Sony Xperia XZ, X Performance receive new update, here's what's new

A new OTA update is rolling out to the Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance. After installation, the patch should bump the software version of the two models to 41.2.A.7.65, as they both feature the same Snapdragon 820 chipset.
The new firmware brings the September batch of fixes for security vulnerabilities found on the Android platform. We have to commend Sony for pushing out the update in a timely manner, as currently only Nexus, Pixel, and some Nokia devices have it installed.   
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Here's why Lorde didn't sing during her VMAs performance

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If you were wondering why Lorde opted to dance rather than sing for her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, here’s your answer.

Per a tweet from the artist posted ahead of the show, Lorde has the flu.

you can’t tell in these pictures but i have the flu so bad i needed an IV #showgoeson #cutelilproppedupcorpse 🦄💀

— Lorde (@lorde) August 27, 2017

No matter, though, as Lorde’s joyous on-stage performance to her latest single “Perfect Places” was an absolute delight. I mean, look at these photos: Read more…

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Samsung's mid-range and low-end phones to get storage and performance boost tools

Samsung is apparently planning to introduce a new “Storage Saving” feature to its budget and mid-range phones. According to SamMobile, the new function will give users new tools that will aid in freeing up space on their handsets, which is great news, given the fact that affordable phones usually ship with smaller amounts of internal storage. 
One of the most important functions of the new Storage Saving service is said to be an option to delete local copies of photos and videos that have been uploaded to Samsung Cloud. The tech giant’s cloud service currently …

Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance receive a new update, see what's included

A new update has started rolling out OTA (over the air) for Sony’s two 2016 flagships – the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ. The firmware upgrade contains the recently-released Android security update for the month of July and should bump the build number of both handsets to 41.2.A.7.35.

At the time of writing, the size of the patch isn’t known, but if its contents are similar to the one introduced on the Xperia X, it should weigh in at about 90-100MB. Currently, the patch is available to only a few regions, so you might have to …

Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe updated with camera performance improvements, ZenUI tweaks

It’s been four months since Asus has kicked off the roll-out of Android 7.0 Nougat for ZenFone 3 Deluxe. Today, another update is making its way to the smartphone, but it doesn’t bring so many important new features and improvements as Nougat.

According to Asus, the new update is meant to further enhance the camera performance, as well as improve ZenUI stability. Also, the update should add some fixes to the Bluetooth connectivity so that users won’t experience any issues with connections.

Software version 5.15.44.2494 is pushed OTA (over the air) in stages, …

Galaxy Note 7R (FE) gets benchmarked once again, hints at more than acceptable performance

You’ll never guess the alleged benchmarks of what phone just got leaked out!

No, it’s not the upcoming OnePlus 5, this one already got benchmarked a few days ago. 
We’re talking about none other than the upcoming refurbished version of the Galaxy Note 7, which might have made a promising appearance on Geekbench, one of the larger benchmark databases. Depending on who you ask, the phone will be either called the Note 7R or the Note 7 FE (Fan Edition), but anyways, the important part here is that the upcoming safe handset is forming up to be a powerhouse …

Ariana Grande comforts Manchester high school choir singer during emotional performance

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The Manchester benefit concert led by Ariana Grande not only came off without a hitch, it delivered one of the most heartwarming live moments between a fan and a star we’ve seen all year. 

During Grande’s performance with the Parrs Wood High School Choir from Manchester, the choir’s 12 year-old soloist, Natasha Seth, wavered with emotion while trying to continue her performance alongside Grande. 

As soon as Grande noticed, she pulled Seth in closer and helped her make it through the rest of the song, ending the performance with an embrace of the talented young singer that drew tearful cheers from the audience.  Read more…

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Google Allo updated with full-screen video support, performance improvements

Earlier this week, Google pushed an interesting update for the Allo app, which added Selfie Clips, the ability to capture your own GIF and share it with your friends. Today, the app received another update that brings one new feature among other things.

Well, it looks like Google Allo users will now be able to watch videos on full screen. Aside from the fact that you can watch videos in full-screen mode, right in the chat, the update doesn’t bring any other new features into the mix.

However, the changelog mentions some performance improvements, which are …

Beastly performance: The Snapdragon 835-powered Nokia 9 might get a variant with 8GB of RAM

Nokia 9, the supposed flagship which HMD Global is said to unveil later this year, has been the subject of a few major leaks over the last few days. 
First, a French online publication posted images of what appears to be a prototype unit of the Nokia 9. The device was enclosed in a special “black box” which deliberately prevented curious eyes from getting a complete look at the phone’s design features. However, one of the leaked pictures contained the handset’s codename – “Unknown Heart” – alongside information that it sports a Qualcomm …

The mid-range Snapdragon 660 processor comes surprisingly close to top-end Snapdragon 835 chip in performance test

Earlier this month, US chip maker Qualcomm announced its brand-new Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors for mid-range phones and other smart devices. Benchmark scores of the 660 model appeared online, showing the chip is capable of surprisingly high performance that hovers near the flagship Snapdragon 835 model’s teritorry.

In GeekBench (a prominent CPU performance test), the Snapdragon 660 – as present inside an unidentified smartphone code-named Heart – racked up 5,455 points in the multi-core test. Compared to the flagship Snapdragon 835 as present in the Samsung …