January 25

GOOG: 711.67

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Update: Another explanation for the frame not quite matching the previous Xiaomi Mi 5 leaks perfectly is that it’s a photoshopped image of a different handset. Reliable leaker, Steve Hemmerstoffer posted comparisons with an Oppo chassis leak, which looks virtually identical to today’s images. It’s plausible that someone has doctored these to include the Mi logo.

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Xiaomi is expected to release its next flagship smartphone sometime next month, after one of the company’s chiefs told his followers on Weibo that a new phone was to be launched after the Chinese New Year. While he didn’t share a great number of in-depth details we do know that it’ll be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor.

Recently, the front panel of Xiaomi’s Mi 5 leaked, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect from the next Mi handset. Over the weekend, further images were published by CNBeta claiming to show the metal rear panel in great detail. On first impressions, it looks very familiar

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9to5toys 

January 24

GOOG: 725.25

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Just a couple of days ago we told you that Scott Broock from Joust joined Google as YouTube’s “VR Evangelist,” and now it appears the Mountain View company has nabbed even more personnel to help push its virtual reality efforts forward. Jason Toff, general manager of Vine and director of product at Twitter, announced that he has joined Google to “work on VR.” It’s not yet clear exactly what his role will be, though… expand full story

The Google Glass social media accounts—including Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and others—have finally been shut down after many months of continued #throughGlass postings and “Happy [insert holiday]!” images. This doesn’t come as much surprise as plans to bring Glass to the consumer market (at least by that name) have long been abandoned, but multiple people familiar with the matter say that Glass: Enterprise Edition is only just now starting to see wider adoption…

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On Friday, we wrote about new audio and video calling feature possibly coming to Snapchat. Since then, the developer who discovered the code references in the Snapchat APK has gotten these features to work and posted screenshots. They reveal that Snapchat is working on a completely revamped version of chat, dubbed ‘ChatV2’.

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electrek 

January 23

GOOG: 725.25

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According to a tweet from renowned smartphone leaker Evan Blass, Samsung is targeting Friday, March 11th as the release date for the Samsung Galaxy S7. The phone’s announcement will almost surely be happening during a press conference before the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, giving the South Korean company just a couple of weeks to get the phone pushed out to retail after it’s shown off on stage…

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January 22

GOOG: 725.25

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