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Galaxy Alpha first to use Gorilla Glass 4, Galaxy Note 4 follows

Galaxy Alpha first to use Gorilla Glass 4, Galaxy Note 4 follows

With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus missing the expected sapphire glass display, the world goes back to normal and eyes turn once again to industry leader Corning. Long detractors of the whole sapphire glass hype, Corning has been pushing its latest iteration of its own damage resistant glass, Gorilla Glass 4. The company has just revealed who its very first customer was: Samsung. The Korean manufacturer bestowed this thin but strong glass first on the metal clad Galaxy Alpha, followed later on by the Galaxy Note 4.

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One Omni Wheel is all you need to make your bike electric

One Omni Wheel is all you need to make your bike electric

While bicycles are great for their health benefits, of course paired with their transportation uses, there are times when you wish you could have some added boost to get through some added distance or some more challenging terrain. Electric bikes or e-bikes have answered that call, but not many are willing to trade in their faithful steed for some hi-tech replacement. Smart wheels, then, offer a bit of a compromise, and Evelo's Omni Wheel is one that promises convenience and simplicity without sacrificing power.

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Odroid-C1 gives DIYers a Raspberry Pi-compatible board

Odroid-C1 gives DIYers a Raspberry Pi-compatible board

Although single board computers or SBCs have been existence for a long time, the Raspberry Pi really ushered in a new era by democratizing such boards, making them available at extremely affordable prices. Since then, many have tried to emulate that success and offer hackers, modders, tinkers and all sorts of DIY fans boards of varying power and prices. Hardkernel's new Odroid-C1 is one of those, though it has one clear, but not clearly advertised, advantage: it's input/output pins are compatible with Raspberry Pi's.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 at TENAA rumored to have 64-bit chip

Samsung Galaxy Grand 3 at TENAA rumored to have 64-bit chip

64-bit mobile processors are probably really starting to become a thing if even the low-end starts getting one. That seems to be the case for the upcoming Galaxy Grand 3, one of Samsung's myriad smartphone families. But more than just this processor alone, the picture we can get from this preview of the device could probably leave clues as to how the industry's bottom line will be moving up next year in all other aspects, including RAM size and screen resolution.

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OPPO R5 smashes apple, and other kinds of things

OPPO R5 smashes apple, and other kinds of things

Some smartphones, especially in China, are getting ridiculously thin. But with that petiteness come fears of being fragile, easy to break or easy to bend. Knowing well that mark of hesitation, OPPO has just released a video ad that play to the OPPO R5's strength despite its lack of bulk, thanks in no small part to its industry-grade metal body. It does so by smashing things without getting smashed in return. And the first thing it slices and smashes through? Nothing less than an apple.

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You can now stow your own My Maps in Google Drive

You can now stow your own My Maps in Google Drive

With yet another holiday fast approaching, Google is trying to help make your vacation planning a lot easier, and keep you inside its ecosystem of services while doing so. But even if you're not dreaming of your remote island getaway, getting Google's My Maps creation tool inside Google Drive is still a convenience for any traveler, or even just a digital surveyor, as it puts all your custom-made maps in a single location, stored on Google's cloud, of course.

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AT&T extends VoLTE service to 18 more markets

AT&T extends VoLTE service to 18 more markets

Continuing the rollout of its Voice over LTE network services, AT&T has expanded to coverage of VoLTE to an astounding 18 locations across the country. Initially available only to a select number of markets, VoLTE is the new battle cry, or buzzword if you prefer, of carriers switching voice services over the wider and more capable LTE networks. Ultimately for users, this means that they will soon be able to take advantage of HD Voice quality in more locations nationwide.

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MasterCard goes hi-tech with Dynamics’ interactive cards

MasterCard goes hi-tech with Dynamics’ interactive cards

Although some merchants have started to incorporate the digital world into their cash flow via NFC technology, most of our cash-less transactions still use ye old magnetic stripe plastic cards. But while it might not be easily possible for merchants to upgrade on their end, that doesn't mean our cards can't be pushed forward. That is what MasterCard is trying to accomplish together with payment card developer Dynamics in this interactive payment card that has a display and buttons and can be programmed for multiple uses.

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Project Ara Spiral 2 PCB teased, DevConf to be livestreamed

Project Ara Spiral 2 PCB teased, DevConf to be livestreamed

The second, bigger, and more ambitious Developer Conference is barely a month away and Project Ara believers, supporters, and maybe even naysayers are probably starting to get excited about it. To get that hype machine started, Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group or ATAP is teasing the crowd with the Spiral 2 board fresh off the press, so to speak. They are also sharing some good news for those who won't be able to physically attend the Conference in any of the 2 days and any of the 9 locations it will be held in.

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Blackphone PrivatOS gets “Spaces” sandbox, own app store

Blackphone PrivatOS gets “Spaces” sandbox, own app store

They say that a chain is only as strong as the weakest link and sometimes in the case of operating systems, that weakest link is in the apps ecosystem. That is why Blackphone will be updating its Android-based security and privacy hardened PrivatOS with two new features that tries to mitigate the adverse effects of third-party applications. With Spaces, PrivatOS can keep personal files and apps personal, away from sensitive enterprise content. And its own app store ensures that only equally secure apps actually get installed.

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