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iPhone SE update doubles up on storage with new models

iPhone SE update doubles up on storage with new models

The iPhone SE has proven to be surprisingly popular with the Apple faithful, and with its first birthday coming up, it's about time for it to get something of refresh. As hardware refreshes go, this one is minor, as Apple is only bumping up storage space. That extra on board storage, however, will come in useful at a time where our reliance on smartphones seems to be growing each day.

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Special edition PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7, 7 Plus launch later this month

Special edition PRODUCT(RED) iPhone 7, 7 Plus launch later this month

Apple's long-running partnership with (PRODUCT)RED is resulting in a rather big announcement, as Apple today revealed special edition (RED) variants for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. In the past, Apple has supported (PRODUCT)RED through a number of accessory releases, but this is the first time we've received a new iPhone variant through their partnership.

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Android update 7.1.2 brings goodies for Nexus 6P, Pixel C

Android update 7.1.2 brings goodies for Nexus 6P, Pixel C

Although rumors about the next major Android version, the still unnamed Android “O”, are starting to trickle in, there’s still a lot of work to be done for Android Nougat. Feature parity among supported devices, specifically Google’s own devices, is one such area of improvement. Fortunately, it seems that Google has heard the cries of its Nexus users and has started rolling out the Android 7.1.2 that brings, among other things, fingerprint gestures to the Nexus 6P and some UI improvements to the Pixel C tablet.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs tapped at dawn of Bixby

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs tapped at dawn of Bixby

This week Samsung has once again confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is well on the way with a list of details of what it'll be able to do. These details come largely in the form of Bixby, the device's natural language assistant. This device will be the first to carry Bixby with it everywhere it goes - but it won't be the last. Much like Apple's release of the first iPhone with Siri, this assistant will be exclusively on this one device for a short period of time.

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Sony debuts Xperia L1 with 5.5-inch display and Android Nougat

Sony debuts Xperia L1 with 5.5-inch display and Android Nougat

High-end Xperia phones like the XZ might get the lion's share of attention, but if you're looking for a more entry-level Xperia device, Sony has you covered there too. Sony launched the Xperia L1 today, revealing a device that may not come with all of the premium Xperia bells and whistles we're used to, but should still serve as a good choice for folks who need a phone on a budget.

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Galaxy S8 AKG-branded earphones confirm 3.5mm jack

Galaxy S8 AKG-branded earphones confirm 3.5mm jack

Samsung made it known before that it wasn’t in a rush to ditch the headphone jack, unlike eternal frenemy Apple. But that was before the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, before Samsung was placed in a position where it needed to make the Galaxy S8 really stand out. As it turns out, these days, you actually stand out by still having a headphone jack. Audiophiles need not worry (too much) as the Galaxy S8 will still indeed have a 3.5 mm port, seemingly confirmed by leaked earphones for the device.

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HTC U Ultra scratched and bent

HTC U Ultra scratched and bent

Is HTC really cursed when it comes to smartphones? Based on the rather mixed reactions for the HTC U Ultra, that might seem to be the case. We’ll hold off on judging pending our own review, but things aren’t looking good for HTC’s new vision. Especially when that premium-priced smartphone gets tortured and doesn’t survive to tell the tale. Yes, it’s time for JerryRigEverything’s usual battery of tests to see how resilient smartphones are. Unfortunately for the HTC U Ultra, it belongs to the few that are revealed to be not so resilient after all.

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Galaxy S8+ with Exynos 8895 might be faster than Snapdragon 835

Galaxy S8+ with Exynos 8895 might be faster than Snapdragon 835

Samsung is in a rather “interesting” position as far as silicon production goes. On the one hand, it makes its own Exynos application processor, which is plans to soon push harder to other OEMs. On the other hand, it now fabricates some of Qualcomm’s, specifically the Snapdragon 820, and now, the 835. You might think there’ll be a conflict of interest, especially when you see that, at least on Geekbench, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ running on an Exynos 8895 has a lead over the same phone running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.

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LG is getting sued by G4 and V10 owners

LG is getting sued by G4 and V10 owners

LG may be riding high right now over the early praise of its new G6 smartphone, but owners of its older devices are still unhappy with the company. Owners of the G4 and V10 phones have filed a class-action lawsuit against LG in California over bootloop issues, or hardware failures that send the device into a non-stop rebooting sequence. The users argue this left the phones unusable, and LG did little to fix them.

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iPhone now eligible for AppleCare+ up to 1 year after purchase

iPhone now eligible for AppleCare+ up to 1 year after purchase

Good news for iPhone users prone to dropping their device sometime after purchase: Apple has updated its AppleCare+ insurance program, allowing coverage to be added to an iPhone up to one year after it was purchased. This is a hefty update to the previous 60 day timeframe limit, and should put users' minds at ease with regards to damaged screens.

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Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

Precise Audio (volume control) for Android released [APK Download]

This week far finer-grain control over audio volume has been released for most Android devices. This control comes in an unofficial app by the name of Precise Volume - and it comes without cost. There is a version that adds odds and ends and bits of helpful functionality, but the base app add-on is free. This should serve to encourage Google (and other smartphone manufacturers) to bring just such a set of controls to their own phones in the near future.

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Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List [mid-March 2017]

Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List [mid-March 2017]

In Fire Emblem Heroes this week we've got a bit of a switch up of several main characters on the tops of each tier. Fire Emblem Heroes is a wild west of abilities and powers, and the way people play changes the way we run ranks. So many different elements are at play - and Nintendo updates the game so often - that tier lists could be changed daily! As it were, we're trying to stick to a slightly more reasonable schedule - and today's list is a kicker.

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