Samsung Galaxy S7 review: The phone to beat in 2016

samsung_galaxy_s7_display_on_talk_android_TAThe Galaxy S7 is Samsung’s stab at a 2016 flagship, following the very well received Galaxy S6. It’s facing some incredibly stiff competition again this year, with LG’s module-driven G5 and HTC’s polished-to-perfection HTC 10, but Samsung has always held up against most other companies in the market. It’s taking a safe approach with the Galaxy S7 by building off of the successful aspects of the Galaxy S6 instead of a radical redesign like we’re used to seeing.

So how well does the Galaxy S7 hold up?

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Xiaomi’s monster-sized Mi Max is official with 6.44-inch Full HD display and a 4,850mAh battery

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Xiaomi teased the Mi Max a few days ago, and now the massive handset is official. Boasting a whopping 6.44-inch display and a Snapdragon 650/652 processor, Xiaomi’s metal bodied Mi Max will be available with a price tag starting from 1499 Yuan ($230), depending which variant you choose. Join us after the break for the rest of the specifications. Read more

Google wants to help put local news sources on the front page

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Google announced today that they are adding a new “Local Source” tag to their Google News platform to help readers around the globe identify news sources that may be especially close to a news subject. Often these local news sources can provide additional context and perspective. A problem can rise up though when a local story goes viral and national publishers end up drowning out the local sources. Read more

Lenovo hoping to do modular right with new Moto smartphones

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Earlier today we reported on some leaked images that appear to show this year’s variant of the Moto X and the Verizon Droid branded version of the device. At the time, we noted some dots on the back of the device that we thought may be some type of support for a dock. It turns out that Lenovo may have something more significant planned for the new devices as sources now indicate the dots are actually connectors for a series of modular, swappable backplates providing all sorts of additional functions and hardware for the devices. Read more