Supreme Court to decide if App Store class action against Apple should be tossed

In its latest round of actions, the SCOTUS has pushed into a review phase for whether allegations of Apple's anticompetitive behavior should be cast aside.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 front panel reportedly revealed in leaked image

With the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 just around the corner (it's said that the device will launch early on August 9), the leaks surrounding the business-minded handset have started to intensify. 

So far, we've seen various renders of the device, but now we have our first piece of tangible evidence pointing to the Note 9's supposed design – noted leaker IceUniverse (who just dropped an alleged image of a Galaxy S10 prototype) posted a picture of what appears to be the Note 9's front screen panel. 

If the image below is to be believed, it looks like the Galaxy Note 9 is going to look nearly identical to last year's Galaxy Note 8, save for some slightly slimmer top and bottom bezels. 

The leaked photo goes a long way to backing up the aforementioned leaked renders, which also presented a device with faintly reduced bezels that looked like a minor refinement on last year's model. 

Thankfully, it looks like that won't be the only change coming to the Note 9 – the flagship is expected to sport a massive 4,000mAh battery, a Galaxy S9 Plus-style dual camera and fingerprint scanner layout, alongside some truly powerful specs

With the device presumed to be launching in less than two months, we'll surely have plenty more to find out about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.

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Trump tries to talk to senators about ZTE, gets derailed by immigration

The talk of tech and tariffs was drowned out today by talk of "tender age" shelters and crying babies at the border. The president backed from his position.

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Galaxy S10? iPhone X Plus? Photoshopped? What is this?

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Whatever this phone is, a prominent Chinese tech leaker is talking a bit esoteric about the future and what smartphones can be.

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Sunrise Gold color coming June 24 for Galaxy S9 in the US

In time for summer, a new golden finish for the latest in Samsung's' series of near-ubiquitous Android phones. Where you can get it and how much for one?

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First look: Polaroid Mint – the 2-in-1 camera-printer for selfie nuts

Polaroid, the penultimate icon of ‘80s and ‘90s nostalgia, is hard at work reestablishing its niche in a photography world dominated by smartphones with its latest attempt: the Polaroid Mint.

Polaroid Mint, first shown at CE Week 2018 in New York, is the company’s next photo-printing camera with a decidedly focused orientation and design. The camera is traditionally oriented in a portrait position, which is aimed at leveling with the Instagram generation of amateur photographers. The thing even has a tiny mirror to frame your selfies with.

Secondly, the design of the product, with its optical viewfinder and very simple settings toggles, seems specifically pointed toward older millennials and those of Generation X. Perhaps these people have joined the rank and file of Instagrammers, but they miss the old days of needlessly waving around instant photo prints – ‘to make them develop faster.’

The so-called Polaroid Mint Instant Print Camera is simply a rectangular block that houses a 16-megapixel (MP) digital sensor that can be set with a self-timer. The sensor supports six picture modes: vibrant color, black and white, vintage, vibrant color with Polaroid border, black and white with Polaroid border and vintage with Polaroid border.

Yes, the Mint produces 2 x 3-inch full-color prints – with the classic Polaroid border – by simply loading Polaroid’s ZINK, or zero-ink, paper into the top of the device just as you would in today’s latest standard printers. The camera then artificially imposes the border effect, but it looks all the same.

Of course, you can choose to just print a full photo, but you won't be missing much of your shot with such a small print.

The Mint produces prints in less than a minute, about 45 seconds, and can move photos straight to a microSD card or a computer via microUSB (this port is also used for charging the built-in lithium-ion battery). Speaking of which, the battery lasts for up to 40 prints.

Having taken a photo of ourselves and seen its printing in action, we were immediately taken back to our childhood, watching mom furiously wag freshly printed photos of the birthday party before the cake is obliterated. It’s an interesting, if novelty, product that’s sure to find its place among the more curmudgeonly millenials and Gen-Xers out there.

The Polaroid Mint Instant Print Camera is expected to launch in Q3 2018, so between July and the end of September, for $99 (about £79, AU$139). The required film will come in 20, 30 and 50-sheet packages for unknown prices at the time of writing.

Shoot or just print with Polaroid Mint

Now, Polaroid is also releasing a straight printer version of the product that features local Wi-Fi connectivity. This version of the Mint features no camera, but rather connects to your smartphone to print photos.

