Lenovo launches Vibe X3 line of phones for Chinese markets

Known stateside for their purchase of Motorola, Lenovo makes and sells their own branded smartphones in China and some European countries. The Vibe X3 continues the Vibe series, but it’s now a lineup of three models. All three share a 5.5-inch full HD Gorilla Glass display and rather serious audio tech, but differentiate in other specs…

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YouTube launches its first original series’ and movies, featuring PewDiePie, Lilly Singh, AwesomenessTV and Rooster Teeth

YouTube has launched its first original movies and series’ exclusively for YouTube Red subscribers. In an aim to compete with the likes of Amazon and Netflix, YouTube has decided to play the subscription game, and give its paying subscribers a selection of content just for them. The first videos are now live, and have been developed in conjunction with some of the company’s best stars; Lilly Singh, Rooster Teeth, PewDiePie and AwesomenessTV.

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Google Tango officially launches as Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro goes up for sale for $500

Google has today released its Tango platform out into the world, and the first phone to get the new AR capabilities from Google is Lenovo’s Phab2 Pro. We first told you about the Phab2 Pro when it was announced at a Lenovo event back in June, and now it’s finally available online and at retail for 0…

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Samsung Pay launches in China with nine banks supported from today

Samsung has announced that its mobile wallet service Samsung Pay has launched in China today, with nine banks supported initially, reports ZDNet. The move follows a deal struck with state-owned card-processor Union Pay at the end of last year.

Samsung Pay currently supports select credit and debit cards of nine major banks in China: China CITIC Bank, China Construction Bank, China Everbright Bank, China Guangfa Bank, China Minsheng Banking Corp Ltd, China Merchants Bank, Hua Xia Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Ping An Bank.

Samsung Pay is supported by the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy S7/Edge.

The move comes six weeks after rival service Apple Pay launched in China.

OnePlus officially launches its next flagship, the OnePlus 3

Update: After a time of VR store exclusivity (why is that a thing?), the OnePlus 3 is now available for purchase from OnePlus.net.


The launch of the OnePlus One was pretty much the worst thing ever (thanks to the company’s loathed invite system), and the OnePlus Two launch was not much better. Now, after many leaks over the last several months, OnePlus has made its next flagship official in its The Loop VR app. The best part? You don’t need an invitation to purchase one.

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VLC 2.0 launches w/ Android N support, video playlists, popup video mode, more

I remember back in the day when VLC was just the necessary media player for pretty much any Mac owner. Since then, the free and open source cross-platform multimedia player has expanded beyond Mac and PC to mobile devices running Android and iOS. Today, the VideoLAN organization has pushed out VLC for Android 2.0, and it’s probably the app’s biggest release since its first out-of-beta release in February of last year

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SoundCloud launches $10/month ‘Go’ subscription service w/ ad-free & offline listening

Big changes are coming to the community-based music streaming service SoundCloud as the company today introduces a new subscription service for the first time.

The new feature, dubbed SoundCloud Go, will allow users to listen to SoundCloud music both offline and ad-free for /month:

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Samsung Pay officially launches in India with support for Paytm wallet

As Android Pay and Apple Pay continue to expand around the globe, Samsung today launched its mobile payment platform in India. The official announcement comes after the company teased the launch last month and allowed users to signup for early access last week. If you signed up last week, the service has now gone live.

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Google launches ‘AIY Projects’, open-source hardware dev kits for Assistant SDK & Android Things

Google is launching a new initiative called AIY Projects, which will include a number of do-it-yourself artificial intelligence reference kits for developers starting with a new Voice Kit it’s announcing today. Google hopes the first project will help developers build voice command interfaces directly into products, using them to replace, for example, apps, physical buttons and digital displays currently used to control appliances and other accessories.

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