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Alcatel Flash Plus 2 launches packing metal frame for mid-range shoppers

Alcatel Flash Plus 2 launches packing metal frame for mid-range shoppers

A new smartphone has launched called the Alcatel Flash Plus 2 and the smartphone is aiming at the mid-range shopper wanting high-end design for their money. The smartphone has a metal frame and lots of other features expected in a smartphone today like fingerprint recognition, Hi-Fi sound, and faster battery charging.

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Prosthetic bionic arm has integrated charger, light, and drone

Prosthetic bionic arm has integrated charger, light, and drone

About four years ago, a man called James had a freak accident while trying to board a train that resulted in him falling under the train, severing his left leg, and severely damaging his left arm among other grievous injuries. The left arm was eventually amputated. The man recovered and was given an incredible prosthetic arm that has all sort of integrated functions in an experiment that seems right out of a science fiction movie.

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Omate S3 smartwatch is aimed at the elderly

Omate S3 smartwatch is aimed at the elderly

A new smart wearable called the Omate S3 has debuted and this device is a smartwatch that is aimed at the elderly. Not only does the wearable have many of the features you expect from a smartwatch, it also has an integrated tracking device and is a 3G stand-alone smartwatch running Android. Stand alone means that the user needs no mobile phone in their pocket for the smartwatch to function.

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New Galaxy S7 Active image leaks showing rugged camo body

New Galaxy S7 Active image leaks showing rugged camo body

It's no surprise to hear that Samsung is working on an Active version of its smartphone the Galaxy S7. There was a Galaxy S6 Active after all that was aimed at folks needing a rugged device but not wanting to just cram the standard S6 inside a big and bulky case. Early this month some images of the Galaxy S7 Active leaked showing what was claimed to be a prototype device for AT&T.

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Twitter Android app gets Periscope broadcast launch button

Twitter Android app gets Periscope broadcast launch button

Twitter is testing a new feature in its app for Android users and this feature adds a button that allows the users to launch Periscope broadcasts. The new button is labeled as "go live" and can be seen when composing a tweet. For now, the Periscope integration is a test with a small percentage of Android users. Exactly how small that percentage of testers is we don't know. For those who have the "go live" button when it is clicked, they are redirected to Periscope where they can begin a live broadcast.

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Thin Blips macro and micro lenses fit all smartphones

Thin Blips macro and micro lenses fit all smartphones

The most common type of camera out there today is the smartphone camera. It’s the camera that we all have in our pockets and when a picture opportunity arises, the smartphone camera is right there to take the shot. People wanting to do macro and micro photography on their smartphone can now get some cool and easy to apply lenses that are very thin compared to what we normally see with add on smartphone lenses, these lenses are called Blips.

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Galaxy S7’s Always On Display gets new timing options

Galaxy S7’s Always On Display gets new timing options

If you are a fan of the Always On Display that Samsung unveiled with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, you might have wished that the feature had more options. Samsung has updated Always On Display with the option of controlling how long the feature is enabled. With this new update, you can now control the time range for having the Always On Display active.

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Soft and stretchable power pack has tiny lithium-ion batteries

Soft and stretchable power pack has tiny lithium-ion batteries

Normally when we talk about power packs or batteries for electronic devices we are looking at large rigid structures that take up lots of space inside the device. That sort of battery works just fine for gadgets like phones or laptop computers, but when you are talking about thin wearable sensors and other electronics meant to be actually on the skin powering the devices is a challenge.

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Galaxy S7 vs HTC 10 drop test proves which is more robust

Galaxy S7 vs HTC 10 drop test proves which is more robust

Dropping your phone is one of those things that we all try to avoid, but drops happen when you least expect them. We want to know that if we accidentally drop our phones that they will survive and continue to work. A drop test video has turned up on YouTube that pits the Galaxy S7 against the newer HTC 10 to see which of the two devices is able to survive drops.

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System and Security Info app banned by Apple

System and Security Info app banned by Apple

At times, the way Apple decides what apps to allow to be on the App Store and what apps it blocks seems arbitrary. Sometimes apps end up blocked or banned while there are other apps providing essentially the same functions on the store and allowed to continue operating. Apple has confused many by banning an app from a developer called Stefan Esser known as "System and Security Info."

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Disney Research shows off haptic telepresence robot

Disney Research shows off haptic telepresence robot

If you have ever been to a Disney park, you can understand why the company would be working on different types of robots. The part is filled with mechanical actors that move around and perform in many of the rides. Disney Research has unveiled a new telepresence robot that will have a much wider range of use than lip-synching "It's a Small World" in a creepy ride for kids. What the researchers at Disney Research have created is a new type of hydrostatic transmission that uses a hybrid air-water configuration.

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OnePlus 3 images leak again, showing off type-c connector

OnePlus 3 images leak again, showing off type-c connector

Leaks about the OnePlus 3 smartphone keep on coming; the lasts leak is a series of six photos that are claimed to be of a prototype device. If this is actually a prototype OnePlus 3 smartphone, its final design could change significantly or the images could be bogus altogether. The first image shows a shot of what appears to be the phones left side with a single slider, presumably for power, on it.

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