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HTC is about to launch two smartphones next week at an HTC exclusive event. Dubbed as the HTC "For U," it will be held on January 12 to take veils of the HTC U Ultra and the HTC U Play. The U Ultra (Ocean) will sport a huge 6-inch display, while the U Play (Alpine) will come in a much smaller 5.2-inch size variant. Some sources are indicating that HTC will also be revealing a third variant in the U series (Ocean Note) with a 5.5" - 5.7" screen size, but we will have to wait and see if that really happens.



The highlight of the Ocean and Ocean Note as per what we have heard so far is the curved display which HTC will introduce to their smartphones for the first time. Camera performance is also supposed to be excellent, with a DxOMark score higher than that of even the Google Pixel phones. Unfortunately, all rumors are pointing towards the fact that none of these phones will have a 3.5mm audio jack. Considering that HTC isn't particularly enjoying a lot of popularity at the moment, that's a very bold decision to say the least.


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The Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming for sure and the Galaxy Note 7 debacle has actually made people more interested in the device than ever before as everybody is waiting to see what Samsung does in order to redeem themselves after the embarrassing Note 7 saga. Although it's still quite a few months away, here's what we know/heard about it so far.


Release date


Since Samsung confirmed officially that the S8 won't see an early launch in 2017, it is almost certain that the smartphone will be unveiled a day prior to the MWC 2017, on February 26. This has been the tradition with Samsung's S-series so far and they don't seem eager to break it.


Specifications


Display: 5.5-inch 4K/2K Super AMOLED dual curved panel
SoC: Snapdragon 830/Exynos 8895
RAM: 6GB
Camera: Dual-Lens sensors of 16-megapixels each with f/1.4 aperture and an 8-megapixel front camera
Others: Iris scanner, USB Type-C, support for Google Daydream VR project and according to an official statement by Samsung, "enhanced artificial intelligence service."


Unique Design


The Galaxy S8 could feature a Full-screen dual curved display without any physical buttons in front; although they won't be the first to do so anymore.


We will keep you informed as more concrete support for (or against) these specs are revealed in the course of the next few months leading to February 26.


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It has hardly been a month and a half since the Galaxy S7 started to reach customers around the world and there's already new rumors spreading about the Galaxy S8. However, if you just bought the S7 or S7 Edge, fret not, for the S8 is still almost a year away from being released. There have been no indications or even rumors about the next Galaxy flagship from Samsung being released prior to the Mobile World Congress 2017, in February-March.

 

Although it is just too early to comment on what changes Samsung will bring with their next flagship, one would expect them to focus on the audio quality a bit more; especially since the HTC 10 and the LG G5 have amped up their audio department significantly. A change to USB Type-C is also expected, but we will have to wait and see how popular it becomes in the coming months.

 

The only smartphone in the market right now with a 4K panel is the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, but the S8 may be set to change that. This impression was brought on by the fact that virtual reality is rising in popularity and Samsung is already quite involved in it. As VR becomes an integral part of their future smartphones, the display will gain even more importance and that may result in Samsung opting for a 4K panel instead of the Quad HD ones that they are using right now.

 

Rumors suggest that a ½.3" sensor with aperture f/1.4 might be used in the camera of the S8. If it is true, then low-light photography on the S8 will possibly be better than not only the S7 series, but also any other smartphone in the market right now. This concludes more or less everything that is out there about the Samsung Galaxy S8 till date and if interested, you can also check out the recently released S8 concept video.

 

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As we reported earlier, there will probably be only one variant of the Galaxy Note 7 this year and it will have an Edge display. Although the specifications are more or less out by this point, we can never be sure until and unless we actually hear an official announcement on August 2. Nevertheless, here are the important bits from what we know about the upcoming Note so far.


CPU - Exynos 8890 (Overclocked) for Europe and Snapdragon 823 for the US


RAM - 6GB


Display - Quad High Definition (1440p) Super AMOLED Dual Edge display (5.8-inch curved screen)


Battery - 4,000mAh


Rear camera - The same 12-megapixel camera as seen on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, but with better software


It may also sport a first of its kind iris scanner, an USB Type-C port and IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. There was and possibly still is a bit of confusion regarding the type of display that the upcoming Note will sport, but all major signs and reports indicate that only an Edge variant will be made available this year. If you are interested, check out our Galaxy Note 7 specifications page for a more detailed list of specs.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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There is about half a year still left in between now and the release date of the next Pixel flagship smartphones, but that has not managed to put a lid on the rumor jar though! Even before we actually get to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, let us inform you that Google may likely release cheaper versions of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL much sooner. They will both be the "Lite" versions of their costlier siblings, but we are not sure about what Google will sacrifice on those two comparatively budget smartphones, if and when they come out.


