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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab A is now a Barnes & Noble Nook ebook reader

Samsung's Galaxy Tab A has gotten the Nook treatment. Now you can access all of Barnes & Nobles ecosystem on the Android 5.1 tablet. The device costs $140, but if you have bought a Nook in the past, you can get it for $100.
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HTC-built Nexus 'Marlin' specs spotted in AnTuTu log point to flagship quality

After working with LG and Huawei last year, Google could partner with HTC on a pair of new Nexus devices. It would mark the first time Google and HTC have collaborated on a mobile device since 2010. We've got all the news and rumors here.
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Russian court dismisses Google's appeal in antitrust case

Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service has levied a $6.8 million fine against Google for abusing its market position with its Android mobile operating system. The FAS claims that Google puts its own apps and services ahead of rival services.
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Google is recruiting Reddit users to improve speech recognition

Google is recruiting users of popular social network Reddit to improve the robustness of its speech recognition engine, according to sources. It's part of the company's ongoing effort to enhance support for accents.
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Xiaomi takes on Apple Pay, others with the new Mi Pay mobile payment service

Xiaomi has launched a new mobile payment service called Mi Pay. The service is designed to go up against the likes of Android Pay and Apple Pay, and while it will only be available in China at launch, it's expected that the service will…
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Verizon wanted to charge advertisers to slap unwanted apps on your homescreen

Verizon reportedly considered a package that would see bloatware installed to subscribers' phones over the air. It approached advertisers about the deal last year, AdAge reported.
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The oddly named RMQ5018 runs Windows 10 Mobile and Android Lollipop — sort of

The oddly named RMQ5018 is certainly not a looker, but the design helps it ward off water and dust. Its price tag is also attractive, but you will need to import the phone if you want to get your hands on it.
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Which powerhouse phone should you buy? Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs. LG G5

Samsung's newest phablet has officially arrived, but how does it compare to LG's mod-sporting G5? We pit the two innovative smartphones opposite one another in a hardware fight to the finish.
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North Korea confiscates Galaxy S7 devices given to its Olympic athletes

North Korean coaches and team managers have reportedly confiscated more than 30 Galaxy S7 smartphones intended for the country's athletes. They were a part of Samsung's promotional effort.
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You can buy 22 Alcatel Trus for the price of one iPhone 6S and still have money left over

Recently launching the Idol 4 and 4S, Alcatel goes back to even more affordable phones with the Tru. If you're looking for your next burner phone, it is now available through MetroPCS for much less than a Benjamin.
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Ex-Apple CEO's new Android phone makes its way to the U.K.

Ex Apple CEO John Sculley has a new project -- the Obi Worldphone. The new device has just been launched in the U.K., costing a measly 99 pounds. The phone is already available in Asia, South America, and the Middle East.
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McDonald's looks to 'Step-it' up on fitness with activity trackers in Happy Meals

McDonald's, the world's largest fast-food chain, is attempting to chip away at its unhealthy image by packing a pedometer -- the Step-it -- in Happy Meals. It's a limited-time promotion geared to coincide with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.