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Key supplier claims next year’s iPhone will have glass case

Key supplier claims next year’s iPhone will have glass case

It is perhaps a bit too late to save this year's model, but the iPhone next year might be more different than ever before. In addition to possibly going with an OLED screen, the 2017 iPhone is now believed to sport a glass case. Yes, Apple is going back to glass, implied by one of its key suppliers, but it is glass enveloping a metal frame. That design decision is supposedly to meant to visually differentiate the iPhone 8 or 7s, whatever its name will be, from the masses.

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Hyper-Reality video: when AR goes overboard, like ads

Hyper-Reality video: when AR goes overboard, like ads

Augmented reality and virtual reality are hip and cool right now, mostly because they are relatively new to consumers and present a lot of wonderful possibilities. But like any technology, the computers and the Internet, they do come with their own set of dangers, opening them up to abuse by less than conscientious individuals. For now, given how rare and expensive these technologies are, especially augmented reality, the threat level is very, very low. But can you imagine future where synthetic reality takes over real reality? Designer Keiichi Matsuda has and his vision, narrated in the video "Hyper-Reality", is rather frightening.

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Pal Strap wants to add GPS, battery to Pebble Time

Pal Strap wants to add GPS, battery to Pebble Time

One of the biggest problems with smartwatches, aside from trying to figure out what they're for, is their battery life. The average smartwatch lasts only at most two days before requiring a recharge. Pebble has once lorded over other smartwatches in that are with its 7-day battery life thanks to its e-ink display. With the colored Pebble Time, however, that time has almost been halved. The Pal Strap seeks to put the Pebble Time and Time Steel back on that pedestal and even add GPS tracking to boot.

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Google reveals 2016 Play Award winners for design, innovation

Google reveals 2016 Play Award winners for design, innovation

There are literally thousands of apps and games available in the Google Play Store. Google's more open and less restrictive policies invites innovation, experimentation, and even risk. But it also sometimes lets in imitation, laxity, and even malice. So it is good that once in a while, Google pays tributes to those apps that blaze a trail in terms of innovation and design, giving users the best Android mobile experience, whether for free or for a bit of cash. Introducing this year's winners of the Google Play Awards.

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Dell 43-inch P4317Q multi-client monitor could make you cry

Dell 43-inch P4317Q multi-client monitor could make you cry

Tears are usually attributed to two emotions, sadness and joy, and you just might experience both with Dell's newly launched computer monitor. At 43 inches, it's quite a space hog, but that's because it can display the equivalent of four 1080p monitors in one single block, without bezels interrupting the seamless view. People who need to work with different machines at the same time, or different views simultaneously, would probably be weeping for joy. Until the see the $1,350 price tag, which will probably turn that joy into regret.

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iPhone 7 unofficial renders bring all leaks, fears together

iPhone 7 unofficial renders bring all leaks, fears together

We're still a few months away from the anticipated, or dreaded, date, though not the far from WWDC, so naturally we're seeing near final speculation on how the iPhone 7 will look like, both inside and out. Most of the information, however, has been scattered here and there. Fortunately, someone has come up with professional looking product renders that could pretty much reflect the final result. Of course, it's not official, but it does reveal what the iPhone 7 would look like if you combined all the bits and pieces we've seen so far.

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Bank of America’s Cardless ATMs now support Android Pay

Bank of America’s Cardless ATMs now support Android Pay

Google didn't make much of a big splash about Android Pay at I/O 2016, but Bank of America isn't going to let the conference pass without putting a word in. Going on stage with Google senior director for Android Pay Pali Bhat, BoA's head of digital banking Michelle Moore made the big announcement Android Pay users have been hoping for since the beginning of the year. At least those with Bank of America debit cards among them. Now they safely and conveniently withdraw cash from select ATMs without having to whip out their cards or even their wallets.

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Xiaomi is unsurprisingly getting into drones too

Xiaomi is unsurprisingly getting into drones too

Is there anything Xiaomi hasn't gotten into? Short of making its own smart, self-driving car, the Chinese superstar company practically has its fingers in almost every segment in the consumer tech market, either directly or through partner manufacturers. From smartphones to smart TVs to smart air conditioning units to smart rice cookers, Xiaomi almost has it all. So when rumors and now an official teaser, show up about Xiaomi making its drone, we're not exactly shocked. Because sure, why not. Almost everyone has a drone-ish product nowadays anyway.

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Motorola RAZR takes center stage in June 9th event teaser

Motorola RAZR takes center stage in June 9th event teaser

Motorola, and Lenovo, seems to be playing the Throwback Thursday card in teasing its upcoming event where it is expected to reveal a rebranded flagship line. Motorola unequivocally calls to mind the success and ubiquity of its RAZR flip phone, especially among the youngsters of the previous generation (a.k.a. today's professionals). Of course, the video's real motives are open to interpretation and speculation, but suffice it to say, Motorola is trying to drum up hype and expectation that would be equivalent to the prestige that the RAZR enjoyed back then.

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Apple patent hints at future Pencil working on Mac trackpads

Apple patent hints at future Pencil working on Mac trackpads

Has Apple truly embraced the stylus after years of ignoring, if not deriding, it? If this recently published patent filed back in 2014 is any indicator, it could very well be the case. Still referred to as "the stylus" in the document, the patent reveals Apple's ideas for an even more advanced version of the Apple Pencil. While most of the images demonstrate such a stylus working on a display device like an iPad, there are some that do show it working on what is most likely a Mac trackpad.

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Android N could save the slumping Android tablet market

Android N could save the slumping Android tablet market

When was the last time you saw or even heard of a noteworthy, particularly high-end, Android tablet? With the except of the Google Pixel C, which has its own story to tell, chances are the last ones of note were mostly launched in 2014 or prior, with a sprinkling of a few curious ones in between. Although technically there is no dearth of Android tablets in the market, interest and sales in the device segment has waned greatly in the past years. Depressing at that may sound, hope springs eternal, and that hope could very well be brought by Android N, whatever its name will be.

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Samsung Pay finally supports membership, loyalty cards in US

Samsung Pay finally supports membership, loyalty cards in US

These days, and especially in the US, purchasing items is no longer just a simple case of handing over the exact amount in exchange for a product. A lot of times, discounts or deals are applied via membership perks or loyalty incentives. To put it in perspective, Samsung says that an average American household juggles around 30 loyalty cards, which all add up to bulking your wallet. As part of its mission to digitize money, Samsung Pay is finally getting support for those loyalty cards to make shopping in the US even more convenient.

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