As far as the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are concerned though, a few things are almost for certain and one of them is the fact that both the new phones might be launched in October, 2019. If there is another piece of reliable info that can be depended on, then it would be that both the flagship handsets will be sporting Android Q, aka Android OS 10. Not much is known about the Android Q OS yet though, except vague information regarding a comprehensive dark mode, better security and reliable facial recognition support.


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Android's new software is set to make life easier for the average user. Google's release of the Android N Developer Preview 2 has brought several changes for Android, with it being dubbed as the best release yet. As you can guess, the update is all about convenience and efficiency. The software will allow you to play your favorite games like Temple run and online casino on sites such as au.royalvegascasino.com at a much faster and smoother pace.



There have also been several UI modifications. The folder design has undergone a revamp, offering a clear indication of what apps are in the folder, compared to the staggered pile in the previous folder design.

Android emoji's have long received criticism, with many users seemingly preferring those on iOS, but thankfully, the new software has given the human emoji's a makeover, and they now look a lot more attractive.


There have been several enhancements to the notification system also. Android N allows users to receive incoming message notifications quickly and efficiently, without having to leave the notification shade. A feature named bundled notifications. The grouped notifications can be expanded into individual notifications with a two-fingered gesture or by simply tapping the new expansion button. The new-found system will undoubtedly tidy things up, as well as speeding things up, allowing you faster replies.


Additional shortcut options are now also available. They can be provided from apps on the launcher, and allow access to various useful features. This includes being able to quickly compose a message when selecting the Messenger app.


Similar to the shortcut innovative, there is also a multi-window support function. It's a being that has long being part of the likes of Apple, Samsung and Acer, but now, Android are finally on board. Better late than never, Android's feature has been described as elegant.


Now, when you wish to open up two apps side-by-side, you can hold the square button to activate multi-window mode, with the initial app you want to have open. Depending on the orientation of your device, the screen will then split in half, either vertically or horizontally. The other half of the display will show a rotating carousel of recent apps you're already familiar with. You are then able to select the secondary app you wish to use, which will fill the remaining half of the screen.



With the final release due out around July, we can expect even more improvements to come. The future looks bright for Android.

 


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The CES has always had a special place for the technically bizarre and brilliant creations and this year has not been an exception to that either. Check the following out and let us know which one appealed to you the most, in the comments.


The Rolling OLED TV from LG


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If a 65-inch OLED panel coming into existence from seemingly nowhere intrigues and weirds you out at the same time, you are not the only one! The LG Signature Series OLED TV R (65R9) has a rolling OLED panel that rolls out from within the storage base below (which is also a sound system)! Looking at the whole thing unfurl is nothing short of astounding and strange at the same time.


The Happiness Robot

 

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While it may not be human, the Lovot from Groove X promises to be your best friend forever! If you don't find the idea of a penguin-ish robot following you around for cuddles and then sleeping in your arms to be both weird and comforting, this list has nothing on you!


The Talking Toilet

 

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While sitting on the can, have you ever felt lonely and wished that your toilet could talk to you? No? Well, the Kohler Numi 2.0 would want you to change your opinion because it's a talking, smart toilet that no one was really waiting for. Nonetheless, it has an impressive set of functions, powered by Amazon's own Alexa.


That's it for now, but, let's just hope that even more weird, and yet useful gadgets are shown at the CES 2019 this year. If anything weird enough is indeed showcased, we will be sure to highlight it and bring the latest updates right to you.


Saikat Kar



Apple's all new iPhone 7 is set to go on sale in September. But when in September?


If AT&T's leaked reset schedule is anything to go by, the pre-order date for the new device is going to September 9th and the official release date to the public is going to be the two weeks later on the 23rd.


Design


The design of the 7 is said to be notably similar to that of the 6 and 6S. If so, it will be available with a 4.7 inch screen, with a Plus version boasting a 5.5 inch screen also available. The rounded aluminium unibody frame, available in space grey, silver, gold and rose gold, is set to also remain the same, though there may be a few very minor changes.


Not so minor, and probably the most obvious change to the design of the handset is the removal of the headphone jack. Developers are said to be scrapping the jack to make way for a slimmer model, and more room for hardware upgrades. If the headphone jack is to be removed, wireless Bluetooth headphones, or a lightning port will come with the model. A slimmer design would be a bold move from Apple considering how many smashed displays you see around nowadays.


The seven's next major revamp may just be the home button. Rather than an actual button you, it may be replaced with a pressure sensitive touch pad. Such technology has already been seen on Apple's latest MacBook so it's definitely a plausible rumour.


