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February 19 2016

12:45
Samsung Unpacked to offer 360 live stream
12:15
Volvo plans to ditch car keys
12:15
Music video service Vevo is developing a paid subscription plan
12:12

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge leaks out in the flesh ahead of Unpacked event

We're not far off from Samsung's Unpacked event in Barcelona where the company is expected to announce both the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. While we hold out for the event itself, a recent leak has provided a solid view of what is believed to be Samsung's next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7 edge.

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The photo (see above) comes from serial leakster Steve Hemmerstoffer. Not only can we clearly see the wallpaper and display itself, but the bezel, curvature and sides of the Galaxy S7 edge look sleek and what we'd expect to see from Samsung. While this leak is most probably the real deal, we'd still ask everyone to hold off the party poppers until Unpacked.

What are your thoughts so far on leaks and rumors for Samsung's next line-up of smartphones? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Twitter (Steve Hemmerstoffer)

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11:45
Consumer Reports lists top five smartphones with best battery life
11:15
CloudReady update dual boots Windows and Chrome OS
11:14

LG G5's Magic Slot removable battery pictured ahead of launch

The battery module, which is expected to be part of the company's Magic Slot family of expansion accessories for the LG G5, has been pictured ahead of release. We're only a few days away from seeing the LG G5 be officially announced, but already we have an idea as to what the modules will look like. The leaked pictures fit in comfortably with previous rumors and leaked information.

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Unfortunately, that's all we really have to go on. While it's not of the module itself, the box clearly displays what the part will look like and we already have a rough idea as to how the expansion slot will work. The Magic Slot will not only provide access for a battery to be installed, but also a camera module and more.

As always, keep your jar of salt nearby just in case, but do ensure your web browser remains tuned to Android Central as MWC 2016 kicks off. We'll be on the floor providing full coverage of everything LG G5.

Thanks Grant for the tip!

11:00
Fallout 4 named DICE Awards’ GOTY, Bethesda says 3 titles in progress
10:35
NASA WFIRST mission to offer a view 100 times bigger than Hubble
09:59
Apple Watch helps push smartwatch sales past Swiss counterparts
09:40

Samsung commences Marshmallow roll out for the Galaxy Note 5

Samsung has commenced the roll out for Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on the Galaxy Note 5. The update has been spotted in Cambodia and is expected to be hitting devices OTA. Marshmallow brings with it a whole bunch of improvements, with Samsung adding its own touches like ad-blocking support in the new Samsung browser.

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This roll out also follows the beta test Samsung held for the update on the Galaxy Note 5. If you haven't yet received the update notification, you can check manually by heading into the settings area, the hitting About device > Software update. If nothing is found give it some time as this won't hit every device simultaneously.

Source: SamMobile

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09:12
LG G5 to feature premium audio thanks to Bang & Olufsen collaboration
08:36
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08:03
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05:36

Efterföljare till G4 Stylus

LG kommer att visa upp nya LG Stylus 2 på Mobile World Conference.
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01:46

LG taps Bang & Olufsen to bring hi-fi audio features to LG G5

In the lead-up to the official LG G5 LG's slow drip of information about the device continues. In the latest bit of news, LG has announced a collaboration with famed audio company Bang & Olufsen to bring hi-fi audio features to the G5. <!--break-->

Specifically, LG has partnered with B&O PLAY, the arm of Bang & Olufsen responsible for bringing the firm's premium audio pedigree to new types of products. While LG doesn't make clear what types of features we can expect out of the partnership, a recent leak hinted that B&O Play may be providing the tech behind a digital audio chip module that can be swapped in and out of the smartphone thanks to its rumored "Magic Slot."

In any case, we'll know much more once LG officially takes the wraps off of the LG G5 on February 21 ahead of Mobile World Congress.

