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Bixby live sports scores and news feature arrives [Update]

Bixby live sports scores and news feature arrives [Update]

Samsung's Bixby assistant will soon provide sports scores to users in the United States. The announcement was made by theScore, which reported today that it will be providing game updates through Bixby. The assistant is baked into Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, though many users complain that it still lacks the features necessary to compete with existing alternatives.

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Verizon offers military families cheaper unlimited and prepaid Mastercard

Verizon offers military families cheaper unlimited and prepaid Mastercard

Verizon has some new perks just for military families, the most notable being cheaper unlimited lines to help everyone stay in touch. The carrier announced the new rate today, explaining that families with an active military service member, veteran or similar can get the Verizon Go Unlimited plan for $30/line, depending on the number of lines, with a mix-and-match option.

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T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Android Oreo update arrives

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 and S7 edge Android Oreo update arrives

T-Mobile subscribers who are still using the older Galaxy S7 and S7 edge smartphones are receiving a major update today: Android Oreo. We've seen the software update arrive for various Galaxy S7 handset owners throughout this year; the availability has happened slowly but steadily. T-Mobile users are now in the pipeline, some already seeing the nearly 2GB update.

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This phone case deploys protective springs when dropped

This phone case deploys protective springs when dropped

Many smartphone cases promise to protect your phone from drops via shock-absorbing bumpers, but they're only so effective...and depend on your phone falling at the right angle. A newly demonstrated case is different; it protects your phone no matter how it falls due to a set of springs that appear right before impact. Rather than breaking, the phone bounces to safety.

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Unlocked US Galaxy S9, S9+ phones now support FM radio

Unlocked US Galaxy S9, S9+ phones now support FM radio

The unlocked version of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones sold in the United States now support FM radio. The newly accessible feature was made available via the latest software update, enabling anyone to plug in a pair of wired headphones and listen to their local terrestrial radio broadcasts. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets sold through US carriers already support FM radio.

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Nokia 3.1 budget phone preorders arrive in the US

Nokia 3.1 budget phone preorders arrive in the US

The Nokia 3.1, one of three new smartphones HMD announced late last month, is now available to preorder in the United States. You won't get your hands on the phone right away, but preorders have gone live on Amazon with shipping listed as July 2. This budget phone won't break the bank at $159 USD, but is it worth buying at all?

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ASUS ZenFone 5Q mid-range Android Oreo phone now available in US

ASUS ZenFone 5Q mid-range Android Oreo phone now available in US

One of the smartphones ASUS unveiled during Mobile World Congress 2018, the ZenFone Q5, is now available to purchase in the United States. As we previously explained, the Q5 is basically a "Lite" version of the ZenFone 5 model, one sporting a traditional (read: notch-free) design. The phone was announced alongside the ZenFone 5 and 5Z models.

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Nokia 8 Pro Camera mode arrives for advanced photographers

Nokia 8 Pro Camera mode arrives for advanced photographers

HMD has released an update for the Nokia 8, adding a Pro Camera mode to the handset's camera software. This mode, as its name suggests, enables users with more advanced photography knowledge to better control the individual elements of the camera. Users are given manual control over focus, white balance, ISO, shutter speed, and more.

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LG G7 ThinQ now available in the US through Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile

LG G7 ThinQ now available in the US through Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile

The LG G7 ThinQ smartphone is now available to buy in the United States. The phone, which was first unveiled in recent days, promises premium features at a premium price, though it's not available through every carrier. Customers located in the US can get the LG G7 ThinQ now for T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular through various online retailers.

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Notch-less Lenovo Z5 reveal date set

Notch-less Lenovo Z5 reveal date set

If you're not a fan of the notches we're seeing on a lot of flagship phone this year, then you might want to get excited for the Lenovo Z5. The notch's day could be numbered, as Lenovo has been teasing a notch-free and bezel-free phone in the Z5. We haven't seen the Z5 in the flesh yet, but that's all going to change next week.

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Nokia 2.1, 3.1, and 5.1 budget Android phones arrive this summer

Nokia 2.1, 3.1, and 5.1 budget Android phones arrive this summer

HMD has unveiled the new Nokia 5.1, 3.1, and 2.1 Android smartphone models, the first two of which are Android One devices. The company plans to launch the phones this summer starting with the Nokia 3.1 next month. All three phones fall into the affordable price range, expanding the number of relatively budget-friendly handsets offering a pure Android experience.

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Huawei bootloader unlocking codes are being eliminated

Huawei bootloader unlocking codes are being eliminated

Huawei has announced that it will stop providing bootloader unlock codes for its future devices. The confirmation follows an issue Huawei/Honor handset owners were experiencing earlier this month in accessing the bootloader unlock codes page on the Huawei website. According to the company, it made its decision due to the risk that comes with ROMs.

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