Camera


The camera is set to undergo a massive revamp. The iPhone 7 Plus will see the most significant changes with a dual camera on the horizon, a dual camera would more than satisfy photography enthusiasts as it would produce near DSLR-quality photographs.


Price


Apple has been pretty consistent with its pricing on last two iPhone releases, meaning that many expect the new handset to be priced around £539 for a 16GB, £619 for a 64GB, £699 for a 128gb and if rumours are true, over £800 if a huge 256gb model is released.
Of course these prices are for buying the handset outright so contact prices from retailers like Carphone Warehouse, Mobile Phone Direct etc will vary depending on model, network, and of course stock.


Technical Bits


Onto the more technical side of things, the 7's display technology may be a slight improvement on that of the 6 but it is unlikely to stray away from the 1080p LCD screens of the 6. Innovations seen on the iPad may be added, however. True Tone - the colour temperature-shifting feature - may be introduced from the latest iPad Pro. This would allow for more realistic colours.


Another major upgrade from the 6S is the processing power of the 7. Apple's A10 processor as well as the M10 motion co-processor may finally be implemented. This would add up to 50% more processing power, making the handset run a whole lot more smoothly.


Currently, one of the main frustrations the iPhone brings is its poor battery life. And with it, it's irritatingly short charging cable. Well whispers suggest that the 7 may finally sport a wireless charger, however, the reliability of those whispers cannot be voucher for too much. To make up for this though, it is highly possible that the new handset may charge in a fraction of the time it takes the 6S, this is down to the five volts, two amps charging.


If we're talking iMessage, larger emojis are set to become available as well as the option to draw pictures rather than send text. The other leading apps such as photos, music, news and maps are also set to undergo a makeover.


And the quirkiest rumour regarding the seven? It may finally follow in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy by becoming water-resistant. The removal of the headphone jack certainly supports those rumours, as does Apple's previous interest in existing waterproof devices.
Whether AT&T's leaked schedule is correct, or the claims from serial leaker Evan Blass that state the seven will go on sale on September 16 are, one thing for sure is that the handset is definitely set for release in September. The release of the seven may be just weeks away ladies and gentlemen!



The year started off with Nokia bringing back Snake with the revamped version of the 3310 which was great news for retro gaming enthusiasts. Although many of 2017's best mobile games are yet to come since the much awaited next gen mobile chips have not been released as of now, we have nonetheless seen quite a few awesome games already in 2017. Here's a list of the top 5 mobile games released in the year so far, according to us.


The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (iOS)



January saw The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth make its way onto iOS, a game that iPhone users have been waiting with baited breath since 2016. The twin-stick shooter is outright ridiculous, dark, humorous, vulgar and immensely enjoyable at the same time. There's something about playing as a child whose evil mother is trying to kill him and he is trying to survive everything with the help of his tears that both shocks you and enthrals you at the same time. If you haven't played it already, do so now!


Edo Superstar (iOS)



You step in the shoes of Masaru the ninja monkey in this side-scrolling brawler that's entirely controlled via gestures, swipes and taps. Granted that things may get repetitive after a while, it still is extremely fun as long as it lasts. The many challenges of the game keeps you entertained for a good while, although the controls may not always be as reactive as you would want them to be. All in all, it's a game that's definitely worth trying out.


Super Mario Run (iOS and Android)



2017 seems to be the year of the retro games for the mobile platform because after Snake, Mario makes a comeback with Super Mario Run for the iOS and Android (soon to come). The game can be controlled with just one hand as on screen buttons and joysticks have been replaced with tapping and gesture control. The theme is the same as it had been back in Super Mario classic on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES); collect coins, jump on enemies, eat mushrooms and save the princess.


Warhammer 40,000: Regicide (iOS and Android)



Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is an unique take on chess. Apart from adding vivid animations and brutality to each kill on the chess board during Classic gameplay, there's also an additional mode called Regicide. In Regicide mode, the game transcends the traditional rules of chess in favour of advanced special powers and abilities of the units you control on the battlefield. Playing chess online with other players has never been more interesting.


This War of Mine (iOS and Android)



This War of Mine will make you think about each one of your in-game decisions, both before and after you take them. Surviving with your group during a war in a besieged city feels as brutal as it should. You are not a killing machine in this game, but an actual person trying to survive in a war that he did not start, but is paying for in every possible way. Playing the game and surviving will take a toll at your conscience and you will love it!


Honourable mentions include Sky Dancer, Potion Explosion, Dandy Dungeon: Legend of Brave Yamada and MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL. If you love gaming and wouldn't mind making a bit of money from your favourite hobby, we suggest you try out some of the excellent mobile casino games like Jungle Jim: El Dorado, Sam on the Beach and Planet of the Apes as well. As mentioned before, there's still a lot more to come towards the mobile gamers this year, but these should keep you occupied till then.


