Oppo officially unveils 5″ R7 and 6″ R7 Plus

Oppo officially unveils 5″ R7 and 6″ R7 Plus

Chinese mobile manufacture Oppo has finally taken sheet off its new flagship smartphones, the R7 and R7 Plus. While the company teased the R7 Plus just a few days ago, the formal announcement in Beijing brings our first look at the R7, along with details and specs for both models. The sleek looking phones both feature metallic, unibody designs, and will be available in shades of silver and gold. The R7 features a 5-inch screen, while the R7 Plus has super-sized to 6 inches, and both phones will come running a modified version of Android Lollipop.

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Microsoft’s secret Flow app sounds like a messenger app

Microsoft’s secret Flow app sounds like a messenger app

Microsoft's Outlook mobile app, basically a rebranded app from newly acquired Accompli, is just starting to take root on Android and iOS. There is no rule, however, that says Microsoft can't start dreaming up and working on the next e-mail killer. A hidden download page for a certain "Flow" app for the iPhone was just discovered, and with it a description of what Redmond might be planning for its next stab at bringing its own brand productivity and communication to mobile platforms that aren't its own.

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This drone uses origami principles to become foldable

This drone uses origami principles to become foldable

Personal drones are all the rage now, even hitting mainstream media because of rather questionable antics. But not everyone might be interested in hulking quadrocopters the likes of which Amazon plans to use for deliveries. There are, of course, more than a dozen "mini" drones in the market, but these are pretty much just toys with very little strength for any sort of payload. So what to do if you want a slightly more capable UAV that can still fit on the palm of your hand? Try origami.

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Dropbox’s web image preview now supports even PSD, AI, EPS

Dropbox’s web image preview now supports even PSD, AI, EPS

If those three acronyms made sense to you, congratulations, you're a designer! Or at least someone who's in the loop. While Dropbox has a commanding presence on mobile and on the desktop, there are some moments when all you have is a web browser. And usually in those moments, download a large Photoshop PSD file is not only time consuming, it might also be futile since you wouldn't have the proper software to open it. Thank goodness, then, that Dropbox thought of supporting those files out of the, well, box.

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Facebook Messenger video calling now rolling out to all

Facebook Messenger video calling now rolling out to all

It's time to freshen up, comb that hair, exercise that jaw, and maybe bring out the dictionary or translation guide. Facebook Messenger's new video calling feature, which was announced barely a month ago, is now starting to roll out everywhere and on every platform. Messenger is shaping up to be one distinct and, more importantly, distinguishable product apart from Facebook's main app, giving users the convenience of expressing themselves better, more immediately, and perhaps more creatively than they could with text, emoji, stickers, or even memes.

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L’Oreal partners with bioprinting firm to 3D print human skin

L’Oreal partners with bioprinting firm to 3D print human skin

L'Oreal is partnering with 3D bioprinting company, Organovo to take their current skin farming to the next level. L'Oreal currently grows its own skin for testing beauty products and formulations. It is a necessary step before releasing products to market, so L'Oreal can see just how safe and effective its formulas are. Organovo is an industrial bioprinting company that 3D-printed artificial veins from living tissue in 2010.

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Bose soups up Mazda MX-5 Miata for better open-air acoustics

Bose soups up Mazda MX-5 Miata for better open-air acoustics

The 2016 MX-5 Miata was slowly but surely turning out to be Mazda's return to glory as far as the Miata line was concerned, delivering the unique experience that only open-air driving can deliver. But while the 2016 Miata's top-down mode lets you enjoy the breeze on your face, physics tells us that it may come a price of a sub par audio experience. Worry not, however, because sound experts Bose are on the scene, tweaking the MX-5 Miata's sound system to ensure clear audio, whether the top is up or down.

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Tone Chrome extension shares URLs via audible beeps

Tone Chrome extension shares URLs via audible beeps

E-mail, instant messaging, social networks. Advancements in these technologies and services have made it super easy to share things like web pages to someone half way around the world. But for sharing the same things with people in the same room, things have sometimes become more complicated. That is the motivation, or the justification, for Google's newest Chrome extension simply named Tone. What Tone does is to share a web page to other Chrome browsers within hearing distance. That last bit is essential, because Tone conveys its message through sound.

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Windows 10 upgrade paths get more detailed

Windows 10 upgrade paths get more detailed

It seems that Microsoft has settled on a new strategy involving Windows 10 announcements, leaving them in tiny bits and pieces all over the place, like breadcrumbs we have to follow, pick up and piece together ourselves. Of course, until we finally get the full picture, there will always be holes in our knowledge, questions left unanswered. The latest crumbs seem to be the upgrade path for existing Windows users, courtesy of Microsoft's Australia Partner Network. But while it does clarify some scenarios, it still leaves us scratching our heads in others, especially when Windows 10 Mobile is concerned.

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Pinterest launches new video ads, dubbed ‘Cinematic Pins’

Pinterest launches new video ads, dubbed ‘Cinematic Pins’

Pinterest is the go-to destination for wedding-planning brides and backyard barbeques, alike. Now as users scroll through pins during their lunch break, they may notice some new types of pins popping up that are seamlessly interconnected with the crowdsourced content. Pinterest is making itself more attractive to advertisers with new, targeted pins and video-like ads, dubbed "Cinematic Pins." The company has also remodeled the way it charges for ads, making them more efficient and "taking the risk out of how you spend" on advertising.

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