smartphones

There’s bad Galaxy S9 news for CES 2018

There’s bad Galaxy S9 news for CES 2018

If you were hoping to get a look at Samsung's upcoming flagship Galaxy phone during CES 2018 next month, we have some bad news. Sources claim Samsung will be showing off some of its phones at the event in January, as well as LG, but the showcase will involve "low-end" handsets. That will include the Samsung A8 and A8 Plus 2018 models, both rumored to feature the long Infinity Display and certain Bixby functions. The Galaxy S9 is another matter.

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A safe Galaxy S9 gives LG a huge opportunity in 2018

A safe Galaxy S9 gives LG a huge opportunity in 2018

As the Galaxy S9 approaches, you'd be forgiven for thinking smartphones in 2018 will be a battle between Samsung and Apple. Don't count LG out of the game quite yet, mind. Even though the rumors around the Galaxy S9 have been far more plentiful than those detailing next year's LG G7, that's not to say 2018 won't give "the other" South Korean phone-maker a rare opportunity to differentiate itself.

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Nintendo tipped in search for new mobile game partners

Nintendo tipped in search for new mobile game partners

Nintendo is striking new partnerships to speed up its mobile game production pace, according to sources. The video game company is reportedly looking for new software developer partners that will produce smartphone games for the company, enabling it to release them at a faster rate in the future. This follows Nintendo's existing work with DeNA and its stated plan to launch five mobile games by March 2017.

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A costly new phone doesn’t beat a free software update

A costly new phone doesn’t beat a free software update

I bet you'd rather have something for free than have to dish out a rather large pile of cash to get a new phone. I've been on a two-year cycle for the past 7 years or so, and before that I had a non-smart phone - and I had that thing for 3-4 years, without issue. I saw the new phones, I wanted the new phones, but I certainly didn't want to pay for the new phones.

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This iPhone X clone has some odd origins

This iPhone X clone has some odd origins

The company is called Leagoo, and their business is copying the look and feel of popular smartphones. Leagoo took the opportunity this month to create a copy of the iPhone X, taking into consideration the notch at the top of the front display. The price of this device is almost certainly comparable to the rest of the phones the company has in stock: just over a couple hundred dollars (converted to USD.)

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Republic Wireless Relay is designed to curb smartphone addiction

Republic Wireless Relay is designed to curb smartphone addiction

Republic Wireless has designed a new device for kids called Relay, and it is intended to curb smartphone addiction. Relay is described as a smart walkie-talkie, one that doesn't feature a screen but enables families to stay connected via voice. The device works with both WiFi networks and 4G LTE, and it doubles as a tracking device so that parents can keep an eye on where their child is located.

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Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crown

Qualcomm pushes Snapdragon 845 to steal Apple’s privacy crown

Apple may have planted its flag on the idea that artificial intelligence (AI) can still be mindful of privacy, but Qualcomm is looking to unlock the same for Android with the new Snapdragon 845. The new system-on-chip (SoC), unveiled today, will help device and service-makers break their phones, apps, and other products away from their tether to the cloud. It also puts a renewed focus on security.

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This is Snapdragon 845: 2018’s AR, VR, and HDR super-chip

This is Snapdragon 845: 2018’s AR, VR, and HDR super-chip

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its new super-chip, the Snapdragon 845, set to be found inside smartphones, tablets, and more come 2018. Renewing Qualcomm's focus on virtual and augmented reality, computational photography, video capture, mobile security, and more, the new system-on-chip (SoC) promises faster performance along with more efficient battery use and charging.

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iPhone X, unlocked and SIM-free, arrives in US

iPhone X, unlocked and SIM-free, arrives in US

Consumers coveting the iPhone X can now buy an unlocked SIM-free version of the handset directly from Apple, giving them the freedom to use it on whatever carrier they want whenever they want. The unlocked version has appeared on Apple's website, where it is listed alongside the existing carrier-centric versions. Customization options remain.

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Samsung Galaxy X folding phone tipped for 2018 launch

Samsung Galaxy X folding phone tipped for 2018 launch

The Galaxy X smartphone, first leaked back in September followed by roundabout confirmation from Samsung, may launch next year, according to sources speaking with a Korean newspaper. These sources claim that the Galaxy X will be a folding phone, a claim we've heard before, but more widely that Samsung is working to get a primary foothold in the upcoming folding smartphone market.

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Substitute Phones are fidget spinners for the iPhone-obsessed

Substitute Phones are fidget spinners for the iPhone-obsessed

What are your fastidious fingers meant to do when the novelty of a fidget spinner wears off? Designer Klemens Schillinger may have the answer with his Substitute Phones series, part artwork and part social message. Described as "the object as a therapeutic approach," each may be shaped like a phone but only does one thing.

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Motorola Black Friday deals 2017 include Moto Z2 Play and mods

Motorola Black Friday deals 2017 include Moto Z2 Play and mods

Motorola, as with Verizon and many others before it, has detailed the Black Friday deals it is offering consumers this holiday season. The company has a total of five deals currently live on its website, including a big discount on the unlocked version of its Moto Z2 Play handset. For those who already have the Moto phone of their dreams, all of the Moto Mods are also discounted.

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