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LG V20 to feature 32-bit Quad DAC by ESS

LG has just announced that its upcoming V20 (of which renders have just leaked) will feature a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC. For anyone that appreciates sound quality, this is great news. Last year, LG wowed audiophiles with the ESS SABRE 9018 DAC and 9602 Headphone Amplifier it put into the V10. However, audio quality suffered on the G5. It sure didn't help that the Bang & Olufsen "Friends" module pretty much disappeared off the face of the earth.

The company's press release describes a Quad DAC as something that delivers concert-like audio. LG claims that this DAC is better than normal ones in that it can reduce up to 50% of ambient noise levels.

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Google is testing a new 'Dashboard' tab in Now, collects data from other Google sources

With Google Assistant not that far off, it seems Google is really amping up the changes to Google Now. After the 'Explore Interests' card and autocomplete improvements, plus laying the groundwork for Assistant, the next new thing is a bottom row of tabs, with 'Home' and 'Dashboard' occupying it.

While the Home tab is the expected Google Now homepage, Dashboard is new and therefore interesting. From the tips we've had on this it's pretty clear it's not really working properly yet, but what we can gather is this: it seems to only work with the Nexus Launcher, at least at the moment, and collects data from across the different Google services and pools them all in the tab.

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Samsung to acquire Dacor, makers of crazy Android-powered ovens and other expensive appliances

Samsung Electronics America has announced that it is in the process of acquiring Dacor, a company famous for its high-end appliances but known to us as the creator of crazy Android ovens. The California-based company's brand and identity will not change, and neither will its operations or American manufacturing. Once the deal is finished, Samsung will own 100% of Dacor.

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ZTE Axon 7 review: Mostly good hardware, but bad software

ZTE has long been known as a purveyor of inexpensive devices—you might even call them cheap. Many phones manufactured by ZTE in past years didn't even have the company's name on them. Last year, it started going after the premium device market with the Axon Pro. ZTE is back in 2016 with another Axon—the Axon 7. This $400 phone seems to target potential OnePlus 3 buyers with similar specs and a few notable improvements, at least on paper. Does the Axon 7 mark ZTE's arrival in the budget flagship space or does OnePlus still own it?

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Flash all the things: August 2016 Marshmallow Nexus OTA roundup

Google has started rolling out the latest round of monthly patches for Nexus devices (and the Pixel C). Maybe you've got that nagging OTA notification on your phone, or maybe you only wish you were so lucky. If you need to update and the factory images are no good, we've got all the OTAs right here. If you want to know what's in this update, check out our full rundown.

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Gmail is getting new security warnings starting this week

Email scams are as old as email itself, but Google is doing its best to help you make smart decisions. Starting this week, Gmail users will see some new tools that identify potentially dangerous messages. There are two new features here, but only one is coming to Android.

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The Asus ZenWatch 3 will probably feature a round display

The Asus ZenWatch was one of my favorite first-gen Wear devices, but I wasn't quite as smitten with the aggressively priced ZenWatch 2. It was like a cheaper, clunkier version of the first watch. The upcoming ZenWatch 3 might be a departure from Asus' square design. Ausdroid has spotted an FCC filing for the ZenWatch 3, which doesn't usually contain much useful information. This time, the label seems to have outed the ZenWatch 3 as a round device.

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Meizu announces the iPhone-esque M3E, continues trend of good value

Meizu's phone designs are usually derivative of more popular phones' designs, and the M3E changes nothing in this respect. No matter which way you slice it, it just looks like an iPhone 6s. However, that's not to say that the M3E is bad; on paper, it actually sounds pretty awesome. Of course, all of this is pretty standard Meizu behavior.

The M3E appears to be the same phone that was leaked earlier this week as the M1E.

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Google Calculator update adds digit grouping, auto-hides overflow button and rad/deg indicator [APK Download] [Update]

Updates to Google's default calculator app aren't usually a big deal, but this one is... okay, it's still not a big deal. However, it's interesting. This whole time, the calculator didn't have number grouping, which was weird. Now it does.

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ZTE will now unlock the US versions of the Axon Pro and Axon 7 upon request

ZTE has been making some fine devices lately, and one of them is the Axon 7 which just went on sale a couple of weeks ago. The problem ZTE faces with enthusiasts though is the locked bootloader on its phones. This complicates things a lot for custom ROM enthusiasts as well as developers and modders who like to tinker with their devices.

But that situation is about to be resolved now. ZTE has announced that it will unlock the bootloader of the US versions of both the ZTE Axon 7 and Axon Pro, but only if you ask nicely. The requests will be processed on the Z-Community forums, within the Developers Lounge sub-space, and ZTE says it's reserved to "those with a high level of technical expertise and have had experience flashing custom ROMs." It's not clear whether or not it plans to verify that about each person who submits a request, or how exactly that'll be done.

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