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Project Fi airport ‘Travel Trolley’ lures subscribers with goodies

Project Fi airport ‘Travel Trolley’ lures subscribers with goodies

Project Fi subscribers can grab some travel goodies if they happen to be passing through the San Jose Airport. Google calls the vending machine a 'Travel Trolley,' which itself is plastered with the Project Fi logo and a style akin to the Project Fi website. The items are free, but only if you have a Project Fi subscription, otherwise you're going to have to find an ordinary (read: not free) vending machine.

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This is when your US Note 7 will die

This is when your US Note 7 will die

Samsung's decision to not just ask nicely for Galaxy Note 7 recall hold-outs to return the phone but brick it altogether has left some wondering "when will my Note 7 die?" Tired of waiting for remaining owners to come in for a refund, Samsung has opted to take more drastic actions. However, with the news that Verizon doesn't plan to release the new firmware, which prevents the problematic phablet's battery from charging, attention has turned to the other major US carriers to confirm when - or indeed if - their customers will receive it.

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Galaxy Note 7 teardown blames battery issues on aggressive design decisions

Galaxy Note 7 teardown blames battery issues on aggressive design decisions

A teardown of the Galaxy Note 7 may be shedding some new light on the phone's battery issues. By now, those issues are well known, as exploding Note 7s were the cause of two recalls and Samsung's decision to cancel the production and sale of the handset altogether. We still don't have an official reason for the faulty batteries, but a new teardown from Instrumental suggests that aggressive design decisions are to blame.

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Moto Z mods: 5G and 4 more possibilities for play

Moto Z mods: 5G and 4 more possibilities for play

Motorola has big plans for the Moto Z and its accompanying Moto Mods as we move into 2017. Now with seven different mods offered for its Moto Z family of phones, Motorola senior vice president of product management John Touvannas suggested at a press event yesterday that a 5G mod could be in the pipeline. Obviously such a mod would be a while off, but launching a mod with 5G capabilities would mean that folks wouldn't necessarily need to upgrade their phones to take advantage of faster networks.

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Nokia-branded Android phones begin arriving next year

Nokia-branded Android phones begin arriving next year

Those of you who have a soft spot for Nokia will be pleased to hear that smartphones bearing the company's name will be making a return next year. Today Nokia and HMD Global Oy announced the terms of their licensing agreement, which was signed six months ago. Perhaps most importantly, this means that Nokia will be entering the realm of Android, a move many fans wanted to see Nokia make before it was bought up by Microsoft.

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Verizon’s Black Friday deals offer free phones and switcher bonuses

Verizon’s Black Friday deals offer free phones and switcher bonuses

Verizon has revealed its Black Friday deals, and they include some fairly big incentives for folks coming in for other carriers. They also include a list of phones that could potentially be free, assuming you have an eligible phone to trade in. On top of that, the Pixel is also seeing a decent discount so long as you purchase one on Black Friday.

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OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus 3T specs and release

OnePlus 3 vs OnePlus 3T specs and release

Amid the glowing reviews the OnePlus 3T seems to be getting, one question that may remain for a lot of consumers is just how it differs from the OnePlus 3. In truth, the OnePlus 3T isn't all that different from its predecessor. For instance, there still isn't support for CDMA networks, so Verizon and Sprint customers may want to consider other phones.

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Moto Z and Z Force get Android Nougat, Daydream support this week

Moto Z and Z Force get Android Nougat, Daydream support this week

Good news for those of you with a Moto Z or Moto Z Force in your pocket: Android Nougat is officially coming. Motorola said as much when it announced that it would support the devices with Nougat updates before the end of the year, but it looks like the roll out begins this week. Motorola says this is a global push, so you can look forward to some Nougat goodness regardless of where you happen to be.

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Why Anki’s Cozmo Robot leaps in value this December

Why Anki’s Cozmo Robot leaps in value this December

Anki's Cozmo Robot is set to get an update in December to increase its abilities and expand its intelligence. This will be the first major update to the robot since launch, and Anki suggests it'll be a big one. Anki says their goal is to make the robot grow and learn well into the future so that its owners will never find it boring. At this point it's able to lift cubes, play games with cubes, and speak our name. Next, it gets a whole lot more interesting.

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Sources: Microsoft and HP will launch consumer Windows 10 phone in 2017

Sources: Microsoft and HP will launch consumer Windows 10 phone in 2017

Microsoft and HP are working on a consumer-tier Windows 10 Mobile phone, according to sources. This would follow the HP Elite X3, a phablet with a hefty price tag and features like Continuum and HP Workspace. Details about this tipped consumer-tier Windows phone are still slight at the moment, though the same sources say Microsoft has announced a phone event internally for February 2017, highlighting a timeframe in which we may see this handset announced.

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20 Black Friday phone deals: iPhone, Pixel, Galaxy and more

20 Black Friday phone deals: iPhone, Pixel, Galaxy and more

We're a week away from Black Friday and that means most retailers have published their planned deals for the retail holiday. Smartphones are a hot item, and not just the big-name one: retailers are listing deals for everything from the Pixel and latest iPhones to budget handsets from prepaid carriers. Here are 20 Black Friday phone deals spread across four different pricing tiers.

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Reasons why Google’s Pixel 2 could be the best phone ever

Reasons why Google’s Pixel 2 could be the best phone ever

As we’re busy heaping praise on the Google Pixel, one interesting factoid has come out that suggest what Google does next might really blow the iPhone away. It’s not new camera features; many would argue that’s not necessary anyway. It’s also now a new processor, though we’re entirely sure that’s coming as well. Next time, it’ll be all about partnerships and how much time Google has to focus in on how to build what could be the best phone ever, hands down.

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