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HTC Exodus blockchain phone: this is what it means

HTC Exodus blockchain phone: this is what it means

HTC hasn't been doing so well lately, at least not in the smartphone market. A large chunk of its mobile team have been shuffled over to Google. The company mostly remains afloat thanks to its VIVE VR platform. Still, there are some in the company that strongly believe that HTC still has something to offer that no one else can, starting with ambition and audacity. The newly revealed HTC Exodus concept phone is being called as the way of the future, just as the blockchain and cryptocurrency on which it revolves around has been called similarly. But just like blockchains and cryptocurrency, it might be a technology too far into the future and too ahead of its time.

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LG V35 ThinQ leak might offer hope for notch haters

LG V35 ThinQ leak might offer hope for notch haters

There were rumors that LG, like HTC, would be cutting down on its flagship devices this year. Apparently that's not entirely true. While LG has yet to actually show any sign of having something for later this year, like an LG V40, it isn't done with modifying last year's V series phone. After the LG V30 and the LG V30S ThinQ comes the LG V35 ThinQ. And if this leaked spec list is true, it's going to be an LG G7 ThinQ in a V30's clothing.

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Galaxy S9, S9+ get Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red color options

Galaxy S9, S9+ get Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red color options

Smartphones these days have become so pretty and even durable that there are those who prefer their mobile companions to be naked. Their only hesitation often comes from the drab and common black, white, and gray colors on their smartphone's rear. That is why some manufacturers have taken pains to distinguish their smartphones' backs by design, color, or even both. Take for example the Galaxy S9 ad S9+, whose glossy glass backs now come in gold and the ever so rare red hues.

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Vivo X20 Play UD in-display fingerprint scanner reliability tested

Vivo X20 Play UD in-display fingerprint scanner reliability tested

Despite year after year of delays, it seems that the in-display fingerprint scanner, alternatively called a fingerprint on display (FOD), is still a goal among smartphone makers. Some are just taking a different route. Vivo, for example, used Synaptics' optical fingerprint scanner on its X20 Play UD, the first commercial phone to sport that feature. But being under the phone's screen and, therefore, subject to the same wear and tear as the display might raise some doubts and concerns over its reliability. To answer those questions, YouTube Marques Brownlee, a.k.a. MKBHD, puts that FOD to the test.

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HTC Blockchain phone “Exodus” could be great

HTC Blockchain phone “Exodus” could be great

The HTC Exodus is a smartphone that's meant to lead the market into the future. HTC has a history of forging paths in this space - and with blockchain technology, it would appear that they're aiming to take a first swipe at a crypto-phone. This device will have a touchscreen display, a single camera at its back, SIM and microSD card support, and it'll run Android.

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Galaxy Note 9: 5 reasons to skip it (if you can)

Galaxy Note 9: 5 reasons to skip it (if you can)

Reasons for skipping a purchase of the Galaxy Note 9 from Samsung - that's what we're running down today. For those of you unconcerned with the reasons I've listed below, it might instead be a primer for any "why you need a Galaxy Note 9" articles you might read. The details I'm running down here depend both on facts and conjecture - and I'll be sure to note where each appears.

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Honor 10 details: iPhone X and Galaxy S9’s features remixed

Honor 10 details: iPhone X and Galaxy S9’s features remixed

This morning the Honor 10 was revealed in full, complete with release details and pricing too. This device is the brand's self-declared flagship smartphone for 2018, and its primary aim is to bring "Beauty in AI" to the masses. This device's other major feature is its "avant-garde design" - which we've been waiting for in the smartphone industry for some time. Now, to see if they've done it.

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The future of smartphone cameras is AI

The future of smartphone cameras is AI

Even before Google demonstrated its frighteningly believable and controversial Duplex AI, artificial intelligence and machine learning was already a big topic on smartphones. But with very few exceptions AI on smartphones have so far been limited to one common use case: photography. You might be tired of hearing about it every new phone launch event but, sooner than later, it's going to cease being just a buzzword. Pretty soon, "camera AI" will be something that all but the cheapest entry-level smartphone will have as a basic feature. Just like dual cameras.

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Android P on Pixel 2 might have automatic color adjustment

Android P on Pixel 2 might have automatic color adjustment

What should have been a great successor to a great first product quickly turned into a disaster. The Google Pixel 2, most especially the bigger Pixel 2 XL, was beset by many complaints and issues. The first of those was about how its OLED screen was dry and dull, forcing Google to add some color mode options. Google, however, is never a fan of manual options or letting less knowledgeable users be in control. That's why in Android P, the Pixel 2 phones might get a new color mode, one that will decide what's best on the user's behalf.

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Paranoid Android custom ROM in financial trouble

Paranoid Android custom ROM in financial trouble

Rooting on Android seems to be slowly falling out of fashion, especially with the recent decline of developers working on rooting methods. One part of Android modding that seems to still be going strong is custom ROM development. It hasn't been a smooth ride and has had its ups and very high-profile downs. It seems that there will be a new "down" is on the horizon with Paranoid Android, perhaps the second most popular custom Android ROM, running out of funds to the point that its developers are now asking for donations.

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Apple Touch ID might make an ultrasonic, in-display comeback

Apple Touch ID might make an ultrasonic, in-display comeback

Apple can sing Face ID's praises all it wants but that's not going to chang the fact that there are cases where it is less convenient to use. Then again, even conventional fingerprint sensors, back or front, aren't always accessible at all times. One surface that's almost always accessible, no matter the angle (except face down), is the screen, which is why in-display fingerprint scanners seem to be the new holy grail of smartphones. A new report now claims that even Apple is still silently working on that but, in typical Apple fashion, will be doing things a bit differently.

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Stop mobile notifications now!

Stop mobile notifications now!

Today I'm going to show you how to get rid of mobile notifications entirely. I'll start with a few major sources for notifications, and we'll get a little more general. I'm not going to spend much time trying to convince you to throw your smartphone down a sewer drain today - but that IS the fastest way to do away with notifications entirely. If you're unable to destroy your smartphone, continue on.

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