightly-shorter body finesse.

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Google Pixel 2018 confirmed in code

Google Pixel 2018 confirmed in code

This morning we've discovered the existence of Google's 2018 edition(s) of the Google Pixel smartphone. Wording in an official AOSP code commit suggests that more than one Pixel device will be revealed in 2018, but that Google's not quite gotten to AOSP testing just yet. Once Google developers begin testing AOSP builds on their 2018 Pixel devices, we'll see their code-names (fishy, fishy code-names) for the first time.

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Xperia XZ2 durability test redeems its predecessors

Xperia XZ2 durability test redeems its predecessors

Sony made a huge gamble this year. At long last, it finally changed the design of its flagship phones, but it may not be what fans have been longing for. Especially after it visibly and tangibly increases the thickness of the devices. But that design change may also have some added benefits as YouTuber Zack Nelson from JerryRigEverything found out in his trifecta of durability test performed on the Sony Xperia XZ2.

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OnePlus 6 trade-in begins as 3D renders leak out prior to launch

OnePlus 6 trade-in begins as 3D renders leak out prior to launch

The OnePlus 6 is due to arrive in a week's time so, naturally, OnePlus is kicking its marketing machine into high gear. While it has almost basically revealed all there is about the smartphone, the last important piece of the puzzle is still missing. While it hasn't yet revealed that, it is already preparing to soften what could be a big blow by offering OnePlus owners some cashback if they trade their older phone in.

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Android P notch options get a bit odd

Android P notch options get a bit odd

Android P is getting support for notches, that's pretty much a done deal by now. Of course, Google doesn't call it a notch but a "cutout" instead. All that's left, really, is to see the final form it will take. And apparently Google hasn't made up its mind just yet. The cutout options first appeared in the first Android P developer preview but has now changed rather considerably and strangely, adding more options but also removing others.

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Motorola foldable phone patent includes a curious case

Motorola foldable phone patent includes a curious case

Everyone is getting into foldable phones these days, from Samsung to Microsoft to even Apple. So no surprise that Motorola apparently wants in, too, and has actually been scheming for years. A recently awarded patent reveals its idea for a smartphone that folds out into a tablet, pretty much like other foldable phone patents out there. What makes this one a bit more interesting, however, is not the phone itself but the addition of a case cover that actually adds some value to the device.

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Steam Link app for iOS and Android: Streaming at last

Steam Link app for iOS and Android: Streaming at last

Two new apps from Steam were announced this morning - one for video, the other for playing games on your phone. The Steam Video app will be released later this summer and will feature the ability to watch Steam-based movies and shows on iOS and Android devices. The Steam Link app is a bit more revolutionary - if it works. With Steam Link, users will be able to play their PC games on their iPhone or Android device.

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The next Galaxy Smartphone: Samsung leaks tell a weird story

The next Galaxy Smartphone: Samsung leaks tell a weird story

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was tipped this week to have a bumped-up scheduling, followed by Samsung Galaxy S10 (or SX) and Galaxy X, too. When Samsung Mobile finds a feature that works, they run with it. It is as it was with the Infinity Display, coming with the Note Edge and cascading across the whole top-tier Galaxy smartphone lineup. This time, it's all about pushing more tech directly into the display, bringing a greater one-ness to the whole Samsung smartphone universe.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon Android P support might mean squat

Qualcomm Snapdragon Android P support might mean squat

Although Android P has been in developer preview for about two months now, Qualcomm nicely timed its announcement of support for the next Android release on Google I/O 2018. Its commitment to Android P is both reassuring and, at the same time, puzzling. Because despite showing eagerness on its part to expedite Android updates, it might mean squat for Android users who have to deal not only with OEMs' separate schedules but also with Snapdragon-powered smartphones that aren't supported by this Android P fast track.

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