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Moto Z3 Play pre-orders open up ahead of next week’s release

Moto Z3 Play pre-orders open up ahead of next week’s release

Here's some exciting news for Motorola fans: the Moto Z3 Play, which was revealed at the beginning of the month, has gone up for pre-order. As you'd expect, the phone is available to order directly through Motorola, but you might also want to have a look as Amazon. The massive online retailer has revealed that the Moto Z3 Play, along with the less expensive Moto G6 Play, will be offered as Prime Exclusive phones.

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BlackBerry KEY2 US launch: all the details available here

BlackBerry KEY2 US launch: all the details available here

If you’re a hardcore, key-mashing typist who must feel the key travel at each and every press, you really don’t have much choice as far as smartphones go. Fortunately, now you have a new choice, depending on the design, specs, and price that you find most convincing. The BlackBerry KEY2 definitely changes the game a bit and BlackBerry’s third Android QWERTY smartphone will finally be available to US buyers in just a few weeks.

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Top smartphones of Q2 2018: where things stand

Top smartphones of Q2 2018: where things stand

The year is half over and we’ve mostly seen all that year has to offer as far as smartphones go. Except, of course, for Apple new iPhones and Samsung’s last hurrah for the year. We already took a look at the premium phones that landed in the market in the first few months of the year and was admittedly at a loss for which one came out at the top. This quarter has its own roster with seemingly interesting personalities. Will a winner finally stand out? Let’s take a look.

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CCC Digital Key spec turns smartphones into car keys

CCC Digital Key spec turns smartphones into car keys

We put almost everything inside our phones, from our personal data to our money. So why not our car keys as well? After all, smart homes can already be locked or unlocked using our mobile devices anyway. That’s the future, frightening or otherwise, that car manufacturers are already building. Now the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) is working together to create an open standard around that, called the Digital Key specification, which is now marking its 1.0 release on the road towards seamless mobile device-to-vehicle connectivity.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is back to take the battery crown

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is back to take the battery crown

This week the folks at Xiaomi seem to have let some details slip on their next big, huge, gigantic smartphone. This is the Xiaomi Mi Max 3, and it's coming with not only a big body, but a big display and a big battery, too. Much like the first two Mi Max devices, this handset's most major asset will be its relatively low price coupled with high-end performance and size - and, again, one big battery.

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Galaxy Note 9 screen panel leak: still notchless

Galaxy Note 9 screen panel leak: still notchless

Anyone and everyone have a notch these days that it’s easier to actually count who doesn’t. There’s Oppo with its new Find X “slider”, Vivo with its elevating Nex, Sony, HTC, and, of course, Samsung. Despite being called out time and again for being an Apple copycat, it seems that this is one area where Samsung is stubbornly refusing to budge. This latest leak simply confirms what we’ve seen so far: the Galaxy Note 9 won’t have a notch.

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Carriers promise to stop selling your location to data brokers

Carriers promise to stop selling your location to data brokers

Our smartphones have practically become extensions of our bodies and lives, holding the keys not just to our captured memories but, often, also to online accounts and even money. Most users take for granted how much of our data we let companies access through our smartphones but, sometimes, the long arm of the law does finally catch up with the times. Responding to inquiries by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore), AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon all pledged to stop selling phone location data to data brokers. That promise, however, comes with a big “but”.

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Google Podcasts app download on Google Play

Google Podcasts app download on Google Play

Google released their Google Podcasts experience in app form this morning to the surprise of Podcast lovers everywhere. Before now, Google had a podcast-collecting experience available in their Search app, but it wasn't particularly comprehensive. Now there's an app for that, and it's free, and we're expecting apps like Pocket Casts and Sticher to be ... disappointed, to say the least.

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ARCore smartphone compatibility list: who’s in and who’s out

ARCore smartphone compatibility list: who’s in and who’s out

When Google replaced Project Tango with ARCore, it removed one of the biggest hurdles to adopting augmented reality on Android: dedicated (and expensive) sensors. In theory, any Android phone with a decent processor, camera, and gyro/motion sensors can do AR. In practice, however, ARCore has been so far limited to a few high-end smartphones. Good thing then, that the latest version of ARCore will be bringing even more models, including mid-range ones, to the AR party.

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Xiaomi Mi A2 Android One leak: everything you need to know

Xiaomi Mi A2 Android One leak: everything you need to know

Xiaomi isn’t exactly known for playing by Google’s rules so the Mi A1, its first Android One smartphone was both a surprise and almost considered a fluke. A deleted Twitter poll, however, proved that vanilla Android One was more popular than its own MIUI skin. While Xiaomi will hardly give up its customizations because of that, it seems it has at least been encouraged to follow up the Mi A1. Now thanks to Swiss retailer digitec, we now know everything there is about the Xiaomi Mi A2.

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Galaxy S9 AR Emojis welcome two classic Disney characters

Galaxy S9 AR Emojis welcome two classic Disney characters

Given the box office success of the Incredibles 2, you’d think Samsung and new partner Disney would promote it to no end. You might, however, be a bit late to the news because that already happened late last month when The Incredibles, including the beloved Jack-Jack, were transported to Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones and transformed into AR Emojis. This time, Samsung and Disney are going old school and are adding classic characters instead.

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ZTE in trouble again: Senate votes to block Trump deal

ZTE in trouble again: Senate votes to block Trump deal

It may have been painted as ZTE’s lifesaver but the $1 billion deal it signed with the US government may prove to be even more trouble. The agreement would naturally incur a lot of changes on ZTE’s part, but that is if it will actually push through. The US Senate has just voted 85 to 10 to pass an annual defense policy bill that, among other things, included a provision that would block the Trump administration’s deal with ZTE in the interests of national security.

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