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Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S specs

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The Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S follow up from last year's surprise mid-range hits, the Idol 3 4.7 and 5.5. But as so many OEMs have done in 2016, metal has replaced plastic, with an emphasis on build quality and performance.

Category Idol 4 Idol 4S Operating System Android 6.0.1 Android 6.0.1 CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
4x 1.7Ghz Cortex-A53
4x 1.2Ghz Cortex-A53 Qualcomm Snapdragon 652
4x 1.8Ghz Cortex-A72
4x 1.4Ghz Cortex-A53 RAM 2GB/3GB 3GB Display 5.2-inch 1080p LTPS IPS 5.5-inch QHD LTPS IPS Rear Camera 13MP, f/2.0, PDAF 16MP, f/2.0, PDAF Front Camera 8MP, front flash 8MP, front flash Storage 16GB, microSD expandable 32GB, microSD expandable Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 2.0 Battery 2610 mAh 3000 mAh SIM Dual nano-SIM Dual nano-SIM Bluetooth 4.2 4.2 Audio Front-facing stereo speakers Front-facing stereo speakers Connectivity Micro-USB v2.0 Micro-USB v2.0 FM Radio Yes Yes IR Blaster No No NFC Yes Yes Dimensions 147 x 72.5 x 7.1 mm 153.9 x 75.4 x 6.99 mm Weight 135g 149g Colors Gold, Dark Gray, Rose Gold, Metal Silver Gold, Dark Gray, Rose Gold, Metal Silver

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1 week ago

I made a pizza and charged my phone with a camp stove because the future is amazing

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This is hands-down my new favorite camping accessory.

My family is full of people who enjoy camping. Sometimes that means hiking the Appalachian Trail for a few days with no tech at all, and sometimes that means renting a few campsites together with a cooler full of tasty drinks and a fire that regularly encourages Park Rangers to come check on us. When I go hiking, the BioLite Camp Stove is usually in my pack. It's great for making a small fire and I like knowing I can charge a phone in an emergency. At a campground you already have grill tops and fire pits, so for me there's never been a need to bring something else for cooking before.

I stand before you a changed camper. This weekend I cooked the perfect pizza while charging my phone on the larger BioLite BaseCamp stove, and I'm unlikely to go family camping without this stove ever again.

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1 week ago

OnePlus 3 vs. Moto G4 Plus: What's $100 between rivals?

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The ultimate low-cost Android phone showdown is here!

How much difference does $200 make in the smartphone market? What about $100? At some point, these figures become both fundamental and meaningless to a person's buying decision, especially when tacked on to phones categorized "mid-range" or "entry-level".

It is with this lens that I approached a comparison I was initially reticent to do: the OnePlus 3 and the Moto G4 Plus. Why would it be necessary, given the $150 difference between mainstream models? And what is gained by trying to push some sort of narrative from two devices aimed at increasingly diverging markets?

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1 week ago

AT&T is experimenting with drones to make its network better

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AT&T has announced that it is currently experimenting with drones in order to make its network better. The carrier is currently using them for cell tower inspections and to gather real-time information, and in the future it may use them as flying towers for additional coverage. By being connected to its network, AT&T can use the drones to gather information and make immediate changes based on the needs that are being shown.

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1 week ago

AT&T pushes Marshmallow update to BlackBerry Priv

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AT&T is now rolling out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the BlackBerry Priv.

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1 week ago

Want a free Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Enter this giveaway!

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All eyes are currently on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, due for arrival sometime before the end of the year. While we don't currently know a lot about this new addition to the Note family, we do want to give everyone the opportunity to win one, before it even hits the store shelves! We've teamed up with VRS Design to do just that! Read on for all the details.

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1 week ago

ZTE Axon 7 goes up for pre-order in Canada for $529

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ZTE has announced that the Axon 7, its follow-up to the Axon and Axon Pro, will be released in Canada on July 27th for $529.99. Distribution will begin exclusively with Newegg, the well-known computer hardware outlet, but may expand beyond it at some point in the future.

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1 week ago

These awesome wooden Android figures will be available later this year

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Dead Zebra, the company known for its unique Android figures, has teamed up with a woodworker in NYC to create a small batch of figurines that will be made of solid wood. A small number will be available at Comic-Con, with another release coming later this year. The company also recently announced plans for a limited edition release of a Bear collectible in the coming months.

