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Galaxy Note 7 big reveal: the battery is really to blame

Galaxy Note 7 big reveal: the battery is really to blame

And so Samsung has finally made it official. To no one's surprise, the company is putting the blame squarely on the Galaxy Note 7's batteries, which is pretty much what it did before the first (failed) recall. This time, however, it has gone into more details on the how and why. While still not naming Samsung SDI and ATL, Samsung has blamed manufacturing defects and lapses in the batteries which resulted in the fiery deaths of the smartphones.

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Apple considering facial, 2-step recognition as Touch ID replacement

Apple considering facial, 2-step recognition as Touch ID replacement

The latest report from Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst with one of the best track records when it comes to Apple's future hardware plans, was released yesterday, and it includes several expectations of what's to come with the 2017 iPhone. The most notable change is an overhaul of the smartphone's Touch ID fingerprint reader, replacing it with new biometric identification technology, and in turn reducing the need for bezels in the device's design.

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Pixel, Nexus devices getting Instant Tethering feature for Android Nougat

Pixel, Nexus devices getting Instant Tethering feature for Android Nougat

Android users who own recent Pixel or Nexus devices running Android Nougat 7.1.1 may notice a new feature rolling out in the near future, or in some cases, already available. Called Instant Tethering and introduced as part of Google Play Services 10.2, it aims to make connecting to the phone's hotspot an easier, almost automatic process.

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Apple just sued Qualcomm for unfair license costs

Apple just sued Qualcomm for unfair license costs

This afternoon Apple released a statement which suggests they've begun a process to sue Qualcomm for unfair licensing practices for mobile technology. Apple also suggests that, due to Apple cooperating with a Korea-based regulatory probe into Qualcomm's business, the mobile processor-makers have withheld money owed to Apple. An amount of money, Apple says, that runs up to $1-billion in unpaid royalty rebates.

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LINE 7.0.0 update brings much-needed feature upgrade

LINE 7.0.0 update brings much-needed feature upgrade

This week the folks behind LINE chat app have given the app an update it's needed for quite a while. With this update, users are finally able to send photos and videos at the same time. Where before, separate windows were needed to send photos and video, now they'll be able to be selected all from the same screen. It'll feel unnatural for users are first, but after a few tries, it'll feel like it's always been this way.

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Pokemon GO’s most helpful app give you one key Plus feature

Pokemon GO’s most helpful app give you one key Plus feature

The best way to get ahead in Pokemon GO - with evolutions, egg walking, getting all sorts of candy, and the like - isn't in the app itself. It's in an app called "Proximity Service" - and app for Android users that, despite the name, is not made by official Google developers. The name lends itself to the functionality it offers. This app turns a smartphone's display off when its proximity sensor is blocked.

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Galaxy S8’s Bixby to be able to identify real-world things

Galaxy S8’s Bixby to be able to identify real-world things

It’s really no secret that Samsung wants in on the whole AI-powered personal assistant bandwagon. After all, it did purchase Viv Labs, founded by Siri’s original creators. Rumored to be called Bixby, at least in one gender-based incarnation, Samsung’s personal assistant is expected to debut on the Galaxy S8, which, in turn, is expected to be unveiled in just a few weeks. But when Bixby does launch, it might have an ability none of its peers currently have: recognizing objects and text via the Galaxy S8 camera.

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Here’s when Huawei will push out Nougat to models in China

Here’s when Huawei will push out Nougat to models in China

When your smartphone, be it a fresh new release or a one-year old model, will get the latest and greatest Android release has always been a guessing game for the Android faithful. Some, like LG, seem to take pride in how fast at least one of its phones gets the update. Others, like Samsung, have developed a notoriety for taking ages, sometimes never. Huawei, who is arduously climbing up the Android ladder, isn’t yet the fastest, but, if this leaked timetable is to be believed, it is at least trying to finish before the second half of 2017.

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Galaxy Note 7 investigation reveal will be livestreamed

Galaxy Note 7 investigation reveal will be livestreamed

It seems almost too ironic that Samsung is turning what is one of its most embarrassing moments into a high-profile media event. Then again, considering the media circus that formed around the Galaxy Note 7 and its fiery fate, it really had little choice in the matter. In any case, there is no more stopping Samsung’s revelation of what really caused its phablet to catch fire, at least according to its investigation. And it will make that announcement at a large press conference on Sunday evening, US time.

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Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID [UPDATE]

Beware the Meitu photo filter app – it just stole your phone’s ID [UPDATE]

It's time to uninstall Meitu, the photo app masses of users downloaded over the past week to make their selfies look wacky. This app was found today to be sending IMEI numbers to several China-based digital locations. That alone isn't enough to do a whole lot, but given the massive amount of permissions the app seeks (and is granted) when it's installed, the app has effectively given someone in China the ability to take control of the phone it's installed on. In other words - uninstall Meitu (and any apps made by the same company) IMMEDIATELY and consider changing all passwords of apps and accounts associated with your smartphone.

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Nokia 6 release vs Galaxy J7 Prime: 5 reasons to choose either

Nokia 6 release vs Galaxy J7 Prime: 5 reasons to choose either

The Nokia 6 and the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime are set to be released this year, making way for a midrange smartphone era like none other. Here in the year 2017, we're past the time at which "midrange" is treated like a dirty word. Instead, components from the high end have been produced so long and expectations have come so far that even the midrange, low cost devices on the market today are top notch. They may not be as superior as the devices that cost $800 and up, but they don't need to be - these cost under $300!

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LG, Sony tease MWC 2017 reveals

LG, Sony tease MWC 2017 reveals

With CES now just a recent memory, the mobile industry starts counting the days to the next big event: MWC 2017 in Barcelona. If you didn't get your fill of smartphones, tablets, and everything in between back in Las Vegas, then companies are promising a more fulfilling February. Well, at least some of them. LG and Sony have both made known the dates they have reserved to give their spiel about the future of mobile technology, but LG is a bit more enthusiastic about what it has in store.

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