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Samsung really wants you to use the Bixby button only for Bixby

Samsung really wants you to use the Bixby button only for Bixby

The Galaxy S8 promised a lot of things but, like many promises, not all of them lived up to their hype. At least not yet. DeX was still a bit buggy and inconsistent and Bixby still lacks its most important feature. It’s only natural that users would want to repurpose the Bixby Button until that promised day arrives, but Samsung seems quite intent in making that nearly impossible to do so, as can be seen in this latest update to the T-Mobile models of its flagships.

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LG Q6 “G6 mini” coming this week, spotted in Geekbench

LG Q6 “G6 mini” coming this week, spotted in Geekbench

LG has just announced the G6+ and G6 32 GB in South Korea, but it has no signs of stopping with the “spinoffs”. Another model that’s coming is the “G6 mini” but it might have a different name. Now believed to be called the LG Q6, this mini flagship will mostly have mid-range specs but will surprisingly retain the flagship’s Full Vision nearly bezel-less design. Albeit with an understandably lower resolution, of course.

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Essential phone misses essential launch date

Essential phone misses essential launch date

The Essential phone, via Android godfather Andy Rubin, made a lot of promises. An unbloated Android experience, fast updates, and, perhaps most important, a bezel-less screen that rivals both the Galaxy S8 and the still coming iPhone 8. Rubin also made a promise that the device would start shipping a mere 30 days after pre-orders have started. We’re now on day 33 without an Essential in any buyer’s hands, which doesn’t bode well for a very ambitious first try.

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iPhone 8 prototype puts screen in perspective

iPhone 8 prototype puts screen in perspective

In the past, people were content with just seeing schematics of still to be announced phones. Then the world advanced to 3D renders and now, 3D printing. So it’s not exactly surprising that we’re not getting overloaded with prototypes of popular models, including the iPhone 8, of course. After OnLeaks’ and TigerMobiles’ prototype, Unbox Therapy also got his hands on one. This time, though, he goes to great lengths to compare it with what’s available in the market right now.

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iPhone 8’s wireless charging accessory may not be ready at launch

iPhone 8’s wireless charging accessory may not be ready at launch

The debut of Apple's all-new, next-generation iPhone, tentatively known as the "iPhone 8," is quickly approaching, and thanks to numerous leaks and rumors we have a pretty good idea of what it will look like with its OLED display. But another big feature that we've been hearing more about is wireless charging. However, if the newest rumor is accurate, wireless charging won't quite be available on the new iPhone's launch.

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Moto G5S Plus to feature improved camera, premium design

Moto G5S Plus to feature improved camera, premium design

Motorola has a press event scheduled towards the end of this month, and what we're seeing here is sure to be one of the announcements: the new Moto G5S Plus. The device not just a special edition of the original G5 Plus, but an overall improvement with a number of key feature upgrades, including the camera, build quality, and display.

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CopyCat Android malware enters here: how to avoid its coils

CopyCat Android malware enters here: how to avoid its coils

Over the past couple of years, the Android-based malware known as CopyCat infected 14-million devices. This monster of a smartphone infection is based in rooting the smartphone, thereby giving it access to the entirety of the device's innards. There's only one known way for CopyCat to make its way into an Android device - installation through a non-Google Play app market.

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Samsung is on the rise, and iPhone 8 will only help it

Samsung is on the rise, and iPhone 8 will only help it

Samsung has reported record Q2 earnings and is preparing for Apple's iPhone to buoy it even further, putting the flaming Note 7 debacle resolutely behind it. Preliminary operating income for the South Korean company reached $12bn in the three months between April and June 2017, Samsung confirmed, comfortably outperforming market expectations. Meanwhile, its strong position in the supply chain of other device-makers signals the second half of the year will be just as impressive.

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Adults are afraid of these new emojis

Adults are afraid of these new emojis

"I sense this is bad," said Tucker Carlson, "I can't articulate why." Carlson and Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame discussed the release of a new batch of emojis set to release soon. The devastating effect of new pictures-as-text seemed to call forth some base emotion in Rowe, something he said he couldn't quite summon a lot of "righteous indignation" over, but that he found entirely troubling nonetheless. "There are hundreds of these things."

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Sony might still have an Xperia “Compact” in the works after all

Sony might still have an Xperia “Compact” in the works after all

When Sony announced its new Xperia X flagship line last year, it seemed as if the company was finally bringing order to its chaos. Then earlier this year, it was reported to be trimming down its portfolio even further, focusing instead on its flagship and mid-range lines. Based on this latest AnTuTu sighting, however, Sony might be up to something and might actually have an Xperia XZ Compact still planned.

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This is how much better an 8GB OnePlus 5 is

This is how much better an 8GB  OnePlus 5 is

The OnePlus 5 has a lot going for it, if you do manage to escape or forgive some of its flaws. In terms of specs, save for the screen, it pretty much trumps most flagships this year. But then OnePlus went above and beyond the call of duty and offered one of the very few and first smartphones with a whopping 8 GB of RAM. But what does this $60 addition to your bill really give you? Someone finally made an unscientific test to find out.

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Google Pixel could soon have an Always On Display mode

Google Pixel could soon have an Always On Display mode

Energy savings isn't the only benefit to come from OLED, specifically AMOLED, displays. Or rather, there are other benefits to the technology that allows AMOLED screens to be more efficient with the batery. One of those is the ability to have the entire display still enabled but displaying very little or almost nothing. This is the so-called Always On Display and it might soon be coming to a Google Pixel phone near you.

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