Press Release

LG AND B&O PLAY COLLABORATE TO ENHANCE AUDIO EXPERIENCE ON NEW SMARTPHONE

Leading Premium Audio Company B&O PLAY to Bring Renowned Signature Sound and Acoustic Performance to LG's Latest Smartphone

SEOUL, Feb. 19, 2016 ― LG Electronics (LG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with premium audio firm B&O PLAY to offer its smartphone users an enhanced high-quality audio experience. Firmly grounded in 90 years of audio and design excellence, craftsmanship and product innovation from Bang & Olufsen, B&O PLAY interprets the same values for a new type of contemporary products aimed at quality and design-conscious customers perfectly fitting the continued establishment of LG as the undisputed leader in smartphone audio.

The two companies have been working closely together on the new LG G5 to ensure the best sound experience to the customers. LG will be the first company to offer the powerful Hi-Fi audio features co-designed by B&O PLAY.

"We are very excited to work with LG. With LG's dedication to premium smartphones, the collaboration gives us the opportunity to bring B&O PLAY's acoustic excellence to an even broader customer base," said Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, President of B&O PLAY. "B&O PLAY appeals to music lovers who want the best available products on the market. They are uncompromisingly innovative, without boundaries and constantly on the go and they expect the same from the headphones as well as the mobile devices they choose, so this is a perfect match."

Having already broken new ground in smartphone audio, LG plans to continue its collaboration with B&O PLAY in order to enhance the competitiveness of its smartphone audio experience further.

"By collaborating with B&O PLAY, we believe we can meet and surpass the heightened expectations of consumers seeking the next generation of enhanced audio experiences on their smartphones," said Juno Cho, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "Our collaboration with B&O PLAY has proven mutually beneficial and LG will continue to work with other leading companies in a variety of different industries in order to set new standards for innovation in the premium smartphone market."

While its collaboration with B&O PLAY is a recent development, LG has a long history of integrating high-quality audio in its premium smartphones and the most recent - the V10 - is just one of many smartphones to earn praise for its best-in-class audio capabilities.

01:16

Be smart, be safe - secure your Android phone

Taking care of yourself online is important, and it all starts with your password.

Your phone is not just a phone. In the past ten years or so, we've moved past our phones just being a way to talk and text other people, and today even the cheapest smartphone is more like a small computer than whatever you were using in 2005. Security matters now more than ever.

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You probably have all sorts of personal information stored on your phone. Your social accounts have lists of people you associate with (and maybe even more details about them) as well as the things you talk about in an easy to read timeline. Your banking or credit card apps, apps for places like Amazon or eBay, as well as any fancy digital wallet you might be using can give someone else an easy way to spend a lot of your money. Take a lot of pictures? Those kinds of pictures? Want some random creepy dude looking at them?

Take a lot of pictures? Those kinds of pictures? Want some random creepy dude looking at them?

And your email, well, think about this — if someone else gets access to your email, in a very short time that can have access to almost everything else. A person with your phone can just click all the "reset my password" links, then check your mail to find a way to make a new one.

So, yeah. Having someone else rifling through your digital "stuff" is really not a good idea. And we haven't even mentioned how unfair it is to the other people in your contacts app who have their personal information harvested because you let someone else look.

The good news is that locking your phone to try and prevent any of this sort of thing is easy. In fact, on most phones you're prompted to lock everything up with one method or another during the set up process. And having a secure lock screen isn't the hassle it used to be. Short PIN codes combined with self-destruct features (where a number of wrong guesses makes everything get wiped), or pattern/picture locks and of course fingerprint scanners make unlocking your phone pretty trivial. Some phones even have fancy methods to keep things unlocked when your phone is in your hands or on your person. None of these methods are foolproof, but chances are if someone steals your phone and finds it locked, they are just going to sell it to someone who can wipe it clean and resell it instead of spending time looking at your stuff and spending your money.

If you've ever had to deal with any of your credit cards or online banking accounts being hacked (thanks Target, and Home Depot, and Sony) you know what sort of hassle it all is. And we've all seen what sort of disaster happens when someone gets access to private things like sexy pictures or SMS threads. It's not pretty.

Be smart and be safe — secure your smartphone.

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