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Samsung Galaxy S9 cases: an early look at the best-looking cases available

(Lead image credit: Evan Blass) The Samsung Galaxy S9 launch is upon us, set to be announced at MWC 2018 in Barcelona on February 25. But it’s never too early to start thinking about investing in a case. If you’ve been paying attention to the coverage leading up to this …

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UK 4G slower than most of Europe but availability is improving

The average 4G speed in the UK is slower than 28 nations in Europe, according to crowdsourced data from OpenSignal, but the continent as a whole is improving. OpenSignal’s latest ‘State of LTE’ report measured speeds and availability across the world, using test data from nearly 5 million devices. It …

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Android Pay is dead, long live Google Pay

After realising that it was more than slightly unnecessary for Android Pay and Google Wallet to be completely separate services, Google has started rolling out its new unified payment service, Google Pay. The new app, rolling out now for Android devices, is largely similar to Android Pay in terms of …

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Swype Keyboard is officially obsolete

Swype Keyboard, a popular third-party keyboard for Android, has been discontinued. Once the de facto option for people looking to simplify typing on a smartphone, the unique swipe-to-type functionality that set it apart has been diluted by other popular companies getting into the mix in recent years. The Microsoft-owned SwiftKey …

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Best Camera Apps to Shoot RAW Photos on the iPhone

Taking photos with your iPhone is great: it’s fast, it’s intuitive, and most importantly – it’s always with you. While we prefer taking a professional camera on a holiday, it’s our phones that get used the most. There are still camera things that an iPhone can’t do – you can’t …

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3D-Printed Clip-On Turns Smartphones Into Microscopes

Australian researchers have developed a 3D-printed “clip-on” that can turn a smartphone into a fully-functional microscope to visualise specimens as tiny as 1/200th of a millimetre. The “clip-on” microscope, developed by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide requires no external power …

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Xiaomi’s ‘Blackshark’ Gaming Smartphone Spotted on AnTuTu Benchmark

A mysterious new smartphone has surfaced on benchmarking site AnTuTu that seems to sport flagship specifications in accordance with 2018 standards. Dubbed “Blackshark“, the smartphone could most definitely be the first one from Xiaomi’s gaming sub-brand that goes by the same moniker. Xiaomi is said to have launched Black Shark, …

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus benchmarked with towering score

Following hot on the heels of a Samsung Galaxy S9benchmark we’ve now seen a benchmark supposedly for the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, and it’s even more impressive. The Geekbench 4 results, spotted by Telefoonabonnement, show a single-core score of 3,773 and a multi-core result of 9,024. This is for the …

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact leak shows off curvy new design

Alongside the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium 2 we might soon get a Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, and like those phones it might have a whole new design if a leaked image is anything to go by. We’ve heard several times that Sony is changing the design …

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EcoRenew buys phone repair firm iMend

Phone re-manufacturing and recycling firm EcoRenew had acquired device repair specialist iMend in a bid to continue its global expansion. iMend has a nationwide network of technicians who travel to a customer’s location and repair their device within 30 minutes. This includes both hardware, such as broken screens, and software. …