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2019 is going to be the year of the foldable smartphones without a doubt, and while the technology may still take a few years before it can be more standardized and improved upon, foldable display is the trend that every OEM wants a piece of apparently. On that note, here are all the smartphones that have so far been revealed by OEMs and should be available for purchase in the coming months.


The Samsung Galaxy Fold

 

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It is a huge device and it sports a huge price tag as well at $1,980! Nonetheless, the foldable smartphone sports impressive specs which includes an external OLED display of 4.5-inches and an internal foldable OLED display that measures 7.3 inches, which is only revealed on opening the phone. It supports the latest media and eve latest video gaming technologies, high-graphic online slots included.  Powered by the latest processor from Samsung, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage, a 4,380mAh foldable battery and a tri-lens module (16MP+12MP+12MP) at the back, the Galaxy Fold will be available for purchase from April.


The Huawei Mate X

 

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The foldable display on the Huawei Mate X measures 8-inches and on closing, the display stays on the outside, unlike with the Galaxy Fold. If you thought the Galaxy Fold was expensive, wait till you get a load of the Mate X's $2,600 price tag! Powered by the extremely capable Hisilicon Kirin 980 and 5G capabilities, the exact date has not been set for the Mate X's release yet, although it was unveiled at the MWC 2019.


Xiaomi Mix Flex

 

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Revealed only by a teaser, the Xiaomi Mi Flex has gained a lot of attention recently. The prototype has been shown on camera by President of Xiaomi Lin Bin already, so it's only a matter of time before the device becomes official. What makes the Mix Flex Unique is that unlike most of the devices that we have seen so far officially or via rumors and leaks, the prototype was shown as a tablet that could be bended on both sides to leave enough room only for a smartphone display. The double folding smartphone can also be called Xiaomi Dual Flex when it finally comes out, as stated by the Lin Bin himself.


Do note that the rumored LG Bendi, the Moto Razr 2019 and the Oppo Foldable Phone were kept out of this list intentionally, as they have not yet been confirmed by their respective manufacturers. Which one do you find most impressive? More importantly, can you justify the price tags that Samsung and Huawei are putting on these devices? Let us know in the comments.


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NVIDIA has kept its promise and the Wi-Fi-only version of the SHIELD Tablet has already been updated with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Fortunately, its LTE-enabled sibling won't stay far behind in terms of software, as it is also receiving the freshest variation of the confectionery mobile platform too.

 

Apart from getting all the bells and whistles that Lollipop is known for, i.e. the ART runtime, Material Design, the battery-friendly Project Volta, etc. Apart from treating its LTE gaming slate to Android 5.0, NVIDIA has also added a little something something from itself the new NVIDIA Dabbler app, for example, is a powerful graphics-editing app, which comes with layer support, custom stensils, and various effects.

 

The update is rolling out over-the-air just reach and grab it from your gaming tablet's Settings menu. If you don't own a SHIELD Tablet, on the other hand, you can get one as a part of NVIDIA's Black Friday bundle deal.

 

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Although some of these features may not make it to the final version of the firmware, let's take a look at the best of what we have seen so far in the beta builds of the Android Nougat 7.0 OS for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.


The New Look - Everything from the app icons and fonts, to the general color scheme of the device has been changed. Although opinions may differ, we think it looks better now than it ever did before.



Blue Light Filter - This will help relieve the pressure usually accumulated in our eyes from spending long amounts of time looking at a phone screen.



Changes in the Notification Panel - You can rearrange the icons in the Quick Settings panel, change the grid size and move the brightness slider around. A revamped notification panel will also allow you to reply to conversations right from the notifications menu.



Resolution Scaling - You will have the option to choose between 1280 × 720 (HD), 1920 × 1080 (Full HD) and 2560 × 1440 (QHD) resolution for your phone's display, with the default set at 1080p for better power-efficiency.



Put to Sleep - This one is a very useful feature which lets you stop an app from auto-starting, receiving updates, using power in the background or send you push notifications by just long pressing on the icon and choosing, "Put to Sleep."



Performance Mode: The performance of the S7 or the S7 Edge can now be put into the following gears, depending on the task at hand.



Normal: 1080p, video enhancer on, game launcher on, game tools on


Game mode: 1080p, max brightness, game launcher on, game tools on



Entertainment mode: 1440p, max brightness, video enhancer on, UHQ upscaler on



High performance: 1440p, max brightness.


There are plenty of other tweaks, both big and small and we are sure to see a few more before the final build is released.


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