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Vulkan API may not immediately be interesting to those who aren't into gaming, but examples like this show how useful it is in daily-use apps.
While the gains in terms of gaming performance with Vulkan are very well known, Samsung is also using it in another way: a new launcher for TouchWiz.
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+Pavel Tikhonov Not really. Google already has the NDK (Native Development Kit) for coding games closer to the bare hardware. Vulkan is a gaming API that developers can leverage for graphics that lets the GPU do more with less power consumed. Vulkan also lets developers use the same API across multiple platforms, which saves time and extra code.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulkan_(API)
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I'm pretty down on battery cases in general, but this one actually makes sense. It's crazy how a couple small changes can make that big of a difference.
 
Battery cases are always a compromise, but the Galaxy S7's Wireless Charging Battery Pack is the best take on this type of accessory.
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+Jason Hunter yeah it's $80 MSRP
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I was happy to see that Sprint's network has dramatically improved in Seattle, and the carrier doesn't actually screw up anything on the Galaxy S7.

Still, would I want to get locked into using Sprint? Probably not.
So what do you get when you buy a Galaxy S7 on Sprint? The same great phone, but with a few confusing pricing choices and some extra software bloat.
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Sprint has come a long way in my hometown since I defected from T-mobile six years ago. $180 for 5 lines with speeds consistently in the 40-50 Mbps range is tough to beat. 
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What I've been up to the past few days.
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Aside from the iPhone 6s Plus coming up short in low light, and all four generally failing at low-light selfies, this was a really neck-and-neck photo comparison.
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. iPhone 6s Plus, Nexus 6P vs. Lumia 950. It's time to find out who makes the best smartphone camera!
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V10 should be in that group. 
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Shame no new users will be able to use Fenix. Saw this coming with an increasing number of API call timeouts and oddities refreshing the app. Will keep using it long as I can.
 
Popular third-party Twitter app Fenix has been pulled from the Google Play Store by its developer, after the app ran into its Twitter token limit
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Twitter does itself no favors with crap like this. It needs to lift restrictions on third party apps. If not, it needs to get its dumpster fire of an app in order. Just my two cents.
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I don't participate much in the Local Guides program, but I'm technically in it and got this email. Interested to see what they've come with.
 
Google is emailing selected people to sign up and take a survey so they could possibly be picked to beta test an upcoming travel assistance app.
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I really like being a local guide and I'm looking forward to beta testing (if I'm selected).
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This is done in incredibly poor taste. And Claure's response to the uproar is just as bad.

And everyone who's saying "well Sprint's service is actually worse than T-Mobile's!" is completely missing the issue here.
 
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure this afternoon tweeted from his "Listening Tour," asking what we presume are "normal people" weighing in on the competition. And like many normal conversations every day, things were said in private that never should have been made public.
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+William Cheng I don't see it as desperation more than dumb advertising. Whoever thought this was OK needs to get fired. Claure didn't do a very good job on damage control with this one.
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Finally stopped leeching power off of my desktop for all of these USB cables and plugged my Ventev Charginghub in on the desk.
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Now if only you had colorful and super fast Ventev chargesync cables to match the Lego stand colors.. and tell your cables apart ;)
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I was excited to write this comparison so I could really dump on the last model and say how great the GS7 edge was ... but it turns out there actually isn't that much pulling you to the new version.

Battery, of course, is a huge deal. But beyond that, it may not be worth the ~$300-400 price difference in selling your old phone and buying a GS7 edge.
Year after year, it's always the same question: should you upgrade? We're here to help you make that decision when it comes to the Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S6 edge.
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The beauty of Seattle, right here.
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I live in Oak Harbor. This is such a cool thing about the place.

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