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Harman stockholders agree to $8 billion purchase by Samsung

February 18, 2017
Stockholders of Harman International voted to allow the purchase of the company by tech giant Samsung for $8 billion. The deal was originally announced on November 14th. While access to Harman’s automotive business is part of the reason for the acquisition, the deal also gives Samsung’s mobile devices the ability to offer built-in premium audio names like Harmanm Kardon, JBL, Bang & Olufsen and more.        

Out of a total 69,883,605 outstanding shares, 49,460,322 (70.8%) were eligible to vote at the stockholder’s meeting. Some attended the meeting …

Buy an unlocked 16GB Moto G4 Play for $99.99 from B&H Photo

February 18, 2017
B&H Photo is one of those stores in New York City that is a retail landmark. If you’re a longtime PhoneArena reader, you’ll recognize the name from some of the great smartphone deals that they have offered in the past. The store is located at West 34th Street, less than half a mile from the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. Today, B&H has a great deal on the unlocked 16GB Moto G4 Play for those who shop online.

Normally sold at B&H’s store and on the website for $149.99, an instant $20 savings takes the price down to $129.99. But wait! There’s more. While you …

Apple doesn’t want you to forget about the iPad Pro

February 17, 2017
Apple currently has two iPad Pro tablets: the original, 12.9-inch model (available since November 2015), and the 9.7-inch model (launched in March 2016). While both are getting quite old, Apple certainly doesn’t want you to forget about their existence. That’s why, this week, the company released no less than four short video commercials promoting the iPad Pro line.

As you’ll see below, the four commercials present the benefits of owning an iPad Pro, including the fact that the device doesn’t get PC viruses, works with Microsoft Word (Apple Pencil support included), has LTE connectivity, …

HydrogenOS 3.0 update now available for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T

February 17, 2017
Earlier this month, we told you that the Android 7.0 based OxygenOS 4.0.3 was being rolled out for the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T. Today, we can tell you that the other shoe has dropped, and HydrogenOS 3.0 has become available for the same two handsets. Like OxygenOS 4.0.3, HydrogenOS 3.0 is based on Android Nougat 7.0; it is designed for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T users in China, although it is offered in both Chinese and English. The latest update adds call recording functionality, UI changes, battery life enhancements, bug fixes and more.

OxygenOS is an international build and has fewer …

A new Moto Mod has landed on IndieGoGo and it transforms the Moto Z into a true walkie-talkie

February 17, 2017
Motorola’s Moto Mod system, although not the truly modular smartphone that some are searching for, is still the best consumer implementation of the idea that we’ve seen yet. We’ve seen a fair amount of Moto Mods hit the market since the Moto Z’s release, and Motorola’s partnership with IndeiGoGo to get more people kicking out designs and ideas for future Mods has really gotten a lot of creative juices flowing.

We’ve seen a lot of cool concepts so far, such as a $45 mod that brings wireless charging and an IR blaster in a body not much thicker than a Style Shell Moto Mod, and …

You can now get T-Mobile One with unlimited HD video streaming and 10GB of high-speed hotspot data

February 17, 2017
Last week, Verizon announced that it would officially be making the switch to unlimited data. This move came as somewhat of a surprise considering the carrier’s recent push for its new 5GB data plan for $55/month, but nonetheless, the company has followed suite with T-Mobile and Sprint to cut limits on mobile data access. T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere took to Twitter shortly following this announcement to reveal some two major upgrades to the T-Mobile One unlimited plan, and those two updates are now in full effect.

T-Mobile One is a really solid plan, but up until now it’s been …

LG fans reveal what they like about the camera innovations found on LG phones

February 17, 2017

LG has released a video that shows what LG users, both past and present, think about certain innovative features of the snappers found on LG phones. For example, we hear from a few LG users about the wide angle feature. “It allows me to take great shots of the city,” says one LG user in Brazil. Another person raves about Manual mode. “The nicest thing about having the Manual feature is to be in control of everything.” Stateside Jackie notes the difference in her Instagram photos, which she says “look a lot nicer” when taken with an LG camera. She also raves about the higher quality of her …

Ornithologists are using drones to eavesdrop on songbirds

February 17, 2017
listening When conservationists put drones to work in field research, they typically function as flying eyes that gather imagery of the habitat and wildlife below. Now, ornithologists from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania are using drones as flying ears to monitor songbirds in the Appalachian Mountains. Results of their drone study were published in the peer-reviewed journal The Auk:… Read More

Budget Asus Zenfone 3 Go could be shown at MWC 2017

February 17, 2017

A report from Italy claims that ASUS is about to introduce a new budget smartphone at MWC 2017 this month. Allegedly, this is going to be the Asus Zenfone 3 Go, a successor to one of the more popular devices in the Zenfone 2 line-up.

The source claims that the smartphone will feature a 5-inch display with 720p resolution and is going to be driven by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM. A 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing cam are to be added as well.

The leaked image below shows a metal build that’s pretty conventional-looking, …

Check out new case-wearing renders of the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8

February 17, 2017
Serial tipster Evan Blass disseminated a tweet yesterday that includes new renders of the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8, each inside a case. The placement of the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint scanner, to the immediate right of the rear camera, continues to be cited by those who believe that the image is not real. Blass’ original leaked image of the Galaxy S8 from last month, and the brand new render, both show the fingerprint scanner in the same location. To confirm this design, we even showed you some protective cases with a cutout for the fingerprint scanner in that location. We should also point out …
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