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Apple’s next iPhone reportedly ditches the headphone jack

Apple’s quest for ever-thinner, ever-smarter devices may produce another casualty: your iPhone’s headphone jack. A rumor at MacOtakara claims that the next iPhone might drop the 3.5mm port and use the Lightning port for audio instead. The move would let Apple slim its phone even further (reportedly, over 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6s) and take advantage of Lightning’s features, such as headphone-based DACs and app launching. You’d have to use an adapter for any conventional wired headphones, or else make the leap to Bluetooth.

Via: MacRumors

Source: MacOtakara (translated)


Snapimals wants to give you that Pokemon Snap feeling again

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I loved Pokemon Snap – granted I didn’t have a Nintendo 64, I was relegated to enjoying the game at a local toys store, but I’ve never really lost the urge to take photos of adorable animals. To that end, Snapimals might be one of the few games that will give you an opportunity to live that kind of game again – true, it doesn’t have the allure of the iconic Pokemon franchise, but with the focus of the game away from the animals themselves, presumably the game is able to focus on a whole host of other features for gamers to enjoy.

Taking your trust camera around the world, you’ll be able to take photos of animals big and small, common and rare (or even legendary). You’ll be able to collate all your adventures in a museum of your choice which you can customize to your liking. You can also upgrade your camera presumably to allow you to take different photos in different scenarios. Snapimals is completely free to play (with in-app purchases of course) and judging from its 4.5 start rating on the Play Store, is a decent play at the very least. If that has your shutter finger twitching, we’ve got the Play Store link for you below:

What do you think about Snapimals? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Pocketgamer

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The Exynos 8890 destroys record, scores over 100,000 in AnTuTu benchmark

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The release of the Exynos 7420 by Samsung this year showed that the chipset part of the Korean manufacturer’s business is deadly serious when it comes to processor performance – and it looks like the upcoming Exynos 8890 is no different. The previous high score on any AnTuTu benchmark was 94,000, achieved by the recently announced Huawei Mate 8, powered by the brand-spanking new Kirin 950 processor. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Exynos 8890 has blown that record out of the water, scoring 103,692 in a leaked benchmark found on the AnTuTu database.

Now we know that benchmarks aren’t necessarily a good indication of day-to-day usage and we know that Samsung isn’t always 100% honest when it comes to benchmarking performance on their devices, but at the very least, it looks like the Exynos 8890 is going to have what it takes to hang it with the best of the best in the coming new year – again, to nobody’s real surprise. The Exynos 8890 is expected to feature in Samsung’s flagships in 2016 so we can’t wait to see if this lab-specific performance can be replicated in daily usage.

What do you think about the Exynos 8890’s AnTuTu benchmark performance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: MobiPicker via Phone Arena

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Canada’s Bell now offering the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

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Sony‘s latest high-end handset has made it to Canada through Bell. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is now available for $299.99 on a 2-year contract or $749.99 off-contract. Should you sign up for it? Well, there are definitely reasons to consider getting this phone over others.

For starters, it happens to be one hell of a smartphone. Though Sony hasn’t been the most popular manufacturer of the bunch lately, they managed to make a device that is very… premium. Its specs include a 5.5-inch 4K display (that’s not a typo). In addition, it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 3 GB of RAM, which should keep everything running as smoothly as possible. A 23 MP rear-facing camera and a 5 MP shooter will produce crisp and clear images. And that 3430 mAh battery should keep the phone alive for quite a bit of time.

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Truth be told, this phone competes with the very best out there, but it proves to be a better offer with a lower price-point, at least compare to its closes competitors. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 can be had for $849.99 from the same carrier, for example.

Looking at the specs, I would say grabbing a Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is definitely a good option for those looking to buy a high-end smartphone without breaking the bank (too much). Especially if you are a fan of high-definition displays. You really can’t get much better than 4K on a screen this size! In fact, that resolution is so good some of us may think it’s an overkill. Would you agree?

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The NSA’s mass US phone surveillance ends tonight

The National Security Agency’s long-running mass phone surveillance program is coming to an end. As promised, the USA Freedom Act will forbid the NSA from indiscriminately collecting Americans’ call metadata at midnight on November 29th. Agents will have to get court orders to collect data from telecoms regarding specific people or groups, and then only for six months at a time — they can’t just scoop up everything in case something useful turns up. The NSA will still have access to five years’ worth of legacy data through February 29th, but that’s as far as its access will go.

Source: Reuters

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