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Galaxy Note 7 fires reportedly blamed on battery size, manufacturing defects

Galaxy Note 7 fires reportedly blamed on battery size, manufacturing defects

Late last night, we found out that Samsung plans to reveal the cause of the much-reported Galaxy Note 7 fires in a press conference on Monday. The live streamed press conference will end a months-long investigation into the cause of the fires, but ahead of it a new report is telling us what we might be able to expect.

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Alcatel Idol 4S Windows 10 phone lands at Microsoft Store unlocked

Alcatel Idol 4S Windows 10 phone lands at Microsoft Store unlocked

A couple of months after arriving at T-Mobile, the Alcatel Idol 4S has landed at select Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada. In a world where Windows on phones is becoming more and more rare, Alcatel has outfitted its Idol 4S with Windows 10, making it VR compatible to boot. The version arriving at Microsoft Stores today is unlocked, and should work on any GSM network in the US and Canada.

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Kantar: iPhone takes top sales spot in early holiday shopping season

Kantar: iPhone takes top sales spot in early holiday shopping season

There's always an interest in seeing which brand of phone did the best during the holiday season, and new insights Kantar Worldpanel suggest that iPhone is the winner for 2016. The analytics firm looked at data for the three months ending November 2016, and is reporting that the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6s were the three most popular smartphones during that period in the US. This shows strong sales at the beginning of the holiday shopping season, which would presumably carry over into December.

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ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Daydream and Tango under one roof

ASUS ZenFone AR hands-on: Daydream and Tango under one roof

The ZenFone 3 Zoom wasn't the only phone ASUS brought to CES, introducing us to the ZenFone AR as well. Of course, we had a feeling that such a phone would get a reveal thanks to an early leak from Qualcomm, but at this point, that's neither here nor there. The ZenFone AR has been made official, and it packs support for Google Tango and Daydream into the same device.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom hands-on: Dual-12MP Android

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom hands-on: Dual-12MP Android

As expected, ASUS has arrived at CES 2017 with the ZenFone 3 Zoom in tow. ASUS chairman Jonney Shih took the stage in Las Vegas to introduce us to the phone, which is looking to make a name for itself in the currently camera-focused smartphone market. The 5.5-inch smartphone features a dual camera set up that's capable of achieving an impressive 12x zoom, putting a lot of other smartphone cameras in check.

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Honor 6X hands-on: Bokeh on a budget

Honor 6X hands-on: Bokeh on a budget

Honor may be obsessed with Millennials and youth, but its ambitions of cornering the affordable Android smartphone market aren't just good news for the young. Joining the team on Huawei's offshoot is the new Honor 6X, originally announced in China back in October, but given its North American and European pricing at CES 2017 today. The price is certainly enough to catch the eye, at $250 unlocked and SIM-free in the US.

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Galaxy A 2017 series revealed with three water resistant phones

Galaxy A 2017 series revealed with three water resistant phones

Following quite a few different leaks, Samsung has officially announced its Galaxy A phones for 2017. This fresh batch of phones includes three models: the A7, A5, and A3. They're getting announcements before an event later this week, where Samsung will likely reveal some key details such as pricing and launch dates.

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Study: 40% of Americans use their phone within 5 minutes of waking up

Study: 40% of Americans use their phone within 5 minutes of waking up

A new global mobile consumer survey details technology trends from the U.S. as noted throughout 2016, and among them are details about how US techies use their phone. Most notably, about 40-percent of Americans check their smartphone within five minutes of waking up in the morning. That number grows over the minutes following, with most people checking their phone within an hour of waking up, and continuing to check it dozens of times throughout the day.

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ZTE Blade V8 leaked photos show off metal body, dual camera

ZTE Blade V8 leaked photos show off metal body, dual camera

ZTE's Blade V8 is rumored to get an official reveal at CES next week, but ahead of that, we're getting an up close look at the device thanks to a new series of leaked images. Unlike so many other leaked images, these ones are in focus and photograph the phone from all angles, giving us a very good look at the phone. Despite being a mid-range device, the Blade V8 is looking pretty sharp.

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LG G6 rumored with glass back for wireless charging

LG G6 rumored with glass back for wireless charging

Shortly after a set of renders gave us some idea of what the LG G6 might look like, we're hearing a new rumor that changes things up a bit. According to ETNews, the G6 will have a glass back when it arrives next year, following in Samsung's footsteps with the Galaxy S7. Going with a glass back would be a first for the G-series, which has received new backplate materials for a few releases now.

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Pokemon GO Holiday Box guide: Ending 2016 with a bang

Pokemon GO Holiday Box guide: Ending 2016 with a bang

Pokemon GO's Christmas is over and New Year's Eve is fast approaching - and we've got some guidance for you to traverse the game for the next week. This begins with the Gift Boxes and how to avoid them altogether. Niantic is getting better and better at pushing users toward paying real cash money to play Pokemon GO, and these Holiday Box items are their best effort yet.

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These Nokia patents are why Apple is getting sued

These Nokia patents are why Apple is getting sued

It's a strange list of patents that Nokia is suing Apple over - and not a list we'd have expected would have come so late in the game. Nokia's set of suits have been filed in the United States and Germany, for starters - they suggest they'll go further in the near future. At the same time Apple is suing Nokia for what they suggest is an effort to "extract and extort exorbitant revenues unfairly and anticompetitively from Apple and other innovative suppliers of cell phones."

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