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Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-2 prints smartphone pics in 10s

Fujifilm instax SHARE SP-2 prints smartphone pics in 10s

With smartphones, everything is almost instant these days, including the taking and sharing of photos to capture once in a lifetime moments. Snap a photo, upload it to social networks, and you're done. But not everyone has a Facebook or Instagram account, and sometimes you want physical keepsakes, for yourself or for others. Fujifilm's new instax SHARE smartphone printer SP-2 offers a compromise, allowing you to print smartphone images on a credit card sized photos, and only in 10 seconds. Depending on your Internet connection, that might even be the same time you spend uploading that photo to the Web.

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Android N free-form windows won’t be enabled for Nexus devices

Android N free-form windows won’t be enabled for Nexus devices

Android users, developers, and OEMs should probably be used by now that new, almost experimental features that Google introduces in "Release A" don't get polished until "Release A+1". That was the case with Doze mode in Android 6.0 Marshmallow as well as the "hidden" split window API in the same release. Now it seems that it will be true as well for the free-form resizable windows of Android N. To be clear, the API will be there for app developers and OEMs to use and implement, but as far as Google's Nexus and Pixel C devices are concerned, it's going to be a no show.

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Freedom 251 ultra cheap smartphone starts shipping June 30

Freedom 251 ultra cheap smartphone starts shipping June 30

Indian company Ringing Bells is defying all odds, and possibly some lawsuits, to make good its almost too good to be true promise of a 251 Rs ($4) Freedom 521 smartphone by June 30. Or rather, as is now the case, "starting" June 30. That is what company founder and CEO Mohit Goel continues to promise, despite its super cheap smartphone being met by skepticism, accusations, and even lawsuits. Of course, it was also met by an ungodly number of pre-orders, which Ringing Bells will now have to fulfill or risk further infamy.

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Nissan GT-R Drone built to keep up with the 2017 GT-R car

Nissan GT-R Drone built to keep up with the 2017 GT-R car

Trying to keep up with a race car in order to film it in high-speed action, while not impossible for a human to accomplish, would be dangerous and inefficient. Cases like these are where robots come in. To be able to catch up with the 2017 Nissan GT-R race car while filming it, Nissan decided to make its own drone. A racing drone for that matter. Meet the Nissan GT-R Drone, billed to be one of the fastest in the world. And it take pretty videos of equally fast race cars, too!

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Galaxy Note7 leaked logos imply curved and flat models

Galaxy Note7 leaked logos imply curved and flat models

Reading rumors about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 7, or Galaxy Note 6, or Galaxy Note7, is like watching a tennis match. The continuous back and forth tips and leaks from sources will leave you undecided whether it will be a flat version only or a curved edge version only. Based on this latest leak of the smartphone's logos, apparently there will be both. Perhaps Samsung itself couldn't make up its mind which version the market will really root for, so it's just going to stick to its tried and true method of throwing in both and seeing which one survives.

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Google’s first non-Nexus smartphone tipped for 2016

Google’s first non-Nexus smartphone tipped for 2016

If you have been wondering why there has been relative silence on the rumor mill about a 2016 Nexus, aside from a HTC leak here and there, this might be the reason why. According to your usual anonymous sources, Google will be launching a new smartphone later this year, but it won't be a Nexus. Or hopefully in addition to a Nexus. It might be a shocking revelation, unless you've heard the rumors before. Google is eyeing directly making its own Android smartphone, not unlike Apple directly making its own iPhones. And this could simply be the first of the "more opinionated" smartphones Google has planned.

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Huawei CEO: we’ll stick to Android as long as it’s open

Huawei CEO: we’ll stick to Android as long as it’s open

Last week, the Internet was abuzz with rumors talk about how Huawei, like Samsung, is building a contingency plan so that it won't be tied to the crutch of Android. This "Plan B" was supposedly prompted by whispers of Google's intent to exert more control over the mobile platform. Company "Rotating" CEO Yu Chengdong (Richard Yu) has taken to Weibo to express continuing solidarity with Android. But with one important caveat. He says that Huawei will keep on using Android as long as the platform remains open.

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Apple just patented a touch-sensitive stylus

Apple just patented a touch-sensitive stylus

During the late Steve Jobs' time, the CEO and the company were quite popular for their derision of the stylus, as the input stick was back then. Fast-forward to today, not only has Apple bet on the accessory for two of its iPads, it has been toying with ideas to improve the stick to go beyond their limitations. Or particularly the Apple Pencil's limitations. The USPTO just published a patent Apple filed back in December 2014 for a stylus that had sensors and electrodes to enable the it to gather touch gestures to be interpreted by the OS or software into appropriate actions.

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Solar Impulse 2 makes the first solar-powered Atlantic flight

Solar Impulse 2 makes the first solar-powered Atlantic flight

Solar Impulse 2 has made history yet again. Earlier this month it finally completed the US leg of its "around the world" journey bourne on solar-powered wings. From New York, where it made a pit stop last June 11, it has now landed in Seville, Spain. This makes it the first solar-powered aircraft to cross the Atlantic ocean, in the tradition of the first voyages from Europe to the Americas and back. But as historic as the achievement is, the feat of the pilots themselves are equally impressive.

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Windows 10 Mobile finally descends on select BLU handsets

Windows 10 Mobile finally descends on select BLU handsets

BLU Products might be better known for its wallet-friendly Android smartphones, but, yes, the company does have a sizable roster of Windows Phone devices. However, thanks to Microsoft flip-flopping on the rollout of Windows 10 Mobile, not all of its devices were deemed worthy of the Redmond's update. While Microsoft whittled BLU's list down to only two devices, customers might find them fortunate that three of BLU's Windows Phone devices will, in fact, get Windows 10 Mobile after all.

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Vysor can now wirelessly mirror you Android in Chrome

Vysor can now wirelessly mirror you Android in Chrome

Koushik "Koush" Dutta is renowned in the Android community as the creator of the ClockworkMod recovery tool or CWM. Of course, he has grown out of that role some time ago and has released a good number of apps that push the boundaries of Android. One of those is Vysor, which lets you mirror and control your Android screen inside the Chrome web browser. Now that handy tool has also grown up, listing wireless connectivity as its latest feature to let users control their Android devices from their Chrome browser, no cables needed.

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HTC Sense Home 8 coming to non-HTC devices, testers contacted

HTC Sense Home 8 coming to non-HTC devices, testers contacted

Gone are the days when each OEM had some wild implementation of the Android interface in an effort to differentiate themselves from the crowd. Those have now matured and mellowed down, shedding off some weight and putting some of their custom apps on Google Play Store for easier maintenance. HTC Sense, one of those custom Android skins, will even come to devices not made by HTC. At least that seems to be the deal with the e-mail sent to select testers, allowing them to experience HTC's vision of a proper Android experience, at least on the home screen.

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