This has the unique advantage of printing photos based on your smartphone camera’s sensor rather than Polaroid’s own, which caps out at 16MP and likely doesn’t have the advanced image sensing that smartphones have, like HDR.

Polaroid even developed its own camera app for use with this product, which allows for several filter and custom frame options. Of course, you can just send photos to the Mint (get it?) taken with any camera app.

Otherwise, the product looks identical to the camera-bound option. Oddly enough, this option costs more at $129 (about £99, AU$179), and is expected to launch alongside the camera-equipped model. (It must be the Wi-Fi hardware inside.)

Will either of these products spark a revolution in printed photos? That’s tough to predict from our short time with the device, but we’re just glad Polaroid is still here – and seemingly for the long haul.

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OPPO Find X launching in Europe with Automobili Lamborghini Edition, too

But be prepared to shell out big time, even with the regular version of this device. It doesn't have a servo-fed camera reveal system for nothing.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 is ready to shimmer in sunrise gold

Samsung is paving its newest phones in gold, giving the four-month-old Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus a shiny color refresh in the US starting next week.

Officially known as 'Sunrise Gold,' today's fresh hue joins the four existing Galaxy S9 colors: Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue. Gold is new, at least to the US. It's previously launched in the UAE, parts of Europe and parts of Asia.

The gold colored phone has satin gloss finish to it, according to Samsung, which says it "wraps the smartphone in a tranquil glow." And of course there's an over-the-top trailer for the new gold S9 to go with that hyperbolic language.

Where to buy a gold S9 in the US

There are two places where you can buy the gold Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.

Best Buy will have the phone on sale starting on Sunday, June 24, with support for US carriers Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, along with the unlocked S9 and S9 Plus in gold.

Samsung is offering the phone in its newest color, too. Its official website is touting the unlocked version of the phone, which can be used with any carrier, including T-Mobile.

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UNREAL Mobile decides to undercut Sprint Unlimited Kickstart with $10 unlimited data

Sprint's deal for switchers was low, sweet and so far gone. So, what's left for bargain seekers in the cellular space? FreedomPop's UNREAL Mobile, perhaps.

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Oppo Find X vs Vivo Nex: the all-screen smartphone showdown

It feels like smartphone innovation has taken a real step forward with the introduction of the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X

Both phones, from Chinese firms with the same parent company, push the boundaries of current smartphone design.

They build on the likes of the iPhone X, Essential Phone, Huawei P20 Pro and all the other notch-toting handsets by removing the notch all together while maintaining spectacularly slender bezels.

But that's not all, as both the Oppo Find X and Vivo Nex also boast novelty pop-up cameras, helping to add to their futuristic look and feel.

So how do these two trailing blazing smartphones compare? We've got the answer for you right here. Enjoy.

Oppo Find X vs Vivo Nex: display

Both screens here take up almost the whole of the front of the device, providing a visually alluring spectacle.

The Vivo Nex screen is 6.59 inches with a full HD resolution AMOLED panel, which equates to a pixel density of 388ppi. 

Vivo says it's managed to achieve a 91.24% screen-to-body ratio on the Nex, removing the bezels completely round three sides of the screen, with just a thin strip remaining at the base of the handset.

The Vivo Nex has a 91.24% screen-to-body ratio

If you think that's impressive though, the Oppo Find X one-ups it. The Find X has a slightly smaller (but still huge) 6.4-inch, curved OLED display, also with a Full HD resolution, giving you a slightly sharper 403ppi pixel density.

The highlight here though is the Find X's 93.8% screen-to-body ratio, reducing the size of the remaining bezel at the bottom of the display even more.

The Oppo Find X has a 93.8% screen-to-body ratio

Oppo Find X vs Vivo Nex: design

Metal and glass are the materials of choice on the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X. Both handsets have glass front and rears, which sandwich a metal frame.

The glass is almost uninterrupted on the rear of the Find X, with no cameras to break up the finish, although there is a break in the glass for the rising camera module.

The power switch is on the right of the phone, the volume keys are on the left, while on the bottom edge you'll find a USB-C port, single speaker and the SIM tray. There is no headphone jack however.

The Oppo Find X measures 156.7 x 74.2 x 9.6mm, and weighs in at 186g, but it does have a curved display on the front and curved edges on the rear, making it a little easier to handle.

