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ZTE Axon 7 Mini finally goes on pre-order in the US

ZTE Axon 7 Mini finally goes on pre-order in the US

“Mini” and “compact” are two words that no longer mean what they originally meant, at least not in the smartphone market. Take for example, the ZTE Axon 7 Mini, which is finally making its way to the US after a month of basking in European weather. There is nothing mini, compact, or small about it, standing at 5.2 inches. That said, one can probably claim that its price tag is, at least, miniature, compared to its full-blown ZTE Axon 7 counterpart.

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Nubia Z11 mini S gets official with 23MP rear camera

Nubia Z11 mini S gets official with 23MP rear camera

The nubia z11 mini S smartphone has gone official and it has some very cool features packed inside a device that really isn't small as the mini name would imply. The smartphone has a 5.2-inch screen with full HD resolution. It comes in three colors including khaki, champagne, and alloy. I think most of us would call those colors gray, black, and gold.

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iPhone 4, MacBook Air late 2010 to obsoleted in two weeks

iPhone 4, MacBook Air late 2010 to obsoleted in two weeks

Even, or especially, good things must come to an end. While the usual turnover for smartphones and computers is usually claimed to be two years, various laws mandate that manufacturers offer parts and repairs far longer than that. That said, there’s always a hard limit to that life extension. By the end of this month, Apple will reportedly be shuffling a few of its devices over to its “vintage and obsolete” list, practically putting an end to the iPhone 4’s and late 2010 13-inch MacBook Air’s long lives.

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Google Pixel from Google Store to have unlockable bootloader

Google Pixel from Google Store to have unlockable bootloader

There has been growing concern among Android power users regarding Google’s own Pixel smartphone. More than just the company’s first self-made smartphone, it also represented a new way of doing Android, at least for Google. Naturally, there has been talk about how the Pixel could be less open and less developer friendly than its Nexus ancestor. Fortunately, Google has put those fears to rest, confirming that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will, in fact, have unlockable bootloaders, which means they can be rooted, but with some caveats.

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Samsung brings Note 7’s software features to the Galaxy S7

Samsung brings Note 7’s software features to the Galaxy S7

The Galaxy Note 7's short, bitter-sweet life is now officially over. But Samsung is now looking to make the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge a bit more appealing to those customers suddenly left without a phone, not only with a $100 credit, but also by porting some of the Note 7's best software features to the smaller handset. It may not fill the hole left in the heart of former Note 7 owners, but at the least the S7 is known not to explode at random.

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iPhone 7 uses an onscreen Home button if the physical one stops working

iPhone 7 uses an onscreen Home button if the physical one stops working

Apple's new iPhone 7 features a solid-state Home button instead of one with physical movement; you've likely already heard all about this, along with the potential inconveniences that can come up if there's no physical contact with the Touch ID sensor. But what's new here is the iOS 10's software solution in the event the Home button stops working. What happens if the button is non-responsive — how do you use the phone? Via a temporary on-screen Home button.

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iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black now available at most US Apple Stores

iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black now available at most US Apple Stores

If you've been eagerly awaiting to get the iPhone 7 Plus in that glossy new Jet Black finish and disappointed by the lack of availability since the device launched last month, you might want to try heading to your local Apple Store as soon as you get the chance. It seems Apple's production of both the larger iPhone 7 model and the new color option are finally catching up to demand, as many of Apple's US retail locations are showing they have units on hand — at least for the time being.

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HTC Bolt leak offers first look at headphone jack-less device

HTC Bolt leak offers first look at headphone jack-less device

HTC is expected to reveal a new smartphone later this month — long rumored as the HTC Bolt — and a handful of leaked images have given us our first look at the device in the wild. Exact details on the specs remain unclear, but the Bolt should debut running Android 7.0 Nougat, and while it bears a physical resemblance to the HTC 10, released earlier this year, it will be more of a mid-range device than a new flagship model.

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Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

Anki Cozmo Review : the best smart toy of the year

In reviewing Anki's Cozmo robot we've confirmed that the future will be full of fun robots - not at all like the Terminators we've come to fear. Perhaps the terror fears of rogue AI had by the greatest minds in modern science and engineering were not meant to come into fruition. Perhaps, instead, companies like Sphero and Anki have found the safe path forward by creating robots that are enjoyable and safe at the same time!

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What if Google is abandoning Android?

What if Google is abandoning Android?

With the release of Google's Pixel Android-based smartphone family the company has opened the door to the real possibility of abandoning all 3rd-party manufacturers. Today we're imagining the potential for devastation that'd be wrought by Google closing off Android from the open source community. Today we're imagining what would happen to manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola (Lenovo), and HTC if Google kept Android to themselves from this day forward.

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Xiaomi’s flexible concept phone gets leaked

Xiaomi’s flexible concept phone gets leaked

Xiaomi is getting into anything and everything that can have a computer inside, from smart rice cookers to bikes. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s actually done playing around with smartphones. Just like almost every other smartphone OEM, from Samsung to Lenovo, Xiaomi is apparently also interested in a smartphone that can bend over backwards, forwards, or sideways to your heart’s content. Yes, Xiaomi is apparently working on flexible smartphones as well, or at least flexible displays, as two leaked photos of a concept phone tries to prove.

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Galaxy Note 7 will cost Samsung billions up to Q1 2017

Galaxy Note 7 will cost Samsung billions up to Q1 2017

It is, of course, no surprise that the Galaxy Note 7, from its production, recall, and now discontinuation, isn’t going to be cheap for Samsung. But now the company is telling the public just how much that will cost it, at least in terms of profit. Or rather, how long it will suffer the consequences. While the actual effects might be longer lasting, Samsung expects that its operating profits will take a massive hit all the way up to the first quarter of 2017.

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