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3 weeks ago

YouTube Kids app now works with YouTube Red to offer ad-free videos

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Google has announced that its YouTube Kids app now works with its paid YouTube Red service in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand. It now allows videos on the apps to no longer show ads, among other features.

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3 weeks ago

OnePlus 3 will be temporarily unavailable in many European countries starting Aug 9

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OnePlus has announced some changes that will be taking place on the OnePlus 3 availability in parts of Europe, and the news is not what you want to hear. From August 9 to September 12, OnePlus will temporarily pause availability in various countries like France, Greece, Ireland, Italy and others. The company says it needs to take this course of action because of an overwhelming response and the lack of invites to control it this time around.

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3 weeks ago

First comparison: Galaxy Note 7 vs. Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge

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What's the difference between the Galaxy Note 7, Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S7?

The Galaxy Note 7 isn't part of the Galaxy S series in name, but it sure is in spirit. The latest Note has a ton of high-end specs and features, but most of them can be found in the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge that were announced some six months earlier.

The specs are nearly identical, the cameras are the same and most features are shared — so where are the actual differences between these three phones? Let us explain.

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3 weeks ago

The Fugoo Tough XL Bluetooth speaker can handle your extreme lifestyle

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Fugoo Tough XL Bluetooth Speaker

When big just isn't big enough.

Whether you're trying to make the most of limited time out in the wilderness or just need hardware that can take a beating from every day life, there's definitely a market for extra-sturdy speakers. We've had a look at a wide range of rugged Bluetooth speakers to complement such rough-and-tumble environs, but the Fugoo Tough XL is easily one of the most impressive we've seen of the bunch.

It's a system that consists of two parts: a waterproof speaker and a removable sleeve that provides hardcore impact protection. The exterior bears a gruff design, aluminum and stainless steel construction, big hardware playback buttons, and a collection of mounting options.

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3 weeks ago

HTC's Q2 2016 revenue down by 44% YoY, losses at $133 million

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HTC posted its Q2 2016 earnings, recording revenue of $598 million (NT$18.9 billion). That's up 27% from the disastrous first quarter, but a drop of 44% from the same period a year ago.

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3 weeks ago

Chrome for Android now loads videos faster, consumes less battery

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Chrome for Android has been updated to version 52, bringing faster load times to videos while reducing the battery consumption. Google states that over a billion hours of video is played on Chrome every week, and with a majority of content viewed on mobile devices, the search giant is working to make the overall experience suck less.

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3 weeks ago

BlackBerry brings its Hub and other apps to more Android phones with Hub+ suite

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BlackBerry has announced the launch of the BlackBerry Hub+ suite of Android apps, which will be made available with a new software licensing program for mobile devices.

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3 weeks ago

ZTE is now taking submissions for its first crowdsourced device

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Earlier this year, ZTE announced plans to release a crowdsourced "mobile product" in 2017, dubbed Project CSX. The manufacturer is soliciting ideas and feedback from the community over the hardware, design, and overall development of a phone, tablet, or even a smartwatch. The idea is to get customers involved in every stage of the development process, with ZTE offering early access to the finished hardware, as well as a chance to attend the Consumer Electronics Show.

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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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