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Xiaomi’s new Mi 4i is an iPhone 5c clone for international markets

Xiaomi's new Mi 4i looks a lot like another smartphone. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi’s new Mi 4i looks a lot like another smartphone. Photo: Xiaomi

Xiaomi today unveiled its new Mi 4i, an attractive iPhone 5c clone made out of colorful polycarbonate with an affordable price tag. It’s the Chinese company’s first device exclusively for international markets, and it goes on sale later this month.

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Google’s dirt-cheap cellphone network breaks all the rules

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Google took the wraps off its new wireless network called Project Fi today, revealing that it will sell basic plans with talk, text, Wi-Fi, tethering and international coverage for just $20 a month.

Rather than building out its own infrastructure for the wireless network, Google is partnering with both Sprint and T-Mobile, and will allow customers to seamlessly switch between the two networks for the fastest connection available at your current location.

Check out the Project Fi video below:

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Google gets a surprise in search for Loch Ness Monster

Explore the Loch Ness in Street View. Photo: Google

Explore the Loch Ness in Street View. Photo: Google

If anyone can find the Loch Ness Monster, it’s Google; nothing can escape its sophisticated Street View cameras.

When the search giant visited the Scottish loch to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the legend of Loch Ness with the help of divers and local experts, then, it’s perhaps unsurprising that it managed to capture something mysterious in the water.

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Galaxy S6 cracks walnuts without picking up a scratch

Who knew you could crack walnuts with a Samsung Galaxy S6? Photo: S6 Tester/YouTube

Who knew you could crack walnuts with a Samsung Galaxy S6? Photo: S6 Tester/YouTube

Should an Android app instructing people how to chop walnuts ever get developed, don’t be surprised if the first order of business is this: Place walnuts on surface of Galaxy S6. Then begin smashing nuts with another S6.

A pair of YouTube videos showing people using their S6 to crack walnuts may be a commentary on the durability of the Samsung phone versus say a certain smartphone that some say bends over time in a tight pocket.

Both videos end with the hands of the nut smasher flipping the phones screen up and turning them on to show they still work. Before you halt your search for your misplaced nutcracker, it is not known whether the videos are the products of pranksters using some sort of visual trickery.

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Roommates stab each other during iPhone vs. Android debate

Worth fighting for? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Worth fighting for? Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Two roommates in Tulsa, Oklahoma, took fanboyism to a whole new extreme after stabbing each other with broken beer bottles during an iPhone vs. Android debate.

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Battle between iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 comes to a boil

You could say the battle is heating up. Okay, we'll stop now. Photo: TechRax

You could say the battle is heating up. Okay, we’ll stop now. Photo: TechRax

With strong reviews and positive word of mouth behind both the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6, the battle between the two flagship devices is what the smartphone-watching world deserves.

But there’s one more question that precisely nobody’s been asking up until now: Which one would survive longer in a tub of boiling water?

Yep, as wacky stress tests go, you can forget about accusations of bending — this one takes the cake.

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EU launches formal antitrust investigation into Android

Google apps are pre-installed on the Galaxy S6. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Google apps are pre-installed on the Galaxy S6. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

After years of examining the Android operating system, the European Commission has launched a formal antitrust investigation into claims that Google unfairly forces competitors into bundling its own apps on their devices.

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Google’s Snapseed app got much worse in version 2.0

This effect is no longer possible on Snapseed on Android or iOS. Photo: Google

This effect is no longer possible on Snapseed on Android or iOS. Photo: Google

Available for both iOS and Android, Google’s Snapseed has long been one of my favorite on-the-go photo retouching apps. After a year without updates, then, I was excited to see Google update Snapseed to version 2.0, with several new features, including the ability to copy edits from one image to another, five new filters, adjustable lens blur, and brush tools.

Unfortunately, the Snapseed 2.0 update wasn’t all for the better. In fact, it stripped the app of one of its best features: the grunge filter.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge costs more to make than an iPhone 6

Samsung pulled out all the stops for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Photo: IHS

Samsung pulled out all the stops for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Photo: IHS

Samsung has proven with the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge that it really can make a premium smartphone that looks and feels like it is worthy of a high price tag. The S6 Edge is so premium, in fact, that it costs more to make than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Sprint will come to your home to set up your new smartphone

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Ignore the slightly hammy acting, this is actually pretty great! Photo: Sprint

Eligible for an upgrade on your Sprint handset? If so, you may be able to take advantage of a great new offer from the company, whereby a Sprint representative will personally deliver your new phone and configure it for you — all from the comfort of your home.

Check out a video below.

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