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Huawei Mate 9 Pro is the Porsche Design sans Porsche Design

Huawei Mate 9 Pro is the Porsche Design sans Porsche Design

Earlier this month, Huawei made a big grab for the smartphone market when it unveiled not just the Huawei Mate 9 but also a limited edition, and expensive, Porsche Design Mate 9. Not surprising but still disappointing, the Mate 9 paled in a few places compared to the luxury version, leaving interested buyers in a sort of no man’s land in terms of specs and price. Well, not if you live in China, where Huawei has just unveiled the Huawei Mate 9 Pro, which has the same specs as the Porsche Design, but without the design, branding, and price that comes with the latter.

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OnePlus 4 spec rumor might sound too good to be true

OnePlus 4 spec rumor might sound too good to be true

With the year nearly over, it’s time to start speculating on next year’s smartphone champs. And although OnePlus has yet to officially unveil its “OnePlus 3T” (or just “T”) smartphone with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, it doesn’t mean we can’t already start talking about the OnePlus 4. A new leak on Chinese social network Weibo lists specs for OnePlus’ 2017 race horse, and it looks more like a Christmas wish list than an actual feasible plan based on OnePlus’ track record.

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How I left the Echo Chamber: Part I – Disabling Facebook News

How I left the Echo Chamber: Part I – Disabling Facebook News

Earlier this year I disabled Facebook's News section because of its highly filtered way of doing business. As a writer it's important that I see the internet in as pure a fashion as possible. I don't often visit Facebook for much other than to share photos of my family and friends and to converse with my family and friends. But this news section drew my eye and showed me how terrible the viral nature of "News" sharing was today - so I shut it off completely.

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Pokemon GO update: next event before Thanksgiving plus forecast

Pokemon GO update: next event before Thanksgiving plus forecast

The next Pokemon GO event will be taking place starting this weekend and running until the 23rd of November. This allows the span of the event to command the time in the week before Thanksgiving begins, then ends the day before that holiday begins. This pre-holiday event takes place in three areas in Japan - but for those of you that don't live on that side of the sea, there's also some good news.

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Samsung Harman acquisition could out-pace Apple

Samsung Harman acquisition could out-pace Apple

Today Samsung Electronics Co. announced that they are in negotiations with US-based Harman International Industries, Inc., in an $8-billion all-cash deal. This will easily make for Samsung's biggest acquisition in its history as an electronics maker, and launches the company into the auto industry with swiftness. This buy could also act as another jolt to the automotive industry for refresh rate - a jolt for an industry notorious for being more cautious and conservative than quick to change.

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200,000 LG V20 units sold in the US in just 10 days

200,000 LG V20 units sold in the US in just 10 days

Perhaps LG’s return to straightforward functionality is actually paying off. It might be too early to tell, but the company is already boasting of very positive LG V20 numbers within just 10 days of kicking off sales of the smartphone in the US. It claims that around 200,000 units have been sold within that time frame, averaging at 20,000 units per day. While perhaps not the highest on record, it’s definitely twice rate its V10 predecessor enjoyed last year.

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How I use Google Daydream without a View headset (with Cardboard)

How I use Google Daydream without a View headset (with Cardboard)

Google Pixel users are now able to work and play with Google Daydream without the official Google Daydream View headset. While Google would rather that Daydream VR users use their first Daydream View headset, for sale in their store, there's another way to do it. Google has graciously allowed the Google Daydream environment to be fiddled with by anyone in an effort to draw developers for massive app and game creation.

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Samsung itself is hesitating on foldable phones, says report

Samsung itself is hesitating on foldable phones, says report

Just when you thought that Samsung is really close to launching a foldable smartphone next year, it seems that it’s still not a sure deal. Or if it does come, it will be even more limited than the eccentric and curved Galaxy Round. According to reports, the embattled Korean OEM is indeed already capable of producing a foldable smartphone by late 2017, albeit in small quantities. Uncharacteristic of Samsung, however, is the report that the company is actually exercising caution, having second thoughts about the feasibility of such a product.

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HTC Bolt launched with 3×20 MHz carrier aggregation support, no headphone jack

HTC Bolt launched with 3×20 MHz carrier aggregation support, no headphone jack

Sprint has announced that it has landed a new smartphone for customers to choose that is the fastest device Sprint offers on its network. The smartphone is called the HTC Bolt and the big feature of the device is that it is built for the speedy Sprint LTE Plus network and supports 3x20 MHz Carrier Aggregation. Support for that network comes thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon X10 LTE modem.

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This is the Project Ara modular smartphone we could have had

This is the Project Ara modular smartphone we could have had

The dream of a truly modular smartphone is dead. Or at least the dream of having a consumer product by 2017. While the LG G5 and Moto Z sort of foreshadow what is possible, the fulfillment of the ideal modular smartphone died when Google killed off Project Ara, leaving us to wonder what could have been. Fortunately, the folks over at Phandroid were able to get their hands on one of the later iterations of the near complete Project Ara smartphone, revealing details of the stillborn mobile device.

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UMi Plus E steps up the game with Helio P20, 6 GB RAM

UMi Plus E steps up the game with Helio P20, 6 GB RAM

When we reviewed the UMi Plus a few weeks ago, we found little to differentiate it from the UMi Super that we reviewed previously. But had we reviewed the UMi Plus E instead, we might have had a very different opinion. Differing only by one letter in its name, the Plus E puts the "plus" in this mid-range smartphone. While most of the specs remain the same, it upgrades the smartphone in two areas where it matters the most: the processor and memory.

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BlackBerry to give the keyboard smartphone one last hurrah

BlackBerry to give the keyboard smartphone one last hurrah

It is an end of an era for BlackBerry. Under the charge of CEO John Chen, the former smartphone giant has shifted its focus from a complete product stack to a software development house. There will still be BlackBerry phones of course, but those will no longer be made by BlackBerry itself. And chances are, they will be your traditional all-screen smartphone.Well, except one. Chen has finally confirmed that the company will pay tribute, perhaps one last time, to the classic keyboard-wielding phone that made the company popular.

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