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Xiaomi Mi Max 2 gets a Matte Black variant

The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 now comes in Matte Black. The variant will first be available in Hong Kong in 64GB flavor for $245.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon Wear 1200

Qualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon Wear 1200, the next generation of their chipsets for IoT devices and entry-level wearables. The focus with the Snapdragon 1200 is a smaller overall footprint -- 45% -- and LTE capabilities with very efficient power usage.

Qualcomm's under-display fingerprint sensors are coming next year

Qualcomm has announced that their ultrasonic fingerprint sensors will be available for smartphones starting in Summer 2018. This fingerprint sensor can be situated beneath a display and can read your fingerprint without the need of a visible surface area. Qualcomm also has lesser versions of this tech that can work through metal and glass --...

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 brings speed and efficiency on a budget

Qualcomm has announced the latest 400-series Snapdragon chipset, the Snapdragon 450. The chipset is built on the 14nm process compared to the 28nm process of the last generation. This will add up to better performance and better battery life, with Qualcomm noting gains of up to 4 hours of battery over the last generation.

Galaxy Note 7 FE release date back to July 7th

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE's release date in Korea was originally July 7th and it had been delayed later on. That said, the release date is now back to July 7th for those eagerly awaiting its launch.

Deal: Sony XAV-AX100 Android Auto unit for $398

Sony's XAV-AX100 is $100 off on Amazon today. That takes it down to just $398 if you want Android Auto in your car of choice.

Bixby Voice delays are reportedly caused by it having difficulty learning languages beyond Korean

Samsung was supposed to launch Bixby Voice in China in May and then in the US in June, but delays seem to be caused by the service having a hard time learning these additional languages.

HTC U11 battery life review says it blows the Galaxy S8 out of the water

Phandroid just published a review focused on the battery life of the HTC U11. In their specific instance, they were able to get 5+ hours of SoT with the U11, while they were lucky to hit 3-4 hours with the Galaxy S8.

Google News receives a redesign to make it more accessible and easier to navigate

Google has just announced a redesigned Google News web portal that is focused on both accessibility and easier to UX. Now the website will try to promote content based on facts, diverse perspectives, and will also allow for more control for users.

It looks like Amazon is shipping out the first Echo Show pre-orders

If you were one of the first to pre-order the new Echo Show from Amazon then you should keep your eye on your inbox. It looks like emails are going out telling customers that their purchase is now being shipped.

A new study shows that smartphones could have a negative impact on your cognitive ability

A new study that was published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research by authors Adrian F. Ward, Kristen Duke, Ayelet Gneezy, and Maarten W. Bos said they may have found a link between smartphone usage and a decrease in one's cognitive ability.

OnePlus 5 gets a new OTA update to OxygenOS v4.5.3

The OnePlus 5 has already received a couple of OTA updates since it was released and now a new one is rolling out to users that comes with the following changes. . . - Expanded screenshot bug fixes - Google Translate stutters fixed - WiFi connectivity bug fixes - Stability and optimization improvements to the system, camera effects,...

American Express now supports Android Pay in Canada

While some major Canadian banks still don't support Android's mobile payment service, American Express has just announced they're on board now.

Pandora is shutting down in both New Zealand and Australia

Pandora was largely a US-only company but they did previously launch in both New Zealand as well as Australia. However, it's now being reported that its co-founder and CEO Tim Westergren is stepping down and becoming a US-only company.

Sony adds the Xperia XZ Premium to their Open Devices program

Sony has an Open Devices program that they use to contribute to the open source community. This includes a number of their Xperia devices and now the new XZ Premium is part of this program.

Verizon is updating their Galaxy Tab S2 to Android 7.0 Nougat

Verizon customers with a Galaxy Tab S2 can look forward to a new OTA update that is currently rolling out. This update will bring your device up to version number NRD90M.T817VVRU2DQE1 and comes with all of Samsung's Nougat changes too.

OnePlus 5 review says you shouldn't be bothered about it looking like an iPhone

Erica Griffin just uploaded her review of the OnePlus 5 and one of the first thing she pointed out was how much the phone did not feel like an iPhone even though it looks like one. She says the device performs incredibly fast and says the display is quite nice even though it's 1080p pentile.

AT&T has announced a fixed wireless 5G trial in Austin, TX

If you live in Austin Texas then you could be a lucky participant of AT&T's 2nd 5G testing trial. Participants are using Ericsson 5G RAN and Intel 5G Mobile Trial platforms, and are allowed to stream live TV via DirecTV NOW.

ASUS is rolling out the Nougat update to the ZenFone 3 Zoom

If you own the ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom, then you can look forward to a new OTA update that will bring your device up to version 7.0 Nougat. Along with the new features that come with Nougat, ASUS has also included the following changes. . . 1. Support Portrait mode. 2. Performance improved and bugs fixed and Improved picture taking experience.

Chromebook with the codename Eve is rumored to have a dedicated Google Assistant key

Samsung decided to use a dedicated hardware button for the Galaxy S8, and it looks like an upcoming Chromebook could do the same for Google Assistant. The device is said to have the codename Eve and was first discovered back in October of last year.

DEAL: Amazon is selling Samsung's new Gear 360 for $209

While now the biggest discount ever, the new Samsung Gear 360 is available from Amazon for $20 off the asking price.

Study says Twitter is able to detect crime up to an hour before the police

A study has just been done that claims the social network Twitter is able to detect a crime before the police. The theory is that police departments could use this information from Twitter so they don't have to invest so much in their own technology infrastructure.

Honor will be selling the X Monster earbuds in Europe for €49

The Honor 9 was just launched and with it the company announced a pair of earbuds that are said to be specifically tuned to the device. These earbuds will be priced at €49 and will also be made available in Europe.

Pinterest brings two-factor authentication for all of their users

In an attempt to combat hackers, Pinterest has just announced they are rolling out 2-step authentication to their social network. You can either get a code sent to you via SMS, or you'll need to use an authentication application like Google Authenticator.

Google opens up Project Fi registrations to G Suite customers

Until now, you had to have a Gmail account in order to sign up for Project Fi. But today the company announced that G Suite customers can sign up with Project Fi with their own G Suite accounts (e.g. you@yourdomain.com) account.