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It's crunch time for Apple and the iPhone 7

It's crunch time for Apple and the iPhone 7 Scarcely two weeks after Apple introduced the iPhone 6s and 6S plus there were fresh stories about the iPhone 7 and its A10 chip, a non-metallic case and edge-to-edge display – all for a phone that was at least a year away from existence.For as good as the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are, they were really incremental updates to the gorgeous, radical redesigns of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Hands-on review: Vodafone Smart Mini 7 - small and packed with features

Hands-on review: Vodafone Smart Mini 7 - small and packed with features The Vodafone Smart Mini 7 is a compact Android phone with plenty of features.The Vodafone Smart Mini 7 has fairly smooth performance due to its 1.

Samsung recalls all Galaxy Note 7’s due to exploding batteries

Samsung recalls all Galaxy Note 7’s due to exploding batteries T-Mobile notes that customers who have purchased a Samsung Note 7 are eligible for full refunds on the device and all Note 7 accessories.Verizon notes it will waive the restocking fee for any customer that wishes to return or exchange the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung NZ issues recall of all Galaxy Note7 smartphones

Samsung NZ issues recall of all Galaxy Note7 smartphones With international reports suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy Note7's battery is prone to exploding or catching fire, Samsung New Zealand has taken the safe approach by recalling all Note7s currently in circulation.While no cases have been reported in New Zealand, the company issued a voluntary recall anyway.

Google’s modular smartphone, Project Ara, is officially dead

Google’s modular smartphone, Project Ara, is officially dead Over the past few years, Google has been working on a modular smartphone concept that would allow users to swap certain components and customize the device.The problems were significant: While PC desktop hardware is extremely modular, PC desktop hardware is also big.

Grumpy tech guy: Top tech annoyances and their solutions

Grumpy tech guy: Top tech annoyances and their solutions I can live with adverts for free apps - developers need to eat too.If you must download a so called “free” app/widget or whatever, do some research first.

Hands-on review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Hands-on review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 With dodgy software, and designs created by 3 year olds (including their construction), Chinese Smartphones have consistently been cheap toys.The rise of Xiaomi has led to the other Chinese manufacturers looking up to Xiaomi, with them definitely competing with the Samsung J series of phones.

Samsung will reduce Galaxy Note 7’s battery capacity via automatic update

Samsung will reduce Galaxy Note 7’s battery capacity via automatic update Now, it’s going to try a new trick — limiting the battery capacity to 60% charge.The Android ecosystem is much more fragmented and no single company claims responsibility for pushing updates to consumers.

Christchurchians to put down tech for digital detox

Christchurchians to put down tech for digital detox manager, says support for the Digital Detox, since it was announced earlier this month, has been fantastic.They help us connect with loved ones, keep us up to date with breaking news, and even track our steps!

Google’s Nexus is dead, long live Pixel

Google’s Nexus is dead, long live Pixel But Google’s move to kill off the Nexus brand in favor of Pixel has implications beyond the launch of a new phone.Perhaps the closest analog to Google’s Pixel brand is Microsoft’s Surface.

No one should buy a Pixel smartphone from Verizon

No one should buy a Pixel smartphone from Verizon In an email to 9to5Google, the company writes: Verizon’s device has a locked bootloader, and comes with three pre-installed applications you don’t need — My Verizon, Go90 (a mobile TV app), and Verizon Messaging.But Google Nexus products have typically been the best-supported over the long term of all Android devices.

Samsung offers Galaxy Note 7 owners $100 off on new Samsung device

Samsung offers Galaxy Note 7 owners $100 off on new Samsung device That’s the word from Reuters on the estimated losses from the Note 7’s cancellation, and Samsung is trying to defray some of that loss with a push to discount other Samsung devices.Disaffected Note 7 customers are being offered a $100 coupon to buy a different Samsung product.

Hands-on review: Huawei P9 Lite - the perfect balance of price and features

Hands-on review: Huawei P9 Lite - the perfect balance of price and features Having launched the P9 amidst considerable fanfare, they’ve followed it with the P9 Lite.Design-wise, the Huawei P9 Lite pretty much speaks the same design language as the rest of P9 range.

Samsung allegedly tried to bribe man not to talk about his exploding Galaxy Note 7

Samsung allegedly tried to bribe man not to talk about his exploding Galaxy Note 7 As more information has surfaced about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the argument that the company acted swiftly and properly with its initial recall has wound up increasingly tarnished.The New York Times reports that Zhang Sitong was saving a friends phone number in his Galaxy Note 7 when the device began to smoke and vibrate.

Apple claims more than 90 percent of ‘genuine’ Apple chargers sold on Amazon are fake

Apple claims more than 90 percent of ‘genuine’ Apple chargers sold on Amazon are fake It’s common to see Apple-compatible chargers and hardware for sale on Amazon and advertised as genuine Apple products — but according to Apple, the vast majority of these products are fake and built to terrible quality standards.The internal components are vastly different when compared with a genuine UL Listed Apple adapter.

Xiaomi's new Mi Note 2 release will prick Apple's ears

Xiaomi's new Mi Note 2 release will prick Apple's ears From a packed Beijing event reminiscent of an Apple release, Xiaomi today released their new phone, and showed off their concept that will prick the ears of Apple and get a few manufacturers scrambling.The Mi Note 2 is the latest release of the Mi flagship, and is positioned as an opponent to the flagships of their competitors.

Huawei has now shipped nine million P9 smartphones. What else uld be next?

Huawei has now shipped nine million P9 smartphones. What else uld be next? They mightn’t have the same brand recognition as Apple or Samsung, but Huawei has cemented their position as the world's third biggest smartphone maker.This got helped along by their successful P9 smartphone.

Hands-on review: HP Elite X3 - one device to replace them all

Hands-on review: HP Elite X3 - one device to replace them all When doing a review its always good put the product into context, and for the HP Elite X3 the context is business!It’s a solid and great feeling device and although its rated to Military Spec 810G and IP 67, it doesn’t feel clunky.

Spark is in but Alcatel is out: NZ's top five smartphone vendors reshuffled

Spark is in but Alcatel is out: NZ's top five smartphone vendors reshuffled The drop was caused by Spark's decision to reduce its own line of phones.This year Spark has six devices across its range, including the Spark Lite and Plus models, R84, as well as its line of Skinny and cobranded devices.