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Galaxy Note 8 specs tip the big war with iPhone 8

Galaxy Note 8 specs tip the big war with iPhone 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be released later this year and now, more than ever, its hardware aims to fight the next iPhone. The iPhone 8 - or iPhone Edition, or iPhone Pro as it might instead be called - has been tipped to skip a step in the world of yearly iPhone upgrades. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8's specifications can be found within a range of specs already released - starting with the Galaxy S8 Plus.

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The iPhone 8’s Touch ID will be right in the OLED report claims

The iPhone 8’s Touch ID will be right in the OLED report claims

The iPhone 8 will embed its fingerprint scanner into its display, a new report claims to confirm, with a new technology helping minimize the bezels while maintaining Touch ID's convenient location. Speculation has been rife about the flagship iOS smartphone expected to launch later this year, particularly with regards to how it will balance existing specifications that iPhone fans now expect with Apple's own desire to slim down the handset's bezels significantly. Part of that will involve using a brand new display technology.

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Kyocera DuraForce PRO brings toughness to T-Mobile’s lineup

Kyocera DuraForce PRO brings toughness to T-Mobile’s lineup

Once upon a time, users who needed a very rugged smartphone had to compromise on performance. Fortunately, that's a thing of the past these days. Sure, the Kyocera DuraForce PRO isn't exactly the highest, nor the latest, but it isn't a pushover either. Now the company whose name has become synonymous with extra rugged smartphones, is bringing exactly that to T-Mobile customers, completing the circle, or square rather, of the US' four major wireless carriers.

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OnePlus 3T dicontinued, most likely because of OnePlus 5

OnePlus 3T dicontinued, most likely because of OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 3T is probably the most short-lived non-explosive flagship and probably OnePlus' most controversial yet. It launched barely half a year after the OnePlus 3 was launched, bearing slightly upgraded hardware and royally pissing of its fans. Now it is making yet another controversial move. While not explicitly saying so, OnePlus has practically revealed that stocks of the OnePlus 3T are running out. And by putting out a last call to buy one, it is practically saying that the 6-month old smartphone is being discontinued.

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Andy Rubin’s Essential jumps on Twitter, teases something big

Andy Rubin’s Essential jumps on Twitter, teases something big

Andy Rubin, father of Android, left Google more than two years ago to start his own adventures. Not long afterwards, it was believed that he would be making his own smartphone under a new "Essential" company. He did make a big announcement earlier this month, but it was for a different product for a different startup. It seems that the Essential phone, or something related to it, is still on track and, based on a Twitter post, will finally be revealed at the end of the month.

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See the HTC Link, a semi-secret Japanese VR headset with LIGHTS

See the HTC Link, a semi-secret Japanese VR headset with LIGHTS

The headset that's appeared today, made by HTC, won't necessarily be available to everyone in the world. In fact it's slated - for now - to be available only inside Japan. This headset was designed to fit one smartphone in the world - the HTC U11 - and will be able to roll with 6DOF (6 degrees of freedom) which is intense for a phone-based VR headset, if not entirely unique to this one.

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Magikarp Jump app is super quick fun [iPhone / APK download]

Magikarp Jump app is super quick fun [iPhone / APK download]

Google Play as well as Apple's App Store now have the next Pokemon game Magikarp Jump. This game is very likely the most inane Pokemon game in the history of Pokemon games - and not only on the mobile platform. This is the latest effort by The Pokemon Company to cash in on the Pokmon craze created in part by Niantic's release of Pokemon GO. This game is not the same as Pokemon GO, but it has just about as many Magikarp inside.

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Samsung responds to Galaxy S8 iris scanner hack

Samsung responds to Galaxy S8 iris scanner hack

A couple of days back, we got word that a group of developers had found a way around the Galaxy S8's iris scanner. According to the folks at Chaos Computer Clubs, the iris scanner in the Galaxy S8 can be beaten with a high-resolution, infrared photo of the iris in question with a contact lens laid over it. That, obviously, is a pretty discouraging bit of news, but now Samsung has responded to this report.

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LG V10 gets Android Nougat in Korea, global rollout coming

LG V10 gets Android Nougat in Korea, global rollout coming

LG has recently been rather proud of how quick it is to bring the latest Android updates to its phones. But, truth be told, just like any other OEM, that's really only true for for its latest model or two. Case in point is the late 2015 LG V10, still well within the customary 2-year support period. It is only now that LG's first "second screen" phone is getting its Nougat update, and even then only up to Android 7.0.

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This app replaces the Galaxy S8 navigation buttons with Pixel ones

This app replaces the Galaxy S8 navigation buttons with Pixel ones

After years of stubbornness, Samsung has finally moved away from hardware or capacitive navigation buttons to on-screen ones. Not that it had a choice anyway, with its new Infinity Display design. There are, however, two catches. The order and design of the buttons don't adhere to Android guidelines. The order is easily changed via Samsung's own settings. Changing how the buttons, look, however, is almost impossible. Not unless you use this third-party overlay app which lets you make those buttons look like a regular Pixel or Android phone.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 tries to say bigger is still better

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 tries to say bigger is still better

Smartphone are slimming down. They're not getting smaller as far as screen size goes, but with a push for smaller bezels, they're not expanding in girth either. Of course, there will always be devices and companies that will say otherwise. Xiaomi just launched the Mi Max 2 which, like its predecessor, is big on everything, from size to screen to battery. Fortunately, the only thing it's not big on is the price.

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OnePlus 5 confirmed with Snapdragon 835, front fingerprint sensor

OnePlus 5 confirmed with Snapdragon 835, front fingerprint sensor

OnePlus has traditional been non-traditional when it came to marketing. Months before a new smartphone, it usually piles teaser after teaser, drumming up hype for the next big thing. We might be just weeks away from the OnePlus 5, yet the startup has been surprisingly mellow. It is, however, dropping breadcrumbs along the way, like these latest confirmations from OnePlus' top brass themselves, including, to no one's surprise, the OnePlus 5 name and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

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