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HTC teases a squeezable U event next month

HTC teases a squeezable U event next month

HTC just can’t catch a break in the smartphone market. Just when you thought the HTC 10 would be a winner, it fails to capture the market by storm. The HTC U Ultra’s super shiny facade wasn’t also enough to fend off criticism of its less than impressive features. All these isn’t new to HTC and the Taiwanese company isn’t one to easily give up either. Against all odds, it will be launching yet another “U” branded smartphone, and it has marked a May date to do just that.

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Pokemon GO Spoofing update: the gift and the curse

Pokemon GO Spoofing update: the gift and the curse

Now that the Pokemon GO Easter Event is nearly over and the closest update is probably a week away or more, it's time to get serious. This game has needed a fix since a week or two after it started, and the time to update is now. With as much stability as Niantic has now with servers and over a year into the game's life, it's time to end the reign of the Spoofers. And the bots, of course, but the Spoofers first and foremost.

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The Galaxy S8 gives one great Note 7 feature a second chance

The Galaxy S8 gives one great Note 7 feature a second chance

The Note 7 may be dead - or, at least, as good as dead - but its legacy carries on in some small but highly useful ways in the Galaxy S8. Samsung's new flagship smartphone for 2017 has been getting consistently positive reviews around the internet this week - from myself included - though early users still have a couple of criticisms. One of those sent me out looking for a feature I'd almost forgotten about on the last Note, what with the whole battery distraction.

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Facebook thinks AI can replace expensive dual-camera phones

Facebook thinks AI can replace expensive dual-camera phones

Dual cameras are becoming a must-have feature on today's top-tier smartphones - to the point that their absence is one of a few big complaints about the Galaxy S8 - but Facebook is looking to replace one of their most common uses with AI. At F8 2017 today, the social network's annual developer conference, Facebook showed off one of its potential implementations of artificial intelligence. While smart computers may most commonly be associated with Facebook's work on bots, in fact the applications are far broader.

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Ming-Chi Kuo chimes in on Galaxy S8 sales, Galaxy Note 8 features

Ming-Chi Kuo chimes in on Galaxy S8 sales, Galaxy Note 8 features

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is best known for his insights on Apple's devices, particularly iPhones, that hit the mark most of the time. So when he does make the rare Android forecast, it's probably a good thing to listen. With the Galaxy S8 already well into its first week in the market, Kuo is making some predictions on the Galaxy Note 8's features. Particularly, its dual cameras. At the same time, he is revising KGI's expectations for the Galaxy S8 because of its "better than expected" reception.

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Moto Z video ad is beyond weird

Moto Z video ad is beyond weird

We're no stranger to smartphone ads. Some are joyfully entertaining, while some are woefully abhorrent. Some, however, defy description. Like this latest ad to come from the creative minds at Motorola and Lenovo. It is, at the end of the day, an advertisement for the Moto Mods system that takes a not so subtle shot at Apple. But, as some would say, delivery is key, and in this case, you'll completely forget about the message because of the out of this world delivery.

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Sharp AQUOS R comes with high-end specs, rotating dock

Sharp AQUOS R comes with high-end specs, rotating dock

While we're looking to either Sony or OnePlus to bring the next smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, we might have overlooked one potential candidate. Granted, Sharp isn't exactly a common name in the smartphone market outside of Japan. So when it comes out with something like the AQUOS R, it's hard not to take notice. While not as glamorous as an LG G6 or Samsung Galaxy S8, the Sharp AQUOS R still packs top-tier hardware and throws in its own AI-assistant and a rather strange charging dock to go along with it.

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Galaxy S8+ iFixit teardown could reignite battery fears

Galaxy S8+ iFixit teardown could reignite battery fears

Given the scathing experience Samsung suffered over the Galaxy Note 7's battery, you'd think they'd have learned their lesson by now. That might actually be true but, based on iFixit's surprising discovery, that might also not be the case completely. Doing a teardown of both the Gaalxy S8 and the larger Galaxy S8+, the team discovered that the Galaxy S8+ virtually has the same battery as the Galaxy Note 7. Although Samsung might be confident that it has sufficiently addressed the QA issues that led to the explosive batteries, consumers might not be completely convinced.

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Some Galaxy S8 users complain of reddish screens

Some Galaxy S8 users complain of reddish screens

No smartphone is perfect, of course, but manufacturers are expected to at least avoid glaring bugs and issues, especially at launch. Considering how much Samsung is banking on the Galaxy S8's success, you'd expect it to be very careful not to mess things up so soon. As some early Korean users have discovered to their dismay, however, that just isn't the case. Some are reporting that their screens are exhibiting a very reddish tint that won't go away, no matter the settings.

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These magazine covers were shot with the iPhone 7 Plus

These magazine covers were shot with the iPhone 7 Plus

News of the camera industry's troubles is everywhere you look, and some companies have buckled under the weight. Mobile photography, on the other hand, is thriving as mobile cameras increase in quality and more consumers upgrade their handsets to better models. Chief among the best of the mobile camera offerings is the iPhone, and we've seen it put to the test more than a few times.

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5 Pokemon GO Art Drop projects to keep kids creating

5 Pokemon GO Art Drop projects to keep kids creating

Today we examine a collection of awesome ways in which Pokemon GO fans are making the most of the game offline. Without needing Niantic to do an update to Pokemon GO, without waiting for an event to occur, these intrepid artists have turned the physical world of Pokemon GO into an awesome opportunity for sharing artwork. That's what we're focusing on today - sharing outside the game using the game as a map!

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5 tips for new Galaxy S8 users: our Day 1 experience

5 tips for new Galaxy S8 users: our Day 1 experience

There are several facts that a first-time Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus user should know when running the device right out the box. What we're doing today is speaking about the pieces of this smartphone that might not be immediately obvious and/or should be addressed before any other part of the phone is either switched on or handled extensively. This device is slightly unusual, and not just because Samsung removed the home button.

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