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Pokemon GO update : the first secret event hits Halloween

Pokemon GO update : the first secret event hits Halloween

Niantic's first Pokemon GO event may well be taking place at the end of this month, on Halloween. October 31st is the perfect day for the first of many Pokemon GO events in the vein of the game that came before it: Ingress. For those new to Niantic, they're the company that made Ingress, then built Pokemon GO on top. According to Pokemon officials, clues about what'll happen in Pokemon GO's future come from Ingress' past - events included.

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Your iPhone has a hidden keyboard inside

Your iPhone has a hidden keyboard inside

There's a keyboard hiding inside the iPhone 7, and 6S, and quite a few other iPhones that've been released over the past few years. This keyboard appears only when a unique combination of elements is accessed. A developer of apps by the name of Steve Troughton-Smith made this feature known to the public this week, and today we're going to tell you why only some users will have access.

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LG V20 first impressions: Verizon’s Phone

LG V20 first impressions: Verizon’s Phone

We've got the Verizon version of the LG V20 this week and we're starting off our review with a brief peek. To be clear: our embargo time sits at less than 24 hours - that's a bit short for a full-on all-in-one review. As such, we're turning this into a series, starting with this first brief look.

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LG V20 is finally here: here’s why you’ll want one

LG V20 is finally here: here’s why you’ll want one

The LG G5 may have been more spectacular because of its eccentric modularity, but it didn’t exactly become the hot seller that some, especially LG, may have hoped it to be. All is not lost, however, because LG already had an ace up its sleeve, even before the G5’s popularity even became a question. The LG V20 has finally become available and with it comes a no-nonsense, heavy-duty Android smartphone with a bent towards capturing and crafting content. But why would you go for an admittedly pricey phablet, in a sea of premium smartphones and brands? Here are five reasons why.

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Non-Pixel Nexus lose Night Mode, no fingerprint gestures

Non-Pixel Nexus lose Night Mode, no fingerprint gestures

It seems that Google is piling up the features that will make the Pixel smartphones special, further distancing itself from its Nexus predecessors. In some cases, however, the changes might turn out to actually be detrimental to Google’s older, existing devices. In responding to comments on Google+, Googler Ian Lake confirmed that devices other than the Google Pixel won’t be able to support fingerprint sensor gestures or the new Night Light mode. Unfortunately, it seems that Android 7.1 has also removed the previously existing Night Mode for those devices as well.

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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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