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Galaxy S8 tipped for S Pen external accessory

Galaxy S8 tipped for S Pen external accessory

One of the coolest features of the recent Note smartphones from Samsung was the S Pen accessory. In the larger Galaxy Note devices the pen tucked away inside the smartphone so you always had it with you. A new rumor is swirling that the Galaxy S8 smartphone might get the S Pen as an external accessory.

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A dual-cam 5″ iPhone would be the perfect 2017 tweener

A dual-cam 5″ iPhone would be the perfect 2017 tweener

A third iPhone 8 that cherry-picks the best of the two current models could give Apple a new sweet-spot - and a 2017 sales hit. Reports that the Cupertino firm will have not two but three new iPhones in refresh next year broke this week, with a 5-inch screen tipped to slot in-between the 4.7- and 5.5-inch sizes that have been part of the range since the iPhone 6. While a 5-inch iPhone might sound like a compromise, in fact it could end up being Apple's new mass-market pleaser.

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Apple’s leaked 2017 Mac roadmap unlikely to silence critics

Apple’s leaked 2017 Mac roadmap unlikely to silence critics

Tim Cook may have promised "great desktops" in the pipeline, but 2017 is shaping up to be a disappointing year for Mac fans if the latest leaks are correct. With iPhone providing a fat wedge of Apple's profit each quarter, not to mention iOS app revenues, the fear among desktop users for some time has been that attention within the Cupertino company has slipped away from the platform that once saved it. According to insider chatter, that concern may in fact be well founded.

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Galaxy S8 packing LG Chem batteries expected to launch at April event

Galaxy S8 packing LG Chem batteries expected to launch at April event

Some new rumors concerning the Galaxy S8 smartphone are making the rounds today that fit in nicely with the big rumor roundup of all we think we know so far about the S8 from earlier this month. This new rumors suggest that the Galaxy S8 smartphone won't be unveiled at MWC 2017 as we would normally expect. Rather, the S8 will launch at a dedicated event that will beheld in NYC in April 2017.

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Nintendo Switch: NVIDIA Maxwell in, Pascal out

Nintendo Switch: NVIDIA Maxwell in, Pascal out

Four weeks from today, we'll be finding out more about the Nintendo Switch and (hopefully) the NVIDIA hardware that lies within. Nintendo has scheduled a special event for January 12, and during that livestream from Tokyo, we'll learn of new information such as price, launch titles, and its release date. Ahead of that event, though, a new VentureBeat report is detailing what kind of NVIDIA components we can expect in the Switch.

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One of iPhone’s key display suppliers is investing big in OLED

One of iPhone’s key display suppliers is investing big in OLED

With Apple widely rumored to finally switch to OLED in next year's iPhone 8, one of the company's primary suppliers is reportedly making big investments in the display technology. Although so far Apple has stuck with LCD panels for the iPhone, that's reportedly set to change next year with its new flagship. Now, Japan Display is said to be reacting to the shifting market with a big acquisition.

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Spotify Jump In tipped to give free users on-demand feature

Spotify Jump In tipped to give free users on-demand feature

If you’re a Spotify free user, you’re limited to a shuffle-only sort of music experience, a frustrating limitation for those who don’t want to pay. In the future, though, Spotify may change that to give free users an element of on-demand access, though perhaps one not as robust as what’s available to premium users. This information comes from a new report claiming as much, with the new feature — “Jump In” — possibly coming in the next handful of weeks.

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Samsung at work on two types of folding smartphones tips source

Samsung at work on two types of folding smartphones tips source

There have been rumors that Samsung was working on smartphones with screens that fold going back for years now. A new report has surfaced that claims Samsung is working on a two-track strategy for folding devices. The strategy will see Samsung roll out a smartphone with a flat display on each side and then later roll out a smartphone that has a single flexible OLED display.

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Nintendo Switch might have a GameCube Virtual Console

Nintendo Switch might have a GameCube Virtual Console

Nintendo may look to give fans of the GameCube a reason to purchase a Switch next year. According to new reports, Nintendo is working on a bringing classic GameCube games to the Switch via its Virtual Console feature. This would mark the first time GameCube games have been available through the Virtual Console, and so far, Nintendo is said to have three games ready to go for launch.

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Moto Z mods: 5G and 4 more possibilities for play

Moto Z mods: 5G and 4 more possibilities for play

Motorola has big plans for the Moto Z and its accompanying Moto Mods as we move into 2017. Now with seven different mods offered for its Moto Z family of phones, Motorola senior vice president of product management John Touvannas suggested at a press event yesterday that a 5G mod could be in the pipeline. Obviously such a mod would be a while off, but launching a mod with 5G capabilities would mean that folks wouldn't necessarily need to upgrade their phones to take advantage of faster networks.

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Galaxy S8 switches to new camera: release date remains the same

Galaxy S8 switches to new camera: release date remains the same

This week the folks at Samsung were tipped to drop a plan for an advanced camera system with two lenses for the Galaxy S8. This new lens system would have put Samsung in more direct combat with Apple's iPhone 8 Plus, still expected to wield its own 2x camera setup. This back-facing set of cameras would have utilized two different camera sensors, one made by Samsung, one made by Sony.

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A flock of drones could save Apple Maps

A flock of drones could save Apple Maps

Picture the scene: Tim Cook cackling at the top of his castle, screaming "Fly, my pretties!" as a wave of drones swoop out to give Apple an edge over Google Maps. The Cupertino firm's homegrown navigation app, Apple Maps, didn't arrive to the best of reviews, and while the software has undoubtedly improved since its debut in late 2012 - not to mention benefited from being the default app in iOS since then - it's still struggled to emerge from under that initial cloud. Now, Apple apparently has plans to significantly boost the software's usefulness.

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