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ZTE’s crowdsourced product: an eye-tracking, self-adhesive phone

ZTE’s crowdsourced product: an eye-tracking, self-adhesive phone

The people have spoken. Finally putting an end to the unorthodox, somewhat insane, not to mention risky, crowdsourcing project, ZTE USA has revealed the finally tally of its CSX stunt. After whittling the useful, sometimes wacky ideas down to five, the ZTE community has voted that the company’s next mobile device will be a smartphone that can use eye-tracking to control and navigate the interface. And, to facilitate that completely hands-free operation, the device can also stick to walls as well.

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7 things Samsung MUST do to avoid the Note 7 burning their company down

7 things Samsung MUST do to avoid the Note 7 burning their company down

The following is a list of suggestions for Samsung to fix the Galaxy Note 7 fire-related situation they're in right now. I am not a lawyer - I do not know what Samsung is being asked to do by their lawyers or the several governments they're now dealing with. I do know that Samsung needs to stop making headline-worthy anti-gestures when they should be making amends.

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The Best Google Pixel XL case Review

The Best Google Pixel XL case Review

Today I'm confident that I've got the best protective case for the Google Pixel XL. It wasn't difficult to find - I've used almost the exact same case several phones in a row. Over the past three generations, at least - it's been Tech21, and the case I'm talking about today goes by the name Evo Check.

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Verizon Stylo 2 V is the LG Stylo 2, with a V

Verizon Stylo 2 V is the LG Stylo 2, with a V

f you thought that carriers putting obtrusive, even obnoxious, branding on smartphones was a thing of the past, Verizon has just proven you wrong. The carrier has just announced the addition of the LG Stylo 2 V to its roster, and if the name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the very same LG Stylo 2 that was announced just last April. Except with a “V”, presumably for “Verizon”. That, however, isn’t the only thing Verizon has added, as it has also slapped on a slightly higher price tag as well.

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Android 7.1 dev preview download released for Nexus 6P, 5X, Pixel C

Android 7.1 dev preview download released for Nexus 6P, 5X, Pixel C

With the Google Pixel out the door, Android 7.1 is, at least officially, already launched. Of course, it might not really count considering there’s only one, technically two, device that supports it. To get the ball rolling for other devices, Google has released the developer preview of Android 7.1 for at least three devices: the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X, and the Pixel C tablet. While also a way for the curious to test out the waters, the dev preview is also meant to give developers a head start to test or update their apps to the latest and greatest version.

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Xperia X Compact gets waterproof, pink models in Japan only

Xperia X Compact gets waterproof, pink models in Japan only

At this rate, people will begin to wonder why Japan is getting some of the nicer stuff. It’s not like they’re subjected to more water than the rest of the world. And yet, that market is exclusively getting at least two waterproof models of high-end smartphones. Hot on the heels of KDDI’s LG V34, NTT DoCoMo has put up the product page for the Sony Xperia X Compact, which is practically the same elsewhere, except for its IP68 rating. And as if to add insult to injury, it also comes in pink!

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There’s more to LeEco’s Le Pro3 than its bargain price

There’s more to LeEco’s Le Pro3 than its bargain price

It's easy to make a modern flagship, you just drop the very latest components from the parts bin into one slinky sliver of metal and glass, and slap on a premium price tag. Making a capable and compelling budget phone, however, is a whole lot harder, and yet Chinese brand LeEco is hoping to take on Huawei, ZTE, and others and win with its new Le Pro3. You certainly can't argue with the price.

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LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take

LeEco’s scattershot US debut is one huge risk-take

You can be forgiven for never having heard of LeEco before, at least if you're in the US. Founded in 2004, the Chinese behemoth - previously known as Letv - is already one of the largest online video companies in its home country, but is also building what it describes as a "Le Ecosystem" that runs from smartphones through internet-enabled TVs, to e-commerce and even cars.

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LeEco Pro 3’s Pixel XL-beating phone isn’t what it seems

LeEco Pro 3’s Pixel XL-beating phone isn’t what it seems

The LeEco Pro 3 smartphone appeared today for the first time ready to take on the Google Pixel. It'll do this be coming with a 5.5-inch display with the same processor as the Google Pixel XL, but for a lower cost. This is just the latest in a line of LeEco phones released in China, but now ready for the USA.

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Unlocking your Android now breaks Android Pay

Unlocking your Android now breaks Android Pay

Android users with unlocked bootloaders will soon be unable to use Android Pay. They are, as of this week, greeted by the message "we could not verify your software" when attempting to pay. This is because of a silent update to SafetyNet by Google. SafetyNet is a system that aims to stop modifications to software on Android devices. Today it would seem that Google has dropped the hammer.

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Google Pixel’s 2 Most Major Misconceptions

Google Pixel’s 2 Most Major Misconceptions

Google's Pixel phone is the subject of two quite major misconceptions right out the gate. These misconceptions make it unclear how a user might be able to use their Google Pixel. They also make it unclear who it was, in reality, that made the device. Today we're going to clear a few things up with some facts.

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LG V34 is the smaller, waterproof V20 you can’t have

LG V34 is the smaller, waterproof V20 you can’t have

The LG V20 is admittedly one of the nicer Android smartphones this half of the year, especially with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 out of the running. But nice as it is, it have a few things that make it less than perfect for some. For one, some might find the 5.7-inch screen a tad too big. For another, it doesn’t speak of any dust or waterproofing at all, much like the new Google Pixel. It seems, however, that LG has addressed those complaints in a new LG V34. The bad news: it’s only available in Japan.

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