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BlackBerry made a triumphant return into the smartphone space with the BlackBerry KEYone, a phone that brought the modern Android experience with the classic BlackBerry physical keyboard. The new BlackBerry Motion looks to continue that momentum by bumping up the specs in a few key areas and losing the physical keyboard.

Although the keyboard is one of the best and most iconic features of a BlackBerry, it certainly doesn’t appeal to everyone. For those that want the BlackBerry KEYone experience, sans the keyboard the BlackBerry Motion is here to fill that void.

The question is: does a BlackBerry without a...
Dec
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Net Neutrality is the word on everyone’s lips. Today, the FCC meets for its monthly meeting where we expect that it will strike down the Obama-era restrictions that prevent internet service providers from treating some traffic differently than others. The Title II classification of internet providers restricts them from creating paid fast lanes, throttling traffic to sites like Netflix and...
Dec
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With the release of much-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi upon us, OnePlus has announced the launch of a Star Wars-branded limited edition of the OnePlus 5T.

The latest episode of the epic space opera film series is the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and releases on December 15. Interestingly, last year, SoftBank unveiled two Sharp phones in Japan with Star Wars theme (one for the light side, and other for the dark side) around the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story....
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  • Disney will give over $50 million in stock to current Fox subscribers to pay for the deal.
  • Assuming it is approved by regulators, the deal could be completed in 12 to 18 months.
  • Disney will control tons of content that it can use for its own streaming service, which could threaten Netflix.

After weeks of rumors, Disney finally made it official earlier this morning. The massive entertainment company is about to get even larger with the purchase of much of the content and networks of 21st Century Fox. Disney will give...
Dec
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As part of our Best of Android 2017 series, we’ve been putting this year’s best flagship smartphones through a set of rigorous tests to find out which truly deserves to be called the best. No thorough test of the best Android smartphones would be complete without the one aspect that none of us ever seem to be able to get enough of – battery life. We’ve put our top 10 handsets through a rigorous set of battery life and charge time tests to see which will get you through a day of heavy usage with the most juice to spare.

Dec
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Huawei has been sniffing around the US market for a while now and has been making some inroads lately. Its sub-brand Honor has seen several US launches, most recently with the Honor V10, and the company managed to get its own Mate 9 off the ground there last year.

Though Huawei’s devices haven’t yet received anything in the way of carrier support, a report from ETNews (via...
Dec
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Online shopping giant Alibaba has invested in an electric car startup, it said today.

Alibaba confirmed the move this evening to Tech in Asia following rumors in Chinese media about it funding Xpeng (also known as Xiaopeng), which last month launched its first vehicle, the all-electric Identy X SUV.

The funding amount isn’t disclosed, but several Chinese media outlets said Alibaba was taking a 10 percent stake in the fledgling carmaker.

“As a clean energy vehicle startup, the investment in Xiaopeng Motors fits with Alibaba’s strategic focus in the automotive sector. Under our open-platform approach, we will continue to...
Dec
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Google’s Pixel phones have drawn praise from critics and consumers alike ever since the launch of the first Pixel range in October 2016. Yet despite the numerous plaudits, the original Pixel family, and now the second-generation phones, have been the subject of near-constant reports of Bluetooth-related issues.

Various updates and server-side fixes have been rolled out over the past twelve months, and it had seemed that most problems had been...
Dec
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  • The Google Pixel Launcher Play Store page shows that it has been installed between 1 and 5 times, despite that it comes installed on all Google Pixels
  • The install figure was previously showing 1 to 5 million, but we don’t know why it has changed.
  • This Play Store feature has been used in the past to indicate device sales.

A number of Android smartphones arrive with exclusive apps available in Google Play. These can be things like transfer apps, for swapping phones, dedicated camera apps (like the OnePlus Camera) or something else. Google’s Pixel phones arrive with their own apps too, such...
Dec
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Tea has been on the funding menu for at least the second time this week, while a fintech platform, a student accommodation portal, and a video-sharing app for Indian native language speakers were among the other startups to secure investment today.

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Clip secures US$6 million (India). The series A round was led by Matrix Partners. Previous backers India Quotient and Shunwei Capital – a VC firm founded by Xiaomi chairman Lei Jun – also invested. Clip is a video creation, editing, and sharing app focused on serving India’s non-English speaking communities. It...
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