November 4, 2016

GOOG: 762.02

-0.11
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While the rest of the world focuses on standard smartphones, there’s a growing market in China for smart flip phones. A handful of companies have launched devices like this over the past year or two ─ Samsung included. Now Samsung has launched a new high-end option, the W2017, and it actually looks pretty impressive.

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After laying the groundwork and garnering support from carriers worldwide, Google is finally launching RCS messaging. Android devices on Sprint will be the first to send and receive enhanced SMS messages that feature read receipts, better group chat, high-res photo sharing, and more.

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Reflecting Google’s burgeoning device business, parent company Alphabet now lists hardware inventory in its latest quarterly SEC filing (via Bloomberg). With the filing providing data through the end of September, it likely reflects the ramp up for hardware announced at the October 4th event.

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It seems some people really can’t take a hint. Despite the fact that the Note 7 is considered so dangerous it’s a criminal offence to take one on board a U.S. aircraft, some owners are still refusing to return them. After Samsung limited charging rates, several carriers are now upping the ante by remotely blocking the device from connecting to mobile networks …

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November 3, 2016

GOOG: 762.13

-6.57
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Google is betting big with its virtual reality initiatives and one of the biggest keys to success for those efforts is quality content. Announced in a press release today, Google just inked a partnership that it hopes will bring virtual reality into the mainstream: the NFL (via Recode).

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