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YouTube HDR support for iPhone X is quietly rolling out

YouTube HDR support for iPhone X is quietly rolling out

YouTube has quietly introduced High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for the iPhone X. Some handset users report being able to view HDR videos using the latest and greatest iPhone model, hinting at a slow rollout that, unfortunately, hasn't made its way to the iPad Pro. Though it's not available to all users at this time, iPhone X users can check whether they have access via the app's "Quality" menu.

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Samsung folding, transparent smartphone patents reveal major details

Samsung folding, transparent smartphone patents reveal major details

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Samsung a patent for a folding smartphone, as well as a transparent display for phones. Illustrations show the phone folding horizontally across the display, resulting in a landscape arrangement for certain usage scenarios. The company also patented a different design that features a phone folding in two different places.

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HTC lines up May reveal for its next flagship phone

HTC lines up May reveal for its next flagship phone

Lately, we've been hearing a lot of rumors about the HTC U12, or U12+. It's gone by both names in various leaks, but thus far, HTC has remained tight-lipped on its plans for a spring flagship. That's all going to change this month, as the company is now lining up a new reveal for the end of May.

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Nokia 6.1 will be available in the US starting May 6

Nokia 6.1 will be available in the US starting May 6

The anticipated Nokia 6.1 will be available to purchase in the United States starting next week, HMD has announced. The handset will be available through the online retailer Amazon and through Best Buy. This model brings more power than its predecessor, as well as a beautiful aluminum design, Android Oreo out of the box, and much more.

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Samsung will preinstall Verizon’s Oath apps on Galaxy S9 under new deal

Samsung will preinstall Verizon’s Oath apps on Galaxy S9 under new deal

Oath, the Verizon subsidiary, has struck a deal with Samsung that involves putting four of its own apps on the maker's mobile devices. The apps will arrive first on Samsung mobile devices in the United States, later expanding to cover the maker's devices in other markets, too. The deal includes a couple Yahoo apps, plus the Go90 video app.

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LG Watch Timepiece Wear OS smartwatch with mechanical clock leaks

LG Watch Timepiece Wear OS smartwatch with mechanical clock leaks

LG is planning to launch a new "hybrid" smartwatch called the LG Watch Timepiece, according to a leak. The wearable will run Google's Wear OS, reportedly having the distinction of being the first watch to run the rebranded system off the shelf. Why the hybrid designation? In addition to its digital nature, the watch will supposedly also feature a mechanical clock.

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Sony X Mount is an Xperia accessory for DualShock 4 controllers

Sony X Mount is an Xperia accessory for DualShock 4 controllers

Sony has introduced a new accessory for mobile gamers: the X Mount. This device is designed specifically for the maker's Xperia smartphones and the DualShock 4 game controller included with the PlayStation 4. By combining the two -- the mount and the DS4 controller -- mobile gamers are able to comfortably play on their smartphone using the full-size controller they'd otherwise use on their console.

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T-Mobile quietly paused Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update on April 3

T-Mobile quietly paused Galaxy Note 8 Oreo update on April 3

On April 1, T-Mobile started rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo update to its Galaxy Note 8 customers. However, the carrier silently stopped that rollout, according to a support page on the company's website. Based on that page, T-Mobile put the update "temporarily on hold" just two days after it launched. Anyone who didn't get the update by April 3 will continue waiting.

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AT&T and Verizon collusion probe tipped at Justice Department

AT&T and Verizon collusion probe tipped at Justice Department

A newly published report claims Verizon and AT&T are the subject of a Department of Justice investigation. According to the sources cited, officials are looking into whether the two carriers, as well as telecom standards organization GSMA, colluded to make it harder for customers to switch providers. The Justice Department hasn't confirmed the allegations at this time.

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AT&T prepaid plans get more data and bigger discounts

AT&T prepaid plans get more data and bigger discounts

AT&T has tweaked its prepaid plans, making them slightly more attractive than before. Of note, users now have the option of an 8GB prepaid plan that costs $50/month, double or more the high-speed data you'll get from similarly priced plans elsewhere. As is common with prepaid plans, the carrier is making it attractive to set up auto pay by reducing the monthly fee in return.

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This is the (new) Apple robot that recycles your iPhone

This is the (new) Apple robot that recycles your iPhone

Apple just revealed their new robot made for taking your iPhone apart, piece by piece. This is a new version of the robot introduced in 2011 that had a very similar task. That 2016 robot was called Liam, and this new robot is called Daisy. This version of the iPhone-take-apart robot isn't just a recycler, it's made of recycled parts - actually cannibalized parts from Liam.

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T-Mobile ONE Military plan cuts family lines cost in half, plus S9 promo

T-Mobile ONE Military plan cuts family lines cost in half, plus S9 promo

T-Mobile is targeting military families with its new T-Mobile ONE Military option. The plan is available exclusively to military families, offering them wireless service at half the cost of typical family lines. According to the Uncarrier, this makes T-Mobile home to the largest military discount available among wireless providers, something joined by a new hiring pledge and more.

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