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Turing Phone maker enlists TCL for AI-assisted Appassionato phone

Turing Phone maker enlists TCL for AI-assisted Appassionato phone

While TCL does have its own smartphones under the Alcatel brand, it seems to have stumbled upon a new business. It is probably becoming the go to manufacturer for smartphone makers who are no longer making their own phones. After BlackBerry, TCL's next customer is Turing Robotic Industries or TRI, which is perhaps better known for its "Liquidmorphium" Turing Phone. Together, the two will create the next generation of that line, the Appassionato, which will come with its own "amplified intelligence" assistant, Sir ALAN.

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Qualcomm to refund BlackBerry $815 million in patent royalties

Qualcomm to refund BlackBerry $815 million in patent royalties

Qualcomm just can't seem to catch a break. Which is probably the price to pay for being such a successful and high-profile company. While it is still in a tug of war with Apple, it has just announced its loss to BlackBerry in a different but eerily similar case. The two companies have announced that an arbitration panel is requiring Qualcomm to pay BlackBerry $814.9 million. All because BlackBerry says it has actually overpaid Qualcomm some patent royalties.

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Moto Z2 Force leaks with dual rear cameras in press photo

Moto Z2 Force leaks with dual rear cameras in press photo

Motorola has a hit on its hands with the Moto smartphone lineup, and a few new models are about to be announced for it. Among those phones is a newly leaked Moto Z2 Force, an Android handset that -- per the press photo that has surfaced -- features a dual-camera setup on the back, as well as what appears to be a fingerprint sensor located on the front. This phone will follow the previously launched Moto Z Force.

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iPhone 8 Touch ID troubles may stall Apple’s OLED plans

iPhone 8 Touch ID troubles may stall Apple’s OLED plans

The anticipated 'iPhone 8' with an OLED display has one big thing getting in its way, and that's the Touch ID fingerprint sensor -- at least according to an analyst whose research note recently became public. According to that note, the 5.8-inch iPhone, which is currently being referred to as the 'iPhone 8,' will have an edge-to-edge OLED panel, and Apple has to figure out how to embed the Touch ID beneath it. If an adequate solution isn't found relatively soon, the company may be forced to shake things up and change the position of this sensor.

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Galaxy S8 Pre-order shipping dates released

Galaxy S8 Pre-order shipping dates released

The wait for the Galaxy S8 is almost over, as it launches in just more than a week. This is a particularly important release given the fact that the Galaxy Note 7 turned out to be a dud, so the Samsung faithful have been waiting quite some time for new (usable) flagship phone. Some of those who pre-ordered a Galaxy S8 might actually see it arrive before the phone's April 21 release, as at least one carrier will be shipping it out early.

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iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 : release of Apple’s beast

iPhone 8 vs Galaxy Note 8 : release of Apple’s beast

Android devices of all sorts are coming up in the world, rallying these last couple of years with features that rival even the iPhone. That's a strange thing to say as someone who's supposed to be unbiased about which smartphone is best - but looking at sales numbers, it's clear Apple's been quite dominant since 2007, while devices like Samsung's Galaxy S and Note series as well as Google's Pixel lines are coming to take a piece of the action. With the iPhone 8, otherwise known as or code-named iPhone X, Apple may show that they're not simply holding back features from power users - they've just been lying in wait.

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Sony isn’t that interested in phones anymore, looks to VR

Sony isn’t that interested in phones anymore, looks to VR

Sony's smartphone business has always been seen as on the verge of folding. After a brief period of fame, Sony's flagships have mostly failed to secure a foothold in the market, thanks to a combination of high prices and less impressive features. When Sony sold its VAIO PC business to a Japanese company, it was expected it would do the same with its smartphones soon as well. The good news: Sony President Kazuo Hirai thinks that smartphones are still a viable business. The bad news: it really doesn't care that much anymore.

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Galaxy S8’s Bixby will have a confusing, convoluted rollout

Galaxy S8’s Bixby will have a confusing, convoluted rollout

Gone are the days when you could expect most smartphone features, save for network support, to be uniform across all devices everywhere. These days, you have to be more aware of how certain features might be available for one market but not for your market. Or that those features might not come all at the same time, if at all. That mess is what will greet new owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ when the smartphones rollout next week without one key feature: Bixby voice control.

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Samsung ‘Galaxy X’ dual-screen foldable smartphone prototype tipped in testing

Samsung ‘Galaxy X’ dual-screen foldable smartphone prototype tipped in testing

We've been hearing rumors about a foldable Samsung smartphone for months, and the latest rumor is no exception. According to industry insiders, Samsung will soon start testing a prototype of a phone being called the 'Galaxy X' that features two screens instead of one. This phone is said to be hinged horizontally in the middle, enabling the lengthy handset to be folded in half when not in use. This would be made possible, in part, by using the company's flexible OLED panels.

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Pixel 2 XL “confirmed” by Google release

Pixel 2 XL “confirmed” by Google release

Google has revealed that they'll be releasing at least two new Google Pixel devices on dates likely set for Autumn of 2017.* This year's reveal could come very close to the Pixel release date from last year - October for the reveal and release a couple weeks later. We're crossing our fingers for a slightly smoother launch - and more realistic expectations for demand - this time around!

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What is Moto C? Motorola’s sub-$100 phone [Specs, Details, Rumors]

What is Moto C? Motorola’s sub-$100 phone [Specs, Details, Rumors]

Step aside, Moto G, there's a new super-inexpensive smartphone in Motorola's vision for the future. Having seen quite a bit of success with the Moto G line for the past several years, it would seem that Motorola (now owned by Lenovo) will hit it even lower than before. While Moto G was previously the lowest-cost yet usable smartphone in the world before, leaks suggest that Motorola's moving toward another. The Moto C, as it's tipped to be called, will come in multiple colors.

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LG bootloop lawsuit now includes G5, V20, Nexus 5X

LG bootloop lawsuit now includes G5, V20, Nexus 5X

No smartphone is perfect, but some fail so spectacularly that they get not only some media coverage but even a class action lawsuit. And, no, for the first time, we're not talking about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. In the federal district Southern California, LG was slapped with a class action lawsuit by disgruntled owners of LG G4 and LG V10 smartphone who were fed up with the company's shoddy craftsmanship and even shoddier customer support. Now that list of devices has grown to include the Nexus 5X, the LG G5, and the LG V20.

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