The Oppo Find X has a premium glass and metal design

Unsurprisingly the Vivo Nex is taller and wider thanks to its larger screen, but it's actually slimmer than the Find X, measuring 162 x 77 x 8mm. It's heavier too, at 199g.

The Nex does boast a headphone jack - on the top edge - while on the bottom you'll find a USB-C port and single speaker. The power and volume keys both reside on the right of the Nex, with an additional key on the left which fires Vivo's own smart voice assistant.

Neither phone has an IP rating, so you'll want to avoid dropping them into your bath/sink/drink.

The rear of the Vivo Nex isn't quite as clean

Oppo Find X vs Vivo Nex: cameras

This is where things get interesting. The two phones take a novel approach to camera integration, and they have to as they've stretched the screen almost as far as it can go, leaving no space for selfie snappers.

We'll start on the rear of the Vivo Nex though, as the dual camera setup isn't hidden away in the body of the phone. Instead you get a vertical stack of lenses with a 12MP (f/1.8) primary camera above a 5MP (f/2.4) secondary sensor with OIS (optical image stabilization) support.

Open up the camera app, and switch to the front facing camera though, and an 8MP (f/2.0) will gracefully rise from the top of the handset.

Vivo Nex cameras

On the Oppo Find X, none of its three cameras are visible before you open the camera app. Once you do though, a section the entire width of the handset rises out of the top of the phone, and it moves up more quickly than Vivo's selfie camera.

The rear duo are a 16MP (f/2.0) primary and 20MP (f/2.2) secondary, with OIS support. Meanwhile, on the front there's a 25MP (f/2.0) selfie camera on the other side of the mechanized block.

Oppo Find X cameras

Oppo Find X vs Vivo Nex: biometrics

Something that you won't see on either of these smartphones is a fingerprint scanner, but neither handset is bereft of biometric trickery.

There actually is a fingerprint scanner in the Vivo Nex, it's just hidden within the display. It's a little slower than fingerprint scanners which aren't in the display, but it still works well.

You don't get a face unlock option though, as the selfie camera is tucked away in the body of the phone.

The in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo Nex

There's no fingerprint scanner on the Oppo Find X though, but you do get the firm's O-Face technology.

O-Face uses the front facing camera and an infra red sensor to 3D map your face, and when it comes to unlocking the handset you have to hit the power/lock key to wake the phone, the camera quickly pops up to look at you and then unlocks the phone.

It sounds a little clumsy, but it works better and quicker than you make think.

Oppo's O-Face unlock works better than you may think

Oppo Find X vs Vivo Nex: power and storage

The Oppo Find X packs in a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, and it runs Android 8.1 Oreo with the firm's own Color OS 5.1 interface over the top of it.

It comes with Google's full suite of applications, and it also supports the Android P Beta program, allowing you to test out the next version of the operating system before its official release later this year.

Inside the Vivo Nex you'll also find the top of the range Snapdragon 845, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It's also running on Android 8.1, but with Vivo's FunTouch 3.1 interface over the top, which doesn't have the Google suite of apps.

Oppo Find X vs Vivo Nex: battery

The Vivo Nex packs in a huge 4,000mAh battery which is one of the biggest in any of the top smartphones.

Meanwhile, the Oppo Find X battery is slightly smaller at 3,730mAh, but you do get Oppo's VOOC flash charging tech for quick top-ups. Neither phone supports wireless charging, however.

Oppo Find X vs Vivo Nex: price and availability

At the moment, the Vivo Nex is only available in China and it's not clear whether it'll come to more countries.

It’s priced at 4998 Yuan (around $770, £590, AU$1,000) for the 256GB version, while the 128GB version will cost 4498 Yuan (around $700, £530, AU$940).

There's better news regarding the Oppo Find X, as availability has been confirmed for China, India, Australia, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and North America, with a release date set for August.

However, it arrives at a cost. €999 (around £870, $1,100, AU$1,500) to be exact, making it one of the most expensive smartphones on the market.

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US carriers stop selling location data to brokers, but will for advertisers

The change in policies comes after an investigation into the security holes left open by data brokers that left every cellphone user open to tracking.

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Get $100 in Project Fi credit if you’re pre-ordering the LG G7 ThinQ or V35 ThinQ

The $100 goes to more than a month's worth of service on the Google carrier, but if you're thinking the prices on these phones are steep, there are options.

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