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OnePlus and JBL unveil E1+ earphones, JBL-branded OnePlus One

OnePlus and JBL unveil E1+ earphones, JBL-branded OnePlus One

The company that took on the mantra of "Never Settle" wants to show that the same philosophy applies even to accessories, especially one that can drastically improve or ruin the smartphone experience. That is why the Chinese startup OnePlus has made an unusual partnership with audio experts JBL to reveal two new products. Actually one new and one just slightly redesigned. OnePlus fans can now vie for a new JBL E1+ earphones or, alternatively, go for a special edition OnePlus One that has JBL's logo as well as the earphones in a bundle.

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HTC One E8 leaked to have its own EYE variant coming soon

HTC One E8 leaked to have its own EYE variant coming soon

When companies stumble on a winning formula, they usually squeeze out everything they can out of it to the death. HTC might have just stumbled upon such a winning formula when it revealed its new EYE brand, showing the world that it can go beyond just smartphones and dabble in digital imaging as well. And now, we're starting to see a pattern that would yield a series of device variants that have nothing different from their originals aside from having EYE software pre-installed, like this HTC One E8 EYE just sighted.

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Microsoft Research has an analog Android Wear keyboard

Microsoft Research has an analog Android Wear keyboard

Perhaps Microsoft has really turned over a new leaf. It has lately been quite supportive of other platforms by bringing their software to iOS and Android, sometimes even on par with their native OS versions as well. Quite surprisingly, Microsoft recently updated OneNote to have support for Android Wear, probably not a technological miracle but a well-intentioned gesture nonetheless. Now it has an even bigger surprise, one that has literal gestures in it: an "analog" keyboard for Android Wear that doesn't have keys.

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ZEISS VR One joins the virtual reality renaissance

ZEISS VR One joins the virtual reality renaissance

Virtual reality is getting another chance to go mainstream. It is fast becoming an interest, even an obsession, not only among gamers but even some technology outfits as well. Even mobile device makers seem to be trying to get in on the fun, which might not be surprising considering smartphones are invading every corner of the digital world. Somewhat surprising however, is the fact that optics experts Carl Zeiss is also joining the bandwagon with the ZEISS VR ONE, offering not only something cheaper but also something more open.

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SlashGear to race against piloted Audi RS 7 at Hockenheimring

SlashGear to race against piloted Audi RS 7 at Hockenheimring

Automobile development has traditionally progressed on separate paths that only ever so rarely dipped into another's territory. That is most especially true when it comes to developments in driver assistance and autonomous driving technologies, more often than not geared towards sedans and consumer models. Audi, however, is pushing the boundaries with the RS 7, the world's sportiest piloted driving car, which it will put to the test at the Hockenheimring track. And SlashGear's Vincent Nguyen will be getting an exclusive first-hand experience before anyone else, in a race that will pit man against machine.

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gTool PanelPress torture chamber wants to fix bent iPhones

gTool PanelPress torture chamber wants to fix bent iPhones

You are probably tired of the endless debates, videos, proofs, arguments, and counter arguments about the bendable properties of the iPhone 6 Plus, and perhaps other smartphones as well. But no amount of talking will actually fix those already bent devices and you are just unlikely to get an open admission from manufacturers as you are to get answers from a wall. One company, however, has rolled up its sleeves to offer a fix in the form of the gTool PanelPress.

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Lumia 1020 provides the eyes for 3D-printed observatory

Lumia 1020 provides the eyes for 3D-printed observatory

If you've grown tired of the things you can do with your smartphone's camera, on land or even underwater (depending on your device), perhaps it's time to look to the stars, quite literally. Especially if you have a Lumia 1020, one of pre-Microsoft Nokia's most notable creations, sporting a massive 41 megapixel PureView camera. Although the rest of its specs are pretty dated by today's standards, the is still being put to good use in Ultrascope, the world's first 3D-printed robotic telescope.

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DROID Turbo to have bigger than expected 3900mAh battery

DROID Turbo to have bigger than expected 3900mAh battery

Here is yet another unofficial detail that paints an even more mouth-watering picture of the now highly-anticipated Verizon DROID Turbo. Since it is touted as a successor to the DROID MAXX, it is already somewhat expected that this Motorola smartphone will carry with it a large battery, bigger than even those on high-end flagships. But thanks to Chinese e-tailer TaoBao, we are given the impression that the DROID Turbo will even one up that, with a remarkable 3,900 mAh powering this already impressive device.

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OPPO N3 leaks in three colors, October 29 date set

OPPO N3 leaks in three colors, October 29 date set

OPPO, which already has a large following in China, came into mainstream Android consciousness last year because of the OPPO N1. Or to be more precise, because of its ties with CyanogenMod as the first OEM to ship with the custom ROM out of the box, at least partially. As seems to be the trend these days, the Chinese maker is skipping a version, and all eyes will be on the OPPO N3 to see if it can fill in the rather large shoes left by its predecessor.

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Halo: an analog smartwatch with a transparent OLED display

Halo: an analog smartwatch with a transparent OLED display

The rise of the smartwatch, especially now that Apple has jumped into the fray, has conventional watch brands somewhat scrambling to join the bandwagon. However, not everyone is willing to buy into how current big players like Google, Samsung, and Apple would like to define what a smartwatch is and how it looks like. Some, like German company Longshine, has ideas of its own as seen in Halo, a smartwatch that tries to combine the best of both analog and digital in a rather unique way.

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