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3 weeks ago

Should you upgrade to the Galaxy Note 7 from the Galaxy S6 edge+? A comparison

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Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy S6 edge+

Turns out the Galaxy S6 edge+ has aged really well. Nevertheless, the march of smartphone progress continues, and twelve months on it's about to be replaced by the Note 7.

The Galaxy Note 7 is the successor to not only the Note 5, but also the S6 edge+. There's no Galaxy S7 edge+ this year, as the Note line incorporates the best of both 2015 models. So if you're rocking Samsung's last edgy phablet, is this new one worth the upgrade? Read on for our first impressions.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 now available for pre-order in the U.S.

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Galaxy Note 7

You can now pre-order Samsung's latest handset from the major U.S. mobile operators!

Itching to secure your Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Buyers in the United States can now pre-order the phone ahead of the Aug. 19 street date. The Note 7 is available to pre-order on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, with U.S. Cellular following on Aug. 4.

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3 weeks ago

Best cases for NVIDIA Shield tablet

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Best cases for NVIDIA Shield tablet

Which cases are best for the NVIDIA Shield tablet?

We know that you love your NVIDIA Shield tablet and that means you want to keep it looking like you just took it out of the box. To do that, you need a good case, and we're here to help you find the perfect one for you. Here are our favorites.

ProCase Premium Folio Cover case

ProCase Premium Leather Folio case

You'll love the refined feel of the ProCase Premium Folio Cover case and how well it protects the NVIDIA Shield tablet without adding a lot of bulk or weight — you'll love the price, too: under $20 for a leather case.

Its exterior is made from leather and the inside is made of a soft material to prevent scratches. The cover folds into a stand that can be secured in numerous angles for comfortable viewing or gaming. Its elastic strap closure secures the lid when the tablet is not in use — it also turns the tablet's screen off when closed and turns it on when opened.

If you're looking for a case that's made of leather, supports auto sleep and wake, and that's priced affordably, then the ProCase Premium Folio Cover case is the one you want.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Cover

NVIDIA Shield Cover

NVIDIA's own Shield Tablet cover is made for its tablet, so there's no question about whether or not it will fit.

It's made with a polyurethane faux leather exterior and a microfiber interior for preventing scratches. Its lid has a magnetic closure and can fold over to become a stand for a viewing, gaming, or using the keyboard.

The NVIDIA Shield Tablet cover supports auto sleep and wake, which means that when you close the cover, the tablet's screen turns off, and when you open the cover, it turns on.

If you want a case for your NVIDIA Shield tablet that you know will fit, then choose the NVIDIA Shield Tablet cover.

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Poetic NVIDIA Shield Tablet Case

Poetic NVIDIA Shield tablet case

The Poetic NVIDIA Shield Tablet case is a heavy-duty protective case built to shield your tablet from impacts and dings.

Its body is composed of food grade silicone, which is very easy to keep clean — all you need to do is rinse it off with water and wipe it with a clean cloth. It has rounded edges that make it very comfortable to hold and a raised bezel along the edges of the screen to protect it from scratches.

There's also this other cool thing about the NVIDIA Shield Tablet case — it's got built-in channeling chambers designed to direct sound from the speakers up toward your face so that you can hear it better. Isn't that awesome?

If you're looking for a heavy-duty protective case that's easy to keep clean and that helps to direct the sounds of the speakers toward you, then the Poetic NVIDIA Shield Tablet case is a great option.

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Fintie SmartShell case

Fintie SmartShell case

The Fintie SmartShell case is a combination of style and protectiveness. Amazon reviewers love how it feels and looks, and how it protects while remaining lightweight. It also comes in a variety of colors to suit every taste.

Its cover is made of polyurethane synthetic leather, with a soft microfiber interior, and a hard polycarbonate back shell. This keeps its weight down while protecting the device from scratches and dings.

The cover turns into a stand for propping up the tablet to read, watch videos, or play games. It has a magnetic closure and will turn the tablet's screen off when it is closed and turn it back on when it is open.

If you're looking for a case that is colorful, lightweight, and protective, then the Fintie SmartShell case might be the one for you.

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ProCase SlimSnug case

ProCase Slimsung case

The ProCase SlimSnug case is slim, form-fitting, and yet protects the NVIDIA Shield tablet quite well. You'll love how its texture makes it easier to hold with one hand and how it protects the corners.

The case itself is composed of a hard polycarbonate shell back, a synthetic leather cover, and the microfiber interior. It comes in many bright colors, and when the cover is closed, it turns the tablet's screen off — when it's open, it turns the tablet's screen on.

If you're looking for a form-fitting case that is light, protective, and comes in bright colors, then the ProCase SlimSnug case is right up your alley.

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3 weeks ago

Polar M600 is a fitness-focused Android Wear smartwatch

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Android Wear smartwatches offer basic step counting and heart rate monitoring, but fitness accessory maker Polar believes there's room for a more comprehensive solution. The Finnish company has launched the Polar M600, which offers an optical heart rate sensor with six LEDs, 1.3-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 240 x 240.

