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Best Buy offering significant discounts on Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 03:08 PM PDT

If you're looking to pick up a Moto Z or Moto Z Force, heading to Best Buy may be a good idea, because the retailer has a fantastic deal on both Verizon devices right now.

The Moto Z Droid can be had for $1 on contract or $17.67 per month on a payment plan, while the Moto Z Force Droid can be had for $99 on contract or $21.83 per month on a payment plan. This is about $8 per month cheaper than Verizon offers.

On top of that, you'll get a free JBL SoundBoost speaker Moto Mod, which is a really neat addition to a smartphone. Hit the source link to get the deals, and let us know if you buy!


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Video shows Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner is quick, but has tons of limitations

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 03:08 PM PDT

One of the main selling points of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be its iris scanner, a feature that we haven't seen much before. However, there might be some serious usability issues with the new feature.

This video shows someone allegedly using the Note 7′s iris scanner, and it's ridiculously fast. It looks like an awesome feature. It's strange that the Note 7 it's being used on has a flat screen rather than a curved one, but it could be a prototype.

Unfortunately, there are also a lot of downsides to this feature. Samsung's leaked usage warnings say that the iris scanner should not be used closer than 20cm to prevent harmful effects and to not use it on babies. That sounds reasonable enough. It also says that the sensor should not be used in direct sunlight and that it will have trouble with people wearing glasses or contacts. That means it won't work properly on sunny days and that it'll have problems with a big chunk of the population.

Security features like a fingerprint sensor should always work with as few errors as possible. If you have to struggle to unlock your phone, it defeats the purpose. The iris scanner might not work in a lot of situations and for a lot of people, which doesn't sound good. Samsung may lose every baby customer it has.

Sources: SamMobile (2)


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FCC listing confirms BlackBerry using Alcatel parent company to manufacture new device

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 02:14 PM PDT

We've seen some info that suggests that an upcoming BlackBerry devices will not be manufactured by BlackBerry itself, and a new FCC listing has confirmed this.

Codenamed Neon, the device will be manufactured by TCL Communications, which is the parent company of Alcatel. The device also shares specs with the Alcatel Idol 4, like a 2,610mAh battery.

Thankfully, we won't have to wait long for more official information. BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that there will be more info next week, so we'll find out then. Hopefully the upcoming BlackBerry devices will be released soon!


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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 expected to have 3,500mAh battery

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 02:14 PM PDT

The Samsung Galaxy S7 launched with a 3,000mAh battery, while the bigger Galaxy S7 edge launched with a beefy 3,600mAh battery. And thanks to a listing for a Galaxy Note 7 with a model number SM-N930S, we now know that the Note 7 will ship with a 3,500mAh battery.

While this is a 500mAh upgrade over the Galaxy Note 5 (which had a smaller battery than its predecessor), it's a bit of a surprise that it comes in at 100mAh less than the Galaxy S7 edge. It's possible that the inclusion of  an S Pen ate up some space that could have been used for the battery.

The Note 7′s 3,500 mAh is still quite a large battery, though, so there's nothing to worry about. That is, of course, as long as Samsung goes light on the bloat.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 leaked renders show off S Pen and gold color

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 02:14 PM PDT

On August 2, Samsung will unveil the latest member of the Galaxy Note phablet family, the Galaxy Note 7. Ahead of that, the rumor mill continues to spill out leaks.

The latest leak gives us a look at what appear to be legitimate renders of the Note 7, showing off the Blue Coral and Silver Titanium models that we've seen before as well as a gold color option. The leaked renders also show us what the S Pen will look like. The images were initially published to the Korean site Seeko, and they look real enough.

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On the front, we can see the features we've come to expect, including three cutouts above the display, one of which will probably include an iris scanner, as well as the physical Home button below the screen. Interestingly, there isn't any "Galaxy Note 7″ branding on the back of these rendered models.

What do you think of the rumored Galaxy Note 7′s design? Is it catching your eye?


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Verizon to force new plan on unlimited data users that surpass 100GB per month

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 11:13 AM PDT

Recently it was reported that Verizon Wireless wants to give an ultimatum to the folks who are still attached to their unlimited data plan and using "extraordinary" amounts of data per month. Now we have an idea of what an "extraordinary" amount of data is.

Verizon has confirmed to Ars Technica that it's focusing on a "small group" of subscribers that use 100GB or more of data per month. Those customers will be given until August 31 to switch to a new, tiered Verizon Plan.

