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2 weeks ago

New report claims Samsung and Sony are not doing enough to combat child labor

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A new investigation has claimed that companies including Samsung and Sony are not doing enough to tackle child labor. It's reported by charity Amnesty that cobalt, a component used to make lithium-ion batteries in smartphones, is being mined by children as young as seven. This isn't the first time tech giants have come under fire due to working conditions for those in the supply chains.

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2 weeks ago

Reminder: We've got three Honor 5X to give away

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So ... now that our Honor 5X review has hit newsstands everywhere (at least that's how I assume words flow from our computers and into the public domain, but I could be wrong) now's a good time for a reminder that we've got a bit of a contest underway. We've got three phones to give away, actually, and now's a good a time as any to enter.

And you should enter, even if you don't necessarily think this is the phone for you. Because every phone has a certain special someone out there, and you could be the person who helps fill that void. Don't let this become another one of those "what-ifs" that plagues you the rest of your days. That cries to you from beneath the floorboards in some sort of modern-day Poe retelling.

In other words, go ahead and enter! What do you have to lose?

Full details follow. Good luck!

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2 weeks ago

O2 will notify credit card issuers when you're abroad to prevent declined transactions

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O2 has launched a new service called Travel Alerts, which will allow the mobile operator to alert your credit card issuer or bank if you're smartphone is currently roaming abroad. This will then allow you to use your cards while away without fear of having them decline because your provider believes it to be a fraudulent transaction. Initially, O2 will be partnering with UK credit card issuer MBNA.

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2 weeks ago

Moto G Turbo Edition starts receiving the Marshmallow update in India

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Motorola has commenced rollout of the Marshmallow update to the Moto G Turbo Edition in India. The update — weighing in at 445MB — includes the Android December security update, as well as new features introduced in Android 6.0, such as Google Now on Tap, Doze, simplified app permissions, and more.

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2 weeks ago

Twitter is currently experiencing technical difficulties

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The super-popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter is currently down for many across platforms and on the web. Clients are failing to load timelines, profiles, tweets and more, while the main website is refusing to display anything other than a technical error message. On the bright side, it's not you, it's Twitter.

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2 weeks ago

Confirmed: Samsung changes Galaxy Note 5 internals to fix upside-down S Pen issue

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Company confirms it has changed the Note 5's internals to stop its stylus getting stuck

Back around the time that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 first went to market, a few unfortunate owners found that inserting the S Pen the wrong way around would result in a permanently jammed stylus. The culprit? The new clicky mechanism of the updated S Pen getting stuck on an internal switch designed to detect the pen's presence.

Now, following reports in the past day that a subsequent Note 5 hardware revision has fixed the problem, we've confirmed with Samsung that this is indeed the case.

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2 weeks ago

Pocket Casts snags huge update with time-based filters, Marshmallow support, and more

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Popular podcasts app Pocket Casts has picked up an update to version 5.3 that introduces several new features, including the ability to filter podcasts by date. Also new is Marshmallow support, which lets you save the app's settings across devices with auto backup.

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2 weeks ago

ZenFone 2 picks up stability update with Android for Work support

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ASUS is rolling out a stability update to the ZenFone 2, fixing user-reported issues and enabling support for Android for Work. Android for Work lets you use your smartphone for work-related tasks, with your personal and work information remaining separated. The update weighs in at 73.66MB, and bumps the firmware version number to 2.20.40.164.

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2 weeks ago

Weekly poll results: Love for everything else at CES

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Last week we asked which device announcement from CES 2016 was your favorite. There were so many fantastic announcements at CES 2016 that trying to decide on a favorite is definitely difficult. There were so many fantastic devices we got to see for the first time, like the HTC Vive Pre, or the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S.

We gave you your choice from our Top Picks of CES 2016 which meant you got ten of the best announcements to pick from, or the Other category.

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2 weeks ago

Saygus says delayed V2 smartphone will ship in Q1 2016

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After a period of silence, Saygus, the company behind the long-delayed Saygus V2 smartphone, has taken to its official Twitter account to say that buyers can expect their devices to start shipping sometime in Q1 2016.

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2 weeks ago

Why we don't care about Galaxy S7 benchmarks

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There's quite a bit being said about Galaxy S7 benchmarks, not that you need to worry about any of it.

Have you heard the one about the guy who got excited about the benchmark performance of the untested processor in an unconfirmed environment that is headed for an unannounced phone that couldn't possibly be ready for production and official testing just yet? It's a real knee slapper, you'll love it.

It's that time of year, when we start getting that steady trickle of information regarding phones we'll hear about in an official capacity over the next month or two. For obvious reasons, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is high on the list of things people want to hear more about. That leads to a whole lot of unconfirmed reports, blurrycam leaks, and wringing of hands about what it all means. Above all that we have benchmarks, the most useless information we could get about unreleased hardware with brand new processors.

Truth is most smartphone benchmarks are pointless, but early unfinished and unofficial benchmarks are doubly so. Here's a quick look at why.

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2 weeks ago

Get Deadpool comics for up to 50 percent off from comiXology

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If you're eagerly anticipating next month's release of Deadpool, the film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, then you'll want to jump on comiXology's latest sale. Until 11 p.m. EST on Jan. 18, customers can get comics about the Merc with a Mouth for up to 50 percent off.

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2 weeks ago

Get free standard shipping from OnePlus for orders over $100

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OnePlus has announced that it will now offer free standard shipping for orders over $100. The company will also offer its priority shipping at a reduced price, though they did not announce the new price for that service.

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2 weeks ago

HTC One M8 Marshmallow update to begin in the UK, One M9 to follow

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HTC has announced that UK owners of the One M8 will begin seeing the Marshmallow update hit their phones over the next 48 hours. The company recently confirmed that customers in the U.S., Canada and other locations would also begin seeing the update roll out.

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2 weeks ago

Iron Maiden role-playing game will rock onto Android later this summer

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Fans of fantasy role-playing games and the British rock group Iron Maiden should be very happy later in 2016. Developer Roadhouse Interactive is working with the band to launch Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, an upcoming free-to-play RPG that will be released for iOS and Android this summer.

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