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European Tech Scene Begins to Feel Silicon Valley’s Woes by MARK SCOTT

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By MARK SCOTT

As fears grow in the United States, European start-ups and venture capitalists say the problems are starting to spread across the Atlantic.

Published: February 23, 2016 at 06:00PM

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Meizu Pro 5 mini won’t see the light of day

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For those who were looking forward to the mini variant of the Meizu Pro 5 smartphone, there is some bad news: the 4.7-inch device won’t see the light of day. This was confirmed by the Chinese company’s founder and CEO Huang Zhang on Weibo.

The reason cited was that the recent earthquake in Taiwan has adversely affected their supply, and most of their inventory has been damaged. Hanging on to the Pro 5 mini would have delayed the device beyond acceptable limits so they decided to ditch the project altogether.

Zhang said the company will now focus on the Pro 6 flagship instead. So we now know that a Pro 5 successor is in the…

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MWC 2016: Samsung’s Galaxy S6 edge and Gear S2 bag best smartphone and connected device awards

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The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge smartphone – which is the predecessor to the South Korean company’s newest Galaxy S7 edge flagship – has won the “Best Smartphone 2015” at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Not only this, the tech giant’s Gear S2 smartwatch – which comes in standard, 3G, Classic, and now Classic 3G variants – was named “Best Connected Consumer Electronic Device” in the Best Mobile Handsets & Devices category.

“We are honored to be recognized for our industry-leading technology,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics. “At Samsung we remain committed to providing mobile devices that are inspired by consumers and always underpinned by a focus on progress and…

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Watch the Xiaomi Mi 5 launch event here

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One of the eagerly-anticipated debuts at MWC 2016 comes courtesy of Xiaomi in the Mi 5 flagship. The Chinese giant has been enjoying high domestic and international interest, especially over the last year and, this time around, the company’s VP Hugo Barra has decided to dive head-on into one of the industry’s major events where he will be hosting the global launch of the Xaiomi Mi 5.

Mind you, the announcement is global, but judging from the company’s track record, availability for the handset probably won’t be.

The event is set for later today February 24 at 9:00 CET and you can follow along using the live stream below.

As for the Xiaomi Mi5, it is still shrouded in a lot of mystery, mainly concerning all its alleged variants. The most recent leak suggested it would have two versions. The base model is expected to have a 5.2″ 2K (1440×2560) IPS display and should run on Snapdragon 820 chip with
4GB of RAM. The rest of the specs include a 16MP rear snapper and a front 8MP selfie shooter.

Another new feature is expected to be the fingerprint reader in the home button on the front.

Tune back in when the event kicks off to see how close these rumors came to the real…

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Justice Department Wants Apple to Unlock Nine More iPhones by ERIC LICHTBLAU and JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

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By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

The disclosure appears to buttress the company’s concerns that the dispute could pose a threat to encryption safeguards that goes well beyond the single California case.

Published: February 23, 2016 at 06:00PM

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 has the best smartphone display ever

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Galaxy S7 has the best display on a smartphone ever. Photo: SamsungThe folks over at Display Mate tested the Super AMOLED displays on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge and have crowned it as the ‘Best Smartphone Display.’ This award was previously with the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 before that. In its testing, Display Mate noted that the Galaxy S7’s display can reach 24 percent higher brightness level, which

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No Xperia Z6, X series to replace Z series, Sony confirms

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While we were expecting to see as many as five of them, Sony has confirmed that there won’t be any Xperia Z6 at all. The confirmation came in the form of a Facebook comment by the German arm of the Japanese company.

In addition, the company also revealed that the new Xperia X series of smartphones – which was announced at the ongoing MWC in Barcelona – will replace the Z series. “A Z6 will not exist. The new X series is under a modified concept that meets the needs of our users even more accessible,” the Google translated version of the comment read.

So, what does this mean. Well, going by what all Sony has confirmed, it’d be safe to assume that the the new SD820-powered Xperia X Performance is Sony’s flagship for the year. The other two phones that the company unveiled at MWC are the Xperia X and XA.

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