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3 weeks ago

OPPO F1s launches in India with an insane 16MP front camera

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OPPO's latest phone in the Indian market is the selfie-focused F1s. Much like the OPPO F1, the F1s' raison d'être is the front camera, which is now a 16MP affair. However, unlike the ZenFone Selfie, there's no front-facing flash module.

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3 weeks ago

OPPO F1s review: Great hardware, inexcusably old software

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OPPO's latest Android phone looks a lot like its last one. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Following the F1 and the F1 Plus, we now have the F1s from OPPO, completing the trilogy of photography-oriented phones. Where the F1 Plus was a noticeable leap ahead of the F1, the F1s' position is somewhere in the middle. On the face of it, it's hard to tell it apart from the F1 Plus.

Indeed, with both the F1s and Plus on my desk side by side, it's impossible to know which is which except if you're looking at specific things — not necessarily a bad thing, since the F1 Plus is a nice piece of hardware. The new F1s is a little larger, a little less powerful, and is making its debut in India for ₹17,999 ($270).

OPPO (the parent company of OnePlus) has suddenly become one of the world's top five smartphone vendors, so it's very much a company to follow. The F1s isn't particularly different from its predecessors, which means it has the same good and bad points that we've come across before.

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3 weeks ago

ASUS rolls out 'all-new' ZenFone Selfie in India with Snapdragon 615, Android 5.0 Lollipop

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ASUS has introduced a refreshed variant of the ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL) in India. Available for ₹12,999, the "all-new" phone offers a "powerful performance with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615," as well as "Android L" on the software side of things.

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3 weeks ago

Xiaomi Redmi 3S makes its debut in India for an enticing ₹6,999

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Xiaomi has launched the entry-level Redmi 3S in India. With over 110 million units sold globally, the Redmi series accounts for a majority of Xiaomi's sales figures. The Redmi 3S shares a lot of similarities with the Redmi 3, including a 5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage, 13MP camera, 5MP camera, LTE, and a 4100mAh battery.

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3 weeks ago

Watch Xiaomi launch the Redmi 3S in India right here

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Xiaomi is launching the Redmi 3S — an upgraded variant of the Redmi 3 — in India. If you're interested in what's on offer with the phone, watch Xiaomi global VP Hugo Barra share all the details via the livestream linked below.

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3 weeks ago

Xiaomi will unveil its Daydream-ready VR headset on Aug 4

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Xiaomi is all set to unveil its first VR headset with Daydream support tomorrow, August 4, in China. The headset uses a phone's display to drive the experience, similar to that of the Gear VR.

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3 weeks ago

Galaxy S7 edge is the top-selling Android phone so far this year

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Samsung managing to sell a boatload of phones shouldn't come as any surprise, but the company outdid itself in the first half of 2016. According to Strategy Analytics, the Galaxy S7 edge topped shipment charts with 13.3 million units. The Galaxy S7 was third overall with 11.8 million shipments.

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3 weeks ago

Samsung is partnering with major banks to use the Note 7's iris scanner for their apps

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The brand new Galaxy Note 7 has a built-in iris scanner for another level of security, and alongside it Samsung is expanding its Samsung Pass initiative in partnership with major banks to let you access financial apps by scanning your irises. Just as it did with its fingerprint scanners before Marshmallow was released, Samsung is working with companies individually to have their apps written to use the iris scanner as a security mechanism.

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3 weeks ago

Marshmallow is now on 15.2% of all active Android devices

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Google has posted the latest Android version distribution numbers, showing yet another small bump up for Marshmallow. Specifically, Google calculates that 15.2% of active Android devices were running Marshmallow during a 7-day period ending on August 2. That compares to 13.3% of active Android devices from the previous month.

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3 weeks ago

The Galaxy Note 7 can make GIFs out of just about anything

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GIF recorder

The Note 7 isn't a smartphone. It's an $800 GIF machine.

However you pronounce it, you can't avoid GIFs on the Internet. But as universal as they've become, making them is still hard — unless you own a Galaxy Note 7. Yes, buying a Note 7 will surely make your wallet significantly lighter, but at least you'll be able to turn just about anything into a GIF, ready to fire out at admiring followers on your social network of choice.

Note 7 GIF recorder

Getting there is simple — pull out the Note 7's S Pen, hit "Smart Select," then tap the "Animation." You'll then see a grid outline which you can align over the thing you want to record — for example, a YouTube video (DRM-protected videos won't work, we're told). Then tweak the recording quality if you like, and tap "record." Once you're done, stop recording and it's saved to your gallery. From there it can be trimmed further, even allowing you to cut out specific frames if needed.

Whether you need a $800+ smartphone to help you make GIFs on the go is debatable — as is whether you really need an S Pen for a feature like this. (Surely a finger would work just as well?)

But hey. GIFs!

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3 weeks ago

Google to sprinkle quick-loading AMP pages throughout mobile search results

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Google will soon offer Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) as part of its larger set of search results in Chrome and other mobile browsers. While these pages have previously surfaced in the Top Stories section of mobile searches, the company will soon be mixing them in with standard results.

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