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For a Thinner Smartphone, Remove the Camera Lens

Caltech engineers suggest replacing the lens with a phased photon array that could be flatter but still mimic how a lens captures light.

Motorola Moto E4

The Android-powered Motorola Moto E4 offers smooth performance and lots of features for a bargain price.

Virgin Mobile Goes iPhone-Only, Offers Year of Service for $1

Anyone who buys an iPhone from Virgin Mobile by July 31 will get 12 months of unlimited talk, text, and data for $1, as well as several other perks.

Tracker-Blocking Firefox Focus Browser Arrives on Android

Previously limited to iOS, Firefox Focus automatically blocks ads and many of the trackers that normally follow you around the web and slow down your browsing.

OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 is an attractive unlocked phone with fast performance, solid camera capabilities, and excellent battery life, but it's not as strong a value as previous models.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Expected in August

There's no official confirmation yet, but Reuters tips a launch in the second half of August.

Colorado Nonprofit Wants to Ban Preteen Smartphone Use

A nonprofit is trying to get a measure on next year's ballot that would prevent retailers from selling smartphones to kids under 13 years old.

LG Tips 128GB G6 Plus, New Features for G6

The new G6 features will arrive via a software update, but LG did not reveal a launch date.

Samsung Offers Early Previews of Bixby Voice Assistant

Samsung Galaxy S8 owners can sign up to test Bixby's voice-activated features ahead of a public rollout.

Galaxy S8 Had No Major Impact On Samsung's Sales

Neither the Galaxy S8 or LG G6 made the list of the Top 10 best-selling phones for the three months ending April 2017, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

Sprint Offers Year of Free Unlimited Service

It's one of the best wireless service promotions we've seen in a long time, tempered only by the quality of Sprint's network.

Alexa Will Now Block Unwanted Calls and Texts

The small update is good news for people who activated the calling feature last month only to discover they couldn't block calls from undesirable contacts.

Say Hello to the New Moto E4

The budget smartphone and its larger E4 Plus cousin offer respectable features for their bargain price tags, but come with a few compromises.

Google Gboard Will Interpret Your Emoji Drawings

Tired of searching through hundreds of emojis for the perfect way to express yourself? Draw one with your finger and Google's keyboard app will match it.

Report: Andy Rubin's Essential Phone Is a Sprint Exclusive

'We like to bet with where we think the market is going as opposed to where the market was,' Essential President Niccolo de Masi told USA Today.

Sprint Offering Customers Free 6-Month Tidal HiFi Subscription

Tidal HiFi, which features 'high-fidelity sound' for all you audiophiles, normally costs $19.99 a month, so this is a pretty sweet bonus.

A Closer Look at Andy Rubin's Essential Phone

Rubin reveals more details about Ambient OS, Essential's interoperability strategy, and explains why you shouldn't call it a 'modular smartphone.'

ZTE Blade X Max

ZTE's Blade X Max phablet for Cricket Wireless combines solid performance, a sharp display, and the latest Android software at an affordable price.

Need to Fix Your iPhone Screen? That's About to Get Easier

Apple's Horizon proprietary screen-repair machines are currently restricted to Apple's own stores, but that's changing in light of possible right to repair laws.

OnePlus 5 to Make Official Debut June 20

The Chinese smartphone maker will unveil its next flagship phone, the OnePlus 5, in two weeks.

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