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Hyperkin Smart Boy for Android devices turns up at E3

Hyperkin Smart Boy for Android devices turns up at E3

We always have to be weary when seemingly cool products are unveiled for the first time around the first of April. Many tech and gaming firms out there have a history of unveiling plausible, very cool products luring geeks to buy it only to scream, "GOTCHA!" when you try to add it to your cart. ThinkGeek is perhaps the biggest purveyor of this kind of trick. Back around April Fools 2015, Hyperkin tried to trick us all with the Smart Boy, a device that turned an iPhone into a modern Gameboy. As has happened with ThinkGeek a few times, the response was so great that Hyperkin decided to produce the product and at E3 this month, the product was spied.

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Galaxy Note 7 mass production starts next month says source

Galaxy Note 7 mass production starts next month says source

An industry source is claiming that Samsung will begin mass production of the much rumored Galaxy Note 7 starting next month. This same source claims that Samsung plans to build about 5 million units for its initial launch with the devices completed by August. That August complete date for the initial supply of smartphones would fit in well with the rumor from earlier this week that the Galaxy Note 7 will launch August 2.

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Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Gears of War 4 Limited Edition lands in October

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Gears of War 4 Limited Edition lands in October

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Gears of War 4 Limited Edition is a very long name for what is essentially a wireless controller of your Xbox one that has a Gears of War 4 livery on the outside. The controller looks like it’s covered in old blood with a bit of fresh, bright red blood splattered on it. Microsoft calls it a "gritty, battle-weathered design."

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OnePlus 3 Reddit AMA talks Optic AMOLED, 1080p display and microSD card slot

OnePlus 3 Reddit AMA talks Optic AMOLED, 1080p display and microSD card slot

Reddit is rather infamous for getting folks to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) where they will answer just about any question you pose. Sometimes the people that do an AMA are a bit strange and sometimes the things they will answer questions about are stranger still. Recently an exec from OnePlus called "OnePlus: Carl, co-founder" held an AMA where fans got to ask all sort of burning questions about the OnePlus 3 smartphone.

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Android N might be called Nutella according to Hiroshi Lockheimer

Android N might be called Nutella according to Hiroshi Lockheimer

If you have never enjoyed the chocolaty bliss that is Nutella, you are missing out. You may get to try Nutella on your Android device if Hiroshi Lockheimer has his way. Lockheimer is the senior VP of Android, Chrome OS, and the Play Store and he has been dropping lots of hints on his twitter feed that the only name for Android N that really matters is Nutella.

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iOS 10 install instructions claim to need no developer account

iOS 10 install instructions claim to need no developer account

Apple likes to keep their beta builds out of the hands of we common folk and limits them to people who have a registered developer account. That means that some folks who really want to try out the beta of iOS 10 are unable to do so. Some instructions have turned up that claim to show you how to install iOS 10 on your device without needing a developer account.

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Samsung Pay launches in Australia partnered with Citibank and AmEx

Samsung Pay launches in Australia partnered with Citibank and AmEx

Samsung has announced that Samsung Pay has now launched in Australia with partners American Express and Citibank. The launch happened as of today and aims to bring the ability to pay using your smartphone to Aussies. Samsung says that its mobile payment service will work in just about any location where you can pay with a participating credit or debit card.

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Magnetic Resonance Wireless Charging coming to LG smartphone

Magnetic Resonance Wireless Charging coming to LG smartphone

One of the things that makes dealing with a smartphone on a daily basis is more streamlined and convenient is wireless charging. Typically, with wireless charging we are talking about magnetic induction charging where the user has to place their smartphone directly on a charge mat or surface to get power. LG has reportedly finished the development of a smartphone that charges wirelessly using magnetic resonance.

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Galaxy S7 Active vs. Galaxy S7 drop test: Who’s tougher?

Galaxy S7 Active vs. Galaxy S7 drop test: Who’s tougher?

The normal Galaxy S7 smartphone is a rugged device able to survive water and dust. Since the smartphone has a glass back, it's not the most rugged of devices though. Earlier this month Samsung went official with an even more rugged smartphone called the Galaxy S7 Active. If you wondered just how much more rugged the S7 Active is than the normal S7, this drop test will show us.

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Zeiss VR One Plus VR headset works with just about any smartphone

Zeiss VR One Plus VR headset works with just about any smartphone

One of the drawbacks to the original Zeiss VR One headset was that the device's design limited what smartphones it could be used with. That limitation has been removed with an updated version called the Zeiss VR One Plus that has debuted at E3 this year. The new VR One Plus has the same ergonomics, material quality, and precision optics as the original with notable updates.

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Xiaomi Redmi 3s gets upgraded Snapdragon 430 SoC

Xiaomi Redmi 3s gets upgraded Snapdragon 430 SoC

Xiaomi has unveiled a new updated version of the Redmi 3 smartphone called the Redmi 3s. The two devices look very similar, but the new Redmi 3s has some very notable improvements over the standard Redmi 3, most notably an improved chipset and a fingerprint reader. The missing fingerprint reader was one of the things that was most lacking on the Redmi 3.

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PS VR Aim Controller is a Zapper for the VR generation

PS VR Aim Controller is a Zapper for the VR generation

Sony has shown off some very cool stuff at E3 2016 including games and hardware. One of the coolest things at the show from Sony is the PlayStation VR system, games, and hardware for that VR system. Impulse Gear has unveiled at the show a game called Farpoint and a controller that may be more important than the game called the PS VR Aim.

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