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Pokemon GO Starbucks update news official: not quite Gen 2

Pokemon GO Starbucks update news official: not quite Gen 2

Starting this afternoon, approximately 7,800 Starbucks stores will begin to roll with all-out Pokemon GO madness. In this case it means Starbucks - almost every location in the United States - will be transformed into a PokeStop or Pokemon GO Gym. Each Starbucks will remain named "Starbucks" on the Pokemon GO map in-game for mobile devices of all sorts.

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Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2016 for Dads

In just a few days, it will be a festive season again. No matter your particular affiliation, you will most likely be swept up by the gift-giving train. It’s also a good opportunity to get your dad or your partner that geeky trinket that he may have been drooling over for the past months. That said, gone are the days when gadgets and gizmos were seen as a man’s domain only. With few (maybe just one) exceptions, our holiday tech shopping guide can help you fill up the stocking for Dad, Mom, or anyone else you might fancy.

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Galaxy A 2017 series leak flaunts glass, waterproofing

Galaxy A 2017 series leak flaunts glass, waterproofing

Samsung’s Galaxy A line, prefigured by the lone Galaxy Alpha model, made a rather interesting proposition back then. It offered the same first class look, sometimes even build materials, of the manufacturer’s flagship but hiding inside mid-range specs. As Samsung’s flagships moved from metal to metal with glass, so did the Galaxy A. Confirming what was previously just speculation, a set of leaked photos reveal a truly stylish 2017 refresh with one added bonus: IP68 dust and water proofing.

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Galaxy S7 edge now comes in Black Pearl color

Galaxy S7 edge now comes in Black Pearl color

What do you do to kill time for a few months when you can’t actually launch a new product? Why dress up an old one, of course! That is precisely the situation that Samsung has found itself in after the tragedy that was the Galaxy Note 7. In order to try to boost sales of its only 2016 flagships, the Korean OEM is putting out new color options, at least for the Galaxy S7 edge. After Pink Gold and Blue Coral now comes the shiny Black Pearl, which could have also been called Jet Black. Or Piano Black. Except Apple might take offense.

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iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, not iPhone 8, tipped to be 2017 model

iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, not iPhone 8, tipped to be 2017 model

If you had your eyes and heart set on a revolutionary iPhone 8 next year, it might be time to set your expectations lower. That version of the next gen iPhone has been rumored to include so many new features that it might, in the end, be delayed because of that. According to Apple’s suppliers from Taiwan, next year’s model won’t be called the iPhone 8 but the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus instead. And considering the name, it won’t be as spectacular a jump forward but will instead be just a half step to the future.

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Galaxy Note 7 in Canada to be blocked by carriers next week

Galaxy Note 7 in Canada to be blocked by carriers next week

If you’re still holding on to the cursed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and happen to live in Canada, consider your phone’s days numbered. Samsung’s Canadian outfit has just announced an upcoming move that will really force owners to hand over their Galaxy Note 7 for a refund or an exchange. In a nutshell, starting next week, the devices will no longer be able to function as smartphones and will, instead, be demoted to being offline media players, notepads, and mirrors. That is, if they don’t explode first.

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Galaxy S8 headphone jack death: iPhone wins again

Galaxy S8 headphone jack death: iPhone wins again

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is tipped to remove its headphone jack, and with it, another pin in the bowling alley that is Android's resistance to Apple's dominance. While I personally use an Android device the majority of my time out in the wild, I can't help but give Apple their due props here. Apple said they needed courage to remove their headphone jack with the iPhone 7. It turns out they weren't just pulling our leg.

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HTC One M9 Nougat US rollout begins with unlocked models

HTC One M9 Nougat US rollout begins with unlocked models

Just weeks after it had started to roll out Android 7.0 Nougat to its HTC 10 flagship, the company is now doing the same for last year’s HTC champion. HTC USA’s Twitter account proudly announced that the HTC One M9 has finally started to get the Nougat update. At least for the unlocked units first. Those who bought theirs from a carrier, however, will still have to wait next year to receive all the nutty goodness of Android 7.0.

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2017 Moto X leak photos try to prove it’s real

2017 Moto X leak photos try to prove it’s real

Rumors of the Moto X’s death are exaggerated, or so the saying goes. Considering how Lenovo and Moto didn’t exactly pull one out of its hat this year, it’s all too easy to conclude its death, despite the company insisting otherwise. This latest pair of leaked photos, then, go in Lenovo’s favor and proves that such a phone still does exist. Well, as much as you can give credence to leaks. Unsurprisingly, this 2017 Moto X, which seems to be in its final form, looks like the Moto Z, without the modules and with a full-metal jacket.

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LG G6 rumors: waterproof, wireless charging, non-modular

LG G6 rumors: waterproof, wireless charging, non-modular

If rumors and leaks were truly prophetic, then we practically have a near complete image of the LG G6’s key features. Those rumors have been pretty consistent in what LG’s next flagship will have. Or, more importantly, what it won’t have. According to the latest sources, the G6 will indeed ditch the modular feature that should have been, but wasn’t, the selling point of the G5 before it. In its stead, the G6 will feature allegedly more expensive waterproofing and wireless charging.

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Android Nougat update 7.1.1 brings Pixel to the masses

Android Nougat update 7.1.1 brings Pixel to the masses

Inside the newest update to Android is a set of features that'll change the way users interact with their phones. Some of these features were present last month already on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, while others are completely new. This update will be delivered to a number of devices starting today and rolling over the next several weeks.

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The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

The Apple Car is more than just four wheels, and iPhone is the key

Apple isn't going to make car innovation faster when it's already slowed mobile device market disruption to a crawl. The newest round of rumors on Apple's dealings with the auto industry got me thinking. Apple hasn't become one of the world's most successful companies over the past 10 years by entering saturated markets. Barring any sort of device we've seen before, I'm crossing my fingers that Apple has the next big market disruptor in the pipeline and coming soon.

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