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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 5, S6 edge+ receiving July 1 security patches from Verizon and T-Mobile

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Verizon and T-Mobile are currently pushing the July 1 security patch out to both the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+. Beyond updating to the most up to date Android security patch, the two carriers just cite general performance enhancements in each build.

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1 week ago

Catch a new Pokémon wallpaper this Wednesday

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Don't let your home screen fall into a rut — switch out your wallpaper!

You don't have to pull out a complex new theme like Spider-Man to bring a breath of fresh air to your home screen. A new wallpaper can do wonders, and launchers like Action Launcher can re-theme your entire home screen around a good wallpaper. In our effort to help brighten your device — and maybe your day — we're compiling some wallpapers for you to try out. And since everyone's been killing their battery turning their phone into a Pokédex, we thought we'd share some wallpapers to help bring that Pokémon feel to your home screen.

If you've got a wallpaper you use everywhere, share it in the comments below! We're always looking for something new. Now get your wallpaper picker ready and see what's in store this week.

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1 week ago

Adobe Lightroom for Android adds pro mode to built-in camera

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An update is now rolling out to Adobe Lightroom, bringing mobile photo editing aficionados an all new pro mode for the built-in camera.

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1 week ago

Toronto Transit Commission working on safer way to report harassment on public transportation

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The Toronto Transit Commission is working on a new app that will allow riders of its public transportation to easily report harassment in real time. With the app, riders will be able to take a discreet picture of the person who is assaulting or harassing someone and submit the report immediately. This method would work far more effectively than pressing an emergency strip and potentially scaring them off before being able to capture an image or footage of the event in progress.

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1 week ago

How to adjust screen brightness and sleep settings on Android

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How to adjust screen brightness and sleep settings on Android

How do I adjust screen brightness and sleep settings on Android?

On top of changing your phone's brightness, you can also customize the sleep settings, which allows you to choose how long it takes for your screen to shut when you're not using it. Here's how to adjust your brightness and sleep settings.

How to adjust your screen brightness on Android

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.
  2. Tap and hold the brightness slider. It's the icon that looks like the sun.
  3. Drag the brightness slider to your desired brightness.
  4. Release the slider.

How to turn off Adaptive brightness on Android

Adaptive brightness gives your phone the ability to adjust the screen brightness automatically depending on the amount of light around you. The setting is typically on by default, but it's easy to turn off if you want to.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.
  2. Tap on the settings button. It's the gear icon in the top right.

  3. Tap Display.
  4. Tap the On/Off switch beside Adaptive brightness.

You can follow these exact steps to turn the adaptive brightness setting back on whenever you need.

How to turn on Ambient display on Android

Enabling Ambient display allows you to view the time and notifications on your lock screen without having to press the power or home buttons.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.
  2. Tap on the settings button. It's the gear icon in the top right.

  3. Tap Display.
  4. Tap the On/Off switch beside Ambient display.

Follow the same steps to turn off Ambient display whenever you want.

How to change the sleep settings on Android

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.
  2. Tap on the settings button. It's the gear icon in the top right.
  3. Tap Display.

  4. Tap Sleep.
  5. Tap the amount of time you want. Your options are as follows:

    • 15 seconds
    • 30 seconds
    • 1 minute
    • 2 minutes
    • 5 minutes
    • 10 minutes
    • 30 minutes

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1 week ago

Pokémon Go will soon get sponsored PokéStops

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Pokémon Go players may soon find supply runs to local PokéStops sponsored by real-world companies. Developer Niantic will be bringing sponsored PokéStops to the game at some point down the road, a new way for the game to make money outside of the in-game items it already sells.

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1 week ago

Pokémon Go and two Marines aid police in catching an attempted murder suspect

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Two Marines, Javier Soch and Seth Ortega, have aided police in apprehending a suspected murder suspect thanks to playing Pokémon Go. But just how has a mobile game aided in this arrest, you ask? According to Marines, Soch's instance of Pokémon Go froze up and they both happened to noticed a man carrying what appeared to be a red plastic rose towards a woman and three children.

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