Verizon states that it has a 100GB data plan, but that it's meant to be spread out among multiple lines and not used by just a single line. The company says they are contacting subscribers that are using more than 100GB per month on their unlimited data plan.

Big Red didn't confirm what would happen if those subscribers don't switch to a Verizon Plan by August 31. Earlier reports suggested that Verizon would simply cut them off altogether but give them an option to reactivate the line on a new Verizon Plan within 50 days.

How much data do you use?


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Periscope adds support for replay highlights, broadcasts in embeded tweets, and autoplay in the Android app

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 09:23 AM PDT

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Periscope is Twitter's popular live streaming platform, and today it's getting a few new features. Everyone will be able to enjoy automated highlight reels and easier embedded broadcasts, but Android users in particular will also get autoplay functionality in the Periscope app.

One of the more prominent additions is support for playback inside embedded tweets. You'll probably see a lot of these around the web. Periscope did a Periscope of the new features in Periscope, and here it is as an embedded Periscope. PeriscopePeriscopePeriscope.

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Periscope adds support for replay highlights, broadcasts in embeded tweets, and autoplay in the Android app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Access your Mac or PC's media library from anywhere with younity for Android [Sponsored Post]

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 07:25 AM PDT

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Accessing your media library from multiple devices can be unnecessarily complicated. Want to share a photo from your computer to your friends via WhatsApp for Android? Normally, you'll be spending several minutes moving things around. Want to use your Android device as a remote for streaming media on your PC to your TV? You might not even know where to start. younity, available for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows, makes these tasks and many others simple.

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Access your Mac or PC's media library from anywhere with younity for Android [Sponsored Post] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Koush's new screen-sharing app Inkwire is available in beta on the Play Store

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 05:21 AM PDT

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Koushik Dutta, a.k.a Koush, is one of Android's most popular developers. From the custom recovery ClockworkMod to ROM Manager, to Allcast, to Vysor, his apps are downloaded almost religiously amongst power users, developers, and tinkerers. In the last few hours, he's made a new app available in beta, named Inkwire.

Based on Koush's previous app, Vysor, which mirrors your Android device's screen on a computer, Inkwire goes one step further and shares the screen to another Android device, letting someone else help with a problem or issue, which could be especially useful for tech support workers or, as Koush says, independent app developers.

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Koush's new screen-sharing app Inkwire is available in beta on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Bank of America revamps interface in version 7, adds Spanish language, FICO Score, and credit card rewards

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 04:36 AM PDT

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Bank of America's Android app has been stuck on the same look since 2014 when version 5.0 added a hint of Material Design and saved the interface from its Froyo days. With this new version 7.0, the app gets a major facelift with plenty of new features.

The new redesign and side-menu are getting mixed reviews on the Play Store: some users are raving about how easy it is to use and others are complaining about how unintuitive it's become and how some areas require a lot more steps to get to.

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Bank of America revamps interface in version 7, adds Spanish language, FICO Score, and credit card rewards was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[Saigo ni] After gaining XP in many other countries, Pokémon GO can no longer resist the lure of Japan

Posted: 22 Jul 2016 02:05 AM PDT

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Pokémon GO has made several Pokéstops since its launch. First available in Australia and New Zealand, the game powered up and spread to the US, UK, Germany, followed by several European countries. Notice something missing there? Yes, the gym where it all started: Japan. That's no more.

Despite battling server issues, throwing as much candy and potions at them as it could to heal them, Niantic Labs is still facing frequent fainting server situations around the clock.

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[Saigo ni] After gaining XP in many other countries, Pokémon GO can no longer resist the lure of Japan was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Yet Another Galaxy Note 7 Video Appears, Shows Off Iris Scanner

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:16 PM PDT

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One of the main reasons why companies keep their upcoming devices secret until launch is to garner interest and hype. Unfortunately for Samsung, the Galaxy Note 7 has been leaked too many times, including now.

As you all know, the Galaxy Note 7 will feature an Iris scanner and last week we shared news of leaked screenshots on how the system works. Now we get to see a brief but informational video on how it works in real time.

As you can see in the video above, unlocking the phone was extremely fast and looked a lot easier than using a thumb or finger to unlock. But as cool as it looks, I'm wondering how it performs in less than ideal lighting environments.

The phone will be announced during Samsung's Unpacked event on August 2nd.

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