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Smaller Xiaomi Mi Mix packing 5.5-inch screen could be called Nano tips leak

Smaller Xiaomi Mi Mix packing 5.5-inch screen could be called Nano tips leak

If you really liked the idea of that Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone that is available in China rocking that 6.4-inch bezel-less screen packed into the body of a 6-inch device, you will dig this new leaked Xiaomi device as well. That Mi Mix would still be a pocketful and anyone wearing skinny jeans would be hard pressed to fit the thing into their pocket. If a new leak is accurate, it looks as if Xiaomi might be getting ready to out a smaller yet similar device with a 5.5-inch screen in the body of a 5-inch phone.

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Apple offers iPhone 6 Plus repairs for “Touch Disease”

Apple offers iPhone 6 Plus repairs for “Touch Disease”

Back in August, reports came in of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units suddenly exhibiting problems in touch sensitivity, leading to a practically useless smartphone. Nicknamed the “Touch Disease”, this particular problem was attributed to rather poor quality in the soldering of the smartphone’s touch controller component. Now three months later, Apple has finally spoken up about the matter and is offering repairs for any iPhone 6 Plus experiencing the issue. And, of course, Apple is placing the blame solely on the user.

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Google Pixel encryption promised to be stronger, faster

Google Pixel encryption promised to be stronger, faster

One of the biggest criticisms of Google’s open mobile platform is security. For some, especially those looking from the iOS camp, Android’s security framework is a joke. That’s not to say that Google hasn’t been working on improving the situation significantly. Especially in its first ever “by Google” smartphone, the Pixel. Now Google briefly explains some of the added security measures implemented for the device, specifically on the rather contentious topic of encryption.

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Pixel phone flipping scheme: Google’s statement on a ban hammer

Pixel phone flipping scheme: Google’s statement on a ban hammer

This week it became apparent that Google was banning a number of accounts because of a Pixel phone flipping scheme. Google's terms of service says to users: "you may only purchase Devices for your personal use," and goes on to say that they "may not commercially resell any Device." Now a number of users are up-in-arms about how Google has reacted to their attempt at gaming the system, so to speak.

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Amazon Echo will soon be able to send texts for AT&T subscribers

Amazon Echo will soon be able to send texts for AT&T subscribers

Starting tomorrow, the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot will be able to send text messages on the behalf of AT&T subscribers, making the entire texting process hands-free. AT&T plans to launch the Alexa skill on Friday, calling it the AT&T Send Message skill. According to the carrier, it is the first of its kind to let Alexa device owners send a text from their phone number to someone in their contacts using one of the Echo models.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 details tip your next phone’s features

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 details tip your next phone’s features

Qualcomm has made a few major announcements today, including the reveals of its new Snapdragon 835 mobile CPU and Quick Charge 4. These product reveals are accompanied by the announcement of a new bounty program centered around the security of Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors and LTE modems. All three announcements were made at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in New York City this morning.

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OnePlus 3 sales halted, software updates promised to go on

OnePlus 3 sales halted, software updates promised to go on

By its lonesome self, the newly unveiled OnePlus 3T is a formidable late 2016 flagship, perhaps aside from the still 1080p screen. It’s announcement, however, is marred by the fact that, barely four months ago, the OnePlus 3 was launched, which is near identical to the OnePlus 3T, except the latter is, of course, better. To make matters worse, OnePlus is ceasing the sales of the OnePlus 3. To calm OnePlus 3 owners, OnePlus assures that software development and updates isn’t going to suffer the same fate.

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ZTE Grand X 4 brings affordable power to Cricket Wireless

ZTE Grand X 4 brings affordable power to Cricket Wireless

It has been a very busy two months for ZTE in the US. First, it launched the Axon 7 Mini in the country for the first time. Then it wrapped up it’s crowdsourcing campaign for a smartphone. Finally, it brought the ZMax Pro to T-Mobile, after enjoying some alone time with MetroPCS. Now, it is heading for Cricket Wireless and it is bringing along the ZTE Grand X 4, successor to the same line that prepaid carrier got in January, promising you won’t have to compromise on features just to get a low price.

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Vimble S gimbal keeps your phone steady when your hand isn’t

Vimble S gimbal keeps your phone steady when your hand isn’t

We’ve all been there. We’ve used our smartphones, no matter the camera quality, to capture some of the fleeting moments of life, only to realize later how unsteady and dizzying the resulting footage is. “Shaky cam” is so common these days that it has even become a (rather contentious) cinematic technique. Whether intentionally or not, and especially the latter, you can say goodbye to shaky cam on your phone with the Vimble S, the latest three-axis gimbal that promises to produce smooth, steady photos and videos, regardless of the jitters.

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Chinese spyware on BLU smartphones claimed to be a “mistake”

Chinese spyware on BLU smartphones claimed to be a “mistake”

BLU Products is a US-based smartphone maker known for selling low to mid range unlocked smartphones at dirt cheap prices. Almost like Xiaomi, but without the impressive sales numbers. But what buyers, and even BLU itself, didn’t know is that the low price may have come at the cost of privacy. Security firm Kryptowire has just revealed that a small piece of code hidden deep inside some of BLU’s smartphones was actually private user data, not to some US company, but to an undisclosed OEM in China.

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Galaxy Note 7 could return next year as refurbished units

Galaxy Note 7 could return next year as refurbished units

Despite the major setback it experienced this year with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung seems not too averse at taking huge risks with still uncertain payoffs. It just recently allotted no less than $8 billion to acquire car tech company Harman. And now there are rumors that, next year, Samsung might try to resurrect a fallen product. In what could be called a case of beating a dead horse, sources claim that Samsung could sell the Galaxy Note 7 again next year, but as refurbished models.

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Samsung ‘Family Care’ parental control app tipped for Galaxy phones

Samsung ‘Family Care’ parental control app tipped for Galaxy phones

If you give your child an Android device, you can download a parental controls app from the Play Store and use that to set limitations for the device, as well as monitor what your child is doing. Samsung is planning to launch its own similar app, according to a new report, and it'll be called 'Family Care.' With this app, parents will be able to prevent their kids from installing certain apps, set time usage limitations, and more.

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