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Apple leases vital iPhone 8 production equipment to suppliers

Apple leases vital iPhone 8 production equipment to suppliers

Apple recently bought 'tens of millions' of dollars worth of production equipment for the iPhone 8, according to tipsters, and it is leasing that equipment to its suppliers in an effort to make sure vital components are correctly made. This equipment is reportedly necessary for making a rigid flexible printed circuit board that connects the phone's components with its various chips.

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10 Secret Android Features average users don’t know about

10 Secret Android Features average users don’t know about

Today we're running a collection of 10 Android Features that are at once essential and little-known to the general public. At least one of the 10 features I'm about to list wasn't on every single reader's radar before witnessing this article. It's a darned shame how little of the Android device the average user uses - and we'd like to take a moment to make the world a more user-friendly place by opening up the possibilities to the planet.

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ZTE Blade Spark: this $99 phone has a fingerprint sensor

ZTE Blade Spark: this $99 phone has a fingerprint sensor

ZTE has introduced the ZTE Blade Spark, a budget-tier smartphone that offers a fingerprint sensor for added security. The handset is set to launch at AT&T for $99.99 USD, putting it next to the Moto E4 in terms of price and fingerprint sensor inclusion. There are some other things to like about this handset, too, including a large display and Dolby Audio.

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Android Gallery app: for those that don’t like Google Photos

Android Gallery app: for those that don’t like Google Photos

An open-source gallery app called, simply, "Camera Roll - Gallery" has been released for Android. I should say "has been "unreleased" because it's not quite ready for prime-time yet, but it's got so much potential, I can't wait to tell you about it. This app is super simple, was designed with Material Design principles in full effect, and it's free to download and use. Basically it's a return to the basic Gallery app for Android users who don't ONLY want to use Google Photos.

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iPhone users wonder: what’s that little hole?

iPhone users wonder: what’s that little hole?

"You may have never noticed it before," wrote Aatif Sulleyman, "but it serves a very important purpose." Apparently, some iPhone users are wondering what the little hole is near the camera array on the back of their device. Apparently, according to The Independent, some iPhone users have never looked at the back of their device before. That, or there's an abundance of iPhone users out there that've stared at the hole for hours, just thinking, "man, what could this little hole BE?!"

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Samsung talks Galaxy Note 8 reveal and release

Samsung talks Galaxy Note 8 reveal and release

Have a glance around the internet right now and you'll see plenty of stories about the Galaxy Note 8 and when we can expect it to release. Following new reports that were published yesterday, it now seems like Samsung will announce the Note 8 during a New York event on August 23. Now Samsung itself is getting in on the fun, with Samsung Electronics president of mobile communications Gao Dongzhen spilling some details on the Note 8's launch.

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Here’s how to root your shiny new OnePlus 5

Here’s how to root your shiny new OnePlus 5

Rooting has become less of a necessity these days, but there will always be reasons for rooting and people who want it nonetheless. Fortunately, some OEMs, like Sony and OnePlus, make it easier to do so. Say what you want about OnePlus but it has not yet backed down on its modding-friendly stance. And now that the OnePlus 5 has had some time in the wild, it has come time to root the OnePlus 5. Fortunately for today’s generation, that has become a simpler; and less hair-raising task.

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You will finally be able to buy an LG V30 if you’re in Europe

You will finally be able to buy an LG V30 if you’re in Europe

Not all smartphones are created equal, moreso smartphone markets. Some countries get the top of the line models while others have to settle for mid-range ones. If you are living in Europe and have been itching to get LG’s V series, you were pretty much out of luck. Times are changing, it seems. According to a tip, LG will be bringing it soon to be unveiled V30 to Europe, making it the first of its line to make it into the region.

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AnTuTu shows 3 Moto Z models with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

AnTuTu shows 3 Moto Z models with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

It’s almost like the flood gates have been opened, although what came out is but a slow but steady river. Withheld from everyone but Samsung for a month, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is starting to appear in smartphones, some of which have yet to see the light of day. One of those comes from Motorola. Actually, three of those. According to AnTuTu’s database, ol’ Moto has three models lined up bearing the latest processor. Including a rather mysterious “Moto Z 2017”.

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Pixel XL 2 might be a Frankenstein of features

Pixel XL 2 might be a Frankenstein of features

Although it was mocked for looking like an iPhone in front view, the Google Pixel easily set itself apart with its odd back design, its exclusive Android features, and its price tag. It has truly become what the Nexus was, taking its place as the Android smartphone ideal. As such, the next gen Pixel, particularly the Pixel XL 2, will have big shoes to fill in, and it seems that Google will be doing so by stitching up together features you’ll find in other flagships this year.

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Galaxy Note 8 “leak” dropped by Samsung itself

Galaxy Note 8 “leak” dropped by Samsung itself

Has Samsung mastered the art of misdirection? In a tweet by its Exynos account, it showed a smartphone that looks less like a Galaxy S8 and more like a Galaxy Note 8. At the same time, however, the tweet hasn’t been taken down, so it’s definitely not accidental, which does make you wonder if it is really the Galaxy Note 8 or something generic that Samsung has whipped up to tease and confuse the masses.

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This is why Vertu died: smartphones can’t be luxury items

This is why Vertu died: smartphones can’t be luxury items

When parents say that having a smartphone is a luxury, they probably don’t mean it the way Vertu does. While definitely not as big as Samsung or Apple, Vertu is famous, or infamous, for its ridiculously expensive, crystal-studded rendition of what has become an everyday tool. That, however, will now become history as Vertu itself becomes history, with the company being liquidated and employees laid off, to partly pay for its ridiculously high accounting deficit.

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